An Afternoon At The Shops At Willow Bend’s Play Area

My darling daughter went for a long drive today to The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano.  She has been asking me if we can go back to the play area where there is a red octopus that roars.  So I told my husband that we’ll be out for the day because we’ll be at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano.

It’s playtime for darling daughter so I didn’t mind driving for about an hour to the mall.  Today was the second time we’ve been there so I still have the difficulty finding the entrance to the play area.  Before settling in the kids’ place, we had to visit the ladies room.  On our way, we had to go through the The Shops food court.  Smelling the food there made me hungry.  After a big lunch, we had some ice cream at Haagen Dazs.


I don’t drive much on hot summer days but when it’s time for DD’s outdoor activities, I keep my schedule running.  And a refreshment is always best especially on hot days like today.  Ice cream is one of our favorite refreshments.

DD had a great time, as usual at the play area.  Besides outdoor play, indoor play areas are enjoyable for little kids, too.  They get plenty of exercise at play.  She’s got to play with other kids there.  And she liked the red octopus.

The red octopus at Willow Bend. Daffy Duck is giving him a check-up. 🙂

Food Tourism

Many people love to travel, and many others love to eat great food. For those people, foodie tourism simply makes the most sense. Chantal Royer is one example of a person who’s figured out something critical about today’s world. It’s smaller, and people around the globe are partaking in great eats that you could experience. With the Internet helping in your planning and these trips being cheaper than ever before, it makes sense to see the world and some of the great meals that restaurants are preparing in different continents. It’s the ultimate in killing two birds with one stone, as people check countries off of their list while learning a lot about food in the process.

The Internet’s role in the foodie tourism industry

The Internet has changed the way people view travel. People who head around the world can post their experiences online in real time. With pictures and travel reviews and the like, it’s easy to get motivated for your next trip. Perhaps more important than that, though, is how the Internet’s helped people plan their next trip. You can go online and check out hotels, flights, and restaurants in a matter of seconds. Putting together a comprehensive trip is no longer a chore, and that’s part of the reason why so many people are getting involved.

The perfect excuse to see the world

For most people, just visiting a place like Italy is not enough. They need some excuse for going there. Whether it’s a honeymoon, a work trip, or something of the like, they feel more comfortable if they’re going for a purpose. Food tourism trips give people that purpose that they so desperately crave. Rather than just wandering aimlessly into various countries, people now can tell their friends and family that they’re going abroad for food.

Getting out of your food comfort zone

Most people know that places like Italy have great food and top-notch wine. Many don’t know that other countries around the world have their own amazing fare. While you might associate good Asian food with Korea or China, you should also know that Vietnam offers excellent food. Even in Eastern Europe, you’ll find great restaurants and people who are willing to share with you. With a good food trip, you can get outside of you comfort zone to try a ton of new food choices in places you’d least expect.