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    Food on Foot Tours

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jun 13, 2014 | No Comments

    CoryLooking for a unique foodie treat in NYC, then a Food on Foot Tour is a must!

    Meet Brooklyn native Corey Taylor, whose passion for food turned into a dream job. He introduces New York visitors to non-tourist neighborhoods, by foot and subway, so they can experience what it’s like to eat and travel like a New Yorker.

    Come hungry! You’ll spend about $20 on these 3.5 – 4.5 hour tours, picking and choosing the items you want to sample from each of the food stops. You may have to wait a few minutes while the food is prepared, but it’s well worth it! While waiting, Corey will fill you in on the local history of the restaurant and the area and you get to mingle with the other travelers in your group.

    A few of tours offered:
    East Village Block Party:
    Six food stops in the East Village
    Go West: Midtown neighborhood tour away from the tourist areas with multiple cuisine stops including at least one sweet stop.
    Food for Baseball Fans Package: Fill up on great eats on your way to Yankee Stadium and watch them play.

    And many others…check out their website for all tours, times and prices.

    cupcakesI’ve been on the Food for Baseball Fans tour and it was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it! We stopped for pizza, deep fried Oreos and Twinkies, Chinese food, cupcakes, and hot dogs before heading to Yankee Stadium. Once we arrived at the stadium, Corey gave us a brief tour and some of the stadium’s history. Corey knows his stuff.

     

     

    Put on your walking shoes, grab your Metro Card (subway card) and bring some extra napkins– IT´S TIME TO EAT!!

    Baseball is Back!

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Mar 28, 2014 | No Comments

    bigstock-Baseball-Pitcher-Throwing-ball-48332405Opening Day is right around the corner and the Boys of Summer are back! Baseball is my second favorite sport, next to hockey, (of course!). So to help kick off the 2014 MLB season, here is some information on one of my favorite baseball stadiums, home to the Detroit Tigers!

     

    Comerica Park

    CoPaI’m a native Detroiter and though I miss going to “The Corner” (Tigers Stadium, where the Tigers played until 1999, was at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.), Comerica Park is quite the venue for baseball. None of the seats in the three leveled stadium are obstructed allowing for a clear view of the field as well as Detroit’s skyline.

    All guests can enjoy a walk through Tigers history via the “Walk of Fame” on the concourse. Make sure you take a moment to visit the statues of former Tigers greats Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Hal Newhouser. It’s okay to come with a non-baseball fan as there’s plenty for them to see and do. For cigar aficionados, check out the 1940s-style Cigar Bar with over 20 cigar varieties. And for the young ones, or fans in training, be sure to take a ride on the 50-foot Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and the Comerica Carousel. Oh, and if you’re there on a Sunday, kids under 14 ride for free. (There’s so much more than baseball going on here.)

    Look to Center-field when the Tigers hit a home run. Their “Liquid Fireworks” (think Bellagio fountain) are synced to music and help everyone celebrate. At night, lights are added to the celebration! It’s a lot of fun to see.

    I’ll highlight some of my other favorite parks in the weeks to come. Thought about a baseball road trip? Let us know, we’d love to help you plan it! Which baseball stadium is you favorite? Answer in the comments below.

    Seattle Seahawks Win Super Bowl XLVIII

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Feb 4, 2014 | 21 Comments

    Seattle Skyline

    Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII champs!

    Whether you’re a football fan or not, Seattle is a great place to visit. Not only is it the coffee capital of the US (Starbucks anyone?), home to Amazon, Microsoft, and Nordstrom, it also has some really great things to see and do.

    Have you been? My first visit was in September 2012 and I was amazed at all there was to do and see in the city. Our four-day weekend was packed and we still didn’t get to see everything.

    Here are just a few things to take in while in Seattle. Join as we walk down memory lane:

    Day One:  Space Needle, EMP Museum, Science Center

    Day Two:  Bainbridge Island, Underground Tour

    Day Three:  Edgewater Hotel, Pike’s Place Market, Pioneer Square

    Day Four:  Safeco Field, Agrosy Harbor Cruise, Seattle Aquarium

    If you’ve been, where or what do you recommend visitors see or do? If you haven’t and wanted to visit, what is your “must see” while there?

    Be sure to check out our Seattle Pinterest boards for more pictures of our visit!

    Last Day in Seattle – Day 4

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Oct 11, 2012 | No Comments

    It’s our last day in Seattle and there is still so much to see and do! Since our flight was scheduled for late afternoon, we had the opportunity to visit three more attractions before leaving for the airport.

    Safeco Field

    First stop on our last day was a tour of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. I love sports, so doing a stadium or park tour is always fun. For my sister, who’s not a sports fan, not so much, but she was quite a trooper!

    These tours provide a behind the scenes look at the goings on in professional baseball. We walked through the tunnel outside the visitor’s locker room then out to the field. (How else can you make it onto the field and not be arrested?) After our short stop on the field, our tour continued to the Key Bank Diamond Club, the press box, and then we spent some time in the owner’s suite. (One thing that stands Safeco Field apart from other stadiums is its retractable roof. It can open or close in seven (7) minutes!)

    View from the Press Box

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    Romance Writers of America Conference Follow-up

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jul 31, 2012 | 12 Comments

    The Romance Writers of America conference was AMAZING! Not only did I get to sit in on and moderate incredible panels, I got to meet some of my favorite authors, too! And the literacy fundraiser was a complete success raising over $50,000 for three Orange County charities:  ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read OC, and Literacy Volunteers – Huntington Valley.

    I’m a die-hard sports fan and got to meet Jaci Burton who pens the Play-By-Play series sports romance books for football, baseball, and hockey. Her newest football book, Playing to Win, comes out September 4th.

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    Shop until you drop—Mall of America

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jun 29, 2012 | 8 Comments

     

    What could be better than spending a weekend with the girls shopping? And I’m not talking about your local mall; I’m talking about the mall to end all malls, The Mall of America.  This incredible place, which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year, has over 520 stores on four floors. It boasts 21 restaurants that include Tony Roma’s, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Ruby Tuesday and Buffalo Wild Wings, which gives you nearly unlimited cuisine choices.

    This fabulous mall was actually built on the former site of Metropolitan Stadium. In fact, the home plate plaque is located in the Nickelodeon Universe, exactly where home plate was in the stadium. Another memento from the Mall’s former resident is a red painted chair, marking the longest home run, hit by Marmon Killebrew in 1967.

    This is definitely not your mother’s shopping mall! Shopping aside, the Mall of America is home to several great attractions, including the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium that offers the chance to on only view sharks, stingrays, turtles and many other beautiful sea creatures, but host special events as well.  Here you can plan a sleep over, participate in scuba diving and even hold a birthday party.  If you’re more of an adventurer, check out the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park where you can ride roller coasters, participate in a ropes course or play miniature golf course.   And if you are so inclined, you can even get married here, at the Chapel of Love on the 3rd floor.

    So whether you and your girlfriends are gearing up for some serious shopping or are looking for a great place to have fun and relax, let Ingenious Travel put you on the road to the Mall of America.

    What is your favorite store to shop with the girls?

     

    Image Source:  flickr.com cliff1066

    Did you know…

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on May 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

    Flickr.com carloscappaticciBabe Ruth’s Jersey, worn in 1920 when he was with the Yankees,  sold for $4.4 million dollars just the other day?  This set a record as the highest price paid for any item of sports memorabilia.  And it’s not just the Sultan of Swat’s jersey that has a heavy price tag; his home run balls, his bats and even his contracts command huge sums at auctions.

    As long as we have had organized sports, we have had sports collectors.  Whether it’s a group of boys trading baseball cards or corporations bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars, for the privilege of owning a one of a kind piece of sports history, if a sports figure touched it, it’s going to be up for sale.  There is always someone out there who is willing to pay the going price for the pride of ownership.

    And it’s just not baseball that racks up these kinds of prices.   Until the sale of Babe Ruth’s jersey, a copy of James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball held the record with a $4.3 million dollar sale price.   Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves brought in a little over a million dollars when they were sold during an auction in conjunction with his 70th birthday.

    So whatever you collect that is associated with your favorite sports, be it signed pucks, golf balls, tennis rackets, baseballs or footballs, if your favorite sports personality touched it, signed it or used it, you can buy it.

    If you could have anything that your favorite sports personality used during a winning game, what would it be?

    Image source:  Flickr.com carloscappaticci

    From Lucky Pennies to Good Luck Bats — Baseball Superstitions

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Apr 27, 2012 | 6 Comments

    flickr.com Scott TidlundWe’re all a little superstitious, I mean, come on who doesn’t have something special that brings us luck.  And professional athletes are known for their rituals and superstitions.   From the number on their jerseys, to the meal they eat the night before a game, baseball players have some very colorful and endearing superstitions.    Did you know…

    Denny Neagle, who pitches for the Yankees, always goes to a movie the day he is supposed to pitch.

    Jason Bere listens to the same songs before a game on the days that he is pitching

    Wade Boggs is known for the fact that the night before each game, he eats chicken.  In fact his wife has over 40 different chicken recipes at her fingertips.

    Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies is well known for his devotion to the number 3.  His uniform number is 33, he practice swings his bat 3 time.  He was even married on November 3rd at 3:33 pm.

    Some baseball players have a special restaurant that they eat in.  Mike Saccocio of the Montreal Expos insists on eating at a Long John Silver’s the night before a game.    And taping the plate before each swing is compared to knocking on wood.    And nobody ever talks about the possibility of a no hitter before or during the game.

    Other superstitions include:

    Not stepping on the foul line

    Using a lucky bat or glove

    Sitting in the same place on the bench in the dugout for every game

    And lastly—Not washing a lucky article of clothing for the entire season.

     

    What superstitions does your favorite baseball player have?

    Image Source:  flickr.com Scott Tidlund

    What’s In A Name?

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Apr 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

    flickr.com  Peter Dindinger

    As we approach Baseball season, I thought it would be great fun to take a look back at what the nicknames of some of the famous baseball players were known by.

    Hank Aaron – Hammer
    Johnny Bench – Little General
    Ty Cobb – The Georgia Peach
    Dizzy Dean – The Great Man
    Joe DiMaggio – The Yankee Clipper or Joltin Joe
    Don Drysdale – Big D
    Leo Durocher – The Lip
    Lou Gehrig – The Iron Horse
    Connie Mack – Mr. Baseball
    Mickey Mantle – The Mick
    Willie Mays – The Say Hey Kid
    Joe McGinnity – Iron Man
    Brooks Robinson – Hoover or The Vacuum Cleaner
    Cal Ripken – Iron Man
    Babe Ruth–King of Swing, The Sultan of Swat
    Noland Ryan – The Ryan Express
    Tom Seaver – Tom Terrific
    George Sister – Gorgeous George
    Ozzy Smith – he Wizard of Oz
    Casey Stengel – The Old Perfessor
    Carl Yaztrzemski – Yaz

    Nicknames for Baseball players fall into several different categories.

    Color – Michael Higgins, aka Pinky Higgins.
    Physical characteristics – Mordecai Brown, aka three Finger Brown
    Animals – Greg Madduz, aka Mad Dog Maddux
    Ethnic Nicknames – Herman Long,  aka The Flying Dutchman
    Titles and Ranks – Duke Snider, aka The Duke of Flatbush
    Personality – Joe Knight, aka Quiet Joe
    Food – John Candelaria, aka the Candy Man
    Mechanical – Roger Clemons,  aka Rocket

     

    Did your favorite player make our list?

    Photo Source:  flickr.com  Peter Dindinger

    Just a month away—Spring Training

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Mar 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

    Flickr.com  aaron.goodyearForget daffodils and the Easter Bunny, to the die-hard baseball fan, Spring Training is what marks the real beginning of spring.

    The earliest Spring Training on record occurred when the Red Sox and White Sox organized baseball camps in New Orleans in 1870.  The Washington Capitals National League team followed by holding a four day camp in 1888 in Jacksonville, Florida.   And while baseball enthusiasts may have differing opinions as to which one of these events was the official start of Spring Training, by 1900, it was a well-established routine with camps being set up in warmer areas all across the country.

    Today’s Spring Training is organized into two leagues.  The Cactus League based in Arizona and the Grapefruit League which is based in Florida.   And it has come a long way from the teams just getting together to practice for the regular season.    The Jupiter Beach Resort in Palm Beach Florida offers a fantastic package for Cardinals and Marlin fans that have something for everybody in the family to enjoy.   Melbourne, Florida has the added attraction of NASA tours when you are not at the stadium. And Scottsdale, Arizona also has some great packages that include tours of the Wrigley Mansion, exclusive savings at the Four Seasons Resort , Hyatt Regency and the Sleep Inn to name a few.

    Let Ingenious Travel help you shake off those winter blahs and get you ready for the 2012 Baseball season by putting you right behind the dugout for your favorite teams Spring Training games.

    Where does your favorite team do their Spring Training?

    Photo source:  Flickr.com  aaron.goodyear