Author: Nicole Isaacs

TRINIDAD CARNIVAL 2019

Another Carnival for the books! This was my 2nd year doing Carnival in Trinidad. I have only done Carnival in Jamaica and Trinidad (Brazil is still on my bucket list), but I love going to the one in Trinidad.  I love everything about Carnival. The music, the dancing, the culture- it’s an event that brings people together no matter where you’re from with good vibes all around. This year I had so much fun. I played with Harts both years because I love their costumes and the energy of their band, I’ve met so many amazing people in the past two years. This year I brought my good friend Racquel with me and we had a blast. I wrote a blog post on my first Carnival experience in Trinidad here, with lots of general info you need to know for your first time. I got so many more questions on logistics this year for attending Carnival, and how much it costs and where I got my costume etc. You can read my first blog post …

MY TULUM GUIDE

Just got back from Tulum, and already getting so many questions on recommendations on what to do there, where to go and obviously where to eat 🙂 Thought I’d share my favorite spots with you guys. I highly suggest renting a car when arriving in Cancun. You can rent a car for super cheap, and it gives you the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want on your own time and not have to rely on finding taxi’s everywhere you go. Tulum is a 1.5 hour drive from the Cancun airport and it’s a straight shot on the highway basically. It’s an easy drive. Tip: Check to see if your credit card provides rental car insurance benefits. You can decline their insurance and use your CC’s- I would print a copy of the insurance terms your CC offers and give to them in a hard copy form. Good way to save money, and most of the time you can get crazy cheap deals at any rental car company at the Cancun airport. THE REAL …

EMSCULPT BODY TREATMENT REVIEW

Happy New Year guys! I know the majority of the posts on my blog are about food and travel but I also wanted to share a little bit about my life when I’m home in LA. Since I’ve had some time off traveling coming into the new year, I’ve decided to focus on myself and self-care. I’ve been giving my body the rest it needs and trying to get back on a routine which is difficult to do when on the road. I don’t consistently work out, I also don’t sleep well and don’t eat right when I travel and it starts to take a toll on me. I finally started to go back in the gym which was SUPER hard for me after months of not going. Because I am in an active mindset right now, in addition to the gym I decided to start EMSCULPT treatments by BTL Aesthetics. EMSCULPT is the first and only non-invasive body treatment that activates and enhances both muscle strength and body fat breakdown. FDA cleared and clinically proven, this treatment …

8 DAYS IN TUNISIA

Everybody goes to Morocco- at lease everyone in my world of travel blogging. I’ve never been to Morocco and I’m DYING to go,  its on the top of my list.  I was planning a trip to Morocco this past October and changed my mind…I chose to travel to Tunisia instead. I hadn’t seen anyone I know travel there before, therefore I was interested in it. I was in Italy for two weeks and ended my trip in Sicily, which  is just a short one hour flight into Tunis. I decided to spend 3 nights in Tunis, and 5 nights in Hammamet, Tunisia. I really didn’t know what to expect but I was curious about the culture and excited to learn about it. I found the people to be warm and genuine, and overall I felt good vibes everywhere I went. Tunisia is a Muslim country in Northern Africa bordering the Mediterranean sea and the Sahara Desert. They speak Arabic and French. I recently got the new EOS R camera from Canon and was eager to …

COOKING PAELLA IN BARCELONA

The last time I visited Barcelona I cooked authentic Spanish paella at a local’s house. I knew I wanted to do something with food while I was there, and what better way than learning how to make one of the most traditional Spanish dishes. The program was called La Salsamenta, and you can book through their website or find them on Air B n’ B experiences for Barcelona. I learned a lot about Paella and it was such a fun and interactive experience. Watch the video below of the highlights, and a big thank you to La Salsamenta for having me!

A CURATED GUIDE TO MALTA

Malta has always been a fascinating place to me and has been on my radar for years. I finally had the opportunity to visit through a trip with the Malta Tourism Authority for six days this past October. I tried to squeeze in a visit over the summer, but I couldn’t make it work with my travel schedule. When the opportunity came around for an October visit, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I flew into Malta from Tunisia which was a quick one-hour flight on Air Malta. I flew back to Los Angeles from Malta on British Airways business class with a layover in London. I was blown away by the impeccable service on both British Airways flights, and how friendly and attentive the flight attendants were. It made it a real pleasure to fly. The business class was spacious and super comfortable with a full flat lay bed from London to LA. The food served on flight was also good. I would definitely recommend British Airways to anyone, and I can’t wait to …

SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH JOANNA VARGAS

Along with my exercise, makeup, and hair routine,  I get asked about my skincare routine just as much, if not more than anything else. A lot of my followers know I don’t wear much makeup, if any at all, so having good skin is really important to me. I’ve been blessed to never have gotten pimples or acne in my life- nor do I have any sun spots or blemishes on my face. I’ve always kept my skin care routine simple. I make sure to wash my face and moisturize every night, and in the morning I lightly rinse my face and moisturize with SPF usually. I’ve previously blogged about my daily skincare routine using a few of my favorite products, and I wanted to share what I’ve been using recently. I’ve been using Joanna Vargas skincare products for the past couple months and have been really liking them. I am on a one month long trip in Europe at the moment and brought her products along with me to continue my at-home daily skincare routine. Below …

CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Italy, my favorite place in the world. I’ve been several times at this point, but I still have so much  more to see there. This recent trip I decided to explore Cinque Terre for the first time. Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small seaside villages on the west coast of Italy. I bought train tickets from Milan to Riomaggiore on the last train out of Milan at night, and the whole trip was supposed to be around 3.5 hours total. I ended up getting off at the wrong station around Genoa and there were no trains the rest of the night, so I had to take a taxi from Genoa to Riommagiore which was around 1.5 hours and 200 EURO. Just my luck, but part of the fun, huh? I arrived in Riomaggiore around 2am (hours later than I was supposed to) and it was a ghost town. If only there was a hidden camera to see me in the middle of the night with two of my huge suitcases nearly sliding down …

A NIGHT ON CATALINA ISLAND

Believe it or not being an LA native, I have never been to Catalina until recently. I got invited by the Catalina Island Company to visit and I was so excited because I have always wanted to go. I took the Catalina Express out of Long Beach on a 65 minute boat ride to the island. You can choose date and departure times and book online here. General seating is $36.76 each way and approx $52 each way for the Commodore Lounge, the Catalina Express “first class”. Parking at the downtown Long Beach port is $19 a day in the lot if you leave your car there. I had round trip tickets in the Commodore Lounge which is located on the upper deck of the boat. They gave out complimentary Famous Amos Cookies and a beverage of your choice (if you haven’t already noticed I like to mention the little details, especially when it has to do with food 🙂 ) The ride wasn’t bumpy or rocky, it was actually pretty relaxing. After 65 minutes …