Trips

One Day in Tulum

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While we stayed in Akumal (read my hotel review here), we decided to do a day trip to Tulum and it was super worth it! We rent a car and we drove to all the things we did, you can book a tour or use the public transportation but we wanted to do our schedule so renting a car was a great option! Check what you can do over there and also a great restaurant that we went!


Nós ficamos hospedados em Akumal (ler meu post sobre o hotel que ficamos, aqui), mas decidimos passar um dia em Tulum e foi incrível! Nos alugamos uma carro e dirigimos para todos os passeios e lugares que fomos, você pode marcar um tour ou usar o transporte público local mas não queríamos ter muito horário e alugar um carro foi uma ótima opção! Vou contar tudo nesse post do que fizemos e também uma indicação de um restaurante incrível!

WHAT TO DO

Walk among ancient Mayan ruins

To enter the archaeological site to see the Mayan ruins, it is $65 pesos per person. The ruins sit atop cliffs so hiking up to the Mayan ruins offers an amazing view of the beach and the ocean. Tulum was actually once a walled trading city known for it’s beautiful beach and seaport. It is a nice walk and the view is incredible, but a tip, bring water, it is so hot and you are not going to find any place inside to buy it!


Para entrar no sítio arqueológico para ver as ruínas maias, são $65 pesos por pessoa. As ruínas ficam no topo das pedras, então se você andar até o topo das ruínas, você vai ver uma vista incrível da praia e do oceano. Tulum era uma vez uma cidade de comércio murada pela sua praia e porto. É um passeio legal e a vista é incrível, mas uma dica, levem água, lá é muito quente e você não vai achar nenhum lugar lá dentro para comprar!

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Swim in a cenote

Cenotes are underground sinkholes that were held sacred by ancient Mayans and are now used as natural swimming pools and for tourism. We went for two cenotes, Dos Ojos and Sac Actun, both are beautiful but me and my husband preferred the Sac Actun, we did an amazing tour inside of the cenote and it was awesome, I super recommend it!


Cenotes são cavernas subterrâneos que foram consideradas sagradas pelos antigos maias e agora são usados como piscinas naturais e para o turismo. Fomos para dois cenotes, Dos Ojos e Sac Actun, ambos são lindos, mas eu e meu marido preferimos o Sac Actun, fizemos um passeio guiado incrível dentro do cenote, eu super recomendo!

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WHERE TO EAT

After visiting the amazing cenotes, we were super hungry and we really wanted fresh seafood for lunch with an ocean view, as always we looked up at Trip Advisor for some restaurant and we ended up at Ziggy’s Beach for an amazing and authentic Mexican cuisine. We had the Guacamole in Molcajete ($90 pesos) for appetizer that was so delicious (and huge!)! For main dish I had the Octopus, Shrimp & Fish Tostada ($250 pesos) and my husband the Maxi Quesadilla ($235 pesos), everything was so good and of course, to be even better we ordered a Mojito! If you are in Tulum, I super recommend Ziggy’s, I’m sure you are going to have an amazing meal with a beautiful view of the beach!


Depois da visita incrível nos cenotes, nós estávamos morrendo de fome e queríamos um almoço bem mexicano com vista para o mar, como sempre, nós olhamos o Trip Advisor para achar algum restaurante e assim descobrimos Ziggy’s Beach, um restaurante mexicano na beira da praia. Pedimos o Guacamole em Molcajete ($90 pesos) de entrada, que estava delicioso (e era gigante!)! Para prato principal eu pedi a Tostada de Polvo, Camarão e Peixe ($ 250 pesos) e meu marido o Maxi Quesadilla ($ 235 pesos), tudo estava um delicia e é claro, para ser ainda melhor, nós pedimos um Mojito! Se você está em Tulum, eu super recomendo Ziggy’s, eu tenho certeza que você vai comer uma comida incrível com uma vista deslumbrante para a praia!

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Though our visit to Tulum was short, I’m already trying to think of a way to get back. Next time we go (yes, there will be a next time) I definitely would like to try to stay in Tulum because there was so much more I wish we could’ve done and seen. Exploring the peaceful white sandy beaches, trying more local restaurants and shops and staying a rustic boutique hotel are now on my bucket list!


Mesmo que a nossa visita a Tulum tenha sido curta, eu já estou tentando pensar em uma maneira de voltar. Da próxima vez que nós formos (sim, haverá uma próxima vez) eu gostaria de ficar em Tulum porque há muito mais o que ver e conhecer. Explorar as praias paradisíacas de areia branca, conhecer novos restaurantes e lojas locais e ficar um “boutique hotel” na beira da praia, com certeza está na minha lista de desejos!

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Food

Early Dinner at Doraku Buckhead

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A couple weeks ago, me and my husband were at the Lenox Square, here in Atlanta and we wanted to eat sushi sooo bad! We were looking at Yelp to find a nice Japanese restaurant near the mall and we found the Doraku at Buckhead! That day we had a late and big breakfast, so at 5pm we decided to have a late lunch/early dinner, when we arrived at the restaurant it had just opened, and we were glad it wasn’t full because we were way to hungry to wait! One thing that is super nice if you go to their happy hour that is every day from 5pm to 8pm you have discounts in some menu items we also got the house wine for half of the price because was Saturday happy hour!

Me and my husband share all the plates we ordered so we could try a little bit of everything. As appetizers we ordered the Edamame Hommus ($6.95), that is seasoned with roasted sesame and yuzu, served with toasted brioche, that it was so good, if you go there you should definitely try it. After we ordered a salmon hand roll ($4 on happy hour price), the Chef Selection of Sushi+ Sashimi ($31) and the White Dragon Roll ($11.95), my favorite one was the roll that combined a lot of different flavors and it was delicious, but all the food tasted great and it was super fresh! For dessert, we got the Brownie Tempura ($7.50) that is to die for, one of the best desserts I ever had!

We loved everything about Doraku, the food, the service, the decor and of course the happy hour discounts! We would come back again and hopefully soon!! If you are looking for fresh, authentic Japanese restaurant and delicious food, you should check out Doraku in Buckhead!


Algumas semana atrás, eu e meu marido estávamos no Lenox Square, que é um shopping aqui em Atlanta e nós queríamos muuuito comer uma comida japonesa! Começamos a olhar no Yelp (parecido com o TripAdvisor mas só de comida) para encontrar um restaurante bom perto do shopping e acabamos achando o Doraku em Buckhead! Naquele dia tínhamos tomando um café da manhã tarde, quase um brunch e quando deu 5 da tarde estávamos morrendo de fome e decidimos comer um “almo-janta”, quando chegamos no restaurante tinha acabado de abrir para o jantar e ficamos super felizes por ainda estava vazio, afinal estávamos com muita fome para esperar! Uma coisa muito legal nesse restaurante é que todo dia das 17h até as 20h tem o happy hour, onde você tem desconto em alguns pratos do menu e nós também tivemos metade do preço do vinho da casa porque esse é o especial do happy hour de sábado!

Eu e meu marido decidimos pedir alguns pratos e dividir entre nós, assim poderíamos experimentar um pouco de tudo. Para o aperitivo pedimos o Hommus de Edamame ($6.95) que é feito com gergelim torrado e yuzu na torradinha de brioche, que é surpreendentemente delicioso, se você for no Doraku, super recomendo pedir. Depois pedimos temaki de salmão ($4 no valor do happy hour), a Seleção do Chef de Sushi+Sashimi ($31) e o shushi Dragon Roll ($11.95), que na minha opinião foi o melhor de todos, vários sabores diferentes que juntos ficaram incríveis, mas todos os pratos estavam muito gostosos e os peixes super frescos! Para sobremesa, pedimos o Brownie Tempura ($7.50), que é maravilhoso, uma das melhores sobremesas que eu já comi!

Nós adoramos tudo no restaurante Doraku, a comida, o serviço, a decoração e é claro também o descontinho de happy hour! Com certeza vamos voltar e eu espero que seja logo logo!! Se você está procurando por um japonês autentico, com comida deliciosa e um preço justo, o Doraku em Buckhead é uma ótima opção!

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Photos – Courtesy of Doraku Buckhead

DORAKU
265 East Paces Ferry Rd – Atlanta

Food

Seafood Dinner at The Optimist

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My husband’s family was in town so we got the opportunity to go to new restaurants, one of them was The Optimist and I might say that until now is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! Not just the food was delicious, but the whole experience was great. The chef-owner is Ford Fry, is a well-known chef who owns 10 restaurants, most of them are in Atlanta, for example JCT Kitchen, no. 246 and King+Duke.

As appetizers we ordered the “Opportunist” Plateaux for the table, it had oyster, king crab, shrimp and ceviche, everything was super fresh and delicious. They also served a very tasty bread that was similar to a brioche.

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For main course, I ordered the Georges Bank Scallops that was one of the best scallops I have ever had, just to think about it my mouth start watering! My husband ate the Redfish which was also really good, the Whole Grilled Fish and Cioppino were other dishes served to our table, all the plates had a great presentation and tasted delicious.

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It is a little bit pricy but for a special occasion is the perfect spot! They serve a super fresh and delicious seafood, the decor is beautiful and the service was great!

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Photos – Andrew Thomas Lee

THE OPTIMIST
914 Howell Mill Road – Atlanta