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About Shelli

Shelli Stein is a health and fitness entrepreneur who travels the world in search of culture, food, and fun! Besides contributing to Travel with Grant, you can find her at Joy in Movement.

Roy’s is Turning 30: Here’s What’s in it For Us!

Do you have certain restaurants that no matter how many times you’ve been there, they never disappoint? Usually those places are few and far between because, after all, there are so many aspects to running a great restaurant that it’s easy for things to go wrong. One restaurant for me that always gets it right is Roy’s! I’ve been a fan of Roy’s for many years now. No matter which Roy’s I go to, it’s always a wonderful experience. I’ve even hosted big birthday celebrations at Roy’s and if I do say so myself, they’ve become events that are talked about for years! Roy’s is turning 30, so they’ve got this celebration deal happening right now through July 8th. See if it works for you, and enjoy your next Roy’s outing and save some money, too!

*Not Valid on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Offer requires a $50 minimum spend at Dinner in the Main Dining Room. Offer not valid in the Bar or during Aloha Hour. Offer valid now through 7/8/18. Valid at select Roy’s locations only. Cannot be combined with other offer or promotions. One dining credit allowed per table, per check, per visit.

Do You Use An Affinity Reward Credit Card? Here’s a Better Option!

I swear this happened the other day because I could not make this stuff up, even if I tried. And it’s by far the number one mistake people make in gathering miles and points. I’m in line to pay for groceries and the man in front of me pulls out a credit card to pay for his items. I have a curious nature, so I always look to see what credit card people use for their expenses. I contorted my body in several different directions in order to catch the name on the card and it was a, drum roll please… TJ Maxx Credit Card. Who knew TJ Maxx even had a credit card? And I’m not judging people who shop at TJ Maxx. Observing this man using his TJ Maxx Credit Card at a grocery store reminded me of all the other friends and family members I have who use these affinity cards. Using affinity cards doesn’t make sense if the goal is to travel more for less. Credit cards that accrue flexible points and miles so they can be used on various airlines and at multiple hotel chains makes much much much better sense! Continue reading

Skokie, Illinois Has Great Bagels: Here’s The Story!

Some questions spark opinions. Which place has the best bagels, that’s the question. And everyone has an opinion. Who makes the best bagels is almost as much of a controversy as the best deli, or where to eat the best tortilla de patata en Madrid.

Seems to me bagels have become rather mainstream, with places cropping up everywhere. But a great bagel is still hard to find. And what makes a great bagel is, of course, arguable. In fact, I even like a good bialy better than a bagel!

Most people, including myself, would say bagels in New York are the best. And often New York water is given as to the reason those bagels are top-rated. However, it’s more than just New York water that makes a bagel taste best. It’s an undying commitment to the boiling process in making bagels.

I love when I find out about great bagels outside of New York. And it’s always a possibility that I’ll travel just to taste something, so why not a bagel? Just in case you’re in the area, this story about bagels in Illinois is a must read! Have you been here? Which bagel is the best bagel you ever tasted?

Copenhagen to Stockholm: How Would You Get There?

Cousins ask me the darnedest questions. And they seem to think I’ve been everywhere. One recent question stumped me, so I did some research, but I’m still not sure which option to suggest. The question was how to go from Copenhagen, Denmark to Stockholm, Sweden. My research reminded me of one of the funniest movies ever Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and in this case, there’s even a bus option.

Turns out getting from Copenhagen to Stockholm is pretty easy, so let’s take a look at the options I discovered. It’s not a trip I’ve done, so I’m curious what you’d all suggest. Seems like each option comes with its pros and cons.

Planes: Copenhagen to Stockholm by Air

There are daily direct flights from Copenhagen to Stockholm. The flight is about 75 minutes. Depending on the time of year, flights can be inexpensive. This option is fast, but you’d have to also add in the cost of getting to and from the airports and also add in some time for the usual airport transit experience.

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Bean Around the World: A Great Coffee & Bakery Combo

My favorite combo is when a great coffee space is coupled with a great bakery. Even if those two are across the street from each other. Or even next door. I discovered a great combo in Boston that I want you to know about.  The last time I was in Boston, I checked out and reviewed one-off coffee shops. On a recent trip, I decided to enjoy my tried-and-true favorite coffee chain, Peets Coffee. Peets doesn’t have a big presence in Massachusetts, but there is one in Cambridge and two in Boston proper. The Cambridge Peets is in Harvard Square. The interior has plenty of seating and I enjoy the outdoor space in the garden. Any Peets with a relaxing outdoor space scores extra points in my book.

Harvard Square Peets Coffee. Image source:

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