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Welcome to Across the Avenue! We travel between the Dallas and DC-Metro area, sharing our thoughts, reviews and recommendations of places, products, and food we love. We welcome you to share your own opinions with fellow readers as well!

 **All places and products reviewed on this blog are our own, honest opinions and may differ from yours. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

5 Tips for a Great Date #MedievalTimes


My friends and I love rehashing some of the best dates we've ever been on. Whether we're comparing date nights with my single friends or listening to birthday, anniversary, or 'mommy & daddy' nights, we never get tired of sharing our stories. Often times, it's the atmosphere and uniqueness that have made these dates so memorable. Beautiful scenery, spectacular shows and creative activities seemed to rank as most memorable in our group. For these reasons, we chose Medieval Times Dinner Show as our 'Great Date' suggestion! Check out our 5 tips to create a great date:





Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recipe: Spicy Chocolate Crepes #easybreakfastrecipe


On weekends we like to forgo the cereal and put a little more effort into a home-cooked breakfast. This weekend I woke up to my husband's spicy chocolate crepes! Crepes are his specialty and I never get tired of them, mostly because you can put so many different filling inside to make everyone happy. Crepes may sound difficult to make, but they're actually pretty simple. Check out the recipe below.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

4 Tips To Do All 4 Disney Parks in a Single Day #Disneyworld

4 Tips To Do All 4 Disney Parks in a Single Day – yes, it can be done!
So, we treated ourselves to a couple’s getaway to Disney World, and just for the fun of the challenge thought “why NOT do all four parks?”

#1 Make a list of rides you want to go on, and then start at the park with the most. For us, this should have been Magic Kingdom. Instead we started at the one closest to our hotel (let’s hear it for AKL!), Animal Kingdom. The issue is, the Disney FastPass+ system lets you book fast passes months in advance once you buy tickets, BUT, on the day of Park Hopping, it ONLY lets you make new fast pass reservations ONCE INSIDE THAT PARK. So we rode Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari quick and easy, but once we arrived at Magic Kingdom, all the fast passes were already booked through the late afternoon and we had to wait in the regular lines for rides like Haunted Mansion.

#2 Note which rides have single rider lines, and then book fast passes for the ones that DON’T. It was cool to ride together but when time is a factor you can suck it up and ride a few cars apart. The single rider lines are at: Expedition Everest, Rock N Roller Coaster, and Test Track. Note that NONE of the Magic Kingdom rides have a single rider line.

#3 Know which rides you’re willing to cut out due to technical problems, long waits, etc. We went on Halloween and have always loved Haunted Mansion, so we were willing to wait the 60 minutes in Florida’s heat to go on it again. Ditto for Tower of Terror. Know what we weren’t willing to wait for? Toy Story Mania, Big Thunder Mountain, or Space Mountain. Nothing against them, but we were on a schedule.

#4 Buses between parks average 15 minutes drive time, and are theoretically arriving at each park every 20 minutes. Theoretically. But you can walk between Hollywood Studios and Epcot in about 30 minutes, which are good odds to have. (In order of fastness: buses, monorail, ferries.)

Disclaimer: As always, our posts are our own, honest opinions and may differ from yours.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Recipe: Classic Chicken Pot Pie #easyrecipes



Chicken pot pie is such a simple dish that's so versatile that you can make it as hardy and flavorful as you'd like. Whether we're coming home after an exhausting day of work or just want to whip up something quickly, pot pies are a great option for a fast meal that always tastes like you slaved away! Often times we vary the recipe based on whatever we have in the refrigerator since it's also a nice way to use up leftovers. For this recipe, we stuck with a traditional chicken pot pie. Don't hesitate to take liberties in substituting ingredients you have on hand. It's difficult to mess up! Check out the steps below and enjoy!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Justin's Snacks #organicpeanutbuttercups #healthysnacks #snacksonthego


This week we made it out of the grocery store with really healthy choices and I have to say, it's getting a lot easier to know what to look for without feeling like we're giving up our favorite kinds of snacks. One thing that we discovered this week are Justin's products. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but I was really interested in trying it. On this trip we tried the peanut butter, snack packs and squeeze packs (great for 'snacks-on-the-go'), and peanut butter cups. All of the Justin's products are made from high-quality nut butters and the peanut butter cups are organic. As an added bonus, the snack packs are only 180-190 calories per pack. Our family did an official taste test of each product and everyone gives it a thumbs up. We're quickly creating a list of products we can note as staples to help our healthier eating habits!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Idea: GourmetGiftBaskets.com #mothersdaygift #giftbasket


Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket

Mother's Day is in just a few weeks! We've been on the lookout for thoughtful and unique gifts to avoid the same old ideas we send every year. Since we have some new moms in our family this year, we needed to expand our search. In our hunt, we came across the perfect gift basket for my sister-in-law's first Mother's Day at GourmetGiftBaskets.com! It's called the Wine Party Picnic Gift Basket 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recipe: Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos for Cinco de Mayo! #healthyrecipe #JENNIEO


It's a countdown to Cinco de Mayo and we're ready to celebrate with an awesome Mexican recipe! (Of course, it's healthy, too!) Many of you know that we're big JENNIE-O turkey fans and began substituting it for red meat a while back. They have really flavorful recipes that don't make the switch to turkey a sacrifice. For Cinco de Mayo, we're making Miami Street-Style Turkey Tacos. They're incredibly easy to make and take less than 30 minutes to prep and cook. Check out the recipe below to include in your Cinco de Mayo festivities as well!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Giveaway: DC Super Hero Girls $100 Gift Card Giveaway! Dec 2015 - May 2016 #giveaway #DCSuperHeroes

We're really excited to share this girl power series and giveaway! If your kids are into action-packed animation, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s newest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes with such diversity that everyone will have a favorite character. (My favorite is Poison Ivy!) The storyline begins with these Super Heroes on a journey to discover the power of their unique abilities and friendships. We love seeing female super heroes with strong, fearless, edgy and fun qualities!



Review: Slammers Superfood Snacks #travelsnacks #organicsnacks #healthyonthego


It’s about that time of year where the calendar fills up and family schedules get a lot more hectic. Don’t get me wrong, we love that winter has passed and the weather is gorgeous, but it sometimes feels like we spend an inordinate amount of time in the car. I think a lot of families can relate! We try not to let our eating habits get the best of us, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to throw some snacks in the car and go. This season, we’re trying to make a genuine effort to find healthier ‘on the go’ snacks. We recently tried Slammers Superfood Snacks to see if they’d work for a quick but healthy choice.