"How has Trippy helped with your travels? "
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As a Community Manager here at Trippy, I never tire of hearing about how Trippy has helped our members on their travels! Instead of having these great stories just sit in my inbox, I would love for you to share your stories here for the entire community to see.
Have you had a Thank You, Trippy moment on a trip? What restaurants, attractions and hotels have Trippy members helped you find? What tips or new places did you discover because of Trippy?
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Jacey & Scott Mahaffy from Fort Collins, Colorado
My husband and I travel for work and enjoy using our frequent traveler perks to build our own travel experiences, so we posted a question about things to do and places to eat for our summer trip to NE Canada and much to our surprise, Anthony Bourdain answered our question! He recommended two excellent restaurants in Quebec City and we were not let down.
(Changing of the Guard in Quebec City)
One location was on our radar screen and one was so far off the screen that we hadn’t even heard about it. Anthony Bourdain shared, “L'Affaire est Ketchup is another personal favorite: down-to-earth, unfailing, hearty Quebecois cooking.” Of course, this piqued our curiosity. We had to try it out!
Our hotel booked our reservation at L’Affaire est Ketchup. Our meal and experience were outstanding! The food was amazing, and my husband had his first go at sweet breads. The best part was being able to see into the kitchen. We got to interact with the crew and felt like we left our evening having met some new friends. This ended up being one of our favorite culinary experiences, and we recommended the restaurant to others we met on our trip looking for an authentic place to eat.
While on the trip, I posted a similar question about needing a place to celebrate a special occasion in Halifax. It was a bittersweet celebration in memory of my dad and I wanted to honor him. We again received great Trippy answers and had our choice narrowed down to two local places. We didn’t decide where to go until that afternoon, and based it on the recommendations. Ultimately, we went with The Bicycle Thief on the waterfront for the view, which was spectacular.
Why did we choose that one? Well, Halifax local and Trippy member Bethany Dickey recommended it as the best restaurant in Halifax, with the “Best location, food and value for money. I die over the red ravioli, it’s beyond good.” Ryan Williams shares that The Bicycle Thief has “Great atmosphere. Great drinks and great food,” and Lindsay J, a Halifax native, agreed, saying “The Bicycle Thief for Italian, they just opened a champagne bar on their patio.” Thanks to Trippy, we quickly knew we had to try this place. It was amazing!
Since we generally have to plan about a year in advance to utilize our airline miles, we use Trippy to help us decide where to go or what to do while exploring. Earlier in the year, we posted a question about traveling to New Zealand and one about Vietnam (we were trying to decide our February 2015 trip and were down to these two choices). We received excellent responses — such great responses, in fact, that we determined that we couldn’t do everything that we wanted to do in New Zealand in the two-week time frame that we had for this trip (but we’ll try!).
We have already posted our itinerary for our trip to Vietnam, and are amazed with the suggestions. We received great advice on everything from sightseeing, dining options (both higher end and local food stalls), markets, puppet shows, kayaking, cooking classes and wonderful useful general tips. We can’t wait! We plan to ask similar questions in the future to help us narrow down our searches or see if someone provides us with a different angle that we hadn’t thought about!
Merci, Trippy for a great Canadian adventure!!!
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Serena McClain from San Francisco, California
I'd love to share with everyone how the Trippy community helped me during my travels!
A few months ago, I was in Seattle for a quick weekday trip. I tend to plan my travels around food since I truly believe that discovering a city through its culinary delights is one of the best ways to get to know a place.
I was completely unfamiliar with Seattle, I knew very little about the city and wasn’t really sure where to begin. Exhausted with the thought of spending hours researching where to go and what to eat (like I usually do), I turned to Trippy and asked for some good dining recommendations for a solo traveler and I was not disappointed! The answers I received were phenomenal! I found hidden gems I never would have stumbled upon, went on a food tour, stuffed my face with the best donuts I’ve ever had, and, quite literally, ate my way through Seattle. It was fabulous, and I owe it all to Trippy.
Thanks to the advice from Trippy user Anthony Gamell, I started off with a food tour, booked through Savor Seattle. This was the perfect way to familiarize myself with the world-famous Pike Place Market. It included stops (and bites!) at 16 market hotspots, and it was worth every penny.
A lot of food trends come and go, but I’ve been on the donut bandwagon for years. I heard that Seattle could give San Francisco a run for its money when it came to this lovely hole shaped pastry, so after quite a few Trippy members told me to check out Top Pot Doughnuts and Daily Dozen Donut Co, I knew I was on my way to donut bliss. Top Pot was quite good, but Daily Dozen blew me away! These mini donuts were bite size balls of pure delight.
Not one to pass up a good food truck, when Tony Wright suggested I take the water taxi to West Seattle and check out the brick and mortar version of Marination, declared “Best Food Truck in America” by GMA, I couldn’t resist. The skyline views would have been worth it alone, but the food… oh the food. I had short rib tacos and pork sliders and they might have been the best sliders I’ve ever had. AND they even have hawaiian shaved ice filled with booze. Yes, boozy sweet hawaiian shaved ice. You win, Marination Ma Kai. You win.
The highlight of my Seattle Culinary adventure rests with Le Pichet. Alissa Vaughn said that Le Pichet was the perfect place to grab a bite and a glass of wine. I decided to swing by for a quick lunch before my flight back to San Francisco, and suddenly I found myself transported from the rainy streets of Seattle to a cafe in Paris. The menu was simple but superb, and my “quick bite” turned into a half carafe of vino, an octopus salad, and a large array of various charcuterie, pâtés, and cheeses. Needless to say, I devoured every single bite.
My Seattle trip was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, and I can honestly say I owe all of it to Trippy. Thank you Trippy!
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