Trying the Cappuccino Flavored Potato Chip.

Those that follow me know about my love affair with coffee. Whether at home, a local coffee shop or on the road I’m usually drinking coffee in all of its forms. By forms I mean a pour over, drip, Chemex, as part of a latte, etc.

The taste and smell of java deliciousness has made me try things like coffee flavored ice cream, but one day I was roaming a store and saw these…

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

…cappuccino flavored Lay’s Potato Chips. I did a double take. While seeing a delicious cappuccino on a product definitely drew my eye and a smile, I was also thinking to myself, “Huh?”. Potato chips and coffee, really?

This flavor was the result of Lay’s Do us a Flavor? competition. Lay’s ran a contest taking potato chip flavor ideas from everyone, before picking four flavors to produce. One flavor will be saved via a website and social media vote, with the winning contest contributor receiving a one million dollar prize!

I didn’t buy them at first, but after posting about it on Facebook a couple of friends, who I’m sure know of my coffee love, suggested I try them out. So the next the Lay’s Cappuccino Potato Chips were secured and opened right away.

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Yep, it smelled just like a cappuccino. If you closed your eyes and someone put the bag in front of you, you might actually think there was a caffeinated beverage up close, not a potato chip snack.

I proceeded to taste a few of the chips and was kind of indifferent. You could definitely taste the flavor of cappuccino, but in no ways did it feel like I was eating a potato chip. It wasn’t like anything I had tasted before. The chips contain no caffeine, so naturally I had a cappuccino in liquid form alongside for the ride.

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Afterwards, walking around having a dozen or so random others try the chips, the responsive was more on the negative side. One person actually liked them a lot. The rest of the bag was consumed since I bought it, but I probably won’t by it again for that next road trip. Hmmm probably not. :)

Thinking back to the contest, if I had submitted an entry it might very well have been coffee based. Latte potato chips anyone? :) You gotta give Lay’s props for being innovative and letting it’s fans help shape the products it creates. Next time I go to the store I might snag one of those other contest flavors just to try. Who knows unless you try!

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Have you tried the Lay’s Cappuccino Flavored Potato Chips? Any of Lay’s other “Do us a Flavor” flavors? If so, you can go to DoUsAFlavor.com to vote for your favorite. What were your thoughts?

Standing alongside Owharoa Falls in New Zealand.

New Zealand is home to countless scenic waterfalls, one such being Owharoa Falls on the North Island.

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls sits on the Taieri Stream and within the Karangahake Gorge right off State Highway 2 about half-way between Paeroa and Waihi.

It’s actually made up of three waterfalls with the most accessible being only a five minute walk away from the main parking area. You can also see the falls as part of a walk/hike along the seven kilometer Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls is a staircase waterfall with a trapezoidal shape and stands is six meters tall.

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

It was a 90-120 minute drive from Auckland, making it a great day trip option. A fun experience standing alongside Owharoa Falls, with swimming next to being another plausible option.

Owharoa Falls, Waihi, New Zealand, waterfall, North Island

What waterfalls would you recommend checking out in New Zealand?

An Ann Arbor Morning Stroll Along the Huron.

Just north of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a little bit off the beaten path, is Barton Park. Here along Barton Pond and the Huron River you’ll see the calmness of the blue water and all the lily pads and greenery that surrounds. It’s a place close by, yet away from all the interstate and city noise. It makes for a great place to walk, run and get away in the early morning.

Barton Pond,, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Barton Pond,, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Barton Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Barton Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Barton Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Barton Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Well it’s time to continue out on the open path. :) Stay tuned for when I roam across the Huron River into the Barton Nature Area.

Barton Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Huron River

Any other parks, trails or sights that you would recommend checking out along the Huron River around Ann Arbor?

Finding that Pure Michigan Sunrise Spot.

Dawn was fast approaching along the Lake Huron coastline in Michigan. I was out on the open road in the wee hours of the morning looking for a place to capture the sunrise over the waters of the second biggest Great Lake. Driving along Heritage Route U.S. 23 between Au Gres and Tawas City, I randomly spotted the Singing Bridge Public Access Point. With not a soul around, I parked, walked a few steps and below is what I saw.

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

Lake Huron, sunrise, Michigan

I can now see why the Lake Huron coastline in this part of Michigan is known as the Sunrise Coast. Beautiful colors and scenes await those who live or travel along here every day. In fact, I went back to the same spot on another road trip to experience the romantic scenery all over again. :) Gotta love random finds!

Where have you captured a sunrise around home or in your travels that you’d like to go back to over-and-over again?

St. Pete Beach: The Views, Cocktails & Seafood of Crabby Bills.

Crabby Bills Seafood in St. Pete Beach, Florida sits right along the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The up-top outside deck provides beautiful tropical views during the day and romantic sunsets each and every night. A rum runner or two and some Sea Scallops and Bairdi Snow Crab are the last pieces to the puzzle of a fun St. Pete Beach experience.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach bar

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

Food-wise you aren’t looking at the same dishes more than once. :) The photos are from consecutive days. When you find great seafood why not order it again. The sides of choice are the Southern Green Beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Crabby Bills has other locations in St. Cloud and nearby Clearwater, but how can beat the beauty of being alongside St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico?!

What delicious, scenic, outdoor dining fun have you had in your travels? Or around home?

Tampa: A Helicopter Skyline Tour.

When photographing a city skyline people like to walk and drive to various vantage points, grab a shot from the water and look for the high rises when landing or taking off in an airplane. What about getting up close and personal to the heart of a city via helicopter?

My wife and I had the chance to see the Tampa, Florida skyline via a helicopter tour from Old City Helicopters. We met the helicopter in the Davis Islands neighborhood at Peter O’Knight Airport. You could already see the skyline off in the distance from the runway.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Upon take off Seaplane Basin and Hillsborough Bay sat right in front of us. My wife sat in front with the pilot and I was the backseat flyer. :)

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Doing a 360 in the air there was the heart of Tampa off in the distance along with the Seddon and Sparkman water channels.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Before reaching downtown we went over some ritzy neighborhoods.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Our pilot was friendly and made sure we were safe and having a great time. He also pointed out various spots all along the way. Can anyone guess whose white mansion with the pool that is in the center of the picture? Hint: He is retiring from his sporting profession this year. :)

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, celebrity home

Well it was time to head into downtown via a brand new means, getting goosebumps as we got closer and closer. Nothing like capturing a photo of someone capturing a photo of a city skyline in the air!

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

You could almost touch the buildings. The tallest building in Tampa and along the Florida Gulf Coast is the 42-story 100 North Tampa building to the far left.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Looking to the east you can see McKay Bay, also capturing more of the neighborhoods as we looked away from downtown in each direction. Typical of Florida, you have dark ominous clouds on one side and clear blue skies on the other. :) We lucked out with no rain during our tour.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

It was time to head back towards the airport and Hillsborough Bay.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, Tampa Bay

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

We circled the bay getting some skyline and marina shots from out on the open water, I mean over.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline, harbor

Back to Peter O’Knight Airport we go, where you’ll find lots of small planes and helicopters taking off continuously.

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour

Tampa, Florida, helicopter tour, skyline

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We went on the Bay & Downtown Tour. Along with various Tampa tour options, Old City Helicopters also provides aerial tours of St. Petersburg, the nearby Gulf of Mexico beaches, St. Augustine and the Florida Keys. You can get flight instruction or even just go on a ride that is photography based. Checkout their website and Facebook page for more information.

We had a great time and would definitely recommend this excursion when visiting the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area.

Old City Helicopter tours, Tampa, Florida

Have you ever had a helicopter tour? Any around the heart of a city?

Florida: The Sunsets of St. Pete Beach.

No matter the evening, viewing a sunset on St. Pete Beach along the Florida Gulf Coast is magical. The beach, sand, palm trees, Gulf of Mexico and other beach goers in combo make for a romantic and beautiful setting every time. A great spot for honeymoon! :) I’ll let the pictures from various summer evenings do all the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

Where are your favorite spots, either around home or that you’ve come across in your travels, to capture a sunrise/sunset over and over and over again?