A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex

Friday night, I got to send truelane’s photographer Michele to a dazzling and delicious event with Delta and American Express at Tavolàta Capitol Hill. The dinner was in celebration of the new, Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. Delta is one of my favorite airlines, so I was happy to partner on this post to share the news with you all!

A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane

Chef Ethan Stowell’s beautiful restaurant, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, set the stage for a Taste of Travel through Italy. Chef Ethan is a family man who garnered an interest in cooking thanks to his father, and is a big fan of casual and family-style dining, as you can see here. The night kicked off with the event’s signature Blue Aviation Cocktail: a luxurious mix of Aviation American Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice and Creme de Violette that created a gorgeous, deep blue tone—you don’t see that very much in the cocktail world!

A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane

The menu ranged from bruschetta to burrata and roasted halibut to roast beef, but the crowd favorite at Tavolàta is always their famous rigatoni—two of the chefs even have it tattooed on their arms! Finally, you can’t go wrong with panna cotta for dessert…the perfect palette cleanser on the coast of Italy or the coast of Washington State.

A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane
A Taste of Travel with Delta + Amex | truelane

With standout meals like this one, I’m excited to share that the new Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card gets you 2 miles per $1 spent at US Restaurants. This means you always have an excuse for a special occasion dinner at your favorite local spots, while getting you on your next adventure that much sooner. Learn more about the new Blue Delta SkyMiles Credit Card here. Buon appetito!

Photos: Michele Equitz

Thank you to Delta and American Express for sponsoring this post. 

 

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany

When shops were closed in Oslo, Norway on the first of May for May Day, we were more than excited for the second stop on our Scandinavian cruise with Princess Cruises: Germany! Several of the shore excursions for the day included three-hour train rides—each way—to Berlin. As much as I wanted to visit Berlin, I decided to save it for another trip, because Tamara and I found a shore excursion that caught our eye immediately: The Best of Rostock, River Cruise, & Microbrewery. As soon as I read there would be soft pretzels involved, I was sold!

This dream of a port town starts with the view of Warnemünde from the Regal Princess. A church steeple, a winding river, and a smattering of picturesque cottages set in front of a sparkling sea. It doesn't get any better than that. I woke up early and caught the sunrise and was absolutely enchanted by the colors that were layered throughout the clouds. 

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

Rostock, Germany is a picturesque 800-year-old town that makes you want to burst into the "little town, it's a quiet village" number from Beauty and the Beast. The town square looks as perfect as a film set, and as with any classic European city, it does feel a little like a step back into time. 

The Best of Rostock & Warnemunde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
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The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

As it happens, the oldest university in all of northern Europe is located in Rostock, established in 1419. Albert Einstein even had an honorary doctorate degree from the University! The main hall is a beautiful building right in the center of town that seems to anchor the city square.

After a stroll through the more modern shopping stretch, our tour set us free for about twenty to thirty minutes of wandering around the square. There were a ton of cute little shopping boutiques and patio restaurants, and the cutest boutique hotels. Rostock would be a wonderful place to stop on a road trip through Germany (which is now on my travel wishlist!). There was even an adorable coffee bike parked nearby to enjoy during our break.

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

However, like I said, my favorite part of the tour was visiting a local brewery, because what is Germany most famous for? Beer, of course, and they’re very proud of it. Our tour guide told us plenty of his favorite drinking stories to entertain us during the drive! We arrived at Brahaus Trotzenburg to a full tray of warm soft pretzels, and sample cups of two kinds of beer—but pay no mind to the mini-size steins, you can go back for seconds! One thing I learned was that mustard, a condiment I usually enjoy with soft pretzels, is more common in southern Germany, and nearly unheard of in northern Germany. Of course, the United States differs greatly from region to region, but I didn’t think about how different two regions in a much smaller country could be.

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

Although our tour lasted a short four hours compared to the twelve-hour day other passengers were enjoying in Berlin, Tamara and I were exhausted and headed back to the ship to regroup. There may have been a nap involved. However, there was more exploring to do in our port town of Warnemünde, which was a very short walk from the ship.

Warnemünde was just what I had in mind for a small, northern Europe port town. There were a ton of cute souvenir shops and cafes lining the river, as well as beautiful fishing boats. Tamara and I strolled the fairytale-like cottages to the end of town where we ran into a gorgeous Baltic Sea beach, which reminded me a lot of East Coast and New England beaches in the States. I imagine Warnemünde would be an amazing place to vacation in the summer!

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane
The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

I bought a couple souvenirs in town, but make sure to stop in to the shops on the walk back to the ship, specifically the shop inside Karls Pier 7: you can smell the strawberries practically out the door! Although I didn't have any room in my suitcase for their delicious treats, I did come back with a captain's hat

The Best of Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany | truelane

Our cruise itinerary contained so many stunning big cities in northern Europe that taking a day to explore some smaller, quieter towns was a nice little break. Still, this was definitely a full day for us, but worth every step. Plus, local tour guides who know the ins and outs of everything you might want to know is just the cherry on top of a fun and food-filled excursion. Auf Wiedersehen!

Thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post.