It’s time to party in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican Independence Day falls on September 16th but if you know Mexicans and how they love to party, the entire month is cause to celebrate. This year, I am lucky to be in Puerto Vallarta, the former sleepy fishing village made famous when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor made it their secret rendezvous after he was here to film, “Night …

Chile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day Meal

Mexican Independence Day Meal

September is called  Mes Patrio (Country Monthy) and probably the most traditional dish to eat in any restaurant will be Chiles en Nogada.  In case you want to make them for a nice Traditional dinner on either the 15th or the 16th of September, here is the recipe courtesy of Mavi Graf PrintChile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day Meal …

Are You Nervous About Dining in Paris?

Do you feel anxious or intimidated when you reach the entrance of a French restaurant, bistro or brasserie? Do you even know the difference? How can you feel comfortable dining in Paris? A stroll past shop windows will teach you that a boulangerie sells breads and a patisserie sells fancy pastries. But when you get to the open air market …

Creamy Lime Avocado Dressing

avocado salad dressing

It’s too hot to cook.  All I want for lunch is a salad but the salad dressing bottles are down to the last drop.  I need a recipe for something “creamy”. To the rescue is Stuart O’Keeffe’s new cookbook, “The Quick Six Fix” that I received recently to review.  It’s 100 no-fuss, full-flavour recipes — 6 ingredients, 6 minutes prep …

Photo Shoot in Yelapa, Mexico

Last August, a request was sent out seeking specific shots taken in the remote cove of Yelapa, a sleepy village about 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.  Riding the water taxi is an adventure in itself and makes for a fun day trip. It was rainy season and lighting bolts were bouncing off Banderas Bay but at the sign of …

Volunteers needed for Cyclone Disaster Relief in Fiji

Fiji needs your help.  Make it a layover on your way to Australia or Southeast Asia. Volunteerism is a highlight on your future resumes.  If you can hold a hammer, you will feel good despite any bruised thumbs.  Consider doing some good for others. Before: Photo credit: sjkln via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA After: International volunteer organization Projects Abroad calls …

Adventure Canada and Nikon Travel Contest

Nikon Canada is outfitting all Adventure Canada expeditions in 2016 with a variety of Nikon cameras and lenses. Passengers aboard these expeditions will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with select Nikon gear as they explore Canada and Greenland’s most remote wilderness destinations. Nikon gear available on the ships will include the highly anticipated D500, a robust and lightweight …

Wine Cocktail Recipes to Welcome Spring

Mother Nature is dressing her foliage and flowers in the shades of the rainbow. Cherry blossoms, tulips, fragrant hyacinths and happy-faced pansies are competing for the attention of everyone with a digital apparatus. You know that means you. Shed the heavy outerwear and celebrate a new season wearing fresh bright hues too. It may not be all that warm yet but …

Brazilian Carnaval is more than Rio de Janeiro

Over 3 million revelers are expected to attend this year’s celebration in Brazil. There is the samba parade in Rio de Janeiro but there are other cities that throw equally massive parties in even more gorgeous settings. Learn about them and join the party! Salvador  Salvador, the capital of Bahia, proves to be a forerunner of carnivals. The city has an …

Best River Cruises Guide from Consumer Affairs

river cruises

You’ve cruised the Caribbean and maybe the Mediterranean.  What’s next?  A river cruise?  But it is a fairly new itinerary and you don’t know where to start or how to plan.  I have found an answer.  Consumer Affairs has published a “Best River Cruises Guide”. The River Cruise industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom – up 11% from last year. …

Results of my 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

A few weeks back when everyone was planning another resolution to lose weight this year, I came across a discussion on one of the FB groups about what was safe and useful.  Here are my results. Several people were recommending a visit to a nutritionist at a nearby hospital.  She had her clients kickstart their new healthy food plan by …

Booze Burns

As any recent college graduate can attest, drinking straight hard alcohol burns. But why? So the YouTube channel SciShow has come to our rescue with an intellectual explanation to the phenomenon. Turns out that alcohol actually lowers the tolerance of certain heat receptors in your mouth, causing them to activate at 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) instead of 42 degrees …

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wine for a Homemade Romantic Dinner Valentine’s Day

According to the National Restaurant Association, roughly one quarter of all Americans are expected to dine out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While this may seem like a large number, it really means that the majority of people will dine at home creating their own romantic meal. The good news is that it’s even easier than most people realize to create …

How are you spending Spring Break?

College students can now participate in Care and Medicine programs in Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. Students will be able to skip the typical vacation experience in favor of volunteering abroad in Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. Each trip emphasizes having a worthwhile experience in a short period of time and are all scheduled to coincide with major university breaks. International volunteer …

80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 8-10, 2016

The Southeast’s official kick-off to spring, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates its 80th anniversary next April. Held in beautiful Piedmont Park, the festival welcomes hundreds of fine artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors to three days of festivities including live music – expect some tunes from the 80s, international performances, gourmet and festival fare, midway rides and games, the …

Traveler’s Dilemma of Meaningful vs. Restful Vacations

Many travelers are looking for a chance to go beyond being a tourist and truly immerse themselves in a culture. But the two main strategies for an authentic experience – very high-end tour packages or months of volunteer work – have kept this kind of authentic experience beyond the grasp of most travelers by making it either too expensive or …

5 Reasons to visit Charleston, SC this Spring

Planning your spring getaway? Here’s five reasons to head to Charleston, SC this Spring. 1. Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, voted “best music concert” by Charleston City Paper’s readers, celebrates its 5th year on Saturday & Sunday April 16 and 17 with curated music and an artisan food experience you won’t forget. This year’s headliners include …

Tocabe Green Chili Stew for the Big Game

Green Chili Stew

Tocabe:  An American Indian Eatery out of Denver and one of the country’s premier authentic American Indian restaurants (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!), thought their Green Chili Stew would make the perfect addition to any tailgate/game-viewing party and decided to share the recipe! It’s warm, spicy and delicious, not to mention a unique and authentic take on a game staple (or really …

Monica Auslander’s recipe for Avocado Quinoa Salad

Want a filling meal that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy? Monica Auslander, leading nutritionist who developed Essence Nutrition Registered Dietitians, has this awesome recipe below for people who need a delicious and simple meal that will not leave you feeling guilty afterwards. The recipe below is for a quinoa salad stuffed avocados which are great for a quick bite that …

Budget Travel’s List for Where to Go 2016 & Sweepstakes

Ready to stoke your wanderlust? Budget Travel’s Where To Go 2016 list is bigger and better than ever with amazing (and amazingly affordable!) budget destinations from around the globe. Expertly curated by the editors at Budget Travel, an 18-year-old multi-platform travel media and services company that empowers consumers to travel the world on any budget, the annual compendium is the …