Holiday in Hawaii

If you can’t get away, let cooking bring the islands to you

I USED TO SAY I didn’t need to go to Hawaii. “I grew up in Florida,” I would tell my wife. “If I want to go somewhere warm, I can go there and see my family, too.” But I had no idea what I was missing. Hawaii is more than someplace warm. It’s a way of life. And now, like any number of northwesterners, I have heard the siren song of the islands and I’m hooked for life.

It started with a culinary research trip. As the new consulting chef for Canlis I was supposed to go there and find out all I could about Hawaiian food. But from the moment I stepped off the plane and inhaled the flowery tropical air, even inside the airport with its walkways open to the tradewinds, I was spellbound.

In between the meals, I swam at Waikiki, hiked to Sacred Falls and did everything I could to work off some of the calories packed into the Okinawan sweet potatoes and the rich coconut custard called haupia. We walked up the Manoa Valley and body-surfed at Waimea Bay, and all the while, we were practicing Hawaiian words like ono (delicious), wikiwiki (quick) and hummahummanukunuku apua’a (a fish). Just saying words like that made me happy.

One of the culinary high points of the trip was spending a couple of days behind the line in the kitchen of Alan Wong. In 1998, Wong would win the James Beard Award for Best chef of the Northwest. (The James Beard Foundation always lumps Hawaii in with the Northwest).

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The Best Of Bali’s Food And Drink

While on your Bali Holiday trip, make sure to indulge in some delicious food and drink merrily.  Enjoy this great article.

Bali is a great place to go for pretty much any type of traveler, with various activities to make anyone happy. But among the things that are great about Bali is the wide variety of food and drinks available. Simply gastronomical!

Traditional Bali Cuisine- Some Must-Tries

When I was in Bali, obviously I made it a point to try the foods that are native to Bali and that the locals enjoy on a daily basis. One of these wonderful foods is Bebek Bututu. This dish is a specialty dish where a duck is baked in banana leaves with many different kinds of herbs and spices to form a dish that is just excitement on the tongue. It was really delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed this particular dish.

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The Maldives – A Favorite Honeymoon Destination

While many Americans honeymoon in the Caribbean, the Maldives is a favorite destination for honeymooners in the UK. Taking holidays to the Maldives has long been one of the most popular options among UK honeymooners – and it’s not hard to see why. Indeed, there are five things that make the Indian Ocean destination particularly special for anyone planning a romantic break.

1.       Spectacular Beaches The first is the beaches. Made up of more than 1,000 separate coral islands, the archipelago sits like glistening jewels within the azure sea. As there are so many islands of different shapes and sizes, there are also plenty of beaches to choose from.

Strolling along the soft white sands together and admiring the stunning vista is sure to be among the best moments of your first days of married life. After all the hard work you put into planning your wedding, what could be more relaxing than lying back on the beach and soaking up the sun? Read More

10 Tips for Vacation Coupon Savings

Luxury should be so cheap… well, it can.  Get more ideas here…

Whether you clip coupons with scissors or search for cyber savings on the internet, the effect is the same – special deals and dollars back, but only for those in the know. Here are ten tips for making the most of what’s on offer.

Look Before You Book There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a great deal after you’ve made your reservations, so give yourself plenty of time to find special offers and still get the bookings you want.

Make an Itinerary Write out your itinerary, including how you’ll travel, what kind of accommodations you’ll need, and attractions you want to visit. Make a note of flexible points – such as travel dates – which could allow you to take advantage of a discount. Read More

A Villa or Resort for Your Next Family Holiday

Planning holidays can be quite fun and if you are trying to decide between a villa and resort, there are a few things to consider before you book your trip.

Resorts
Resorts have plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy, especially if you opt for an all-inclusive package. This type of holiday includes your accommodation, meals, beverages and some activities.

Sometimes you can find great deals that will even include your airfare. Resorts all over the world are now opting for all-inclusive packages because they are more affordable for families.

There is nothing worse than blowing your budget because of unplanned expenses. Having to pay for your accommodation on top of dining out and activities can put a huge dent in your wallet. Some resorts have luxury rooms where you and the family can relax after a long day.

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Best Wedding Venues in New Orleans

New Orleans is one of America’s finest romantic cities, and the city offers an excellent historical setting for a wonderful wedding. Whether your affair is intimate or huge, there are many places to consider for your special day. The Big Easy is packed with places and locations that offer the finest wedding and reception facilities. Whether you’re planning an outdoor wedding for 20 or a formal dinner reception for 400, your venue should provide the right atmosphere for your celebration. Here are the most ideal locations for a memorable wedding day:

New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124, Phone: 504-488-2896
This park is famous for organizing magnificent wedding ceremonies in its charming New Orleans Botanical Garden. Friends and family members will enjoy the stunning plants, flowers and fountains throughout this natural environment. The park features vast swan-filled bayous and dozens of years old trees blanketed in moss. All these elements are paying homage to the city’s charm, and breezeways and outdoor dance floors can be found for a special tropical feeling. You will enjoy excellent catering, skilled staff and numerous services to choose from to make your day most special.

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Historic Places in Washington DC

Washington DC has gone through a complex transition over the ages and currently has numerous historical places to behold. From its humble beginnings as a rural area with no development to its initial blueprint as the nation’s capital, to its expansion in size and growth in infrastructure at the onset of the 20th century, to its current place as an economic, political and cultural center, Washington DC is perhaps the most historically significant city in America.

Besides Philadelphia, the original capital of the nation, Washington DC also has its share of historical mysteries and majesties.

The 200-years old city is brought to life by its 96 historic places all located in various historic districts in the city. There are numerous local landmarks and historic neighborhoods that make the city a unique destination. For instance, the Octagon House, which is one of the city’s oldest buildings built by Colonel John Taylor, also has its own significant role in the American history.

Colonel Taylor was the man who offered his home to the first family (President Madison’s) to use as an Executive Mansion after the White House was burnt down by the British. It is in the tower room that Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent to end the war of 1812. While you there, also don’t forget to visit Ford’s Theater famous for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Through this guide, tourists can also be able to learn about and discover the Striver’s Section Historic District which has, since 1870’s, always been associated with African American leaders in education, business, religion, politics, architecture, art, science, and government. Learn about some of the most significant figures in this side of town like Frederick Douglass, who was branded the Father of Civil Rights Movement for his activism.

Travelers can also join the Washingtonians in their century-long practice of visiting the Eastern Market. This market forms part of a larger, public market system originally built to ensure orderly supply of necessities to the residents. Recently, the same market has acted as the focal point for the revitalization of the Capitol Hill neighborhood into a town center once again, both commercially and politically.

Washington DC has been divided into five sub-areas all highlighting important historic sites and monuments that shape its history. The Georgetown and Upper Northwest area has a number of attractions ranging from Takoma Park Historic District, Cleveland Park Historic Building, the National Zoo, Georgetown Historic District and the highly renowned Old Stone House.

The Old Stone House, located in the heart of Georgetown was built in 1765. It is Washington’s oldest private home known and it has been kept to depict the everyday life of the average citizen by that time. The historic house is open to the public and is managed by the National Park Service.

In the Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, a tourist can be treated to the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District which is home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Building, Mount Pleasant Historic District, and the Kalorama Triangle Historic District. The Sheridan Kalorama Historic District hosts the Meridian Hill Park, The Woodrow Wilson House and the Striver’s Section District among several other churches, courts, cathedrals, temples, houses, schools and hotels of historic importance.

The most popular historic places in Washington are however located in the Capitol Hill Historic District which homes the Capitol Building, Library of Congress and the Lincoln Park. Equally famous is the magnificent White House which also has its own unique history. Though its construction was begun by the time George Washington was the president, its first residents were President John Adams and his family.

The White House is an important Washington DC landmark and acts as the home and office of the president. With 132 and 35 bathrooms on six levels, this building remains one of the most outstanding historic places in the whole of America.

Washington DC is generally the hub of numerous historic places that have demonstrated the evolution of the nation politically, socially and economically. These attractions display the transition and development seen in the country’s architecture, art, and science to its current state. Through the National Park Service, you can discover more about these historical places.

Places You Must Visit in New Orleans

New Orleans, the Big Easy, is really among the world’s most remarkable cities. Its rich history is founded on influences from Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, and the city has always been the home of a unique melting pot of culture, food, and music.

If you visit New Orleans, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a bowl filled with gumbo, and wander through historic communities. Come to the Big Easy and enjoy New Orleans’ nighttime dark jazz clubs, and be present at fabulous festivals all year round. This city is truly one of America’s most famous historical values and a cultural top-destination.

What you should not miss (besides Mardi Gras-the final day of Carnival) while visiting New Orleans:

French Quarter – the famous historical neighborhood, and cultural center for night time entertainment in New Orleans. The French Quarter really must be visited because of its abundant history, the vibrant atmosphere, and distinct architecture. The district is renown for its music and famous jazz clubs, street performances and energetic nightlife. Furthermore, here you can find the greatest art galleries and the city’s best restaurants. Read More

Traveling in Australia: Gearing Up for your Next Big Vacation Down Under

One of the top travel destinations for people around the world is the continent – and country – of Australia and the nearby Pacific Islands. In fact, tourism in Australia is a booming industry that brings $35 billion dollars to the Australian market each year. Australia boasts a variety of activities and attractions available for tourists to engage in, and the wildlife and diversity in environment makes Australia an exciting and exotic place to visit. Before you travel to this exciting location, however, it is important to do a bit of preparation so that differences, potential dangers, and unexpected challenges don’t slow you down while you’re on vacation.

Culture and Customs: Preparing to Engage with Australian Culture

Plenty of information is available from Australia’s tourism department regarding the unique history of the country of Australia and how it influences art, society and culture today. Australia uses the Australian dollar as currency, and another logistical strength of Australia as a travel destination is that the national language is English. This makes it relatively easy for international visitors to navigate Australian culture and interact with Australians. However, many people report that it is difficult to understand many of the words specifically used in Australian English, or that deciphering a thick Australian accent can be a challenge. Perhaps it would be useful to learn about some of the linguistic differences between British or American English and Australian English before you embark on your trip, just to feel prepared for any miscommunication that might occur while you are traveling.

Transportation: Getting Around in Australia

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10 Tips for The Best Family Trip

Family trips are supposed to be all fun and games but most of the time they can seem stressful, especially when traveling with children. With a little bit of preparation and good will, you will surely have the best possible time during your family trips.

The start of a great trip should always be the moment you pick your destination. Because these times, money is one of the most common problems, the deciding factor for the destination is usually funding.

Advice on preparing for a great family trip:

Once you have found a way to afford your family trip, you should prepare for the trip, taking into consideration these 10 tips: Read More

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