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How Vacationing Becomes Transformational Travel. Part 1: The Turnaround Point

Do, Lifestyle By January 25, 2019 Tags: , 29 Comments

Vacations are the best, especially if you’re going to a dream destination. In the beginning, travel was always to get away from the laborious daily routine for my hubby and I. When it was over, it was sadly over and back to the grind it was. Not very inspiring. I can imagine it’s this way for many folks out there….

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Go On A Wild Sailboat Race in The Caribbean!

Do, Unique Excursions and Tours By January 16, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 26 Comments

I know nothing about sail boats but when I saw an “Authentic America’s Cup Racing Experience,” in St. Maarten was available,  I thought how fun it would be to compete and be on a legendary 12 Metre Class race boat. This excursion was available through our cruise line, Windstar, during our holiday trip mid December 2018. The vendor was 12…

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Romantic Urban Getaway and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York

Luxury Hotels, North America, Stay, Unique Excursions and Tours By December 28, 2018 Tags: , , , , 24 Comments

In October 2016, we went to the Mandarin Oriental (MO) New York to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. It was a perfect weekend overlooking the Fall colors of Central Park. If you are looking for a quick couple’s getaway or an anniversary trip idea, The Mandarin Oriental New York is a fabulous choice. The views over Central Park is a…

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Bora Bora Four Seasons Resort, The Dream Paradise Vacation of a Lifetime

Destinations, Do, Luxury Hotels, Stay, Tropical Paradise, Unique Excursions and Tours By August 1, 2018 Tags: , , , 34 Comments

Bora Bora is the ultimate spot for Romance in Paradise. It’s no surprise it is the number one sought after luxury Honey Moon destination. We visited the island in May 2016 to celebrate our newfound successes that year. After 22 hours of travel time from Seattle, a couple of layovers, and the red eye, we awoke to the most pristine…

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Coi, San Francisco, Dec. 2017

Eat, Michelin Dining By December 27, 2017 No Comments

When we heard San Francisco now ranks the Top City in the US for having the most 3 Star Michelin restaurants, we had to check out the venue that made it happen. Coi received its third star for the 2018 edition. For years it was at 2 stars under the owner Daniel Patterson. With the artistry of Chef Matthew Kirkley,…

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Authentic Tuscan Roast Pork

Eat, Souvenir Recipes By December 6, 2017 1 Comment

This recipe is straight from Tuscany! We learned to make this at a Tuscan Farmhouse in Italy during a Cooking Tour. It was part of 4 course feast and it turned out awesome! PrintAuthentic Tuscan Roast PorkPrep 10 minsCook 40 minsTotal 50 minsYield 4
 Roast Pork A traditional meat dish in Tuscany cooked to perfection. Difficulty – 2 out of…

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Oriole, Chicago- Oct 2017

Eat, Michelin Dining By November 2, 2017 No Comments

Finally got a reservation to this exceptional restaurant. Every course was delectable, but the Foie Gras was the best I’ve had anywhere. The non-alcoholic drink pairings to each course was also amazing. Loved how the Chef put a lot of creativity and thought into the zero-proof drinks, each was distinct in taste and complimented the meal perfectly. It was difficult…

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Sixteen, Chicago- Jan 2017, Oct 2014

Eat, Michelin Dining By August 19, 2017 1 Comment

This meal in 2014 had a lot of sentimental value to me. It was a delectable way of celebrating my hubby’s acceptance into a prestigious medical Fellowship. I noted the following from 2014, “What better way to celebrate success than in the Trump Tower. As I ate this meal, I enjoyed connecting the dots with Mike and how much sacrifice…

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Roister, Chicago- May 2017

Eat, Michelin Dining By May 29, 2017 1 Comment

Dined at Chef’s counter tonight to see the action. We had the best hushpuppies ever and the duck with orange chips was superb. This new restaurant was recently opened by my favorite Chef, Grant Achatz, known for his famous restaurant Alinea. Unlike Alinea, its ambiance is much more casual and the food was of a familiar variety only elevated. Of…

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Commis, San Francisco- Jan 2017

Eat, Michelin Dining By January 30, 2017 No Comments

Wow, really enjoyed dinner. The plating of this tasting menu had simplicity, but with a melody of accents that make a statement at this unassuming restaurant. The unanticipated textures were enough to be interesting, yet the flavors were seamless. The wagyu was excellent and cooked to perfect temperature. The broths in the entrees had complexity in flavors but were smooth…

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Jean Georges, New York 2016

Eat, Michelin Dining By October 23, 2016 No Comments

Jean Georges located in The Trump Hotel in NYC is a hopping place. Having a Central Park location probably helps with the foot traffic. Our meal started out rather unimpressive. The bread basket they offered was cold and stale tasting. However, it did get better when the courses started coming out. My favorite for the evening was the perfectly poached…

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