Featured Member Blog Posts – January 2015 Archive (28)

The Wine Artist: Team Building in Irvine, California

Ever wonder what it is like to face a cooking team challenge?  The Wine Artist gives you the opportunity.  Ever wonder how to make team building fun?  The Wine Artist gives you the opportunity.  Need a recipe?  That’s a different Wine Artist day.

Team building is a necessity in…


Added by Karsten Boone on January 31, 2015 at 12:28pm — No Comments

In the Florida Keys, An Audience With the Legendary 'African Queen'

As we travel, we check off places that are on our Bucket List. Being film buffs, many of the things on our list are related to movies we have seen over the years.


We recently checked off another “to do” from our list by skippering the authentic “…


Added by The2Writers.com Page on January 30, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Getting to Know El Salvador

El Salvador is a small country between Honduras and Guatemala in Central America. It has a tropical climate with marked wet and dry seasons. Spanish is the official language spoken by all inhabitants.…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on January 29, 2015 at 4:58am — No Comments

Budapest, Hungary: Market Share

Hungry for a spicy taste of Budapest? Go no further than Central Market and try to sort out what paprika to buy – mild, hot, hotter? Your choice. Bev Malzard reports.


Ah, Budapest, we had such a short time together. On…


Added by Bev Malzard on January 28, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

Family-Friendly Musicals Are Attracting Visitors to London

According to theatrebreaks.co.uk's recent poll studying UK Theatregoers theatre-going preferences, family-friendly shows such as Wicked, Disney's The Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are what we most want to see in London's West End.…


Added by TheatreBreaks on January 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Nifty Nicaragua Sampler

Central America
’s largest country was, not so many years ago, a staple of world headlines pretty much weekly for war and geopolitical intrigue. Yet despite its very flawed ruling régime …


Added by David Paul Appell on January 26, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What Caused the AirAsia Crash? The Likeliest Theory

On February 20, as crews were still struggling to raise the fuselage AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia's top transportation official said the aircraft climbed at an extreme rate just before it crashed. The accident investigators have had time to study the flight recorder; we can assume they now know what went wrong on the…


Added by Capt Tom Bunn LCSW on January 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Inimitable Latin Quarter of Paris

xmanoel on Flickr Paris Quartier Latin 2

by Cristóbal Ramírez

How do I love thee, Quartier Latin? Let me count the ways: Students. Chilled rosé at a sidewalk café. Students. Reveling in the Bohemian joie de vivre. Students. Chantilly-cream crêpes from a street stand. Students. Browsing fascinating museums like the Orsay and the medieval Cluny. Students. Selecting exquisite hand-crafted bonbons in a side-street chocolatier.  Students.…


Added by Iberia Airlines on January 24, 2015 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

3 Prettiest Beaches in Costa Rica's Southern Caribbean

Three of the prettiest beaches on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica are Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. That is if you like long stretches of gorgeous picture postcard Caribbean coastline with warm turquoise ocean and graceful tall palm trees.

When you are on…


Added by Shannon Farley on January 23, 2015 at 7:08am — No Comments

Positively Starved Rock (as in Illinois State Park)

This past weekend I took advantage of the break in the weather to join some friends on a winter hike in Starved Rock State Park. The park is located along the Illinois River, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, just outside Utica, IL. 


I remember going there as a kid. My family would take a picnic lunch and we would hike the trails. I remember the canyons…


Added by Maureen Blevins on January 22, 2015 at 9:44pm — No Comments

California's Uproot Wines: Color Coded Truth in Labeling

Want to know what you can get from a label?  Well, here you can get a little background on wine labels, and the new, innovative, color coded, don’t need to know a bunch of arcane stuff, labels from Uproot Wines, my new favorite cheat sheet. 

How much do I really need to know to buy a good bottle of wine, which will have the flavors I want for my meal or…


Added by Karsten Boone on January 21, 2015 at 8:31am — No Comments

City of Dreams Manila Casino: As Good as Its Macau Counterpart?

Manila has been boosting up its tourism lately by erecting several casinos that could rival the world-class gaming facilities in Las Vegas and Macau. Last year, two casinos opened in Manila’s Entertainment City: Solaire in March and the City…


Added by Jennifer Birch on January 20, 2015 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Elegant Chatham Bars Inn Grows Its Own on Cape Cod

Apparently game hunting was all the rage in wealthy Boston circles back in 1914. That's when Cape Cod's Chatham Bars Inn made its debut as a semi-private hunting lodge in the days when sunscreen and bikinis were nonexistent. Early advertisements boasted rooms with plastered…


Added by Steve Mirsky on January 19, 2015 at 10:05am — No Comments

Why Tortuguero, Costa Rica Is a Bucket-List Must

Kayaking on lagoon at Lirio Lodge Costa Rica

The incredibly biodiverse area of Tortuguero should definitely be on your “bucket list” of places to see in Costa Rica.…

Tortuguero canal by Lirio Lodge


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on January 18, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Navigating London’s 'Theatreland'

Even though many people who come to London take in a show, many more forget "Theatreland" is there. Don't believe me?

Those on a business trip to London don’t consider it, yet a night at the theatre is a great way to spend a spare evening on your own or entertaining a business customer that you may not know too well.…


Added by TheatreBreaks on January 17, 2015 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Cuba's Yumurí Valley, a Verdant Oasis

The Yumurí Valley, one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island of Cuba, is situated almost in the center of the island, in the famous Matanzas region.  Matanzas is small in size but huge in terms of its natural wealth, because, not only is the Yumurí Valley…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on January 16, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

At the Chef's Table Aboard the 'Golden Princess'

Dining at a chef’s table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a chef’s table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at the table of Chef Ottavio Bellesi aboard Princess Cruises' Golden…


Added by The2Writers.com Page on January 15, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

Barcelona's Big, Beautiful, Bountiful Boqueria Market

“By their markets ye shall know them.” 

I kinda just made that up - but on my travels I have often found it to be true. After all, what lovelier (not to mention tastier) way to learn the nuances of a foreign culture than rubbing shoulders with the locals, tasting the flavours of…


Added by José Balido on January 14, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fun on Land & Sea in Oxnard, California

In search of a pretty, low pressure, moderately priced, two-day escape from the crowds, lines, and auto frustration of everyday life in Los Angeles, I decided to head north, just a smidgen.  As I came down Hwy 101 to…


Added by Karsten Boone on January 13, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Secrets of an Airplane's 'Black Box'

by VaDeAviones.com

In 1958, an Australian mathematician, chemist, and aeronautical research scientist named David Warren (right, with a prototype) came up with an invention based on a brilliant idea: recording all the conversations of a flight’s cockpit…


Added by Iberia Airlines on January 12, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

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