Pre-Prohibition Cocktails with a West Coast Twist


  I was recently drawn to a cocktail bar in San Diego, California called Polite Provisions, who call themselves 'Manufacturers of Local Tonics, Elixirs and Cures'. Alcohol certainly has a long history of therapeutic or medicinal function, to varying degrees. In the Middle Ages, drinking distilled spirits flavored with juniper berries was thought to protect people from the mysterious and deadly plagues and was widely Read More

The Breathtaking Scottish Highlands

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I went on a 3-day trip through the Scottish Highlands called Skye High Scotland with Haggis Tours and I will never forget it. Though I tend to avoid touristy activities, it seemed like the smartest way to see the Highlands which are some of the most beautifully majestic landscapes in the world. The tour company is geared toward active young people who want to make their cash stretch far as possible. Highlights Read More

Countryside for Londoners – Hampstead Heath

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I had the pleasure of visiting a friend in London who lives in an area called Hampstead Heath, and it was something I never expected. It's an ancient park covering 790 acres and is one of the highest points in London. It has playgrounds, running tracks, duck ponds, three public swimming ponds and impressive views of the city. Some say it is the countryside for Londoners, and it's just five miles from Trafalgar Square. They Read More

Orange Honey-Spiced Chicken


  I am relatively new to cooking. But I tried making this Honey-Spiced Chicken with Carrots and Grapes dish because the picture in my Betty Crocker recipe book looked great. It turned out so good that it gave me confidence to cook more. I've modified the recipe a bit, but every time I make it my house fills with the warm aromas of cinnamon and citrus. Give it a shot - if I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. Recipe card is Read More

Coney Island Boardwalk’s Last Stand


The last time I was in New York I headed to the famous Coney Island because I wanted to see it before it's gone; and I didn't realize that it was just a simple train ride away. Though there isn't much left of what was once the biggest amusement park in America and a hugely popular resort destination, seeing the remaining carnival rides and the boardwalk was like going back in time....     I Read More

A New Breed of California Shopping Mall


If you have any reason to be in Costa Mesa or passing through, I recommend a quick visit to this place. It's between Los Angeles and San Diego. What drew me in originally is an organic specialty coffee shop called Theorem by Portola Coffee Lab. I read that they give you an intimate experience at their six-seat "craft coffee lab" and use old bartending trends like adding barrel aged bitters to caffeinated drinks – pretty Read More

Immerse yourself in a North American Rain Forest

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Located at the Northshore Rainforest in Vancouver is 27 acres of pure nature called the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park; it's a real treat for anyone who loves nature, fresh air and some adventure. It's only a 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver (there's a free shuttle too) and I recommend it for solo travelers, couples and families alike. The park has several reasons to visit: The Suspension Bridge is 250 feet above Read More

A Boost of Color for Under $10


Cost Plus World Market has a variety of colorful things for your home, and I'm a fan because it reminds me of vibrant things I've seen in nature or when I travel. They have a big End of Season Clearance right now and everything in the pics below are under $10. Most are actually under $5.   Additional Discounts you'll like: $10 off any $30 purchase with Promo Code WMAFF2031 until July 28th 2013. 50% Read More

Remind Someone that You Love Them – Free Photo Cards

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The card designs to choose from at Shutterfly are really coming a long way. Upload some pictures and send a card to your parents. Or your grandparents. Letting someone know you're thinking of them can mean more than you know. This weekend, 27 and 28 July 2013, Shutterfly is giving you 10 free 6x8, 5x7, 5x5, or 4x8 flat stationary cards, or 10 5x7 folded greeting cards. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Promo Code: Read More

Free Wine and Spirits Tastings in Portland, Oregon


There are over 300 wineries in the state of Oregon and they have an international reputation for their wine production. Whether you're a local or just passing through, you might be interested in knowing where to go for free tastings. Click the title of any place on my list to see their location and visitor information. Liner and Elsen They have free wine tastings on Saturdays all summer long, starting at noon until the Read More