Monday, January 31, 2011

Appeal to Your "Foodie" Clients

Holland America Line is adding another famous partnership to its innovative culinary program as it enters into an exclusive agreement with the illustrious Le Cirque restaurant to offer “An Evening at Le Cirque” in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 ships.

Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin is working with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson to re-create the legendary eatery’s whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on board — from serving the cuisine on fanciful orange Le Cirque china to featuring the restaurant’s famous crème brûlée.

“Le Cirque epitomizes the best of the best, further expanding our culinary program with innovative partnerships and world-renowned names,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “To be able to extend one of the most exceptional dining experiences in the world to our guests is another exclusive element that we’re excited to be able to offer, and even the most discerning foodie will be impressed.”

On virtually every voyage, the Pinnacle Grill will be transformed for at least one night into a Le Cirque–like atmosphere. On those special evenings, menu offerings, wine selections, table decorations and the restaurant setting will be tailored to create an authentic Le Cirque dining experience that is sure to impress both the eyes and palates of Holland America Line guests. Reservations can be made for “An Evening at Le Cirque in the Pinnacle Grill” for a charge.
Not only will guests have the opportunity to dine on unique Le Cirque dishes including Lobster Salad “Le Cirque,” Sweet Corn Soup and Côte de Boeuf, they also will be able to learn how to cook a dish or two during special Le Cirque demonstrations in the on-board Culinary Arts Center.

“My family and I are excited to enter into a partnership with a cruise line that has such a celebrated and highly regarded reputation,” said Sirio Maccioni, founder of Le Cirque. “I recently sailed with Holland America Line and was very impressed with their cuisine, impeccable service and high level of hospitality. I look forward to putting my own culinary touch on the dining experience and sharing Le Cirque with Holland America Line guests."

Additional enhancements to the program include screenings of the HBO documentary “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven” on in-stateroom television, as well as the opportunity to purchase a Le Cirque crème brûlée dish and Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni’s book, “Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque.”

A recipient of the coveted James Beard Award for restaurant of the year, Le Cirque has been ranked among the best in the world for decades by food experts, celebrities and high society. Le Cirque restaurants are located in New York, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic and its founder, Sirio Maccioni, is a legend and one of the industry’s most-respected restaurateurs.
While the restaurant attracts many celebrity customers, Le Cirque and Maccioni also have helped launch the careers of many illustrious chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Christophe Bellanca, Alain Sailhac, Rick Moonen and Holland America Line Culinary Council Member Jacques Torres.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Some of the Most Romantic Places in the World"

Some of the Most Romantic Places in the World

There are times when we want to enjoy the moments together with our special someone and we always find ways to make up for the times we have taken her for granted because of our hectic schedule or we just simply want to surprise her and make her feel special and loved again. So why not travel in some of the romantic places in the world? I am sure you will absolutely have fun and will give your relationship a different kind of meaning. It will be great if you could celebrate your love somewhere where you two can have privacy and relaxing days together.

Among the romantic places that you can go to either for a holiday vacation or honeymoon include Paris, Hawaii, St. Thomas, Venice, Tahiti, Belize, Maldives, Seychelles, Bruges and Tuscany.
Each of these places has its own special features that make it appealing to travelers. All of these are considered romantic destinations so if you really want to know more about them, your friendly computer with a good Internet access can do the task for you. You may also find great ideas on where you can spend your romantic holiday or honeymoon celebration in travel magazines that feature amazing must see hot spots.

But if you were to ask me, my top five picks are Paris, Hawaii, Venice, Maldives and Tuscany.
Everyone knows that romanticism is associated with Paris. Hawaii is also one of the favorite honeymoon destinations for the Americans. Venice is surrounded with wonderful scenery and fantastic Italian restaurants that you and your special someone can truly enjoy. Maldives is almost like a paradise and you can enjoy both the water and the fun activities that they have there. And lastly, Tuscany is known for their scrumptious food and picturesque gardens.

So it is up to you to decide which place you would like to visit. Remember that it is important to spend quality time with your special someone. It is one way of showing him how much you love her. Despite our busy schedule and fast paced lifestyle, we should slow down and pause for a while and go back to some important things that we should be paying attention like our relationships. It is one of the many things that we should continue to build and by traveling to some of the romantic places; it can truly make the bonding shared more special.


Lam Bong is an Author living in Sydney, Australia. He is interested in reading and creating websites. His latest website is about Window washing equipment

Monday, January 24, 2011

"Children's Vacations: Top 5 Vacation Destinations for Kids in the US"

Children's Vacations: Top 5 Vacation Destinations for Kids in the US

To truly have a great family vacation there must be activities available that appeal to everyone in the group. While children tend to beg to go to theme parks, there are so many other great options out there they will like; they might even like them better. Some activities include hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, rafting and tubing. Not only can you find great vacation destinations that will keep you and your kids happy, everyone can benefit from a connection to nature.

1. The Great Smokey Mountains These breathtaking mountains offer a plethora of sports and activities kids will love. You can choose from a variety of rentals designed for families, which includes log cabins that are authentic in build and close to the water. There are also many great camping grounds that can accommodate anything from a simple tent to a massive recreational vehicle. The ample amount of nature trails will give you many great photo opportunities as you explore the natural beauty of the forest. If you do not want to climb the mountain, you can easily make the drive up, and then, let the kids raft or tube their way back down to the bottom.

2. Yosemite National Park: This park has massive trees that have been there for centuries. The trees surround the parks natural waterfalls, breathtaking scenery and trout streams. Families have been camping here for a long time, so the park is well equipped to entertain children and adults of all ages. One of the most popular spots kids enjoy is a tree, with a hole at its base, large enough for cars to drive through.

3. The Grand Canyon This natural wonder is famous all over the world for its endless options of activities kids will love. You and your children can travel down the canyon by mule while soaking in the natural beauty it has offer. Listen as the howling winds echo off the canyon's vast walls. Then, once at the bottom, you can enjoy all that the great Colorado River has to offer. A tourist favorite is the quaint Navajo gift shop that offers genuine Navajo arrowheads, dream catchers and tools for sale.

4. Colorado Just about the entire state is a great place to reconnect with nature. The state has so many mountains, nature trails, rivers and trout streams, it's hard to pick. You can drive down just about any winding road near the river and see happy people rafting along. No matter the location you choose you can try tubing, hiking, rafting, fishing or camping. Any one of these activities will immerse you in Colorado's unforgettable scenery.

5. The Hoover Dam It features rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Lake Mead features some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer so keep your camera at the ready. You may even catch a group of mountain goats trotting along the mountain side. Or maybe, you will encounter the friendly chipmunks that will eat right out of your child's hand! There are many tour buses that cruise around area that include a detailed history of the dam.


Rick is a photography expert at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler Arizona ( ). Rick is also a health-nut and is in the middle of training for the San Diego triathalon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"The 5 Best Surfing Destinations in Hawaii"

The 5 Best Surfing Destinations in Hawaii

Hawaii is home to perfectly breaking waves and warm water that makes it a tropical paradise for all; this is especially true for surfers. Surfing is a hug part of the traditions and culture of the all the Hawaiian Islands. This sport goes back to ancient times. It is embedded in the hearts and minds of the residents of Hawaii.

Bonzai Pipeline
This is an infamous surf destination and has been for many years. The foremost surfers from all around the world travel to this spot to surf. They have good reason too! On any given day there are often large glassy waves that create perfect tubes. Being the most popular surf destination on the globe, it attracts many championship surf contest every year.

Waimea Bay
This is one of the oldest surfing areas in Hawaii. It is best known for large monster waves that swell and manifest at its point and shore breaks. Its shore breaks are notorious throughout the surfing world. Waves break really close to the shore which makes for high impact surfing.

Sandy Beach
This is another well known surf area. It is located on the southeast side of the main island, Hawaii, with a famous shore breaks. This beach is best known for featuring shallow waters and critical fast surf. While these conditions may spell danger for some surfers, the more experienced surfers know that it is one of the best spots around. Even on a day where the waves are not large, Sandy Beach is still almost guaranteed to barrel and have many fun waves for anyone to enjoy.

Sunset Beach
This famous surfing destination, on Oahu's North Shore, is a favorite hot spot for professional surfers to go. The long nice waves make it a great place to hold surfing contests. It is centrally located along the drive to the North Shore. Giving the beach its well deserved name, it's the perfect destination to catch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.

Kaiser Bowls
This surf area is on the island of Oahu's South Shore. It is, hands down, one of the cleanest surfs in the area. Because of the great easy to ride tubes the Kaiser Bowls can accommodate first time surfers to the most advanced professional surfer. It is not a far paddle out to start surfing. Once you reach your destination there is a wonderful channel beside it, just in case you get stuck in the inside breakers.

The Hawaiian Islands feature arguably the best surfing destinations in Western Hemisphere and offers stiff competition to being the best in the world. Beginner or advanced surfer, Hawaii will not disappoint.


Rick Valence is a camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. in Chandler, Arizona ( ). Along with being a camera and photography enthusiast, Rick enjoys blogging about cameras and photography in his spare time and traveling around the world to find exotic regions and experiences to photograph.

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Luggage 101"

Luggage 101
Copyright © 2011 Bilal Chowder

The first thing that a person needs to travel is good luggage. There was a time when luggage was meant to be a burden, and it was huge and heavy with no guarantee for safety. But gone are those days, nowadays it has become compact and smart to be moved with maximum security and comfort during travel.

They include travel bags, suitcases, handbags, leather bags, back-packs, hiking carry bags and tote bags, they not only help in carrying your stuff, but also in style.

Luggage bags make us feel more at ease to carry our things. There is luggage which can carry a lot, but actually look very small, and there is also luggage that has a lot of compartments in them to help us find what we want among our things easily.

Traveling to a far place, like for a trip, will mean that the amount of clothes and other stuff that is to be carried will be more, and it will be very hard to carry them as luggage. But with the use of luggage that come with wheels and extended holders it will be easy and comfortable to move with the bags.

Tote bags and the like make a style statement among the women, and some even collect them as a pastime. The design, patterns and the material in which it is made are some things that are to be taken proper consideration, so that they meet our needs. There are also waterproof luggage that will prevent the things from getting spoiled due to rain and other hazards.

There is an additional feature in the modern luggage that makes us feel secure, that is the lock feature, nowadays the luggage come with locks and hence providing proper security for the things that we carry. Luggage that you carry may make people be jealous of you, because of the style and looks they bring along.

There are huge trolleys that are provided for small suitcases, and the main feature of them is that these are smooth and can be handled with ease. Luggage bags add more beauty and style, and are also long-lasting. The things that we carry, can be carried in a more professional, stylish and comfortable manner, if only we opt for the right luggage.


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Planning a Family Road Trip Vacation to Mexico"

Family Vacation to Mexico

Taking a family vacation to Mexico is a great way to spend quality time bonding with your children. A vacation to Mexico will provide opportunities for your kids to see exotic locations and experience different cultures. Fishing, hanging out on the beach, witnessing beautiful mountain and desert scenery, as well as Spanish colonial sites are just a few of the learning opportunities available. Travel is a great way to get kids excited about history, geography and culture since first hand experience is always superior to sitting in a classroom.

There's not much planning required to travel with your children to Mexico. You will want to make sure that you have all your kids passports in order if you are planning on traveling farther than the free zone.

You will need the normal car paperwork, including vehicle registration and Mexican car insurance. When you are traveling with kids, it is best to prepare so that you will not have to stop at the border longer than is absolutely necessary. It is not a fun place for kids, much less adults. In order to make this less stressful for everyone, buy your Mexican car insurance online before you leave and print out the paperwork to show the guards at the border. This will save you time, and make your family vacation much more enjoyable.

Choose a destination that is kid friendly. Baja has many great destinations for families. For example, Cabo San Lucas is known for its family friendly vibe. The resort Dreams offers many activities and camps for kids, as do other hotels in town. Other family friendly resorts include the Grand Baja, the Pueblo Bonita Rose, Pueblo Bonita Los Cabos, and the Villa La Estrancia. The beaches in Baja are great for kids.

There are many exciting cultural experiences in Baja as well that are great for kids to experience. Todos Santos, "Pueblo Magico" is quaint colonial city founded in 1724. There is a cultural center and museum and many historical buildings. Art galleries, fantastic beaches, and a wide array of tourist services make this a great place to spend a family vacation. Todos Santos is located north of Cabo san Lucas on the Pacific side of Baja. The town is backed by the majestic Sierra Laguna mountain range, so a trip to the mountains is possible during the day to see wildlife, quaint villages, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Mexicans are a very family oriented people, and they love kids. When you travel here with kids, you will be amazed at how receptive and warm the locals are to them. You will probably get treated better than you ever would traveling alone! Kids will love the attention and freedom of traveling in Mexico. If you are looking for a destination for your next family vacation, consider checking out Mexico for a vacation you and your family will never forget.


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Thursday, January 6, 2011

"What To Bring On Your First Caribbean Trip"

What To Bring On Your First Caribbean Trip

If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean, you are probably very excited about your trip.

Whether you are going to Belize, Bahamas, Fiji, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, or any other island in the area, you will surely have a grand time with all the stunning beaches and amazing attractions sprawled all over. Proper planning and preparation are necessary to ensure that you will have a smooth journey. One of the things that you need to prepare for will be the things that you should bring on the trip. Below, you will find a list of all the important items that you cannot do without for your trip to the Caribbean, such as short term health insurance.

Personal Clothing and Supplies

Of course, you have to bring your personal supplies such as clothing, shoes, toiletries, and so on. Most first-time travelers make the mistake of bringing too much or too little for the trip. When this happens, they would still need to buy new things and spend more than what they should, which they could have avoided if only they packed properly. To avoid this scenario, create a checklist of all the things that you need to bring. Clothes will typically include shirts, sundresses, skirts, pants, shorts, and other clothes ideal for the warm weather in the Caribbean. As for supplies, you will need to bring your deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, and other basic necessities. You do not have to bring those things that would be provided in the hotel to save space on your luggage. This is unless you have your own brand that you prefer.

Summer Gear

Since the Caribbean islands are all about beach trips, you need to bring the right summer gear to make your trip worthwhile. For one, you need to bring a sunscreen with high sun protection factor. Choose one that is waterproof and has protection against UVA and UVB rays. You should also bring a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from intense heat and a pair of sunglasses of UV protection to protect your eyes.

Important Documents

Allot sufficient time before the trip for the processing and organization of your travel documents including passport, visa, airline tickets, hotel bookings, visitors insurance, and other small items.
See to it that your passport's expiration date is not within 3 months during your travel. If you are in need of visa, you should apply for it in the local consulate in your area at least 3 months before your departure.

There are different types of visitors insurance so you have to study about this to make the right decision, for instance, if you are only traveling for a few days a short term health insurance would be apt. Short term health insurance provides financial protection against health problems that you may have during your vacation.


You cannot have a Caribbean trip without a camera. Capture all of the sights and moments so you can relish the memorable vacation anytime you want by enjoying the photographs and videos of your trip. Do not forget to bring other electronics that would enhance your trip such as MP4 player to listen to music while you are lying on the beach, laptop for your emailing needs, and GPS so you always know where you are heading to.

If you follow up this tips you will have a great vacations time and will enjoy every single moment with your loved ones.


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