Monthly Archives: May 2011

Honeymoon Harmony

You’re determined to have an adventurous, fun-filled honeymoon. He wants to get massages, take naps and be spoiled with excellent service. Before you start planning your honeymoon, take a look at these destinations that offer the best of both worlds. You can each have the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of!

Camargue: The Camargue is the region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. Wild white horses and bulls still roam free in Camargue. With close ties to Spain and the Ziganes, flamenco music and bull rodeos are part of life. Go horseback riding through the beautiful countryside.

Check into Mas de La Fouque, a hip hideaway set in a natural park with fantastic views of the wilderness. With strong Moorish influences, the romantic rooms are all uniquely decorated with antiques and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting. At night a different set menu awaits with a main course cooked in the fireplace! Take a trip in a private boat and land on a secluded beach for a leisurely afternoon picnic.

Belize: In Belize, honeymooners can tour the jungle, swim under waterfalls and explore ancient Mayan ruins. Belize is an active destination and guests at even the most luxurious resorts invariably come to dive one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, explore some of the Maya world’s most awe-inspiring ruins, and paddle and hike Belize’s protected wildlife areas. If you’ve been searching for a uniquely intimate and nature–heavy honeymoon, look no further.

Nestled on a hilltop in a 11,000-acre nature reserve, Machaca Hill is one of the best Central American upscale jungle lodges. It blends excellent service and great facilities with amazing opportunities for nature watching and adventurous activities.

Croatia: With its Roman ruins, medieval castles and gorgeous coastline, Croatia is a great honeymoon destination. Fly to Zagreb and spend a couple of days exploring before you head to the coast. From Zagreb fly to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and spend the remainder of your honeymoon on the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Stay at the luxurious Bellevue, a clifftop hotel with spectacular views of the city and sea.

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2011 Cocktail Trends

I love discovering new, interesting and beautiful cocktails. I thought it would be fun to do some research on new trends in fancy drinks and I found some mouth-watering delights to share!

Kentucky Bourbons:

Kentucky Bourbon

Well, OK, I wouldn’t describe this first one as fancy, but this traditional drink deserves it’s propers. The Kentucky Derby has spurred some new drink trends like Kentucky Bourbons and Kentucky-style Negroni (for those who prefer a bitter drink). The best bourbons out there? It’s up for debate, but here’s a list of some of the greats if you’re in the mood to mix your own:
Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Knob Creek
Corner Creek Reserve
Maker’s Mark
Old Rip Van Winkle

If you’d prefer a professional to mix your perfect Kentucky Bourbon, check out this Seattle speakeasy: Bathtub Gin & Co.

Negroni with floated orange zest

The traditional Negroni is a concoction of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. But if you change it out with bourbon, it loses its trademark acidity and becomes a little warmer. A little more Southern. Licorous makes an irresistable House Negroni.

Unexpected seasonal fruits and vegetable creations:
Think fresh and organic everything! Instead of pomegranate juice, the best mixologists use pureed, strained pomegranate seeds. Of course, pomegranate season doesn’t start until September, but if you’re planning a fall or winter wedding, you might want to think about offering this beautiful martini at your reception!

Sliced Pomegranate

Perfect Pomegranate Martini

Perfect Pomegranate Martini Recipe:
• Pureed, strained pomegranate seeds
• Lemon vodka
• Cointreau Liqueur
• Crushed Ice
• Splash of mineral or sparkling water
• Splash of fresh-squeezed lemon

For fresh and artfully crafted cocktails, you can’t beat Tavern Law on Capitol Hill. The bartenders here are real professionals with an old-school approach to crafting the perfect cocktail.

If you like your cocktails more veggie than fruity, hit the farmer’s market and make your own Green Mary. Or if you happen to be in NYC for the weekend, Rouge Tomate gives this classic Bloody Mary a green twist.

Green Mary Drink at Rouge Tomate

For more fresh cocktails, pick up Market-Fresh Mixology: Cocktails for Every Season by Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco.

Market-Fresh Mixology

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