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Cabins of the Smoky Mountains

Artistry and Foodie Craft in Paso Robles

Crab Timbale—Avocado, Corn, and Robbins Family Mandarin Olive Oil

From a tastefully arranged table featuring delicious, beautiful food to an Art Deco-infused wine tasting at the top of Paso Robles, foodie visitors and locals to this exciting wine country can find rich aesthetic experiences in the midst of their gastronomic discoveries. The wine’s the thing, of course, but there’s so much more to experience in Paso beyond just wine tasting. Blending together foodie art with a tour of this northern San Luis … [Read more...]

John Wayne Airport Launches first #JWAconnects Photo Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. - Today, John Wayne Airport (JWA) launched its first ever photo contest to encourage Airport travelers and visitors to share how JWA connects them to what's important. Using #JWAconnects, participants 18 years or older and non-County of Orange employees can enter by uploading their original photos at www.ocair.com/photocontest from December 17, 2014 through February 17, 2015. #jwaconnects Photo Contest The public can vote … [Read more...]

Dreaming of a European River Cruise

Modern Vienna along the shores of the Danube

I am usually in Europe several times a year; one of my favorite cities for exploring is Vienna. I was there earlier this year - because it is a sizable city I found the best way to explore it (especially with limited time) is via bicycle. The city of Vienna maintains bicycles in public stations scattered throughout the city - it is easy to rent a bike and then drop it off in another location as needed. Vienna in fact was recently voted the … [Read more...]

Eating My Way Through San Juan

Condado Beach, San Juan

When I first started exploring Puerto Rico, I found what I was seeking: Caribbean beaches, stylish hotel rooms by the sea, a capital city with a pulsating beat and genuinely warm locals. What I never expected to find was a mouth-watering culinary scene. Contemporary Cocina Criolla is a fusion that mirrors Puerto Rico’s diversity and is a powerful lens into its history. Its predominate influences are indigenous Taíno blended with an ample measure … [Read more...]

Ozzywood: Extras at Ayers Rock

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John M. Edwards lucks out on a lucrative commercial gig at Australia’s awesome Uluru (Ayers Rock)—but with one problem: he was not actually cast to be in it! Celebration of a nation! Celebration of a nation! Let’s make it great . . . In 88! Come on and give us a hand! --“Australian Bicentennial,” Mojo Advertising Co. I lucked out finally while on a much-needed “smoko” at the Alice Springs Abattoirs, where I worked for … [Read more...]

International Search Launched to Find London’s Official Guest of Honour

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Visit the Science Museum with physicist Professor Stephen Hawking See a West End show with Jessie J Visit the Royal Opera House with world-famous Spanish singer and conductor, Plácido Domingo Take afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground with Downton Abbey’s butler Carson, actor Jim Carter Dine with Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton VISITLONDON.COM, the official Visitor Guide to the capital, together with the GREAT Britain campaign, have … [Read more...]

Long Weekend in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bentianna, a drink made from a 15th century recipe

I had arranged to meet my brother for a long weekend in Bratislava. He was on his way from Verona Italy where he lives and I was on my way from Kyrgyzstan where I had been trekking the past few weeks. We arrived at our floating Botel on the Danube River within 1 minute of each other. Talk about great timing! Ready to imbibe in some alcohol after a several week dry spell we immediately headed to the Grand Cru tasting bar, and ordered several … [Read more...]

Review of Slotomania

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Slotomania is a popular video slots game that is available for play on Facebook and on mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. This video slots game is actually made up of over 50 individual slots games and scores of players enjoy this social game on a daily basis. Each game has a different theme and all of them sport colorful, high quality graphics. Slotomania video slots are really easy to play, and all the games can be enjoyed with … [Read more...]

Foodie Paso Robles Comes Into Its Own

The Firestone Union

Just a few decades ago, sleepy Paso Robles, California, hosted no distilleries or craft breweries and only a few dozen pioneering wineries. Rodeos and pickup trucks were more pervasive than limos chauffeuring wine enthusiasts around this beautiful area in northern San Luis Obispo County. Today, vineyards abound in all directions and the overall “agriculture culture” remains strong in the fabric of this increasingly diverse community. When … [Read more...]

The ‘Gorges’ View, New York

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Although there are so many places in other countries that are absolutely breath-taking, mind-numbing, and make you say I-need-a-picture-or-else-I’ll-never-forgive-myself, there are many beautiful places just in my home state, New York. And I’m talking nature, not Manhattan (which is a beauty in and of itself). In June 2014, my boyfriend Sarvar and I decided to venture upstate to a park called Watkins Glen State Park. It’s next to the village … [Read more...]