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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Grab a “kiss of the sun” from Beso del Sol Sangría

Beso del Sol Sangría is the first premium 100% natural Sangría in bag-in-a-box on the market. The fun, attractive design brings smiles to everyone face at parties and family get-togethers. This product is part of a portfolio of wines from Arctic Wines

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Each 3 liter box of Sangría is equivalent to four 750ml bottles and retails for about $20. The wine stays fresh for up to six week after opening and the box’s shape is refrigerator-friendly. The Tempranillo wine is imported from Spain and blended with a selection of fruits and fresh citrus. Made according to a traditional Spanish recipe, Beso del Sol Sangría is as authentic as you would get in Spain. 

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  • Tasting Notes: Sweet floral and fruit aromatics; Deep purple hue; Sweet berry, apple, cherry flavors on the palate; Smooth and not to dry.
  • Food Pairings: Salad, fruit & cheese, dark chocolate desserts like flourless chocolate cake or chocolate truffles
  • Rating: 4.6/5

 Spruce up your next party with Beso del Sol Sangria! Divertido y delicioso!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Big Sky, MT: Big skies and culinary mountain adventure, Day 1

Where is Big Sky, MT? What is Big Sky, MT? Who is Big Sky, MT? All of these questions will be answered in the next 3 days as we take you on a journey to one of Mother Nature’s hideaways. Big Sky, MT is situated between Bozeman (BZN is the nearest airport) and West Yellowstone off of Highway 191.

  • Elevations vary from 6,200 (in Meadow Village) to 11166 feet (at Lone Mountain Peak).
  • Population is 2,500
  • 25 eateries from bars and restaurants
  •  40 retail shops

Their main attractions are best enjoyed in the summer and winter. Summer provides hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, golfing, ziplining, white water rafting, mountain biking, and visits to Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, skiing and other snow activities await you as the pure white snow blankets the slopes. We will explore more in Day 2 and Day 3 so stay tuned.

  • Travel tip: If you have a preferred airline, see if they have a club or lounge. I fly United and there numerous locations around the world. The United Club has 2 locations at LAX and DEN with amenities like conference rooms (for business meetings), family room, showers, comfortable seating, continental breakfast in the mornings and snacks in the afternoons/evenings. You can also bring in 2 guests with you in case you are traveling with family or co-workers. The customer service is always top-notch and when your flights are cancelled, there are ticket agents on hand to help make your next connection a breeze. United Club has saved me numerous times so I don’t travel without it.

During the summer, direct flights are available from Phoenix, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, and Denver to Bozeman. Bozeman International Airport is one of the smallest and one of the most beautiful airports around. It is a little bigger than Hilo Airport in Hawaii and décor is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with high ceilings, rugged mountain architecture, American Indian designs in the carpeting, and natural light from all of the windows. With luggage in tow and rental car packed, we were on the road to Big Sky.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern celebrates 1-year anniversary in Dana Point, CA

When restaurants make it past the 1-year mark, it’s always a celebration. The restaurant business is very hard work. The vast majority of restaurants never make it past the first year. Fortunately, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has the formula to sustain with a great location and fantastic food, especially since
Dana Point is their second location. Their first location in San Diego is still going strong since its opening in 2010.

Jimmy’s culinary interests started out of necessity when his mother passed away when he was only 5 years old. His father, an Air Force Colonel, had 3 mouths to feed and learned very quickly how to do so. As Jimmy and his siblings got older, they needed to cook for themselves. A culinary mashing of his dad’s short order cooking and his Jamaican nanny’s bold flavors, Jimmy created food all his own – hotdam-delicious food at that. Jimmy’s takes American regional classics and makes them appealing to the everyday diner to the expert foodie palate.

They also have an awesome green philosophy using locally raised, organic, and sustainable foods. Dana Point’s location is perfect with the Pacific Ocean across the street and great local farms in Orange County. Only the best is used to create the dishes you will eat. Green also flows into the to-go packaging, landscaping, composting, and recycling.

Here’s a look at some of the great eats you might experience:

Sofia’s Skinny Margarita is made with Partida Blanco, agave nectar, muddled citrus, cucumber, and mint. It is very smooth and sweet. The cucumber adds a refreshing flavor and the muddled citrus adds a nice zing. Perfectly suited for the beach! Rating: 4/5

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