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Friday, December 19, 2014

Big Sky, MT: Western Yosemite and Game Cuisine, Day 2

6 AM: Chirping birds heralded a new day as the early morning sun crested the mountains on Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. As I slid down my bed that was built to be quite high off the ground for someone of my stature, the cold floor shocked my warm toes as I hurriedly ran for the carpeted floor. Southern Californians are so spoiled with our great weather and the cold seemed out of place in September.

7 AM: A hearty ranch-style breakfast at Lone Mountain Ranch awaited us in the dining room. We were the first ones in for breakfast as they were putting the final touches on the breakfast buffet. The buffet is reminiscent of the balance of protein and carbs to start the day on a ranch:

  • Toast and bagels with cream cheese, butter, and fruit preserves
  • Fresh made in-house doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar
  • Fresh fruit like fresh cut cantaloupe and oranges, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Hot items like home-style potatoes, crispy bacon (the best I’ve ever had), sausage, Denver-style scramble with heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms
To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/big-sky-mt-western-yosemite-and-game-cuisine-day-2

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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Product tasting provided by Artic Wines.

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.