tips & trends

7 Dream Vacations Close To Home


by Diana Laskaris


hot dog - ketchup vs. mustard. you decide!

tips, tastes and myth-busting: st. patrick's day revealed

Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated around the world each year on March 17th.  Named after St. Patrick, the popular patron saint of Ireland and originally a Catholic holiday and official feast day in honor of St. Patrick's death, the day has come to be recognized as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Everyone is just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick Himself

will the real taco please stand up?

Mexican cuisine is more than just tacos, burritos, and fajitas. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find anything swamped in beans, yellow cheese, sour cream, and diced lettuce south of the border. And while Taco Bell and Chilly’s have made quite a business for themselves on these dishes, there is so much more depth, history, color, and flavor to authentic Mexican meals. Here are twelve dishes I recently enjoyed while visiting friends and family in central and south Mexico.

great ways to celebrate the oscars

This year will usher in the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony as movie lovers all over the world watch to see who will take home the gold Oscar statuette symbolizing the best of the best on the silver screen this year. While there are official and unofficial gatherings among the glitterati, you don't need to have a home in Hollywood to have fun with this festive celebration of the arts. We've been honoring Oscar for a good number of years, and have some suggestions for you on how to make the most of the occasion.

8 posh ways to show your valentine you care

Caring and being cared for in a highly personalized manner is very posh. And the more personally tailored that care is shown to be, the more posh the result, regardless of the price tag, which may be extra time and thought, not money. Time is our most precious commodity. We believe that for a true expression of love, it is better to give of oneself than to replace the personal thought with something that is simply shiny and expensive. Not that we're against shiny and expensive, mind you.

Cooking Classes: Bringing Home the flavors of your vacation

We all like to bring home souvenirs from the places we visit--bottles of wine from Bordeaux, emeralds from Rio, cutting-edge electronics from Tokyo. As a food-lover, my favorite souvenirs are foodstuffs from my travels. Unfortunately, many edibles from abroad aren't welcome when you return to your home country.

10 things to make your next trip a little easier

watch what you eat and drink: a guide to staying well on the road


"Healthy eating" goes beyond making nutritious food choices. Over and above, healthy eating incorporates eating food that is safe to consume and won't get you sick.

This October, my husband and I traveled to India. As we told friends and family about the journey, we heard one mantra over and over: "You're going to get sick." This prophecy came from all quarters--folks who seldom leave their home state to seasoned world travelers to our guidebooks.


fun with wine and labels

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