February 27, 2015

Joie de Vivre's Shoreline Hotel Waikiki's Birthday Specials

Icing on the Cake Special
In honor of Shoreline’s April birthday, the modern, island-chic Joie de Vivre hotel is gifting guests a 20% discount on best available rates during the month-long celebration. And, the icing on the cake is a “Paradise Coconut” specialty cupcake - from the award-winning, local Hokulani Bake Shop - for guests to enjoy upon arrival.

Birthday Bike Tour
Since Shoreline Hotel Waikiki embraces everything art and design, the hotel is once again partnering up with Pedal Bike Tours to offer an artsy birthday bike tour of colorful Waikiki. From the bronze Ghandi statue to the Rainbow Tower, the tour offers a unique glimpse of iconic and historic Waikiki art. A birthday celebration wouldn't be the same without a little birthday treat, so guests will enjoy a complimentary stop for a refreshing sweet treat at new natural health food spot, Heavenly Island Lifestyle at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, upon completing the two-hour tour. The tours will be organized and booked separately ($39 per person) - through the hotel’s concierge-- at an exclusive, Joie de Vivre Hotels-only 20 percent discount. The expiration for this package is April 30th, 2015. Availability will be based on occupancy. The packages can be located via Joie de Vivre's "Specials" page..see link here http://www.jdvhotels.com/specials/.

Anniversary Totes 
As the designer of JdV’s current in-room totes, we challenged Happy Town Hawaii designer Tamar Wong to create the ultimate birthday-themed totes. Now her ethically-minded, limited edition totes are available exclusively for purchase on property. Both locals and travelers alike will have to snap up the fun designs quickly. Reflective of Shoreline’s casual-chic, unique look and feel, the 100% recycled cotton, customized canvas bags invite JdV guests to carry the spirit of the islands with them.

Shoreline Reservations: Room reservations can be made by calling (855) 931-2444 or by calling the hotel directly at (808) 931-2444 or visiting www.shorelinehotelwaikiki.com

February 26, 2015

The Fish You'll Catch in Citrus County is THIIIIIISSS Big!

Niagara Falls is frozen over and the waterways in most of the country are solid blocks of ice. Ice fishing on the frozen tundra is certainly one kind of “adventure” instead, in beautiful Citrus County, we are telling visitors to Go Fish! Or rather “Come Fish” this winter, and all year round.

One trip and you’ll be hooked!

The Tsala Apopka lake chain boasts some of the very best freshwater fishing anywhere. All year, there are Largemouth bass, crappie and panfish (especially bluegill). Seasonally, the best fishing is January through April for bass, from May through September for bluegill, and from November through January for crappie.

Citrus County boasts seven rivers, with the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers world renown. Redfish, trout and jacks are common in the cooler months. The grassy flats and estuaries where the rivers meet the Gulf are good for Tarpon in the spring. (Kayak fishing is a fun way to reach many otherwise secluded spots.)

Crystal River and Homosassa on the Gulf of Mexico are gateways to saltwater angling including cobia, red grouper, mackerel, gag grouper, grey snapper, hogfish, sheepshead, snook and triggerfish. Massive Tarpon, redfish and more are common offshore, especially in the warmer months. (By “warmer” we mean warm for Citrus, not compared to anywhere else right now.)

Not sure where to begin your fishing trip? Consider hiring one of Citrus County’s licensed fishing guides. These knowledgeable locals will take you to just the right spot with just the right equipment.

Don’t bundle up, the weather is just fine.

To learn more about the area, special offers, events and accommodations, please go to VisitCitrus.com, or call the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau toll-free at 1-800-587-6667.

February 24, 2015

DAILYLOOK Announces New 'Elite' Styling Service

Known for its trend-setting e-commerce site, DAILYLOOK now offers customers a way to elevate their style with DAILYLOOK Elite, a box of hand-picked items by your personal stylist, delivered to your doorstep. For $20 per month, users will receive a completely curated collection of new fashion items selected by a team of stylists based on their wants and needs. Items from designers such as BB Dakota, For Love & Lemons, and LINE & DOT range from $50 - $300, allowing customers to always stay on trend and on any budget, only paying for the items they choose to keep!

While DAILYLOOK Elite is built on a monthly subscription platform, their team of stylists know that fashion needs know no limits. DAILYLOOK Elite can send multiple boxes monthly when you’re stocking up for a new season, skip a month when your credit card needs a rest, or send a special request box for a perfect first date outfit or an upcoming trip to Barbados - just give them a week’s notice and they’ll have you ready to jet set in style! Catered for stylish women who just don’t have the time to curate their wardrobe, DAILYLOOK Elite takes all the legwork out of the styling process and simply delivers it on demand.

"We live in a world where every luxury is becoming attainable by connecting people with just the push of a button," says CEO Brian Ree, "Things like car service and hair and makeup artists that were once reserved for the wealthy are now accessible to the masses. With DAILYLOOK Elite, we wanted to bring the luxury and convenience of having a personal stylist to every woman's doorstep."

DAILYLOOK Elite's CMO, Shefali Khanna adds, “We are so thrilled to bring DAILYLOOK Elite to our customers, creating a way for every woman to have the wardrobe she wants and needs. By bringing fashion pieces hand-selected specifically for you- suited for your lifestyle, your shape, your budget, on your schedule - directly to your door, DAILYLOOK Elite is providing the exclusive experience of a personal stylist to every client, providing her the opportunity to look and feel confident in every aspect of her life. We believe it will not only change the way women shop but, more importantly, the way they feel about shopping.”

In celebration of the launch, DAILYLOOK Elite is offering a three-month trial ($60 value), but it certainly won’t take that long to get completely hooked! Visit www.dailylook.com to complete the quick and comprehensive style survey and start your free trial TODAY!

Wilmington Welcomes Walkers and Runners to Historic District March 7

Courtesy City of Wilmington
Historic Wilmington, voted America's best riverfront community by readers of USA Today and 10Best, opens its downtown streets to walkers and runners on March 7, 2015 for the Third Annual Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure®.
"Fifty counties in North Carolina were represented in the inaugural Wilmington race," said Pam Kohl, Executive Director of Susan G Komen's Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. "People from 18 states participated, including Alaska, which is amazing. The Wilmington race provides a unique combination of fitness, history and family travel, while supporting a great cause."
Wilmington's Race for the Cure® features a timed 5K run, a 5K walk and one-mile walk all in the Historic district preceded by an invigorating Zumba warm-up. Activities include a Kids' Dash for ages 3-5, a breast cancer survivor's breakfast, and a survivor's celebration with group photo. Entertainment and food will be onsite as well.
"We're pleased to share our historic riverside community to support the on-going battle against breast cancer," said Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington. "Each year, we witness a tremendous outpouring of love and support for this event from local citizens and people across the nation."
Courtesy of the Wilmington and Beaches CVB
Breast cancer survival rates continue to improve because of early diagnosis, improved treatment and research. In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for early stage diagnosis was about 74%. Today, that number has increased to 99%, according to the Komen organization. Even so, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S.
"In eastern North Carolina, the incidence of breast cancer and mortality rate from breast cancer are higher than average," said Kohl, a breast cancer survivor. "No woman's life should be dependent on her geography."
Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast stay in local communities to support education programs, screenings and treatment programs. The other 25% helps fund Komen's national research programs.
In 2014, Komen announced more than $2 million in research grants at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, a total research investment in North Carolina of $31 million since 1982.
"Stay positive. Fight with all you've got," said Lavonda Gaskin Howard from Wilmington. Howard, a five-year breast cancer survivor has run in every Wilmington race because she wants to give back. "I wanted to do for breast cancer patients as so many had done for me."
To register for the 2015 Historic Wilmington Komen Race for the Cure® on March 7th visit:

February 23, 2015

Baha Mar Invites Guests to Enjoy the "First Night on Us"

Baha Mar, the $3.5 billion integrated gaming and luxury resort opening on March 27, wants to offer a warm welcome for guests wishing to visit The Bahamas, by offering the first night complimentary, when purchasing additional nights. These guests will be among the first to experience the resort touted as the "New Riviera", which will usher in a new era of luxury when it opens its doors next month. Baha Mar encompasses 2,200 luxury guest rooms across four hotels - in addition to its namesake, the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, the resort also includes Rosewood at Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar.

Guests who book a room from today until April 30, for travel between May 7 and September 30, 2015, will receive the first night free when they book a two-night or more stay at the dazzling Baha Mar Casino & Hotel or at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, four nights or more at SLS LUX Baha Mar and five nights or more at Rosewood Baha Mar.*

"We are excited to welcome our very first guests to enjoy the 'first night on us' to share the best Baha Mar has to offer," said Paul V. Pusateri, chief operating officer for Baha Mar. "It's the perfect time to travel to The Bahamas and experience the dazzling debut of the New Riviera."

Baha Mar will also be home to world-class gaming, with the largest casino in the Caribbean. The casino will feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the turquoise Caribbean waters and more than 100,000 square feet of Las Vegas-style gaming excitement. Featuring opulent high-limit gaming, sports betting, and the industry's most current slot machines and table games, the destination will cater to the world's most discerning players. Furthermore, the resort's TPC at Baha Mar Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ESPA spa, pools, beach experiences, and many restaurants and luxury shops will round out the extravagant luxury experience at Baha Mar.

*The First Night Free Offer is based on double occupancy, with a minimum stay (please view individual properties for specific restrictions), for travel between May 7- September 30, 2015. The offer is based on per room, per night and the credit for the free night will be applied at check-out. No Saturday arrivals. Offer based on availability and some blackout dates apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. A resort fee per day, per room (not including tax) will apply to your booking. Other restrictions may apply. Please visit www.bahamar.com for more details.

Yankee, State of ME Capture Grand Adventure in ME Woods

Just in time for people planning spring and summer vacations, a suite of multi-media coverage is showing off some of what the Maine Woods has to offer. Yankee magazine and the Maine Office of Tourism are both featuring extensive coverage of the 150thAnniversary Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour that explored 250 miles of Maine lakes and rivers in May 2014.

Yankee is rolling out its spring issue featuring “Thoreau’s Maine” on the cover and a 14-page photo essay of the Thoreau-Wabanki tour inside the March/April issue, which will be on newsstands by the end of February. Photos from the journey through the rugged Maine Woods are online at www.YankeeMagazine.com/Thoreau.

The Maine Office of Tourism has just released its online magazine, The Maine Thing Quarterly (www.mainequarterly.com/thoreau), with video clips and interviews from the tour as well as resources for visitors.

Both Yankee and The Maine Thing showcase stunning photography of Maine’s remote woodlands, wild water and guided backcountry adventure opportunities. Jarrod McCabe and Dominic Casserly of Little Outdoor Giants captured Yankee’s images as two of the eight people who paddled the entire trip. Yankee Editor-in Chief Mel Allen penned the article based on interviews and the journals of the photographers.

Maine Woods Discovery, a cooperative marketing initiative coordinated by the Northern Forest Center, organized the epic canoe journey to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, and call national and regional attention to the one-of-a-kind adventure tourism opportunities available in the Maine Woods.

“This is Yankee’s 80th anniversary year of telling New England stories,” said Allen. “Over the years, we have done many stories that touch on Maine’s north woods. Our collaboration with Maine Woods Discovery and the Northern Forest Center around the Thoreau’s Maine feature is truly the centerpiece of these efforts. It is one of the most ambitious photo stories we’ve ever undertaken in our publication’s history, involving 16 days’ worth of photography.”

Eight people—including Thoreau scholars, Maine Guides, advocates of Maine Woods tourism, and members of Penobscot Nation, whose ancestors had guided Thoreau into the wilderness — made the entire journey, while more than 40 other journalists and others cycled in and out of the trip.

“Yankee was the only media outlet to cover this adventure from start to finish 16 days later, and the Maine Office of Tourism was a partner from the earliest stages of planning,” said Mike Wilson, lead organizer of the expedition and senior program director for the Northern Forest Center. “Their combined commitment has resulted in two features that truly capture the spirit of this trip and of the Maine Woods as spectacular destination for outdoor recreation.”

Maine Woods Discovery is a standards-based, cooperative marketing initiative whose members promote high quality vacation experiences and advancement of best practices within the region’s tourism industry. Maine Woods Discovery is a project of the Maine Woods Consortium, coordinated by the Northern Forest Center.

“A 16-day wilderness trip may not be right for everyone, but the resorts and guides in Maine Woods Discovery have trips to fit every skill level,” said Matt Polstein, founder of the New England Outdoor Center, which is a member of Maine Woods Discovery. “We can help families have their first successful outdoor adventures, or take seasoned adventurers to new places, or introduce them to new outdoor skills.”

Tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the Maine economy, and the Northern Forest Center’s tourism program aims to improve job opportunities in the industry by helping the industry provide the highest quality experiences to visitors. The Center, a nonprofit organization, helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

“This event spoke to the rich heritage of the region, and the serenity and the adventure offered by Maine’s north woods, a truly unique part of the Northeast,” said Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism. “It is the opportunity to have authentic experiences like this that sets Maine apart from other destinations.”

Travelers will find detailed information about lodging and outdoor activities at www.mainewoodsdiscovery.com.

The Spring 2015 issue of The Maine Quarterly featuring the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail can be directly accessed from the home page of the Maine Office of Tourism website, www.visitmaine.com.

The spring issue of Yankee will be on the newsstand by the end of February, while the magazine’s Facebook page features the cover. Starting March 1, readers will get an additional window into the trip through the free Yankee Connect app (available in the iTunes or Google Play stores). The app allows readers to see four exclusive slideshows by McCabe and Casserly covering Moosehead Lake, Camping Life, Mud Pond Carry, and Final Days.

Yankee Magazine is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature stories. Yankee (circulation of 330,000 and a total audience of 1.9 million readers) is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine publisher.

The Northern Forest Center, a nonprofit organization, creates economic opportunity and community vitality from health working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

February 18, 2015

201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals Book Review


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My twin sons are 15 months old now. They have been eating solids since they were 6 months old.  We started them on Gerber baby food mainly because of simplicity.  Just open and serve.  It was so much more simple than making homemade purees.  But now that my boys are toddlers,  I am trying to incorporate normal foods into their diet more and more, so that I can eventually stop the weekly trips to the store for baby food.

Since they aren't quite ready to eat everything that my husband and I eat, I thought it would be a good idea to start weaning them off of jarred baby food by cooking simple recipes that are intended for babies and toddlers.  I recently discovered a fabulous cookbook that is filled with great-tasting recipes that incorporate healthy and safe ingredients for babies and toddlers.  It is called "201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals", written by Tamika L. Gardner.

201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals by Tamika Gardner

What I love about this book is that it's more than just a collection of recipes.  It contains a lot of general information on cooking, such as:

Kitchen and Pantry Essentials

Staples for a well-stocked kitchen

and other useful information such as the top foods that you should always buy organic (the "Toxic Twenty", tips for smart shopping, and ten great places to buy organics.

The book also utilizes a reference guide so that you can quickly identify meals that are either freezer-friendly, easy to pack and take on-the-go, recipes that are gluten-free, or recipes that incorporate one or more ingredients on the "Toxic Twenty" list and should be purchased organic if possible.

As for the recipes, the author splits the recipes into 4 chapters according to age:

The Transitioner: 9-12 months
The Explorer: 12 - 18 months
The Picky Eater: 18-24 months
The Independent Toddler: 2-3 years

Of course, this is just a guideline and you should utilize recipes that are appropriate for your child's eating capability.  The recipes aren't very difficult to make, and instructions are very easy to follow.   You'll find recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between.  The index at the end of the book makes it easy for you to search for recipes by ingredient (e.g. apples, chicken, eggs, corn, salads).

The first recipe that I tried from this cookbook was the "Just Peachy Oatmeal", which is located in "The Transitioner" chapter.   The directions were short and simple to follow, and in 10 minutes I had 2 two servings of homemade peachy oatmeal, and it looked exactly as the picture in the cookbook.  Best of all, my sons loved it! 

With over 200 healthy recipes in this cookbook, my boys will be eating healthy for years to come.

About the Author 

Tamika L. Gardner began crafting homemade baby food as a new mother of two seeking to provide fresh meals beyond what any jar on the shelf could offer. As a thrifty mom who exclusively breastfed both children, purchasing pre-packaged food seemed to go against grain of natural feeding. Therefore, she relied on advice from pediatricians and old-school mamas to make baby purees from whole ingredients. 

As a full-time technical writer and creative muse who loves food and design, she used her talents and passion to document her baby food recipes on her blog, SimplyBabyFoodRecipes.net. After four years of advocating fresh purees from scratch, she fulfilled her dream of becoming an author and wrote her first best-selling book "201 Organic Baby Purees" in 2012 with Adams Media. Her organic recipes have been featured on ABC News, iVillage.com, MetroParent, Raleigh News and Observer, Fayetteville News, BlogHer.com, The Stir and Dot Coms For Moms. 

As her children began to grow out of purees, she was faced with a new dilemma of offering toddler-friendly meals to her own child with food allergies and other health concerns. This began a new journey of developing delicious meals that catered to those needs. Her latest book, "201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals" debuts in December 2014 and features a large assortment of meals consisting of primarily fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Tamika believes that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is the cornerstone of a long healthy life, and it starts from infancy.

Her mission is to encourage parents to nurture healthy children through fresh, whole foods from farm to table.


Click here to purchase your copy today!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Announces 12th Nuit Blanche

By the thousands and thousands, fans are marking the date on their calendars: on Saturday, February 28, it’s time for another edition of the wildest party this city can throw, the 12th Nuit blanche in Montréal presented by Hydro-Québec! With an immense network of action all over town—over 200 activities, most of them free,spread throughout 3 districts and 2 poles—this crazy Night offers something for every taste and age level, promising tons of surprises! Whether you’re a Montrealer or a tourist, there’s no better way to rediscover the city! Fans can get in the party mood and kick off their evening festivities by rolling down to Nuit blanche “Headquarters”: the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site (Place des Festivals, the Place des Arts esplanade and Ste. Catherine Street), where they can even feed their appetites and stock up on energy before plunging into this most magical of nights!
The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE free outdoor site kicks off the Nuit blanche
This is where all the Nuit blanche action gets started… but you can certainly return to the site all night long, where they action never quits! There will be continuous activities right up until 3 a.m.—the RBC Zip-line powered by Arbraska, the super Milk Urban Slide and its new kid sister, the Mini-Slide (just for little ones), the Maison de la Suisse and its array of gourmet and other surprises, The Pool by Jen Lewin presented by Bell, a gigantic, luminous and interactive Ping Pong game activated by participants as they walk, run or leap from one pastille to another…—and other exclusive Nuit blanche activities. Nighthawks will want to flock to the RBC Stage for the free outdoor show starring Misteur Valaire (with VJ Yanneek providing visuals), the official launch of our magical night, at 8 p.m. Just after that (9:10 p.m.), Ariane Moffatt and her friends Maina Militza and Jerry Pigeon transform into DJs exclusively for the Nuit blanche, accompanied by VJ Video Girl! With the celebration firing on all cylinders, fans can head to Métropolis at 8 p.m. for yet another free show—Danse ta vie! presented by SiriusXM, featuring a DJ set by Karim Ouellet and King Abid and performances by Claude Bégin, Rich Aucoin and Canailles, and as a special treat, the latest incarnation of Antoine Gratton, aka A*Beat avec A*Star, in L'Astral, from midnight to 3 a.m.
The Nuit blanche, from every angle…
With so much action on the menu, it helps to plan out your evening… And luckily, organizers of the Nuit blanche and the STM are on the ball! The Métro will remain open all night long for the occasion, and a free shuttle service (14 shuttles, 4 routes and 65 stops) will run every 10 minutes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., linking all the activities and the quartiers of Vieux-Montréal, Quartier des Spectacles et Centre-ville and Plateau-Mont-Royal et Mile-End. The two Pôles, Parc olympique and Ligne Bleue will be accessible by Métro. And our loyal radio partner CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal will once again be the voice of the Nuit blanche in our shuttles, keeping everyone informed on everything happening during this wild night.
One Nuit blanche, 11 facets
Montréal City Hall presents a number of different outdoor entertainment options and invites fans of “street hockey” to face off in friendly matches. Hot beverages will be served, with equipment available on-site. Zéro Gravité offers rock climbing 2.0 with a DJ and illuminated yoga. Admission is free for anyone wearing a Tyrolian costume! The Olympic Installations Board invites everyone to Olympic Stadium for an extraordinary experience on the Montréal Impact playing field. Enjoy games of skill and filmed performances!
Visual Arts
The Centre culturel Georges-Vanier invites art lovers to an evening dedicated to creativity: a drawing workshop with live clothed models, screenings of films on art, an open house on the engraving workshop and its unique installations, Brazilian and African rhythms... The Galerie Monastiraki offers shadow projections by Mere Phantoms, large-scale watercolours on the themes of phenomena and light by Laura Madera, and of course, their famed annual collage party! Digital lab échoFab presents the 3D photomaton, an immersive projection system, DIY audiovisual instruments, mulled wine and homemade donuts. If coiffure is your thing, join us at for the hairstyle fest at Boy'e coupe & couleur, featuring photographer Émilie Tournevache and DJ Matt Szabo, with mixed grill and hot drinks served on site. Come down to the Hydro-Québec head office to discover major Québécois artist Jean-Paul Mousseau, where his mural and imposing architecturally integrated art will be updated to spotlight his cultural legacy. The event features an interactive contest and instant prizes! Finally, the Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal welcomes one and all with an array of digital productions: immersive exhibition Flux, a projection of student videos presented by medialabAU, a performance by Nelly-Ève Rajotte and videos by Isabelle Hayeur on architecture and landscape.
La Générale de Cinéma presents a cinematic adventure created exclusively for the Nuit blanche, assembling works by the Générale, eclectic documentaries by Lichen and a public reading of Orson Welles’ Heart Of Darkness instead of popcorn. The Nouveau Palais will screen a national and international program of new films and videos for your viewing and gourmet pleasure, with a bonus DJ set. Meanwhile, Théâtre Outremont lines up a Best-Of screening of the remarkable clips from the Lions de Cannes 2014, the world’s most renowned advertising festival.
Groove on over to the Université du Québec à Montréal, where 50 dancers will brave the cold and snow to plunge into the grey of a Montreal winter. Or do you like it hot? Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique has you set up with AfroQueer Mafia by Massimadi in Pub St. Paul, where the gay community will dance under a tropical Afro-rhythm flag! Things will get just as hot in Club Lambi, where the Forró d'érable group introduces us to Forró (dance and music), a groovy trip to the ambience of Northeastern Brazil.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal invites us all to discover Simon Starling: Metamorphology, a collection of fifteen works—sculptures, photographs, installations and films—that evoke Starling’s major works addressing the importance of research and metamorphosis. The MAC will also host creative workshops. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transports us to Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, an unprecedented retrospective on orientalism in Canada, with paintings by Benjamin-Constant, and a DJ spinning the ambience! Pointe-à-Callière will have plenty on view with its Contes de froidure, the exhibition Neige, and of course its archeological installations. Meanwhile, the Maison de la photo de Montréal and Espace La Fontaine will present the photos of Périphérie, the launch of a photographic project by Jean-François Hamelin on the legendary Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. Olympic Stadium will host an exhibition on the Montreal Expos, created exclusively for the Nuit blanche in collaboration with Panthéon des sports du Québec, with souvenirs covering the period of 1969-2004, the time of “Nos Amours”.
Flights of Fancy
At the Centre for Sustainable Development, fans can stroll along the pipeline and discover expansive lands peppered with surprises! Meet a colourful cast of characters who are passionate about environmental and social issues, discover an oil pipeline, and savour a tar cocktail. Dinh Ba Design pulls back the curtains on Québécois fashion, including a guided tour of the workshop and a meeting with designer Dinh Ba. Grads from the interactive media program of Université du Québec à Montréal invite everyone to take part in the Legend of Onor by writing a tale aboard a boat, inspired by wild adventures of yore. Or come out for the ultimate thermal experience at Saint-Jude Espace Tonus, with a hamam Turkish bath, Finnish dry sauna, hydrotherapy and more. Meanwhile, the TOHU will transform itself into a freak show, inviting brave souls to experience the bygone world of circus folk.
Festival partners Montréal joue take over Émery Street to present a ton of video and board games. Fans can also enjoy the fun playground created for the event, and discover organizations offering an inexhaustible variety of fun and games. Nighthawks will also want to cruise out to catch the nocturnal acrobatics at the Esplanade financière Sun Life presented courtesy of the Olympic Installations Board (OIB); and the two Parc Exalto attractions set up in the Winter Village will be open to the public free of charge.
Poyo Design takes over Parc Hydro-Québec to present L'oasis Sainte-Catherine, a festive garden almost completely created from recycled components. The Société de développement commercial Vieux-Montréal invites MEL fans to discover Glace et lumière on Place Jacques-Cartier, with impressive illuminated ice sculptures created live on-site while fire-eaters do their own illuminated thing. In Map ta nuit !, three Montreal video and video mapping champs, Tind, Aziz! Light Crew and Guillaume Bourassa, take on Café Laïka and turn it into their illuminated Nuit blanche canvas.
In Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal will invite everyone to enjoy Improvisez la nuit !, an improv session hosted by Tammy Verge, accompanied by veteran stage performers. TheLibrairie Gallimard welcomes La nuit des conteurs with Planète rebelle and Oui’Dire Éditions: an evening of poetry and imagination, traditional and urban storytelling, real-life anecdotes and tales of the unexpected, followed by a Lights-Out listening session. Also, 10610 Saint-Denis du Théâtre Omnivore, presented by Espace Infopresse, will keep folks up into the wee hours and beyond with an exploration of intimacy, femininity, and hearts and souls bursting with desire and unanswered questions.
Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place welcomes Les Papes hurlants by André Pappathomas and his Mruta Mertsi ensemble, an event inspired by the art of Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, to spice up the Nuit blanche, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has booked a special concert by the Étoiles du Métro in the Berri-UQAM and Jean-Talon stations. Espace Cercle Carré will host the Théâtre de l’Écran noir de la Nuit blanche, an event at the leading edge of experimental film and video art. The Café Campus dancefloor will get snowy as it is transformed into a downhill ski lodge for an Après-ski evening featuring ski instructors, DJs and a spa. And Eastern Bloc will offer Les Synthées with scintillating Torontonian Petra Glynt and dark-elegant Montrealers Xarah Dion, Marie Davidson and Mathématique.
Laughter will rattle the walls of the Gesù during La nuit, on rit ! hosted by Jérémy Du Temple-Quirion, accompanied by about twenty talented graduates of the École nationale de l’humour. And while we’re at it, why not visit the church? In café Pagaille, Les Productions du Diable Vert have booked the Vampirise-moi! evening starring Jean-Marc Massie and his “biting” stories. Over at Espace La Risée, Les Femmelettes will spool out a special new Pyjama Party edition of their female comedy cabaret-lab!
Underground Art Souterrain
This year, Art Souterrain presents 75 contemporary art projects spread throughout 13 buildings in Montreal’s indoor underground city. A crew of mediators will be on hand to guide festival fans and offer a different perspective on the artworks. Get set for your visit to this edition and its theme Security: what remains of our areas of freedom? by downloading the audioguide from artsouterrain.com.

Palace Resorts Epic $40,000 Wedding Contest

Palace Resorts is partnering with Weddings by Funjet on a Royal Wedding contest where the winners will win their dream wedding, valued at more than $40,000, at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. It’s over the top and fabulous in every sense of the word – photos, flights for up to 8 guests, luxe accommodations, $1,500 in credits and more.

Check out the video below for more information. 

2015 Destination Fitness Travel

Destination: Fitness
Traveling fitness enthusiasts are enjoying properties that now offer guests outdoor activities that draw upon the destination. In the fishing village of Port Soller in Mallorca, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa guests have the rare opportunity to cycle through a UNESCO World Heritage Site and challenge themselves everyday cycling the rugged yet jawdroppingly gorgeous northwest coast of the island. The hotel is now equipped with its own bike repair shop and mountain bike rentals. At The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami guests can explore the exclusive five-mile long barrier island and all of its rich history with the Atlantic Walk. Triumph Hotels is offering exclusive walking tours of historic New York City neighborhoods in partnership with Streetwise. Situated in beautiful Red Rock Country, L'Auberge de Sedona recently implemented a brand new GM Jog program where guests can meet General Manager Jesse Alexander in the morning for a heart-pumping off-property run through Arizona’s scenic trails and vistas.  Using what Mother Nature has provided, families staying in O’ahu at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa take part in Palm Tree TRX on the beach.
Taking Workouts to New Heights
Cardio is getting hearts pumping this year, as hotels, spas and now nightclubs are boosting their fitness offerings. First of its kind, the High Altitude Suite at Madinat Jumeirah offers hypoxic training which can improve aerobic and anaerobic performance. To spice up workout routines, Grand Geneva has added POUND® classes to its workout schedule. POUND®/Fit Ball fuses the most challenging series of core, leg and upper body conditioning moves with cardio interval training, and most importantly - fun. In San Diego, patrons are trading in their cocktails for intense cardio at FLUXX nightclub.  Debuting this Spring, FLUXX SPIN - an upbeat spin class is performed in a nightclub setting complete with a DJ spinning tunes from state-of-the-art sound systems, lasers, theatrical lighting system and a new LED wall and chandelier.  THE MODERN HONOLULU recently launched Poses empower, a daylong yoga and music event with acclaimed yogis paired with top local and national musicians and DJ’s playing into the mix.

February 17, 2015

LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway #JusticeLeague #BizarroLeague

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.
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February 11, 2015

Tarzan DVD Review

Now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) is Lionsgate Home Entertaiment's CGI animated tale of Tarzan, starring Kellan Lutz.  Based on the classic 'Tarzan' stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this story of Tarzan has been completely re-imagined for a new generation.  During an expedition to a remote African jungle, the Greystoke family's helicopter crashes, leaving one survivor: the young boy J.J., nicknamed Tarzan. Raised by gorillas, Tarzan lives by the laws of the jungle - until he encounters another human being, the courageous and beautiful Jane Porter. For Tarzan and Jane, it is love at first sight and the beginning of a thrilling adventure as Tarzan uses his instincts and intellect to protect his jungle home and the woman he loves.

Our family of four was very excited to watch this family friendly movie.  First off, the adults were very impressed with the CGI animation.  I couldn't get over how real everything looked and how impressive the animation captured even the subtle movements of real people and transferred that to the screen.  While there is a lot of action and some violence, the story line has enough depth to keep adults attentive.  

My 7 year old who was familiar with the original story of Tarzan initially had a hard time understanding why the story did not follow the well-known plot.  But after we explained to her that is was a modern day retelling of the story starring the same main characters, she got into it right away.  My 4 year old loved the action and even learned one or two things about gorilla behavior.  We keep the DVD ready to go as he's been asking to watch Tarzan almost daily.  

Don't miss this one!  Available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99 and $14.98, respectively.

Disclosure: a complimentary product was provided for review purposes. 

February 10, 2015

Food Fortunes Premieres on Food Network March 9

Food Network invites aspiring culinary entrepreneurs towalk in with an idea and possibly walk out with a fortune, in new series Food Fortunes, premiering Monday, March 9th at 10pm ET/PT. Over the course of eight episodes, food visionaries looking to launch a new product have the opportunity to earn cold hard cash from a rotating panel of four investors, all looking to make lucrative investments and find the next golden idea. But first, the inventors will have to pitch to a room full of consumers to win their approval, as the potential investors watch on. Seeking advice and cash from some of the biggest names in the food, online and retail industry, will the entrepreneurs' ideas land flat, or will they go home with a food fortune? Investors include Willie Degel (Restaurateur, host of Food Network's Restaurant Stakeout), Robert Earl (Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood International, host of Cooking Channel's Robert Earl's Be My Guest), Scott Gerber (CEO of The Gerber Group), Dan Glickberg (Founder of Dan Glickberg Food),Daniel Green (International food and wine expert), Michele Hoskins (Founder and owner of Michele Foods, Inc.), Sonia Kapadia (Founder and CEO of Taste Savant), and Pat LaFrieda (Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, Food Network's Meat Men).

"Food Fortunes gives a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the business side of creating a culinary empire," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "These inventors must capture the attention and imagination of some of the most successful executives in the culinary world to make their dreams a reality."   

Throughout the season, food-savvy entrepreneurs have an unprecedented opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of high-profile investors, in hopes that they will score funding that can help them launch or expand their businesses. But the panel wants to make sure that they will make a return on their investments. Whether they are being pitched an ultra-healthy coffee franchise, an American take on Indian food, or a robot that serves as a personal chef, it is every investor for themselves as they argue it out for a chance to get a piece of the action. The up-and-comers must come to the stage with a well-thought-out game plan, and they must also win over the consumer audience who will help the investors decide if a product is truly worthy.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodFortunes to meet the food visionaries vying for a shot at success and the investors they must impress. Join the business banter with #FoodFortunes.

Food Fortunes is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment.

World Food Championships Announce Move to Kissimmee from Las Vegas

Kissimmee is looking to the World Food Championships to be a recipe to drive more visitors to its popular Central Florida destination.

During a joint media conference, the World Food Championships officially announced its relocation to Kissimmee. "After three years in Las Vegas, we saw an opportunity to move our competition to a destination that affords us a chance to realize our vision of expanding and evolving our overall food experience," commented Mike McCloud, President & CEO of the WFC.

Experience Kissimmee President/CEO D.T. Minich said the move shows the promise of being a signature annual event for Kissimmee. "Travelers from around the world know us as the gateway to Walt Disney World and the other Orlando area theme parks and attractions. We view the World Food Championships as an event visitors will mark on their calendars each year," Minich stated.

Minich pointed out that the World Food Championships also will help brand Kissimmee as a culinary destination for the thousands of spectators, cook teams, judges, volunteers and foodies visiting for the Nov. 3 – 10 event.

“The World Food Championships offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chef competitions, demonstrations, to look at the latest cooking appliances and to become part of a fun foodie travel experience,” he observed.

“WFC is pleased to make its new home in Kissimmee,” McCloud added. “It is a great destination for those who have won regional, national or international food competitions to have a chance to compete and collaborate with other culinary champions in a hospitable, family-friendly environment.”

McCloud also pointed out that the stakes are high at WFC, which is now in its fourth year as the premier cooking competition in the world. “More than $300,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs, with the ultimate champion taking home a grand prize of $100,000. So the competition will be intense," McCloud said.

The categories this year include: Dessert, BBQ, Chili, Sandwich, Seafood, Bacon, Burger, Pasta and Recipe (with a fresh food theme).

The right to compete in the World Food Championships may be earned through several options, according to McCloud. For example, numerous online opportunities exist like the "FoodChamp Valentine's Day dessert challenge" starting next week. Five winners will be given the right to compete in the WFC with all registration fees covered for the top contender.

Another way to achieve eligibility to compete includes winning an official qualifier event, of which hundreds exist throughout the nation for each category. A list of those events appear on the World Food Championships website.

And finally, the WFC has just started announcing Super Qualifiers in addition to International Qualifiers, like the Canadian Food Championships. In addition to a prize purse, these events provide a free entry and all-expense paid trip for the winners to Kissimmee.

Once on site at the WFC, more than 500 competitors will enter a tournament-based competition that will narrow the field to 10 top finalists in each category. The winner of each category will then face off at the Final Table, where a panel of celebrity and notable judges will determine the ultimate dish and champion of the 2015 event.

Like many TV competitions, competitors face a number of challenges in their quest to become the champion, including a limited time frame, presentation of food, execution of recipes and the ultimate test of taste. The primary rounds of the competition will be staged at the quaint town of Celebration, the Walt Disney Co. designed community in Osceola County that is a favorite of visitors from around the world. These rounds will be open and free to the public. Many other features of the WFC will include ticketed tastings and chef demonstrations throughout the week's festivities. These ticketed events along with the free events will continue to be posted on the World Food Championships website.

To learn more about the WFC, including how to judge or volunteer for the event, visit the WFC web site at www.worldfoodchampionships.com.

February 9, 2015

Experiential Travel and Women Wanderlust Getaways

Experiential Travel
Around the globe, hotel guests are checking out of leading properties armed with new skills, new experiences and often a new mindset, based on the impressive experiences hotels are now offering. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota has partnered with Big Cat Habitat to provide guests a thrilling opportunity to come face to face with lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) while volunteering their skills to this organization. In New Orleans, the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton offers guests private trumpet lessons from Jeremy Davenport himself, the hotel’s headline entertainer. Half Moon, A RockResort in Montego Bay, Jamaica offers new one-of-a-kind day adventures where guests can experience ‘living like a local' and are welcomed into the homes of notable, working Jamaican families and invited to learn alongside them. Regent Palms Turks & Caicos offers guests the opportunity to experience conch diving, post-trip divers delight as their conch is turned into delish ceviche prepared by Executive Chef Lauren Callighen. In San Francisco, guests can hit the open waters of Richardson Bay and learn to sail while staying at the Mansion at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, CA with three days of sailing lessons on a beautiful 31' sailboat. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa has teamed up with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to offer an all-inclusive experience for guests and groups to learn how to start a fire, purify water, catch, prepare, and eat wild food, navigate without a compass, avoid hypothermia, and ultimately learn to self-rescue using Bear’s famous techniques as seen on his TV show on NBC.

Women Wanderlust
Solo female travelers have taken center stage and hotels and resorts are creating customized offerings and programs to cater to this demographic. Female travelers at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers can stay on the exclusive Chopard ladies floor, which is solely serviced by female colleagues. The rooms were carefully designed for the sophisticated woman traveler and each includes in-suite yoga facilities, a cosmetics fridge, the softest bathrobe and kimono and lavish Chopard bathing products. In Tucson, Arizona Tanque Verde Ranch invites solo women travelers to rejuvenate their souls with the Celebration of One package. Guests can discover themselves along with the great outdoors with all inclusive rates including horseback riding through cacti-laden trails, guided nature hikes and mountain biking, as well as several other outdoor activities and three daily meals. World-renowned destination fitness resort and spa in Tecate, Mexico, Rancho La Puerta, is a magical and transformative place for solo female travelers. Guests can immerse themselves in the all inclusive program with energetic fitness options, delicious organic cuisine, morning hikes, lectures and find solitude in these activities or meet new friends throughout the stay.

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