‘Americas’

The Search for Paradise

We gave away trips to  Paradise! Many tried but only the quickest won! We want to congratulate the winners that found Paradise! Casey Kurth, Christopher Munson, Karina Tsymbal, Leonor Blaya Martinez & Ashley Thomas ! We hope you’ll tell us all about your trip! And the rest of you, don’t despair, guys. Stay tuned, because we’ve got a lot more great contests coming soon!

Vanilla Flan (Vanilla Custard)

“Flan” is the Spanish name for vanilla egg custard, topped with caramel sauce. Flan makes a great finish to any meal because even though it is sweet, it is a light dessert.   Ingredients for 4: 2.5 cups of milk  100 g of sugar  4 eggs 2 vanilla beans  Caramel Ingredients  150 g of sugar 1/4 tsp. of water Directions: Put a heavy skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar. With a wooden spoon, keep the sugar moving constantly in skillet until sugar is completely melted, and of a rich medium brown color (caramelized). Pour the caramel into dish. …

PIÑA COLADA

The piña colada Cocktail was a drink created in San Juan Puerto Rico.  Piña colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico. It’s a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice.   The secret is to choose the best ingredients to have a great refreshing drink. Ingredients 8 people 1 liter (4 cups) of fresh pineapple juice 250 ml coconut cream (Rum) Ice Rum (Optional)  Optional: Add a few drops of vanilla.  Preparation: Put the ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and the white or dark rum into a…

Interview:Wedding Planner in Jamaica

We’ve asked Janielle Feurtado to share some of her insights on Destination Weddings in Jamaica. For people who may not be familiar with you or your work, can you share a bit about yourself, your background, and how you came to be the wedding planner for Iberostar in Jamaica.  My name is Janielle Feurtado I am 22yrs old. As a child I always found great joy in making people happy.  Hence growing up I realized that the hospitality Industry was the place for me.  After working as the assistant wedding coordinator for another chain of resorts I established that I…

The Pirate’s Daughter: Errol Flynn’s Jamaican Love Affair

In Like Flynn It’s not easy to create a work of fiction and drop into it a character who was not only real, but so well known that many critics claim a first-hand knowledge of the personality of his character. Yet when Margaret Cezair-Thompson wrote The Pirate’s Daughter and told the story of Errol Flynn and his time in Jamaica, she took on precisely this challenge. That the reviews of her book are generally positive is perhaps the highest compliment of her success. The Pirate’s Daughter starts with Flynn shipwrecked on his ship Zaca and arriving on a Jamaican beach near…

Phase 2 Winner – Walk of Fame

We completed the second phase! Finally got the 14,000 stars! Thank you for making this happen! Winner Phase 2: Kyle Dubourdieu Winner Phase 1: Johane Lavallee Don’t worry you still have two more chances to win. So let’s get 15,000 “likes”! Remember the more you share, the faster we do the drawing!

Quinoa Salad

For all who want to enjoy restaurant food at home, today we’re giving you another recipe: “Quinoa Salad”. A simple recipe, light and above all very, very healthy. We hope you enjoy it. Serves 4 100 g of quinoa 25 g of goji berries 1 leek 1 red pepper 1 carrot 70 g of oyster mushrooms 100 g of sprouts varied ½ dl olive oil Sesame oil Soy sauce Pepper and Salt Directions: Cook the quinoa in a pot with water and salt for 25 minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, drain and add refresh water in a strainer. Put…

Reality Bites: The Sharp Truth About the Piranhas of Brazil’s Amazon

A couple of months ago I found myself face to face with a school of piranhas, and lived to tell the tale. OK, the little buggers were in a tank at Parque Explora in Medellin, Colombia, whose unusual aquarium is devoted to Amazonian fauna. Common throughout the Amazon and its connected rivers – most of which of course fall within the borders of Brazil, the silvery shapes flitting by were mesmerizing but didn’t look particularly threatening  - but then I remembered a souvenir my mom and dad brought back from a cruise similar to the Iberostar Grand Amazon: a piranha…

Man vs. Wild: Bear Grylls in Mexico!

He’s known for his gut-wrenching survival skills and daredevil stunts. He’s sliced open carcasses of wild animals, eaten deer droppings, wrestled alligators and used the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag – all in the name of survival. He’s the face of extreme adventure – he’s Bear Grylls, the host of survival TV series, Man vs. Wild. Born Adventurer Grylls’ Man vs. Wild show has become one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching approximately 1.2 billion viewers around the world. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Grylls was taught how to climb and sail by his…

Pirates of the Caribbean: The True Story

A little over 300 years after it was scuttled and left to lie at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the Quedagh Merchant was recently discovered just off the coast of the Dominican Republic. This famous shipwreck is now being opened up to the diving public as an imaginative new attraction, the Museum of the Living Sea. The story of how it got there is a real life tale of Pirates of the Caribbean and one of which Captain Jack Sparrow himself might be proud. The Rise and Fall of Captain Kidd Captain Kidd had arrived at Catalina Island in…