‘beaches’

World Tennis Champion, Rafael Nadal, and his Beloved Majorca

In recent years, Spain has been on a winning streak in the sports arena, winning championships around the world – from Formula One races to the World Cup (football) and tennis championships. Amongst the innumerable sportsmen, Rafael Nadal has stood out as a key contributor to Spain’s victory. Between 2008 and 2011, Nadal was ranked World No. 1 – after winning several Grand Slam titles, ATP World Tournament titles and Olympic gold medals. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Staying Rooted in Majorca Despite his worldwide success, the tennis champion remains humble…

BAKLAVA RECIPE

Baklava is one of Tunisia’s most exquisite traditional desserts. And to make it easy to prepare, we’ve got a special chef’s tip for you: if you haven’t got any rose water at home, you can replace it with the same amount – two spoonfuls – of orange blossom water.   Ingredients: ½ kg of filo pastry (you can use flaky pastry instead, but the result is not the same) 300 g of peeled, chopped nuts 2 or 3 spoonfuls of sugar A couple of spoonfuls of ground pistachios (optional) Light syrup (made with sugar, a little water and cardamom beans)…

Cocktails in Jamaica

It was the 1980s and kids were given a movie star idol who couldn’t be any greater: he knew how to fly a fighter jet, he’s adorable in a button-down and socks and was amazing making cocktails of every color and flavor. I’m sure that with that information alone you know I’m referring to Tom Cruise, who at the time was an established Hollywood star on the scene who made a huge first impact thanks to his good looks, making women fall in love with him on and off the silver screen. I’m sure that in watching him win over Elisabeth Shue…

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!

Jamaican Me Married: Destination Weddings in Style at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

I first started covering destination weddings more than a decade ago while working for Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. Why budget travel? Because given the ballooning costs of holding a nice knot-tying even in your backyard, resort weddings can be surprisingly affordable, both allowing couples to better control costs as well as enjoy a luxurious experience (with or without guests) in a beautiful tropical setting. Jamaica’s an especially popular place these days for couples to combine getting hitched with a great tropical honeymoon, and while many resorts offer destination weddings, I found that the elegant Rose Hall Suites near Montego Bay goes the extra mile to…

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…

Los Bandoleros: Vin Diesel in the Dominican Republic

Short movies Those of a certain age might remember when a trip to the cinema usually involved two movies: the one you’d paid to go and see and a short film, usually no more than 15 minutes, that was quite likely a director’s first attempt at getting noticed by a wider audience. Those days are long gone, but look closely and you will find the occasional short film still being produced, often being added as a bonus on a DVD and telling a back-story to the main feature. Fast and Furious One such example is the 20 minute movie Los…

World’s Sexiest Woman in Brazil: Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazil is famous for many things: long stretches of golden beaches, lush jungles inhabited by jaguars, all-night-long parties, beach volleyball and most of all, beautiful people. Sultry, sexy and hot – the beauty queens and supermodels of Brazil have long given it a reputation as the land of the world’s most alluring women. From Gisele Bundschen to Adriana Lima (just to name a couple), the list of supermodels who hail from Brazil is longer than that of any other country in the world. World’s Sexiest Women One of the hottest Brazilian models in the fashion industry these days is Alessandra…

Y Tu Mamá También: Celebrating the Mexican Road Trip

Y Tu Mamá También: The Story When it was released in 2001, few suspected that the Mexican movie “Y Tu Mamá También” would become such a worldwide hit. The story is simple enough: two bored teenagers try to impress an attractive twenty-something at a wedding with tales of a fabled beach. Although she isn’t interested in keeping them company at first, when she later learns of her husband’s wayward behavior she accepts the boys’ offer and joins them on their road trip to the coast. The tale follows the unlikely threesome as they make their way through the Mexican landscape.…