Month: December 2017

Coffee Tourism in El Salvador Jolts Interest of Worldly Travelers

(BPT) – Americans’ love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations like El Salvador where coffee is an important part of daily life. In fact, coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years. Today, it is estimated there are nearly 20,000 Salvadoran coffee growers producing the elite Bourbon and Pacarma varietals throughout the growing regions of Apaneca-Ilamatepec, Chichontepec, the Cacahuatique Mountain Range and Tecapa-Chichontepec. The end product is shipped around the world and enjoyed by millions of...

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Luxurious Sound Quality Master & Dynamic Headphones

Headphone sound quality is something we take for granted. Our earbuds are tethered to mobile devices listening to our music libraries, watching Netflix or just having a good old-fashioned phone conversation. Holiday headphones were at the top of my shopping list for my special someone and when I was invited to test the MH30 Foldable On-Ear Headphones (Retail $299 USD) by Master & Dynamic, I couldn’t refuse. I do not enjoy headphones that rest inside the ear; I prefer over the ear and haven’t been thrilled with my own personal set. Within a few days of placing my order,...

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Magnificent Marin French Cheese

California is known for many contributions to the world, including cheese. Since 1865 the 700-acre Hicks Valley Ranch has provided fresh cow and goat milk cheese. Located in Sonoma, this cheese company was fortunately untouched by the nearby California fires. In 2011, Marin French Cheese was purchased by Rians, the respected French family of cheese producers. Rians also owns Laura Chenel’s Chèvre in neighboring Sonoma County. What makes Marin French Cheese extra special is a blend of milk from three dairy breeds: Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein. These cows live less than 15 miles from the Marin French Cheese company...

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Cotswolds Rustic Luxury Country Charmer: The Wheatsheaf Inn

In 2013 I spent five weeks traveling throughout southern France, with stops in Frankfurt and various spots in the UK. Rifling through my travel journal recently, I came across my notes from a stop in the Cotswolds. It had been mid-September when I spent two luxurious rustic nights at The Wheatsheaf Inn. It was my personal writer’s getaway, with much of my time spent in the hotel common areas, when not exploring the streets of Northleach, Cheltenham. The hotel attendant was a young gentleman named James. He had short spiky blonde hair and wore a blazer, snuggish jeans and...

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The Elegance and Essence of Bees

Inside the Hotel Bel Air Spa, I met fascinating urban beekeeper Paul Hekimian during a Valmont beauty event. Valmont has been a pioneer in the world of luxury cosmetics for over 30 years. The Swiss skin care company draws inspiration from the latest scientific research to restore and repair skin. In addition to  using Switzerland’s pure natural resources, including glacial spring water and essential plant extracts grown in Valmont’s own conservatory in the Swiss Alps, they are now using beneficial ingredients made from bees. Hekimian is the Director of HoneyLove, an organization with a mission to protect the honeybees by...

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