Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy

Share: You’ll not find Sam Zien, known as “Sam the Cooking Guy,” cooking in a restaurant or local pub. Instead, you are more apt to discover him when flipping through the channels on TV. This fourteen-time Emmy winner is a firm believer in “food that is big in taste and small in effort.” He’s the guy who shows you the easy way to cook and who provides tips. Unlike the majority of chefs I’ve interviewed, Sam did not know at an early age that he wanted to cook. As you read my interview with him, you may be surprised...

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Casa Velas: A Boutique Treasure in Puerto Vallarta

Share: When a friend and I were invited to experience Casa Velas, we were expecting just another nice Puerto Vallarta hotel. We had both visited the area numerous times, but were unfamiliar with this 80-suite boutique hotel. Upon our arrival we were escorted to comfortable sofas and offered a refreshing glass of a cold herbal tea and fruit mixture and shoulder massage to relax us after our flight. Attractive woven bracelets were placed on our wrists, so hotel staff would know we were guests. After we enjoyed our warm welcome, we were escorted to our lovely suites, each of...

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Best Casinos In The Caribbean

Share: The Caribbean is one of the best travel destinations for anybody looking for some sun, sand and sea. Full of culture and a friendly atmosphere the Caribbean is a popular destination for holiday makers all around the world, but it isn’t as well known for its casinos – which it has plenty of. In fact, the casinos in the Caribbean rival some of those more well-known casinos in gambling destinations such as Las Vegas and Macau, and the atmosphere of the Caribbean islands really do make gambling there even more special. We’ve put together a list of the best casinos in the Caribbean that you can try out if you’re heading to one of these incredible islands. Puerto Rico     The largest concentration of casinos in the Caribbean are found in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Elegant and atmospheric casinos are in abundance in Puerto Rico, with hotel casino resorts being in abundance across the island. Although the numbers of casinos are falling slightly, there is a great emphasis of luxury and tourist focus in the resorts, which simply means that they are trying to advance the entertainment factors of the casinos in Puerto Rico rather than opening plenty more. Puerto Rico has the most Vegas type larger casinos in the Caribbean, and although the economy is having a slight effect on the casinos in the...

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Clara Kasavina: The Luxury of Elegance

Share: Recently, a Clara Kasavina “Peggy” clutch was given to me as a gift. Someone knew what would bring a smile to my face, a twinkle to my eyes, and certainly what would accompany me on my upcoming crossing on the QM2. It also sparked my interest in the Clara Kasavina Collection. Clara and her husband started their business in New York thirty years ago and have handcrafted luxury items since. There were so many beautiful handbags and clutches, I would not have been able to pick a favorite. I could get one or two a year and be happy. What started as belt buckles expanded to handbags and clutches, then jewelry, and now pieces for the home. It is easy to see why so many celebrities like Bar Paly, Beyoncé, Heather Graham, Rihanna and Catherine Zeta-Jones choose Clara Kasavina. I wanted to learn more, so I asked for an interview. When we won InStyle Magazine’s Award for Independent Handbag Designer of the Year. That was a big honor. ~ Clara Kasavina Maralyn Hill: Were you interested in fashion as a child? Clara Kasavina: When I was a young girl in Russia, my mother was a stylist. She would take me with her to visit seamstresses and couturiers to St. Petersburg society women. My fascination with fashion and accessories probably began there. Those are some of my earliest memories. MH: When did you...

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Juicepresso for a Healthy New Year

Share: It’s a common trend to start the New Year off with something healthy. What better way to do that than with a Juicepresso? The ad was good, but it did not convince me that this product was the answer to my needs. Most of the juice presses I’ve seen were cumbersome, and I wasn’t really sure about all the accolades. But since I really wanted a juice press, I decided to give the Juicepresso a try. After my Juicepresso arrived and was unpacked, it went together quite easily and did not take up much counter space. I picked some oranges and grapefruit from my yard and cut the fruit into one-to-two-inch pieces, as recommended by the manufacturer. Now for the first test. Feeding the fruit into the Juicepresso went very quickly. The pulp came out of the second outlet easily–and the juice was delicious! The next test would be the cleaning. Everything came apart smoothly and went into the dishwasher. Nice and easy–I love it. Facts from the manufacturer: Health benefits: Ten servings of fruits and vegetables in one glass Nutrients enter the bloodstream in minutes May increase energy levels Can jumpstart and support weight loss efforts May help protect against various diseases. Why Cold Press: 40% more juice volume Higher nutrient retention than centrifugal juicers because it doesn’t generate heat that destroys some of the potency Lasts longer – 72-hour juice life Looks...

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