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Japan’s Top 2020 Festivals

Tokyo is preparing for the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. With that there will be a record numbe of tourists from around the world visiting Japan in 2020. Despite the high number of tourists heading to Japan, Japanese matsuri, or festivals, offer travelers an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage alongside locals. A number of the country’s top matsuri will take place over the summer, allowing travelers heading to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games an opportunity to experience Japanese traditions while traveling outside of Tokyo. Hifuri Kamakura Festival,...

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Add Flavor to Holiday Festivities

  Snacks, small bites and savory treats to feed a crowd The holiday season brings gatherings, get-togethers and parties of all kinds, meaning dishes that can feed a crowd are all too important for successful entertaining. From appetizers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more moments with loved ones. For example, these dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive flavor for feeding family and friends without keeping you cooped up in the kitchen. Appetizers and snacks such as Holiday Baked Brie, Roasted Garlic-Whipped Feta Crostini and Cheese Buds help hold over hungry...

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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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Antarctica: Voyage of a Lifetime

After a lifetime of travel that had taken me all the continents of the world, there are a few voyages that are truly memorable, the “best” of my professional life. At the very top of my list is a trip I made to Antarctica in the year 2000. This is the story I wrote later for the Copley News Service. Antarctica 2000 “Iceberg!” came a shout from the bridge. “Iceberg!” A score of voices echoed the cry. No, this wasn’t the Titanic. It was the M/S Explorer bound for Antarctica. And the sighting of our first iceberg—a pale looming...

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Nobuyuki Matsuhisa: Master of Japanese Cuisine

While the Food Network has made celebrities of many chefs, a select few have become legends in their own time. Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is one such chef. Born in Saitama, Japan, the future culinary wizard decided he would be a chef after his older brother took him to a sushi bar for the first time. He began his career as an apprentice in the sushi bars of Tokyo, becoming fluent in the techniques of turning raw fish into sushi and sashimi. Nobuyuki then emigrated to Lima, Peru, where he absorbed the local culture and ingredients, integrating them with his...

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British Pantomime: Will Americans Love It, Too?

Pantomime is as much a part of Britain’s time-honored Christmas traditions as plum pudding, mince pies or the fairy atop the tree. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine an English Christmas without a performance of Cinderella, Puss in Boots or Jack and the Beanstalk going on in theaters throughout the commonwealth. Without exception, from the West End of London to remote regional towns, people of all ages go the theater to slip back for a few hours into the magic of childhood. They hiss and boo at a giant, clap for Tinkerbell and join in the chorus of...

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Holiday Getaways

Yes, it can be fun to celebrate the holiday season at home with family and friends. But sometimes it’s even more fun to leave behind all the preparation, the cleaning and wrapping and cooking in favor having it all done for you. This year, there are so many options for carefree holiday celebrations. Here, we have a few. Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise My personal choice for holiday getaway would be spending New Year’s Eve aboard a luxury ship, being served gourmet meals and celebratory cocktails, with stops in interesting ports and plenty of warm weather. Regent Seven Seas...

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Four Seasons Chef Fest on the Big Island of Hawaii

  One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests begin their luxury moment as soon as they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalized lounge including snacks, blankets...

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Tips for Booking a Private Jet

Many of today’s airlines boast “luxury” services, but no amount of fancy magazines, upscale wines, or à la carte menus can measure up to the true opulence of private air travel. For the majority of us (i.e.: the average Joe), private jet travel has always been out of reach; reserved only for the ultra-rich and uber-privileged. But pilot Justin Crabbe, is the Founder and CEO of Jettly, a Web and single app charter booking platform with over 9,500 aircraft and 19K customers, offers advice on how a flight on a private jet could be within reach. Says Crabbe: “Modern...

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Tips and tricks for serving wine with holiday meals

The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you’ll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines — and how to serve them — will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you choose and serve wine for a successful holiday party or dinner. Keep...

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Amp Up the Adventure in Hells Canyon

“Let’s paddle,” says our guide Barry in a calm, relaxed tone. We obey, albeit a bit distractedly because we’re busy chatting with one another. Then we hear that telltale roar – the one that signals some mighty big rapids are ahead. Soon, we see them in all their frenzied glory. And now Barry urgently yells, “Paddle hard, everyone!” We immediately dig into the churning whitewater, whooping with unbridled enthusiasm. The noise is deafening, but somehow Barry makes himself heard, bellowing at the top of his voice, “Charge!” It’s all hands on deck now, as we head into a massive...

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Luxe Epicurean ‘Cookie Good’ Delights

You know that feeling when you receive a package and unwrap it? Well what if inside the package is a stack of beautifully colored cookies. You take your first bite of a perfectly baked cookie and you detect a slight crunch through that crisp exterior and then enjoy the chewy center. It’s that little buttery essence with slightly sweet and salty notes that tantalize your taste buds and make you take a second and third bite. This sensation floods your brain with happiness and feeds your soul, putting an instant smile on your face. This is what the founders...

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