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View of Green Cliffs by Lloret de Mar, Spanish Coast by Shearings Holidays

Top travel experience: Lloret de Mar Spain

Between 1983 and 1986, I lived in Europe with my husband while he served with the US Air Force in Bitburg, Germany. We didn’t have a lot of money but we would venture out someplace in Germany or one of the nearby locales every weekend. This was pre-European Union days and you had to go through border crossings between countries …

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"stars and suitcases" by orion_Katerina

Why travel: exploring the world

People often ask me why I travel. I’m always stumped at first, usually responding with something like, “Why not?” This past week, while attending IPW 2014, an international travel conference held in Chicago, I remembered exactly why I travel. The conference, which hosted more than 6,700 people from around the world, finished off the week at Chicago’s Museum of Science and …

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Must-have travel gadgets for 2014

I get an interesting assortment of travel gadgets to review. Some are pretty good, some I’d rather never see again and a few are pretty darned amazing. These are a few of my favorite travel gadgets. SkunkJuice earbuds. Yeah, I know. Not only is this an awful name for a company, but the market is saturated with earbuds. But, these …

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Maggiore family serves up fresh seafood at Scottsdale’s Cuttlefish

Nationally-acclaimed fine-dining proprietari di ristoranti Maggiore, of Phoenix’s Tomaso’s and the Food Network’s Family Style fame, are casting their culinary nets into the Mediterranean and reeling them in to North Scottsdale. Owned and operated by Joey Maggiore (Tomaso Maggiore’s son) and his spouse Christina, the Cuttlefish Ocean Kitchen, located in the trendy Shops at Gainey Village, plates coastal Italian cuisine …

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Luci's Healthy Marketplace

Learn to cook at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Confession time: I don’t cook. I’m sure I could cook if I wanted to, and in preparation of the day that my husband and son realize that, I recently attended one of the cooking classes in the EatTable DrinkBar Cooking Series: Tastes of Italy with James Monaci at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace. The entire experience was nothing but fun and informative—even …

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The Henry exterior at night

The Henry: Phoenix eatery serves up great food in comfy atmosphere

The Henry opened in Arcadia in late 2013 and is already a neighborhood hangout. I had the opportunity to dine there recently and fell in love with the food, the staff and the overall concept. I will say that my meal was complimentary, but my server did not know I was there writing about the restaurant, so I had a …

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Front desk at PHL

Nap between flights with Minute Suites

I had read about the small suites (also called pods) available at airports across the globe, each designed to give travelers a spot to work or nap between flights, but had never tried one. I had the chance to check one out at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) recently when I booked a 90-minute stay at Minute Suites. I’m sold on …

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Chaplin in The Gold Rush

Arizona Pro Arte presents Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’

In October, I had a chance to experience a production of Arizona Pro Arte when I saw Nosferatu at Tempe Center for the Arts. The next production is fast approaching and I encourage everyone to purchase tickets for the March 1st performance of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. What movie buffs might realize is that both October’s Nosferatu and March’s The Gold Rush are …

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Cookbook giveaway: Take the Food Network home with you

I have the honor this coming week of attending the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. I am a huge foodie and have watched the Food Network since its earliest days. For me, this is probably better than attending the Grammy Awards. In honor of my upcoming weekend of Food Network food and stars, I’m giving away a …

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Wild Horses Pass Motorsports Park

Drag racing returns to Phoenix

After 30 years, Firebird International Raceway hosted its last race in April 2013, leaving the future of drag racing in Phoenix in doubt. Now, like a phoenix, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park rises from the ashes. With a new and energetic management team and a revitalized facility, the future of racing in the Valley of the Sun looks bright. The …

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