Biotta Juices make perfectly delicious drinks...

Biotta Juices, an Organic, Non-GMO, and Vegan juice company, has created several different unique cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks to satisfy anyone on those hot summer days. When I checked out the Biotta website, I was shocked and pleased by the selection of juices offered. Biota was founded in Switzerland in 1931 by Dr. Hugo Brandenburger. It has stayed dedicated to its original goal of quality juice from vegetables and fruits. Its first line of Biota juices was launched in 1957. Over this time, Biotta has continued to farm over 1,700 acres of chemical, fertilizer, and toxic-free land.  Along with three generations of family farmers, Biotta has established reliable and scientific organic growing techniques, protecting the natural wholesomeness and taste of all ingredients. Biotta juices use only natural and physical processing methods as opposed to commonly used chemical methods. Production routines at Biotta have a direct impact on the quality of the juices: the fewer processing steps, the higher the nutritional value. You can see more about its history, guiding principles, quality production, environment and certifications on its website. It is quite impressive. Plus, they have more delicious recipes.   I had the Tart Cherry and the Cranberry juice to try, so those are the recipes I will share with you today. These are very simple to make.   Tart Cherry Vodka Sour Ingredients: 1 ounce Absolut grapefruit flavored vodka 2 ounces Biotta Tart Cherry juice 1-ounce limeade Splash of tonic water Cranberry Breeze Cocktail Ingredients: 16 ounces’ vodka 30 ounces’ Biotta cranberry juice 12 ounces’ grapefruit juice Ice cubes Lime wedges, frozen   Tart Cherry Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup Biotta Tart Cherry Juice 1/2 banana 1/2 cup soy milk or 4-6 ounces soy yogurt (if using soy yogurt, add an additional 1/2 cup fat-free milk) 5 ice cubes 1-1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Method: Combine the tart cherry juice, milk or yogurt with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth,   Biotta Juices are easy to find as they are widely distributed. I’ll list some of the stores alphabetically, but you can go to its website for more: Acme, Ahold, Albertans, Coborn’s, Diebergs, Dillons, Earth Fare, Earth Origins, Fiesta, Fred Meyer, Fresh on Thyme, Fry’s, Giant, Giant Eagle, HEB, HyVee, King Soopers, Kroger, Lassens, Lucky’s Market, Meijer, Molie Stone’s, Mother’s, New Season’s, Natural Grocers, Publix, QFC, Raley’s, Ralphs, Randalls, Richard’s, Rolln’ Oats, Safeway, Schnucks, Shaw’s, Shop Rite, Smith’s, Spartan Nash, Sprouts, Stop & Shop, Strack & Van...

5 Go-to destinations for tourists seeking animal safari trips...

By Alfred Stallion Safari travel experiences are no longer dangerous and impossible to reach. Ten, twenty years ago people had to struggle to get to Africa’s remote areas and admire its wilderness. Right now, some of the countries are incredibly accessible. They feature luxurious resorts, guided tours and even have rental cars available for people eager to venture into the wild by themselves. Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia are popular safari destinations where travelers are protected and the destinations are safe to explore. From sailboats to private helicopter tours in pristine marine reserves to adventurous nighttime game drives, Africa has something for everyone. Here’s are 5 go-to destinations for those hunting for memorable safari experiences. 1. Kenya – The Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya’s famous Masai Mara National Reserve is a must-see. It is the country’s premier wildlife park, and it prides with an abundant wildlife that will leave travelers speechless. Located in the south-west side of Kenia, near the Tanzanian border, Masai Mara has several amazing destinations you cannot miss out on. The Serengeti Plains and Rift Valley must be included on your itinerary as well. There are lots of crocodiles and hippos onsite, as well as an annual wildebeest migration with thousands of zebras running around and populating the surrounding areas. 2. Botswana, Chobe National Park Located on the North West side of Botswana, Chobe National Park is famous for its wide variety of elephants. There are many things you can do onsite, including swimming across the soothing Chobe River in the evening or just renting a car and heading towards the wilderness to admire the sunset. Chobe is also home to the big 5 category of animals – rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. Furthermore, over 400 species of birds populate the park, as well as many wild dogs, crocodiles, and hippos. Chobe’s habitat is incredibly varied; everywhere you look you’ll see grasslands, fertile floodplains, forests, and woodlands. It is the perfect place for an exciting safari experience! 3. South Africa, Kruger National Park The famous Kruger National Park is the oldest wildlife park in Africa. It dates back to the 19th century and it offers some pretty amazing safaris. Located up north from Johannesburg, the reserve packs a wide variety of animals; the landscapes and surrounding wildlife are incredibly enticing too. A lot of things have changed over the years. Right now, travelers can easily find accommodation. Kruger National Park boasts with a wealth...

Vineyard Style Magazine: Cuisine Great Food, Great Drinks, Great Coffee Beetlebung Restaurant and Bar in Oak Bluffs Has It All...

I was once one of the lucky ones who spent a summer in Oaks Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Beetlebung wasn’t there yet, only a small ice cream shop For those who are heading to the Vineyard, or have tasted Chef Danny Finger’s culinary creations,  I highly recommend Beetlebung Restaurant.  I will be back on Cape Cod in September. a magical month on the islands. Hoping to see you there. This article and recipes first appeared in Vineyard Style Magazine. Chef Danny once prepared a similar French toast treat for me in his family’s ski lodge in Vermont. I can tell you first hand how sublime it tasted after our morning  walk through their enchanted forest. Of course his Ski lodge French toast is topped with real Vermont maple syrup.   Cranberry-Pecan French Toast with Citrus Ricotta Pain D’ Avignon Cranberry-Pecan bread dipped in French toast batter and fried in a skillet. Ingredients: Pain D’ Avignon Cranberry-Pecan bread Fresh berries Citrus-Ricotta 1/2 Lemon 1/2 Orange 1 Tab. honey French toast batter: 1 c. heavy cream 1 c. mixed eggs 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. cinnamon Method: 1. Mix batter ingredients 2. Dip Pain D’ Avignon Cranberry-Pecan bread in French toast batter 3. Fry in a skillet. 4. Add to 1 c. ricotta, zest and juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange, plus 1 Tab. honey 5. Top French toast with fresh berries and Citrus-Ricotta To see the article and learn more, go to: http://www.vineyardstyle.com/marthas-vineyard.php/228/Great-Food,-Great-Drinks,-Great-Coffee Brenda C. Hill International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association Society of Professional Journalists California Writers Club Books By Hills Success With Writing Where And What in the World Brenda Hill is an Events Blogger with Amigos de La Cruz for the Vallarta Tribune. The weekly covers entertainment, art, culture, and news for Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta. If you would like to submit a guest post on food, wine or travel to Where and What in the World, we would be happy to feature your travel experience , drink, special wine tasting, or family or simply delicious recipe. If you go to submission tab, you will see how to submit, as well as have the opportunity of telling us if you would like to would like to be a regular contributor. When uploading a file for submission, you are also able to upload jpgs. Please feel free to put a last paragraph about you and a link to your profile. You can also include a head...

Inspire Junior Chefs with Easy Chocolate Recipes from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas...

Inspire Junior Chefs with Easy Chocolate Recipes from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas  From local competitions to national television shows, youngsters are putting on their chef hats and taking the cooking world by storm. For a fun activity for the whole family, join the trend and try whipping up desserts that everyone can enjoy. Inspire your children in the kitchen with these tasty recipes using  Pure Chocolate Extract from  Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: Chocolate Chunk Waffle Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting: If you are just getting started in the kitchen with your children, you may want to begin with a recipe that avoids the oven. Chocolate Chunk Waffle Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting are made in a waffle iron, so you can have a great time baking without worrying about hot pans coming in and out of the oven. Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pops: Get creative with different shapes and colors with Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pops. Kids get to bake and then unleash their inner pastry chef with fun cookie cutters and decorative icing. Wrap them in cellophane and tie with a bow for a nice gift to give to friends and family. Chocolate Toffee Brookies: If your kids love cookies and brownies, why choose just one? Chocolate Toffee Brookies, recipe below, offer the opportunity for kids to combine two yummy recipes for one sweet treat. Use muffin tins to bake delicious and portioned treats that your kiddos can proudly pack in their school lunches. Chocolate Toffee Brookies 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup toffee bits Directions for Cookie Dough Coat 2 light-colored non-stick cupcake tins with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, add butter, sugars, vanilla extract and toffee; beat to combine. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat to combine, dough will be crumbly. Place a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough in the bottom of each cup and lightly press; set aside. Brownies (top layer) 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup baking cocoa (Dutch processed) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla...

Mountain and road biking a great family activity...

By Maile Proctor Mountain and road biking are not only beneficial exercise outlets, they’re also enjoyable family bonding activities. Weekend bike outings encourage both children and parents to unplug from digital distractions and reconnect with each other in the Great Outdoors. Throughout the Phoenix area, families will find a wide range of biking trails geared toward various age and skill levels. Pedal along desert terrain surrounded by scenery that belongs in a Wild West epic. Experience nature’s awe-inspiring presence and inhale that fresh mountain air. Most importantly, spend time together without the demands of our fast-paced world stealing everyone’s focus. Whether you’re a Phoenix local or simply here on vacation, the following trails are suitable for your entire family of bikers—from novice to advanced and young to…well, not-so- young! So, grab those handlebars and prepare for adventure in this Valley of the Sun. Blevins Trail, Usery Mountain Regional Park Trailhead: E Usery Park Rd, Mesa, AZ 10254 Roundtrip Distance: 3.1 miles Difficulty Level: Easy Featuring moderate elevation, smooth turns, and clearly marked signage, this trail can accommodate kids of all ages—even little ones just taking off their training wheels. Flanked by wildflowers and picturesque Sonoran Desert landscape, Blevins is ideal for a leisurely afternoon jaunt. Picnic areas are situated along the route if your group needs a snack break and remember to bring water as this arid locale doesn’t yield much shade. South Terrace Trial, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Trailhead: 2875 S 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Roundtrip Distance: 3.2 miles Difficulty Level: Easy Just on the outskirts of downtown Phoenix, tucked between skyline and mountain vistas, this trail invites the whole family to coast alongside wildlife—from coyotes and jackrabbits to herons and turtles. The paved course through a riparian zone is generally flat, allowing riders of all ages and abilities to keep pace. Also, with close access to the Rio Salado (Salt River), you might even feel a subtle breeze while en route on your explorations. West Park Loop Trail, Papago Park Trailhead: 626 N Gavin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Roundtrip Distance: 4 miles Difficulty Level: Easy Encircling the sandstone butte formations that have made this region famous, this trail system is conveniently situated within the Phoenix city limits, bringing the natural beauty of cacti, sagebrush and other desert foliage into your own backyard. The West Park Loop features some craggy spots that could prove strenuous for little ones, but overall, the terrain is forgiving. Pack insect...

Olympic Viewing Party Cocktails By Mike Monrreal...

In discussing cocktails with mixologist Mike Monrreal, he shared three cocktails he developed for Olympic Viewing Party features for two different restaurants. They are easy enough  to fix that we wanted to share them with you to fix at home.  I particularly like this trio of cocktail recipes, as they are light and easy. We’ll start with The Still’s “Strawberry Caipirinha.”  A place to check out if you are visiting Las Vegas. Strawberry Caipirinha from The Still www.thestillvegas.com Ingredients: 2 strawberries (sliced) 4 lime wedges ¾ oz. Simple syrup 2oz. Leblon cachaça Method: Build: in a mixing tin, press limes, strawberries and simple with muddler. Then add cachaca and crushed ice.  Shake gently, just to mix and then pour into a rocks glass. Ice: crushed Glass: rocks Garnish: lime wheel, strawberry We will move on to Bottiglia’s “Blood Orange Mimosa.” Bottiglia’s is located in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. Blood Orange Mimosa from Bottiglia http://bottiglialv.com/ Ingredients: ½ oz. Absolut elyx vodka ½ oz. Aperol 1 oz. Blood orange puree ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice ½ oz. Simple syrup 2 ½ oz. Prosecco (add after shake) Method: Build: add all ingredients into mixing tin, except for the prosecco! Add ice and shake vigorously. Now add 2 ½ oz. Prosecco into mixing tin, and then strain into tulip flute. Glass: tulip flute Garnish: orchid, lemon spiral This next light cocktail has also been featured at Bottiglia. Fresca Fizz from Bottiglia I especially like the way the raspberries look in the lemon skin as a garnish.  Fresca Fizz from Bottiglia http://bottiglialv.com/ Ingredients:  4-6 Raspberries 10-12 Mint Leaves 1 ½ oz. Grey Goose Vodka ¾ oz.  Fresh Lime Juice ¾ oz. Wilks & Wilson Raspberry Gomme Syprup 1 ½ oz. Prosecco (Add after shake) Method: Build: Add raspberries, 6 mint leaves, and raspberry syrup into mixing tin, lightly muddle.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the prosecco!  Add ice and shake vigorously.  Now add 1 ½ oz prosecco into mizing tin, and strain over crushed ice with 6 mint leaves on the bottom of the glass. Garnish: Raspberry, mint sprig Thank you Mike for sharing these cocktails. I am sure our readers will enjoy them.    Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Luxury & Culinary Journalist, Speaker, Food Judge ment’or – Inspiring culinary excellence Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing https://authorcentral.amazon.com Follow me: @maralynhill google.com/+MaralynHill831...

Catfishing–We’re you caught or did you get away?...

When thinking of catfish, my mind seemed to go to the slimy, unattractive bottom feeder fish that   we would throw back when fishing, unless nothing else was biting. Well, I have learned about a different type of catfishing that is much different, dangerous and common. One that many women fall victim too. With the popularity of social networking sites, it has enabled us to keep in touch with friends and family worldwide, as well as broaden our own network of friends. In doing that, it is easy to accept people as friends because they appear to have mutual acquaintances our look nice. In my case, friend requests had to be someone I knew or have quite a few mutual acquaintances. Then, I eased up to only a few mutual acquaintances. That was my mistake. I have always gotten many private messages saying, “Hello Dear,” “Hi, l would like to know you better,” etc. I just ignored them. About nine months ago, someone sounded especially nice, and I replied. Then, after five or six messages, he was in love. I put a quick end to that– much to rapid to be real–fishy. But, I missed the chat. So when another especially interesting man approached, I responded. Again, this took six or eight messages, but he was willing to move anywhere and knew I was exactly the right choice. Another ending and now, on to number three. He supposedly was from my area, but I could tell from language he wasn’t. When I told him he was young enough to be my son, it didn’t matter, but it did to me. This was really fishy. Then comes number four, the final “friend.” He supposedly was from the UK. That was fine with me. I like long distance relationships–you get to know someone over time and finally meet. I was sharing how much I enjoyed my conversation with this individual with a close friend, my niece, my daughter-in-law, etc. My niece said she was going to check him out and I was fine with that. My daughter-in-law said to be careful. I would be, of course. There is no way I would send anyone money or share private information. Well, my son discovered what I was doing and started his investigation. Unfortunately for him, he started it late at night and it kept him up. My nice friendly Englishman was not who he said and from the Middle East. The next morning,...

Best Tips for Foreign Business Travel...

By Diana Smith In order to have a successful business travel outside of your country, you need to put some effort in proper preparation. Depending on the purpose of your business travel and the country you’re visiting, you can make this trip and your surroundings work in your favor. Plan the itinerary For any successful business trip, not to mention an international one, you have to carefully plan everything. Clearly define the goals you want to achieve and work out the details for realization. Also, try to schedule enough meetings in advance so that you can have a clear image of your duties. You should have some free time between these meetings as well, in case some unforeseen circumstances occur or you have to attend another meeting. Inform yourself If you don’t want to waste any time, while on your foreign business travel, it would be wise to check the place you’re going to. Spend enough time on Google Maps to inform yourself about the way the traffic works and find the best routes to take. That way, you’ll get used to consulting a completely new city plan which will reduce the required time when you’re actually there. Moreover, by reading reviews and visiting forums, you can get some insight on best local restaurants and other significant places. Educate yourself on the country’s customs and culture This is really important, especially when you’re about to visit the country with completely different cultural values from your own. Get acquainted with all the rules of proper cultural business etiquette of the country you’re visiting, because this can save you a lot of embarrassing moments and even land you a good deal. Showing that you put enough effort in getting to know their own customs really speaks in favor of your professionalism. Learn the language If you’re lucky enough to have a considerable amount of time before your foreign business trip, do your best to learn the basics of the native language. Not only will you get around easier when you have to ask for directions and order food, but you will also show that you take their cooperation very seriously. Even if you have only a month or so before the trip, you can still use that time to learn some basic pleasantries, thus showing your respect towards potential business partners. Be fully prepared When the time of your meeting comes, you have to be fully prepared. This doesn’t only mean...

How to get a modern look with party wear sarees...

By Aditi Aggrawal The charm of Indian sarees is certainly unfazed by the growing fashion industry. Since heydays of Indian fashion, this attire has allured women with its feminine beauty and grace. Even today, their party looks are completed beautifully by stylish party wear sarees in India. From grand occasions like weddings to upscale parties, these sarees are perfect for all occasions with their high styles and exquisite beauty. Traditional and formal occasions are beautifully adorned with exclusive party wear sarees including the stylish designer sarees in vivid shades and embellishments. These sarees may be heavily embellished or intricately embroidered to facilitate your picking up the style that suits you best. To get completely modern looks with party wear sarees, choose them with consideration to: Fabrics used in party wear sarees online: Choice of fabric should be very appropriate for party wear sarees online shopping. There are fine fabrics like georgette, net, chiffon, silk, crepe, lace fabrics etc. used for designing of these sarees. The collection of party wear sarees online is widely available in these fabrics and you can choose the fabric that suits your body type and occasion. It is always better to go for trendy and stylish fabrics to look more contemporary in these sarees. Choose the latest colors of season for party wear sarees: Party wear sarees online collections boast of variety in colors as well. From bold to subtle and light to dark, all the colors from nature’s palette seem to dominate the fashion of sarees. But you need to look out for a perfect blend of colors with other elements of these sarees. Bold colors like red, maroon, green, orange, gold, peach, wine, turquoise, royal blue, etc. are as fascinating in these sarees as the subtle hues like beige, sky blue, white, yellow, cream, baby pink, etc. but only if they complement the design and texture of saree. Choose magnificent embellishments for party wear sarees online shopping: The embellishments and embroideries accentuate the appeal and charm of party wear sarees online. You should always look for finesse and intricacy in these hand works for party wear sarees online shopping. The designs and patterns certainly enhance their appeal and for contemporary looks, you can experiment with both. Digital prints with fine hand embroidery and elaborately embellished borders are the perfect pick for formal parties while for lavish affairs like weddings, you may go for fine zari embroidery, kundan work, stone, kardana work, zardozi, gota patti work, pita...

Essential Information Obtained From Use of Online Market Research Tools...

By David Wicks Online businesses are successful when the right information about the market and the products is done. Businesses that flourish do so because they have a vast knowledge base about their businesses. Understanding internal and external forces that influence your sales helps in boosting business. Amazon and eBay are successful because of the right decisions made after thorough analysis if data from market research. You can also conduct market research before selling. You will obtain the following information from your market research: Presence of a market Before you start out, you must know if there is any market for what you have in mind. Besides some school of thought that advice on plunging in head first, and fast, you cannot always depend on such risks. Risk takers are eventually successful buy they only take bold moves after actually ascertaining that there is a market they can sell to. The best part is that, you do not have to knock on doors with questionnaires to get this information. There are many market research tools that will give you all the information you need. Insights into how a particular product was sold, selling price and time taken to sell will guide you into to making the right decision. How to list Presentation matter, first impressions matter even more. A research tool, such as the Amazon research tool will give you insights into the listing for a sold item. This information will help you choose between auctioning and selling at set price, and also the preferable presentation format. Use of highlight, bold, gallery icons or gift icons could be your best listing strategy to push sales. Best timing People who strategize have been seen to be very successful. This is because such individuals know the best time to strike. Social media activity on the use of an item or listing items in the right season will help you generate more sales within that short time. Pricing You cannot run a business and not have good returns from the investment made. You should understand the true value of the products you wish to sell then set up the best process. However, marking up prices is not all; you have to keep in mind other market considerations like your competitors. Such information will give you an eagle eye’s view on the true value of the investment and what you will get out of the product. Buyers The first question that will be answered...
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