Rosa Picante Margarita | Patrón Tequila...

I am happy that National and International Tequila Day is on a Sunday. We plan to celebrate with  Bloody Maria’s at brunch. Although Maralyn and I are partial to our friends at Sr. Rio, who doesn’t enjoy the Patron experience?  Especially the spicy, fruity, smoky, specials from Mexico. We were delighted with the innovative and aggressive tequila samples at the deluxe Four seasons and St. Regis properties in Punta Mita, Mexico this year. My daughter, Robin, adds big flavor to her classic margaritas, by rimming the glass with salty, habanero crystals. You may want to try a few tequila cocktails crafted with summer citrus ingredients. SPICY: ROSA PICANTE MARGARITA PRESENTED BY JORDAN CORNEY – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Ingredients: 2 oz Patrón Silver/ .5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime/ 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice/ .5 oz Ginger Syrup/ + Barspoon Jalapeño Oil/ + Dash rosewater/ + Rose petal sea salt Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available. Thanks to Patronetequila.com for the recipe and image.   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...

Fresh Summer Cocktails

As summer rages on, the temperatures keep rising. Sure, you can retreat to the pool or the beach to beat the heat, but how about keeping cool with a refreshing cocktail in hand? Consider recreating these refreshing cocktail roundups from The Still, Salute, and Bottiglia – perfect for indulging in on those hot summer days and summer nights.   Since summer’s all about tropical vacations and flavors, why not add the perfect tropical touch to your pool party or beachside bash? Try Bottiglia’s “Fresca Fizz,” a delicious concoction made with raspberries, mint leaves, Grey Goose Vodka, fresh lime juice, Wilks & Wilson Raspberry Gomme Syrup and Prosecco. Add raspberries, mint leaves and raspberry syrup into a mixing tin, mix, add in the rest of the ingredients along with ice, and shake. Complete the cocktail by adding Prosecco into the mixing tin, straining over crushed ice, and garnishing with fresh raspberries and mint leaves! Bottiglia “Fresca Fizz” Ingredients: 4-6 raspberries 10-12 mint leaves 1 ½ oz. Grey goose vodka or sapphire east gin ¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice ¾ oz. Wilks & wilson raspberry gomme syrup 1 ½ oz. Prosecco (add after shake) 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 mixing tin, and strain over crushed ice with 6 mint leaves on the bottom of the glass. Ice: crushed Glass: collins Garnish: raspberry, mint sprig For a simpler, yet equally tasty recipe, there’s Bottiglia’s “Blood Orange Mimosa,” made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Aperol, Blood Orange Puree and lemon juice – great for sipping on at a summer night kickback underneath the stars. Bottiglia “Blood Orange Mimosa” 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) 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 If you’re looking to add more fruity fun to your summer, try brewing Salute’s signature “Salute Bellini,” a flavorful cocktail made with White Peach Puree and Prosecco. Salute “Bellini” Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. White Peach Puree ¼ oz. Simple Syrup 3 ½ oz. Prosecco (Add after shake) Build: Add all ingredients into mixing tin, except for Sparkling Wine! Add ice and lightly shake. Now add 3 ½ oz....

Resorts of Mykonos Opens Newest Five Star Entry, Anax Resort & Spa...

Normally the press releases I receive go on http://theepicureanexplorer.com. However, the introduction of the newest five-star Anax Five-Star Resort and Spa on Mykonos seemed like something our Where and What in the World readers would want to know about. I personally enjoying learning about new five-star properties anywhere and ANAX does such a wonderful job, I wanted to share this. For Immediate Release:   Media Contact: Megan Sterritt KWE Partners 786.247.4812 sterritt@kwepr.com   Resorts of Mykonos Opens Newest Five Star Entry,  Anax Resort & Spa     Mykonos, Greece (July 13, 2016) — The family owned and operated Resorts of Mykonos has just opened its newest resort, the five star Anax Resort & Spa at Agios Ioannis beach.  Created and designed by the Greek owners Thanasis and Evgenia Kousthana over five years, Anax showcases the best of Greek island Cycladic design and organic materials.  Anax Resort is a five minute drive from Mykonos town and seven minutes from the airport.   Forty five rooms and maisonettes feature dramatic sea views with the ancient archaeological site of Delos island in the distance. The finest natural woods, stone, and marble, along with marine motifs and a neutral palate create an unmistakable sense of place. Also involved in the interior design was Adonis Martinos of Athens and Santorini.   “We wanted the water to imbue everything, from the sea views of all public areas and restaurants overlooking both the sea and two large salt water pools, to private pools in the maisonnettes, “said Evgenia Kousthana. We also incorporate the design motif of soft, curving waves and water features in the décor,” she continued.   A casually elegant restaurant helmed by Vennitis Manolakis features Mediterranean specialties.  All day dining is offered by a snack bar, complemented by prime spots for a cocktail at a poolside bar and lobby lounge.   All accommodations feature balconies along with in room espresso maker, Bluetooth wireless, organic bath amenities by Korres, iron and ironing board, terry bathrobes and safe.   Other facilities include a fitness center, Anasa spa with hammam, and boutique featuring Greek designers.   Rates start at 450 euros (approx. $495 USD) per night which includes a full American hot and cold buffet breakfast along with a table devoted to Greek delicacies.  A book direct savings of 15% off all room rates plus transfers to the airport or port are offered, and stay three nights and get the fourth complimentary along with a thirty minute back massage...

Latest Party Wear Kurtis Every Smart Woman Must Have in Her Wardrobe...

By Smita Sharma Modern Indian women love to stay updated with the latest fashion trends. If you happen to be a fashionista, there is all the more reason for you to seek novelty in the way you dress up and in your outfits. Chic and sophisticated women understand the value of looking good and making a style statement. They would love to experiment and follow the ever-changing fashion trends. The world of fashion is a dynamic one. What is in high demand today would go out of fashion maybe in a month. To stand out from the rest and to make a fashion statement, you must ensure that you are keeping track of the current trends. In the Indian fashion circuit also, styles and designs of outfits keep changing. Today designer kurtis are very much in vogue. These gorgeous kurtis would help to create a unique fashion statement. There is a wide variety of kurtis on offer. You could wear the designer kurti or the casual flared kurti simply to chill out in college. Create a professional look by wearing an impressive long kurta. A Plethora of Kurtis Kurtis are the hot favorite outfits for both young girls and adult women as well. They look chic and gorgeous yet charmingly traditional in the smart designer kurtis. The trendy and classy kurtis are very comfortable and could be worn 24×7. You could customize or even modify these kurtis to suit different occasions and different looks. Available in diverse patterns, cuts and designs, kurtis are the first choice for working ladies, college going girls, housewives as well as party-goers. The new generation of highly innovative and talented fashion designers is coming up with creative cuts and designs every other day to keep up with the growing demand and popularity of kurtis. You could take your pick from an impressive and endless collection of indo-western and ethnic kurtis. The fashion scenario is flooded with smart casual wear kurtis, as well as, exclusive designer kurtis that come in unique and diverse cuts. They would look simply fabulous if you team them up with smart flared and narrow pants on any special occasion. Party wear kurtis come in exclusive designs, amazing cuts and in rich materials. Pakistani designer kurtis are also very much in vogue and you must include at least, one if not more, in your wardrobe. Designer kurtis in exotic patterns are going to change the way you dress up. Look classy and...

Discover 3 Ways To Boost Your Business and Career Today!...

By Stephen Jenner One of the important days in our year is Father’s Day. This year, it was celebrated on 19th June. On this day, we celebrate our fathers and what they do for us every day. This special day was invented by a female entrepreneur from Washington. Her name is Sonora Dodd and she accomplished this feat in 1910. She came up with the amazing idea to support fathers and recognize their worth. So she gathered support for her innovation. She visited churches, relevant government offices, the YMCA and even shopkeepers to gather support for her idea. She wanted to come up with the day to honor her father. He had raised her and five siblings after their mother died during delivery. Needless to say, Sonora was successful and today, Father’s Day is marked every year by millions across the world. In 1924, U.S. president Calvin Coolidge indicated that Father’s Day would serve to create relationships between fathers and their children that were more intimate and close. Moreover, on this day, fathers would observe the complete measure of their responsibilities to their families. In today’s world, fathers play an important role in raising their children. They are caregivers. This role is especially helpful to entrepreneurs. They take immense risks, sacrifice everything and invest time, energy and money in starting andrunningtheir enterprises. Therefore, they often require care from their fathers. There are 3 ways in which respecting your father can boost your business and your entrepreneurial career. There are 3 ways in which you can be more successful by recognizing your father. They include: Believing in yourself Asking for support Showing love Believing that you can achieve it One of the things that fathers do when they are raising their children is letting them figure things out with no help. They let their children figure things out using their own capacity. For example, when a child asks their father how to spell a specific word, he will tell them to look it up in a dictionary. This equips the child with the skills required to fend for themselves. These skills are very important in the life of an entrepreneur. They are practical, versatile skills that you can utilize in your career as you build a business. When you believe that you can achieve what you want, this indicates to your father that he has accomplished his job as your caregiver. There is a saying that encourages people to teach a...

How to Build Trust and Credibility in Email Marketing Campaigns...

By Sarah Wilkes Even though the basic intention of creating an email marketing campaign is to generate leads and push for sales conversions, it is important for every email marketer to first establish credibility in the eyes of its target audience. It is imperative that every email marketer gains the trust of its target audience by giving them due respect, offering tips and advice with insight, and sharing valuable information that will benefit them. The First Step When customers opt-in to an email campaign, the marketer should try and make the first interaction with the welcome letter memorable by creating a favorable first impression. While the contents should be kept as brief and precise as possible, it is necessary to use the opportunity to thank them for signing up and extend a cordial welcome to your world. They should be informed what type of information they will usually be receiving so that they understand your line of activity and also how often they will be receiving such emails. The welcome mail should be transmitted immediately to the subscriber signing up as the customer is most likely to have a favorable interaction with your website or brand. It is important to take advantage of this top-of-the-mind brand recall to establish the visual signals that are typical of your emails so that an identity and trust is created. Building and Exploiting Familiarity At the very outset, every email marketer should ensure that the receiver is very clear regarding the identity of the email sender. Not only does such identification contribute to the creation of trust but also enables the marketer to leverage anyrelationship that it might be having with the subscriber due to past interaction. One good way of encouraging recognition starts even before you shoot off the first email through bulk email marketing services in Mumbaiby including screenshots of the header of the email or even links to email samples at the sign-up stage. This ensures that potential subscribers know exactly what to expect in their inboxes. The Importance Of the From Line in Creating Trust Typically, the ‘From” field will have a person’s name who will usually be the account manager or it may just be the name of the organization or even a combination of both. When used for brand marketing, the identity can be the name of the brand or on a functional level it could be the name of the newsletter or even the email list. The...

Breakfast Cereals: Friend or Foe?...

By Alma Beatrice When it comes to children’s breakfast, Mums are focused on providing their kids with a quick, tasty and nutritionally well-balanced option in order to make them stay fuelled and energized up until lunchtime. For many years now, breakfast cereals have become the fast and easy choice for many families who are sure that they are feeding something healthy and nutritious to their kids. Those colourful packages, together with lots of advertising and free gifts can definitely mislead trusting parents into thinking that these foods are a good pick for their children’s breakfast… but what is really in these apparently innocuous, tasty but not so wholesome breakfast cereals? Let’s look at them more closely. What You Think you are Getting When you pick your box of breakfast cereals from the shelves of your local supermarket, you focus on the word cereal, and this word makes you feel safe and comfortable. Cereals grow in the field and they seem to be the perfect food for kids, natural and nutritious. But, what about all of the other shady ingredients lurking in the packet? What’s really inside Your Breakfast Cereals? First of all, these boxed breakfast cereals are packed-full of sugar. Yes, sugar is basically the main ingredient in these supposedly all-natural foods and it is present in such a quantity that 30g of the product can add up to almost 400 calories (basically a whole chocolate muffin worth of calories!) and it will supply you with 30/40% of your daily sugar intake: way too much for a small bowl of cereal, and we are not even considering the milk you splash over them! Two more ingredients that should absolutely be off the list are chemical aromas and food colourings. Both of these ingredients are not of natural origin and are usually something you do not want to be feeding your kids. Even when the wording is: “natural aromas”, there is nothing natural about these additives which are just a useless and might be very harmful. Moreover, industrial cereals are packed with vegetable oils, which are full of saturated fats and undergo chemical procedures that give them a high level of toxicity. Even the simple vitamin fortifying process they go through tends to alter their composition, making them a terribly dangerous and unhealthy food choice. Stay Simple, Stay Healthy The best option you have is to prepare your children a simple but nutritionally balanced breakfast avoiding these joyfully colourful but threatening...

Things that you should take note of as you consider volunteering at a senior care center...

By Charlie Brown For a young person that wants to make a difference in the community, volunteering at a senior citizen institution is not one of the first activities you will think of. The common ways that are bound to be on your mind include helping out in a children’s home or reaching out to the homeless. These are very helpful and admirable activities to take part in, and if you ever find yourself being required to participate in any of these activities, you should not pass the opportunity. However, it is important that you keep in mind that there is also another very beneficial act of charity that will be highly appreciated; this is volunteering and working with senior citizens. This can be a very peculiar practice especially to engage a young person. It is normal for a young person to prefer dealing with kids compared to an elder person, which can be because you feel you have to be very cautious dealing with the elderly. If you are a person who loves to hear stories dealing with adventure and special experiences, then it is guaranteed you will enjoy being a volunteer. The people you will interact with in the care center will be coming from diverse backgrounds and have different stories to tell. For example, there are careers that can be very exciting like being an astronaut, and there is a possibility that a former astronaut resides in the institution you are volunteering in. Through your presence, you will be able to hear all the stories of going to space and the experience of probably being on the moon. This applies to any individual in the home who had a career; you will certainly be interested by the stories being told. Here are some tips in dealing with senior citizens; Reach out to the locals. Before you even decide to go to a well renowned senior center like bookseniorcare, you should conduct research around your neighborhood to find out if there are older adults that need your assistance in the day to day activities. You should know that there are some senior persons that spend most of their time alone. It is the minority of people in that age bracket who get constant visits from the loved ones or any relative. There are also some elder members of society that are disabled or sick, so if you offer your time and assistance it will really make a...

National Ice Cream Month with Nielsen-Massey...

National Ice Cream Month with Nielsen-Massey Celebrate National Ice Cream Month by hosting an ice cream party using the summer-inspired flavor of  Orange Blossom Water from  Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Orange Blossom Water captures the crisp essence of an orange grove, a cool complement to any sorbet or gelato on a hot July day. For a sophisticated ice cream experience, try pairing everyone’s favorite summer treat with these delicious accompaniments: For a naturally-sweetened ice cream topping, use  Orange Blossom Honey. Simply adding Orange Blossom Water to honey will impart a floral zest that wonderfully enhances any frozen dessert. “As a nutritive sweetener, honey adds further compounds like trace minerals, vitamins and antimicrobial properties,” says Sofia Sanchez, RD, LDN for Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. Mangoes are a favorite summer fruit for many people.  Mango Fruit Sauce will complement banana ice creams, sherbets and baked goods. It will also pair well with dairy-free alternatives like coconut and almond-based frozen desserts. Sweeten the celebration with  Red, White & Blue Orange Blossom Cookies, recipe below. These cookies can be decorated to match any summer party theme. Serve with ice cream and these are sure to be a hit with friends and family. Red, White & Blue – Orange Blossom Cookies 3 cups all-purpose flou 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup superfine sugar (purchase or process granulated sugar for about 20 seconds in a food processor) 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 3 ¼ teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Orange Blossom Water 2 eggs ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar (for dusting work surface) ¼ cup all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface) Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line two large, heavy light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt until blended; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, cream, vanilla extract and orange blossom water; beat with a handheld mixer on medium speed until fluffy; about 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to medium-low; add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients one half at a time. Divide dough into two even pieces, press each piece into a disk shape, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Dough should be cool and firm but easy to work with. In a small bowl,...

Summer Drinks

Here are some well-known summer drinks for all different price points of entertaining. Boodles London Dry Gin – $25 This is a perfectly proper London Dry Gin that is very mixable in your favorite classic and contemporary gin cocktails Does not contain any citrus botanicals – a practical decision made in pursuit of a well-balanced cocktail, since most gin cocktails have a citrus garnish or ingredient Completely British made – from the wheat, to the distilling to the packaging Available nationally and online: http://www.reservebar.com/products/boodles-british-gin For Boodles: Proper Boodles & Tonic Ingredients: 2 oz. Boodles Gin Tonic Water Lemon peel, garnish Method: In a glass over fresh ice, combine Boodles and tonic and garnish with a lemon peel and a selection of botanicals for garnish (i.e. Lemon Verbena). Serve on a silver tray. Creyente Mezcal Joven – $50 A brand new mezcal that recently launched for the summer An unprecedented union of two 100% agave mezcals from two separate regions of Oaxaca: the rich soils of Tlacolula, and the wild, mountainous terrain of Yautepec Created by Pedro Mateo and Mijail Zarate, a pair of legendary mezcaleros with individual styles who worked together on this ultra-premium brand Available in select US markets and online: http://www.reservebar.com/t/type/spirits/mezcal/creyente For Creyente: Mezcalada Ingredients: 1 oz. Creyente Mezcal 3/4 oz. Michelada Mix top with Evil Twin Geyser Gose Beer Garnish with worm salt #1 Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia – $150 The result of a family tradition passed down 10 generations through the Cuervo family line, resulting in the finest extra añejo tequila ever made First released to the public in 1995 to commemorate the 200thanniversary of the Cuervo family The bottle comes inside of a wooden box that is adorned with the work of a Mexican artist, each year displaying a different artist hand-chosen by a member of the Cuervo family This year’s designer is Jorge Mèndez Blake, native to Guadalajara, who is famous for merging different historical and geographical elements as he promotes Mexican art The extra añejo blending process creates an incredibly different tequila than anything else, with the final product more akin to fine Scotch or Cognac Available nationwide and online: http://www.reservebar.com/products/jose-cuervo-reserva-de-la-familia-tequila For Reserva, with its high price point, we do not recommend mixing it. It should be consumed neat or on the rocks, similar to Scotch and Cognac. If you try some of these and come up with your own drink recipes and would like to share them, please feel free to send them to me via our submission page and...
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