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August 2014
Features
Dallas, Texas - Weekend of Culture and Cowboys
Destinations
Klyde Warren Park Dallas Texas - photo by Luxury ExperienceDallas, Texas: more to explore from culture to cowboys! We went to Dallas for the weekend, and what we love about returning to a city often is making new discoveries each time we visit. Having been to the more touristic sights on past visits, we wanted to delve a bit deeper on this trip to discover its culture, and yes, cowboys, and not The Dallas Cowboys on the football field, but rather the daring ones riding broncos and bulls.
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Love, Cuisine, and Adventures
Destinations
Seahorse Sculpture, Puerta Vallarta, MexicoPicture postcard perfect, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico located in the western part of Mexico in the state of Jalisco, is the home of the mariachi, ranchera music, and tequila! Ever since the director John Huston discovered the beauty and the magic of Puerto Vallarta for his 1963 film Night of the Iguana, filmmakers, celebrities, and tourists have flocked to discover this most charming city for themselves.
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Things We Do For Love - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Things You Do For Love - Westport County Playhouse - photo by RoseggThe British are here! Be ready for an evening of witty repartee and laughter with Alan Ayckbourn's romantic comedy Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. The play directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, stars Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer, Sarah Manton, and Michael Mastro and runs until September 7, 2014.
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Biking through Old Saybrook, CT
Adventures
Edward Nesta biking Old Saybrook-Photo by Luxury ExperienceWe experienced Old Saybrook, Connecticut by bicycle on a bright, blue sky sunny summer morning; something that we highly recommend. The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa provides complimentary bicycles for guests wishing to explore the area, thus we decided to avail ourselves of the bicycles, and take a slower means of exploration, and were happy that we did.
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Allegra Farm - Carriage Ride Back in Time
Adventures
Cinderella Carriage Ride - Allegra FarmsWas that Prince Charming and Cinderella in the stunning antique carriage driven by John Allegra owner of Allegra Farm in East Haddam, Connecticut? No, it was "The Adventure Kids" - Edward F. Nesta and Debra C. Argen out for a leisurely Sunday ride around scenic Lake Hayward.
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Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
Liquor Cabinet
No. 14 Bourbon - Vermont SpiritsVermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey with Vermont Maple Syrup is destined to become an American classic. Vermont Spirits Master Distiller Joe Buswell created Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey by deftly combining five-year old Bourbon made in Vermont and Vermont maple syrup to create a smooth spirit with a warm and lasting finish. Sipped alone or used in a cocktail, Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey is gathering fans.
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Sanno at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Spas
Sanno spa -Saybrook Point Inn & Spa - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe full-service luxurious Sanno spa at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, has the philosophy, "Be well, look well, feel well, and eat well," which is in perfect keeping with the Inn's focus. The spa has a diverse menu of treatments from which to select, in addition to a nail salon, beauty treatments, and multiple relaxation rooms making it ideal for couple's Spa weekends, girlfriend getaways, and wedding party preparations.
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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Hotels and Resorts
Three Stories at Saybrook Point Inn - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in the shore town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is an elegant landmark with its distinct yellow building with white trim. The main building has 80 luxurious guestrooms, and their newest property, Three Stories, located across the street from the Inn, opened in May 2014, and has 8 exquisite guestrooms. The Inn, owned by the Tagliatela family has all the bells and whistles of a luxury property - sumptuously appointed guestrooms, an upscale restaurant, Spa, two year-round salt water swimming pools, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness center, a marina, and impeccable service. It is also conveniently located to both New York and Boston, with a 2-hour drive time.
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Chef Leslie Tripp Recipes - Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Chefs Recipes
Chef Tripp of Fresh Salt Restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn and SpaExecutive Chef Leslie Tripp of Fresh Salt restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut brings his inspiration and passion to the restaurant where the focus is on fresh sea and farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Tripp graciously shares a delicious taste of the restaurant with his inspired recipes for Maple Braised Berkshire Pork with Butternut Risotto, Tomato Parmesan, Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Cider Jus, and Fresh Salt Spicy Sushi Sandwiches. Bon Appetit!
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Fresh Salt restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook, CT, USA
Restaurants
Fresh Oysters at Fresh Salt Restaurant - Photo by Luxury ExperienceFresh Salt restaurant at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut features Chef Leslie Tripp as the talent in the kitchen, seafood as fresh as the restaurant's name, and interesting cocktails crafted by Bar Manager Peter Marshall to tempt guests' palates and to complement the fresh sea and farm-to-table cuisine.
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Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Hotels and Resorts
Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, MexicoWe stayed at the luxurious Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta hotel located in the affluent Conchas Chinas section of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico where we had the best of both worlds, the tropical forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains on one side of the hotel and a stunning, panoramic, uninterrupted view of the Bay of Bandera in front of us from our terrace.
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Germaine de Capuccini Spa at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Spas
Massage Germaine de Capuccini Spa at Grand Miramar Puerto VallartaThe elegant Germaine de Capuccini Spa at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico is light and airy with state-of-the art treatment rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Spa has a diverse treatment menu including anti-aging treatments, massages, body wraps, exfoliating treatments, facials, steam, and holistic treatments to create a most memorable experience for its guests. We thoroughly enjoyed our Spa treatments where the therapists worked their restorative magic on our muscles after our long walks on the beach and exploring the charming city of Puerto Vallarta.
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Nora by Ingmar Bergman - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport County Playhouse - Nora - Liv Rooth and Lucas HallDirector David Kennedy deftly puts his mark on the adult content play, Nora; Ingmar Bergman's Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, translated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker, at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. The play runs until August 2, 2014.
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Mesquite ProRodeo, Texas: The Thrill of the 8-Second Ride
Adventures
Barrel Racing -Mequite Rodeo, Mequite, TexasWe experienced the thrill of the rodeo at Mesquite ProRodeo in Mesquite, Texas, where 8-seconds to a cowboy can mean emerging as a hero or resulting in a heartbreak. While 8-seconds may not seem like a very long time, in rodeo, it can seem like a lifetime for the contestants in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding competitions, exhilarating when achieved, yet it is often illusive. Yee-haw!
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John Mayall – A Special Life
Music Scene
John Mayall - A Special Life British Bluesman John Mayall’s latest release, A Special Life on the Forty Below Records label features band members guitarist Rocky Athas, bass guitarist Greg Rzab, and drummer Jay Davenport, with a guest appearance by C.J. Chenier who adds his impact on this memorable release. Blues lovers are in for a treat with John Mayall – A Special Life from the legendary John “The Godfather of British Blues” Mayall.
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El Arrayan Cooking Class, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Gastronomy
Carmen E Porras, Edward Nesta - El Arrayan Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Photo by Luxury ExperienceWe took a great cooking class at El Arrayan while we were in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico where we learned to make traditional Mexican dishes. Destination cooking classes are extremely popular as they provide an opportunity to learn about local flavors, techniques, and culture while on vacation, and to recreate the recipes when you return home as an extension of your trip. We cannot wait to create the recipes at home to share the experience with our family and friends.
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Paddleboard in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Adventures
Paddleboarding in Puerto Vallarta -Debra Argen- photo by Luxury Experience"The Adventure Kids" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta, have another great adventure, learning to paddleboard at Costa Sur Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. After spending a morning learning technique, we can say that the sport of Paddleboard, or Stand-Up Paddleboard, is fun, challenging, a great workout for the "core," and something that we cannot wait to do again.
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River Cafe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Restaurants
Rainbow Jumbo Shrimp - River Cafe, Puerto Vallarta - photo by Luxury ExperienceStunning and romantic best describe the River Café  located on the Isla Rio Cuale in the center of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Family owned since 1997 by Evangeline Sánchez and her husband Margarito Larios, their son Steven Larios Reynolds is the manager, and Chef Roberto Chavez Oviedo is the impressive talent in the kitchen.
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Sky Restaurante at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Restaurants
Tierra and Mar Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta - photo by Luxury ExperienceWe had an amazing dinner at the Sky Restaurante at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta located in the mountains in the exclusive neighborhood of Conchas Chinas in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Dining al fresco with the sky as our ceiling, we were afforded with wide-sweeping views of the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Banderas), and a spectacular sunset followed by a canopy of stars to complement Executive Chef Vidal Mezela Noh's culinary prowess.
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Costa Sur Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Restaurants
Dessert - Costa Sur Resort, Puerto Vallarta - Photo by Luxury ExperienceAfter a morning of thrilling water sports adventures at Costa Sur Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, we had a delicious lunch on the hotel's Sunset Terrace, where we had a pretty view of the ocean to pair with the lovely romance-inspired courses from Chef Alejandro Vega.
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Blanca Blue Restaurant and Lounge - Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Restaurants
Roasted Mahi-Mahi -photo by Luxury ExperienceWe had an excellent dinner at Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge located at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, in the Zona Sur (South Zone) of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico where we dined outside and had views of the attractive glass sculptures lining the walls and sunset views over the Pacific Ocean to complement Chef Fernando Pulido's and Sous Chef Refugio Silva's inspired cuisine.
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Executive Chef Vidal Mezela Noh Recipes - Sky Restaurante - Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Vidal Mezela Noh, Grand Miramar, Puerto Vallarta.Mexico - Photo by Luxury ExperienceExecutive Chef Vidal Mezela Noh of Sky Restaurante at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico graciously shares his recipes for Tuna with Sweet Soy Sauce, and Surf & Turf accompanied with Au Gratin Potatoes and Asparagus with Two Sauces: Four Pepper Sauce and Roasted Garlic and Fennel Sauce. Buen Provecho!
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Chef Ejecutivo Vidal Mezela Noh Recetas - Sky Restaurante a Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Vidal  Mezela Noh, Grand Miramar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Photo by Luxury ExperienceEntrevista e recetas por Chef Ejecutivo Vidal Mezela Noh de Sky Restaurante - Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Conocimos Chef Vidal Mezela Noh y tuvo la oportunidad de experimentar su cocina de inspiración durante un viaje a Puerto Vallarta, México a finales de abril 2014. Él comparte generosamente sus recetas para Atún Sellado Servido Con Salsa de Soya Dulce y Mar y Tierra acompañado con papa gratinada y espárragos con dos salsas, salsa de cuatro pimientos y salsa de ajo rostizado al hinojo. Buen Provecho!
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Chef Alejandro Vega Recipes - Costa Sur Resort & Spa Recipes - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Alejandro Vega - Costa Sur Resurt and SpaWhile we were in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, we had a delicious lunch on the Sunset Terrace at Costa Sur Resort & Spa, located in the Zona Hotelera Sur (South Hotel Zone) section of the city, and asked Chef Alejandro Vega if he would share his delicious recipe for Seafood Ceviche Vallarta Style, which he graciously does. As they say in Mexico, Buon Provecho!
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Chef Roberto Chavéz Oviedo Recipes - River Cafe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Roberto Chavez Oviedo - River Cafe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Roberto Chavéz Oviedo of the River Café  in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico shares his passion for cooking and creating an "experiencia única" (unique experience) for the restaurant's guests. The River Café is owned by Evangeline Sánchez and her husband Margarito Larios, and managed by son Steven Larios Reynolds. Chef Roberto Chavéz Oviedo graciously shares a taste of the River Café with his reecipes for Octopus Tiradito, Fish of the Day, Pacific Shrimp, and Tuna Quimixto. Buen Provecho!
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Chef Roberto Chavez Oviedo Recetas - River Cafe, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Roberto Chavez Oviedo - River Cafe,Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Roberto Chávez Oviedo de River Café en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México comparte gentilmente un delicioso sabor del restaurante con sus recetas para Tiradito de Pulpo, Pesca del Día, Camarones del Pacifico y Atún Quimixto.
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Chef Fernando Pulido Recipes - Blanca Blue Restaurant and Lounge, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Fernando Pulido - Blanca Blue Rrestaurant, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoChef Fernando Pulido of Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico graciously shares a delicious taste of the restaurant with his recipe for Braised Short Ribs (Costilla De Res Cargada).
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Chef Fernando Pulido Recetas - Blanca Blue Restaurant and Lounge, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Fernando Pulido - Blanca Blue Restaurant, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoChef Fernando Pulido de  Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge en Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico comparte gentilmente un delicioso sabor del restaurante con su receta para Costilla De Res Cargada.
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Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan Recipes - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoExecutive Chef and A&B Manager Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán of Casa Velas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico graciously shares his culinary vision and a delicious taste of the restaurant with his recipes for Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Salad with Cassis Vinaigrette, and Snapper and Langoustine Adobo Pibil Style. Bon Appetit!
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Chef Ejecutivo Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan Recetas - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
Chefs Recipes
Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan, Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - photo by Luxury ExperienceChef Ejecutivo y Gerente de A&B Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán de Casa Velas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México comparte gentilmente un delicioso sabor del restaurante con sus recetas para Cubo de Sandia, Arugula con Queso Fetta, Mandarina y Vinagreta de Cassis, y Huachinaguito y Langostino Adobado al Pibil. Buen Provecho!
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Chef Alfonso V Corona Recipes - El Arrayan, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Chefs Recipes
Chef Alfonso V Corona - El Arrayan, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoWe took a wonderful cooking class at the restaurant, El Arrayan, located in the downtown (Centro) section of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, where we learned to make traditional Mexican dishes. This pretty little restaurant owned by Carmen E. Porras, is warm and inviting with its colorful chairs, open courtyard where an arrayan tree grows, and sacred Huichol artwork grace the walls. Chef Alfonso V. Corona is the talent in the kitchen. The restaurant graciously shares a taste of El Arrayan with recipes for Sopitos Villa de Álvarez, Cochinita Pibil (Pork in Achiote and Banana Leaf Stew), and Flan de Cajeta.
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