Great Events For The End Of 2017

Great Events For The End Of 2017

I’m very excited to introduce my first guest writer today: Wendy Dessler is a superconnector with Outreachmama, who works to connect bloggers and businesses online. She is currently working with Uni Baggage. Note that I don’t benefit from any of the links below, other than in having the pleasure of working with Wendy, and providing my readers with some great ideas on what to do if you’re still looking to make vacation plans this year. So with that said, over…

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Toronto’s Kensington Market: A Foodie Paradise

Toronto’s Kensington Market: A Foodie Paradise

As some of my readers may already have figured out, one of my favorite ways to explore a new place is to take a food tour. Toronto’s food scene is incredible, both in its quality and diversity. Having indulged in all kinds of ethnic cuisines when I’ve been there, I decided it was time to find out what traditional Canadian food was all about. It was time to go beyond the poutine! I selected the Culinary Adventure Company’s ‘Made in Canada…

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How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

So here’s my dirty little secret: after almost 12 years of living in the Northeastern US, I have not been to Niagara Falls. And sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who has not witnessed this miracle of nature. Which was why, when Stu came to visit me in Toronto for the weekend, I decided it was now or never. Niagara is only a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto, so it’s an easy day trip, and there’s plenty of time…

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Teaser: Our next big adventure

Teaser: Our next big adventure

We just received this in the mail: It heralds our next big adventure in October. We’re actually hitting two birds with one stone in a very Stu-centric vacation, by doing European delivery of a BMW, and going to Switzerland to experience the Axalp Fliegerschieβen. What’s that, you ask? Let’s start with European delivery. We actually did this three years ago – you order a BMW (or any other premium German car) from your local dealership, customize it to your liking,…

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Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

I’ve been itching to go to Elements restaurant in Princeton, NJ pretty much since it opened back in 2008. It’s since then garnered all kinds of accolades, most recently as the best farm-to-table restaurant in New Jersey, according to Travel and Leisure. When our fourth wedding anniversary conveniently fell on a Wednesday this year, I was able to grab a reservation at short notice – an impossibility on the weekend. We decided to push the boat out and go for…

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The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting

Sometimes we’re so busy traveling remote corners of the earth, or planning our next trip, we forget that there’s actually all kinds of good stuff going on right on our front doorstep. Case in point: The New Jersey Winemakers Co-op Spring Portfolio Tasting at Beneduce Vineyards, which I attended for the first time this year. When my wine buff friend Lara asked me if I wanted to come along, I didn’t need much convincing. Spending a warm spring day at a…

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DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

DasTravelBlog is going to Canada – A Lot!

My employers, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to assign me to a project in Toronto for the next couple of months – starting today. For once, Stu was quick to volunteer to come up for the weekend sometime (funny, there just wasn’t the same level of enthusiasm when it was Bloomington, IL). While business travel doesn’t offer much opportunity to play the tourist, we’ll try to do some exploring and report back! I’ve been to Toronto on business before,…

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The Air & Space Museum You Didn’t Know Existed

The Air & Space Museum You Didn’t Know Existed

At the very tail-end of our Southern roadtrip, we stopped off in DC for the night before heading home to NJ. Stu being the aviation nut that he is, suggested we stop by the air & space museum near Dulles airport, officially known as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I had never even heard of the place, but it’s actually an extension of the Smithsonian air & space museum in DC. It is housed in a giant t-shaped hangar, with aviation…

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How to Use Your Smart Phone as your Hotel Room Key

How to Use Your Smart Phone as your Hotel Room Key

In this second part of my “hotel room key series”, I thought I’d talk about the not-so-new trend of using your cell phone to open your hotel room door, instead of a key provided by the hotel. While this technology has been touted by various hotel chains for a couple of years now, it’s taking a while to spread, and I only just had the pleasure of experiencing it myself at the Hilton Knoxville last month. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), Marriott…

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Should you be worried about the information contained on your hotel key card?

Should you be worried about the information contained on your hotel key card?

One of my friends recently asked me whether it was true that your hotel room key card contains your credit card information. This reminded me of a co-worker I used to travel with, who had a pile of old key cards sitting at home because she was afraid to leave them at the hotel. It sounded like some investigating was in order. There’s a lot of often conflicting information out there, but public concern around this issue first seems to…

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