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WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN STRASBOURG

What and where to eat in Strasbourg, France, all deliciously explained.

PENCK HOTEL DRESDEN GERMANY

Although it might not be to everyone’s taste, the Penck Hotel Dresden is wildly innovative and strangely attractive as well as welcoming and agreeable. The hotel serves as a museum to artist A.R. Penck.

THE PANAMA HAT COCKTAIL 

The Panama Hat cocktail brings on the happiest of happy hours. Here’s a recipe invented by master bartender Policarpo for Salsipuedes Restaurant and Bar in the hotel Bristol Panama.

THE SPA AT GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO AND SPA RECIPES

Drum roll please. And the grandest of them all—the winner—the best of the best resort spa in all of Mexico is…ta-da…Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa.
Not that I’ve been to all the pampering places (unfortunately, something I must correct), but have been to enough to know that this one would be really hard to beat.

WHITE WINE SANGRIA HEADS-UP TO HAPPY HOUR

Recipe for Mita’s White Wine Sangria as a heads-up to happy hour.

21c Museum Hotels and Granola Recipe

The 21c Museum Hotels offer guests style, comfort and a museum packed with fun, interesting, thought-provoking art.

TEQUILA: 10 TIPS FOR BUYING AND DRINKING

I was lost, but now I’m found. Lost in a murky, all-is-acceptable-when-it-comes-to-drinking-tequila-sort-of-a-way. But now my cup runneth over with knowledge. I credit Javier Moreno, the charming sommelier at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun resort (located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula). Javier conducted a tequila tasting seminar for a few guests of the resort and, like the resort itself, the seminar couldn’t be better.

SAN SEBASTIÁN, PINTXOS, AND THE GILDA

For those who have never been to San Sebastián, Spain, put it on your bucket list. If you have already been—then you know. You’ll return. What makes the city so appealing? Food, glorious food, and more food. Of course the setting is lovely. Once a small fishing village, San Sebastián now spreads from the sea […]

GEAR TO GO

Of all the travel products and paraphernalia that Sweet Leisure sampled and scrutinized lately, two rise to the surface like cream. Take one to the beach, the other on the road. But before I tell you about these useful products, I have to add a disclaimer. These are not ads. I am not paid (Damn!). […]

BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM RECIPE

Ta-Da! Drum roll please! And now, dear readers, I’m going to share my secret family recipe for the best ever (really really succulent and delicious) sugar baked holiday ham. BEST EVER SUGAR BAKED HOLIDAY HAM Yield: Plan on serving 1/2 to 3/4 pound per person, but buy enough to have leftovers. This ham makes fabulous […]