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The Design Features of the 2022 Ford F-150 EV Truck

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On the day I was invited to check out the new 2022 Ford F-150 EV Lightning™ trucks, I immediately thought of my truck-loving friend who always challenged me to consider buying a truck for my next vehicle.

Ford F150 Lightening

Well, Bob, I understand why after learning about the new F-150 Lightning all electric truck. Pickup trucks and electric vehicles were new to me so I have many takeaways to share. Take a look at this video to see the vehicle’s design and features. 

2022 Ford F-150 EV Truck

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning series has a number of different models. Some features are constant across the board.Read more

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Piccolo Buco & Cooper’s Hawk Introduce Authentic Roman Pizza

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Have you ever traveled to an international city on vacation and discovered the most amazing food and then tried to figure out how you can bring it home with you?  Well, Tim McEnery of Cooper’s Hawk had that same experience, only he made it happen! Read about how Piccolo Buco and Cooper’s Hawk are bringing Roman Pizza to Chicago.
 

Piccolo Buco by Luca Issa & Cooper’s Hawk

Piccolo Buco Cooper's Hawk Roman Pizza

Introducing Piccolo Buco, by Chef Luca Issa of Piccolo Buco Roma and Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, where you will find the most delicious and unique Roman pizza. 
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⁣The magic of Chef Luca’s pizza comes down to the extraordinary crust that is light and airy inside and yet has a tall crispy edge.
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SWISSOTEL CHICAGO STAYCATION

A Staycation at the Swissotel Chicago Offers Rest, Relaxation & Stunning Views

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The start of the new year isn’t so much about resolutions for me as it is about the need for a refresh. You know what I mean. A getaway to clear your mind even if just for a few days. The reason why a Swissotel Chicago staycation with the beauty of the city architecture seen from every window, relaxing environment and close proximity to all things Chicago is just the remedy to welcome in 2022.

A Swissotel Chicago Staycation

If you haven’t considered a staycation before, I highly recommend it. Whether you reside in Chicago or live in close proximity (driving distance if air travel is not being considered), you must book a stay at the Swissotel.… Read more

Beach view Puglia Italy

Explore Puglia, Italy: Culinary and Landscape

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My virtual suitcase is packed. Travel agenda is made. Excitement is high as I get ready to explore Puglia, Italy. 

The Puglia Landscape

Exploring the Puglia region, pronounced pool-ya, is one of Italy’s hidden gems. You may also hear it called Apulia, its Italian name.

map of Puglia Italy

Puglia is easily identified on the map, as it runs down the east coast of the country from the Gargano Peninsula all the way into the “heel of the boot”. Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. Six provinces make up the Puglia region on the southeast coast of Italy.

    • Gargano and Daunia – the northernmost coast of Apulia where you will find an almost deserted beach.
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A Culinary Exploration of Finland’s Food and Drink World

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Traveling to Northern Europe to explore Finland’s food and drink world should be high on your list of culinary adventures given the enormous talent found in the country. 

Finland may be known for the Northern Lights, snowy-white winter beauty of Lapland, Salla Reindeer Park and Santa Claus Village, but there is so much more to be found in this stunning country. An under-the-radar culinary world that rivals that of cities far larger is quietly but powerfully making enormous impressions on those with an appreciation for the talent that creates dishes worthy of award recognition.

Without the glitzy fanfare of their neighbors, this low-key, yet sophisticated country has an impressive food and beverage space.Read more

lemon cake

Mother’s Day Road Trip with Mazda: The Glazed Lemon Cake Edition

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When life is stressful, I literally will make lemonade out of lemons. Or in this case, Glazed Lemon Cake in Mini Bundt Pans. The vibrant scent, tartness of the lemons and sweet glaze makes for a perfect dessert.

It’s also one of my Mom’s favorite treats. Since we were celebrating Mother’s Day, it was the best excuse to pull out the mini bundt pan to make them for her.

Knowing how many ways I use lemons in dishes, I often think of my aunt and uncle’s place on the west coast where having a lemon tree outside your kitchen window is common.… Read more

DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Shared for First Time

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If you are a traveler, you now how it feels to finally get to the hotel after a long car ride or running through the airport to catch a flight. The happy memory of when you walk into a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to be greeted with a fresh-from-the-oven, warm chocolate chip cookie. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

As our travels have come to a halt due to the coronavirus, DoubleTree by Hilton wants to help us appreciate the warmth and comfort of our homes by sharing their exclusive chocolate chip cookie recipe. The even better news is you probably have the ingredients in your pantry already like the chocolate chips themselves and rolled oats.… Read more

rice pie finland

A Culinary Wonderland: 12 Foods and Flavors to Try in Finland

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To truly immerse yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting, exploring the culinary space is not only educational but delicious. Finland’s landscape of sea, farm and forest offers a diverse food scene filled with traditional items that support their philosophy of eat local and simply, to dining on the dishes created by extraordinarily talented chefs. 

The following is a small sampling of foods and flavors that exemplify the Finnish lifestyle. As you plan your trip to this beautiful Nordic country, check out this list of places to visit along your foods of Finland journey and tips on how to try it all. Read more

Fairmont Mayakoba resort

10 Reasons to Stay at the Luxurious Fairmont Mayakoba Resort

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When nature, design and luxury intersect, you have arrived at the Fairmont Mayakoba resort. 

Just 40 miles from Cancun is a stunning nature-infused haven complete with 240 acres of tropical forest known as Mayakoba. Within this gated community is the AAA-Five Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba resort surrounded by lush mangroves, white sand beaches and crystal clear waterways all designed to create a sense of peace, tranquility and well being.

canals overview Mayakoba Fairmont

Located on the Caribbean Sea in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this luxurious resort is south of Cancun in close proximity to Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Mayakoba means “village of water” which describes this piece of paradise perfectly.Read more

Acqualina pool

A Visit to the Florida Riviera: Sunny Isles Beach

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The City of the Sun and Sea welcomes you to Sunny Isles Beach. An aptly named city that showcases South Florida’s glorious weather, pristine white sand beaches and mesmerizing turquoise blue waters. Located just 30 minutes north of Miami International Airport and a quick 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, this barrier island sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

beach view sunny isles beach

Sunny Isles Beach stretches 2.5 miles along the oceanfront, offering a destination for couples, families and singles alike. What was once home to two story budget motels is now filled with sleek, contemporary high rises and luxury resorts that line the Atlantic Ocean beachfront.… Read more