Archive | August 2012

Super scallops with stunning lake views

Diver Sea Scallops Entre

Diver Sea Scallops Entre

Want a melt in your mouth meal? I found just that when I recently ate a decadent meal at Beverly’s, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, in  Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, just 30 miles from Spokane, Washington.Layered in flavor and carefully prepared, the Diver Sea Scallops entre sent my taste buds into overdrive. With earthy notes, the pan seared scallops swim in a white wine and lemony drizzle that delivers a burst of satisfying flavor.  I more than enjoyed my pleasantly plump scallops that left me feeling like the well fed traveler. And the side offered just as much excitement. Polenta–with its savory, unexpected hints of Rosemary, bacon and mushrooms transported me to Thanksgiving Day.

Eric Cook, Sommelier, pours wine for all.

Eric Cook, Sommelier

Paired with a white wine, this dish lends itself to a near perfect meal. Not sure which wine to select? Just ask the sommelier for a few suggestions. And don’t forget to ask for a window seat. That way you can enjoy a pleasant meal with views of Lake Coeur d’Alene–where the soft clouds and rolling hills blend into the lake to create stunning views.

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Vacations don’t grow on trees

Palm TreeVacations don’t come cheap. Unless you camp on public land and eat beans and franks from dawn til dusk. Most people actually have to save for their dream vacations and weekend getaways. Even the people who pay their bills on time.

By the time you pay for a few nights at a hotel, a few meals and some entertainment, $500 (or more) flies from your wallet or stings your credit card like little bees on the loose. Planning a week-long getaway? That’s great. Now you’ve got to fund a small fortune.  But that’s ok, it’s not that hard if you have the right thinking in place.

Since vacations don’t grow on trees, that means it’s time to think about a savings plan. First, consider good ol’ financial advice sure to bring you closer to your goal. Pay yourself first. It doesn’t take much money to set aside before you have a lump sum of cash. It could be $25 per paycheck or $250, either way, if you save consistently each month, soon your vacation fund will fatten up.

Odd jobs could push you into the final stretch. Recently I took on a few dreadful projects that left me feeling drained and unappreciated. The pay was nothing to brag about, but the savings I accumulated from these small projects beefed up my bank account faster than I imagined. Instead of complaining about the work you like or want, remember it could double as a small treat you give to yourself.

Savor what it feels like to say “NO.” Each time you’re tempted to buy a chai latte a la cart or a beef jerky from the gas station convenience store, remember that you’re saving for something that tastes even better–a vacation.

I hope these small tips help someone who feels like their vacation is slightly out of reach or completely abysmal. With a little discipline and a lot of determination, soon you’ll be holding a passport in one hand and luggage in the other.

Let me know if you’ve managed to save for your future getaway.

A little sand and sea

Pristine Beaches in Riviera Maya

Enjoy the powdery sand all along the Riviera Maya Coast.

When you life gets too serious and you can’t keep stop daydreaming about sinking your toes into the cool, powdery beach sand–that can mean only one thing. It’s time to book a flight and find a hotel with a teasing ocean view. But don’t wait until life gets too overwhelming.  Instead, make travel plans with ample time to anticipate the excitement as your trip countdown begins. If you’re like me, you don’t take such advice. Instead, you fly by the seat of your pants and let the wind blow your wings into the next town, villa or deserted beach hut with vacancies.

Foot massage feels oh so good–on the beach makes it even better.

Secluded beach huts along Riviera Maya provide privacy + relaxation.