Many people hear about Culinary Vacations/Getaways but I haven’t seen many advertised until now. Sure, there’s the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami every February which I always want to attend but the ticket prices are outrageous, there are various culinary vacations in Italy and France and now I heard about this: Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza.
From their website:
Puerto Rico will debut the island’s first Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza at the world-famous blue flag beach of Isla Verde in Carolina from Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6, 2008.
Saborea Puerto Rico celebrates both our Caribbean traditions and worldwide flavors. These three days of flavor and taste bring together celebrities, master chefs and signature events for a weekend-long festivity organized by industry professionals with the best taste and attention to detail. The programmed activities include demo kitchens, signature events, wine seminars, kids’ kitchens and a Tasting Pavilion.
The Culinary Extravaganza kicks off Friday with visits to a coffee plantation and a local “Plaza del Mercado” where fresh local ingredients are available for purchase. Saturday and Sunday Saborea Puerto Rico is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Isla Verde Beach. Events are being scheduled during the evening at close by hotels and restaurants.
Puerto Rico is eager to welcome visitors and promote one of the islands best features: its food. We cordially invite food and wine “apassionados” to join us for the best culinary event in the Caribbean. Don’t miss out on this gastronomic feast specially made for you.
Now, I adore Puerto Rican food and make a mean Arroz Con Pollo (sans ketchup, Ms. Ingrid Hoffman) and you are telling me that there is a culinary getaway on the island that I’ve always wanted to visit even since I was a closet Menudo fan (shush – don’t judge!). :::sigh::: Sadly, I cannot attend this year due to plans for an event in Philly that will take up all my available funds but next year, should it happen again, I’m there! The price is super reasonable, the notable chefs – excellent and a coffee plantation?? Now that’s an event I would love to be at.
If you are interested (and Chef. B. – you might want to cover), check it out at
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For those that read All In Stilettos… y’all know I have been lusting after Williams-Sonoma’s Blue Scarf Print Tablecloth for quite some time. I finally broke down and decided to go pick it up the other night as consolation. And that Williams-Sonoma had it in the exact size I needed. Score!
Now, yes, the tablecloth is quite pricey, but if you see it in person – it’s stunning. I pretty much only use two tablecloths – a standard white or a red. That’s it. For me to really venture into this is quite the departure for me. And most of my house is varying shades of teal/blue and chocolate. This would fit in perfectly!
As I trot to the cash register, I notice a apron, mitts, etc. all in the same print – but in the green shade. The manager basically ripped my heart out when she told me that the print is available only in the green and pink shade. It is not available in the blue and I really really really want the apron. So either I lose my heartset idea of the blue or I settle for the Pink or Green. I chose to put back the tablecloth and walk away, yet again disappointed by Williams-Sonoma.
What I don’t understand is why Williams-Sonoma would only come out with it in two of the colors, but not all THREE. And when I saw the Green, even the manager said the color just was not “it” and she wasn’t a fan of that particular shade of puce green. Williams-Sonoma, you should really consider it in Blue. I know I would have bought the whole set.
I know many people (including myself) has the standard Guinness or the Irish Coffee idea when it comes to cocktails from the Emerald Isle and we won’t talk about the green beer. However, Fine Living debunks the standard Irish cocktail fare and puts forth a few new ones in their “10 Cocktails For The Irish In Everyone” series.
This one I found intriguing – a fabulous Baileys Irish Martini recipe just in time for St. Patty’s Day. As a Baileys aficionado from a wee age, this is one that appears to be super simple yet chic.
Baileys Irish Martini [Recipe courtesy of FineLiving.com]
3 1/2 oz. Baileys Irish cream
3/4 oz. Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
shot of strong, cold coffee
1. Drop some ice cubes into a shaker and pour over Baileys.
2. Add Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, then a shot of strong cold coffee.
3. Shake vigorously and serve in a martini glass.
[Photo courtesy of FineLiving.com]