Glenn and Teri Jampol, the owners of award-winning Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, are on a mission to showcase the amazing flavors of Costa Rica for their guests during a six night, six day culinary tour, June 1 – 7, 2014.
Called the Costa Rican Culinary Paradise Week, guests will be introduced and guided by chef instructor MikeC., author of Kitchen on Fire and creator of Wine Country Culinary Adventures in Napa , and international culinary adventurer Gilad Chudler, of Costa Rica Culinary Tours. Together with the Jampols, their goal is to showcase some of the best local artisan foods and beverages that Costa Rica has to offer, including:
- Tour of Finca Rosa Blanca`s Rainforest Alliance Certified, organic coffee farm and tasting;
- Visit to Heredia`s Central Farmers Market;
- Cooking class and pairing artisanal cheeses with local craft brews;
- A day of nature hikes and tours of cacao, vanilla and pepper farms;
- Visit to Ark Herb Farm and Meadery;
- Mead and honey with goat cheese pairing over lunch; and
- Chocolate Tasting and lunch at Sibu Fine Chocolates workshop.
And there will be cooking classes and fine dining, based on the raw ingredients of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and pepper stirred in throughout the itinerary.
The total cost of Costa Rican Culinary Paradise Week is $3095 USD per person for double occupancy and $3,995 USD per person for single occupancy, and includes, five nights accommodation, all meals, cooking classes, guided tours and in-country transportation. More information and reservations are available at www.fincarosablanca.com
An ecolodge steeped in authentic Costa Rican culture
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is located just 20 minutes from the San José International Airport, set in the highlands of the beautiful Central Valley. At 4,000 feet above sea level, the lodge’s property offers acres of tropical gardens and paths and a thriving, 30-acre hard bean organic shade grown coffee plantation.
From the beginning, the Jampol family envisioned the creation of an exclusive boutique inn which would become one of the world’s leading hotels, combining luxurious accommodations and amenities, cultural authenticity, environmental respect and sustainable tourism. Today, they have fulfilled this dream and the resort is recognized as one of the globe’s top destinations, demonstrating that it is possible and necessary to combine luxury with sustainability.
When it comes to the overall guest experiences, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort offers 13 uniquely designed rooms (two master suites and 11 junior suites), each featuring private verandas, sweeping valley and volcano views and artistic décor. Common guest areas include a picturesque lobby with 40-foot ceilings, skylights and tropical gardens; a private office centre with internet service, computer and printer; eight acres of tropical gardens and paths, complete with a spring-fed swimming pool and waterfall and a commodious hot tub.
A gift shop features local crafts, organic skincare products and chocolate, and guests can enjoy a full-service spa, and a gourmet restaurant featuring garden to table innovative dishes.
About the Chefs & Guides:
Costa Rica Culinary Adventures is the brainchild of American Chef Gilad Chudler, who lives with his wife, Costa Rica native Natalia Schyfter, in the Central Valley outside of San Jose. Formerly one of the Bay Area’s most popular culinary instructors, Chudler founded Plátano Verde, a green-based catering and event planning firm, in 2012. His clients include award-winning hotels (including Hotel Sugar Beach, for which he recently served as a consulting executive chef) and restaurants (including ProductC), as well as the prestigious Punto de Vista Villa in Manuel Antonio.
While most chefs spend their entire careers working in restaurants, MikeC. was always hooked on teaching. In 2002, while completing his studies at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he began working for Sur La Table as a resident instructor and manager of their in-store culinary program, which included assisting such visiting celebrity chefs as Martin Yan, Jamie Oliver, Alton Brown and Michael Chiarello. Now based in Napa Valley, MikeC. has led cooking classes and winemaker dinners at Cedar Gables Inn (among other venues) for nearly a decade. MikeC. has been featured on numerous television programs, including the Travel Channel’s “Great Weekend Getaways with Samantha Brown.” He was selected by Circulon, one of the largest cookware brands in the world to serve as the guest host of the first-ever web-based cooking show series, “Hungry Bytes” and was featured as the most recent host of the long-running TV series Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet, filmed on location in Mexico, Belize, and New Zealand, as well as Northern California.
Sightseeing and Tours
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A survey by Hilton Worldwide of 2,700 leisure travelers is underscoring the importance of food in the decision as to where tourists want to travel. According to the survey, 36 percent of tourists to the Asia Pacific region say food and drink is the critical determining factor in where they go. Some 92 percent make a point of trying famous local dishes and street food when they travel; 90 percent seek out culinary experiences when visiting a destination; and 92 percent said they would return to a destination just because of food and dining experiences. Only five percent said food and drink was of no consequence in their choice. The survey group came from nine different countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
“Gone are the days where hotels were simply places to rest,” said Markus Schueller, vice president for Food & Beverage Operations, Asia Pacific at Hilton Worldwide. “Today they have to be food and drink destinations themselves, providing guests with the services and information that fit with the increased emphasis they place on quality culinary experiences when they travel.”
Some 43 percent of respondents allocating up to half of their total holiday budget for food and drink. Some 87 percent said they would seek out local street food and 79 percent would look for culturally unique food experiences like culinary festivals and food markets when visiting a destination.
The respondents cited Japan with the highest number of votes from leisure travelers across the region, followed closely by Thailand and Taiwan in joint second place. Votes also revealed Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong as sharing third place position as favorite culinary destinations. Results also showed that for 19 percent of respondents, food experiences within their home country were favored over other destinations in the region.
When asked what they looked for in an excellent culinary destination, 49 percent of all respondents agreed that variety of cuisine is most important, followed by unique culinary offerings, including destinations with unusual local delicacies and specialities, and cultural food experiences like food markets and festivals. Travelers from Thailand most valued quality, intensity of flavor and high food safety variety and unique local cuisine in a culinary destination.
American Chefs Tour Taiwan, Kitchen First
In recent years, food and travel have become indelibly combined and nowhere is this more apparent than on TV where big time foodies like CNN’s Anthony Bourdain explore the relationship between cuisine and countries. Recently, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau brought three American chefs to Taiwan to make a 30-minute food special entitled Taste Taiwan that originally aired on Feb. 15 on Discovery Channel and is now available on YouTube.
The chefs who took the eight-day culinary tour were Chef/Partner Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen in New York, Chef Bryant Wigger of Trattoria Neapolis in Los Angeles and Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich of Mosaic Bar and Grille at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver.
Taiwan offers what is arguably Asia’s finest Chinese food and the chefs spent their time in Taiwan eating in top restaurants, visiting markets and sampling street foods. Each chef created a special item for their respective restaurants that was inspired by Taiwan.
Tourism Authority Presents YouTube Cooking Classes
YouTube is also the home of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) second season of the web-based, culinary-themed video series, Thai-licious. The new season will again be hosted by Kedsarin (Kate) Hasenfus from the TAT’s New York office. The videos can be found on TAT-North America’s YouTube channel, “Thailand Insider.”
While Season One provided insider access to the kitchens of authentic Thai restaurants in the New York City metro area, the next installment of Thai-licious takes viewers into kitchens at some of the top hotels and resorts in Thailand to learn the art of Thai cooking from the chefs themselves. The series will also place a spotlight on Thai culture and customs found in various parts of the country.
TAT’s Instagram and Twitter accounts support the videos with behind-the-scenes looks into featured hotels and restaurants. TAT’s BookThailandNow blog offers special culinary-themed travel deals from the hotel. Viewers can interact with TAT and fellow Thai food lovers on social media platforms utilizing #Thailicious.
“Viewers will not only obtain amazing recipes and cooking tips from some of the world’s top chefs, but we hope that they will also be inspired to begin a culinary journey of their own,” said Srimala Waraphaskul, director, TAT New York.
Season Two of “Thai-licious” takes viewers to Bangkok, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai. Chefs at a few of the finest resorts in these areas – including Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Six Senses Samui and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai offer step-by-step instructions on how to make signature Thai dishes, with links at the end of each video providing an opportunity to print the recipes at home. Viewers will also have access to exclusive travel packages at each of the participating resorts through TAT’s BookThailandNow portal or directly through each property’s website.
The Thai-licious themed packages include the Discover Bangkok, Oriental Style at Mandarin Oriental; the Discover Thai-licious Package at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; the Land-Based” and “Like-a-Local” Excursions at Six Senses Samui; and the Thai Culinary Package from Four Seasons Chiang Mai.
Burmese Cooking Classes That Give Back
Graceworks Myanmar is offering Burmese cooking classes. Graceworks is a non-profit organization that trains disadvantaged people in Myanmar. The Burmese trainees undergo a 12-month course which helps to build self-confidence, something very necessary for a culture that’s being over-run with outsiders for the first time in decades.
For visitors, the cooking class begins with a market tour before repairing to Yangon’s Hleden Center with fresh produce to prepare. The recipes include Burmese, Shan and Rakhine cooking styles. Burmese cuisine is informed by a variety of different ethnic minorities in the country as well as such outside influences as India, China and Thailand. The session ends with lunch and a 30 minutes post-meal conversation with the trainees on life in Myanmar.
Limo Safaris Through the Vineyards of South Australia
Tours at Vineyard Safaris, a new luxury tour operator in South Australia, are led by Master of Wine Tim Wildman, who takes visitors through the Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide Hills on cellar door visits meeting winemakers and tasting their wines. The vineyards are not only the large internationally recognized brands such as Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, but also small, boutique wineries that daily visitors won’t frequently access. More than 60 percent of all exported Australian wines come from South Australia.
Each Vineyard Safaris tour is custom designed using a chauffeured vehicle. The itineraries give participants a chance to sample wines from their own birth year. The tours depart from Adelaide and are offered from November to April and accommodate up to four people. Rates for a one-day tour start at AUD $2,800 per person and includes transportation in a chauffeured vehicle to and from Adelaide, all tastings throughout the day, and lunch.
The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association hosts the county’s signature wine event, the Winemakers’ Celebration, on May 3, 2014 in a new location – picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Celebrating the wines and winemakers of Monterey County’s world class growing region, the event will display over 100 incredible wines as Dolores Street (between Ocean & 7th) is transformed into an atmosphere reminisce of a European village street festival.
Whether you’re an experienced wine lover or relative newcomer, you will thoroughly enjoy the 22nd Annual Winemakers’ Celebration as it features an array of offerings, such as:
- Over 100 exquisite wines from Monterey County to taste and compare
- Small bites highlighting local ingredients from renown local guest chefs
- Winemaking, grape growing and cooking demonstrations
- Mini-workshops on wine and food pairing essentials, expert tasting tips, and the impact of terroir on wine
- Growers and winemakers on hand to meet and share in the experience
Details & Tickets
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
VIP Experience: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Main Event: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Visit us at montereywines.org
LAS VEGAS – No egg hunting will be necessary this Easter. La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will offer a delicious butler-style all-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Priced at $48 per adult and $28 per child, guests will celebrate the holiday with an unlimited amount of Easter favorites prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Billy DeMarco. The brunch menu includes: corn flake crusted brioche French toast, New York style egg sandwiches, angus mini burgers, baked potato loaded tater tots with brown gravy, eggs benedict with chorizo, Canadian bacon or filet, veal short rib hash, pancakes with berry compote, and bacon and chorizo sausage cups. For an additional $20, guests may enjoy bottomless beverages including mimosas, sangria, sparkling wine, Bloody Mary’s with Tito’s vodka, build-your-own mojitos with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum or Caipirinhas with Leblon Cachaça.
ABOUT LA CAVE WINE & FOOD HIDEAWAY
The Morton Group, led by Michael and Jenna Morton, opened La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway in 2010 as a venue designed for the exploration of wine, complemented with delectable dishes. La Cave has been recognized as “one of the things Vegas needs more of” by Haute Living Magazine. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant serves American cuisine fused with global flavors in small-plate portions created by Morton Group’s executive chef, William “Billy” DeMarco.
La Cave is located inside Wynn Las Vegas and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. La Cave also offers a butler-style brunch available every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information is available on
Twitter.com/LaCaveLV, and Instagram @LaCaveLV. For reservations, please call 702.770.7375.
ABOUT WYNN LAS VEGAS
Wynn Las Vegas operates under the ownership of Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN). Located on the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Las Vegas features 2,716 luxury guest rooms and suites, a 110,000-square-foot casino and 21 food and beverage venues. The hotel and destination resort also showcases an 18-hole golf course, meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, 74,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a theater, two night clubs and lounges. For more information, visit www.WynnLasVegas.com. Like Wynn Las Vegas at www.Facebook.com/WynnLasVegas and follow at www.Twitter.com/WynnLasVegas
When most people hear spring break, they immediately think tequila shots, a sun burn, and bad decisions. Charter Oak Winery in Napa Valley provides an opportunity to flip the college version of spring break on it’s head and try again as an adult. Offering an ideal destination for the experienced wine connoisseur and those seeking a culture-filled, intimate vacation, Charter Oak is more than just a winery, it’s a quant but rich destination that offers visitors an art-meets-artisan experience unlike any other in the region.
Here is a video of a recent tour group reminiscing about their experience: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8566nl46tz54h7k/CO%20Testimonial%20.mov
To give you a bit more background, Charter Oak Winery is owned by husband and wife duo Rob and Layla Fanucci. The Fanucci family has been mastering the art of winemaking for four generations, using century-old winemaking equipment to create a variety of truly unique vintages. Receiving as many as 600 visitors per month during the high season, Charter Oak boasts an exquisite collection of vintage wines and houses the art studio of acclaimed artist, Layla Fanucci, which features her distinguished cityscape paintings (Fanucci sold 32 paintings in 2013). Travelers can expect a personal experience, free of crowds and rich with art, culture, tradition and delectable wines. Click here to view the many scenes of Charter Oak.
It’s the home of the hotdog, the hamburger and the deep pan pizza, and it seems that while lots of you can’t get enough of the food in the US, a small majority don’t like it at all.
In a recent TravelMole poll, 45% said they thought the food in the States was tasty, but almost 55% condemned it as bland and fatty.
So what do you tell clients who are about to head Stateside for the first time?
May we be so bold as to suggest you direct them to TravelMole MD Graham McKenzie’s US real food blog, right here?
To tip off the tournament, Chayo will offer breakfast items and open early at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22 and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 23. The breakfast menu, priced from $12 to $16, will include huevos a la Mexicana served with pico de gallo and refried beans; huevos rancheros made with sunny-side up eggs and salsa verde; molletes with chorizo, refried beans and Oaxaca cheese; breakfast burrito complete with refried beans and huevos Mexicana; and chilaquiles made with pulled chicken and cascabel sauce.
Basketball enthusiasts may also enjoy $25 Corona Buckets, complete with five Coronas; two-for-one specials on house margaritas; and a free Corona with the purchase of a Sauza Blue shot. Featured side line snacks include Chayo nachos made with pulled pork, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, cheese sauce and Mexican cream, priced at $8; and two lobster or carnitas tacos with a draft beer, priced at $10.
Complete with flat-panel televisions, a sexy mechanical bull and expansive bar, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar offers sports fans a high-energy atmosphere to cheer on their teams.
About Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar
The high-energy restaurant introduces a new concept in Mexican dining, combining a DJ, mechanical bull, a vast tequila and cocktail selection and a blend of authentic and innovative Mexican fare by Executive Chef Ernesto Zendejas.
For more information, guests may call 702-691-3773, visit the website at http://chayolv.com or follow Chayo on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ChayoLV, Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChayoLV and Instagram @ChayoLV.
About The LINQ
Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip,
The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more.
Topping out at 550 feet, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences.
For more information, visit www.thelinq.com
The Season Never Stops at the REAL.FUN.BEACH-
Panama City Beach, FL.– Long known for its emerald-green waters and sugar white sand shores, Panama City Beach continues to thrive as a REAL.FUN.BEACH and has become the ultimate coastal playground for its array of year-round events and Southern hospitality. In 2014, the destination will once again host another exciting lineup of concerts, festivals and plenty of Florida sunshine for all ages to enjoy.
Below is an overview of events being held in Panama City Beach in 2014:
Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014
The two-day festival and parade takes place in and around Pier Park and is one of the most fun Mardi Gras events anywhere. The event is perfect for the whole family and includes a Mardi Gras Kidz Zone, float tours, Fat Tuesday Street Fair and live musical performances by Zydeco Zoo and Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 23-27, 2014
Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times – all on the west end of Panama City Beach. The event now attracts over 20,000 fans from the USA, Canada, and Europe for the ultimate performance-packed weekend of jazz. For more information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, April 30-May 4 / Oct. 1-5, 2014
Known as “The Most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in the United States,” the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly in Panama City Beach during the first weekend in May and mid-October. Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides along the Emerald Coast, live entertainment and local cuisine.
For more information, visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com
There’s Music in the Air in Panama City Beach
Throughout the summer, visitors and locals gather for the free summer concert series at Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater, where live performances in the open air amphitheater set the tone for summer. The PCB Summer Concert Series takes place every Thursday night, and Groovin’ on the Green offers a scaled down version of the open air concert series on Monday nights.
4th of July Spectacular, July 4, 2014
Panama City Beach celebrates Fourth of July in style at Pier Park. Families can enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, children’s activities, tasty food and drinks, as well as a breathtaking fireworks display.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, Aug. 29-31, 2014
This Labor Day weekend, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will bring the best of today’s country music to the beach. Festival-goers will get a chance to see many of the biggest names in country music as they take to the stage on the beach then, as the sun begins to set, patrons can ride free shuttles to the headline stage at Frank Brown Park. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastjam.com.
Schooners sets the stage for the largest lobster festival in Florida, as the 25th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament, gives divers a chance to compete, and attendees a chance to eat amazing lobster dishes.
Tournament participants compete in a variety of categories including Spiny lobster, Shovelnose lobster and Big 6. Weigh-ins begin on Saturday and end Sunday, with grand prizes and a Lobster Feast.
The popular Sand Sculpting Contest is now in its 16th year, and takes place on the beach behind Schooners. For more information, visit www.schooners.com.
Pier Fishing Challenge, Oct. 2014
To showcase the world-class fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is luring avid anglers with weekend-long pier fishing tournaments this fall. Through the month of October, the City Pier vs. County Pier Challenge guarantees a prize purse totaling $7,500.
Extending more than 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, the M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast and are prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages.
There is no fee to enter the contest – anyone fishing from the pier is automatically entered into the tournament.
Pirates of the High Seas Festival, Oct. 10-11, 2014
Columbus Day weekend will bring a wave of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Taking place throughout the coastal community, the festival will include an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, culminating with a dueling fireworks display reenacting The Battle of the Seven Seas. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Seafood and Music Festival, Oct. 17-19, 2014
The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival celebrates seafood, fishing, culinary arts, music, entertainment, arts and culture. Headliners last year included Collective Soul, Better than Ezra, Loverboy, and Foreigner. Visit www.pcbeachseafoodfestival.com for the 2014 lineup when it becomes available.
Ironman Florida, Nov. 1, 2014
What began as a challenge between groups of Navy Seals has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, with the Florida edition of the challenge serving as one of the most popular races on the circuit. For more information, visit http://ironmanflorida.com.
Emerald Coast Cruizin’, Nov. 3-8, 2014
The annual event at Aaron Bessant Park is perfect for families and attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Panama City Beach’s Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K RunWalk and Health Expo, Dec. 27-30, 2014
The REAL.FUN.BEACH has partnered with Dan and Jackie Evans, season five contestants on NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser,” to offer the RunWalk as a non-intimidating environment for everyone. Participants will walk, jog and run the course with the stunning emerald green waters and sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico serving as a backdrop. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Seventh Annual Beach Ball Drop, Dec. 31, 2014
Celebrate New Year’s on the beach! A family-friendly countdown at 8 p.m. culminates with fireworks and 10,000 beach balls being dropped over the crowd. As the seconds tick down to midnight, thousands of revelers watch an 800-pound glowing beach ball descend to signify the start of a New Year. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com .
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Pixie Month offers hotel packages, dining specials, and unique experiences for visitors of all ages
This April, Ojai celebrates Pixie Tangerine Month with a host of happenings dedicated to the sweet and seedless tangerine that is unique to the Ojai Valley. The entire community has embraced the season and many of the restaurants, shops, hotels, and businesses are offering specials featuring this favorite fruit. Below is a sampling of participants.
· Lavender Inn:
o Lavender Pixie muffins provided for guests every morning
o Pixie Tangerine mimosas available during Sunday brunch
o Ojai Pixie Squeeze Cooking Class (see activities)
· The Oaks at Ojai:
o Five-night Pixie Lodging Package will include an exclusive Pixie seasonal scrub as a complimentary spa treatment
o Pixie Pedicure available throughout April
o Pixie green cleansing drink will be available at the spa
o Restaurant will feature Pixie inspired dishes throughout the month
o Bowl of Pixies provided every day at the front desk
· Bliss Frozen Yogurt:
o Pixie flavored frozen yogurt available through April
· Feast Bistro:
o A local favorite, Feast Bistro, will feature a warm feta, Pixie and kalamata olive spread, and a mozzarella flatbread with Ojai Pixies and caramelized onion throughout April
· Ojai Valley Inn & Spa:
o Three-course Pixie-inspired menu curated by Executive Chef Georg Paulussen available throughout March and April. Highlights include the Trilogy of Pixie desserts: grilled Pixie ice-cream; rice pudding spring rolls with Pixie and mango coulis; and tequila Pixie chocolate truffles
o The Perfect Pixie Martini available at Maravilla throughout April
o “Passion for Pixies” Facebook recipe contest will be held throughout April; the winner will receive a weekend of Pixie themed activities and events
· Ojai Ice-Cream:
o Pixie flavored ice cream available through April
· Suzanne’s Cuisine:
o Pixie-infused menu will be offered including four salad dishes, four entrees and four desserts. Highlights include the Pork Tenderloin with Pixie red curry sauce, and the Carrot Cake with Pixie cream cheese frosting
o Suzanne’s Cuisine will feature the Pixie Cosmopolitan throughout the month of April
· Zhena’s Tea:
o Zhena’s Tea offers exquisite teas producing hand-crafted, premium quality, all natural and organic healthy infusions to please the palate and delight the senses
o Specialty formulated teas featuring Pixies will be offered through April
· Celebrate Pixie Season with Cloud Climber Jeep Tours:
o Enjoy a sightseeing adventure that celebrates Pixies with tours of the famous Ojai citrus groves.
o Custom, open-air, canopy-covered Jeep (seating 7 passengers)
o Professional local driver/ guide
o Informative guide narration
o Tour available April 2014, based on availability
· Mob Shop Pixie Tour:
o The Mob Shop will offer a special biking package including a tour of citrus groves throughout Ojai.
· Ojai Pixie Squeeze Cooking Class at Lavender Inn:
o Learn how to incorporate Ojai Pixies into every course in a meal using simple recipes at the Ojai Pixie Squeeze Cooking Class
o Includes a five-course meal
o Date: April 6, 2014; 1:00-2:00 p.m.
· Pixie Tasting and Art at OVA Arts:
o This month, for the Third Friday event on April 18th, OVA Arts features orange jewelry, Pixie photography and Pixie tastings
o OVA Arts will also feature the “Orange Pixie Tag” event throughout the month of April for an additional 10% discount on all orange art
· Retail Shops in Ojai Celebrate Pixie Month:
o Some retail shops will offer a discount on orange colored items throughout April
o A bowl of fresh Pixies will be available in stores accompanied with a Pixie brochure for guests to enjoy
PIXIES: Native to the Central California Coast, Pixie Tangerines have existed since the 1920’s
and were originally bred out of a tangerine called the Kincy. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the Ojai Pixie Growers discovered that the temperate, Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley was the ideal place to grow these tiny tangerines. Today, there are over 25,000 Pixie trees in Ojai tended by more than 40 tangerine growers.
WHERE: Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and only 12 miles inland from Ventura, Ojai is located off the 101 freeway, a few miles up Highway 33.
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