Sunday Stories for May 18th, 2014

This week has been one of hurry up and wait.

The hurry up part was a whirlwind 24-hours in Vancouver, B.C. trip sponsored by Tourism Vancouver. I hadn’t been into Vancouver in many years, so I enjoyed this sampler-sized taste of the city. Those little nibbles of activity have me searching the calendar for a time to go back and explore more.

Vancouver waterfront

Vancouver waterfront

The wait part is waiting to be able to make the announcement for TBEX North America 2014. I really thought it would be last week, we’re so very, very close, but it like like next week. It’s an exciting destination and I’m anxious to share as soon as I can.

Now, here’s what caught my eye this past week.

Study Finds Being Ignored on Facebook May Lower Self-Esteem

This probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I don’t think it’s a curse of social media. We all crave feedback and connection with others, and if we’re not getting it – whether in person or online – the effects can be devastating. Reach out and connect with someone day.

A new study found that people who don’t receive feedback on Facebook can feel rejected and have a lower self-esteem. Social media promises to make people feel better about their lives and promotes the ability to connect with others and share wonderful moments. Yet according to a new psychology report , when people are ignored on social sites, the rejection can have adverse affects.

12 Tasty Filipino Dishes: Southeast Asian Soul Food Recipes To Make Your Taste Buds Tingle!

I’m a big lover of ethnic food, but Filipino food is one I’m not very familiar with. After looking at some of the delicious looking dishes, I think I’ve been missing out. Anyone have any good recommendations here in Seattle?

The secret is out, Filipino food is on the rise! With more and more award winning Filipino themed restaurants cropping up across the nation, Americans are finally getting an elevated taste of the soul-stirring comfort food many hundreds of millions of Filipinos have been enjoying in their own home kitchens for generations!

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Popping the Top on a New Hotel Vintage Seattle

I’ve always liked the Hotel Vintage with its wine themed rooms and value luxury experiences like the manager’s wine reception. Now that they’ve had a complete renovation, I’ll be checking it out to see the new and improved experience.

After a top-to-bottom renovation, Seattle’s Hotel Vintage Park is uncorking a whole new look — and a new name. The 2014 vintage is appropriately called , and it stays true to its wine-themed roots — or terroir, if you will — while being even bubblier than the previous incarnation.

My mother. My son. Traveling between generations.

Multi-generational travel is one of the hot new trends, but this article reminded me not to just think of it as a tourism marketing ploy. It’s also a tremendous opportunity for families of all kinds to forge deeper bonds through shared experiences. It’s all about love – of one another and of travel.

He will get older and so will she. He’ll have friends that will take him away from her physically. He won’t visit as often as he once did and he may begin to feel hanging with her isn’t cool. But the trip was a reminder that he won’t ever stop loving her. He can’t. They are one.

Paris neighborhood with Notre Dame

Paris neighborhood

 I Went on a Croissant Safari in Paris

Apparently, we shouldn’t take fabulous croissants in Paris for granted. Even though I won’t be able to have the “real thing” for some time, these safari had me drooling.

But even in Paris, amazing croissants are not in every corner boulangerie. Times are tough. The cost of high-quality butter has driven many bakers into the arms of wholesalers specializing in frozen and pre-prepared croissants.

Read original article here: I Went on a Croissant Safari in Paris

Take a Look at New York’s One and Only Nutella Bar

It’s easier to find Nutella here at home than it once was. Still, a retaurant dedicated to the delicious spread? Love the idea! I’ll try to check it out on my next visit to NYC.

As promised, here’s a look at New York’s first-ever Nutella Bar, which opens inside of Eataly today at 5 p.m.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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