Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013

Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013

Maybe it’s the time of year. Maybe it’s my abiding love for food and drink. Maybe it’s because I’m just looking for light reading because there is so much on my place right now. Whatever the reason, I think you’ll find some common threads running through this week’s stories.

Indulge yourself in a little reading time, and perhaps a little eating time, and explore this week’s recommending reading.

Paris neighborhood with Notre Dame

25 delicious food tips in Paris

Paris and delicious food seem to go together like love and marriage, a horse and carriage, well, you get what I mean. This round up of good eats in the City of Light will have your belly full for a month – and they’re provide my locals and frequent travelers who know their escargot from their boeuf bourguignon.

I must admit that I love to eat so it’s fortunate that I’m heading for Paris this weekend where food is taken very, very seriously. I’m hoping to taste my way through the best that the city can offer as well as enjoy the Paris lights and Christmas spirit.

French cafe causes a stir by rewarding ‘polite’ clients

I sort of like this idea. Instead of rewarding patrons who are rude, pushy, or cause other patrons discomfort, why not give a discount for good behavior – and here we’re talking bout the very basics of good manners. What do you think – do you like this idea of a discount for civility?

A French Riviera cafe has created a stir on social media by rewarding its customers for good manners. At the Petite Syrah in Nice on the Cote d’Azur a cup of coffee becomes cheaper by adding a simple “Hello” and “please” when ordering.

Inside Look: What A South African Safari Is Really Like

An African safari has been on my bucket list for a long time. My interest in a safari originally stemmed from my love of wildlife and conservation necessary to protect them. Over the years, my interested in Africa has been piqued even more as I’ve learned so much about the diversity of the continent. I’m not sure that 2014 is the year that I’ll go on safari, but it keeps creeping up higher on my list.

For those interested in going on a South African safari, it can be difficult to picture exactly what the experience is like. Sure, you know there will be exotic animals, but how close are you getting? Are there any activities planned? Is the food good? What are the packing essentials?

Vin Santo & Baklava at Volos Restaurant Toronto

The Wines of Santorini

I’ll admit that I don’t often think about Greek wines unless I’m dining at a Greek restaurant (like the Vin Santo in photo above). And even then I often choose beer over wine, probably because of my lack of familiarity with Greek wine. This story has me re-thinking that. And it seems like wine tasting is something to include on a visit to Greece.

This island in the Cyclades chain is famed for its crisp white wines, particularly Assyrtiko – a native grape that tastes of minerals, high in acid, rarely found outside Santorini, and Vinsanto, a prized dessert wine that tastes like Port, but made differently.

Chipotle lime Texas trash snack mix

I acknowledge a certain addiction to this type of  snack mix (although I’ve never called in Texas Trash), and this spicy, tangy, sweet variation seems like a winner.

A couple of years ago, a reader asked me if I had a recipe for Texas trash that was different from the usual. Now, if you’re not familiar with Texas trash, well, it’s similar to Chex party mix, except—it being Texas and all—we tend to spice it up with chili powder and dashes of hot sauce, like Tabasco. Plus, we often use bacon grease as the fat, along with the usual butter.

Santa Claus, Indiana

If you’re a Scrooge this might not interest you, but I’ve gotta wonder, what’s it’s like thinking about Christmas (and Santa) 24/7/365. Do you think it gets old?

Often declared “The World’s Best Christmas Destination” and host to one of the nation’s most festive Christmas Celebrations is Santa Claus, Indiana. This small community is big on all things Christmas – all year long!

Socrates May 08

Reward of 100,000 airline miles offered for missing cats in Phoenix

As a cat owner, and lover (that’s one of my guys in the photo above), I completely understand this reward offer. If you live in northeast Phoenix, maybe you’ve seen these lost pets and can help out.

A travel photographer is offering 100,000 airline miles for the return of his two missing cats, one of which has cancer.

How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments

This do-it-yourself project isn’t just for kids! They’d be great as decoration on gifts, stockings, and, well, I can think of year round uses. Easy-peasy!

If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids for the holidays THIS IS IT. Katie made hers without any help (except for the baking), and Micah did most of his on his own. And of course after all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake for your tree and possibly a gift for the grandparents, too.

Read original article here: How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments

These 2 Kids Have Taken A Photo With Santa For 34 Years

If you’re like me, you gave up the Santa photo years (and perhaps years and years) ago. But take a look at these – doesn’t it make you wish you’d kept it up?

This family took their Christmas tradition to the next level… and we love it (although, the mall Santas might not be too thrilled). They have been doing it for 34 years, and it just keeps getting better.

Now that’s eye candy! 

Your Instagram photos printed on marshmallows? How fun could that be?! It’s currently only available in the U.K., but here’s hoping it’s available elsewhere soon. I can think of lots of fun things to do with these and I bet you can, too.

A London-based company allows Instagram users to pick nine of their favourite photos to transform into a box of marshmallows. Customers can link their Instagram accounts to the company’s website to pick their pictures and the marshmallows are delivered in the post

Read original article here: Now that’s eye candy! Company lets you get your favourite Instagram photographs printed on MARSHMALLOWS


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.

6 Responses to “Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013”

  1. December 15, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013 –

  2. December 15, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Good stuff here from @HeatherCowper @BBCWorld @JessonaJourney @travelmindset @homesicktexan & more

  3. December 15, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Thank you for the inclusion! 🙂

  4. December 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    RT @MJManzanares: Good stuff here from @HeatherCowper @BBCWorld @JessonaJourney @travelmindset @homesicktexan & more

  5. December 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Sunday Stories for December 15th, 2013 via @MJManzanares

  6. December 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Happy with the link to the South Africa article. Have been pondering on whether to go or not.

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