Sunday Stories for December 6th, 2015


The temperature is dropping, the heat is getting turned on, and the festives sights, sounds, and smells tell me we’ve plunged headlong into the holiday season. I’ve been sticking close to home, and on the couch much of the time, as I continue to recover from cataract surgery in my left eye. A little less gravelly feeling today, and floaters are gone, and the incision should be healed up in another week. Good as new!

On to what caught my eye (no pun intended) this week:

America’s 14 Favorite Christmas Cookies Paired With Wine

The definitive infogaphic for the holiday season – cookie and wine pairings.

Sure, your kids may like cookies with milk, but once you try these 14 Christmas cookies with their suggested pairings, we think you’ll be reaching for a corkscrew every time a fresh batch comes out of the oven, instead of opening a carton.

Read original article here: America’s 14 Favorite Christmas Cookies Paired With Wine [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Woodland Cabin Fit For The Skies

Unique living spaces interest me. Would you want to live in a 727? (The shower and bathroom would be deal breakers for me.) But as a getaway weekend cabin? Maybe.

Bruce Campbell lives in an airplane. Yes, an actual jet. The Portland-based aeronautics enthusiast makes his home in a converted Boeing 727 that was once used as a Greek aircraft until the mid-1960’s and now resides in a forest near Portland.

Read original article here: A Woodland Cabin Fit For The Skies

Everything You Need to Know About Pho*

After reading this you’re going to want to head out for a rich bowl of pho. I’ll meet you there!

In other words: the dish we’re eating is neither entirely northern nor entirely southern but both, simultaneously—a hybrid of a dish that accomplishes something the country itself required a long, protracted war and hundreds of thousands of casualties to achieve.

Read original article here: Everything You Need to Know About Pho*

beer sampling

The Ultimate Principles of Beer and Food Pairing

I’m a big fan of food and wine pairing, and my default adult beverage is red wine. That means I often forget that the perfect pairing might not be wine, but is beer. This is a good primer on food and beer pairings, enticing me to learn more.

Well, apparently there’s a science behind the perfect beer and food pairing and what you choose to drink with you dinner can ultimately make or break a dish.

Read original article here: The Ultimate Principles of Beer and Food Pairing

The world’s favorite fruit is slowly but surely being driven to extinction

What? We’ll have no bananas?

The virulent banana-killing disease that quietly stalked through East and Southeast Asia since the 1960s is now on a global conquest. Since 2013, the lethal fungus has jumped continents, ravaging crops in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia.

Read original article here: The world’s favorite fruit is slowly but surely being driven to extinction

How Podcasts Have Changed in Ten Years: By the Numbers

I’m starting a podcast in January, so found this analysis of the evolution of the medium interesting. And for anyone who wants to talk about “where else” to go, or “how else” to do a popular destination or attractions, get in touch.


One indicator of a podcasting boom was that nearly a third (30%) of all podcasts listed on iTunes US were launched between June 2014 and June 2015. The categories with the most launches during that 12-month period:

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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