Sunday Stories for February 22nd, 2015

Blue skies and snow on the ground in Denver, ColoradoBlue skies and snow on the ground in Denver, Colorado

This week was an opportunity to visit two cities that I haven’t seen it awhile — Denver and St. Louis. There was snow on the ground in both places, although sunny and blue skies in Denver, and I felt it was my first real taste of winter. I’ve got a couple more winter trips coming up, so it’s probably time to dig out the sweaters and heavy shoes. Stay tuned.

Blue skies and snow on the ground in Denver, Colorado

Blue skies and snow on the ground in Denver, Colorado

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

Home Chef: Bakin’ Bacon

I’m a big fan of bacon, although don’t make it often beause of the mess involved. I love this culinary school tip on making bacon in the oven and am going to give it a try. If it works as well as I think it will, there may be a bit more bcon in my future. Do you prepare bacon this way?

I’m going to share a little trick that I’m guessing 80 percent of people who like bacon already know. However, before I went to culinary school, I was in the 20 percent of people who had never thought to do this.

Read original article here: Home Chef: Bakin’ Bacon

Ranked: Every Saturday Night Live Cast Member Ever, From Worst to Best

If you watched last weekend’s SNL 40 year retrospective, you saw many of these faces and probably mourned the loss of those no longer with us. See if you agree with this ranking, from worst to best, of the show’s cast members.

We are gathered here today to rank the — what is it? Jesus! — ninety-two past and present cast members of Saturday Night Live, in ascending order of their contribution to the show.

Sarajevo – the most tragic city in Europe

A city of great conflict, even today. I had so much hope for changes after the Olympics were held there, but much of the infrastructure and steps forward seem to not have been much help at all.

1425 days – 3 years, 10 months and 24 days. That’s how long Sarajevo was under the siege, surrounded by the Army of Republika Srpska. That’s how long the citizens of this incredibly beautiful city had to struggle, trying to survive in this hopeless circumstances.

Walking the Highline in New York City

Walking the Highline in New York City

What to Eat in New York City

I wish I had all the great NYC restaurant info before I was there last month, but you can bet I’m filing it away for the next trip. I’ve tried a few of these many recommendations and can’t wait to try a few more. There’s nothing like recommendations from a local.

I’m not writing about pizza or Indian food, or where to get the best Cheesecake, this is a post on everything.  A one time stop for the confused visitor that knows only what he reads in his guide book, and Trip Advisor ranking.

Read original article here: What to Eat in New York City

A Taste of New York: Knish

Finally something that explains to me what a Knish is. Have somehow missed trying one.

As the poster at Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery says ‘a knish consists of a filling covered with dough that is baked never fried’.

Read original article here: A Taste of New York: Knish

Solid Travel Perfume: Reviewing the Best Brands

This is a nice comparison of different ways to take fragrance with you on your travels, without worrying about the 3-1-1 rules. I’m a fan of the Lush solid fragrances, especially in Karma scent.

Solid travel perfume is just one of many ways to cut down on your liquids when globetrotting. You don’t have to worry about spilling an expensive bottle or fitting it into your size restrictions. More and more companies are starting to offer this alternative to bottles.

Read original article here: Solid Travel Perfume: Reviewing the Best Brands

How to wear flats and still look hip!

I was always a heels girl, until I broke my foot. Now the shelves full of heels are off limits, except for very short periods of time. And by short, I mean 15 minutes or so. I’ve struggled with figuring out how to look chic in flats and this article really helped give me some ideas.

So some of you were wondering if you can also look stylish and hip wearing flats. The answer is a resounding YES of course you can!

space needle, blue sky, Seattle summer

Pike Place Seattle: The Original Starbucks, Flying Fish and a Gum Wall!

It’s always interesting to read what people chose to do and see when they visit Seattle.

When you leave the sightseeing to your kids, you never know what you will get, but it most certainly will involve something intriguing.

Read original article here: Pike Place Seattle: The Original Starbucks, Flying Fish and a Gum Wall!

And the Seattle-area semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard awards are…

Looking for some place for dinner this weekend? You can’t go wrong with any of the James Beard award semi-finalists.

Anyhow, here’s the full list of the many, many semifinalists. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 24, and the actual awards are on Monday, May 4.

Read original article here: And the Seattle-area semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard awards are…

Why Seville is Spain’s new home of Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones fans take note, Seville needs to be on your travel list. Not only is it a wonder city, but it’s the latest location to serves as Westeros.

When the new series of Game of Thrones airs in 2015, Seville will become the latest location to double as George R.R. Martin’s blood-drenched Westeros.


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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