Sunday Stories for January 26th, 2014

It’s been a wonderful week for, enjoying the sunshine and warmth of Maui and Oahu. While I visit the islands frequently, this past week has reinforced many of the reasons why the islands are a perfect escape for me. I spent some time enjoying great food (take a look at those macadamia banana pancakes with caramel sauce in the photo below), got through the day at a slower pace, and spent time on my deck or at the beach outlining some upcoming posts.

If you haven’t yet been to the islands, stop putting it off – check out some of my posts about Hawaii and start making plans.

Now, on to some great reading for the weekend.

Beyond Dinner: Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail

Nothing says festive like a little bubbly, and while I’m a fan of the stuff straight, there are some great cocktail choices to consider. Like this blood orange option. The season for them is short, but the recipe allows for substitutions. How about trying this for SuperBowl Sunday brunch?

Though blood oranges really make this drink, you can substitute in any kind of orange as needed. You’ll just want to adjust the added sugar to taste at the end, depending on how sweet or sour your oranges are.

A New Golden Age in Johannesburg

I’m probably as guilty as the next person in painting South Africa in general, and Johannesburg more specifically, in one broad brushstroke. The reality is far more complicated. With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, I think eyes will be turning once again to this city struggling to create an even newer self identity.

Celebrated journalist Todd Pitock started his family and effectively his working life in Johannesburg. He left in 1993, but having returned yearly since then, he now realizes that Johannesburg got really good only after it wasn’t his city anymore.

Pok Pok Wings Recipe

Oh, how I love Pok Pok (in Portland, Oregon)! One visit and I was hooked. Since I get there all that often, I was excited to see this wings recipe that I can make at home. It’s been adapted from the Pok Pok cookbook (how exciting, I didn’t know there was one), and sounds easy enough to try at home. Perhaps another SuperBowl Sunday menu item?!

These tiny wings pack a punch of salty, sweet, umami and spicy all into one little bite. The secret is the fish sauce. You can get fish sauce in Asian grocery stores.

Germany’s First Cat Cafe

So, yeah, I kinda love this. And like Laurel, I’m a cat lover and guardian, and would be here the very next day that I heard about it. I haven’t yet visited Munich, but you can bet this will be on my to-do list when I get there.

How PURRfect! Germany’s first cat cafe, appropriately named Cafe-Katzentempel (Cat temple) is in Munich – where I live! Upon hearing about it and as a cat lover and guardian to two cats myself, Coco and Fuego, I was there the next day.



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.

One Response to “Sunday Stories for January 26th, 2014”

  1. January 28, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks so much for including my post on the cat cafe and when you come to Munich, we can make it a date!

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