Sunday Stories for June 28th, 2915

I was in Honolulu for most of the week, and returning to Seattle to find hot, sweaty summer weather. I’m not complaining, mind you, but this type of summer isn’t usually seen until August. I don’t know if it’s global warm or an anomaly, but I’m sure looking forward to having a week at home in Seattle.

A few projects are nearing completion:  I’ve had a lot of questions about my river cruise on Viking, and this week I’ll have a story to help you decide if it’s a good choice for your personality and vacation style. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a summer reading list, full of suggestions for poolside or a long flight.

And here’s some recomended reading for today.


A beginner’s guide to aperitivo in Italy

The aperitivo is not merely about a quick quaff and moving on. It’s a custom that’s part of the fabric of Italian life. Don’t miss out on it.

They are long leisurely affairs to be undertaken with friends in early or late evening, the food is usually more than decent and they are affordable even on the most meagre of budgets. All you need to do is buy a drink and your food is free. Shall we?

Recipe: These easy avocado eggs will revolutionize your mornings

Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day — unless it’s eaten at noon-ish and called brunch. But this egg dish may be something I could give a try.

It’s as easy as cracking an egg into an avocado and baking it (so basically, foolproof). Plus it’s full of protein and omega-3s.

Read original article here: Recipe: These easy avocado eggs will revolutionize your mornings

Confirmed: Whole Foods really has been ripping you off

Ooops! It’s hard to believe that this is happening only in the New York stores. . . .

The DCA issued a press release Wednesday detailing the organic grocer’s “systematic overcharging [of] its pre-packaged products,” focusing on “packages that had been labeled with exactly the same weight when it would be practically impossible for all of the packages to weigh the same amount,” such as Whole Foods’ nuts, berries, vegetables, and seafood (so, a ton of the food items on your grocery list).

Read original article here: Confirmed: Whole Foods really has been ripping you off

$1 movies Tuesday and Wednesday all summer at Regal theaters

Beat the heat with a=$1 movies, offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Washington State Regal Theaters. May also be offered in some other Regal locations. With temps soaring into the 90s this coming week, and most homes without air conditioning, a couple hours in an air conditioned theaters sounds like a wonderful respite.

Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.


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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