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Germany Takeaway: Eau de Cologne

What do you get when you cross a monk, a businessman and a miraculous liquid? In Cologne, Germany, you get the Ultimate Takeaway…

Read the article in Travel Squire’s “The Ultimate Takeaway” column by clicking on the picture below:

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Don’t Break the Bank to Mend a Broken Back

60 minute Swedish Massage in New York… $50
75 minute Organic Herbal Body Wrap in San Diego… $50
60 minute Aromatic Deep Pore Cleansing Facial in Atlanta… $50
Feeling pampered without dipping into your retirement fund… Priceless

October 11-17, 2010, is Spa Week throughout major North American Cities.  Since its launch in 2004, Spa Week has sought to make the benefits of a spa lifestyle affordable. “Bringing the spa experience to the masses was my goal,” says founder Cheryl Reid.  “The concept was simple; full service treatments, normally costing from $100 to $200 dollars, for just $50 dollars.  No longer would spa be relegated to the wealthy.”

And the menu goes beyond typical treatments such as massages and body wraps.  Elite spa services like Caviar Facials and medical treatments including Botox injections and Chemical Peels are available for just $50.00 in select cities.

Booking is simple:
1) Sign up here.
2) Click on the sate or province of your choice.
3) Browse spas and treatments.
4) Contact the spa directly to book your appointment.

Early booking is recommended as treatments sell out quickly.  And remember tip is not included in the price.

So treat yourself… because aching muscles know no economic boundaries, and dirty pores do not discriminate.

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Puerto Vallarta: CasaMagna Tequila

Ivan Quintanilla is published in Travel Squire‘s column “The Ultimate Takeaway.”

Read about the perfect souvenir from the Marriott CasaMagna Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta by clicking here.

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Sabroso Miami Souvenir

If upon departing from your next trip out of Miami International Airport, you realize you bought one too few “Sunshine State” visors, or decide the “Miami Beach Bum” t-shirt may not be appropriate for Aunt Myrtle after all, stop by LA CARRETA restaurant, located by Gates D37 and D21 to pick up a tasty souvenir of pasteles de guayaba.

Pasteles are delicious, flaky, traditional Cuban pastries and by extension delicious, traditional Miami treats. Since pasteles are sold throughout bakeries and cafés all around Miami, Aunt Myrtle never has to know that they were a last minute purchase.

Though the sweet guayaba (guava) filling is the most popular, pasteles are also filled with carne (beef), queso (cheese), and guayaba y queso (you figure that one out for yourself). Pick your favorite or take an assortment, and gift a souvenir that is unique, delicious and culturally relative to Miami.

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Taste A Trip

Between the warmth of a holiday visit and the heat of a summer vacation lies a deep gulf of COLD.  Traditionally, winter is a slow time for travel.  ‘Tis the season to get back to work, hit the gym, and save some money–lock yourself indoors as the snow, cold, dread, and boredom of your life envelops you.  Feeling smothered by your snuggie?  It’s time to escape.  Can’t take a trip?  Your trip will deliver.  Let your taste buds revive a memory or stimulate a new travel fantasy.  If you are…

Yearning to Bask Under the Tuscan Sun
Biscotti Di Vecchio takes the traditional Tuscan cookie and makes it extraordinary.  With flavors ranging from classic (Toasted Almond) to innovative (Cayenne Cherry Chocolate Chunk), these handmade treats are a perfect transport to Tuscany’s rolling hills.

Hungry for a Windy City Stuffing
Since opening in 1974,  Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza has become a mecca for pizza lovers.  Stuffed with cheese and your favorite toppings, it’s a thick, delicious slice of Chicago.  Can’t make it to one of its locations?  Order online and have your favorite pie shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Wanting to Mess with Texas
Salt Lick BBQ has been servin’ it up in Driftwood, Texas, since 1967.   Bring a taste of the Lone Star to your state with a feast of beef brisket, pork ribs, and Habanero-smoked turkey breast.  Or add a little kick to your daily diet, with a bottle of the Secret Recipe BBQ Sauce.

Lonely for Big Ben
Bring the bloke home with a simmering cup of  PG Tips Tea.  England’s favorite tea for over 75 years is available in various forms, but none more popular than in the revolutionary pyramid bags.   The extra room provides the leaves more space to move, allowing each bag to act as a miniature teapot.  Available at fine teashops or online.

Lacking C from the Sunshine State
Cushman’s Fruit Company delivers a dietary supplement far more delicious than your local vitamin store.  Florida grown Valencia Oranges, Honey Tangerines and Crown Ruby Red Grapefruit will recharge your immune system and spread a little sunshine on those gray winter days.

So whether foreign or domestic, the taste of escape is only a click away.


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Dissatisfied Valentine?

Are you dissatisfied with Valentine’s Day?

The Bible teaches us to “turn the other cheek.”
Polite behavior suggests we “take the high road.”
Mom advises us to “kill them with kindness.”

Traveling IQ recommends you find the joy in “giving.”
Let him/her know how you feel with a bottle of delicious, red wine.

This South Australian Grenache is imported by The Grateful Palate and can be purchased online or at your neighborhood wine store.

Because sometimes actions speak louder than words.


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