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healthy broccoli salad, winter broccoli salad, best broccoli salad

Broccoli, Cashew, Apple & Pear Salad with Cranberries and chopped red onions with the most delicious homemade salad dressing, made with mayonnaise, sour cream (or kefir or Greek yogurt), honey, and lemon juice! [click to continue…]

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Garlic Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Pasta – easy, comfort food dinner recipe. Chicken cooked in olive oil, with garlic, paprika, chili powder, and Italian seasoning, then combined with bacon, Ranch dressing and pasta makes a winning combination! [click to continue…]

baked chicken florentine, easy chicken florentine, baked chicken with spinach artichokes sun-dried tomatoes

Chicken Florentine Bake – chicken breasts stuffed on top with easy homemade spinach-artichoke dip, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and baked to perfection with Mozzarella cheese on top! [click to continue…]

smoked sausage pasta, smoked sausage alfredo, smoked sausage pasta tomato sauce

Creamy Mozzarella Pasta with Smoked Sausage – short penne pasta + thinly sliced smoked sausage smothered in a delicious creamy sauce made with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, half and half, and Mozzarella cheese. [click to continue…]

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Bacon Pineapple BBQ Baked Chicken Breasts with Red Onions and Mozzarella Cheese – a delicious way to cook chicken breasts and keep them moist, flavorful and far from boring! [click to continue…]

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Parmesan Zucchini Tomato Chicken Spaghetti – a delicious pasta toss with basil pesto and lots of grated Parmesan cheese! [click to continue…]

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The Lone Star is one of the best known and beloved restaurants in Barbados.  Once we arrived to this beautiful Caribbean island and whenever we asked others about which restaurants to go to, the name Lone Star would come up repeatedly: “you got to go to Lone Star”, “Lone Star is the must-go restaurant in Barbados”, “the best breakfast on the island”.   The Lone Star has a lot of word-of-mouth fame. Our hotel happened to be right next to the restaurant, and just walking along the beach every day I got to observe how busy and popular the beachfront Lone Star tends to get at all times of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. It’s a really popular spot on the island. [click to continue…]

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Vana Belle Resort, Ko Samui Thailand, Starwood, the luxury collection

Koh Samui Island in Thailand is a great vacation spot for everybody: couples, families with kids, friends traveling together, young adults. There are so many things to do for everybody! Beautiful, exotic landscape, lush greenery, sandy beaches, blue water, and coral reefs. This island has been destined to be a Paradise.

The island is abundant with tourist resources, and the best resorts on the island offer so many amazing activities WITHIN the resort, that you can literally stay at the resort for a week or two, without ever leaving it, and not feel bored or like you’re missing anything. One of such resorts is Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort. [click to continue…]

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During my first ever trip to Barbados this April (my first time in the Caribbean!), I was astonished by the color of the water. It is something unlike anything I’ve seen before.  Vibrantly turquoise, the water is so clear, you can see every little fish that swims by.  Just watching this beautiful sea became one of my most favorite things to do on the island.  And what better way to spend time on your vacation than enjoy a great food combined with a stunning view of the beautiful, crystal-cear, turquoise Caribbean Sea?

The Palm Terrace Restaurant at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion Resort offers one of the best views in Barbados, as well as an amazing food.
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If you are ever in Koh Samui, Thailand and want to experience fresh seafood without having to eat street food, one of the best options is the Breeze BBQ night offered by Vana Belle Resort, where I stayed during my March visit to Thailand.

Thailand is famous for its seafood, and enjoying fresh seafood when sitting outside, next to the beach is definitely one of my top things to do. That’s exactly what Vana Belle offers during their Breeze BBQ nights. You get an amazing BBQ of fresh seafood, prime cuts of meat (chicken, pork, and beef), and the delicious buffet selection of salads, side dishes and desserts right by the beach.  No wonder they call it the Breeze BBQ. [click to continue…]

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gulf of Thailand, gulf of Siam, beachfront restaurants in Thailand, beachfront restaurants in Ko Samui

One of many fun things to do in Thailand is enjoying good food right by the beach. Many beachfront restaurants, however, are located in overcrowded settings with too many people and too many things going on right around the restaurant to truly appreciate the serenity and the calmness of the ocean. So, if you’re looking to experience a relaxing lunch (or dinner) in a secluded beachfront setting with more privacy, look no further than Panali Restaurant at Vana Belle Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. [click to continue…]