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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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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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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…]

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In my previous post, I shared my experience of staying at a beautiful resort and enjoying a Saturday Brunch at Vana Belle Resort, a Starwood managed property, in Koh Samui, Thailand during our trip to Southeast Asia this year. Another unforgettable experience that I want to share is their Signature High Tea served in a traditional Thai bird cage.

It’s only a second time in my life that I had High Tea (the first time was in London, last year), and this time it was presented in an Asian setting since we were, after all, in Thailand. I am very excited to share my experience, especially because the food presented was different from what you normally get at the traditional British style high tea, which makes it only more interesting and more authentic to Thailand.

What is also special is that the afternoon tea is served right next to the beach, so I had a chance to take a short stroll along the beach in between my snacks! The food was really high quality and on the higher end, and it was plentiful!  The service was top notch, staff at Vana Belle is always super friendly and happy to please all guests. [click to continue…]

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In March of this year I went to Thailand for the first time in my life.  I went to several islands, and one of my favorite islands was Ko Samui.   While in Ko Samui, we stayed at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, managed by Starwood and located on Chaweng Noi Beach. [click to continue…]

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Spicy, Creamy Sausage and Pasta Shells – savory smoked sausage sautéed with bell peppers until nicely browned, then smothered in a creamy Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese sauce with pasta shells, spiced up by red pepper flakes! Deliciousness that’s easy to make! [click to continue…]

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Bacon, Cream Cheese, Cheddar Chicken – easy chicken dinner that uses basic ingredients! Perfect for those nights when you don’t have much time on your hands to fiddle with too many complicated ingredients. This recipe is simple and delicious, with the minimum prep, and everything is baked in 30 minutes! It’s a low-carb, gluten free recipe.
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Creamy Mozzarella, Sausage, Spinach, and Tomato Tortellini – easy, delicious pasta dinner that’s easy to make, yet it tastes like something you would get in a good Italian restaurant. You’ll love this recipe and the simplicity of how to make it. [click to continue…]

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Pesto Shrimp with Mushrooms – sautéed shrimp with mushrooms and pesto. This easy, spicy shrimp recipe has lots of flavor thanks to the ingredient list: pesto, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh basil. It’s gluten free and low carb. [click to continue…]