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Donne Travels Archive: September 2008


  • Travel: Hasta Guadalajara, Baby

    Aunque el nombre de Guadalajara deriva del arabe-- Wad-Al Hayara, que significa Valle de Fortaleza o Rio de Piedra-- esta ciudad es tan mexicana como sus famosas tortas ahogadas y su musica alegre. Su ambiente tranquilo y acogedor y su gastronomia diversa son unos de los tantos atractivos que esta ciudad ofrece. Guadalajara, capital del estado de Jalisco, esta llena de historia y anecdotas que van mas alla de la conquista de America por los espanoles; de hecho es y ha sido ciudad sede para muchos eventos importantes a nivel internacional y ciudad sede para los juegos Panamericanos del 2011, poniendo a esta y a Mexico antes los ojos del mundo. Sus calles limpias y expanciosas les dan el aire de las grandes alamedas de las viejas ciudades europeas, acompanadas de una población amistosa y cordial que te recibe y te da la bienvenida de una manera muy especial. Published September 25 2008

  • Travel: To Guadalajara, Baby!

    Although the name “Guadalajara” is derived from Arabic-- Wad-Al Hayara, which means Valley of Strength or Stone River—this city is as Mexican as its famous “drowned sándwiches” and its joyful music. Its calm and charm, along with its diverse gastronomy, are just some of the attractions this city offers. Guadalajara, capital of the estate of Jalisco, is full of history, and anecdotes about the city are even older than the conquest by the Spaniards. Guadalajara’s clean and ample streets have an air of the grand avenues of old European cities, and along with the friendly locals, welcome visitors in a special way. Published September 25 2008

  • Travel: Hotel De Anza, San Jose, California

    San Jose, California (September 21, 2008)... Funky and fabulous Hotel De Anza gives guests a taste of authentic 1930s art deco wrapped in 20th century luxury. From the gilded lobby to the plush lounge, the intimate outdoor Palm Court Terrace to the heavenly guest rooms, the warm meeting spaces to the fantastic night-time pantry, the hotel embraces visitors with elegant, stylized comfort. The Hotel De Anza advertises “opulence” and delivers in spades. The four-star, four-diamond property is reminiscent of a visit to the house of a much-loved, very wealthy relative rather than a stay at a hotel. Published September 21 2008

  • Travel: The Fairmont San Jose: Opulent Luxury in Downtown San Jose

    San Jose, California (September 14, 2008)...The Fairmont San Jose is one of those rare and shimmering locations that remind us that sometimes the world really is a perfect place. The hotel rests in an optimal location between the activity of the downtown area and the calm of the park. It offers guests the option of easily downtown exploration or staying in its self-contained world replete with multiple dining options, including afternoon high tea and a lobby sushi bar. Published September 14 2008

  • RECIPE: Beef Tostado, Mojo Chicken and Brazilian Salad, Currents Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Florida

    With the opening of the new Currents restaurant at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Executive Chef Aaron Chavarria had the opportunity to create a tantalizing menu fusing the colorful flavors of Florida and the Caribbean. As a native of Nicaragua, Chef’s background coupled with years of training and experience in Europe and the Florida Keys along with a culturally diverse kitchen melded together to create the exotic “Floribbean” dishes at the new Sarasota hot spot. The Latin- and Caribbean-inspired Beef Tostada, Mojo Chicken and Brazilian Salad incorporate tropical fruits, vegetables and spices and are the perfect dishes for a flavorful dining experience. Published September 9 2008

  • TOMATO-ORANGE RISOTTO WITH JUMBO SHRIMP

    As Florida moves into its cooler fall season, Chef Arpke has found the perfect seasonal comfort food in his Tomato Orange Shrimp Risotto. This standout Risotto is a one-pan dish originally created for one of Chef Arpke’s sold-out annual cooking classes held every November. Published September 9 2008

  • FALL TRAVEL: A perfect fall day at Miami's Jungle Island.

    Nestled in the heart of bustling Miami is a tropical enclave where visitors can get an up-close view of a wide array of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles, and fish, including the rare and beautiful six-foot Cassowary, a 2,000 pound Crocosaurus, and the legendary liger. Jungle Island is an eighteen-acre facility located on Watson Island, just east of Miami, designed to provide guests access to, and information about, animals while strolling through rainforest settings. Published September 8 2008

  • FALL TRAVEL: A perfect fall day at Miami's Jungle Island.

    Nestled in the heart of bustling Miami is a tropical enclave where visitors can get an up-close view of a wide array of birds, mammals, primates, reptiles, and fish, including the rare and beautiful six-foot Cassowary, a 2,000 pound Crocosaurus, and the legendary liger. Jungle Island – previously Parrot Jungle Island – is an eighteen-acre facility located on Watson Island, just east of Miami. This new $46 million iteration of the Jungle opened in 2003, improving on the outstanding Jungle Island theme of giving guests access to, and information about, animals while they stroll through rainforest settings. Published September 8 2008

  • DAY TRIPPER: The York County Fair runs through September 14th

    Located just over the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, a little more than an hour outside the Washington Beltway, The York County Fair, September 5-14th) reigns as the longest running county fair in the nation. Which makes it the first county fair of our great nation. Held in 1765, the early fairs were two-day agricultural markets designed for farmers and their families to take a break after the summer growing season for a bit of socializing and, well, marketing. That rural family gathering has grown over the last 243 years and today the fair includes acres of midway rides, carnival games, fair-food, 4-H members and contest entries by those that grow, sew, can, knit and raise livestock. It is a lot of fun. Published September 7 2008

  • TRAVEL: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy

    The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in the Lombardia region of northern Italy, could win every award just by its location, but the staff, food, rooms and service are equally wonderful. Every modern amenity is here in an atmosphere of sumptuous splendor. An indoor and outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts, dock, fitness center, spa and private beach provide recreational activity. Sailing, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking are nearby, as is golf. Published September 1 2008