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Donne Travels Archive: January 2009

  • Recipe: Super Bowl Sunday Chicken Wing's ala Chef Bobby Huber

    Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner and that means coffee table munchies that will be as exciting as the Big Game! A favorite game day treat around is crisp, flavorful Buffalo wings. The best Buffalo Wing’s recipe comes from our favorite Norfolk, Virginia chef, Bobby Huber. This recipe makes “naked” wings in that they do not have any breading or flour on them Start this recipe with fresh, natural, chicken wings instead of frozen for a taste worthy of a Super Bowl extravaganza. Published January 30 2009

  • Local Travel: Out and About DC

    Are you ready for a mid-winter vacation? Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas are on of the top vacation destination in the U.S. and there are plenty of things to do this weekend that will put a bit of vacation type fun and luxury into your weekend days! Published January 23 2009

  • Travel: The Pfister Hotel, Victorian Opulence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel is a magical place. A gorgeous, gilded lobby features a grand “Great Gatsby” era staircase. Breathtakingly beautiful, the lobby’s domed ceiling mural greats guests with celestial cherubs, ornate golden accents and intricately designed wood floors. “Salve,” or welcome, is proclaimed. Here is where hallmarks of Victorian opulence abound. Furniture is encased in warm textures and colors. For the mid-winter visitor The Pfister emanates an old world, big fireplace kind of warmth. Published January 14 2009

  • Family on Bikes: Room at the Inn?

    So I found myself in an ages old story. Tired, hungry, with minimal resources and in need of a place for the night so that my children's adult memories would include bits of childhood. For us, it was a Christmas miracle. We found our selves as the very warmly welcomed guest of the Ramada Inn, Del Rio. Tommy, manager of the Ramada Del Rio, continued on with the tradition of southern hospitality we've come to expect in these here parts by opening his door to us and welcoming us to his hotel. We couldn't have asked for more. A warm room, comfortable bed, hot shower and Christmas Dinner buffet were all welcome gifts Published January 14 2009

  • Family on Bikes: Paper houses for you and me.

    I probably shouldn’t have been surprised to see houses made of paper… but I’ll admit I was. Somehow I never considered the possibility of using readily available discarded paper to build a shelter – but maybe I should have. After all – it only makes sense. Stan Nelson of Marathon, Texas, opened my eyes to this new approach to building homes. According to Stan, innovative people around the US are experimenting with using recycled paper to build houses. These people have developed a material called papercrete – a mixture of paper and cement – and they are creating low-cost and energy efficient homes with paper which would otherwise end up in a landfill. Published January 14 2009