Friday, November 27, 2015

Homemade Garlic Croutons Recipe

Add garlic croutons to your favorite soups and salads for a bit of crunch.

garlic croutons in pan

Homemade croutons are an excellent addition to fresh soups and salads throughout the year.

Photo by Fotolia

Pan frying semidry bread is the best way to achieve a crouton that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. You can use bread that has already dried out completely, but it won’t be as chewy inside.

Homemade Garlic Croutons Recipe


• 6 to 8 slices stale, whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
• Several cloves garlic (about half a head), peeled and minced (from Saturday’s prep)
• Olive oil
• Sea salt


1. Preheat a wide skillet over medium-high for a couple minutes. Pour in olive oil until it reaches about 1/4-inch deep. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
2. Add cubed bread one layer deep, turning carefully to coat all sides with oil. (You may have to repeat this process depending on skillet size.)
3. Fry bread about 10 to 15 minutes, continually turning cubes until all sides are golden-brown.
4. Transfer to towel to drain and cool. Sprinkle with salt while hot.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ocean By H10 Hotels Adds Two Cuba Resorts To Caribbean Portfolio

The Company Will Manage a Total of Six Properties in: Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba

Riviera Maya, Mexico (November, 2015) – Ocean by H10 Hotels –H10 Hotels Caribbean Division- has announced the expansion of its presence in Cuba and the Caribbean, by adding two new resorts which will be opening later this year.  In addition to the existing Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, all inclusive resort located on Cuba's famed Varadero Beach, the new all inclusive resorts Ocean Casa del Mar and Ocean Vista Azul will be opening by end of 2015 in Cuba.

The 800-room, five-star Ocean Casa del Mar, located in Cayo Santa Maria (Santa Clara International Airport), is situated on a white fine-sand beach with crystal clear waters.  The resort will feature five restaurants, six bars, two adults’ swimming pools and one children’s pool, a Spa Center and exclusive Privilege Club service and suites.
The 470-room, five-star Ocean Vista Azul, located in Varadero (Varadero International Airport), will offer spectacular ocean views and direct access to white fine-sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The resort will feature six restaurants, six bars, two adults’ swimming pools and one children’s pool, Spa Center and exclusive Privilege Club service and suites.

The existing 420-room, five-star Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, featuring four restaurants and eight bars, its known for its front-line beach location on white sand and blue waters, and is surrounded by the Varahicacos Eco Reserve with lush green tropical gardens and the Patriarch cactus, which have been growing in the area for more than 500 years.  This popular resort also features a daily and nightly activities program, theatre, disco, Kid's Club, wedding gazebo, Spa Center and exclusive ‘adults-only’ Privilege Club service and suites, and is located within close proximity to the Plaza America Convention Center, Dolphin Aquarium and Varadero Golf Club.
The company also manages a 320-room urban hotel in La Habana - Cuba, the H10 habana panorama, under the H10 brand. The hotel is a reference in the Cuban capital thanks to its stunning architectural design and preferential location, facing the sea in the Miramar residential area, where most of the city's embassies, commercial companies and business centres are located. Among other services, the hotel provides free transport to Old Havana, three restaurants, four bars, a swimming pool for adults and a children's swimming pool, Privilege service and three meeting rooms.

The Ocean by H10 Hotels collection also includes the 320-room all-inclusive ‘couples only’ Ocean Maya Royale Resort (Riviera Maya – Mexico), the 591-room all-inclusive Ocean Coral & Turquesa Resort (Riviera Cancun – Mexico), and the all-inclusive 708-room Ocean Blue & Sand Resort (Punta Cana - Dominican Republic)
The company also already has plans to open a seventh Caribbean Resort, in 2016, in Mexico's Riviera Maya. 
Privileged beachfront locations, close proximity to gateway airports, a la carte restaurants and a unique “All-Inclusive 24 hours” identity truly characterize the Ocean by H10 Hotels brand.  Unlimited a la carte dining and free Wi-Fi (available in Mexico y Dominican Republic) exemplify the concept. The signature Privilege Club service, includes 24-hour room service and an exclusive Privilege Lounge now offering breakfast, a Tapas Bar for lunch and Fusion Dinner.  Other signature Privilege Club highlights include: butler service, premium top shelf liquor service, upgraded linens, pillow menu, exclusive Privilege Beach area -with beach beds and beach butlers-, personalized check-in and check-out, and more.

About Ocean by H10 Hotels

Ocean by H10 Hotels was founded in 2007 as a joint venture between Spain-based H10 Hotels and Vacances Air Transat, a leading Canadian tour operator and charter carrier. For more information on Ocean by H10 Hotels or to make a reservation, go to or call 1-888-531-8927 from within the U.S. and Canada.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Definitive Thanksgiving Pie Ranking

Delta Dental's 1st Annual Pie Ranking Offers Complete Guide to What's Hot &
What's Not With Guests This Turkey Day

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

 Let's cut to the chase, pumpkin pie will continue to reign supreme this Thanksgiving. Nearly two
 in five (37%) American adults have said it's their clear favorite, according to
  Delta Dental Plans Association's 1st Annual Thanksgiving Pie Ranking being released today.

The second and third pies are, putting it mildly, distant: apple pie at 16%
 and pecan at 14%. But more surprisingly, some of the pies that always
seem to get a spot in the Thanksgiving desert line-up may just stand a higher
 chance of joining the rest of the leftovers. Scraping the bottom of the
 favorability barrel are lemon meringue (4%), blueberry (4%) and strawberry (2%).

If you had to choose one, which of the following types of pies would you most want to eat on Thanksgiving?
While the findings hold pretty steady across all age groups, region and even gender can
play a big role in pie preference:
  • More women than men (40% vs. 33%) prefer pumpkin pie, while men
  •  show more of an interest in cherry pie (7% vs. 3%).
  • More than two in five (43%) Westerners and Midwesterners admit
  •  they'd choose pumpkin pie if they had to select one, compared to 
  • 31 percent of their neighbors in other regions.
  • Southerners are three times (18%) as likely to choose sweet potato pie for
  •  Thanksgiving as those in other regions (6%). Northerners are more likely to
  •  choose apple pie than those residing in other areas (25% vs. 14%).
About the survey: The survey was conducted by Kelton Global 
between October 26th and 29th, 2015 among 1,013 
nationally representative Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/-3.1 percent.
Follow us on Twitter @DeltaDental and Facebook: 
Delta Dental Plans Association

About Delta Dental Plans Association
The nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill.,
 is the national association of Delta Dental member companies, which 
 collectively make up the nation's leading dental benefits provider, 
with enrollment of 68 million Americans, including over 120,000 
groups. For more information, visit our website at

CONTACT:  David Irwin, 630-574-7057,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leaner Creamer: Finally, An All-Natural Powdered Coffee Creamer That Curbs Your Cravings!

Leaner Coffee Creamer is the newest innovation in the coffee experience 
 and the talk of the health food and weight loss community.

Leaner Creamer has announced
the first all-natural powdered coffee creamer that promotes weight
loss and helps with appetite suppression. The product is now
available for purchase online and in select stores.
Leaner Creamer
"We are excited to have created the only natural coffee creamer that curbs
 your cravings.
 We want to encourage coffee drinkers to get rid of the chemicals and start
drinking creamy coffee guilt-free," said CEO and founder Jonathan Kashani.
The innovative concept behind Leaner Creamer can be credited to Kashani, a former
lawyer with a background in biology, physiology and medicine. This experience provided
 Kashani a first-hand look at both high-stress environments and the physician side of
various weight loss programs. The combination of rising countrywide obesity rates
and an increasingly ubiquitous use of artificial coffee creamers sparked a desire in
Kashani to revolutionize the way people drink coffee. He thought that creating a
creamer that was both all natural and appetite suppressing would mean offering the
 public a weight loss tool that could be easily incorporated into their already
established daily routine.

When Kashani began dating his now-wife, Natasha Kashani, he noticed that she
 was both working out frequently and using artificial coffee creamer – two things
 that seemed incongruent to him. This re-ignited his drive to create a healthy
 creamer alternative, and helped him decide to leave law and commit to
 Leaner Creamer. Natasha serves as the company's Director of Marketing.
The powdered creamer's unique, coconut oil-based formula is an all-natural
 blend of Citrus Aurantium Extract, Hoodia and Green Tea Extract.
These products help to speed up metabolism, aid digestion, increase
 lipolysis and suppress hunger – making the formula an effective weight loss tool.
 Finished with a hint of vanilla, the creamer is both aromatic and appetizing.
By eliminating the fat, non-natural ingredients and toxic chemicals while
 preserving flavor, Leaner Creamer is a healthy alternative to
raditional coffee creamers.

Leaner Creamer has been publicly endorsed by high-profile social influencers
 including Bethenny Frankel, David Hasselhoff, Scott Disick and Paige Hathaway.
 The product has quickly gained a dedicated social media following on platforms
 including Instagram and Facebook, where users can connect with the brand
and share personal testimonials.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Explore the Road less Travelled with Trafalgar’s 2016 Hidden Journeys Program


Featuring five new Hidden Journeys guided vacations including Costa Rica and Myanmar 
– Trafalgar’s (, new 2016 Hidden Journeys brochure offers guided vacations to hard-to-reach and less-visited destinations in groups of no more than 26 guests. Offering 16 fascinating itineraries to Europe, North, South and Central America and Asia, guests will enjoy more unusual and authentic experience off the beaten track. The program offers travellers numerous value-added inclusions including daily breakfast, an average of 50 per cent of evening meals, VIP access and front-of-of the line access at major sites, free WiFi on their luxury air-conditioned motor coaches and free airport transfers on the start and end of most vacations.
“If you’ve already travelled to a destination, but want to get to a place that’s a little harder to reach, our Hidden Journeys guided vacations are what you’re looking for,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “Guests travelling on a Hidden Journey’s trip will still enjoy Trafalgar’s Insider Experiences, an expert Travel Director and hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations, all in groups of no more than 26.”
New in 2016 are five guided vacations to USA, Canada, Costa Rica and Myanmar.
Secrets and Winter Wonders of YellowstoneDiscover the secrets of Montana and Wyoming, on a wintry exploration that roams from Jackson to Bozeman via Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful and Grand Teton National Park. This new 8-day guided vacation will show guests a truly memorable window into the early days of Western tourism at the 320 Guest Ranch in Gallatin, Montana. Guests will stay in this 1898 Authentic Accommodation nestled on the lush hills of Big Sky, Montana and brought to life by the state’s first female doctor.
Secrets of Rockies and Glacier National Park with Calgary Stampede OptionThe glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this 10-day adventure into places like Calgary, Lake Louise, Whistler, Jasper and Banff. The Be My Guest farewell dinner is a sure highlight for guests as they hop-on a horse drawn hayride and set out on one of the scenic trails surrounding the Guinn family ranch. Guests will enjoy pristine views, flowered alpine meadows and abundant wildlife before sitting down to a delicious meal of Alberta Beef with all the trimmings.
Natural Wonders of Costa RicaThe urban highlights and natural wonders of Costa Rica are revealed on this 9-day in-depth adventure that visits San Jose, Sarapiqui, Arenal National Park, Rio Perdido, Carrillio Beach and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Guests will enjoy the “pura vida” way of living like the locals and will love meeting the Quintanas as their eco-hacienda, where guests will discover the secrets to their sustainable way of living, explore the gardens and share delicious home-made dishes and make local wine together. Trafalgar will be the first guided vacation operator to visit Carrillo Beach and guests will stay at the new art eco retreat Nammbú – Beachfront Bungalows.
Secrets of Panama and Costa RicaThe cultures, contrasts and epic landscapes of Panama and Costa Rica are revealed on this 16-day trip, which ventures from capital to coast via Gamboa, Rio Perdido and Carrillo Beach. Highlights on this guided vacation start with a fascinating partial Panama Canal Cruise that includes lunch, a visit to the quaint streets of Casco Antiguo – a UNESCO World Heritage Site- in Panama’s Historic District and an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at a thoroughbred breeding farm situated in Cerro Punta Valley, where guests can explore the farm and learn how they breed these magnificent horses.
Secrets of MyanmarOn this 11-day guided vacation, guests will visit Yangon, Bagan, Monywa and Mandalay and will have the option to extend their trip to see the un-missable sights in Bangkok. Trip highlights include taking part in the Oil Lamp Ceremony at the Shwedagon Temple in Yangon at sunset, meeting the family at the be My Guest dining experience in Bagan and travelling around on the Inle Lake by long boat and seeing the Intha Fisherman. 
Travellers can save up to 10 per cent across Trafalgar’s 2016 Hidden Journeys program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $1,576 per couple* if you book and pay in full by November 19, 2015.
Past passenger discounts of 5 per cent per person (land only) are also available for travellers who have previously travelled with The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.
To find out more information, contact your local travel agent or visit and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook

Terms and Conditions*Save with 10% Early Payment Discount (EPD) (land only) on 2016 Hidden Journeys vacation bookings made and paid in full by 11/19/15. Sample savings of $1,576 per couple is based on Splendors of Japan departing 03/13/2016. Savings vary by itinerary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates and are subject to availability.
About TrafalgarWith 70 years of expertise, we infuse every Trafalgar trip with the best moments, like our exclusive Insider experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. We’re committed to doing everything to giving our guests the best vacation. And that means, they’re guaranteed the best memories.
About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

The End is here
November 11, 2015
Tarragon Theatre
co-produced with Theatres of War
Based on the poems of Wilfred Owen

and letters to his mother during the Great War, The End will be workshopped and given a private one-night reading at Tarragon Theatre on Remembrance Day. The show is conceived, written and directed by Peter Hinton with music by Leslie Arden, Linda Catlin Smith, Allen Cole, Veda Hille, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Derek Holman, John Millard, David Sereda, Rodney Sharman and David Warrack. It will star Nathan Carroll, and Charlotte Moore.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Yeehaw! Destiny USA Adds Western-Themed Cowboys Saloon: American Bar & Grill to Dining and Entertainment Experience

Destiny USA is proud to announce the addition of Cowboys Saloon to its expansive third-floor lineup of dining and entertainment venues. Owned jointly by BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese and Cowboys Saloon Founder Anthony Perera, the new 14,000 square foot venue will feature Americana style eats, a large dance floor and ample room for hosting live music from national artists in a rustic western decor setting. The Destiny USA location is slated to open early 2016.
“We’re incredibly excited to add Cowboys Saloon to the Destiny USA dining and entertainment experience,” said Rob Schoeneck, general manager, Destiny USA. “Cowboys Saloon is the perfect venue for families and friends to get together in a fun, classic western-themed environment with the added excitement of live music from big-name artists. We’re thrilled to share this experience with our guests.”

Cowboys Saloon will be located on the third-floor Canyon. The space will have capacity for over 200 guests and a concert capacity of close to or exceeding 1,000 guests.

"Both Syracuse and Destiny USA represent tremendous opportunity for the Cowboys Saloon brand," said Genovese. “From Destiny USA’s central location in the heart of New York to its strong regional tourism draw, we couldn’t be more thrilled with bringing Cowboys Saloon to such a great city, Syracuse.” 

Destiny USA is BG Capital Group’s fifth Cowboys Saloon location. Additional locations include Phoenix, Arizona and Gainesville, Ocala and Davie, Florida.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Estonian Kringle - Braided Cinnamon & Sugar Bread

Ingredients are as follows:

3/4 C warm milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg yolk 
1 envelope dry yeast  (1/4 ounce or approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt

6-7 Tbsp. softened butter