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Cozy up with comfort foods from Myrtle Beach

- November 24th, 2014
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Read about my trip to Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach musts for travellers on a buget. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Read about my trip to Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach musts for travellers on a budget. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

South Carolina may not experience the same frigid temperatures and long, dark nights we Canadians do in winter, but Myrtle Beach still has some unique, regional comfort foods perfect for the time of year when all you want to do is cozy up inside with a warm dish. Here, Visit Myrtle Beach shares two local recipes with us. Stay warm and cuddle up inside with one of these flavourful plates.

Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach

Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach

CHICKEN BOG – Courtesy Loris County Chamber of Commerce

 Ingredients
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6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (3-pound) whole chicken
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage of your choice, sliced
- 2 tablespoons Italian-style seasonings
- 2 cubes chicken bouillon

Place water, salt and onion in a large pot. Add chicken and bring all to a boil; cook until chicken is tender, for about 1 hour. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove skin and bones and chop remaining meat into bite-size pieces. Skim off fat from cooking liquid and measure 3 1/2 cups of this chicken broth into a 6-quart saucepan. Add rice, chicken pieces, sausage, herb seasoning and bouillon to this saucepan. Cook all together for 30 minutes; let come to a boil, and then reduce heat to low, keeping pan covered the whole time. If mixture is too watery or juicy, cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir often while cooking.

Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach

Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach

SHE CRAB SOUP – Sea Captain’s House’s Former Secret Recipe

Ingredients
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2 large onions diced
- 1 cup clarified butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 and 1/3 quarts half and half
- 1 quart heavy cream
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. ground mace
- 1 cup good sherry
- 1 pound fresh white crabmeat (must be good quality)
- Salt and pepper to taste

In large stockpot, cook onions in butter until soft. Add flour, reduce heat to low, stirring constantly for 15 minutes. Add milk products and continue stirring. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Vacation breasts: Is an enhanced bust the next must-pack travel item?

- November 19th, 2014
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(Fotolia)

Is it possible we’ll see the day when packing your vacation breasts is on par with travel insurance?

ABC News reports a New York doctor named Norman Rowe is developing a temporary breast enhancement procedure that gives women a boost of up to one-and-a-half cup sizes for two to three weeks. It’s being called ‘vacation breasts’ and is marketed toward women who want to increase their bust size before they sport a bikini on holiday.

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The doctor previously developed a saline injection called InstaBreast which takes 20 minutes to inject, lasts 24 hours and costs $2,500 per procedure.

“Twenty-four hours is great, but it’s still just 24 hours,” Rowe told ABC News, explaining why he is developing the new formula. He said the product can also help women decide whether or not they want to purchase more permanent implants or could be used for calf implants on men.

ABC’s medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton warned women of the risks. “With this procedure, there is the risk of hitting a blood vessel with the injection, as well as a risk of infection,” she said.

Additionally, the U.K.’s Daily Mail spoke with Dr. Ash Mosahebi, director of surgery of the London Plastic Surgery Centre, who also warned “what you rely on here is that the saline is absorbed, but one side could go quicker than the other. You could be left with one side a B cup and one side a D cup, and who knows how long for.”

It will still be about two years before Rowe’s newest formula is approved by the FDA.

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Canadians to escape winter driving, shoveling snow with beach vacations: Survey

- November 17th, 2014
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Canadians who plan to escape the cold weather this winter are being pushed to sunny Caribbean beaches because of a dislike of the dark (39%), winter driving (30%) and shoveling snow (25%), according to a new survey from Expedia.ca.

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The data, released via the Expedia.ca 2014 Escape Winter Report, shows most Canadians plan to travel with their partner (45%) or family (33%) this holiday season, though residents of Quebec are three times as likely to travel on their own versus other Canadians.

Before hitting the beach, 55% of Canadians said they bought new clothes and 42% said they get a haircut. Nineteen per cent of women said they dieted before their sunny south vacation, while 12% of men said the same.

The majority of survey respondents (54%) said they book their trip online.

Hockey Night in Cuba: Cruise the Caribbean with former NHL players

- November 6th, 2014
Bernie Nicholls, Jack Valiquette and Gary Leeman. (QMI Agency file photos)

Bernie Nicholls, Jack Valiquette and Gary Leeman. (QMI Agency file photos)

This winter, cruise Cuba with some of the NHL’s biggest stars.

Former players from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers have joined Cuba Cruise to launch the special Hockey Night in Cuba cruise program, combining fun in the sun with special events featuring six players from across Canada.

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The seven-night cruise will depart Havana on Jan. 12, 2015 before sailing to six ports of call, including Santiago de Cuba and Montego Bay, Jamaica. A free commemorative jersey, Canadian beer, Alberta steaks, meet-and-greets with players including Bernie Nicholls, Gary Leeman and Jack Valiquette, and hockey-themed events are all part of the program.

Courtsy Cuba Cruise

Courtsy Cuba Cruise

“We are excited to welcome aboard some of Canada’s great hockey champions this season, such as 1993 Stanley Cup winner Gary Leeman,” Dugald Wells, Cuba Cruise president, said in a statement. “Creating unique programs for fellow Canadians to enjoy both onshore and onboard is our top priority, from serving Canadian beer and broadcasting NHL games in our Sports Bar to offering Hemingway-inspired walking tours and Cuban countryside visits.”

Rates for the Hockey Night in Cuba cruise start at $1,442, including taxes and flights from Toronto. Cruise-only rates start at $830. Up to two kids sail for free. To book and for full details, visit yourcubacruise.com and use code HOCKEY.

Mix up some scares with Halloween cocktails from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

- October 29th, 2014
(Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

(Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess)

Boo! If you’re throwing a Halloween party this year and are looking for a few frightful drinks to mix up for friends, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has a spooktacular solution with three specialty drinks from their Plaza Bar.

Based on classic tales of horror, The Ripper, Wolfsbane and Penny Dreadful martinis are the perfect brew for this haunting time of year. The Plaza Bar itself will also be decorated in the spirit of foggy 1880s Victorian London, complete with walking dead waiters. Find ingredients for these three wicked potions below and happy Halloween!

Haunted Halloween drinks – Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Ripper – The featured craft cocktail poured from The Plaza Bar’s celebrated “black handle” masterfully mixed with house-made raspberry vodka, blood orange syrup and lemon juice, served up with a bay leaf.

Wolfsbane – An elixir inspired by werewolf legends, it is made with 1 ½ ounces sweet rum, ½ ounce of violet reduction, ¾ ounce of lime juice and is served over ice and garnished with a rosemary sprig.

Penny Dreadful – Giving a nod to the sensational and cheap 19th Century British novels, this cocktail is made with 1 ½ ounces house-made lime vodka, ½ ounce of lime cordial, ½ ounce of simple syrup and 2 ounces of bitter lemon soda and is served tall with an edible flower garnish.