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Make it this weekend: Chelsea Hotel’s Classic Caesar

- March 20th, 2015
Caesar at the Chelsea Hotel. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Caesar at the Chelsea Hotel. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Canada’s largest hotel, Toronto’s Chelsea Hotel, is celebrating 40 years this year. The budget- and family-friendly hotel is centrally located in downtown Toronto and features an indoor pool and waterslide, free WiFi and plenty of amenities to keep kids, couples and business travellers happy.

The hotel’s lobby bar, T Bar, makes its tomato clam juice for Caesars in-house and has a number of Caesar variations on the menu, ones that include bacon, wasabi and hard boiled eggs as toppings or ingredients. Celebrate the first weekend of spring with hotel’s Classic Caesar recipe. Enjoy responsibly!

Classic Caesar - Courtesy The Chelsea Hotel

Classic Caesar – Courtesy the Chelsea Hotel

Vacations equal happiness for Canadians: survey

- March 19th, 2015


March 20 has been declared the International Day of Happiness, and if there’s one thing that makes Canadians happy, it’s vacation time, according to a new survey from

The survey revealed 80% of Canadians associated vacationing with overall happiness, more than finding money (16%) or a tax refund (13%).

If you’re looking for a little happy vacation time, check out our suggestions for the top trips:
Top 10 ‘Heaven on Earth’ destinations
Canada’s 25 happiest cities
Hotel brands travellers are happiest to stay at

Most Canadians (90%) said they would even give up something to receive a few extra days off each year. Video games (56%), alcohol (46%) and a favourite outfit (45%) were the top sacrifices.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with recipes from MGM hotels in Las Vegas

- March 13th, 2015
Courtesy Monte Carlo

Lucky Float – Courtesy Monte Carlo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re planning to celebrate the luck of the Irish on March 17, consider adding these fun, festive drinks and dishes from MGM Resorts International to your menu.

Lucky Float – Courtesy BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo

Jones Soda, vanilla ice cream, green whipped cream, shamrock sprinkles and a tiny top hat served in a 17oz. mason jar.

Blend 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream and 8oz. of Green Apple Jones Soda.
Top with whip cream and 3 Tbs. of shamrock sprinkles.

Guinness Braised Irish Bangers - Courtesy Mandalay Bay

Guinness Braised Irish Bangers – Courtesy Mandalay Bay

Guinness Braised Irish Bangers with Cabbage and Leeks – Courtesy Raffles Cafe at Mandalay Bay

1tsp. canola oil
1lb. Irish Bangers
4oz. shredded green cabbage
1oz. Julienne leeks
1 bottle Guinness Stout
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour oil into a medium sized fry pan. Add sausages when oil is hot. Cook sausages until they are browned on all sides. Remove sausages from pan and set aside. (They won’t be cooked all the way through at this point). Reduce the heat and add the cabbage and leeks. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until tender. Add the Guinness along with the browned sausages. Simmer covered over low heat for about 20 minutes or until the sausages are cook through.

Warm up with yummy soups from New York’s Whiteface Lodge

- March 5th, 2015
(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)

(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)

Winter isn’t over yet and there’s no better way to cozy up and stay warm than with a steaming bowl of soup from a place that knows winter well: Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The ski resort’s executive chef, David Haick, has developed a number of yummy soups that will keep the chills away and he’s sharing his recipes with us. From coconut curry sweet potato bisque to chipotle corn chowder, these three soups are guaranteed to warm you up – whether you’ve spent the day on the ski hills or are just coming in from your commute home. Enjoy!

(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)

(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)

Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Bisque


 · 8 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
· 2 cans coconut milk
· 1 lemongrass stalk, cut into 3 pieces
· 2 cups vegetable stock (+ more to a just consistency after blending)
· 2 Tablespoons green curry paste
· 1 tsp ground ginger
· Salt & pepper to taste
· 1 cup toasted shredded coconut


· In stock pot, combine potatoes, coconut milk, stock, lemon grass, curry, and ginger. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
· Puree the soup until completely smooth, adjusting consistency as needed with vegetable stock.
· Season to taste with salt and pepper.
· To serve, place soup in bowl and garnish with toasted coconut.

French Onion Soup


· 8 Spanish onions, julienned
· ¼ cup olive oil
· 4 garlic cloves, minced
· 2 tsp thyme
· ½ cup madeira wine
· 3 qt veal stock
· 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
· Salt & pepper to taste


· Sliced baguette (crusty bread)
· Swiss cheese


 · Caramelize onions in oil until golden brown. Add garlic and thyme, and continue to cook with onions until completely caramelized.
· Add Madeira, and cook off for about 5 minutes.
· Add stock, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
· To serve, place soup in serving dish, place a slice of baguette on top and add Swiss cheese. Place dish under broiler until cheese is melted.

Chipotle Corn Chowder


· 4 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
· 3 cups diced potatoes
· 10 strips of bacon, small diced
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 onion, minced
· 2 qt heavy cream
· 4 chipotles (in adobo), minced
· Salt & pepper to taste
· Fresh cilantro leaves


· Render bacon in stock pot until slightly crispy. Add onions and garlic, continuing to cook until onions are tender, about 8-10minutes.
· Add cream, corn, potatoes and chipotles. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
· Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Top 10 travel ‘hacks’ for your best trip ever

- March 2nd, 2015


Take it from the experts at Travelling doesn’t have to be stressful or a lot of work if you just keep some simple ‘hacks’ in mind when planning and preparing for your trip.

Bringing along photocopies of all your important documents? Forget it! Simply snap a photo with your smartphone or tablet instead. Stressing about your airline losing your luggage? If you keep your essentials with you in a small carry-on, you can leave your worries on the ground when you take off, knowing important medication and your phone charger are at your side.

“Every frequent flier has a few travel tricks up his or her sleeve, with many learned the hard way,” editor Brittany Dietz said in a statement. “Whether you are jetting off for a quick business trip or a month-long adventure, these tried and true tips can save you time, money and headaches.”

Find the top 10 travel hacks from on the infographic below. Plus, for even more travel tips, check out this video from BuzzFeed. What are your favourite travel ‘hacks’?

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