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Frontier Airlines pilot orders pizza for all passengers on delayed flight

- July 9th, 2014

Is there any situation in which pizza is not appropriate? From thanking your friends for helping you move, to answering your rumbling stomach’s call late at night, to calming down a plane full of frustrated passengers during a delay on the runway, it doesn’t seem so.

A Frontier Airlines pilot saved the day, and the sanity of passengers, when he ordered pizza for an entire plane when their flight was diverted due to thunderstorms.

The plane had been headed for Denver, Colorado from Washington D.C. when a thunderstorm caused them to land in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The plane was forced to stay on the runway for several hours.

This is when captain Gerhard Bradner decided to make a call — to Domino’s Pizza. The pilot paid for the order out of his own pocket.

“Not sure if he was hungry, but it is not unusual for our pilots to go above and beyond to provide care for our customers,” a Frontier Airlines spokesperson told NBC News.

Domino’s Pizza manager Andy Ritchie told AFP Relaxnews that the pilot ordered 35 pizzas.

“We took them up to the front desk at the airport and they escorted our driver to the back and they handed the pizzas directly to the flight attendants,” he said.

Happy passengers tweeted photos of flight attendants serving the pizza before the flight was able to take off and complete its journey to Denver.

Decadent chocolate treats from Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

- June 26th, 2014
Chocolate spa treatments. (Courtesy Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa)

Chocolate spa treatments. (Courtesy Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa)

Celebrate all things chocolate this August during Chocolate Heritage Month on the Caribbean isle of Saint Lucia.

The island’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating with a number of decadent chocolate treats created by executive chef Veejooruth Purmesur and lead bartender Ted Barnard — from chocolate desserts to cocktails to breakfast items.

Guests can also enjoy chocolate -inspired spa treatments, like a chocolate and sugar body smoothie at Coconut Bay’s Kai Mer Spa, or learn more about Saint Lucia’s cacao roots through plantation and estate tours with Coconut Bay’s Adventure Desk.

If you can’t make it to Saint Lucia this August, you can still enjoy a chocolate treat or sweet cocktail at home with these recipes shared by Coconut Bay. Enjoy!

Death by Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake. (Courtesy Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa)

Death by Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake. (Courtesy Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa)

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Man sues British Airways after flying to Grenada instead of Granada

- June 24th, 2014
Grenada and Granada.  (Fotolia)

Grenada and Granada. (Fotolia)

Every now and then you hear the story of the traveller who mistakenly booked themselves on a flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia instead of Sydney, Australia or to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of the Spanish Granada. Well, it’s happened again.

An American traveller is suing British Airways after he and his wife were flown more than 6,000 km away from their intended destination of Granada, Spain to the island of Grenada, reports the U.K.’s Independent.

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Edward Gamson and his wife were travelling Europe when they boarded a London flight to what they thought was Spain’s Granada, but instead ended up being Grenada. Gamson says the mistake was made by British Airways’ Florida booking agent and that his tickets didn’t have airport codes or destination country information printed on them, only “Grenada.”

British Airways has reportedly refused to reimburse Gamson $4,500 for the first-class tickets.

“I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain,” he told The Independent. “Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon? It’s just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and … BA won’t do the decent thing.”

The dentist is now suing for $34,000 in damages.

Canadians regret they don’t travel more in summer: Poll

- June 20th, 2014
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Canadians’ biggest summertime regret is that they don’t travel more, according to a new poll from Travelocity.ca.

In a survey of more than 1,500 Canadians, 32% of us said we wanted to travel more this summer having missed out on the opportunity to do so last year. Eighty-three per cent of Canadians said they didn’t travel on long weekends last summer, while 26% said they couldn’t get out of town to visit friends or family and 35% couldn’t take a week or more off work.

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“After a particularly harsh winter, we want Canadians to start planning their summer travel now,” Stuart Morris, general manager of Travelocity.ca, said in a statement. “The data clearly shows how quickly summer can slip away and that Canadians regret not making the most of our fleeting summer season.”

Fifty-six per cent of those surveyed said money was just too tight to travel, while 16% said they couldn’t take the time off work.

Find more info, plus Travelocity’s regional breakdown, on the graphic below.

Go on a culinary adventure with Foodie-Trips.com

- June 18th, 2014
Travellers may experience products like these with Foodie-Trips.com on trips to France and Italy: Patisserie Du Vin Chardonnay Muscat, BlackBird Baking Co. baguette, Olive That Tasting Bar's Cobrancosa EVOO, Le Dolci macarons and biscotti and Monforte Dairy's Chabichou goat cheese.

Travellers may experience products like these with Foodie-Trips.com on trips to France and Italy: Patisserie Du Vin Chardonnay Muscat, BlackBird Baking Co. baguette, Olive That Tasting Bar’s Cobrancosa EVOO, Le Dolci macarons and biscotti and Monforte Dairy’s Chabichou goat cheese.

I think it’s fair to say that one of the best things about travelling is eating. I’ve slurped down succulent oysters in Seattle, eaten warm croissant in Paris and died-and-went-to-heaven with organic beef in Whistler.

Now, a Toronto-based travel company is bringing travellers together with the best foodie scenes on the planet with a series of unique culinary adventures.

Foodie-Trips.com takes tourists behind the scenes into the kitchens and farms of some of the world’s best foodie regions, from Paris to Prince Edward Island. Itineraries include culinary classes in France, farm-to-table adventures with a Michelin-starred chef in northern Italy and lobster fishing in P.E.I.

“Foodie-Trips.com was created to share my love for travel and food,” Lisa Sanguedolce, founder of Foodie-Trips.com, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled … to create a company focused solely on culinary travel adventures.”

A concierge with local knowledge accompanies the group to ensure they have the best experience possible. Guests can even participate in the creation of their itinerary, from sourcing ingredients to the creation of each menu.

Future destinations will include New York, Singapore, England and Ontario. For prices and departure dates, visit Foodie-Trips.com.