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)
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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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.
Jason Glass riding for Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick during Heat 9 of the GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede on July 13, 2013. Darren Makowichuk/QMI AGENCY
With the opening of one of Canada’s most historic summer events, the Calgary Stampede, just weeks away, Calgary’s Bar C is launching a special cocktail that will help you kick start your celebrations in true cowboy style.
The Cowboy’s Breakfast features the tried-and-true breakfast combination of egg whites, maple, bacon and cinnamon, and kicks things up a notch with bourbon and tequila. A piece of candied bacon tops the drink.
“The cocktail was inspired by the essentials for any good Stampede breakfast – bacon, eggs, maple syrup and bourbon,” said Andrea Espinoza, bartender at Bar C, in a statement. “Fairly synonymous with cowboys, rodeos and the old west, bourbon was my starting point for creating this cocktail.”
Try the Cowboy’s Breakfast from July 3 to 13 at Bar C or make it at home with the below recipe.
Cowboy’s Breakfast – Courtesy Bar C, Calgary 1.5 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon .5 oz Cazadores Tequila .5 oz Bacon infused maple syrup 1 egg white 3 shakes Cherry Bark Bitters 2 shakes liquid smoke 1 Garnish with Candied Bacon