Untitled Document Home
Chef & Hotel Profile
Publisher's Page
Gift Guide
Travel Adventures
Epicurean Events
Health Minded
Spa Baby Secrets
Sips
Book Bites
Culinary Coup
Sense of Style
Kids Kaleidoscope
Tinsletown Tidbits
Wheels
Radio Show & Links
Contact Us

JetBlue Airways
Eurail
Eurofly
Pearl Seas Cruises
WeatherReports.com


ADVENTURES IN OTTAWA

Savor the Flavors of Fall & Winter in Canada

By Bonnie Carroll

       

Ottawa has a unique neighborhood that is a delightful collection of all good things, and there is an oriental gate taking you to a bevy of delicious venues that welcome visitors to the city. We chose to have our first dinner in Ottawa at the Korean Palace located at 610 Sumerset Street, where the décor is authentic, the dishes are outstanding, and the service is respectful. A favorite there is the Kimchi Jun appetizer (a pancake made with green onions) and the Jaeyook Bok Um (pork with veggies cooked at the table). The Kimchi dumpling Jeorgal (hot pot with dumplings, pork, veggies and broth) is so divine. This little jewel was quite an unexpected surprise, and I look forward to returning. They serve saki, a bevy of Korean beers and wonderful tea. Visit: info@koreanpalace.ca.

The little towns and villages that are so interesting to visit just a short ride and ferry trip from Ottawa are many, and they attract hoards of tourist annually. Taking a ferry to the French side for a visit to The Chelsea Pub founded in 1875, where the quiche is perfect and the assortment of ale is endless, is worth the trip. The crowd enjoying lunch on this historic patio is diverse, and includes bikers, families with children, young couples and seniors who all love the activity and delicious faire. In the evening they offer live entertainment in the bar. For additional information visit: www.chelseapub.ca.

          

For a true culinary experience you must stop at Les Fougeres located at 783 route 105 in Chelsea, Quebec, where you could spend hours selecting fine gourmet food treasures to bring home, or if you are very blessed you can get a reservation and will be having lunch with chef-owners Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part. The restaurant is lovely, and the French menu, divine food preparation and presentation is beyond anyone’s wildest expectation. This very talented couple are the recipients of awards including the Gold Plate and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Visit: www.fougeres.com.

Down the road at 706 Route 105 in Old Chelsea is the Boucanerie Chelsea Smokehouse, a cozy little green and white building , where visitors pack in to buy delicious smoked salmon that melts in your mouth, along with amazing mustards and sauces. The assortment of fine smoked meats is quite good and a great delight to lovers of smoked foods. Visit: www.chelseasmokehouse.ca

A drive through Ottawa and the surrounding area in fall is so beautiful and fun for the family. Stop along the lake and take photos of the boats sailing, and people enjoying the wonderful outdoors of Canada. The fall went on and on here, as it has in other parts of the world this year, but soon the winter fun begins, and Ottawa is not only the capitol of Canada, but is a main center for cold weather activities. Their Winterlude includes miles of ice skating along the Rideau Canal, and beautiful outdoor rinks that feature glamorous lighting effects, and lots of great comfort food options. The capitol in Ottawa is also the source of a light show in the evening, and something you should see while visiting.

Last but not least don’t forget about Mont Tremblant, which has earned its reputation as one of the most desired ski resorts in the world, and offers the pleasures of the Fairmont Tremblant Hotel and Le Westin Hotel, along with delightful shopping in a resort environment that looks like Switzerland when it snows. Countless fine restaurants and spa services can be found throughout the resort. Visit: www.montblanc.ca

So, as winter approaches check the Ottawa visitor information listing for vacation planning in December, January, February for all the amazing food, entertainment, art & culture or family adventures for winter. Visit: www.ottawatourism.org.  

__________________________________________________________________



BRITISH AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES SERVICES BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND LONDON

New York, Oct. 20 -- Residents of "The Big Easy" will soon find it easier to visit "Big Ben", thanks to the launch of British Airways flights between New Orleans and London. The four times per week service is scheduled to begin on March 27, 2017, which will make it the only nonstop service to Europe. Tickets are available to purchase on ba.com starting today.

Customers will be able to experience the newest aircraft in British Airways' fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The new service will provide a direct connection to London but also allow travelers to connect quickly and easily onto more than 130 destinations within the British Airways network, throughout Europe and beyond.

BA225 will depart from London Heathrow at 3:40pm and arrive Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 7:40pm. BA224 will leave New Orleans at 9:10pm, arriving into London at 12:00 noon the next day.

Simon Brooks, senior vice president sales for British Airways, said “We are delighted to be adding New Orleans to the British Airways global network. It’s such a vibrant city and like London, it boasts an iconic music and arts scene. I’m sure it will be a big hit with British visitors. We are also pleased to be connecting our two cities as developing technology hubs and look forward to increased business opportunities as a result of the new service.”

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “For years, we have pursued bringing more direct international flights to Armstrong Airport and with the addition of British Airways it’s clear our hard work is paying off. Now, travelling from London to New Orleans and likewise from New Orleans abroad will be more economical and save time, unleashing new economic ties and cultural exchanges for our region’s businesses. Nonstop flights to London open a gateway to new international markets that will create jobs and new opportunity. In advance of our city’s tricentennial in 2018 and the opening of new North Terminal project, New Orleans is poised for big things as we welcome more travelers from around the world to our world-class city.”

Flying the 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways’ state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft accommodates 214 customers across three cabins, with 154 seats in World Traveller (economy), 25 seats in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 35 seats in Club World (business). All customers can enjoy free meals, beverages and a free checked bag.

Designed to enhance customer wellbeing, the new fuel-efficient aircraft boasts smooth ride technology, which minimizes the effects of turbulence and creates a more comfortable trip. Lower pressurization results in cabin air that is less dry, reducing the effects of jet lag for customers.

The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch.

All customers traveling on the 787-8 Dreamliner can use their individual widescreen TV to choose from a wide array of audio and video on-demand options. They can also speak to friends and family who are sitting throughout the aircraft using an in-seat chat system, as well as connect their own devices to the entertainment system.

Rewards and Packages
Recognizing and understanding the needs of small and medium size businesses, American Airlines’ Business Extra® program allows members traveling on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines to collect and spend across all three airlines, with coordinated benefits that help businesses to stretch their travel budgets.

A joint business agreement between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair allows members of the AAdvantage, Executive Club and Plus programs to earn and redeem points or miles on codeshare flights across the airlines. Customers also get access to great prices across all four airlines with the ability to mix and match flights to get the best deals and enjoy smoother connections for onward flights through coordinated schedules.

______________________________________________________________

U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

Passport changes are coming, and if you plan on traveling in the future—especially if you’re among the 49 million Americans whose passports will expire in the next few years—you need to know what passport changes are in store.

While it may seem easy enough to acquire or renew a passport if and when you plan a trip, the State Department says there’s about to be a massive backlog of passport applications. (More on that in a minute.) Plus, passports themselves are going to change. Here’s what you should know about both the expected passport application delays and the passport changes coming in the years ahead.

U.S. Passport Changes

You Should Renew Your Passport Now

A decade ago, an important piece of travel legislation made American passports much more in-demand. The State Department saw an "unprecedented surge" in applications when a 2007 law enacted by the 9/11 Commission established passports as necessary for all travel to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Millions of travelers acquired 10-year passports that year as a result, and now they're all about to expire. It's safe to assume many of those passport holders will need to renew, which means that passport applications will jump significantly once again.

Related:

Passport Book vs. Passport Card: Which Do I Need?

Concerned about wait times yet? Passport renewal already takes about six weeks, and many destinations require foreign passports to be valid for months after your trip. Factor in unknown delays, and you might have a lot less time to renew than you thought.


2008
March 08 | April 08 | May 08 | February 09 | March 09 | June 08 | July 08 | August 08 | September 08 | October 08 | November 08 | December 08 | January 09 | April 09 | May 09 | June 09 | July 09 | August 09 | September 09 | October 09 | November 09 | December 09 | January 10 | February 10 | March 10 | April 10 | May 10 | June 10 | July 10 | August 10 | September 10 | October 10 | November 10 | December 10 | January 11 | February 11 | March 11 | April 11 | May 11 | June 11 | July 11 | August 11 | September 11 | October 11 | November 11 | December 11 | January 12 | February 12 | March 12 | April 12 | May 12 | June 12 | July 12 | September 12 | October 12 | August 12 | November 12 | December 12 | January 13 | February 13 | March 13 | April 13 | May 13 | June 13 | July 13 | August 13 | September 13 | October 13 | November 13 | December 13 | January 14 | February 14 | March 14 | April 14 | August 14 | May 14 | June 14 | July 14 | September 14 | October 14 | November 14 | December 14 | January 15 | February 15 | March 15 | April 15 | May 15 | June 15 | July 15 | August 15 | September 15 | October 15 | November 15 | December 15 | January 16 | February 16 | March 16 | April 16 | May 16 | June 16 | July 16 | August 16 | September 16 | October 16 | November 16 | December 16 | February 17 | January 17 | March 17 | April 17 | May 17 | February 08 | January 08

2007
December007
| November 07 | October 07 | September 07 | August 07 | July 07 | June 07 | May 07
April 07 | March 07 | February 07 | January 07

2006
December 06
| November 06 | October 06 | September 06 | August 06 | July 06 | June 06 | May 06
April 06 | March 06 | February 06 | January 06

2005
December 05
| November 05 | October 05 | September 05 | August 05 | July 05 | June 05 | May 05
April 05 | March 05 | February 05 | January 05

© 2008 Bonnie Carroll, All Rights Reserved