Archive for January, 2011

Italy on Valentine’s Day, Anyone?

Puglia, Italy

Here’s one amazingly cheap and romantic Valentine’s Deal in Italy!

Essential Italy are offering a Valentines Offer for January, February and March at this beautiful B&B in Puglia. Just £70 per room per night on a B&B basis for a minimum 2 night stay.

Masseria Due Torri, Monopoli, Puglia

A traditional 17th century stone farmhouse set in the heart of the Pugliese countryside which has been converted into a wonderfully comfortable B&B with apartment accommodation.  The elevated location is perfect with fantastic views of the countryside and the sea. The recently finished room renovations are surrounded by lovely gardens with impressive age-old olive trees which encompass the pool.

Price: £70 per night B&B per room for a couple with private use of the main hall and sitting room with log fire, and a bottle of the finest Prosecco and chocolates on arrival. During Jan, Feb and March for a minimum stay of 2 nights. Packed lunches, suppers and taxi services also available.

Flights: RyanAir fly from London Stansted to Bari. Return prices start at £90 per person.

Location: Monopoli 4km, Castellana Grotte 6km, Fasano 12km, Alberobello 10km, Bari Airport 50km, Brindisi Airport 70km

Essential Italy

Tel: 01223 460100

WinWin Living

Win Win Living

For those who care about their family, their pet and their planet, we spotted this new website, WinWin Living, that features dramatically discounted daily deals on the best of what your city has to offer. WinWin Living not only helps boost local business, but they also donate 10% of their deal proceeds to charity, proving life can be a WinWin. An online lifestyle guide and daily deal website for parents, pet-owners, and eco-enthusiasts who want the most from their city and the best for their planet, all at an unparalleled low price (50% to 90% off), each day WinWin Living features an amazing deal on family, pet, and eco-friendly dining, products, services, and entertainment. Subscribers purchase the deal on the spot, but can use it for an extended period of time, thus saving significantly while boosting local business. WinWin Living personally donates 10% of their revenue to charitable organizations that benefit animal services, children’s well-being, and green living and customers are also able to choose a nonprofit from a featured list on their website each time they make a purchase.

So yep… sounds pretty win win to me.

What do you think?

Eco-Fashion Contest

2010 Eco-Chic Contest Winning Gown

We love a good eco-fashion contest and this one caught our attention because the winner gets to attend a high falootin’ Oscar party thanks to Suzy Amis Cameron, actress and wife of director James Cameron. Giving aspiring designers and fashionistas a chance to go to LA for a Hollywood pre-Oscar party through her international contest, participants can just submit sketches of a dress made of renewable materials by Feb. 2, 2011 for their chance to win.

Suzy Amis Cameron will choose the winner, who gets:

–          A free trip (with swanky hotel and flights included) for the winner and his/her model

–          $2,000 to make the dress and get featured on website

–          A “red” (actually on green!) carpet walk at an Oscar pre-party in Hollywood on February 23 – as guests of James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron

Last year, Suzy Amis Cameron wore the winning dress to the Oscars. This year, the winner chooses his or her own model. Competition proceeds go to the MUSE schools, which Suzy Amis Cameron founded, to help educate kids around the world.

For contest details, check out:

Happy sketching, Sustaininistas!

Tofu Fa in Chinatown

Tofu Fa

While perusing The New York Times Travel section, we came across Peter Meehan’s piece on New York’s Chinatown and saw a mention of tofu fa that got us salivating. So, we thought we’d share the goods with our loyal flock ‘a seagulls.

Tofu fa is a super-soft and slippery tofu that often comes in a light and sweet gingery syrup. His recommendation is to hit up the northeast corner of Grand Street and Bowery. Though Meehan isn’t as much a fan of the “sweet” tofu fa, he says, ask for the tofu fa “salty” and they’ll spice it up with two kinds of soy sauce mixtures, scallions, minced pickled turnip and peanuts.  Sonds amazing and, for less than $2, it’s a fast healthy lunch that could be a great staple. He also suggests the rice noodle sauced with bottled condiments similar to the same dish served at the little cart parked outside the shop on Grand Street.

Other tofu recipes and nibbles? Diver scallop-size plugs of light and airy fried tofu served with pickled turnip stuff (if you ask for it).

You don’t go here for the ambience, but, as Meehan explains, “You can fill up on something delicious and not break a Lincoln dwindle.”

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