Best Super Bowl Recipes from Top Travel Destinations!
If you're invited to a Super Bowl XLIX get-together this Sunday, or throwing one yourself, you know there's more than just one game going on, right? The real smackdown is: Who is going to bring the most awesome food? Well, our friends at three of America's most popular travel destinations have shared their recipes and each of them is a touchdown!
"NOT FROM" BUFFALO CHICKEN MAC N CHEESE
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, is one of our favorite ways to do Cape Cod, with perfect Silver Beach right outside your door, indoor and outdoor pools, amazing restaurants, and even some budget room options. Executive Chef Daniel Kenney serves up an imaginative riff on hot wings, including some locally sourced New England ingredients for you Patriots fans, to serve your football friends (and frenemies).
Yields 6 servings
1 pound of boneless and skinless free-range chicken thighs
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1 quart fresh heavy cream
1.5 cups shredded white cheddar, Vermont
1 cup crumbled Great Hill Blue Cheese, Marion Mass.
1/2 cup goat cheese, Hubbardston Mass.
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup smoked bacon
1 cup Frank's Hot Sauce
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Cracked white pepper
2 cups corn oil
1 bunch fresh thyme
3 each fresh bay leaves
3 cloves garlic
Begin by covering the chicken thighs with the corn oil in a small baking dish, add thyme, garlic, and bay leaves, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Cook on a low temp (275˚F) for approx. 2 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and fork tender (internal temp must reach 165˚F).
Chill the chicken in the baking dish until fully chilled, then shred the chicken into bite size pieces and set aside.
Bring 2 gallons of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente (approx. 7 minutes).
Drain and chill the pasta and set aside.
In a large heavy pot, place the cream and bring to a simmer and reduce slightly, then add the cheeses (reserve a small amount of each cheese for topping the mac n cheese later).
On low heat melt the cheeses and then whisk together until the cheese and cream have emulsified and set aside.
Take the bacon and cook in oven until crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and chop the bacon into bite size pieces, set aside.
Mix together the bacon, cheese sauce, shredded chicken, pasta and hot sauce and place in a baking dish, top the mixture with the remaining cheeses and sprinkle with panko bread crumbs.
Bake in a 350˚F oven until golden brown and the center is piping hot, serve immediately with a chilled Sam Adams Beer.
HAM AND JAM SLIDERS
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is an extraordinary getaway in Arizona (home of this year's big game). Executive Chef Beau MacMillan's sliders are a tasty timeout treat.
Yields 12 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 tsp. salt
1 cup + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion, including tender green tops
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and kosher salt until well mixed.
Mix in butter until pea-sized. Add cheddar cheese and green onion and stir and toss lightly to combine.
Stir in 1 cup buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball.
With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a rough ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Space the balls about 1-inch apart. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
Red Pepper Jelly
Yields 2 1/8 quart
3 large red peppers, seeded and sliced
3/4 cups cider vinegar
3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 package Certo liquid pectin
Place peppers in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, but not pureed.
Place chopped peppers in a large bowl with cider vinegar, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.
Put mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add Certo and continue to cook at a slow rolling boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can "drag" a spoon around edges of pan or until it passes the jelly test coating the back of the spoon or dripping from spoon very slowly.
Snake River Farms American Bone in Ham
1 large Snake River Farms American Bone-in Ham
Heat oven to 275˚F. Place ham in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Heat for approximately for 12-15 min. per pound. When center of ham reaches 125˚F allow the ham to rest for 15-30 min. Keep covered with foil while resting.
Slice biscuits in half and rub with a generous portion of red pepper jelly. Slice ham thinly and place in between biscuit halves. Enjoy!
CHOCOLATE-COVERED FOOTBALL STRAWBERRIES
3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach, FL, is a luxurious way to chill by the ocean, and Pastry Chef Brittani Szczecina has whipped up an appropriately football-inspired dessert that will leave you and your pals feeling anything but deflated!
Yields 12 pieces
12 each fresh strawberries
1 package white chocolate
1 package dark chocolate
In a microwave safe bowl melt dark chocolate
Holding by the stem, dip strawberry in chocolate, shake off excess and place on parchment paper
Let the chocolate pool onto the paper and then pick strawberry back up and place in new spot. This helps to avoid little "feet" to form. Continue with remaining strawberries and let harden.
Melt the white chocolate. Fill a piping bag and cut a very small hole. Pipe a vertical line down the entire length of the strawberry. Let harden.
Once hardened, pipe five horizontal lines to form the threading on the football and let dry.
Exploring Bahía Bustamante, Argentina
Called the "Argentine answer to the Galapagos" by the New York Times, the town of Bahía Bustamante is the ideal place for adventure-seeking and nature-loving travelers to explore beautiful Atlantic Patagonia. Although fairly isolated from the major tourist destinations of Argentina, Bahía Bustamante can still be reached by a quick plane ride from Buenos Aires. Flying into either Trelew, 250 km to the north, or Comodoro Rivadavia, 180 km to the south, travelers can take a private transfer of about three hours the rest of the way. Alternatively, for a cheaper option, visitors can take a bus from Buenos Aires to the town of Garayalde, about 60 km away, and from there take a private transfer. A final option, and the most adventurous of the three, is renting a car and driving down the coast along the scenic Route 3. Open for tourism from October until April, Bahía Bustamante is known for its seaweed industry and ancient petrified forest. With a slower-paced lifestyle and an intimate connection to the land, locals are passionate about educating visitors on the area's abundant natural resources and eager to see them interact with the diverse, native flora and fauna. Housing hundreds of wildlife species including sea lions, penguins, and marine birds, the Atlantic coast of Bahía Bustamante is truly a nature lover's paradise. Here are our favorite must-do activities for your trip: See Sea Lion and Seabird Colonies by Boat Sail through the Malaspina Coast to observe seaweed harvesting in action and learn about the infinite species of seaweed and mussels that grow in the coves. Sail on over to the islands in the bay to search for wildlife including sea lions, marine bird colonies, and penguins. Get up close and personal with these animals, who enjoy sunbathing just as much as you! Hike in the Petrified Forest Journey back to ancient Patagonia more than 60,000,000 years ago! The Petrified Forest, known as "The Pyramid," remains one of the region's top attractions for a glimpse into the past. Hikes along moon-like landscape afford sightings of foxes, armadillos, and skunks living among petrified tree trunks and colorful rock fossils. A walk towards its highest point gives way to a stunning view of the desert steppe below. As much as modern society has changed the natural landscape, it's refreshing to visit the "original Patagonia" that is still intact and thriving. Visit a Patagonia Estancia Surrounded by expansive Patagonian estancias (Argentine ranches) that raise sheep, Bahía Bustamante gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the gaucho culture of Argentina in a unique way. Spanning 80,000 hectares, these estancias mostly funcution to produce sheep wool and meat. Visit the corrals and learn about daily farm tasks like shearing, weaning, classification, and the marking of the sheep. Depending on the season, you can even try out one of the ranch activities. For example, those who plan their trip for the Argentine spring will be able to shear a sheep—one of the 20,000 being sheared during this season! Seaweed Harvesting Ever wonder what makes dulce de leche so sweet and rich? It may come as a surprise, but the natural gelling agent in seaweed is widely used in the food industry, especially for thickening dulce de leche. Learn about the health benefits, the widespread uses of seaweed, and the importance of the industry in the area at a local harvesting factory. Of course, there is always the possibility of just relaxing on the beach with a glass of malbec and enjoying life. This article was written by Will Collier on behalf of Say Hueque, a company specializing in tours to Argentina and Chile.
Don't Miss These Epic Super Bowl Sunday Ski Deals From Liftopia!
This Sunday, the only thing deflated will be the price of your lift tickets (we hope!) You might even want to skip the big game once you see the kinds of savings happening on Liftopia this Super Bowl Sunday! Here are some of the deals you can find on Liftopia's website for skiing in California, New England, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah, the Northern Rockies, the Midwest, and in the Pacific Northwest. Savings shown are based on regular walk-up window rates and are per person. California • Sierra at Tahoe: Up to 47 percent off; lift tickets start at $49• Diamond Peak: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets start at $38• Bear Valley: Up to 36 percent off; lift tickets from $43• Soda Springs: Up to 36 percent off; lift tickets from $27.99• Mt. Baldy: Up to 62 percent off; lift tickets from $25• Snow Valley: Up to 45 percent off; lift tickets from $34• Boreal: Up to 29 percent off; lift tickets from $41.99• Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $95• Homewood: Up to 13 percent off; lift tickets from $54 Nevada • Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort: Up to 23 percent off; lift tickets from $53.99 New England • Smugglers' Notch: Up to 43 percent off; lift tickets from $45.99• Mt. Abram: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $28.99• Mad River Glen: Up to 44 percent off; lift tickets from $41.99• Sugarbush: Up to 46 percent off; lift tickets from $49• Camden Snow Bowl: Up to 51 percent off; lift tickets from $18.99• Pico: Up to 33 percent off; lift tickets from $44.99• Suicide Six: Up to 49 percent off; lift tickets from $33.99• Granite Gorge: Up to 45 percent off; lift tickets from $26.99• Magic Mountain: Up to 44 percent off; lift tickets from $34.99• Mount Snow: Up to 18 percent off; lift tickets from $74• Sunday River: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $71• Stratton: Up to 15 percent off; lift tickets from $83 Colorado • Arapahoe Basin: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $60.99• Copper Mountain: Up to 30 percent off; lift tickets from $89• Sunlight Mountain: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $42.99• Granby Ranch: Up to 23 percent off; lift tickets from $46.99• Winter Park: Up to 20 percent off; lift tickets from $99.20• Loveland: Up to 21 percent off; lift tickets from $49.99 New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania • Titus Mountain: Up to 31 percent off; lift tickets from $30.99• Whiteface: Up to 30 percent off; lift tickets from $48• Shawnee Mountain: Up to 35 percent off; lift tickets from $38.99• Mountain Creek: Up to 34 percent off; lift tickets from $43.99• Plattekill: Up to 37 percent off; lift tickets from $36.99• Tuxedo Ridge: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $24.99 Utah • Snowbasin: Up to 26 percent off; lift tickets from $65.99• Brighton: Up to 22 percent off; lift tickets from $55.99• Sundance: Up to 46 percent off; lift tickets from $34.99• Alta: Up to 13 percent off; lift tickets from $72.99• Eagle Point: Up to 38 percent off; lift tickets from $29.99 Northern Rockies • Mt. Hood: Up to 32 percent off; lift tickets from $49.99• White Pass: Up to 27 percent off; lift tickets from $44.99• Anthony Lakes: Up to 49 percent off; lift tickets from $17.99• Mt. Ashland: Up to 37 percent off; lift tickets from $28.99 Midwest • Nordic Mountain: Up to 62 percent off; lift tickets from $16.87• Caberfae Peaks: Up to 57 percent off; lift tickets from $19.99• Little Switzerland: Up to 55 percent off; lift tickets from $18.98• Christmas Mountain: Up to 41 percent off; lift tickets from $23.99• Treetops: Up to 43 percent off; lift tickets from $22.99• Spirit Mountain: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $26.99• Crystal Mountain: Up to 42 percent off; lift tickets from $38.99• Shanty Creek: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $35.99 Pacific Northwest • Grand Targhee: Up to 27 percent off; lift tickets from $52• Red Lodge: Up to 28 percent off; lift tickets from $36• Snowy Range: Up to 33 percent off; lift tickets from $29• Lost Trail: Up to 40 percent off; lift tickets from $23
3 Ways Breaking Bad Fans Can Still Get Their Fix
As the commercials said, all bad things must come to an end. Breaking Bad may have ended, but we've got three ways fans of the show can still get their fix. If you're lucky enough to be anywhere near Albuquerque, N.M., where nearly the entire series has been filmed, catch a ride on The BaD Tour by the Albuquerque Trolley Company, a 3.5 hour open-air joyride that covers 38 miles and 13 main locations from the show including the exteriors of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Gus's houses, the car wash and laundry facilities that act as the meth-maker's storefronts, Tuco's headquarters, the ever-shady Crossroads Motel, and the infamous railroad tracks. To top it all off, you'll get a complimentary drink during a stop at Twisters Grill, the restaurant that doubles as Los Pollos Hermanos on the show. Tickets cost $65 per person including taxes and leave from Hotel Albuquerque at 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Old Town. Check website for available dates and to purchase tickets online. Please note that the tour is rated 'R' because of the show's dark subject matter and may not be appropriate for children. If you're short on time or if tickets happen to sell out due to the tour's popularity, the Albuquerque Trolley Company also offers an 85-minute long Best of ABQ City Tour, featuring a peek at several major sites from the show like Jesse Pinkman's house and Hank's DEA office during a fun trip through Historic Old Town, Museum Row, Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico, the historic Barelas neighborhood, and along Historic Route 66. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. Tours leave from Hotel Albuquerque at 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Old Town. If you'd rather discover the magic of the Breaking Bad locations yourself, the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau's website lists places of note and information for a self-guided tour of the hotspots like Los Pollos Hermanos and the Octopus Car Wash, both featured in the series. DIe hard fans of the show should not miss the chance to buy iconic "blue ice candy," rock candy colored to look just like the main characters' special product, from The Candy Lady, a specialty sweet shop located in Albuquerque's Historic Old Town. Also for sale are a slew of Breaking Bad t-shirts and other merchandise including Walter White's signature black hat. Blue ice candy packages sell for $1 each and are also available online—five packages for $5 and 10 packages for $10, plus shipping and handling. Walter White's hat replica sells for $45 in the store and online.
Book These Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day!
Boy, it's COLD here in New York! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, our minds are wandering to some of the coziest, quietest corners of the world, and our friends in the travel biz are not about to let us down. Here, some amazing deals to some of the most luxurious, romantic spots out there! Get All-Inclusive in Antigua!Elite Islands Resorts, AntiguaRelax on a perfect white-sand beach at one of the Elite Islands family of resorts in Antigua and you won't have to touch your wallet the entire stay! Food, booze, and watersports are included in one price. Now that's romantic! Rooms at the affordable Verandah hotel are going fast for Valentine's Day, but the $199 price tag is good through December if you book by February 28! Yes, You CAN Afford the Bahamas!North BiminiYou can have a Caribbean island experience without even taking an international flight! North Bimini is just three hours from Miami on a "SuperFast" boat, and was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite getaways with his wife Pauline. Find the island's Love Tree-legend says it brings good luck to those who kiss beneath it. Bimini Big Game Club's rooms start at $185 per night-the resort is popular for beach weddings right on the sea. Snuggle by the Sea!Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MassachusettsIf you think Cape Cod is just for summer, well, you're in for a romantic surprise! A gorgeous oceanfront view from the window of your cozy room, private Old Silver Beach waiting for a quiet hand-in-hand stroll, and a candlelit dinner from one of New England's top chefs! The Sea Crest is offering a Valentine's Day package that includes a luxurious setting, fireplace rooms, unforgettable views, and the pleasure of each other's company in an unforgettable setting, from $199 per night. Fall Into a Bed of Rose Petals!Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaNothing is as romantic as an ocean view right from your room. This February, starting at $141 per night, five Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts locations are offering a "Be Mine" two-night getaway package featuring oceanfront accommodations, champagne, chocolates, a Valentine's Day balloon bouquet, a romantic dinner, and rose-petal turndown service. If you choose the Avista Resort, you also get breakfast in bed. Say Ahhh... at a Spa!Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New MexicoSpa treatments start at only $12 at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, and rustic rooms with New Mexican furnishings start at $139 per night. Or camp under the stars for only $20 per day. Plus: The entire Springs and Spa area is a strictly enforced "Whisper Zone" so no one interrupts your relaxation time. You can also book a private outdoor pool with a fireplace for only $50 for the whole evening.