Dec 24, 2013

The Winter Wonderland of Traverse City, Michigan (U.S.A.)

                                              Downtown Traverse City at Christmas

Two months ago I relocated to Traverse City never expecting this much snow BUT it does snow a lot around here because of the lake effect. As I get to know this region more and more each day I'm in awe of the beauty that Northern Michigan has to offer.

Traverse City a jewel of a city is nestled between two gorgeous peninsula's "Old Mission" and "Leelanau," The area is an outdoors paradise with fresh air and lots of sporting activities in the winter months. There's lots of lakes around here as well as vineyards and cherry orchards.

Traverse City is a "foodie town"with a multitude of tasty foods ranging from sushi to pasties. There are historic movie theaters, playhouses, yoga studios, art galleries, interesting shops and so much more.

As I get ready to prepare a Christmas Eve meal from the groceries I bought earlier today I marvel at spending my Christmas in such a beautiful place. Yes it's cold, yes there's lots of snow, yes the driving can get challenging, yes I have to work hard to pay the bills but the pro's outweigh the con's.

Please try to follow my upcoming post that reflects on all there is to see and do in TRAVERSE CITY and the surrounding area. There's a reason this area is attracting the rich and famous. Stay tuned.



Dec 11, 2013

Hints about Huanchaco

Huanchaco, a village on the northern coast of Peru won me over with its authenticity and friendly people. Although the beaches here are beginning to look a little run down it's still an amazing place to surf and enjoy the beaches.

It's very easy to walk around Huanchaco and you'll be rewarded with plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from as you circle your way around marvelous Huanchaco.

Adrianna's Recommendations:

Don't miss out on nearby Chan Chan, a World Heritage site. Chan Chan is a Pre-Columbian city and archaeological site. A visit here will let you witness what life was like in South America centuries ago.

Take a walk on the pier for great views.

Hostal El Ancla is a charming place for lodging.

Chocolate Cafe is irresistible. I ate her twice in one day. The house speciality is the melt in your mouth hot chocolate.

Unforgettable Peruvian Hot Chocolate (Serves 4)

4 ounces authentic Peruvian semi sweet chocolate, chopped
3 cups water
4 cloves and 2 sticks of cinnamon
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
1 cup whip cream

Boil the cinnamon sticks and cloves in three cups of water in a large pot for 10-12 minutes. Add the chopped chocolate and allow it to melt into the boiled water. Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla essence.
Mix gently and pour the hot chocolate into mugs. You can put some whip cream on top of the hot chocolate to make it extra creamy and rich.

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