Friday, July 18, 2014

Warm Spinach Quinoa Dinner Salad Recipe

I am a little overdue on the postings here and I do apologize.. BUT.. it's only because I have been so inspired by summer and cooking up a storm! In the next few weeks I have some great summer recipes to look forward to and we have a trip to Vegas booked! Obviously with it being summer we are all trying to eat healthy and trim up. Recently the brakes went out in my car and I was stuck at home for the evening and came up with this tasty and filling dinner salad. This recipe is extremely simple, delicious, and healthy I encourage you to try it! You can pick up these few things from the store and be eating in 20 minutes!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tropical Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Lime Rice

Jay and I have been on a fish kick lately. From ceviche to sushi to grilled salmon we have been eating all and everything lean we can get our hands on! With the hot summer days it's just so refreshing to have a light and lean dinner! The other day Jay decided to experiment with some flavors and made this amazing salmon with broccoli and pineapple. Needless to say it was probably the most delicious and flavorful fish we have made so far. We normally just make the same few dishes over and over until we get sick of them so this was a huge change for us. The next day we were so inspired by this fruit/fish combo that we decided to take things to the next level! This post will be about our collaboration on a tropical fish dish! With my Chipotle cilantro lime rice recipe and Jay's new addiction to pineapple we were able to make a new staple dish in our home! Tropical Mahi with Cilantro lime rice coming right up!!

Tropical Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Lime Rice
Tropical Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Lime Rice

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paris Part Two- Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Jay's Survival Guide to Paris 

Planning is the key but your flexibility and adaptability will be tested.
I book my flights before hotels; you have 24 hours to cancel any flight booked directly with most airlines.  A direct flight is best if possible but landing time is the most important.   You will want to use (see previous travel posts) to find the best days  and cities to fly out comparing cost and landing times.  Ideally you will select a flight that lands between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  It will take you up to an hour to get out of the airport and 45 minutes to get to Paris once you get out.   This puts you after morning rush hour and before evening rush hour and your room should be ready for check in or you can grab a bite to eat nearby after you drop your luggage in the lobby.  There is nothing more miserable than arriving at the hotel at 8:00 AM after flying all night, tired, and smelly and being told your room will not be available for six or seven more hours.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Jay's Corner: Miles and Miles- Part One

Miles and Miles
Part 1:  Elite Miles

Terms you need to know:
FF Miles – Frequent Flier miles  - you spend these
EQM or MQD – Elite Qualifying Miles or Medallion Qualifying Miles – These are Status Miles
MR – Mileage Run – a set of back to back flights with a goal of getting a lot of miles cheap.  Like Oakland to Maui via Salt Lake and LA for $200 and 7300 miles with connections round trip. It took 3 days, 15,000 miles, 15 airports $400.00, no hotels, a few meals, 4 showers at LAX skyclub and 3 new friends.
MR/Trip – is my own creation where I find a good deal like Chicago to Istanbul for $600 round trip and I go and stay for a long weekend.  Purists don’t consider it a MR but it’s my blog.  I have only done on pure MR.
First we have to start off with the fact that there are two kinds of miles that you receive when you fly from point A to B and back.  You receive Elite Status Miles  these mile reset to zero every year.  You need to collect increments of 25000 miles to receive perks  on the airline every year.  I will use Delta because it is what I fly as an example.  The second type is Frequent Flier Miles (FF Miles) these you can spend for tickets and will be covered in Part 2 of Miles and Miles.

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