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Magical Deliciousness! The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook: 75 Recipes for a Year of Magical Celebrations

Publisher's note: While we love Hogwarts and the Harry Potter universe, we do not condone the author's views and transphobia.

I'm so happy to introduce you to my favorite celebratory cookbook, written by one of my favorite authors. The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook: 75 Recipes for a Year of Magical Celebrations, by Rita Mock-Pike, is a treasure for cooking delicious holiday foods all year round. 

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#CelebrateBravo: Happy Birthday, Bravo! Cucina Italiana

One of our favorite Italian restaurants, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, is celebrating its 25th birthday, and we were invited up to our closest Bravo! location, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to celebrate. 

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#CelebrateBravo: Happy Birthday, Bravo! Cucina Italiana

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Music from Canada's West, for Canada Day

Midsummer celebrations take place across Canada in the time surrounding Canada Day on the first of July. How about music to go along? Canada has poured forth a wealth of singers and songwriters, from legendary folk poet in song Gordon Lightfoot to million selling country musician Shania Twain. For this year’s Canada Day, here are four artists who make their homes in Canada’s west.

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The Water War on Thailand

The year was 2555. Makeshift combat vehicles growled down the narrow streets of Khao Sok, armed with plastic weapons and an unending supply of ammunition. I watched as people scrambled to arm themselves for impending war, and I knew there was no way my comrade and I were going to escape the country without joining the fight.


Celebrate Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

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Mar 31, 2017 / 0 comments

The peaceful Central American town of Antigua, Guatemala, sits beneath dormant volcanoes that overlook quaint cobblestone streets, historical Colonial churches, and brightly decorated shops. Leafy Parque Central, abundant with manicured trees and the ever present Spanish fountain, occupies the very heart of the city. With its tranquil and calming ambience, it is the ideal hamlet for Guatemalans and tourists to sit and enjoy the highlights of Antigua. 

¡Viva Chile!

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Jan 14, 2017 / 0 comments

Chile turned 206 years old on September 18th! Experiencing the 18th in Chile was an insightful experience of the country's culture, history, and politics. It was a glorious day filled with intoxicating smells of BBQs, Chilean kites flying high in the sky, and everyone laughing and dancing with their loved ones. Looking back, here are some great ways I was able to enjoy such a historic day of a country that I’ve come to call my own.

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December 11 Festival Celebrates Holidays in Norfolk

Sunday, December 11, is winter holiday festival time in Norfolk, CT, where the town's merchants start celebrating at 10 a.m. with a day of extended store hours, dining specials, wreaths and trees, and special musical events.

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Top 5 places to celebrate your Bar Mitzvah In Israel

A Bar Mitzvah is an integral component and rite of passage for any young Jewish boy - or preferably man. It is the culmination of months - some may argue years - of preparation and a day that most young men will remember and cherish for the rest of their lives. A Bar mitzvah in Israel undeniably provides a young man with the catalyst to form an unbreakable bond with his Jewish heritage while simultaneously making unforgettable memories with his family.

Giant Kites, Bright Colors, and a Graveyard: Guatemala's Day of the Dead

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People scream as the huge mass of bamboo poles and tissue paper plummets toward them. At the last moment, it pulls out of the dive and soars back up into the air. Everyone keeps a watchful eye on the giant kite. I’ve heard enough stories to know that these things really can hurt.

Triana's Aquatic Virgin

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Aug 06, 2009 / 1 comments

I live in the Triana neighborhood of Seville. Triana, legendary (and some would say, mythological) home of bullfighters and gypsies. There's a certain romance here, I like to think, that you won't find in other districts. It's a nice neighborhood, made even nicer by the fact that we now have (yet) another virgin.