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Make an Offering to the Buddhist Monks

April 11th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman










Luxury in Thailand’s Exotic Region

April 10th, 2014 • by admin

The bathroom has a view of the bedroom.










Experience the Ancient World of Siam

March 29th, 2014 • by admin


Walk Around Ancient Ayutthaya

March 25th, 2014 • by admin










Hertz NeverLost Means Never Lost

May 25th, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman








Hertz Rental Cars are located around the world!

Choose from convertables, luxury and green car options.

Joel Eckroth Sr. VP & Chief Information Officer of Hertz and Hertz Holdings.


Luxury Boutique Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

May 18th, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

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SANDY ZIMMERMAN WEARS METROSTYLE FASHIONS

Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health journalist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at:  sandyzimm2003@yahoo.com









Hertz Car Rentals- celebrating their 95th Birthday!

January 1st, 2013 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Hertz Car Rentals is celebrating their 95th Birthday!

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Classic Photos by Hertz Rental Cars)

The story began back in 1918 when 22 year old Walter L. Jacobs opened a car rental company with 12 Model T Fords in Chicago. He repaired and repainted the cars himself.     

By 1922 Walter’s yearly revenue totaled $1,000,000 which was considered big money then, maybe not now. His car rental company was sold to John Hertz who was the president of Yellow Cab and Yellow Truck and Coach Manufacturing Company.   

Paula Rivera, Hertz Manager of Public Affairs, reminisced, “At that time, owning a car wasn’t a main-stream American thing. If people wanted to get around besides using a bike, bus or train, the only other option was to rent a car. I believe he only charged .10 cents an hour.”  (Continued)

 









Meet the AKHA Tribe

March 13th, 2012 • by admin


A Unique Resort by the River

March 11th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Visit an Elephant Camp!

March 4th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman









Take a Bamboo Raft down the Jungle River

February 9th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Karen Long-Neck Tribe, Inside a Bamboo Hut

January 28th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Exciting Sculptures from around the world!

January 12th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman
The Arch

Maker of Peace

Three Sisters Fountain

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Sedona’s Flaming Mountains

January 7th, 2012 • by Sandy Zimmerman

COFFEE POT ROCK

 (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Sedona is a very special place of beauty and enchantment. Their flaming red mountains and unique rock formations brighten the sky.

When you visit Sedona, the experience is unforgettable!   

BELL ROCK

Almost immediately as you drive along the highway entering Sedona the colors suddenly change to different shades of red and the scenery seems to sparkle.

The road into Sedona begins the different shade of red.

CATHEDRAL ROCK

 

(SEE the Sacred Eagle Estate’s VIDEO, LOOK ABOVE at

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California Wild Animal Tours

December 7th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Seeing all of the wild animals at Safari West is very exciting but you should take time-out to dine at their restaurant. 

Mark De Witt, Restaurant Manager, feels, “We have the only restaurant in Sonoma County without any wall paper you can just look out at 180 flamingos, 13 giraffes, and other wildlife.”

What a wonderful outdoor setting! Dine outside with nature all around you or in the dining room.

With a change of menus every day, their African dinners include an all-you-can-eat gourmet salad buffet, several BBQ entrées, vegetables, potatoes, rice and desserts.

The family-style 12’ long tables allows you to meet people and get together, for families and friends just like in the luxury tent camps in Africa.


Visiting an Organic Winery

November 30th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

Whenever you are near Northern California’s wine country it is time to visit one of the 350 wineries!

I stayed at the Farmhouse Inn, in Forestville, a great location for a quick 15- minute drive to the Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate close to Sonoma.  Michel-Schlumberger is an organic winery with an entirely different approach to growing grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Morris, Vice President of Marketing and Direct Consumer Sales, walked with me on a tour of the vineyards. “In organic farming everything is about building soil health and building nutrients in the soil naturally. Instead of using pesticides or herbicides, our winery uses nature in planting, farming and a lot of different ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


A Dinner can become a Feast

November 4th, 2011 • by admin

 

Gaviotas Restaurant inside the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman ) 

When we arrived at Gaviotas Restaurant, their setting was startling. Just a few steps from the beach and beautiful Bandaras Bay, Gaviotas was the perfect place to watch the sunset. As we walked in, the atmosphere had touches of elegance with their unique mega- man-sized candles created by overlapping melted candles into an enormous base to place smaller candles. The pianist played ballads and love songs to set the mood. We were already beginning to enjoy ourselves.

Man-Sized Candles made with overlaping melted wax for a Giant Candle Holder

Gaviotas is truly everything you would want in a gourmet restaurant. Instead of simply ordering an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the menu, Roberto Cortez Rosendiz, Maitre Sommelier, and Executive Chef Roberto Alcaraz Linares, created a special five- course menu which provided a sampling of several dishes paired with international wines. What a feast!

You can eat the tree, branches, flowers and cakes!

Sommelier Roberto presented the first course their False Ravioli included scallops, mango, vinegar, Chile and lime gelatin. The light Sauvignon Blanc Rincones Wine from Chile had a fruitiness that paired well with the appetizer. Roberto discussed the details about the preparation of the False Ravioli and the qualities of the Chilean wine which he called “aromatic, soft and sensual.”

I have tasted salmon prepared in many ways but Chef Roberto was so creative for the second course, his Salmon Tart combined the flavors of chopped salmon, green Chile, onions, cilantro, lemon and Tajin, a tangy spicy seasoning.  

The seasoning awakened the salmon without overpowering its flavor. The tart was so tasteful I would have enjoyed it as an entrée. 

Steak & Coconut Shrimp!


From the Farm to the Table

November 4th, 2011 • by admin
Seared Diver Scallop with Mashed Potato and Squash Carpaccio (Photo by Farmhouse Inn) (Art by Sandy Zimmerman)

 My trip to northern California had so many surprises. I was impressed by the Farmhouse Inn, even breakfast was an event!  Yes, Inns are usually known for their breakfast but here they served a complimentary two course made-to-order gourmet meal. 

I had a first course of Donut Muffins and strawberries with golden balsamic vinegar. Then there was a choice from two second- courses. Either Huevos Rancheros (Eggs Rancheros) poached fresh eggs from their own farm along with black beans, chorizo, queso fresco, home- made salsa and fried tortillas or baked Blueberry French toast. The French toast was different from any other French toast I have ever tasted with their nightingale baguette, blueberries, salted pecans, Chantilly whipped cream, blueberry-maple syrup, and cherry wood smoked bacon.  It was so tasty and such a flavorful combination! Another breakfast featured Mascarpone stuffed French toast.

Lamb Chops with herb curry Couscous- (Photo by Farmhouse Inn) (Art by Sandy Zimmerman)

Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, the owners of the Farmhouse Inn, offer such great menus which change daily so you should be ready for spectacular taste treats.  Catherine feels, “A farmhouse is what everyone dreams a farm house could be. The experience we are offering is unique. Our food is wholesome and nutritious.  Most of the time, the eggs are from our own chickens and the produce from our gardens.”

Murals of five generations of the Bartolomei family. (Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

Joe discussed their Executive Chef, “We have a Michelin Chef who spends half-a-day stopping at 4-5 gardens while getting from his home to work. He returns with boxes and boxes of produce and decides his menu each day. No menu stays longer than a day. The fruit you eat was on the vine eight hours earlier. It is that quick and that fresh.

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit- (Photo by Farmhouse Inn)- (Art by SZ)

 

 

 


Africa is in California!

November 2nd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman) 

I found some very exciting attractions while touring northern California! Safari West is compared to the African Serengeti! The sounds of animals greet you at the entrance.  Safari West is not a zoo.     

Terry, one of the guides, drove me up to the mountains around the 400 acre wildlife preserve in an authentic Safari vehicle.  It was an eerie feeling when he got out to open the gate, drove in and closed the gate behind us. We were in the enclosure with the wild animals! The public must stay in the truck during the tour and are not allowed to walk around.  There were antelopes and giraffes close enough to take their pictures.

 We could see how the animals live in their environment. The rhinos sat sunning and rolling around in the mud but they were too dangerous to allow anyone to enter the gate.  Some of the other dangerous animals were the Cape Buffalos.

Terry discussed interesting background facts, (Continued)


Enjoy a Romantic Setting- Sheraton Buganvilias-#1

October 17th, 2011 • by admin
  

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort (Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

What could be better? The Sheraton Buganvilias Resort is like paradise!  From the moment you enter the resort, the beautiful Bandaras Bay, the beach and the exceptionally large pool are just a few steps away. 

I especially love the pool because it is surrounded by Palm trees with one tall tree in the middle of the pool.

(Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

There is also a choice to enjoy their second pool designed with a waterfall, oversized Jacuzzi and bridge. Taking a stroll around the recreation area is romantic when you enter the covered walkway.

 
 
 
 

(Art/ 3-D Photo by Sandy Zimmerman)

I was surprised the window opened in our room so I was able to take photos and feel the gentle breezes.   



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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