Archive for the ‘Florianopolis, Brazil’ Category

  As the new year is just around the corner,  I’m reminded of  Ponta Dos Ganchos, which could just possibly be one of the most gorgeous destinations in the world. If you are looking for a great sunny destination, why not try Brazil? Our family visited this dream destination last year. We celebrated New Year’s […]

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Ponta Dos Ganchos is a dream destination, where you can experience a taste of paradise. The 35-room hotel is an idyllic hideaway nestled in the hills near Florianopolis, a tropical island off the coast of Brazil and a short flight from Rio de Janeiro. Breathtaking views of emerald green and blue waters can be seen […]

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This Oysters with Cucumber and Mint Vinaigrette recipe is simple to prepare and absolutely delicious to eat. I discovered this fabulous dish when visiting Ponta Dos Gonchos, located  on a tiny island off Brazil called Florianopolis.  Talented Chef Luis Salvajoli served the most wonderful seafood throughout our stay, with a flair for combining unique, always fresh ingredients. […]

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What’s more fun that challenging two great chefs at Four Seasons Hualalai? How about creating a savory and sweet pairing for a the only certified organic tequila on the market? That would be 1 2 3 Organic Tequila (Uno Dos Tres). Spotlighting local ingredients turned out to be a fun challenge for Four Season’s Chef Angela […]

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The Four Seasons is known for its five star accommodations, fabulous food and exceptional service. Read on for an example of the  Four Seasons Resort Hualalai going the “extra mile.” I threw out a culinary challenge to Food and Beverage Director, Sebastian Hinsch, and Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa. How would you pair food with the only certified […]

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is known as much for its dining as it is for  luxurious hotel accommodations. Great ingredients, with an emphasis on farm fresh local selections, are the key. Food takes center stage. All photos in this post are from the new menu debuting tomorrow. Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa has been overseeing tastings […]

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Four Seasons has a reputation for great food, so it’s no surprise to find rising culinary chefs creating fabulous dishes at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Executive Sous Chef Nick boasts that Chef Angela is one of those rising stars. Check out her Grilled Beef Caprese Saladand her Hawaiian inspired Lobster Lillikoi Salad recipes. They […]

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Fresh lemon balm and lime juice  combine to make an unusual Ali’i Julip Cocktail, created by Bartender, Doug Schulman, at the Four Season’s Resort Hualalai‘s  Lava Lounge. Doug is a talented master of mixed drinks. Anything you want, he will either mix or create for you. The setting is spectacular. Background noise is the surf crashing on the beach […]

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These days it’s almost impossible to get my entire family, including the “Blue Baker,” on vacation. So, you can imagine it was pretty exciting when we connected in Hawaii this summer. There is nothing quite like the Saturday night beach barbecue at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. Executive Chef […]

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai always goes the extra mile for making its guests comfortable. And so it was that our trip to this dream destination came to an end. We had an extraordinary Thai dinner our last evening, prepared just for us by Executive Chef James Babian.  You’re probably wondering what was so special about […]

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