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Oh My Pinkberry!

The frozen yogurt craze has been around for quite some time, but it is still spreading from coast to coast and town to town. Frozen yogurt, or “fro-yo” as many of us like to call it, is a more refreshing (and healthier) option than ice cream and other high-fat indulgences. I always feel much better about myself having frozen yogurt than other desserts. I have tried many fro-yo brands including 16 Handles, Red Mango, Swizzles, and Top This, but Pinkberry is my all-time favorite!

     

Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt flavors include Original, Pomegranate, Chocolate, Mango, Coconut and Green Tea. Additional seasonal flavors include Blood Orange, Peanut Butter, and Peppermint. Although Pinkberry isn’t one of those do-it-yourself places, you still get to pick from a variety of toppings that include assorted fresh fruits and sweet treats. My favorite combination is Chocolate and Pomegranate with fresh strawberries on the Chocolate side and chocolate chips on the Pomegranate side. My mom’s favorite is Green Tea mixed with Pomegranate.

     

You can eat your treat in the shop, head outside to sit benches, or go for a walk. If you need to bring your fro-yo home… it is never a problem at Pinkberry! You can get your treats to-go and a small bag of ice is conveniently included to avoid melting on the ride home.

     

There are currently three Pinkberry locations in Connecticut: Fairfield, Greenwich and South Windsor (with a Hartford location swirling soon)! Some people say it’s the higher prices that keep Pinkberry classy, but I would say it is a perfect combination of lovely taste, all natural and always fresh products, and quality service. So next time you are craving something sweet, find a Pinkberry and go!* It will be your new classy obsession.

*Ask for a punch card because for each cup you purchase… you get a stamp! Once you get 10 stamps, you will receive a free small frozen yogurt of your choice! Also, remember to check-in via Foursquare to get points towards future events.

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Dominican Republic: Isla Catalina

Many tourists are afraid to leave resorts in foreign countries. However, there are always plenty of safe options you can take to discover what else is out there… especially in the Dominican Republic. For example, my Dad and I took a day trip to Isla Catalina. It was a few hundred dollars well spent (unlike the money I lost at the casino the night before). And what could be classier than spending the day on an exclusive island? Upon leaving our resort, the drive to the boat dock was about an hour and a half . Along the way we passed by many Dominican towns, schools, railroads, and sugar plantations.

 
 
 

At a tourist-friendly rest area along the way, I saw some little Dominican boys on the other side of a fence. They seemed happy and waved to the travelers but everyone was ignoring them. I walked up and started a conversation in Spanish. None of them could speak or understand much English besides “American dollars.” Although we were advised not to give money to any Dominicans or others who beg for it, my Daddy and I couldn’t help but give them some of that dinero they asked for. They thanked us gratefully and posed for some photos as a few travelers looked at us with disgust. As the famous verse goes, “And now abideth faithhopecharity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (Corinthians 13:13). Not only was helping these poor children the classy thing to do, but the Christian thing to do as well.

 

Once we arrived at the boat dock in La Romana, we hopped on board the boat and set sail to La Isla Catalina. Along the way we passed through Casa de Campo marina, which is famous for its waterfront celebrity estates. In about 45-minutes we arrived at the island of paradise… Isla Catalina.

  

 Isla Catalina has several private beaches, many  of which are owned by cruise companies (like Costa Concordia) so their travelers can explore and play on this heavenly island. There is no habitation or development on the island other than some tiki huts. Many swimmers, divers, and snorkelers visit Isla Catalina for its turquoise waters that are filled with coral reefs and sea creatures.

  

 Activities for the day included suntanning, snorkeling, banana boating, tubing, and swimming.

A Dominican barbeque was served for lunch, which included hot dogs, chicken kabobs, lobster, cajan pork, and all the typical backyard barbeque side dishes with a tropical island twist. I was definitely a bit nervous to eat the food for health purposes but I just had to trust it. It ended up being a unique (and tasty) cultural experience.

  

Daddy and I spent the last of our time on La Isla Catalina hanging out in our classy beach attire and praying that the storm clouds rolling in would hold off. Luckily they did.

  

As we headed back to the mainland, we enjoyed drinks and dancing on the boat. There was a fantastic view of the sugar mill that La Romana is known for. Each day sugar churns inside the factory and smoke pours out of its tall stacks. The sugary-scented breeze can be smelled for what seems like miles! Just around the corner, we passed by the largest Italian cruise ship, a Coasta Concordia. Please note it was not the same ship that was involved in the tragic accident off the coast of Italy in January.

  

Isla Catalina was an effortless exploration that I would love to experience again. Still, there was one last stop on our little adventure that turns out being one of my favorite places…Los Altos de Chavón.
Post. Coming. Soon.

Xoxo,
Lindsay

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Crazy for Camden Markets

One of the many things London is famous for is its shopping and perhaps the city’s most famous shopping experience is Camden Markets. Take the Underground Northern Line to Camden Town or Chalk Town Road to get lost in a maze of marvelous markets. The marketplace is the compulsive shopper’s paradise where you can find anything and everything at fairly reasonable prices.

 

The merchant-rich streets are home to stores and stalls of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home goods from antique to modern modes. Most clothing and accessories date back from the 1980s to 1950s. Shoes and accessories are the most common find and can be from as far back as the 1930s.

 

You can find booksellers with carts and walls of all types of literature. Throughout Camden Stables market, you can find tons of antiques items that would be great additions to your home. So whether you are looking for a good read or a good decoration, you are sure to find it here.

 

Camden Stables is also your place to find trendy jewelry and alternative fashion.

  

If you are looking for distinct souvenirs, you are in the perfect place. There are plenty of take-home keepsakes that will remind you of your time in London. Be sure to do your birthday and holiday shopping here to guarantee irreplaceable gifts for everyone on your list.

 

If you need a break from shopping, there are plenty of savory snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are also tons of vendors that offer different international cuisines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time.

 

The World’s End and The Camden Eye are popular pub’s with a great atmosphere where you can have beer and classic English dishes with your friends and family. It caters to a classy crowd and is a favorite of Kiera Knightley.

 

Camden Market is like no other market in the world.

At the end of your day in Camden Town, you will have had the shopping experience of a lifetime.  Your purchases will consist of classy items for yourself, your home, and most likely close friends and family members.
So next time you are in London absolutely have Camden Markets on your to-do list.
You won’t regret it and your wallet won’t either.

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