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Vol. 4 Issue 6

SUITCASE PACKING 101

CHECKED BAGS

Ready the Roof On the Lookout for Leaks

The Big Easy New Orleans, LA

Tartare of Pacific Ahi Tuna Eddie V’s Prime Seafood


TRAVEL TIME

IT’S IN THE

BAG

Nice Matters

Louisiana New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. This historically-rich destination is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is famous for round-the-clock nightlife, a vibrant music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. However, you’ll find history, art, and an eccentrically wonderful spirit with lots to see and do year-round. Source: NewOrleansOnline.com

I

t’s summer! Not only does that mean the heat is here, it also means seasonal storms are on the horizon. With hot weather and rain, it’s important to keep an eye on your home’s roof. Don’t wait for a leak to appear in your living room because by then the roof damage could be extensive. What can you do to be proactive and stay one step ahead of repairs? The first step to maintaining the integrity of your roof is to check that no tree branches are touching it and no debris is on the roof. Many homeowners can clean leaves and branches from their roof and gutters themselves. When it comes to inspections and repairs, however, it makes sense to hire a roof contractor skilled at walking on high and often fragile roofs. Most experts recommend getting a professional to inspect your roof annually to stay one step ahead of problems. Since roof projects can turn into nightmares when not done right, it’s important to choose a licensed roofing specialist. Be sure the contractor’s license is current and in good standing. It’s actually a criminal offense to contract without a license in many states. Don’t regret hiring a company that quotes a lower price but doesn’t have the proper certification and references.

PUT YOUR SUITCASE ON A DIET Gone are the days of steamer trunks. Only pack what you absolutely need unless you are off to a place where you can’t buy emergency items. Call ahead to your accommodations and confirm if there will be items such as toiletries, hairdryer, iron, or bulky items you’d rather leave at home. Check the forecast and consider the activities you’ll be doing to choose clothes accordingly. • Strategize your outfits before packing. • Edit your choices. No, you can’t bring everything.

Pack lingerie and belts in side pockets. Arrange shoes heel to toe along the border of your suitcase. Ziploc bags are your new best friends. Bring them for dirty clothes, use them for hygiene, makeup and spillable items. Keep ID, tickets, medications, eyeglasses and valuable jewelry with you. YOU CAN JUDGE A SUITCASE BY ITS COVER In those grandiose days of luxury tours and porters, luggage’s durability and impressive looks counted. Now with airline surcharges, weight is high on the list in choosing bags when traveling. You need wheels for lugging and lightweight materials for lifting. Carry-ons should be no more than 10 lbs. and 22 inches wide. Checked bags shouldn’t weigh more than 50 lbs. Check with your airline for their specific requirements. Remember, it’s a round trip. Packing for your return poses extra challenges such as where to put all the goodies you bought. However, worries about wrinkles and matching outfits are behind you. Just throw it all in and pray it zips up!

• Color coordinate around a neutral such as beige, navy or black. • Choose wrinkle-free fabrics when possible. • Recycle with clothes you can wear more than once. • Minimize your toiletries or decant from larger sizes. • Leave room for treasures purchased on the road. ROLL, LAYER, TUCK AND ZIP Packing is an art of minimizing wrinkles and maximizing space. Rolling your clothing into cylinders helps accomplish both. Fold clothes in half then roll from bottom to top. Layer heavier items such as jackets and denim on the bottom, then shirts and shorts on top. Items such as

What problems might a contractor find? Summer monsoons often cause wind, rain, and hail damage. High winds can lift edges of roofing materials and possibly even blow some shingles or tiles off. This allows rain to get in, leading to rot and mold problems. Rain and hail damage can be harder to determine until you get up close to the roof to inspect for problems. Excessive heat can also cause some roof materials to deteriorate. Tile roofs are beautiful and long-lasting, but they are heavy and more expensive than some other roofing materials. Also, the protective water-proof layers underneath the tiles usually need repair long before the tiles do, which means removing and then replacing tiles. While inspecting a tile roof, the contractor will look for broken or cracked tiles that need to be replaced or any openings where water can get in. These areas are often found near chimneys and flashing and will need to be fixed before leaks appear inside your home – look for cracks in the paint and peeling wallpaper as signs of water damage from a leaky roof. Professionals will also check for adequate installation, ventilation, and water-tightness. Once you know the roof above you is sound and secure you can relax knowing your home is protected and in tip-top shape.

HOMEWISE

FLAVORFUL

New Orleans

Roof Remedies

S

ummer temps are upon us and we want out! Whether you are taking a long weekend or a long vacation, you can’t avoid the onerous task of packing. Are you an over-packer, a chronic forgetter or just plain have a packing phobia? Learn some tips to get you on your way.

cocktail dresses and blazers shouldn’t be rolled, but rather folded and placed on top. Tuck plastic between layers to further prevent wrinkles and keep things clean – dry cleaning bags do the trick.

INGREDIENTS 4 oz Tuna, uniformly diced into ¼” squares 1 tsp Curry oil 1 tsp Sesame oil 1 tsp Sambal chile sauce Sea salt to taste 6 each Toasted baguettes 3 each Sliced avocado & orange filets Cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS Mix tuna with curry oil, sesame oil, Sambal chile sauce and sea salt. Shape tartare in 2” diameter by 2” high ring and place on the center of the plate. Garnish with toast and cilantro. Drizzle with more curry & sesame oils. Garnish with avocados and oranges.

EddieV.com

Tartare of Pacifc Ahi Tuna


TRAVEL TIME

IT’S IN THE

BAG

Nice Matters

Louisiana New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. This historically-rich destination is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is famous for round-the-clock nightlife, a vibrant music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. However, you’ll find history, art, and an eccentrically wonderful spirit with lots to see and do year-round. Source: NewOrleansOnline.com

I

t’s summer! Not only does that mean the heat is here, it also means seasonal storms are on the horizon. With hot weather and rain, it’s important to keep an eye on your home’s roof. Don’t wait for a leak to appear in your living room because by then the roof damage could be extensive. What can you do to be proactive and stay one step ahead of repairs? The first step to maintaining the integrity of your roof is to check that no tree branches are touching it and no debris is on the roof. Many homeowners can clean leaves and branches from their roof and gutters themselves. When it comes to inspections and repairs, however, it makes sense to hire a roof contractor skilled at walking on high and often fragile roofs. Most experts recommend getting a professional to inspect your roof annually to stay one step ahead of problems. Since roof projects can turn into nightmares when not done right, it’s important to choose a licensed roofing specialist. Be sure the contractor’s license is current and in good standing. It’s actually a criminal offense to contract without a license in many states. Don’t regret hiring a company that quotes a lower price but doesn’t have the proper certification and references.

PUT YOUR SUITCASE ON A DIET Gone are the days of steamer trunks. Only pack what you absolutely need unless you are off to a place where you can’t buy emergency items. Call ahead to your accommodations and confirm if there will be items such as toiletries, hairdryer, iron, or bulky items you’d rather leave at home. Check the forecast and consider the activities you’ll be doing to choose clothes accordingly. • Strategize your outfits before packing. • Edit your choices. No, you can’t bring everything.

Pack lingerie and belts in side pockets. Arrange shoes heel to toe along the border of your suitcase. Ziploc bags are your new best friends. Bring them for dirty clothes, use them for hygiene, makeup and spillable items. Keep ID, tickets, medications, eyeglasses and valuable jewelry with you. YOU CAN JUDGE A SUITCASE BY ITS COVER In those grandiose days of luxury tours and porters, luggage’s durability and impressive looks counted. Now with airline surcharges, weight is high on the list in choosing bags when traveling. You need wheels for lugging and lightweight materials for lifting. Carry-ons should be no more than 10 lbs. and 22 inches wide. Checked bags shouldn’t weigh more than 50 lbs. Check with your airline for their specific requirements. Remember, it’s a round trip. Packing for your return poses extra challenges such as where to put all the goodies you bought. However, worries about wrinkles and matching outfits are behind you. Just throw it all in and pray it zips up!

• Color coordinate around a neutral such as beige, navy or black. • Choose wrinkle-free fabrics when possible. • Recycle with clothes you can wear more than once. • Minimize your toiletries or decant from larger sizes. • Leave room for treasures purchased on the road. ROLL, LAYER, TUCK AND ZIP Packing is an art of minimizing wrinkles and maximizing space. Rolling your clothing into cylinders helps accomplish both. Fold clothes in half then roll from bottom to top. Layer heavier items such as jackets and denim on the bottom, then shirts and shorts on top. Items such as

What problems might a contractor find? Summer monsoons often cause wind, rain, and hail damage. High winds can lift edges of roofing materials and possibly even blow some shingles or tiles off. This allows rain to get in, leading to rot and mold problems. Rain and hail damage can be harder to determine until you get up close to the roof to inspect for problems. Excessive heat can also cause some roof materials to deteriorate. Tile roofs are beautiful and long-lasting, but they are heavy and more expensive than some other roofing materials. Also, the protective water-proof layers underneath the tiles usually need repair long before the tiles do, which means removing and then replacing tiles. While inspecting a tile roof, the contractor will look for broken or cracked tiles that need to be replaced or any openings where water can get in. These areas are often found near chimneys and flashing and will need to be fixed before leaks appear inside your home – look for cracks in the paint and peeling wallpaper as signs of water damage from a leaky roof. Professionals will also check for adequate installation, ventilation, and water-tightness. Once you know the roof above you is sound and secure you can relax knowing your home is protected and in tip-top shape.

HOMEWISE

FLAVORFUL

New Orleans

Roof Remedies

S

ummer temps are upon us and we want out! Whether you are taking a long weekend or a long vacation, you can’t avoid the onerous task of packing. Are you an over-packer, a chronic forgetter or just plain have a packing phobia? Learn some tips to get you on your way.

cocktail dresses and blazers shouldn’t be rolled, but rather folded and placed on top. Tuck plastic between layers to further prevent wrinkles and keep things clean – dry cleaning bags do the trick.

INGREDIENTS 4 oz Tuna, uniformly diced into ¼” squares 1 tsp Curry oil 1 tsp Sesame oil 1 tsp Sambal chile sauce Sea salt to taste 6 each Toasted baguettes 3 each Sliced avocado & orange filets Cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS Mix tuna with curry oil, sesame oil, Sambal chile sauce and sea salt. Shape tartare in 2” diameter by 2” high ring and place on the center of the plate. Garnish with toast and cilantro. Drizzle with more curry & sesame oils. Garnish with avocados and oranges.

EddieV.com

Tartare of Pacifc Ahi Tuna


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