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TRAVELER AND TOURIST Issue 3 March/April 2018

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Hello &Welcome Spring is here and so is the third edition of Traveler and Tourist magazine, landing straight in your inbox and available for you to download and read at your convenience, on any of your devices, at any time. In this March/April issue, we explore a few destination vacations near and far, depending on where in the world you are located. Sevierville in Tennessee, Denver in Colorado and La Romana in the Dominican Republic are some of the feature spotlights. This month’s Design District looks at a downtown Los Angeles property with stunning interiors, and the Travel Diary brings you floral inspiration galore for your travel plans to bloom full force ahead. Locally, the Nowruz Iranian New Year celebrations were held in Los Angeles and you can read about that in the next few pages. The city is also home to the first human upgrade center from Bulletproof Labs – we have the scoop on that too. As usual, find reading inspiration in our Shelf Esteem column and a few more travel-related products that might be useful for you in On Our Radar. Upcoming events we are looking forward to are the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Scandinavian Festival This time, the winner of the monthly Traveler and Tourist giveaway filled with travel goodies is Gigi R of Colorado, who will soon be receiving a box of surprises in the mail. Don’t worry if you didn’t win this month, we will have another fun giveaway next month too so continue to get your friends and family to subscribe for a chance to win. Local and international themed goodies are in store. Here’s wishing you a spectacular few months of spring in your part of the world! If you haven’t already subscribed, head to TravelerandTourist.com to receive this digital magazine direct to your inbox every month. Happy reading.

Ruksana Hussain Publisher & Editor

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In this issue 8 4 Green Travel Diary 6 Healthy Highlights 7 Tech Talk 8 Great Escapes: Sevierville 12 Design District 14 What's Cooking 16 Colorado Vacations

26 22 Celebrating Nowruz 24 Restaurant Spotlight 26 Casa de Campo, La Romana 32 On our Radar 34 Shelf Esteem

Traveler and Tourist is published online monthly in California, USA and distributed digitally to subscribers globally. No portion of this magazine can be reproduced in any form without prior written consent via website. All information gathered is considered to be reliable but accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed. ISSN 2576-5175.

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GREEN TRAVEL DIARY A quick glance at the top international flower festivals to plan your travels this year!

APRIL 5-15 Petal to Plate in Carlsbad, California

market, guided botanical tours with culinary accent, concerts and folklore performances, educational and creative workshops for adults and children, outdoor yoga and meditations, exhibitions and lectures… and much more. If you wanted to visit Slovenia, here is your excuse!

The city of Carlsbad in California will focus on all things floral hosting five events and seven specials in local venues. Chefs, mixologists and wellness specialists are planting the seeds of their creative sides for Petal to Plate 2018, and are taking inspiration from violets, lavender, hibiscus, tangerine flower, Passion flower, pansies, chamomile, rose, elderflower, and even pollen to delight the senses in this year’s edition.

JULY 21 – AUGUST 3 Garden Festival in Singapore Enter a magical world of exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations in full bloom. Whether you are a serious gardener, hobbyist or just looking for a wonderful day out with the family, you are in for delightful treats. Held at the award winning Gardens by the Bay, this year’s celebration promises to be spectacular so get your tickets to be part of the magic.

MAY 1-31 International Flower Festival in Sikkim, India Sikkim has become the most famous tourist attraction because of its beautiful hill station lying in the lower Himalayas. The International Flower Festival is an annual event that is held in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The flower festival will be held in May, in the premises of the Governor’s residence. Many species of orchids, gladioli, cacti, roses, trees, ferns, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, will be displayed items during the show.

AUGUST 1-5 RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show in U.K. Due to popular demand, the annual flower show has now been extended to five days, with more opportunities to enjoy all that this floral extravaganza has to offer. The show offers an all-encompassing day out with specialist nurseries, gardening sundries, expert advice and demonstrations, as well as the chance to explore the garden in full bloom. Highlights include an Artists’ Pavilion, innovative floral art displays and more.

ALL THROUGH JUNE 12th International Wild Flower Festival in Bohinj, Slovenia Featuring Zlatorog’s Fairy Land (fun family weekend in Ukanc), gala opening and

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SEPTEMBER 21-30 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, Australia 100,000 people line the street as hundreds of flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city. This year’s wonderful theme is “Carnival Comes to Town – Laugh, Play, Hooray!” Street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey to Queens Park.

flowers transform the Conservatory into a holiday wonderland. Outside, colorful fountains dance to festive music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a half-million twinkling lights await. JANUARY 2019 Ginger Flower and Food Festival in Australia A huge event on the Sunshine Coast, featuring informative garden talks where you can learn about ginger and heliconias and heaps of other plants that are on display. After you have browed through the festival, hop on the Moreton Ginger Train, a 115-year-old cane train, which runs leisurely tours through the tranquil gardens.

SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 14 Floriade 2018 in Canberra, Australia Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. This year, as they enter their third decade, they are fondly looking back on past event success and positively looking forward to future event brilliance. Complete with warmer weather, spring brings renewal, revival, growth and change. Floriade welcomes a reinvigoration and transformation of flowers, gardens, health and wellbeing. NOVEMBER 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough in New Zealand Described as New Zealand's premier garden festival. A springtime celebration of Marlborough's stunning landscape, it showcases the very best the region has to offer with a series of garden tours, garden themed workshops and social events. The full-day and half-day garden tours encompass everything from compact designer gardens in the heart of Blenheim to breath-taking country estates. ALL THROUGH DECEMBER A Longwood Christmas in Pennsylvania Poinsettias, magnificent trees, and fragrant

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FEBRUARY 6-10, 2019 Northwest Flower & Garden festival in Seattle This annual celebration is held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five magical days. No matter your style or needs, you’ll find inspiration for outdoor living, edible gardening, sustainability, and more. March 2019 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in Australia An exhibition dedicated to Australian landscape and floral talents, garden retail products, Australian lifestyle and outdoors, children’s gardens and animal farm, floral design workshops and Hall of Flowers, the event brings together local and international floral and landscape designers, professionals and other visitors interested in landscape and flowers. *TNT*


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BULLETPROOF LABS

WORLD'S FIRST HUMAN UPGRADE CENTER FROM BULLETPROOF From the creators of uber popular Bulletproof Coffee, the biohacking team of Bulletproof presents the fitness and wellness experience of the future with Bulletproof Labs.

Virtual Float Tank, 3D Body Scan, Heart Rate Variability and much more. Their mission is to help people perform better, think faster, and live better using a proven blend of ancient knowledge and brand new technologies, tempered by research, science, and measured results from our customers, top athletes, and medical professionals.

Whether you’re new to fitness or a pro athlete looking to up your fitness gains, improve physical and mental health or simply to detox and feel and look better, Bulletproof Labs has a unique collection of treatments and tailored fitness programs aimed at making you look and feel your best.

Customers of the Bulletproof® supplements, foods, and technologies already experience the difference in how you perform with those products. Bulletproof® Labs is bringing the Bulletproof® experience to the next level by making available, often for the first time, many of Dave Asprey’s favorite biohacking technologies, equipment, services, exercises, and treatments with the help of your own personal Biohacker Technician to experience the state of high performance where your body, mind, and nervous system work together effortlessly to help you perform at levels beyond what you’d expect. The Labs are the first of their kind and conveniently located right next to the Bulletproof Café in Santa Monica, California. Learn more at BulletproofLabs.com *TNT*

From virtual sensory deprivations giving you the benefits of meditation to resistance technology to increase strength in a fraction of the amount of training time and red light therapy, whatever your health and fitness goals are, Bulletproof Labs helps get you there. Bulletproof Labs is changing the way people think about and experience mind and body exercise by using the most cuttingedge, science-backed technologies available to achieve the highest state of physical AND cognitive performance. Supercharge your body and upgrade your brain at the first facility on the planet dedicated to biohacking. All of state-of-the-art biohacking equipment - much of which has never been used before in California — is unparalleled. Services offered include Cryotherapy, Light Therapy, Atmospheric Cell Traimer, Cold HIIT,

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TECH TALK

AWARD WINNING PEDESTRIAN NAVIGATION APP WALC

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alc is an app for all smartphones that gives turn-by-turn navigation for walkers with visual cues. Directions are based on landmarks like banks or restaurants, instead of instructing users to walk north, south, east, or west. Perfect for travel, exploring or just getting some fresh air while being environmentally friendly, Walc ensures you never walk the wrong way again. The app recently won the McDonald’s innovation Transportation Challenge as well as the BMW iVentures Future of Mobility Competition.

their experiences of city streets without getting lost. It is the first and only navigation app that gives directions based on things you can see. Instead of the usual ‘Head North’, the app pinpoints your location, and navigates you based on the landmarks around. For example, “Head left at the Starbucks”. Imagine walking around a new city, learning all about your surroundings without looking at your phone. That day is not far away. Bose’s new AR technology will track your gaze to know which direction you’re facing — goodbye little blue dot — and Walc will guide you to your destination.

Recently Walc collaborated with Bose to introduce Audio Augmented Reality Platform to the public, unveiling the future of mobile sound in eyewear prototype. The glasses allow you to hear, making travel easier by transforming sightseeing into sight hearing, like telling you which way to turn toward your departure gate while checking in at the airport.

The app is the brainchild of young entrepreneur, Allison McGuire, who left her previous dream job on Capitol Hill to pursue her Walc is responsible for dream of creating creating the travel portion a pedestrian of the platform. The app navigation app allows users to leave the Image provided by brand around her passion car behind and explore for exploring on foot – and is quickly and walking, enabling people to share their becoming the new ‘Waze’ of the walking world. experiences of city streets and fulfilling the The navigation app enables people to share vision for a walkable world. Walc.me *TNT*

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GREAT ESCAPES: SEVIERVILLE AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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id you know Sevierville was the hometown of singer and songwriter Dolly Parton? While the actress and author did her bit to put the area on the map, this Tennessee city has its own hits to entice. Whether a fun family escape or a solo side trip enroute to another destination, there’s plenty to experience here over a few days.

in advance. The pilot will probably even be able to point out to you the top attractions of the area from above! Another unique attraction is the Knife Museum – floors of knives and related instruments/tools as well as other items of interest will see you spending a few hours here. The foodie in you will cherish the smokehouses and barbecues in the area but a tour and tasting at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine will give you a better understanding of the local history associated with the spirits industry. Also stop by the Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store where you can visit the apple farms and try everything apple – from ciders and fritters to muffins and julep (recipe alongside).

Of course, your visit would be incomplete without checking in at Dollyland, Dolly Parton’s amusement park that is spread over 150 acres, featuring not just rides and food but also a few daily live performances and loads of related paraphernalia from her time in the entertainment industry. Don’t miss the 21 story tall Wild Eagle Ride when here. It is America's First Wing Coaster, which makes you feel like you are actually soaring high above the Smoky Mountains.

Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Rainforest Adventures – a zoo with more than 100 species of animals, reptiles and birds. While outward appearances might be misleading, this is a pretty large area to cover and some of the species here are truly unique including degu, genet, agouti, chinchilla, tamarin and serval.

If you prefer having your feet on the ground though, the hikes around the area help enjoy local sights while getting some activity in. The Smoky Mountains National Park is where you will find Mt. Le Conte – one of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains. There is an inn at the top but you will have to hike up the last 5 miles to reach it. This area has six eco zones and eight forest types, is the salamander capital of the world with seven unique species here, and contains 2,000 miles of streams. You will also find about 20,000 different species of mushrooms as you walk around. The visitor center at the park provides a wealth of information and guides that can direct your trail visit as well.

To keep the high spirits going, stay at the Wilderness at the Smokies, the year-round waterpark vacation located in Sevierville. Wilderness is home to the Wild Water Dome, Tennessee's Largest Indoor Waterpark, which features a see-through roof that will weatherproof your vacation and give you the opportunity to tan inside all year long. They also have two outdoor waterparks onsite. And if water isn’t your zen, then you can find some on the golf course as well. The Sevierville Golf Club offers two 18-hole championship courses for your leisurely pursuits. Tee time beckons! VisitSevierville.com *TNT*

Among other local attractions, the Museum of Aviation is a must. While here, you can also experience a biplane ride if reserved

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Previous page - Hiking at Smoky Mountain National Park, This page: Top L: Ole Smoky Mountain Moonshine cherries, Top R: Sevierville Golf Club in Wilderness at the Smokies, Bottom L: Dwarf goats at Rainforest Adventures, Bottom right: Biplane rides at Museum of Aviation.

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Above: Points of interest along the hike on the Appalachian Trail at the Smoky Mountain National Park provide a challenging course for amateurs and avid hikers alike. Be on the lookout for salamander and mushroom species that can both be found here in abundance. Below: The Wild Eagle ride at Dollyland is one for the memory books, among other similarly thrilling attractions in the 150-acre park.

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DESIGN DISTRICT : HOTEL INDIGO LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN (All images provided)

Located in the heart of downtown, this property embodies the city’s thriving creativity, urban vibe and unique multiculturalism throughout its interiors. Décor and floral accents across the hotel recall La Fiesta de las Flores, an event that showcased the city’s international melting pot since 1894. With neon lights that mirror world-famous L.A. nightlife, 18 Social features sweeping views of the dazzling lights that illuminate Los Angeles every night. Cityscapes

fill the walls in the rooms and pre-Hollywood glamour as well as the jewelry that accessorized the Golden Age of cinema inspires the spa style bathrooms. You will quickly notice the bursts of color and intricate patterns across the 18 floors. The lobby itself is a space worth spending time in while the bar provides a strong focal point and the restaurant provides yet another reason to not leave too soon. Learn more ate HotelIndigoLA *TNT*

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WHAT ’S COOKING? The Mamma Mia! Diet Live Healthier with these Authentic Recipes Images and recipe provided

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he Mamma Mia! Diet brings the health benefits of a Mediterranean-style program with Italian flair and flavor. It is authentic, effective, delicious and fun. The Mamma Mia! Diet is more than just a meal plan—it’s a complete lifestyle guide. Based on an improved version of the classic Mediterranean diet, the Mamma Mia! Diet provides modernized versions of healthy Italian dishes featuring olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish and poultry, whole grains and, yes, wine! There are over 60 recipes so here are two for you to try: PASTA SALAD WITH MACKEREL Total preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 11–12 minutes Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 3.5 oz (100 g) whole durum wheat bow-tie pasta 5 oz (140 g) cherry tomatoes

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2 garlic cloves, cut in half 10–15 basil leaves 5 oz (140 g) canned mackerel, in extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons Taggiasche olives or black olives, pitted 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with hot chili pepper Sea salt, to taste Directions Wash cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Place in a bowl with garlic and add a pinch of salt. Let rest for 5 minutes to release the water. Remove garlic and drain water from tomatoes. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta al dente for about 11–12 minutes, according to the instructions on the package. In a bowl, mix drained and cut pieces of mackerel, tomatoes, and olives. Shred basil leaves by hand and add. Drain pasta al dente and rinse with cold water. Add to the mix. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and serve at room


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temperature. You can store this dish in the refrigerator in a sealed container for 1 day. It is a delicious lunch box dish for summer.

glass container. Pour on orange juice, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Heat a nonstick pan to medium. Pour in chicken with orange juice and cook until juice glazes. While cooking, add salt and pepper to taste. Decorate a serving plate with orange slices, arrange chicken as desired, and add granola pistachios on top (with some whole pistachios, too). Serve warm with steamed basmati rice (1 serving is equal to about Âź cup or 45 g) and sautĂŠed vegetables on the side.

MARINATED CHICKEN BREAST IN ORANGE JUICE WITH PISTACHIOS Total preparation time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes marinating Cooking time: 10 minutes Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 10 oz (280 g) chicken breast, sliced 2 medium blood or Navel oranges + 1 orange, finely sliced, for garnish 2 tablespoons toasted granola pistachios + some whole pistachios for garnish Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn is an Italian pharmacist, researcher and food writer. Cooking, eating healthy food and staying active have always been her life-long passions. Paola Palestini is a biochemistry professor at the Medical School of the University Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She is the author of 76 scientific articles published in international journals. Learn more at MamaMiaDiet *TNT*

Directions In a nonstick pan, toast granola pistachios over medium heat. Stir often, making sure not to let it burn. Cool and set aside. Squeeze orange and place chicken in a

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COLORADO VACATION: EXPLORING DENVER AND BOULDER


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Denver Art Museum (DAM) is one of the largest in the western US and known for its collection of Indian American art. The uniquely shaped building (you truly cannot miss it) has won awards for its construction and design. The museum has Asian art, Western art, textile art and several other departments so your group, if you do travel with a larger party, is sure to find something appealing to everyone’s artistic tastes. The museum has a well-appointed The Museum of Contemporary Art gift store and also uses some of the outdoor Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art spaces for sculptures and installations. and culture of current times through rotating exhibitions and public educational Give yourself ample time for each floor and to explore the outdoor spaces as well. programs, featuring regional, national and international artists. They are known Denver Botanical Gardens has several for a wide range of exhibitions promoting themed gardens in its York Street creative experimentation with art and location. This includes Gardens of the ideas, serving as an innovative forum West, internationally inspired gardens, for a culturally engaged community. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a shop, library, and rooftop cafe. The building does look quite impressive from the outside and stopping by the café is highly recommended, given the beautiful views all around. ost known for its diverse geography, Colorado is a western state famous for its natural beauty no matter the season. While outdoor adventurers love the varied landscape for summer and winter sport, the cities provide an urban canvas for your travels. Denver, the state capital, is a worthy introduction to the area – make time for some of these spots there.

History Colorado Center opened in 2012 in the city’s Golden Triangle Museum District. It is a hub for learning and entertainment as also a place to shop and dine. It is dedicated to the history of the state, with many permanent and traveling exhibits, and opportunities aplenty for hands-on learning for adults and kids alike. As part of the Colorado Stories exhibit, highlights include a ski jump simulator and a short video on loop depicting the struggles faced by internees at the Granada War Relocation Center, an internment camp in Southeastern Colorado used to house Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A walk-through exhibit area shows the cramped conditions in the internees' quarters. 17

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ornamental gardens, water gardens, and more. Watch for changing sculpture collections around the area and interesting facts on different species. You could easily spend a few hours here but make it leisurely so you have time to spare to enjoy the garden in its entirety. This is a good getaway for some peace and quiet from the crowds at the other sightseeing spots.

For shopping, dining and other entertainment, try 16th Street Mall. This is a mile-long pedestrian promenade in the heart of downtown. Take a stroll along as you walk past shops, restaurants and other local and international brand name businesses. The Coyote Ugly Bar is located here in the Denver Pavilions as is the Hard Rock Café. The free mall bus is a great way to get around or you can also try the pedicabs which are a big part of the local scene.

The Colorado State Capitol is located in Denver - it is one of the prominent features in the city’s skyline, courtesy its golden dome. It also serves as a museum to the state’s history and you can find free tours by volunteers here or seasonal exhibits as well. A picturesque location and one you might recognize easily, especially given how regal the building looks from the outside. The gardens here are pretty too and it isn’t uncommon to find people walking around taking pictures for special occasions here. If you have the time, Denver Mint is located near here as is the Firefighters Museum.

For a fun tour and tasting, head to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, a local distillery, to see their brew house, bottling room and more. They are a fun bunch and make the whole experience enjoyable. Then sit back and sip on their creations in the lounge space. Coors Brewery in Golden – About a half hour to hour away from Denver downtown is the Coors Brewery where you can enjoy free tours and tastings at the world’s largest single site brewery. The tour is

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self-guided so you can do it at your own pace – you basically walk through the entire manufacturing process and then enjoy samples in the lounge area. The local businesses in Golden are worth a visit after.

tastings commonly found. You can also visit Celestial Seasonings for a one-hour tea tour of their facilities and a tasting after. If there is one dinner experience you must experience, consider The Fort in Morrison, an award-winning restaurant in a frontier themed replica fort, serving wild game, steak and other regional exotic American specialties. This is a very scenic spot and has been lauded in many national publications. The Tesoro Cultural Center is also located here and you can book a onehour tour of the fort with them to learn more about the history of the venue, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Colorado.com *TNT*

Depending on traffic and time of day, you can also do a trip to Boulder, which is about a half hour to an hour away from Denver. Definitely visit the Dushanbe Teahouse, which is a favorite with locals and visitors. The ornate landmark was shipped piece by piece from Tajikistan and built creekside here. Boulder and Tajikistan are sister cities so the building stands as a symbol of cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship in the community. You can also visit the Farmers Market when available here as well as Pearl Street Mall.

Bottom Left: Denver Convention Center, Bottom right: Denver MCA, Facing Page: Denver Botanical Gardens.

The Redstone Meadery located here is a nice change from the wine and beer

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CELEBRATING NOWRUZ THE IRANIAN NEW YEAR

For the 10th year in a row, Farhang Foundation organized the largest celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, this time at UCLA. The event, free and open to the public, gives guests the opportunity to explore Iranian culture, one of the oldest in the world, while also embracing the first day of spring—that universal time of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated on the vernal equinox in Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, the U.S., India, Tajikistan, and Turkey, the New Year, called Nowruz (new day), is welcomed with vibrant displays of culture by more than 75 million people around the world. The day’s festivities in Los Angeles included musical acts, children’s arts and crafts, a colorful Iranian spring walk with participants in national costumes, a traditional Iranian Haft Sin display, Iranian dance, and more. The Djanbazian Dance Company delighted audiences with a series of Iranian dances incorporating both traditional and modern themes. The Daneshvar Children's Ensemble lead by Parisa Daneshvar is part of the Persian Arts Society Music Institute and performed a special Nowruz program.

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The Grand Haft Sin Display though was a stunning exhibit featuring an eye-catching centerpiece of Nowruz as would be seen in Iranian households to ring in the New Year. Families gather around an ornate fabric-draped table, laden with items that represent fertility, evolution, rebirth, prosperity, love, health and beauty. The larger than life exhibit was truly a showstopper. Described as "one of the wonders of world trance music," by The Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivated audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. One of top Balkan brass bands, DĹžambo AguĹĄevi Orchestra from Macedonia joined her with a horned brass band ensemble, a fusion of traditional Balkan, Gypsy and Turkish music influenced by swing, jazz and pop and film music. The L.A. DAF Ensemble featured seven women playing DAF together, a large Middle Eastern frame drum used in popular and classical music, dressed in traditional outfits as an all female ensemble lead by artists Arezoo Koochakan and featuring folks songs from all regions of Iran. While a rare United States performance by Iranian folk legend Sima Bina was planned, she was unable to join the celebrations due to travel restriction imposed on individuals of Iranian decent visiting the United States. Instead local artist and renowned musician Mojgan Shajarian graciously accepted to step in as the headliner for the performance at Royce Hall. The whole event was beautifully organized by the Farhang Foundation, a nonreligious, nonpolitical and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The Foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The Foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz (Iranian New Year) and Shab-e Yalda (Winter Solstice), theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. (All images provided) *TNT*

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RESTAURANT REVIEW FARMHOUSE LAUNCHES IN LOS ANGELES A new ‘seed to plate’ restaurant is now open at the Beverly Center. Led by Executive Farmer Nathan Peitso of Kenter Canyon Farms, the new dining concept redefines the traditional restaurant model by working directly with the region’s top farmers to grow, harvest, and create dishes available here. Peitso, a second-generation farmer, creates a seasonal farm-traceable ‘seed to plate’ cuisine showcasing ingredients at their peak each month. Think nutty squash, dense baby romaine lettuce simply grilled, ripe heirloom tomatoes, sweet melons, aromatic fresh basil and mint. The Spring 2018 menu focuses on peas from Kong Farm, cauliflower from both Weiser Farm and Kong Farms, carrots from Weiser Farms, and responsibly farmed meat, poultry, and sustainable seafood. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant launched amidst much fanfare with a grand opening reception in March. FarmhouseLA.com *TNT*

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n exclusive resort you will not want to leave – that’s Casa de Campo for you. Bienvenido! Pristine beaches galore, day trips to tucked away private islands, golf carts to traverse the 7,000 acres that comprise this resort and restaurant options aplenty, not to mention the gorgeous pools and cabanas sprinkled all around for your pleasure, this gem in the Dominican Republic is an open invitation to indulge in the sporting life. Cherish the warm Dominican welcome as you are whisked away to your casa, for muchdeserved relaxation on Minitas Beach, to bask in the cozy resort pool with Pina Colada in hand, or to savor the bright beginnings of each morning devouring a delicious breakfast of tropical delights at Lago Grill, overlooking the golf course. Located in La Romana, Casa de Campo is the perfect DR getaway whether you are a group of friends meeting up, on a family holiday or dashing away on a couples escape. Capturing the charisma, character and warmth of the Dominican culture, this discreet enclave has been a favored escape for the world’s financial moguls, politicos and celebrity elite

for the past 40 years. Now, it’s no secret why! Accommodation options vary from wellappointed individual rooms to stately mansion villas (garden, classic, exclusive and oceanfront) on property. Don’t let the resort’s vastness scare you – a well-laid out expanse to provide direct access to white sandy beaches and the suave golf course warrant it. 90 holes of golf created by celebrated course designer Pete Dye challenge you. Thirteen tennis courts, three polo playing fields and a comprehensive 245-acre skeet/trap shooting facility provide sufficient activity for the duration of your stay. From the imposing coral shores and winding fairways of the Caribbean’s #1 golf course – Teeth of the Dog – to the craggy mountains of Dye Fore and the undulating hills and lagoons of The Links, Casa de Campo summons your inner champion. And there’s more than golfing for guests here. Water activities like snorkeling, diving, sailing or fishing are a 5-minute golf cart ride away from your room. A day trip to Isla Catalina, a private island located off the southeastern

L: Desserts at La Cana in Casa de Campo. R: Your vehicle of choice to move around the large resort area.

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coast of Casa de Campo, is a short cruise into the blue waters. Awaiting you on the other side are music, much to eat and drink, marvelous weather to soak in the sun or the water, as is your desire. Back on Casa de Campo, choose from horseback riding along Dye Fore at Rancho Peligro - 10,000 acres of back country owned by the resort or kayaking down the Chavon River, adventurously winding between mountains and surrounding 300-feet cliffs above, to catch a glimpse of the beautiful mansions built along this waterway. Exploring Altos de Chavon is a must. A captivating, man-made marvel of epic proportions, it is an architectural wonder - a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving.

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This page: More scenes from Altos de Chavon and the Casa de Campo campus including art galleries and restaurants, Next page: Fresh fruit and seafood form part of the culinary fare served at the Casa de Campo daily breakfast overlooking the golf courses.

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Altos de Chavon was built as a center of culture for the Dominican people. Residents, tourists and working artists flock to this magically inspirational venue. Don’t be surprised to see a few school kids stumbling through the space as they learn about their country’s history just as you do. Stroll along cobblestone streets and absorb the architectural grandeur of days gone by as you take in the detailed quality of craftsmanship. Breathtaking venues here supply memorable backdrops for milestone celebrations. The plazas and terraces are just a few of the sites available for special occasions. At the heart of the village is the Church of St. Stanislaus - a treasured site for many weddings whose brides and grooms come from around the world to be married at this spot. Time flies when you are having fun so come prepared for an unforgettable experience enjoying the sporting life, and discovering for yourself why Casa de Campo is one of the Caribbean’s most popular resorts. CasaDeCampo.com *TNT*

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ON OUR RADAR Some of our monthly favorites for your consideration

As always, here are some of our monthly favorites in travel and lifestyle from regional and international businesses: 1. THE AWESOME COMPANY A brand that is set out to make the world more awesome through the creation of beautiful handmade goods prepared from fiercely championed sustainable materials, and employing and empowering amazing people on the autism spectrum. The Awesome Company believes in putting the awe in awesome by standing for positivity and encouraging everyone to celebrate themselves, give to others and embrace everything around us that is awesome. Curated products from The Awesome Company include cozy pillows, totes and apparel/goods for men, women and children that are 100% customizable and made from pure Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, certified green dye and sustainable materials. 2. BIG HEART TEA Big Heart Tea Co. is on a covert mission to infiltrate your everyday beverage experience with healthful, all-natural herbal tea blends. These teas taste so good that you don’t even have to be into food medicine to enjoy them. In fact, they’re made to simply taste great and make you feel great. Big Heart Tea Co. is a brand that tells the story of its plants, without pretense, to the everyday shopper - all wrapped up in a cute little package that will transform your dusty tea shelf. The company was created based on the founder’s love affair with beautiful, golden turmeric which inspired her first ever tea

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blend - Cup of Sunshine. In fact, they’ve been making turmeric tea since 2012 and their latest turmeric golden milk product, Sunshine Dust, is triple stone milled with fiery ginger and peppercorn and has infinite culinary uses (like matcha). 3. AQUABIONIC ABS The world’s first aquatic boot-binding system for diving fins is here. The aqubionic aquatic binding system (abs) is comprised of hybrid aquatic shoes with specialized boot sole binding inserts, step-in binding clips and modular blades that are available for different performance parameters. Harnessing strategies found in marine mammals, patented warp (water adapting responsive propulsion) technology anticipates a diver’s kick impulse and amplifies the strength and kick style of any diver by adapting the fin blade profile during use. Now available for 35% off the future retail price. 3. G-RO LUXE CARBON FIBER COLLECTION G-RO, the line of award-winning smart carryons recognized for reinventing the wheel with its large, dual-wheel design and GravityRoll™ technology, has new 2018 offerings with the launch of its Carbon Fiber Collection and new colors, available now. Inspired by the needs of the modern traveler and dedicated to delivering unmatched durability and impeccable design, G-RO’s new offerings include an entirely new collection made of luxe carbon fiber, a sleek material that’s extremely durable; a new bag color added to its Classic Collection: rich burgundy; and a new wheel/handle color: gold, available in its Carbon Fiber Collection. Known for its unique strength and lightweight properties, G-RO has applied a special textile form of carbon fiber to its Carbon Fiber Collection Carry-On in a sleek, distinctive pattern, making the bags more resistant to sharp objects and water. *TNT*

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SHELF ESTEEM Guides and photography to inspire your next adventure this year. (All images provided)

CAPE COD NOTEBOOK: AN ALTERNATIVE GUIDEBOOK TO THE BEACHES OF CAPE COD

By Betsy Medvedovsky

This minimalist travel guide is part journal, part field notebook. Divided by region, the notebook includes detailed maps and space for journal entries. Each page lists icons with key pieces of visitor information for the beaches, such as parking fees; food, shower, and boat ramp availability; and whether Rover is welcome, leaving plenty of space to capture beach memories in writing or sketches. Betsy Medvedovsky is a visual designer who loves Cape Cod and its beautiful beaches. Each town map highlights beach locations and notes bike, pedestrian, car, and handicap access. Discover your own favorite stretch of sand under the sun, and a reminder of all the beaches visited and those left to explore. CUBA THEN: REVISED AND EXPANDED

By Ramiro A. Fernandez

Coming this June: Vintage photographs and ephemera from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernandez, the most extensive archive of Cuban photography outside of the island nation. Much of this collection is little seen and never published, presenting a rich spectrum of personalities spanning more than a century: aristocratic race-car drivers, movie actors and showgirls, magicians, and spies; from Fidel Castro drinking a Coca-Cola on a public bus to celebrities like Celia Cruz, Winston Churchill, and Maria Felix. This new edition contains 30 new pages and more than 100 newly selected photographs for a total of 320 pages and presented in hardcover format. VILLAGES OF WEST AFRICA: AN INTIMATE JOURNEY ACROSS TIME

By Steven and Cathi House

Art and especially architecture are often seen as the exclusive realm of formally trained experts. Award-winning architects Steven and Cathi House explore the other side of that reality in a part of the world that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years. With more than 500 photographs and insightful commentary, they reveal the remarkable beauty of the people, land, villages, textiles, and vernacular architecture across seven countries of West Africa, situated between the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. With their clarity, function, and beauty, these villages are living models of what community life can be.

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Traveler and Tourist March 2018 Spring Issue  

Read all about Sevierville, Denver, Casa de Campo and plan your travels to global floral events. Reading inspirations, recipe corner, new de...

Traveler and Tourist March 2018 Spring Issue  

Read all about Sevierville, Denver, Casa de Campo and plan your travels to global floral events. Reading inspirations, recipe corner, new de...