7.17.2017

Included with Hotel Stay:The Hyatt Brand Elevates the Breakfast Experience for Guests with Customized Parfaits and Breakfast Bowls



Fresh ingredients in Breakfast Bowls at Hyatt Properties
All photos in this post supplied by Hyatt and Getty Images

When families book hotel stays, many parents choose hotels that provide a complimentary breakfast for guests. Business travelers also keep their company travel expenses in check by choosing business hotels that offer breakfast. Bottom line, complimentary breakfast in hotels saves the guests money.

I've heard from readers in the past saying they don't always eat breakfast in the hotel because the hotel breakfasts are usually not very good in this select-service market.  Some say they would rather explore the area they are visiting by dining in local restaurants.  However, to many travelers, hotel breakfasts are convenient and for many, it is a morning necessity. The Hyatt brand wants its guests to enjoy its complimentary breakfast and are taking it up a notch by offering a new innovative breakfast experience that puts the power of breakfast in guests’ hands with customizable Build Your Own Breakfast Bowls and Greek Yogurt Parfaits.


Customized Breakfast bowls at Hyatt Place Hotels


I've stayed in both Hyatt Place and Hyatt House and on those stays, I thought the brand did breakfast service well.  When we were redoing our hardwood floors in our Raleigh home before putting it on the market to sell, I spent three nights at the Hyatt Place near the PNC Arena. The kids and I looked forward to breakfast each morning. It saved us money plus I didn't have to cook breakfast. 

Expanding on the “You’ve Come Too Far to Settle Now” platform, the Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House brands are inspiring guests to elevate their on-the-go routine with convenient dining choices that flex to meet their needs. The new Hyatt Place “Build Your Own” complimentary breakfast reminds guests not to settle when it comes toy the most important meal of their day. With the customizable breakfast bowls and Oikos® nonfat Greek yogurt parfaits, guests are sure to find the right balance to fit their morning routine – from premium ingredients, such as cage-free eggs and all-natural bacon and sausage, to more indulgent ones, including a warm caramelized banana yogurt topping.


Customized Yogurt Parfaits at Hyatt Place Hotels



Now available at Hyatt Place hotels across the United States and Canada, uniquely themed breakfast bowls and Greek yogurt parfaits are offered throughout the week to add variety for guests.

·         Classic American Bowl: Cage-free eggs, all-natural bacon or sausage, and a sweet side of pancakes or waffles (available Saturday-Monday)
·         Southern Comfort Bowl: Cage-free eggs topped with southern skillet potatoes, sausage gravy and hot sauce (available Tuesday)
·         Little Italy Bowl: Cage-free eggs topped with roasted Parmesan potatoes, all-natural sausage links and tomato bruschetta (available Wednesday)
·         California Dreamin’ Bowl: Cage-free eggs topped with ancient grain and kale blend, all-natural bacon and avocado salsa (available Thursday)


California Dreaming Bowls at Hyatt Place Hotels


·         Burrito Bowl: Cage-free eggs topped with roasted corn and black beans, oven-roasted sausage and potatoes, salsa and lime crema (available Friday)
·         Bananas Foster ParfaitOikos® nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt topped with bananas Foster compote and caramel (available Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
·         Tangy Berry Bliss ParfaitOikos® nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt topped with berry compote and French toast croutons (available Tuesday and Thursday)


The launch of these new breakfast offerings was celebrated with the first-ever #WhySettle Battle of the Breakfast Bowls cooking contest at Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South. Hosted and judged by Katie Lee, American cookbook author, host of Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites and co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen, the cooking contest invited five student chefs from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) to create the next iteration of the Hyatt Place Build Your Own Breakfast Bowls – in under 30 minutes! Submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges including Lee; Chef Mark Krystopa, director of culinary operations for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House; and Ksenia Avdulova, founder of @BreakfastCriminals, a digital platform dedicated to starting your day right.

Culinary Student Brooke DiResta created the Nomad Bowl. It will be on Hyatt Menu in 2018


The winning breakfast bowl, The Nomad Bowl, created by Brooke DiResta, featured premium ingredients including; soft-boiled cage-free egg, toasted ancient grains with kale, sausage crumbles and charred lemony asparagus ribbons. In addition to winning the coveted title of #WhySettle Breakfast Bowl Champion, Brooke also received USD $10,000 to continue pursuing her culinary passion  Brooke's winning bowl will appear on the 2018 Hyatt Place Build Your Own Breakfast Bowls menu.

Alongside the new breakfast experience at Hyatt Place hotels, Hyatt House hotels also recently introduced the new “Omelet of the Day,” enhancing the current made-to-order Omelet Bar by giving guests daily breakfast inspiration while on the road.

Omelet of the Day bar is available at Hyatt House


Additionally, the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands introduced new for-purchase menus in Knowing that traditional meals are evolving and consumers are changing their eating habits, the two brands incorporated new bar bites and shareable items into their menus, including street tacos, charcuterie boards, crafted sliders and more.

“Our guests are at the center of everything we do. We know they are looking for meals with high-quality ingredients and we want to be able to give them the opportunity to customize their dining options so that we can make every visit – from a one-night stay to a week – feel personalized and unique,” said Chef Mark Krystopa, director of culinary operations for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House.


Breakfast Bowls are part of your hotel stay at Hyatt Place


Visit our Book your Hotel tab plan your next stay so you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast from Hyatt. 

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7.03.2017

#OutaboutNC Family Adventure Idea: New Zip Line Adventure now Offered in Blowing Rock, N.C.


High Gravity Zip Line Adventure in Blowing Rock,NC

High Gravity Adventures, an aerial adventure park in Blowing Rock, N.C.opened a new Zip Line Tour on July 1, 2017 adding to the park’s aerial ropes courses, Ninja Ground Course and Giant Swing. Guests, age 11 and up with a minimum of 75 pounds in weight, can now enjoy a full day of high-flying, family-friendly fun in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

High Gravity Adventures’ new Zip Line Tour takes guests on an exhilarating ride high above the forest floor through the trees of the North Carolina mountains. Adventurers will fly over scenic ravines as they make their way through a series of zip lines and a swinging sky bridge, the culmination of which is a 1000-foot line that propels guests directly above the trestle bridge at nearby Tweetsie Railroad. The experience ends with a heart-pumping 70-foot free fall.

“With the addition of this new Zip Line Tour, High Gravity Adventures has become the ultimate adventure destination in the High Country,” said Carson Rivers, Vice President of High Gravity Adventures. “Our new Zip Line Tour offers an experience unlike anything else around. Starting from our treehouse, guests will soar through a forest wonderland, take in beautiful views, cruise over the Tweetsie Railroad trestle bridge, and culminate in an exhilarating 70-foot free fall through the middle of our existing adventure course. With this addition, guests can now spend the whole day at our aerial adventure park zip lining, climbing, balancing and swinging to their hearts’ content.”


High Gravity Ropes Course


Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock, N.C., High Gravity Adventures is a family-friendly adventure park that is ideal for adults and children alike. Guests can combine the Blue Ridge Course, three-person Giant Swing, and the new Zip Line Tour to create “The Ultimate Adventure” for only $89. Zip Line Tour will also be available as an exclusive stand-alone experience. High Gravity Adventures also offers aerial experiences for those that like to keep their feet a bit closer to the ground, with challenges of varying difficulty levels ranging from 15 to 50 feet in the air. The park offers something to please everyone, from adults to teens and children as young as four-years-old, and all activities utilize state-of-the-art safety systems and the latest technology.


High Gravity  Three Person Swing


Boone, N.C. is home to Appalachian State University and ski resorts in the winter. I personally love this area in North Carolina and have visited the area many times. These are some of my older and popular posts on for this area. I have stayed at the Mast Farm Inn, the Courtyard by Marriott in Boone, and at the Chetola Resort. 


High Gravity Adventures also has three hotel partners they are recommended by them.
Country Inn and Suites  and others. This area has lots of hotels for your budget. Go to my Book a Hotel Tab to book your adventure.

Adventures in Blowing Rock, NC


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6.27.2017

A Summer Shrimp Recipe that your Whole Family will Love


A shrimp pasta dish that the entire family will love



In the summer, I don't like to cook too much. And when I do cook, I want to cook a very easy recipe. Also, cooking for my family is not easy. Will will eat most anything I place in front of him. Liza is a carnivore. and seafood lover. She would do well on a paleo diet, but losing candy would kill her.

Jack, on the other hand, prefers his food in a restaurant.  There are only a few things that I make that gets his thumbs up. He still loves my broccoli, tofu meal and last week, I managed to make some darn good farmer's market butter beans that got his seal of approval. Other than that, he pretty much dislikes most items I place in front of him unless it is bacon, eggs, pancakes, steak, plain pasta, a stir-fry, tacos, or a Joey burger,

The other night, I made a Hello Fresh meal that everyone loved. I've been a Hello Fresh customer for awhile. I don't get meal kits delivered every week, but the convenience really helps me. If you have never tried Hello Fresh and would like to, email me because I have four free trials to send to friends.

This recipe was so good that I will replicate it on my own, and may even cook it on our extended family vacation this August.

Shrimp with Butterfly Pasta. Delicious.
A Hello Fresh Recipe


I think the panko crust on top of this dish made it even more delicious.


Ingredients
20 ounce
Shrimp
(ContainsShellfish)
1 unit
Lemon
2 clove
Garlic
12 ounce
Farfalle
(ContainsWheat)
2 unit
Red Bell Pepper
0.5 ounce
Basil
0.5 cup
Panko
(ContainsWheat,Soy)
2 teaspoon
Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoon
Olive Oil*
4 tablespoon
Butter*
(ContainsMilk)
Salt*
Pepper*




Instructions


Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.


Zest lemon until you have 1 tsp zest, then cut into halves. Cut one half into wedges. Mince or grate garlic. Thinly slice basil leaves. Core, seed, and thinly slice bell peppers.


Toss bell peppers on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.


Melt 2 TBSP butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add panko and toast, stirring, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Once water is boiling, add farfalle to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just al dente, about 9 minutes. Scoop out and reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain.


While pasta cooks, heat a large drizzle of olive oil in same pan over medium-high heat. Rinse shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add to pan and cook, tossing, until almost opaque, 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, tossing, until fragrant, about 1 minute more.


Toss pasta and bell peppers into pan with shrimp. Add lemon zest, 2 TBSP butter, half the basil, pasta water, and a squeeze of lemon. Bring to a boil and let bubble, stirring occasionally until a sauce has formed, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon (to taste).


Divide pasta between bowls. Sprinkle with panko and remaining basil. Top with a large drizzle of olive oil and serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over.


One-Pot  shrimp



Disclosure: Not sponsored. I do have four free box trials and a referral link like any regular customer. I loved this recipe. 

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