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Fun Facts: Pizza


For the love of pizza

For the love of pizza

Cowabunga dudes and dudettes!

In the spirit of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie I’d like to share some fun facts about pizza (TMNT’s favorite food). As many of you may know, the modern-day pizza originated in Naples, Italy and the circular bread topped with tomato sauce and cheese has been prominent around the world ever since. It also happens to be my son and boyfriend’s favorite food. This isn’t surprising news since 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly.

Other fun facts about pizza:

  • In 1889, Pizza Margherita was created in honor of Queen Margherita, who strongly preferred her pie be covered in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella).
  • October is National Pizza month in the U.S.
  • Pizza derives from the Latin root word picea, meaning the blackening of crust by fire.
  • Domino’s Pizza is the world leader in pizza delivery.
  • The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia. For more interesting facts, check out Pizza Fun Facts.



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Dream Vacation: Destination #5

Howdy Partners,

I’m bringing y’all to the good old U.S. of A. as Grand Canyon, Arizona is in this week’s spotlight. Seven years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a Las Vegas experience, but my only view of the Grand Canyon was the plane. I really wish I had taken the time to visit this majestic natural wonder carved out by the Colorado River.

Fifth stop: Grand Canyon, Arizona!

Map of Grand Canyon

Nearly two billion years ago the Colorado River and its offshoots cut channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau uplifted to create what CNN called a natural wonder of the world in 1997. Today, the river continues to erode and form the magnificent Grand Canyon. The canyon was granted federal protection in 1893 but did not make National Park status until 1919.

Grand view of the canyon

The Colorado River creates a barrier parting the canyon into the South Rim and North Rim; most people visit the South Rim while the North Rim has a short season. With an average distance across of 10 miles, it takes five hours to drive the 215 miles between the South Rim and North Rim villages.

Colorado River Separating Canyon


There are plenty of activities to do in this park, which receives almost five million visitors every year. There are free ranger programs, visitor centers, a museum, mule trips, view points, whitewater trips, bicycle rentals, and more. Audio tours via your cell phone and hiking are also popular.

Mule tour


For more information on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, visit the National Park Service.




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93 Days of Sun: How I Plan to Spend My Summer – Part I


Aloha People,

Although we’re a little over a month into the summer of 2014, I’ve already made some headway in my activities. To piggyback on my 5 Things You Should Do This Summer post, I’ve dedicated this blog to my summertime goings-on. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last 42 days:

June 18: Rebelution concert

June 21: Crab Fest with family & friends (water balloon fight included)

July 4: Fireworks & fun

July 12: A day out at Busch Gardens

July 17: Evening swim with family

July 19: Bonfire with family & friends

July 26: Bowling with my son

July 27: Backyard birthday BBQ

July 30: Happy Hour with an old classmate

August 2 & 3: Road trippin’ with the boyfriend

Road trippin'


I wonder what the next 30 days will hold…



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Dream Vacation: Destination #4

Godmorgen ven!

I’m in the mood for something unconventional this week. The first three destinations were all popular islands but now it’s peninsula time. I chose Copenhagen, Denmark because I loved the Little Mermaid movie as a child. And what better way to honor that timeless tale than to dreamily visit the hometown of Hans Christian Anderson.

Fourth stop: Copenhagen, Denmark!
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has come a long way from being a simple fishing village and trade center. Today, the capital city of Denmark is home to many famous sights and attractions, including Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace (home of the Danish monarchy), Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid sculpture. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the most visited Scandinavian metropolitan, drawing over a million visitors a year. I guess that’s good enough reason as any to visit!

The Little Mermaid statue is not only a popular attraction but also a Danish icon. Although the fair tale was published in 1837, it took about 70 years for a Danish brewer to commission the waterfront statue.
Little Mermaid statue

Tivoli Gardens: The world’s second oldest amusement park opened in 1843. This attraction is more than just an amusement park; it’s also a great place to people-watch and dine. This 21-acre park is beautifully landscaped with more than 400,000 colorful flowers. Rumor has it that this place may have inspired Walt Disney with his theme parks.
Tivoli Gardens

Frederiksberg Palace: You can’t go to any European city without visiting a palace. Completed in 1703, this palace was only used as the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century. Now, anyone can visit and relax on the 25 acres of Frederiksberg Park.
Frederiksberg Palace

Rosenborg Castle was built in a Dutch Renaissance-style designed by Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel for Christian IV of Denmark. The castle is now open to the public for tours and its museum is home to the Royal Collections, artifacts spanning the royal Danish culture from the 16th to the 19th century.

Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is supposedly one of Europe’s biggest, comprehensive international music events. The city streets, squares, clubs, and concert halls have strummed each summer with live jazz since 1979. The festival begins the first Friday in July and runs for 10 uninterrupted days.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival


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