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The Growing Popularity of Alpaca

What is an Alpaca? If you’re like most of us, you visualize something like a Llama, but cuter, fluffy and maybe with giant eyelashes similar to a Muppet. Alpacas are part of the Llama family, which mainly live in mountainous regions such as the Andes in Peru. In the winter, their super warm hair comes in handy there and in the Spring, alpacas are carefully sheared to provide us with a soft, warm and natural fiber fit for an Incan God. "Baby Alpaca" or "First Quality" are used to indicate the unparalleled softness of an alpaca’s first ever shearing.     Alpaca is produced in a variety of weaves that range from airy and delicate to tight, durable weaves as...

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Provençal Magic

Singing frogs, magical castles, and gardens worthy of Eden. Sounds like a fairy tale, but it’s actually the very real place we had the pleasure of spending two weeks in--Provence, France. From a Villa in St. Remy de Provence to the Palais des Papes in Avignon, this voyage took us to some of the most beautiful sites of the Rhone Valley, none forgettable. I’ve never aspired to become famous or live like royalty, but half way through this trip I was Google shopping bidets. With a live-in maid and a local private chef, we could not have been occupying the lap of luxury any more. Our chef would cook for us one night and drop off food on the other...

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Ghosts & Good Eats in New Orleans

  To a New Yorker, the South has always been this foreign world filled with tales of mild weather all year round and an incredibly rich history. Coupled with mysticism and endless celebrations, and you have the destination that I travelled to for a bachelorette party. New Orleans, though in the US, is a whole different world that everyone needs to experience at least once in his or her life. Though I was there to celebrate a friend's upcoming nuptials, the entire trip became a historic and culinary exploration of the "most unique city in the US." Our introduction to the Big Easy began on a Thursday morning. We gathered at local hotspot Deville Coffee & Creperie near our Air...

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Welcome to the Jungle

The second part of our trip to Peru was something like we've never experienced before. We'd all been to many exotic locations--but mostly gorgeous island type destinations, and many places in the Southern Americas. We knew as we were planning our trip that we each wanted to see the Amazon Rainforest, so of course we had to do it right. We were excited to book a place called Amazonian Eco Lodge--but we had no idea what that really meant.   We saw photos of this beautiful lodge and read about the cultural culinary experience we'd get three times a day which was included in our stay. All three of us were very busy so we said "good reviews, great price, gorgeous...

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