How to Have A Successful Brazilian Barbecue at Home

Brazilian barbecue tips

You know when you discover a new style of cooking and you can’t get enough? That’s been me and Brazilian barbecue this summer. I’ve been scouring the internet looking for traditional Brazilian recipes and thought, why not go back to Fogo de Chão Pittsburgh and ask the gauchos and mixologists! I learned so much about how to prepare a successful Brazilian barbecue at home from Nic, the restaurant’s head honcho, and am happy to share these simple tips with you. Mind the Flame. Yes, preparation, butchering, and seasoning is very important…

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Phipps Conservatory Jazz in the Garden: Beautiful Music & More

Phipps Jazz in the Garden Benny Benack Band

When we’re asked to visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, we don’t even think twice before saying yes. And when it involves great food and smooth jazz? I’m already in the car and on my way. Here’s a look at this year’s Phipps Conservatory Jazz in the Garden. Enjoy! What’s Phipps Conservatory Jazz in the Garden? In a nutshell, it’s 400 fans gathering together to enjoy a night of smooth jazz and beautiful views. The ticketed event has two options, on the lawn or under the VIP…

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Ohio’s Route 33 Brew Trail: A Road Trip of the Craft Brew Kind

Route 33 Brew Trail Loose Rail Brewery

The latest brew trail to ping our radar is the Route 33 Brew Trail in Central Ohio. With six breweries to start, and plenty of craft brews to choose from, we visited as many as possible in one day. The kicker? We asked the staff to choose the beer flights for us. Here’s why you need to take a trip on the Trail. When you visit five craft breweries in one day and want to experience the menu highlights, a beer flight is the way to go. And who better…

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2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Planning Guide

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017 Mickey and Minnie

This year, more than ever, Walt Disney World is expecting to amp up the Halloween fun at Magic Kingdom, especially for 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Why is it even bigger and better than ever? Here’s the scoop. Sand and Snow uses affiliate links to give to great deals and savings for products we endorse and support. Yes, we also may receive a small commission, too.  Save $8 on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket! 2108 MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY DATES Halloween Party Dates begin in August 2018 – wow!…

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7 Easy Tips for Planning a Trip to Orlando on a Budget

Tips for planning a trip to Orlando on a budget

Planning a trip to Orlando on a budget can be rough, I’m not going to lie. There are so many things to consider including, travel style and where to stay. Add in theme park tickets and dining and you’re head will probably be spinning. Happily, I’ve been there, done that. Several times. Dozens of times, in fact. The easiest way to plan a trip to Orlando is learning from those with experience and taking advise where you can get it. I’m happy to share my best tips for planning a…

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Is Fogo de Chão Pittsburgh Worth the Price?

Beautiful table service at Fogo de Chao Pittsburgh

Here’s the rub: I love a good meal as much as anyone. And, truth be told, when I’m pleasantly surprised it’s even better. Add in the fact that Pittsburgh’s foodie scene is thriving (and continues to thrive) and I’m always on board for test-driving new restaurants. Its latest, Fogo de Chão Pittsburgh, is Brazilian steakhouse style and it has gastro-enthusiasts all over the city buzzing about it. Is Fogo de Chão Pittsburgh worth the price? Here’s the scoop on what you can expect for both brunch and dinner. What’s A Brazilian…

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5 Must-Visit Wineries in Geneva, Ohio

Must-visit wineries in Geneva, Ohio: Ferrante Winery Wine Sampling

There’s no denying the beauty of Geneva and Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Head to Northeast Ohio and you’ll find some of the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen. But, if you can tear yourself away from the water (or run out of wine!), where should you visit to refill your glass? A recent trip to the area gave me the best of both worlds: sunsets and wineries. Here are five must-visit wineries in Geneva, Ohio and Geneva-on-the-Lake & why I’m loving them. I’m one of the rarer wine drinkers; sweeter wines are my go-to. Having…

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5 Reasons to Mosey through Phipps Gardens of Sound and Motion

Phipps Gardens of Sound and Motion

When it comes to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, it’s had 125 years to get it right. Since 1893, it’s been delighting visitors with beautiful floral and greenery displays. What I truly love about the grounds is the fact that it refuses to stay in the 19th Century and keeps on delighting us with modern takes on garden beauty. Here’s why you need to make a beeline for the latest installment – and why you need to make time to mosey through Phipps Gardens of Sound and motion – a…

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Where to Eat in Clearwater Beach, FL: Top Picks for Foodies

Where to eat in Clearwater Beach: Cooter's Restaurant Shrimp Dip.

Sure, Clearwater Beach, FL, is known for its gorgeous sugar sand. It’s known for its picturesque sunsets. But what about when you’re hangry and want to know where to eat in Clearwater Beach? Where do the locals eat? I took one for the team, loosened my belt, and hit all of the best places to eat in Clearwater Beach and Clearwater. Here are my top picks for the best restaurants for foodies in Clearwater Beach. When I travel, I want to eat where the locals eat. I want to dive…

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The Best Free Stuff at Universal Orlando Resort

The famous globe at Universal Orlando Resort!

When you visit an Orlando theme park, you know you have to prepare for plenty of expenses. There’s shopping, dining, park tickets, and resort rooms to consider. But what about saving money – it it doable? One word: yes. Here’s the best free stuff at Universal Orlando Resort to help you save money on your next vacation. 1. Glasses of Water & Ice I know this fact for certain: hot, humid Central Florida heat can drain you of your energy and hydration. To combat both, ask for free cups of…

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