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Canyon Ranch (Massachusetts)
Quinoa & Endive Salad

quinoa

Recipe

1 cup dry quinoa
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup carrots, julienne
1/4 cup diced red or yellow bell peppers
2 tablespoons diced red onions
2 tablespoons dried currants (or raisins)
2 tablespoons crushed almonds

Dressing:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped mint

3 ounces Belgium endive

1. Preheat toaster oven to 375°.
2. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Lightly coat a baking sheet with canola oil spray. Spread quinoa evenly on sheet. Toast for 5 minutes or until golden.
3. In a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring water to a boil and add toasted quinoa. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, toss together carrots, bell peppers, onions, currants or raisins and almonds.
5. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for dressing.
6. Add quinoa and dressing to bowl with vegetables and stir together until well combined.
7. Place 3 endive leaves on a plate and top with 1/2 cup quinoa salad. Repeat for remaining salads.

Serving Information
Makes 16 servings, each containing approximately:
85 calories, 10 gm. carbohydrate, 4 gm. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 3 gm protein, 46 mg. sodium, 1 gm fiber

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Don't miss Chase Guttman's tale of adventure, in which he outlines his experience in the hot springs, among the monkeys and sloths, and discovering the beauty of the local cultures.

Find out more here: www.familytravel.com/Featured-Stories/Top-Stories/Costa-Rica-A-Kid-s-Perspective.html

When traveling between my Arizona and Montana home bases, I have the good fortune to wander through beautiful, Southern Utah.

Known as the gateway to the National Parks, Cedar City, Utah in south west Utah is a natural hub for visiting the Parks

The Endless Summer.......

At the end of Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, the 5,200 acre Snow Mountain Ranch is offering an end of summer special: stay 2 nights get the 3rd free. The discount applies to 2-5 bedroom cabins, hotel-style lodge rooms, and yurts. The deal is valid from now through November 30, excluding Labor Day and Thanksgiving weekends.

Today’s teens have an expansive view of their world. Read about the travel dreams of six young people eager to explore.

http://www.familytravel.com/Find-Trips-by-Age/Pre-Teens-and-Teenagers/Teen-Travel-Dreams.html

Within this wonderland’s 2.2 million acres

you'll have plenty of opportunity to see

wildlife of all kinds - bear, elk, moose, buffalo, wolf, pelicans -- and some tourists

who get a wee bit too close to these untamed creatures.

I captured this image of a playful Grizz......with a telephoto lens.

Find out more about visiting Yellowstone and planning other national park adventures!

www.familytravel.com/Active-Travel/National-Parks/Hike-The-Parks.html

Have you ever thought about selling it all and taking your family on a very, very long road trip?

Each year, scores of families choose to expand their geographic horizons by learning a new language in another country or seeing as much of the planet as possible while circling the globe.

Find out more here!

 

It's blue skies and beach time!

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Shining brightly in the Bahamas, Atlantis is an uber-hip resort that retains a genuinely hospitable attitude toward families. During a recent visit, I joined my niece Keara and nephew Morgan for beach games with other hotel guests.

You guessed it.

We were on the Blue Team!

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These exhibits, tours and thrill rides will make for fun and adventure-filled family travel memories.  Here are five to consider:

1.Indiana Jones Exhibit, Montreal, Canada.

The National Geographic Society and Canadian production company X3 have teamed up (with the cooperation of George Lucas) to create the 10,000 square foot, Indiana Jones Adventures in Archaeology interactive exhibit. Premiering now through September 18, 2011 at the Museum of Science in Montreal, kids of all ages will be mesmerized by the wealth of enchanting items that make up the expansive collection. See your favorite Indy film props and set designs made available by Lucas Films. Embark on an interactive tour that explores the compelling myths of the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. Children will enjoy the interactive quest game that tests their skills while they move throughout the exhibition. Consider opting for the handheld multimedia guide that allows visitors to skip sections and spend more time where their interest is most intense.

Contact: www.indianajonestheexhibition.com; www.tourisme-montreal.org.

2. The Ride. New York, NY.

Board the super-sized tour bus, which uses stadium-style seating facing the sidewalk, to provide participants with a wide angle view of the streetscape. During its first summer season, expect high-energy tour guides, street performers, and plenty of surprises. The 4.2 mile, 75 minute trip, which showcases the pulsing city from Times Square to Grand Central to Central Park, is part theatre, part comedic improv and part informational tour. The experience continues to evolve and on any given day may include jugglers performing on the sidewalk or a “businessman” who suddenly breaks into song and dance while standing on the street corner. The Ride departs from the Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Contact: 866-299-9682; www.experiencetheride.com.

3. Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim, California.  Fans of Disney movie heroine Ariel will want to check out the Voyage of the  Little  Mermaid at Disney’s California Adventure theme park. Its opening in Paradise Pier was part of a five year, $1.1 billion expansion of this park that includes other new attractions and an evening program. The musical, underwater adventure begins when guests board a car resembling a large clam shell. The adventure is inspired by the major scenes and popular songs from the movie.

Contact: (714) 781-4400; http://disneyland.disney.go.com/

4. Alabama Adventure, Bessemer, Alabama.

This southern, family-friendly theme park features super-soaker BuzzSaw Falls. Cool off as you plunge five stories through a watery chute and finish with a splash that drenches riders and watchers. The theme park offered a prize to the consumer who came up with the best name for the new ride. The winner chose to remain anonymous and the prize, which includes full season pass privileges, has been donated to the local Ronald McDonald house. Ask about the park’s concert series and the Family Four pack savings.

Contact: 205-481-4750; www.AlabamaAdventure.com.

5. Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana.

Junior theme park goers were the focus of $5.2 million worth of new projects at this 100-acre Midwestern Park. Visit Splashland where body slides, shallow pools and other water play facilities will delight toddlers and young school age children. A  sleigh ride, Rudolph’s Round-up, located in the park’s Christmas area, is custom designed for young children to ride with older park goers. Also: free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the park.

Contact: 1-877-Go-Family; www.HolidayWorld.com.

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