Oscars Coming to the Mandarin Oriental, Boston

With awards season in full swing, where will you be watching the Oscars?

Mandarin Oriental, Boston will play host to the Oscar night Gala February 27, 2011.

This year instead of watching from your couch at home, try experiencing the Oscars like the stars. On February 27, 2011, an evening filled with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood will be coming to the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The Ellie Fund will be hosting the only Oscars party in Massachusetts officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Guests will enjoy live jazz by Common Thread featuring Evan Goodrow, the Academy Awards telecast live from Hollywood on over sized screens, complimentary bars, lavish hors d’oeuvres, gourmet chef stations, and decadent desserts. With everything from red carpet arrivals to photo shoots with an official Oscar statuette, this promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss!

For more information about the event, tickets, and a special rate for hotel reservations at the Mandarin Oriental visit The Ellie Fund.


ALIS Award Finalists

Executives and companies responsible for the most influential hospitality industry developments in 2010 are going to be honored during the Americas Lodging
Investment Summit (ALIS), January 24-26 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

InterContinental Hotel Times Square in New York, New York

The ALIS is one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world. Over the past three years more than 7000 delegates from around the world have attended. The keynote address at this years conference will be given by the one and only Richard Branson.

Nominees are considered for the awards based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors. We are proud to announce that up for this years “Development of the Year” award is the InterContinental Hotel New York, New York. The 607 room hotel was developed at a cost of $500 million by Tishman Hotel & Realty LP of New York.

Good luck to our friends at the InterContinental!

To see the full list of nominees, awards, and other program highlights check out the American Lodging Investment Summit.

TripAdvisor Announces The 2011 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Earlier today, TripAdvisor posted their Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2011. The review giant identifies its award winners by crunching data from its 20 million traveling members’ reviews. The list below includes some of the best around!

Top 25 Hotels in the United States

  1. Cedarbrook Lodge – Seattle, Washington
  2. Henerson’s Wharf Inn – Baltimore, Maryland
  3. French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina
  4. Queen of Hearts Resort – Palm Springs, California
  5. Elysian – Chicago, Illinois
  6. The Inn at Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  7. The Bayview – Bar Harbor, Maine
  8. Casablanca Hotel Times Square – New York City, New York
  9. Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square – San Francisco, California
  10. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – Wailea, Hawaii
  11. Iron Horse Hotel – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  12. RiverPlace Hotel, A Larkspur Collection Hotel – Portland, Oregon
  13. Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds Casino – Tampa, Florida
  14. The Tides South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
  15. Best Western Elm House Inn – Napa, California
  16. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
  17. Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, Tennessee
  18. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  19. Homewood Suites Orlando-UCF Area – Orlando, Florida
  20. The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
  21. Adobe Grand Villa – Sedona, Arizona
  22. Ayres Hotel Anaheim – Anaheim, California
  23. The Residences at Biltmore – Asheville, North Carolina
  24. The Inn at Entrada – St. George, Utah
  25. The Varden – Long Beach, California

Congratulations to our friends at Cedarbrook Lodge for being the number one ranked hotel in the United States, and seventeenth in the world!

To view other Travelers’ Choice Awards be sure to visit TripAdvisor today! Also, if you’re interested in finding out more about these awards check out USAToday Travel.

Book Two Nights Get the Third FREE

Are you planning a trip to New York soon? If so, here’s some good news for you! Now until March 7, 2011 a handful of world class, luxury hotels in the city are participating in this awesome deal.

When you book two consecutive nights stay at a participating Signature Collection hotel, you’ll receive a complimentary third night. And get this, not only will you get a FREE night, you can also enjoy the luxury of a VIP package at Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store. This package includes a personal shopping experience with the Fifth Avenue Club and a complimentary coffee and dessert at SFA.

If you’re planning your trip, be sure to stay with our friends at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, The St. Regis New York, and the Mandarin Oriental New York!

This is an awesome deal you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out the Third Night for more information and promotional codes! Have a great time in the city!

Sexy me…here I come! More healthy recipes!

Here are some more tasty recipes that are good for you! Enjoy these treats and watch those pounds melt away!

Low-Fat Zucchini Crisp

8 oz. peeled zucchini, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup sugar
1 cup oatmeal
dash salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine zucchini, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring often, until tender, about 30 minutes.

For Crust: In a large bowl, combine flour and butter with a pastry blender until crumbled. Add sugar, oatmeal, salt and cinnamon; combine well. Add buttermilk by sprinkling it over the top and rubbing it in with your fingers. The mixture should be crumbly.

Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and pat down. Bake for about 10 minutes.

Add 1/3 cup of the crust mixture to the cooked zucchini mixture and mix well.

Remove crust from the oven and spread the filling over top. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top and pat down. Bake for 30 minutes or until very lightly browned along the edges. Makes 12 servings.

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 half red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
5 green bell peppers
3/4 lb. shredded cooked chicken breast
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) can white beans
1 1/3 cups water, divided
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350º.

In a medium pan, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions, garlic, parsley and red pepper. Sauté until soft, about a minute. Add chicken and season with cumin and salt. Add beans and 1 cup of water and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, until it thickens and the liquid reduces. Adjust spices to taste.

Cut peppers in half removing seeds and stem. Place peppers in an oven-proof dish. Fill each pepper with 1/3 cup of chicken and bean mixture. Pour 1/3 cup water in the bottom of the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, top with cheese and bake uncovered another 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Trying to lose weight? Here’s help!

Looking for more healthy recipes? Check out these delicious treats! They are sure to satisfy your hunger, and help lose those extra pounds too!

Low-Fat Fruit & Chicken Pilaf
** 215 calories, 4g fat per serving

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 lb. ground chicken
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 cups water
1 (6 oz.) package quick-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large skillet; add chicken and onions. Stir until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in water and seasoning packet from rice mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until rice is tender and mixture is hot. Makes 4 servings.
Note: Substitute cherry flavored dried cranberries for dried cherries if you prefer.

Tofu Parmigiana
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
5 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. dried oregano, divided
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (12 oz.) package firm tofu
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon oregano, salt and black pepper.

Slice tofu into 1/4-inch thick slices, and place in a bowl of cold water. One at a time, press tofu slices into crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook tofu slices until crisp on one side. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, turn, and brown on the other side.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine tomato sauce, basil, garlic and remaining oregano. Place a thin layer of sauce in an 8-inch square baking pan. Arrange tofu slices in the pan and spoon remaining sauce over tofu. Top with shredded mozzarella and remaining Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings.


Healthy Recipes for your 2011 Resolutions

For everyone who made the resolution to lose weight in 2011, here are some great tasting, healthy recipes to help you reach your weight loss goals!

Southwestern Beef over Fettuccine
**290 calories per serving (minus fettuccine)

1 1/2 lbs. top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package taco seasoning
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup picante sauce
4 tsp. chopped cilantro
Hot cooked fettuccine, optional

In a large skillet, stir-fry beef, onion, red pepper, garlic, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper in oil until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the beans, corn, picante sauce and cilantro; heat through. Serve with fettuccine if desired. Serves 6.

Szechwan Shrimp
**142 calories, 4.4g fat, 164mg cholesterol per serving

6 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz. cooked shrimp, tails removed

In a bowl, stir together water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper flakes and ginger; set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in shrimp and toss to coat with oil. Stir in sauce. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Serve over steamed rice.