24/Savvy Food and Travel

Best Budget Hotel Alternatives: Homestays

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Written by Carrie Crow Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:35

Call me picky, but hotels just aren't good enough for me anymore.  As I get (ahem) older, I prefer a certain number of creature comforts when I'm shelling out big sheckles during my overseas shleps.  Nothing fancy schmancy, mind you...but a kitchenette where I can brew a cup of decent coffee and store a few items for grub on the run not only softens the impact of traveler's fatigue, it also helps keeps my budget in check, which means....more  sheckles for overseas shleps.

An upshot of the recession is that homeowners have gotten collectively organized to clear, clean and market available space to would-be vacationers who prefer the intimate touches of a home away from home to impersonal hotels and bedding of dubious cleanliness.  From spartan to splendorous, these resources will help you find the perfect sleeping solution for your budget.

Got Fresh Herbs Leftover From Dinner? Make a Tisane!

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:56

First things first, the word 'tisane' was just a hook to make you look--it's a fancy word for herb-flavored tea, plain and simple.  Which is perfect, when you're trying to find a use for your leftover herbs, no?  We love bringing home fresh herbs to use, especially in summer cooking, but we don't love witnessing the giant bunch of herby goodness wither and die in our crisper as we struggle to find ways to use it (mint julep, pork and mint sauce, mint chocolate cookies— there's only so many ways to use mint!!!).

Enter the tisane.  Wonderfully fresh, purely healthy and a helpful digestive aid, you've never tasted tea as delicious as tisane made with fresh herbs.  We love mint, but you could experiment with your favorite herbs and greens, such as oregano, basil, rosemary, lavender, verbena, dandelion greens, thyme, or even come up with your own concoction.

7 Steps to Prepping Your Job for Vacation

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Written by Savvy Girl Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:15

I won't bore, scare or depress you with statistics about how many Americans forego their vacations each year and how great the [fill in the blank, usually the French] have it with endless vacation days because we've all heard it before.  The fact is, it's daunting to drift off from our jobs footloose and fancy free for a vacation when our jobs don't feel all that secure in the first place. 

And yet.  Vacations are a known stress-reliever and can lead to increased productivity making you EVEN MORE AWESOME than before you left!  So what are you waiting for??? 

3 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for the Savvy Girl

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Written by Anna Islam Thursday, 11 April 2013 08:11

Your grandma was right - breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism and sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Rushing out the door without an adequate breakfast will leave you vulnerable to unhealthy temptations at work and ravenous by lunch.  Let’s face it – we’re all in a hurry and can’t always prepare a healthy meal in the morning, let alone sit down and enjoy it, but this doesn’t mean you have to skip breakfast all together!

Here are three easy, make-ahead breakfast recipes that you can assemble the night before and enjoy in the morning.

Olive Oil Savvy: When to Splurge, When to Save

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 10 April 2013 16:43

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Knowing a thing or two about the breakdown of olive oil types can help you save big when you go to stock up on a bottle (or two.)

Olive oils fall into the following three similarly named and therefore easily confused categories—take a quick look at the list, think about how much you use of each, and we'll convene after.

Food Sleuthing For Wee Savvies

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Written by Savvy Girl Friday, 05 April 2013 15:24

Trying to get Wee Savvy to gulp down the USDA recommended 5 servings of vegetables a day can be a tribulation of Sisyphean proportions, but with our savvy tips, at least you've got a fighting chance of getting that vegetable-shaped boulder up the hill.  These tips are so easy and adult-friendly--not a monkey-shaped sandwich in the bunch-- they've actually become de rigueur for all of our daily cooking, keeping us on the veggie-train as well.

Say 'Pfffft' to Powder With Easy Belgian Hot Cocoa

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 03 April 2013 16:28


If you've never indulged in a cup of real, homemade Belgian hot cocoa, you simply haven't lived.  Ok, you've lived, but you've deprived yourself of one of the great hot beverages known to mankind—even families as far back as the 17th and 18th centuries sipped it at dinner (those crazy old cats). It's a pretty rich treat, so we like to half the recipe below, because it will only keep a few days in the fridge.  For extra sass, we add a dash of orange liquor, creme de menthe, or just drink as is, but because it's so rich, we serve it in espresso cups or shot glasses.  This is not for your giant "I Hate Mondays" Garfield mug.

Easter Sweets!

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:51

Easter can mean so many things to so many people, but for children Easter only means one thing: Candy! We remember the thorough excitement of receiving that BIG (hopefully) Easter basket filled with things such as the requisite chocolate eggs and slightly weird marshmallow chicks—we always felt a little guilty biting the little fellow heads off, but we did it anyway. As we’ve grown and gotten to know our bodies better, we recognize that sugar, in it’s many unadulterated forms, can cause our younger friends to lose their heads, so we’ve started considering treats that taste good and won’t have as many nasty after shocks.