Articles by Babbie De Derian

Halifax Chefs Shine - One Bite at a Time

Halifax Chefs Shine - One Bite at a Time On a recent visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, a few of the city’s most creative chefs wowed me with their integrity in using only seasonal ingredients to create exceptional award winning dishes

Halifax, Nova Scotia Review - A Step Back in Time

Halifax, Nova Scotia Review - A Step Back in Time When you visit Nova Scotia you relax, eat well and meet families who for generations have relied on the earth and the sea . . . farmers, fisherman and artisans. Many of these people have poignant, sad and fascinating stories to tell about their bountiful and beloved Province

Nova Scotia Review - Scenic Adventures

Nova Scotia Review - Scenic Adventures Halifax is closer than you think. With a rich seafaring heritage and cultural diversity is a great destination any time of the year. Food tastes better here. The fresh caught lobster was sweet and tender . . . the people warm and welcoming

Spa Aqua:Review - A Place to Immerse and Relax

Spa Aqua:Review - A Place to Immerse and Relax The curing power of touch is an ancient mystery, as old as the world itself

Live Aqua, Cancun Review - An all Inclusive Paradise

Live Aqua, Cancun Review - An all Inclusive Paradise They make guests feel they are in Mexico, by drawing on Mexico’s rich traditions and history

Lufthansa Airlines invites me into their New York Test Kitchens to share the Challenges of Pleasing Passengers

Lufthansa Airlines invites me into their New York Test Kitchens to share the Challenges of Pleasing Passengers Lufthansa takes the challenges of attracting and pleasing passengers very seriously, and food plays an important role in onboard entertainment

MSC POESIA CRUISE REVIEW - Poetry and Harmony at Sea

MSC POESIA CRUISE REVIEW - Poetry and Harmony at Sea After reading several reviews on the Poesia, one of 12 cruise ships in the MSC portfolio (including the new Preziosa), I was looking forward to boarding and living my own review

The Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico Review – Paradise for the Young at Heart

The Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico Review – Paradise for the Young at Heart Sunsets looking out to sea from The Four Seasons Punta Mita are spectacular. A large crimson sun struggles to prolong its decent into the horizon

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort Review - All Inclusive Five Star Luxury

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort Review - All Inclusive Five Star Luxury Needless to say with its elegant décor, outdoor Jacuzzi and private massage table, it is fit for royalty, which is exactly how Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit treats all their guests

Casa Velas Resort Review - A Small Intimate Jewel in Puerto Vallarta

Casa Velas Resort Review - A Small Intimate Jewel in Puerto Vallarta On the charming, warm and intimate veranda of Casa Velas: pet peacocks strut by and families of gold fish swim back and forth in small ponds

Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort Review - A Memorable Journey to a Spiritual Sanctuary

Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort Review - A Memorable Journey to a Spiritual Sanctuary Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort is a sanctuary. Aspira means “infused with spirit”, and many of the holistic treatments on the spa menu are rooted in the ancient healing wisdom of indigenous people from this region

The Osthoff Resort Review - A Very Special Place of Calm Serenity

The Osthoff Resort Review - A Very Special Place of Calm Serenity The Osthoff Resort embraces many sacred healing traditions

ISTANBUL - A delicious Place to Eat and Spa

ISTANBUL - A delicious Place to Eat and Spa  TOPAZ RESTAURANT … the jewel of Istanbul is one of my favorite places for lunch or dinner. Its serene and inspiring atmosphere, with a spectacular view of the Bosporus and the Dolmabahce Mosque was created by renowned International designer Koray Ozgen

The Ritz Carlton Istanbul Review - Revisited

The Ritz Carlton Istanbul Review - Revisited A stay at any Ritz Carlton Hotel or Resort is the ultimate in exceptional hospitality and impeccable service; every guest is treated as the hotel’s most important guest. The Ritz Carlton Istanbul lives up to that reputation with rave reviews

The Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Resort Review - Imperial Indulgence You Won't Want To Miss

The Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Resort Review - Imperial Indulgence You Won't Want To Miss You may not be to the manor born, but you can check into a 5 star manor that treats its guests like royalty

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Review - Pleases My Senses

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Review - Pleases My Senses Conveniently located between Ft. Lauderdale beach and Miami Beach, a destination with two very different ambiances. The beachfront hotel, with almost 1,000 rooms and over 200,000 square feet of meeting space, is an ideal location for conventions and conferences

Travel to Oaxaca - The Heart and Soul of Mexico

Travel to Oaxaca - The Heart and Soul of Mexico OAXACA, a colonial treasure in the south of Mexico, is proud to be considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and eritage Site in its pre and post Colombian heritage, history and culture date back more than 3,000 years

Louisiana Culinary Trails Review - From The Fields To The Table

Louisiana Culinary Trails Review - From The Fields To The Table Louisiana is working hard to showcase the state as a premier culinary destination by launching and promoting Seven “hungry for adventure” Culinary Trails

“The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia and the World Famous “Lucy” Fossil... An Exhibition of Monumental Dimension - Not to be Missed

“The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia and the World Famous “Lucy” Fossil... An Exhibition of Monumental Dimension - Not to be Missed The exhibit, dating back 7 million years, is fascinating and highly informative. Upon entering the exhibition space, a short film highlights Ethiopia’s rich cultural history that has earned the country 8 World Heritage designated Sites

Northern Ireland Review - Where the Songs are Sad and the Wars are Glad

Northern Ireland Review - Where the Songs are Sad and the Wars are Glad Ireland … How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
* The fun, humor and banter of your people
* The Anglo-Irish homes and quaint fishing villages
* Where every stone you turn reveals history
* The crystal clarity of your lakes, and rivers
* Your majestic heather-covered Sperrin Mountains

Finnair Airline Flight Review - Above and Beyond

Finnair Airline Flight Review - Above and Beyond Business Class service in both directions on FINNAIR was relaxing, low key and totally stress free, thanks to the highly attentive team of in-flight attendants who enjoyed lavishing passengers with excellent service and better- than- I -expected food

Hilton Head, South Carolina a Great Place to Vacation and Live

Hilton Head, South Carolina a Great Place to Vacation and Live Hilton Head Island is one of my favorite places on the Eastern Coast

St. Louis Review, All Within Reach - St. Louis Draws Me In

St. Louis Review, All Within Reach  - St. Louis Draws Me In “St Louis is something for everyone, if you’re open to getting out there and doing things; we’re hoping more people take advantage of all the city offers”

Trailing of the Sheep Festival Review - Struttin Their Muttin . . .

Trailing of the Sheep Festival Review - Struttin Their Muttin . . . Trailing of the Sheep Festival honors the history and culture of sheep ranching in Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho

Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Jazz Cruise Review – The 4th Annual Cruise Sailed on Holland America”s Westerdam

Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Jazz Cruise Review – The 4th Annual Cruise Sailed on Holland America”s Westerdam Dave Koz and friends 4th annual Smooth Jazz Cruise sets sail on Holland America”s Westerdam . . . I am onboard to swing and sway

New Orleans Culinary Adventure Review - It is Easy to Fall in Love with New Orleans

New Orleans Culinary Adventure Review - It is Easy to Fall in Love with New Orleans It is easy to fall in love with New Orleans: a feast for the palate and the soul

Continental Airlines Inaugural Flight - New York to Mont -Tremblant, Quebec

Continental Airlines Inaugural Flight - New York to Mont -Tremblant, Quebec Terminal C at Newark Airport celebrates the launch of nonstop service to Mont-Tremblant Airport in the province of Quebec

Opia Review - New York Restaurant Shines

Opia Review - New York Restaurant Shines OPIA Restaurant, on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue, is a great neighborhood hangout

New York Hip Hops with Taiwanese Kou Chou Ching Group to Raise Funds For Typhoon Morakot Relief

New York Hip Hops with Taiwanese Kou Chou Ching Group to Raise Funds For Typhoon Morakot Relief The Taiwanese hip-hop group Kou Chou Ching held three concerts in New York on their 2009 World Tour. Four of the five young and highly talented members, ranging in age from 20 to 29, performed

A Gospel Christmas In New York City

A Gospel Christmas In New York City There’s no place like New York City during the holidays. It’s the most festive time of the year; the world famous Christmas trees at Rockefeller Center is ablaze with thousands of bright colored lights

Dizzy’s for Jazz in New York - New York Is Jazz and Jazz is Dizzy’s, An Evening with Randy Weston and Friends

Dizzy’s for Jazz in New York - New York Is Jazz and Jazz is Dizzy’s, An Evening with Randy Weston and Friends My friend Kris King, publisher of ejazztravel, calls me a “jazz head” now that I follow jazz beats around the world. Last November, I cruised from Lauderdale to the Caribbean with Dav Koz & friends

An Interview With Todd Barkan - Jazz Aficionado . . . Impresario . . . Record Producer . . . and Programming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca - Cola

An Interview With Todd Barkan - Jazz Aficionado . . . Impresario . . . Record Producer . . . and Programming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca - Cola Todd Barkan, jazz historian, raconteur, producer and artistic director, has had a passionate love affair with music for most of his life. He is well suited for his current gig as the Programming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola,

A Voce Columbus Restaurant Review - Opens In New York City at Time Warner Center

A Voce Columbus Restaurant Review - Opens In New York City at Time Warner Center If service is the secret to success, A Voce Columbus, the newest addition to Time Warner Center’s roster of fine dining restaurants, has my endorsement

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Festive Fall Gala Raises Over $2 Million to Benefit Thousands of Performance, Education And Broadcast Events

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Festive Fall Gala Raises Over $2 Million to Benefit Thousands of Performance, Education And Broadcast Events Monday, November 16th,, was a very special black-tie evening for the elegantly dressed crowd who rode the elevator to the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center to attend Jazz at Lincoln Center’s festive 2009 Fall Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall

Russian American Cultural Center 2009 Gala Exhibition: - “Homage to Diaghilev's Endearing Legacy”

Russian American Cultural Center 2009 Gala Exhibition: - “Homage to Diaghilev's Endearing Legacy” The Russian American Cultural Center celebrated their 11th Anniversary, and the success of its exhibition “Homage to Diaghilev’s Enduring Legacy

New York Hip Hop with Taiwanese Kou Chou Ching Group Review - To Raise Funds For Typhoon Morakot Relief

New York Hip Hop with Taiwanese Kou Chou Ching Group Review - To Raise Funds For Typhoon Morakot Relief The Taiwanese hip-hop group Kou Chou Ching held three concerts in New York on their 2009 World Tour

Quebec Revisited Review - I Had To Come Back

Quebec Revisited Review - I Had To Come Back Quebec City, capital of the Province of Quebec and home to 700,000 French speaking charming and friendly people, is a very special destination, every season of the year

Montenapo Restaurant Review - A New Culinary Star Is Born

Montenapo Restaurant Review - A New Culinary Star Is Born MONTENAPO … RESTAURANTE DELLA MODA has opened in the New York Times Building at 8th Avenue and 41st Street, where the theater and fashion districts intersect

Quebec City Summer Festival Review - An Assortment of Eclectic Fun

Quebec City Summer Festival Review - An Assortment of Eclectic Fun Quebec is one big happening; Canadians love and support their Ouebec City Summer Festival, and the streets are packed with people, especially Rue Saint Jean, a narrow street lined with restaurants, cafes and shops

St. Louis Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009 Review – Yes, There is a Thriving Fashion Center in St. Louis

St. Louis Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009 Review – Yes, There is a Thriving Fashion Center in St. Louis St. Louis Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009 in its third year was sponsored by Budweiser Select and took place at The Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels

FINLANDIA VODKA CUP 2009 REVIEW - The Best Bartenders From Around the World Meet at the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland

FINLANDIA VODKA CUP 2009 REVIEW - The Best Bartenders From Around the World Meet at the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland Finlandia Vodka Cup, the annual global drink contest where bartenders from everywhere meet at the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland to showcase their talents and compete for the global trophy and the title “ Finlandia Bartender of the Year”…

36 hours in Helsinki… A City of Many Faces and Moods

36 hours in Helsinki… A City of Many Faces and Moods Helena Niskanen, the New York marketing rep for Visit Finland, and the Finland Tourist Board, suggests I extend my visit to Lapland to include 36 Hours in Helsinki

“KNOWING” a film Review - A Science Fiction-Mystery Psychological Thriller

“KNOWING” a film Review - A Science Fiction-Mystery Psychological Thriller Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage steps into the role of Astrophysics Professor John Koestler in the riveting new film “KNOWING”

Rasputin Restaurant Review - a Russian Restaurant and Nightclub

Rasputin Restaurant Review - a Russian Restaurant and Nightclub A Delicious Taste of Moscow in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Cartagena, Colombia Review - The Living Legend of the Caribbean

Cartagena, Colombia Review - The Living Legend of the Caribbean Cartagena, the 2nd oldest city in Colombia, is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Latin America

Bogota, Colombia Review - The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay

Bogota, Colombia Review - The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay I highly recommend a visit to this cultural and fun treasure, “the only risk will be wanting to stay”

Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel Review - Gracious Hospitality and Impeccable Service

Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel Review - Gracious Hospitality and Impeccable Service The Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, originally the Santa Clara de Asis Convent, has been witness to centuries of Colombia’s history

Project Cuddle Charity - Long Island Event Raises $100,000 to Rescue Abandoned Babies

Project Cuddle Charity - Long Island Event Raises $100,000 to Rescue Abandoned Babies The Village Club in Sands Point was the scene of an emotional, fun and festive Project Cuddle fund raiser party and auction that attracted a well dressed crowd of Long Island residents

Spirit Airlines Cartagena Review - Inaugural Flight a Celebration and a Humanitarian Mission

Spirit Airlines Cartagena Review - Inaugural Flight a Celebration and a Humanitarian Mission Spirit Airlines is flying high, expanding their dominance in the Caribbean and routes to South America

Mongolia As A Must See Destination - Targeting America’s Travel Trendsetters

Mongolia As A Must See Destination - Targeting America’s Travel Trendsetters Mongolia is located between China and Russia. It is home of the legendary Chinggis Khan, nomadic herders, the Gobi desert, and rich folk tradition. Its Capital city, Ulaanbaatar, offers five-star accommodations and direct links to international hubs

Turkish Airlines Review, Lufthansa Airline Review, and AirTran Airline Review

Turkish Airlines Review, Lufthansa Airline Review, and AirTran Airline Review At a time when the high cost of fuel is forcing airlines to eliminate or cut back on food and amenities in economy class, some airlines are flying high with gourmet cuisines to attract and indulge connoisseur Business and First Class passengers

The Seadream Yacht Club Review - Cruise Of A Lifetime...

The Seadream Yacht Club Review - Cruise Of A Lifetime... Yachting on the SeaDream I or SeaDream II (sister ships) can best be described as “living one’s dreams“

Istanbul - The Next Cultural Capitol of Europe

Istanbul - The Next Cultural Capitol of Europe I am sorry to leave Istanbul, a city that welcomed me into its embrace and treated me like an Ottoman Princess. Turkey rates an A+ in my notebook of “Unforgettable Places and Memorable Visits”

The Papa Jo Sets Sail into the Sunset and I Am On Board to Revel in its Glow

The Papa Jo Sets Sail into the Sunset and I Am On Board to Revel in its Glow If low key elegance and laid back pleasures are your style, welcome aboard the Papa Jo, as I was . . .

Ritz Carlton Istanbul Review - The Ultimate in Exceptional Hospitality and Impeccable Service

Ritz Carlton Istanbul Review - The Ultimate in Exceptional Hospitality and Impeccable Service The Ritz Carlton Istanbul is the ultimate in exceptional hospitality and impeccable service; every guest is treated as the hotel’s most important guest

A Taste Of Napoli Sweepstakes - Celebrates 500 Years of Pasta Making

A Taste Of Napoli Sweepstakes - Celebrates  500 Years of Pasta Making To celebrate 500 years of pasta making, "A TASTE OF NAPOLI SWEEPSTAKES" is giving away amazing vacations to 3 lucky winners

Vancouver - A Fabulous Place to Visit, a Great Place to Live

Vancouver - A Fabulous Place to Visit, a Great Place to Live I look out on Vancouver's snow capped mountains and one of the most picturesque cities in the world. The 180 degree view from my terrace is inspiring; fluffy clouds and mist hang low; torrential rain gives in to afternoon sun

VANCOUVER - An Emerging Culinary Destination Wows My Palate

VANCOUVER  - An Emerging Culinary Destination Wows My Palate Vancouver, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, it is also cultivating its future as a culinary innovator

Alberta, Canada, Where The Canadian Rockies Speak Nature in Harmony with Mother Earth

Alberta, Canada, Where The Canadian Rockies Speak Nature in Harmony with Mother Earth       I love train rides, and THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER will be remembered as one of my favorites

Banff and Jasper National Parks . . . A Diversity of Thrills and Potential Spills

Banff and Jasper National Parks . . .  A  Diversity of Thrills and Potential Spills Majestic Banff National Park, established in 1885, the first in Canada, the third in the world, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is rich in nature, national historic sites, ski resorts and golf courses

The Calgary Stampede . . . “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”

The Calgary Stampede . . .  “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” Wrangler, the proud sponsor of Stampede 2007 is tickled pink their visionary theme: “Tough Enough To Wear Pink “ raises $576,155 in just 30 hours for Canadian Breast Cancer, thanks to the support of the entire town

Inaugural Blue Bay Jazz Fest on the United States Virgin Island of St.Croix

Inaugural Blue Bay Jazz Fest on the United States Virgin Island of St.Croix November 15-18, 2007, the sultry sounds of the Inaugural Blue Bay Jazz Fest on the United States Virgin Island of St.Croix

The Treasures of Peru

The Treasures of Peru Peru is a country of unsolved ancient mysteries, priceless archeological treasures and a cuisine as diverse as the country itself

Negro-Peruvian Music and all that Jazz… Sexy, Playful, Religious and Sad

Negro-Peruvian Music and all that Jazz… Sexy, Playful, Religious and Sad In spite of its presence in chic Peru nightclubs, Afro- Peruvian music, also known as Negro-Peruvian music, remains one of the world's best kept cultural secrets—suppressed along with the people who gave them life and nourished them

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