Making Whipped Cream at Home : How to Get the Perfect Peak

Do you love homemade whipped cream? Wondering what’s the easiest way to make a batch? Here are 2 methods for making whipped cream at home – the sweet complement to ice cream and pie. Or maybe you just like to keep a bowl in the fridge ready to swoop up a spoonful.

cup of hot chocolate with whip cream - making whipped cream

Hot chocolate practically demands a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Photo: Shutterstock

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A Taste of Stellenbosch: Exploring South African Wines and Food

Stellenbosch is the dramatically beautiful, wine-producing region in South Africa. No visit to the country is complete without a Stellenbosch wine tasting (or two). Pair the wine with a food tour and learn about South Africa’s favorite foods, like biltong and bobotie.

Driveway flanked by foliage at Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, offering South Africa wine tours

What waits at the end of this dramatic driveway? A wine safari at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase.

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Create a Spa Bathroom at Home: What to Put on the Wall

Want the feel of a spa bathroom in your home? One of the challenges is choosing wall art for your master bath. Instead of a kitschy beach scene or the clutter of a bunch of photos, go for an oversized piece, handcrafted of natural elements.Woven willow wheel from Pottery Barn makes the perfect spa bathroom statement and is a great way to feature big wall art. Continue reading

Mangia! Arthur Avenue – NY’s Other Little Italy




If your summer plans include a family trip to the New York Botanical Gardens or Bronx Zoo, take a detour to Arthur Avenue before heading home or back to your hotel. Insiders consider it the real “Little Italy”. Authentic or not, the food was delicious and it’s a worthwhile detour if you’re visiting attractions in the Bronx. Continue reading

A Woman Walked into a Spa and…

Looking for the punchline? So was I. A prior trip to a Munich sauna involved lots of naked Germans. I was neither relaxed nor renewed. So I approached my visit to a Canadian spa with caution.

Spa Eastman visit included the offer to jump in a frozen lake after a sauna Continue reading