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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/15/18 – Winter Travel

Episode 27 – Winter Travel

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Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Big Cities

Colleen – The Abbey – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
www.theabbeyresort.com
Accommodations: The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Stunning resort complete with 334 recently updated suites and guest rooms, plus 14 luxury villas.

Restaurants:
240 West at The Abbey – Higher end, delicious food!
Waterfront Restaurant at The Abbey – Burgers, more casual

Activity:
Ice skating at the Abbey’s outdoor rink, treating yourself to the Avani Spa at the Abbey, indoor and outdoor pools, and even enjoy a Santa Cruise on the lake.

Packages/Events at The Abbey Resort:
1) Quarterly Long Table Dinner Series – The Abbey’s quarterly Long Table Dinners featuring a special four-course, farm-to-fork menu prepared by Executive Chef Joshua North. Dates are set quarterly – check the website for dates and additional menu specifics.
2) Stay and Ski Package – Stay at the Abbey Resort and ski at one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations, Wilmot Mountain which is now owned and operated by world-class Vail Resorts!
3) Immersion Family Package – Enjoy overnight accommodations, $50 credit to be used in any resort dining outlet including Immersion Café, and four 15-minute sessions in the area’s first virtual reality gaming center, Immersion.
4) Parent’s Escape Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, $130 spa credit per stay as well as all day spa access, and at the end of the night, unwind in your room with champagne and locally-handcrafted chocolate. Package is worth a savings of more than $80.
5) Sweet Retreat Package – This escape includes overnight accommodations, in-room amenity of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, $100 dining allowance to the resort’s keynote restaurant 240 West, post-dinner pairing of spirits and locally-made handcrafted truffles from Ethereal Confections, and a complimentary turndown service with an Ethereal Confections chocolate bar.

Catie – Scottsdale, Arizona
Accommodations: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Located in Sonoran Desert, home to five top-ranked Arizona restaurants and bars, an innovative spa and fitness programs at Well & Being Spa, six sparkling pools, and even a championship golf course.

Restaurant: Old Scottsdale

Activity: Hiking, horseback riding, shopping in downtown Scottsdale

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
The Heat Holders – Hat, socks, footies – We used these when filming an episode of “Family Travel” in Quebec. They’re known as the world’s warmest socks and are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks! The socks start around $9.99 and hats and gloves around $19.99 and you can buy them at www.heatholders.com

What’s on your phone?
WeatherBug: Forecast, Radar & Alerts – The WeatherBug app is one of the most accurate, real-time current and future weather apps that helps you track any oncoming winter storms. Free for your Android or iOS and there’s also an Elite, ad-free version available for $9.99.

What’s the tip?
Add fresh squeezed citrus juices to help provide immune cells with an energy boost and promote faster recovery from illnesses like colds and the flu
Add Flax seed powder to your oatmeal or yogurt. Then add cashews and almonds to add healthy zinc & omega fatty acids for clean energy. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt can reduce your risk of catching a bug by 27%
Get at least 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep
Your vitamin D levels may run on E in winter. Vitamin D can spur your body to fight off colds. In fact, taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.
Don’t touch your face. People who occasionally touch their eyes and nose are 41 percent more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than hands-off folks, a 2013 study in the Journal of Occupational Health found.
Get a Flu Shot – And workout right before hand. When you exercise prior to receiving a flu shot, the post-exercise inflammation boosts your body’s immune response to the virus in the vaccine
To Stay Healthy While Flying:
Drink plenty of water before and during your flight
Opt for hot beverages, like tea, to drink on your flight
Eat beforehand (if possible) to avoid food contamination on flights
If you must eat on your flight, opt for warm foods vs. cold salads
Bring disinfectant wipes to wipe down your seat and area first

EPISODE 23 – Thanksgiving/Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sisters and travel experts Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk you through all the things you need for smooth thanksgiving holiday travel. Also in today’s show the Trip Sisters talk about their favorite places to get away during the holidays.

Trip Sisters – Episode 21 – 10/27/18 – Halloween Show

Trip Sisters – Episode 21 – 10/27/18 – Halloween Show

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 – 10/20/18 (Encore Presentation)

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 – Encore Presentation (10/20/2018)

Colleen picks Holland, Michigan and Catie takes us to Montreal Canada.  Plus, Bonnie Klaus, the Avid Traveler.

Trip Sisters Episode 20 (10-13-18) New York

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. Travelers say new budget airline left them stranded after selling flights that didn’t exist. Dogs now have their own Instagram pop-up because humans can’t have all the fun. Hear some of Colleen and Catie favorite things to do in New York.

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19

Europe in US & Canada, Trip Sisters Episode 19 (10/06/2018)

Trip Sisters Episode 18 (09/29/2018) – Clearwater, FL

Sisters Colleen Kelly & Catie Keogh talk about all things fun and fantastic on the naturally rustic beaches of Clearwater, FL. Also, in today’s show the ten best beaches in the US and her highness Queen of the Sugar Sand Lisa Chandler joins the show to talk about the Sugar Sand Festival on Clearwater Beach.

Trip Sisters Episode 17 (09/22/2018) – Autumn Getaways and Fall Foliage in 2018

 

This week, travel experts and sisters, Colleen Kelly & Catie Keogh, share their favorite places for fall getaway vacations.  They also talk to “Fall Foliage Expert” Jim Salge and uncover the best places in New England to visit for fall foliage in 2018.  The sisters also share some tips about getting around to autumn festivals and sights by renting a car and taking a hike off the beaten path.  Because color changes don’t follow a calendar, be prepared to travel during the week and have a flexible window so you can be at the right place at the right time to capture the beauty.

Trip Sisters Episode 16 (9-15-18) – Music Festivals

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they talked about how women are using cannabis now more than ever and best musical festivals in the USA. Then they discussed their favorite music festivals, concert venues, and favorite travel songs.

Trip Sisters Episode 15 (09-08-18) – Irvine and Dana Point, California

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they covered news from Delta who announced the installation of new seat-back video screens while other airlines are getting rid of the technology. Part 2 of their California-cation… the sisters highlighted several fun things to do south of Los Angles in the cities of Irvine and Dana Point.

Trip Sisters Episode 14 (9-01-18) – Buena Park, California

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they talked about new airline routes that are coming soon. A Six Flags amusement park contest prize giving one lucky baby lifetime free entry to all of their amusement parks.  There are a lot of things to do in southern California, the sisters highlight some fun things to do in Buena Park.

Trip Sisters – Episode 14 notes – 9/1/18 – Buena Park

Episode 14 – Buena Park

 

 

Colleen & Catie’s Picks

www.visitbuenapark.com

www.knotts.com

www.portosbakery.com

www.piratesdinneradventureca.com

www.farrellsusa.com

www.bigairusa.com/buena-park

 

Colleen

Accommodations – Fairfield Inn & Suites

Conveniently located to central Buena Park (Knott’s, restaurants, shopping, etc). Great for families!

 

Restaurant – Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

Colleen and Catie went there when they were kids! A nostalgic ice cream shop, one of the only two in California. They offer free ice cream to kids on their birthday and are famous for their giant sundae, the “Zoo”!

 

Activity – Pirate’s Dinner Adventure/Big Air Trampoline Park

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Fun, interactive dinner show in a galley-style theater where you feel like you’re truly being captured by pirates!

Big Air Trampoline Park – Great for kids to get out their energy! They offer trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, rock climbing, jousting, much more.

 

Catie

Accommodations – Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

The 320 room hotel features a SNOOPY-themed wing, fitness center, pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts and many other amenities.

Dining options including Amber Waves, specializing in All-American fare and hotel room service.

A variety of affordable family vacation packages, including admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, are available year-round with special early admission into Knott’s Berry Farm during the summer.

 

Restaurant – Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s Bakery was born out of Rosa Porto’s love for sharing her wonderful cakes and pastries with friends and family. You have to try their amazing pastries & savory potato balls!

 

Activity – Knott’s Berry Farm/Soak City

Knott’s Berry Farm is an amusement park that offers an array of rides and roller coasters for all levels and ages! Young kids will love Camp Snoopy, while thrill-seekers can enjoy rides like HangTime, the first and only dive coaster in California. Be sure to stop by their water park Soak City to cool off!

 

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

 

What’s in Your Suitcase?

Fly Tot – $79 on www.fly-tot.com

Makes traveling with little ones much more comfortable! Fly Tot is light and compact, made with highly durable material, and proven to provide more rest time on long flights. Children can be safely buckled in while sleeping, and it turns an economy seat into a business class for children. Plus it’s accepted on over 50 airlines worldwide!

 

What’s on your phone?

Knott’s Berry Farm App

Exclusive App for Knott’s Berry Farm that can provide Ride Wait Times, Season Passes, Special Offers and even a Car Finder!

 

What’s the tip?

Tips And Tricks To Outsmart Everyone At The Theme Park

  • Take zip lock bags for your phone and valuables on water rides
  • Take a picture of your parking spot
  • Walk through the park backwards to try to avoid the biggest lines
  • If you have kids, write your name and number on their wrist or on a tag on them, so they can be found if lost
  • Go on rides during a parade or fireworks show
  • If you’re traveling alone, look for the single riders line to get on sooner.
  • Go left! A lot of people go right in lines, sometimes it’s better to go left

 

 

 

What have we learned today with Lauren Cohn and John Kass? (8-31-18)

 

In for Big John and Ramblin’ Ray is Lauren Cohn and John Kass, they recap today’s show with ‘What did we learn today?’ a segment where they comment on what they’ve learned from the show. As well as asking Executive Producer Tony Lossano, Technical Producer Michael Garay, and Associate Producer Kimberly Kaczmarek what they’ve learned. Today’s show had Pete Conry from Oak Park, who had 100 peaches ripped off his families peach tree. He talks about the anger and disappointment that someone would do this. Adding into this food-filled show, Lauren and John teach us the proper way to cut an avocado so you don’t cut yourself.

Trip Sisters Episode 13 (8-25-18) Chicago Trip

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they talked about a vacation to Chicago and also they interview Roy Sekoff.

Trip Sisters – Episode 12 (08-18-18) – Foodcation

Sisters Colleen Kelly & Catie Keogh talk about their top food related resort getaways and how to expand the palate of your picky eaters. Also in today’s show celebrity restaurateur and chef Jeremy Fall, seen on Food Network, Bravo, CBS and many more joins the show and the Trip Sisters talk tips on researching a destination’s local cuisine and food culture.

‘How to Survive off the Grid’ with Author Tim MacWelch

In preparation for whatever may happen after the November Presidential Election, Tim MacWelch joins the show to talk about what he does to be ready.

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Feds went to Chinatown looking for food — and fraud

(CHICAGO) First, federal agents dined at several of celebrity chef Tony Hu’s Chinatown restaurants.

Then they returned in October with a warrant — hoping to feast on evidence of tax fraud, according to court records.

The FBI suspected Hu’s restaurants had been dodging taxes by underreporting gross receipts. And it laid out its allegations in a 110-page court record filed last fall as it sought to raid nine of Hu’s eateries around Chicago, as well as Hu’s South Michigan Avenue condominium. The raid went down Oct. 24.

But the details only came to light this week in previously sealed records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hu, also identified in the documents as Hu Xiaojun and sometimes referred to as the unofficial “Mayor of Chinatown,” has not been charged criminally in connection with the raid, records show. He could not be reached for comment Monday. Multiple people said Hu is in China and is not expected to return to Chicago until next month. 

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the “underlying investigation.”

Hu is an appointed member of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks who has owned several Chicago-area restaurants through his Tony Gourmet Group, including Lao Sze Chuan. The FBI targeted that chain’s locations in Chinatown, Uptown and Downers Grove in its raid, the records show. It also sought permission to search Chinatown-area restaurants Lao Beijing, Lao Shanghai, Lao You Ju, Lao Ma La, Lao Hunan and Lao Yunnan.

Before raiding the restaurants, the feds tailed Hu in his black Mercedes-Benz as he drove to Chinatown from his South Michigan Avenue condo, according to a search warrant application. FBI agents also dined at Hu’s restaurants more than a year before the raid to get a closer look at its computer systems and standard receipts, the records show.

But agents also scoured bank records and emails documenting the restaurants’ sales, the records show. And the investigators said the numbers they found often didn’t match the amounts submitted on the restaurants’ tax forms.

For example, a manager’s spreadsheet emailed to Hu indicated Lao Sze Chuan’s Downers Grove location took in as much as $1.066 million in 2009, agents said, but the restaurant only reported $656,866 on its annual tax return for that year.

The Chicago restaurants’ average monthly bank deposits in 2013 and 2014 also tended to be higher than the receipts documented on tax forms, investigators wrote. They said the average monthly deposit for Lao Sze Chuan’s Chinatown location was $230,812, but the average monthly receipt reported to the government was $214,995. 

And the average monthly deposit for Lao You Ju in Chinatown was $94,330, agents wrote, but the average monthly receipt reported on its tax forms was $82,468.

Federal agents told a judge they wanted to search Hu’s restaurants for accounting records going back to 2011, as well as records of computer and Internet use.

Records show they walked away from at least one of his eateries with a computer and various banking records.