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Tequila Academy
Tequila Academy at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale.

Mix It Up at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale

Guests at the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale can put their mixology and barista skills to the test with three new hands-on culinary experiences. 

Budding baristas will receive expert advice on how to whip up cafe-worthy coffee at home while sampling single-origin roasts and blends in the property’s lounge Honey Fitz. The class also coaches participants through brewing techniques and presents a cultural history of coffee and its production. 

Wine enthusiasts can expand their knowledge of the world’s wine regions and harvesting practices with in-house winemaker Elise Luce at Honey Fitz. Or head to the bar at Evelyn’s Restaurant for a Tequila Academy led by tequila connoisseur Alfredo Sanchez, where guests can learn about the history and production of the versatile spirit and taste rare and premium tequila from the bar’s spirits selection.

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salmon chop
Try the Alaskan salmon chop on Holland American Cruise Line.

Holland America Line Adds Three New Sustainably Sourced Alaska Seafood Dishes to its Menu

Holland America Line teamed up with chef Ethan Stowell and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to add three new sustainably sourced Alaska seafood dishes to its menu on ships sailing in the region. 

All six of the cruise line’s ships sailing to Alaska this season will offer the new culinary dishes in addition to the existing Alaskan seafood offerings on the menu. The new choices are: a fried Alaskan cod sandwich with malt vinegar aioli and savoy cabbage slaw; Alaskan salmon chop with cucumber, tomato, avocado, bacon and green beans; and roasted fennel crusted Alaska halibut with artichokes and Taggiasca olives. 

“The Alaska seafood industry’s long standing commitment to wild seafood is very much in line with our own sustainability efforts, as well as our responsibility to the planet and its people,” said Dan Rough, Holland America Line’s v.p. of revenue management, in a press release. “We’re committed to partnering with local businesses and we’re proud to be working with Alaska’s fishing families.” For each of its Alaskan journeys, Holland America Line buys and serves more than 5,000 pounds of wild Alaska seafood such as salmon, cod, halibut, rockfish, flounder, black cod and pollock.

The partnership is part of the cruise line’s Alaska Up Close initiative and future endeavors to acquaint its guests with the Alaskan fishing industry will include more new recipes, destination and cooking demonstration videos and on-board Alaska seafood trivia. 

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Melia Chiang Mai
Tuck into Spanish-Thai fusion at Melia Chiang Mai.

Experience Spanish-Thai Fusion at Melia Chiang Mai

Now through Sept. 30, 2022, the new Melia Chiang Mai hotel is celebrating the brand’s Spanish heritage with several culinary promotions in its two on-site restaurants and two bars and lounges. The buffet-style Brunch del Domingo, served on the first and last Sundays of the month from 11.30am to 3pm, features a smorgasbord of Spanish, Mediterranean and Thai favorites including imported charcuterie, chilled prawns and Mediterranean salads. Brunch is priced at THB 1,499 per person (around $41, including tax and service fees), THB 750 (around $21) for children aged six to 12 years and free for kids aged five and under.  

¡Es viernes!, a buffet-style dinner that takes its name from the fact that it is held on the first and last Friday of the month, from 6pm-10pm, features a paella cooking station, a selection of pinchos and tapas, including gambas al ajillo and grilled river prawns. The dinner buffet is THB 1,400 per person (around $38), THB 700 (around $19) for children aged six to 12 years and free for kids aged five and under.  

There is a “four meals for the price of three” promotion for the Brunch del Domingo and ¡Es viernes! if booked at least one week in advance with a non-refundable deposit. And a 2-hour free-flow package with house wine, draft beer and soft drinks to the Sunday brunch and Friday dinner is THB 1,000 per person (around $27).

If cocktails are your thing, the Melia Chiang Mai is offering six different types of mojitos that include ingredients such as wild berries, passionfruit, pineapple, watermelon and lemongrass to offer a Thai-Spanish spin on the traditional Cuban tipple. The mojitos are priced at THB 260 per glass (around $7) and available daily from 10am-10pm.

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