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Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto

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Mornings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are wonderful, especially because of the abundance of delicious breakfast options. You can choose to indulge in a fantastic breakfast buffet at Makahiki, dine on classics and island specialities at ‘AMA‘AMA, or just pick up light breakfast items from Ulu Cafe. You can even have breakfast delivered to your hotel room through room service!

Aulani’s talented chefs created an island-inspired frittata with egg whites and vegetables, topped with a homemade macadamia nut pesto and cheese and it is delicious! Check out the cooking demo video and full recipe for the egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani below. Enjoy!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto
Serves 4

MACADAMIA NUT PESTO
1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

EGG WHITE FRITTATA
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup diced eggplant
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced mushroom
1/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup diced artichoke heart
1/4 cup diced tomato
16 egg whites
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto

FOR MACADAMIA NUT PESTO:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

FOR EGG WHITE FRITTATA:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease four (8-ounce) individual casserole dishes with butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan for 5 minutes, until hot.
  3. Sauté eggplant in the oil for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke heart, and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Place 4 egg whites in each casserole dish. Add 1/4 of the vegetables to each dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
  7. Top each frittata with 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 tablespoon of goat cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. Bake for 3-5 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea Offers Free Airfare to Hawaii and More

Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii, but thought it was too expensive to get there? Now is the time to book a cruise to Hawai’i! Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion now lets you choose up to 6 fantastic, FREE offers! Book a Studio or Inside stateroom and choose 1 free offer or choose 3 free offers when you book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite. Best of all, cruise in a Suite and enjoy all six free offers.

Norwegian’s Free at Sea Promotion

Choose up to 6 FREE offers:

  • FREE unlimited beverage package
  • FREE shore excursion credits
  • FREE specialty dining
  • FREE WiFi
  • Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail FREE
  • FREE or reduced roundtrip airfare on select sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line offers you seven days, four islands and two overnight stays in Hawai’i. You’ll visit O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and the Big Island of Hawai’i, giving you plenty of time ashore. Yes, Hawai’i is a paradise of cascading waterfalls and jewel-toned beaches. It also has some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses and Norwegian’s shore excursions can take you there. Back on board, you can dine, dance, swim, get a massage and wake up every morning to a new view. Take the cruise voted the “Best Hawai’i Itinerary” by the readers of Porthole Magazine and discover Freestyle Cruising with Norwegian.

What are you waiting for? Take advantage of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea promotion and start planning your Hawaiian adventure today! Call Siera at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

New Kakamora Chaos with Moana Experience at Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii

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Moana’s travels take her to many exciting destinations – and one of her favorites is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Starting today, guests can visit with the Disney heroine during a new premium experience!

During “Kakamora Chaos with Moana” at Aunty’s Beach House, Moana is eager to learn more about her new friends, especially the games they play. During the interactive 90-minute experience, young guests will learn to play children’s games from Hawai‘i, as well as a game from Moana’s home island of Motunui: the Kakamora Relay!*

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There are other fun ways to see Moana during her visits to Aulani Resort. Guests can join Moana and Aulani Resort’s beloved storyteller “Uncle” as they share the importance of the canoe—or wa‘a—during Kahakai Canoe Racing. The interactive activity concludes after building a canoe model and racing in the lagoon!

In the evenings, resort guests may choose to wind down around the fire pit as Moana and Uncle recount tales of adventure during Mo‘olelo Firepit Storytelling. Guests attending the the resort’s KA WA‘A lū‘au will also be delighted when Moana makes a special appearance during the lively pre-show, which pays homage to the incredible journey the Hawaiian people made across the ocean.

*Advance reservations for Kakamora Chaos with Moana are strongly recommended. Please call the Reservation Center at (808) 674-6200. This premium experience is available at an additional charge.

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog)

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Special Activities for Halloween 2017 at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

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If you’re heading to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa this month, there is an exciting lineup of special entertainment and activities for you to celebrate Halloween 2017 at Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort. Here are a few not-to-miss experiences in October:

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October 24-25, 2017

  • ‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest: Families are invited to choose their pumpkin and carve their unique creations. Sculpted “monster-pieces” will be placed on display in the Pau Hana Community Hall for resort guests to view and cast their votes. Winners and prizes will be awarded during ‘Ohana Movie Night on Oct. 26. TIP: Reservations are encouraged for this premium activity. Call ahead to reserve your pumpkin!

October 29-30, 2017

  • Keiki Pumpkin Decorating: Little ones can pick their own mini pumpkins from our Pau Hana Pumpkin Patch. Our team will supply crafting tools for no-carve decorating.

October 31, 2017

  • Halloween Aloha-Style Dance Party: The Halawai Lawn will transform into a spooky-fun dance party on Halloween evening. Come dressed up for craft activities, games, face painting and of course, dancing with Disney friends!
  • Aulani Resort Trick-or-Treating: Guests staying at Aulani Resort for the night can trick-or-treat at locations throughout the resort. “Treasure” maps can be picked up at the Hālāwai Lawn before heading out!

Throughout the month of October, look out for your favorite Disney pals in their Halloween costumes. And on select evenings during ‘Ohana Movie Nights, family-friendly Halloween films will be screened on the Halawai Lawn.

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa for more details on our Halloween activities!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Enjoy Authentic Hawaiian Arts and Crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau

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One of my favorite parts of KA WA‘A lu‘au at Aulani Resort actually happens before the show. When guests arrive for the luau, they will be greeted by hosts and hostesses with a special lei. Then, guests will be encouraged to mingle around the resort’s Halawai Lawn as live music and performers set the tone for the evening. Also available during this time are various traditional arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a luau for guests to not only observe, but also participate.

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Be sure to check out the following Hawaiian arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau:

Na Pua U‘i (The Pretty Flowers): You’ll learn the traditional art of stringing lei (or flower garlands) together, creating your very own to adorn your neck or wrist. Or, you can present the lei as a special token of aloha to a loved one.

Pa‘i ‘Ai (Pounded Taro): After observing the traditional mashing of cooked taro into a thick paste called pa‘i ‘ai, join in and experience the effort it takes to make poi the traditional way.

Kapala (Printing): Intricately carved bamboo stamps called ‘ohe kapala were traditionally used to decorate and embellish fine kapa (bark cloth). Create your own keepsake on a card using stamps inspired by traditional patterns of nature.

Kakau (Tattooing): Pick a kakau design and have a local artisan draw by hand on your arms, legs or even face! You’ll experience a contemporary take on the painstaking age-old practice of a traditional body art.

KA WA‘A lu‘au is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Aulani Resort. What activities are you looking forward to experiencing?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

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Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

Disney recently announced that Disney Parks & Resorts have once again been named among the top destinations around the world to stay and play in the 29th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards celebrate the best of the best in travel according to travelers just like you.

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  • Walt Disney World Resort:
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
    • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Disneyland Resort:
    • Disneyland Hotel
    • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney Vacation Club:
    • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Creating unforgettable vacation experiences for our guests is only made possible by the commitment of Disney’s cast and crew, and this recognition is a testament to their excellence in maintaining quality standards and innovating the guest experience.

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To date, Disney Parks & Resorts around the world have been recognized more than 60 times by Condé Nast Traveler. It is awards like these that inspire Disney to work harder to continue living up to even higher guest expectations.

This story originally appeared on the Disney Parks Blog.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Don’t Miss Out on Halloween Activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

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Don’t Miss Out on Halloween Activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

If you’re heading to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, this month, Disney has a few tricks (and treats) up their sleeves for guests to celebrate the Halloween season at this incredibly family-friendly Hawaiian resort.

Some of your favorite Disney friends can be found dressed in their Halloween-best costumes throughout the resort! There is also an exciting lineup of special entertainment and activities leading up to our annual trick-or-treating event on Halloween night. Here are a few highlights to check out:

‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest: For guests looking to show off their pumpkin-carving skills, families are invited to take part in our ‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest. After picking the perfect gourd, you will be provided with tools to carve your unique creations. Sculpted masterpieces will be placed on display in the Pau Hana Community Hall for resort guests to view and cast their votes! (October 25 and 26)

*Premium Experience at additional charge. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

Halloween—Aloha Style—Party: The Halawai Lawn will transform into a frightfully fun party, perfect for the entire family.
 Adults and keiki (kids) are encouraged to dress up for a spirited monster bash of craft activities, game stations, face painting and a lively dance party with Disney friends. (October 27 and 31)

Keiki Pumpkin Decorating: Little ones can pick their own mini pumpkins from the Pau Hana Pumpkin Patch and enjoy no-carve decorating. The team at the Pau Hana Community Hall will supply crafting tools, art supplies and fun! (October 29 and 30)

Hallow“Teen” Pumpkin Sand Sculpting
: Teens can meet up and head to the beach for an afternoon of friendly competition in the sand. It will be a howling good time with new friends and sculpted sand creations! (October 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30)

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa for times and locations of all Halloween activities at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

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Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

As Hawaii’s top family beach resort celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, Disney recently announced new guest experiences that will debut later this year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! You will have the opportunity to experience a new luau at Aulani and even meet Moana from Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” beginning in November.

Starting in November, KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will bring epicurean dining and imaginative entertainment to guests. Luau guests can feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana. Before the luau, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special pre-show entertainment, family activities, traditional crafts and more.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog") and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Also in November, Moana, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Moana,” will arrive at Aulani Resort to meet with guests and recount tales of adventure. The animated feature film is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a canoe for a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Both new experiences are inspired by Hawaii’s deep cultural roots in canoe exploration—a voyage which brought Hawaiian ancestors to the beautiful ‘Ewa Loa plains surrounding Aulani Resort. As you may have seen in Aulani Resort Ambassador Janelle’s post from earlier today, we also debuted a one-sixth model of the Polynesian voyaging canoe—the Hokule‘a—in the Maka‘ala Lobby.

What are you looking forward to on your next vacation to Aulani Resort?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #1 Hawaii

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#1 Hawaii

Aloha! Once you visit Hawaii, you will want to come back again and again. The beauty, adventure, culture, food and atmosphere makes Hawaii one of the Top 16 places to visit in 2016. There are so many places in Hawaii to visit. For families, Maui is our top pick with great resorts, shopping, excursions, and dining.  It is a great island to experience Hawaii for 1st timers!

Where do you want to go this year?

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

12 Days of Christmas Travel Deals

Would you like to get the rest of your Christmas shopping done quickly and easily? Give your loved ones the gift of a trip! Parents often spend lots of money on toys that their kids will quickly outgrow. Why not give the gift of memories that will las a lifetime instead this year? To help inspire you to find the perfect vacation for your family, check out these 12 days of Christmas travel deals:

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You can visit the incredible state of Alaska by boat or by land (or both!) to experience the amazing wonders of wildlife, glaciers, and scenic beauty. Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, there is a great opportunity for you to have the vacation of your dreams in Alaska.

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With the weather getting colder, a warm, tropical cruise may be just what you and your loved ones have been dreaming of. From sandy beaches and palm trees to world class cuisine, a cruise offers something for every member of the family. Plus, your kids will love having their own areas to play and explore on the ship.

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What child or family wouldn’t love the gift of a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort? When you book with us, you will receive complimentary itinerary planning, help with dining reservations, free gifts, and more! Plus, you are guaranteed to get the best deal possible!

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Hawaii is a bucket list destinations for so many people! Why not send mom and dad or take the whole family to paradise? You can check out Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, on Oahu or try a Norwegian Cruise to visit a few islands in a week! You can also plan to island hop and spend a few days on each island to truly enjoy the unique activities and scenery on each island!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower, watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, or ride in a gondola in Venice? All of these dreams can come true in Europe! From guided tours to cruises and individual explorations, you can see first hand the rich history that you’ve learned about for years!

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You can visit the Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama Canal, California, Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and more with Disney Cruise Line! With spacious accommodations, the best children’s programming, and amazing food, the whole family will love a Disney Cruise Line vacation!

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Explore the City of Lights when you book a vacation to Paris, France. You can shop at some of the world’s best known retailers on the Champs Elysees, wonder at the Eiffel Tower, take in the Mona Lisa at the Lourve, and more! You can venture into the city on your own or enjoy it with the help of a guided tour to help you see and do the most during your vacation!

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Do you want the ultimate relaxing vacation? Book an all inclusive getaway to Mexico (or anywhere in the Caribbean)! You truly don’t have to worry about a thing on these vacations because your food, drinks, entertainment, and more have already been paid for! You can enjoy a week in the sun on the beach for probably less money than you ever expected!

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Would shopping in Times Square or watching a live Broadway performance be more your style? Book your trip to New York City to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city. You can head to the top of the Empire State Building, watch Good Morning America, or just explore the streets of New York City.

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When you book a Royal Caribbean Cruise by December 31, you will receive 50% off the second guest’s fare, up to $300 in onboard credits, and 50% reduced deposit. You can sail to destinations all over the world with Royal Caribbean without having to pack up and move each time you visit a new place! Plus, you can enjoy incredible dining and more!

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If you or your kids love Harry Potter, then the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will be the vacation of a lifetime! You can actually ride Hogwarts Express, drink a butterbeer, cast a spell, and so much more here. There is more than Harry Potter though, too! You can cause some mayhem with the minions or battle with Transformers at Universal Orlando!

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Could you and your special someone use a short getaway? If you don’t have a lot of time, a long weekend to Las Vegas may be just what you need! You can enjoy incredible buffets, nightlife, and more in Las Vegas. Plus, there are some great add-on excursions if you’d like to visit the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, or California during your visit.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Plus, you will receive lots of other perks and gifts! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information.