Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Reference from Jeniffer Thompson

“I have had the pleasure of hearing Maralyn speak at several conferences and she is always on point with both useful and easy to digest information. Because she practices what she teaches, she is in the unique position of relaying what some might call industry secrets, but in reality she just knows what its like to work hard and get answers.  I never cease to be impressed by Maralyn and I know several people who have benefited from her knowledge and her willingness to help others.  Mrs. Hill is an excellent resource for anyone looking to self publish a book or break into the exciting world of travel writing!” —Jeniffer Thompson, Monkey C Media; Author, Speaker, Internet Marketing...

Read More

Chocolais: Chocolate Flavored Blended Fine Wine

  http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/07/19/chocolais-chocolate-flavored-blended-fine-wine-%E2%80%93-how-rich-can-you-get/ July 19, 2011 about 5 million plus http://www.cityroom.com/CityRoom-Now/2011/07/the-perfect-pairing-for-a-pickle-tasting-party-chocolais-chocolate-red-wine/  July 7, 2011 http://www.worldwidedelicacies.com/2010/10/chocolais-chocolate-blended-with-fine-french-wine/ 8-10-2011 http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/dining/feature-1620623.php 8-1-11 2.5 million       Chocolais: Chocolate Flavored Blended Fine Wine – How Rich Can You Get? July 19th, 2011 Chocolais | Gourmet Swiss Chocolate Blended Fine Wine During the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to taste various chocolate flavored wines… and while I have always enjoyed the experience, I never felt it was extra special. With Chocolais, that has changed. On our 2011 International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association Conference at Sea on Holland America, our members were treated to Chocolais as part of a wine tasting event as well as a bottle in their stateroom to devour or take home and enjoy. After to exceptional tastings of Roche Winery  & Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, we cleansed our palate with “Wine Tasting Cookies” to experience the new to the market Chocolais. It was wonderful and we were lucky it was available in time for our taste testing. We have taken part in chocolate and wine pairings, but not like this. As the producer says, “There’s only one way to improve on the sensual experience of rich dark chocolate with a glass of fine red wine – put them in the same bottle.” That is what has been done when you discover the ingredients. Swiss chocolate, thick Dutch cream, and...

Read More

Oenologist.com The People of Wine and John McBride Thornton – Co-Owner, Thornton Winery

Oenologist.com (2 million) is a division of CityRoom, City-Room Now on June 1 http://www.oenologist.com/spotlight-profiles_1043_john-thornton.htm CityRoom-Now http://www.cityroom.com/CityRoom-Now/2011/06/thornton-winery-%E2%80%93-a-successful-business-profile/ also June 1, 2011 LocalWineEvents.com has posted Thornton Winery to their Facebook page.  LocalWineEvents is a PR6 site.  Their FB page has 32,375 Likes. http://www.facebook.com/Localwineevents It moved to Business Insider (5 million)  on June 9 http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-build-and-run-a-successful-winery-2011-6 They immediately re-titled it (they  changed the picture from John to a stock photo.)  It was one of the highest viewed article on BI in just one day. On June 11, 2011 it showed up in The Netherlands in the strategy section of Wyn Wys.EU.   John McBride Thornton – Co-Owner, Thornton Winery The old adage that, to make a million dollars with a winery you must invest ten million dollars, has been around in many forms for decades. John Thornton went by his own rules. He invested in a winery with a friend. Little did he know, he would one day own the whole operation that would be a family affair with Thornton Winery.  John’s expertise was not in winemaking, but successful business practices and smart investing.   When I asked John about the beginning, his answer was simple. “My wife and I traveled in the U.S., Europe, and the Orient a lot on business, and always tried to enjoy the best food, wine, and music of the area. In the 80s, the opportunity came along...

Read More

CityRoom, Spa Tours Worldwide, – Rancho La Puerta

This started on CityRoom (1.5 million) April 20 and went to Spa Tours Worldwide (1.5 million) April 25, 2011 and to the spa tour map. This was written with Brenda C. Hill   http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/04/20/rancho-la-puerta-spa-tips-2/ http://www.spatoursworldwide.com/rancho-la-puerta-a-glimpse-of-a-wellness-oasis-in-sunny-mexico/ http://www.cityroommaps.com/tours/spa-tours.htm Rancho La Puerta & Spa Tips April 20th, 2011 By Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill Overlook at Rancho La Puerta Recently, the Hill Team returned from one of our favorite spas worldwide, the renowned Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico., just a short, breathtaking ride south from San Diego. While at “the ranch,” (as the regulars call it,) to present one of our writing workshops, our free time was aimed at refreshing and renewing. Deep breathing with long walks and short hikes was part of every day. Time was also made for swimming, then relaxing in the private roof tub hot tub au natural; indulging in treatments, steam and sauna and a make-up session with excellent products and some valuable tips. Both of us took as many enrichment classes as time allowed. Our day was also filled with dancing, learning new techniques from chefs, and time for solitary meditations. Most pleasant of all, we dined like royalty on the best, fresh, farm-to-fork cuisine from two top chefs and many experienced sous chefs.  We have both written and published two books about notable chefs, so we know when we find true passion in the...

Read More

City Room to JustLuxe – Chateau Yearing

This was originally published on April 8, 2011 on CityRoom (1.5 million) and then picked up by JustLuxe (2.5 million) on April 30, 2011.   Chef Mathew Macartney of Chateau Yearing Shares an Intriguing Salad Plate April 8th, 2011 While exploring the Australian Yarra Valley wine region, I was able to experience the five star, heritage-listed Victorian mansion.  Chateau Yearing, sitting on 250 acres, is a member of Relais & Chateaux. In the parlor, while enjoying scones and tea, I discovered Head Chef Mathew Macartney. Mathew oversees the Sweetwater Café and Elenore’s, a One Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide. Elenore’s has won numerous awards since Mathew arrived. He has also been a celebrity chef on Silversea’s cruise line the past two years. Chef Macartney’s talent speaks for itself in the recipe he chose to share. ……………. Crisp Parcel of Persian Feta, Shaved Beetroot and Black Truffle Salad, Beetroot Jelly For the parcel: 600g (about 21 oz) Persian feta or goats cheese 250g (about 8-3/4 oz) cottage cheese or ricotta 2 egg yokes 1tsp chopped thyme Salt and pepper 16 sheets brick pastry 200mls (about 10 tbs) clarified butter   Method for the feta filling: In a food processor combine feta, cottage cheese, egg yokes and thyme process until mix is very smooth season with salt and pepper (not much salt as the feta acts as the...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest