Coronado Beach Nation’s Best

Coronado BeachThe Coronado beach in California has been named the nation’s best beach in a survey. The 1.5 mile long beach glitters like a Hollywood star because of the mineral mica shining in its sand. However its just one of the reasons that the beach has been named no.1 in the U.S in 2012 by a survey conducted by professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University, who is also notoriously called ‘Dr. Beach’. The list is in its 22nd year and the beaches do not pay to be evaluated, Leatherman said that he visits the top 10 candidates anonymously to collect samples for his study.

Leatherman has been ranking beaches in the United States on the basis of their environmental quality and safety for swimmers. It’s the first time that California’s Coronado beach has been given the top spot in more than two decades. It lies on a peninsula across the bay from San Diego and has perfect weather and postcard scenery. “I think it’s one of the most super beaches around”, said Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. The top 10 spots this year were taken by Kohanamoku beach in Honolulu at no.2, Main beach in East Hampton, NY at no.3, St. George island state park in Florida at no.4, Hamoa beach in Hawaii at no.5, coast guard beach in Massachusetts at no.6, Waimanalo bay beach park in Hawaii at no.7, Cape Florida state park near Miami at no.8, Beachwalker park in South Carolina at no.9 and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina at no.10. The beaches are ranked on 50 criteria which include the look and feel of sand, water quality, weather, facilities and crowd, and the top score is 250. Coronado scored in the 230’s and lost points due to the water temperature as it only allows for a quick dip. The beaches in California’s chilly coastal region have lost points to the more balmy contenders in Florida and Hawaii. Coronado was a runner-up last year to Florida’s Siesta beach. Also once a beach tops the list it’s retired from consideration in future rankings and a no.1 spot on the list means a 15 to 20 percent increase in visitors.

Celebrating Who We Are

HolidaysCultural identity is what we are all striving for as a people. Families, schools, businesses and even countries get confused about what really is important in the grand scheme of things. Sorrow and boredom can plague everyone at times due to the tremendous workloads that exists in today’s crazy world. It is imperative that we hold onto creative outlets where we can philosophize and communicate with others about more important things than a job or mundane politics.

Communities that understand psychology realize that creating festivals for people provide them with “breaks” from the monotony of their everyday lives. Festivals, put on by the community, bring culture holders together and provide moments that last forever marking pivotal days in history. These people that celebrate are those that yearn for a good disposition and who want to share love and camaraderie with their fellow man. They come to these events without all of their emotional baggage, eager to “let their hair down” and truly appreciate some festivities.

An Elegant Easy Holiday Brunch!

An elegant holiday brunch is the perfect way to start a relaxed day spent with close friends and family. The holidays are a special time of warmth with close friends and family gathering to spend time together. I have hosted a holiday brunch for a large group of our family and friends for the past few years, and have tried to balance an elegant spread that is eye catching and has something for every age group, with the need for a short preparation time that allows the chef (me) time with this gathering of all my loved ones.

Our family is spread over many generations from my Grandparents to my little niece and my best friends’ 5 year old son. It is a challenge catering to everybody’s differing tastes and I find that my best friends in this endeavor are the two ‘P’s’ – Planning and Preparation. For my holiday brunch I always plan a menu around one special hot dish like a breakfast frittata, the extras include an assortment of sweet breads, fresh sides, a platter of meats and sandwiches and beverages.

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