Phatband Internet Speed from Charter

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.

I can’t imagine a regular day without using the internet: for reading my e-mails, for checking the stock quotes, for blogging or, simply, for watching a movie in the evening. But, in each one of my days my internet high speed connection disappoints me. Every now and then, my browser freezes exactly when I need it hardly to work. And for me a bad connection could result in loosing money. Probably, now you wonder why I still use the same provider. I would love to change it, but I don’t have any real option being the only provider in my area. I know also that cable internet technology offers faster connection speeds than DSL. And that’s why I would love to switch to the cable connection.

A new internet service was released by Charter in the United States, service that provides customers a connection of 60 Mbps. Now that, is something worth to be mentioned! Currently, this service is available only in St. Louis but Ultra60 has been rolling out to other areas along with other high-speed products. Charter’s Ultra60 Mbps service is part of the company’s strategy to provide customers with the fastest Internet speed available at a time when it is critical to have a high-speed connection to multimedia sites. Charter ultra fast 60 will enable customers to use the Internet in all new ways including gaming, movies, telecommuting and much more at super high speeds. For sure, at 60 Mbps the internet is a completely different experience!

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Zwack Liqueur

Zwack is an 80 proof herbal liqueur made in Hungary with a secret blend of more than 40 different herbs and spices. It is known as the National Shot of Hungary being produced by Unicum Zwack in Budapest, Hungary. Nowadays, the powerful taste of this herbal liqueur is available into various countries across Europe and also in the United States. The secret recipe for Zwack was first developed by Jozef Zwack in 1790 for Emperor Joseph II of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and contains a blend of over 40 exotic herbs and spices. Some of the herbs and spices are distilled, some are macerated, then blended together and aged in oak casks for over 6 months, giving the liqueur a dark, amber color.

The price for a 1 litre bottle is around $ 27 in USA and around £ 21 in UK.

Books Affiliate Programs

Making money from reviewing books and by participating to an affiliate program, is an option that should be considered if your blog category allows it. The products featured in this category can include many of your favorite options where your readers can go to purchase what you recommend. After signing up for one of these affiliate programs, you can feature the ads on your site and begin to earn money. When you recommend the books you liked and include links right from there where people can buy them, you will see yourself get paid for reviewing books and doing what you love. Below are presented some of the most popular programs related to this category.

Barnes and Noble – this program offers 2.5% to 8.5% commission on sales. The products included in the campaign are books (millions of out-of-print and used books), magazines, music, video, electronic books, gift certificates and software. The frequency of payments is monthly by checks.

Audible – being the leading seller of audio books on the Internet, with over 50,000 titles, Audible offers content that is easily listenable on the PC, Mac or iPod or that can be burned to an audio CD. If you choose to be a part of this program, you will have the opportunity to promote best selling authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Danielle Steele, Maya Angelou and Tom Clancy among others. The affiliates can earn from $3.50 to $25 per sale and will be paid on a monthly basis by check.

CampusBook - represents a student-focused textbook shopping site. It compares prices on millions of new and used books from the top bookstores and allows students to compare prices on multiple books at once. Affiliates can earn 15 cents per lead. The frequency of payments is monthly and the transferring of funds is made by check.

Italian Food

Italian food is often identified with just a few of its popular dishes and I’m referring here to pizza and spaghetti. But, the Italian cuisine has a huge variety of dishes and drinks, reflecting the cultural variety of each region of the country and the diverse history. With influences from Greek, Roman, Germanic, Lombard, French, Turkish, Slavic or Chinese cuisines, the Italian cuisine is savored in every corner of the world.

A traditional Italian meal includes: antipasti (hot or cold appetizers), then is served primo or first course (usually consisting of hot dishes like pasta, risotto, polenta or soup), after that comes secondo or second course (which is the main dish, usually represented by fish or meat), then follows contorno or side dish (which may consist of a salad or vegetables), dolce or dessert plus caffè (Italians usually dinks espresso) and, finally, a digestive (which consists of liquors like grappa, amaro, limoncello, sometimes called ammazza caffè, which means "coffee killer"). One remarkable aspect of an Italian meal, especially when it is eaten in an Italian home, is that the primo (or first course) is usually the more substantial dish, containing most of the carbohydrates, and will consist of risotto or pasta.

Even if, in this country so diverse, it is difficult to define a cooking style, the traditional food is at the core of the cultural identity of Italia, and all Italians react with attachment to their own identity.

5 of the Best Travel Destinations

It is very difficult to select only 5 from all travel destinations in the world, but the ones presented below worth, definitely, to be visited.

Portugal. This country has an old-fashioned charm, with medieval castles and perfect villages scattered over meandering coastlines. From the ancient university town of Coimbra to Lord Byron's favorite Portuguese haunt, Sintra, the country's proud history can be felt everywhere. There are also the colorful and lunging streets of Lisbon, one of Europe's most culturally significant capitals, together with the wineries of Porto, with their hundred year old brand sitting stately in enormous casks, which you don’t have to miss. Something else? Maybe the sleepy surf towns of the Algarve coast, where English people are just as prevalent as Portuguese. Here everyone wants to buy you a drink!

Paris. No trip to France is complete without a stop here. In the first day, after you left your hotel in the morning, you will want to start with the city tour. The "must see" sights in Paris are: Champs-Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Invalides, Eiffel Tower and Trocadero, The Opera, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Louvre Palace and Museum, Orsay Museum, Madeleine Church. Enjoy!

Morocco. Morocco means contrasts, colors and mystery and all you can do is simply catch your breath in wonder. It has a timeless quality that no longer exists in the modern world, a sense that the past with all its glory and savagery still lives on, threading in and out of the present, informing with its every word and gesture. On arrival you are plunged into a culture, a religion and a lifestyle unlike anything that you have ever experienced before: a mystery tour of a land of endless surprises, enchantment and enduring fascination. Morocco is an exciting country!

Dubai. If you want to see camels walk the streets beneath enormous skyscrapers, then Dubai is the place for this. Hospitality has been a tradition here for centuries. Today, Dubai extends this welcome by offering facilities of the highest international standards combined with the charm and adventure of Arabia. An exceptional blend of modern city and timeless desert!

Fiji. Resting quietly in the South Pacific, Fiji Islands are tailor made for relaxed adventure. Well known for its laid back atmosphere, dedication to luxury and relatively cheap prices for the region, the islands boast miles and miles of extreme pristine beauty and are a nature lover’s delight. Whether you want to stay in all-inclusive resort or explore the nooks and crannies of the island, Fiji is guaranteed to be one of the world's most beautiful travel destinations. At the crossroads of the Pacific, Fiji is the exotic melting pot of cultures of Fijian, Indian, Chinese, South Sea Islanders and European settlers. Experience it!

The new version of PayPerPost

PayPerPost is a pioneer in the sponsored post industry, not being simply one of the many ways in which bloggers can earn money with their blogs. One attractive feature is that PayPerPost offers several ways for a blogger to make money: by accepting offers from advertisers to submit blog entries based upon some specific criteria, by negotiating directly with the advertisers (using PayPerPost Direct service), as a PayPerPost affiliate or using PayPerPost v4.0, the next evolution in sponsored conversations.

This is a completely new version of PayPerPost. How different is it? Well for bloggers, there is no more busy dashboard, no more Advertiser-set prices and no more waiting for blog approval. For advertisers, they have complete control over who invite to take opportunities, and who gets approved for payout.


Being the finest CD that Mercedes Sosa, known as La Negra, produced, Cantora (released in May 2009) is a fundamental project which presents duos with other notable singers and songwriters. In fact, Cantora is a two CDs set. Almost all who appear in this project are already well known artists outside their own countries (some like Shakira being worldwide superstars) and others are raising stars to watch in the future.

Mercedes Sosa was not just a great singer, she was a fundamental character in Latin American music. About the music itself, Sosa collaborated with her long time pianist and musical director Popi Spatocco. He dealt with a wide range of musical styles creating something very well rounded, traditional without being cheesy. One of the greatest songs from the first CD is "Sabiéndose De Los Descalzos" sung by Mercedes and well known Mexican star Julieta Venegas, who is also the composer of the song. Shakira also did a nice thing with Mercedes on the great version of Silvio Rodriguez's "La Maza", exploiting the subtleties of this song and adding her own middle-eastern touch. This CD includes some very unusual styles for Mercedes Sosa such as the argentine cumbia, in Leon Gieco's wonderful song "El ángel de la bicicleta" sung by the legendary Gustavo Cordera from Bersuit, who is comfortable with such rhythms. Another jewel here is the traditional zamba arrangement of argentine rocker-legend L.A. Spinetta's "Barro tal vez", sung by both Spinetta and Sosa. Something else to be mentioned is the wonderful mother-son relationship that Sosa had with a whole generation of legendary rock stars like Spinetta, García or Gieco who went to sing with her with the most utter respect and affection. She was for them like a connection with their elders and with the rich world of traditions that is fast disappearing.

In conclusion, Cantora is a great studio album and it is sad that in just a few months from its release she passed away.

Property Management

When you invest in income property, the last thing you want to worry about is the quality of your property management team. The question arising here is what company you should choose in order to put those worries behind. I suppose that you need a property management company with the skill, experience and customer service orientation, in other words with what it takes to exceed the expectations of owners and residents alike.

With an experience from over a decade and with a portfolio of more than 25,000 multifamily houses managed, Real Property Management is a company that operates in the Central and Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, and manages commercial and residential properties, offering the following services besides management of properties: maintenance, inspections, evictions and/or collections. Why is RPM the best choice for a management company to manage your property? First, because allows you to focus less on managing your properties and more on what you want to do. Then, other advantages can be underlined: affordable management fees, monthly financial reporting to owners available online 24/7, collections, regular property inspections or the existence of maintenance services.

A Friend of the Family

In A Friend of the Family (published in November 10, 2009), the author, Lauren Grodstein, speaks about a contemporary suburban drama that, with each turn of the page, takes the reader on the weight of an American tragedy. As the book opens, Peter Dizinoff, a successful doctor from New Jersey, is struggling to adjust to the aftermath of his actions as he sees his personal and professional life cracking beneath his feet. At the center of these troubles is his beloved son Alec, who deflates his father's high expectations when he drops out of college after just three semesters and moves into the apartment above their garage. And when his son begins seeing Laura, the troubled daughter of Peter's best friend who is ten years older than Alec and lives in the tainted shadow of being acquitted for an unspeakable crime when she was 17, Alec's ambivalence to his father's hopes in living a good life turns into a simmering rage.

I picked this up this book from the new fiction shelf, in the library right across the street from my home. It is a well written novel, being pretty much a string of flashback memories that presents the current position in life of the protagonist, Dr. Pete Dizinoff. With elegant prose, Grodstein beautifully conveys the struggles of family even as the protagonist is forced, through his own arrogance to finally question his moral compass and the decisions that have bought him to this time and place. It is really a wonderful novel.

“You Gotta See This” Video Contest

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Incendia Health. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently launched, "You Gotta See This" Video Contest invites all interested people to make a video showing the impact of improved vision, for a chance to win the $ 5,000 grand prize. So, if you don’t want to miss your chance to win, create a video up to 90 seconds and submit it to The video can be practically what you want it to be (i.e. music video, boxing, swimming or other sports video, or simply videos showing your regular life), but must be applicable to one of the following categories:
- "My prescription lenses are getting in the way of my good time."
- "My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision."
- "You should see life after the iLASIK Procedure."

The beautiful thing is that once you have submitted your video, you can request all your friends or colleagues to vote for it, votes being very important for winning this contest. The contest, launched by Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) which is a global leader in laser vision correction, is aimed to attract thousands of video submissions wanting to find out how better vision could improve people’s lives.

iLASIK Video Contest is a 12-week contest running until December 10, 2009, winners being chosen a month later (on January 10, 2010). All entries will be judged on their creativity, association with the topic for which they are submitted and votes received. The Grand Prize will be $ 5,000, which is the approximate market value for the iLASIK Procedure (the world's most modern form of LASIK surgery where two lasers, instead of one, are used to deliver the most advanced and personalized vision correction available today).

If you miss the chance to win the grand prize, you will have also a chance to win:
- three first prizes consisting in an HDTV package (having a $ 2,500 value) - one per each video category;
- three second prize consisting in a Flip UltraHD camcorder (having a $ 199.99 value) - one per each video category.
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The Sacre-Coeur Basilica from Paris

It is very difficult to find a more charming and more typical place in Paris. In the enchanting quarter of Montmartre, you will feel the nostalgic heartbeat of the town where time seems standing still while walking across the narrow streets and climbing the famous romantic stairs, well known and familiar from a lot of movies. Then, you will discover the Sacre-Coeur Basilica with a breathtaking view all over Paris, and after that maybe you will take some minutes to enjoy a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the artist square named "Place du Tertre".

The Sacre-Coeur Basilica is a popular landmark in Paris, being dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is located on the highest point in the city. With its origins in the aftermath of the French Revolution among ultra-Catholics and legitimist royalists, it developed more widely in France after the Franco-Prussian War. Though today it is asserted to be dedicated in honor of the 58,000 who lost their lives during the war, the decree of the Assemblée Nationale, back in 1873, specifies that it is to "expiate the crimes of the communards". Montmartre had been the site of the Commune's first insurrection, and many hard-core communards were forever entombed in the subterranean galleries of former gypsum mines where they had retreated, by explosives detonated at the entrances by the Army of Versailles. Hostages had been executed on both sides, and the Communards had executed the Archbishop of Paris, who became a martyr for the resurgent Catholic Church. His successor, climbing Montmartre in 1872, was reported having a vision, as clouds dispersed over the panorama: "It is here, it is here where the martyrs are, it is here that the Sacred Heart must reign so that it can beckon all to come".

Sacre-Coeur is built of travertine stone. This stone constantly exudes calcite, which ensures that the basilica remains white even with weathering and pollution. A mosaic in the apse, entitled Christ in Majesty, is among the largest in the world. The basilica complex includes a garden for meditation, with a fountain. The top of the dome is open to tourists and affords a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Paris.

Souvlaki, the popular Greek food

Souvlaki, the famous Greek food, consists of small pieces of grilled meat served on a skewer, together with some other ingredients in pita bread, or on a dinner plate. Traditional meat used for souvlaki is pork and lately chicken, but there are other variations as well, like beef, lamb, swordfish, even a vegetarian souvlaki with no meat at all. The secret of a great souvlaki, is that the meat is prepared in advance, cubed into small pieced and marinated for a few hours in freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil, combined with herbs and spices (oregano, thyme, salt and pepper etc.).

For this recipe you will need: 2 1/2 pounds of pork shoulder cut in 3/4 inch cubes, 1 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of red wine and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

How to prepare it? In a bowl, pour wine and oil over the pork and toss to coat. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano and toss again, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Use 8 inch wooden skewers, thread approximately 6 pieces of meat on each (this should result in about 12 skewers). Grill the meat turning until well browned, for about 15 minutes. Serve directly on the skewers with a squeeze of lemon.

Gracias from Omara Portuondo

With Gracias album (released in December 2008), Omara Portuondo wanted to revisit the songs that she has found most moving and to work with the songwriters she most admires, such as Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and Jorge Drexler. But these are not the only star guests on this recording, as if the list was not already impressive enough (other great names being Chucho Valdés, the African musician Richard Bona and the Brazilian maestro Chico Buarque). Some striking collaborations present on this project, must be mentioned, starting with O que será in duet with Chico Buarque and finishing with Ámame como soy with Pablo Milanés, a song with lyrics that could stand as a metaphor for the whole album.

Speaking about the album, Omara says: "I selected these tracks because they are very popular and people know them in Cuba. I like all of these songs and I wanted to work with younger people who play modern music which is still rooted in tradition". Indeed, the backing band for this 13-track disc features the likes of jazz bass virtuoso Avishai Cohen and rising Cuban star Roberto Fonseca on piano. From cabaret dancer in decadent pre-Castro Cuba to vocalist of intimacy and passion in the world-famous Buena Vista phenomenon, Omara has been a performer and entertainer for six decades. This album marks out her territory of sweet, sentimental nostalgia in favorite songs from all the eras she's lived through. Simply, this CD can be played over and over just to discover what it must have been like to be Omara Portuondo at every beautiful age.

10 Blog Directories for Submitting Your Blog

Simply having very good content on your blog, is not enough. If no one knows about its existence, it is for nothing. One way to attract more visitors on your blog is to list it in as many blog directories as you can. But when you list your blog in a directory, make sure you provide accurate details and proper categorization. This way, anyone who is looking for a blog on a specific topic will find yours in the search results. Below, I present the top 10 free blog directories that your blog should be in:

Blog Catalog is a social networking service that allows members to submit their blogs and create unique personal profiles online in order to find and communicate with other bloggers. The directory features interesting categories, from arts, entertainment or lifestyle to business, news or technology, and offers the possibility to search by country, language and user. Blogs can be added to the site, but must be approved before they go ‘live’ in the directory.

Blogged is, at the same time, a blog directory and a news type site which provides breaking news taken from the blogs listed on the site.

Blogarama is a massive index of over 100,000 blogs, very simple to search and use. In order to list your site, you have to follow a couple of easy steps, starting from creating a free account and finishing with the adding of your blog details.

Blog Flux is a huge directory easy to use due to the fact that it allows you to search blogs alphabetically.

Globe of Blogs is a directory which offers the feature of searching for blogs by title, author or subject. In order to be accepted, your blog must not be a commercial one. Also, linking back to Globe of Blogs is optional, and is not a condition for inclusion in the directory.

On Blog Explosion directory, you can: add multiple blogs, add banners to promote your blog with click through reporting, refer new members, get your blog reviewed by other members or get full blog statistics.

On Bloggapedia, you can easily connect to the top blogs and newest posts. Innovative categories and a colorful design make this directory very interesting.

Bloggeries has the best categories and subcategories home page on the internet. The layout is clear and concise, and readers are able to find what they are looking for very fast.

Super Blog Directory has an excellent system for categorizing the blogs on the site, being also easy to navigate. It also allows site users to rate blogs (from 1 to 10 stars), containing also professional blogging resources.

Blog Hints is a blog directory and a blog search engine, which allows you to add your site to various categories (i.e. games, politics, health, reference, humor, science, shopping, financial, travel etc.). In order to be able to propose your blog, you have to create a free account first.

If you have a favorite directory not mentioned above, let me know!

Hotel Son Caliu

This year, me and my wife traveled to Spain (Mallorca more precisely) on August. We really enjoyed our stay, having very good weather, and we both felt that if the weather had been bad, we would still have had a pleasant stay. Why? Because Son Caliu hotel is perfect also if you just want to relax.

The hotel, surrounded by mature subtropical gardens in a quiet residential area just 10 minutes outside Palma, is located in a bay with direct access to a small private beach and only 700 meters from the popular beach of Palmanova.

The spa and gardens are very nice and the staff of the hotel very helpful and friendly (from the reception staff, to the waiters in the restaurant and, finally, to the bar and pool staff). The private beach is small but the main beaches of Palmanova are no more than a five minute walk. Breakfast on the terrace each morning overlooking the bay was great. In the evening, we didn't eat in the restaurant but there are plenty of good restaurants in that area.

We had a standard double room which, compared with other hotels we have stayed in, was very good. The rooms are in need of refurbishing because they are a little outdated. Our room was clean and comfortable which was all we needed having in mind that we spent most of the time on the beach, at the pool or visiting the beautiful island of Mallorca.

One Love from David Guetta

One Love is the title of the fourth studio album signed by French DJ, David Guetta. Officially released on August 25, 2009 it is in fact a double disc, the second one containing extended/club mixes of album tracks plus 2 bonuses. The reviews for this album were generally favorable.

With guest appearances from Akon, Will.I.Am, Estelle, Kid Cudi, Ne-Yo, Novel or Kelly Rowland, the album is an ambitious project, in fact a manifesto for the global pop and dance audience, blurring the lines between urban and electronic styles along the way. Fans will get well-done music that can, definitely, get a party started. It must be mentioned that One Love features also an exclusive David Guetta remix edit of the Black Eyed Peas number one hit called I Gotta Feeling.

The Road Out of Hell

The Road Out of Hell written by Anthony Flacco and published in November 3, 2009, presents the disturbing true story of a 13-year-old boy, Sanford Clark, sent to live with his uncle on an isolated farm in California in 1926 where was held captive till the age of 15. Clark becomes quickly subject to all kind of abuse by his uncle, Gordon Stewart Northcott, a psychopath and sadist who lures young boys to the farm to sexually assault, torture and kill them. Forced by Northcott to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he helped gain some justice for the dead and their families by testifying at Northcott’s trial, which led to his conviction and execution.

Amazingly, the book not shows just a picture of an almost unimaginable evil, but also gives us the picture of Sanford Clark, who was one man able to transcend the evil into which he was forced by his uncle and to become uncommonly good: as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father and a productive citizen.

But in the end, The Road Out of Hell is a chilling look at a dark chapter in America's history.

5 Best Wine Blogs

Nowadays, you can easily lose track of all existing wine blogs. It’s enough to search the term wine blogs with Google, for example, to find hundreds or even thousands of results. Moreover, at this time probably, someone is sharing out his / her thoughts about wine on a personal blog. But not all of them are worthy to be mentioned. And here comes the question: how do you decide which ones you should visit?

The selection presented below, it’s not just a simple top 5, it comes from my obsessive need to select only the most valuable articles from dozens of posts published every hour. So, even if you are a wine pro or just an amateur be prepared to subscribe to some newsletters and RSS feeds. was founded in 2004 as a personal project by the founder and editor Alder Yarrow. The site is now a respected source for non-mainstream wine writing, and one of the most influential wine blogs on the Internet. Featuring wine reviews, editorials, book and restaurant reviews, wine news and wine event coverage, Vinography publishes new content daily. The site's contributors work hard to create an alternative to the traditional sources and styles of wine journalism, partially through its emphasis on the stories, the people, and the passion behind wine.

Dr. Vino talks, teaches and writes about wine. In reality being a doctor, Tyler Colman wrote his doctoral dissertation about the political economy of the wine industries in France and United States. On this site he makes good value wine recommendations looking at the world through the wine glass, bringing in diverse perspectives and lively reader contributions. His wine writing has also appeared in print in Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, the New York Times, and The Guardian, among other places. is owned by French Photographer and writer who lives in France and who travels the wine routes of his country and records his experiences in both pictures and stories published on the blog, focused on smaller producers and and discussing anything from wine bars to wine debates.

Spittoon is a blog delivered by the wine writer named Andrew Barrow. This site has a professional air and features a lot of wine news and developments. There is also a focus on food and wine matching, and plenty of good links.

Winecast was launched in 2004, being hosted by Tim Elliott, a wine marketer, entrepreneur, adjunct professor of marketing and longtime wine lover. Several podcasts are produced each year that focus on a wine region or grape variety with tasting notes for these wines along with wine product reviews, tasting tips and other wine-related subjects.

Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas is a basic, traditional tapa very popular also in elegant big-city establishments and also in the more modest villages. As with most tapas, each bar and household will have its own recipe, naturally believed to the best.

For this version of recipe you will need: 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 large potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes), 2 tablespoons minced onion, 2 cloves garlic (minced), salt and freshly ground black pepper, one and half tablespoons of Spanish paprika, 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce, 1/2 cup of Ketchup, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of olive oil for frying.

How to prepare the potatoes? Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with salt and black pepper. In a large skillet fry the potatoes in 1 cup of olive oil until cooked through and golden-brown, stirring occasionally. Drain the potatoes on paper towels, check the seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

How to prepare the brava sauce? In a saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft. Turn off the heat, and add the paprika, Tabasco sauce, and thyme, stirring well. Transfer to a bowl and add the ketchup and mayonnaise.

At the end, mix the potatoes with the sauce before serving to ensure that the potatoes retain their crispness. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.

Something great to listen to: Cesaria Evora

Cesaria Evora (born 27 August 1941 in Cape Verde) is, in my opinion, one of the most distinguished singers of world music around. With her amazing voice and rhythms, makes you feel as you were on one of those magnificent beaches of Cape Verde.

These days, I bought this audio CD signed by Evora: The Very Best of Cesaria Evora. This “best of” album, released in September 2002, represents simply a terrific introduction to a woman who not only masters each style she sings, but obviously loves every moment of it, and her enthusiasm for what she is singing is contagious. With songs like Angola, Carnaval De Sao Vicente or Bondade E Maldade, this compilation it’s a worthy buy and I recommend it as a wonderful way of getting to know great singing.

Travel affiliate programs

By promoting the top travel affiliate programs, you will offer the opportunity to access the hottest deals on flights, car rentals and hotels to your website’s users. This is recommended to affiliates having traffic on their websites from families, business people and individuals. By featuring traveling related ads on a website, an affiliate can appeal to a wide range of users. Some of the affiliate programs listed below, have also customized banners based on where the visitors of an website might like to travel.

Elliott Realty Beach Rentals – this is a leading online vacation rental company offering leisure and family travelers a wide selection of low discount vacation rentals, as well as luxury rentals, real estate, golf packages and other travel. It represents one of the largest selections of low rates from over 700 rental properties. For every sale, the advertiser will get a $10 commission and the frequency of payments proposed by this program is weekly using PayPal.

Go Card USA – Go visitor cards are America's best multi-attraction city pass products. Each card offers tourists and locals unlimited admission to top attractions, activities, tours and museums for a low price. If you choose to resell and promote Go visitor cards which are available for some of the top US destinations (including: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando, Miami and Oahu), you will receive a $6 commission for every sale. The frequency of payments is weekly and the transfer method used is PayPal. – represents the only travel affiliate program that pays 70% of revenue and enables your visitors to search multiple sites simultaneously. This program has much better conversion ratios as visitors are less likely to leave the site since it compares major sites already, being literally one stop shop for hotel reservation. Moreover, affiliates get 1 Year repeat action cookie plus great integration options and data feeds. The frequency of wired payments is monthly.