Michelin Star Chef Niklas Ekstedt Is On Fire

What does it take to be a michelin star chef? Sweden phenom Niklas Ekstedt sat down to share his entrepreneurial journey.

Niklas Ekstedt Is On Fire

No electricity needed in the primal world of the Michelin star restaurant, Ekstedt, owned by the inventive and laid-back top TV Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt.

In the heart of the fashionable Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm Ekstedt the restaurant takes on the most primitive ways of cooking, using only wood burning ovens to create some of the most creative dishes in all of Stockholm while getting to the roots of traditional Scandinavian cooking.


Niklas Ekstedt is not only one of the top television chefs in Sweden, he is also one cool dude. Check out our interview with one Sweden’s best culinary minds, as we chatted about his new back-to-basics cookbook, the ever-changing and thriving Stockholm food scene and how buying a house with no electricity led to a Michelin star.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • We travel to Stockholm to sit down with Niklas to chat about his entrepreneurial journey
  • Learn how he got the idea for his restaurant in an unusual way
  • Find out what it takes to be a Michelin Star chef
  • What he’s up to next (and why you need to come try his restaurant now)

Niklas Ekstedt’s book, Food from the Fire: The Scandinavian Flavours of Open-Fire Cooking, can be found at your favorite book sites like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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What’s All the Buzz With Seattle + Giveaway

Seattle is an awesome millennial destination and we're dishing a few reasons why we love Seattle + we've got a great giveaway.

Seattle is Buzzing

Seattle has long been a popular destination for travelers that want some fresh air, fresh seafood and a knock around the stomping grounds of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie. Now, with so many rich and diverse cultures defining the city, geographically Seattle is morphing into a city that is known for its distinct and evolving neighborhoods.

A booming food scene and great bar hang outs have taken over Seattle, making it a hotbed for millennial travelers around the globe. If you have never been to Seattle, go now –if it’s been awhile, take another look.

Join us as we talk with some locals about rooftop bees, the legendary craft brew capitol and where to find a mouth-watering Torta and margarita.

Mentioned in this podcast episode:

Don’t Forget to Enter the Getaway Giveaway by December 14th at 9PM PST (and listen to the podcast for the code word to enter)!

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New Year’s Eve Around the World

The ultimate guide to where you should celebrate New Year's Eve.

Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve

Sure, you could go to New York and see the ball drop, but why not explore some other cool New Year’s Eve festivities around the world. Travel deals are all around right now and don’t discount a location just because you think it’s too expensive. You might be surprised that a plane ticket to Europe, or Bermuda, might end up being more affordable than a ticket in your own state.

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NYC New Years Eve Run  Time Square is not the only cool thing to do in NYC. At 11:59pm, New York kicks of the new year right with a 4 mile run through Central Park, while fireworks in the park light your path into 2017.

Nashville– First up is one of our favorite cities in the world, Nashville. Nashville throws a huge party right down the Broadway featuring free music acts, including this year, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses and the headliner Keith Urban and music note drop and fireworks at midnight.

Edinburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s world-famous new years festival with events, parties and concerts that last for 3 days and draws crowds from every corner of the globe. Highlights include concerts the day before and street shows on NYE with a 4-hour firework displays starting at 9pm on the 31st.  Not to mention their Scottish version of the polar plunge with the Stoats Loony Dook in the freezing River Forth on January 1st.

Bermuda – Let’s get out of the cold and go to the warm island of Bermuda, where our friends from JetBlue always have great deals to fly to this awesome location. St. George, Bermuda has a really cool tradition of dropping an onion at midnight in King’s Square, where you can check out local music acts, food vendors and of course fireworks.

Niagara, Canada – So, we have talked about one of our favorite places on past podcasts and even had a great giveaway for Niagara, NY. Well, right across the falls is one of THE biggest new years eve celebrations in the world in Niagara, Canada, eh!  Might be cold, but they have big concerts featuring Canadian bands, tons of food options, a light show on the falls itself and blow up over 2,000 pounds of fireworks at midnight.

New Orleans – Grab a hurricane drink to-go, grab a seat in Jackson Square or even reserve a balcony in the French Quarter as you watch the fleur-de-lis(New Orleans symbol) drop high atop the Jax Brewery, followed by tons of fireworks, followed by more hurricanes, followed by more partying.

Oahu, Hi – Aloha! How about we end this NYE tour in Oahu, Hawaii? A somewhat newer tradition for the past six years they have been ringing the new year in right at the Aloha Tower Market Place.  There are 8 stages of bands, DJ’s, a buttload of food trucks and of course a huge firework display off the Aloha Tower itself at midnight.

Best Travel Apps

Some of my favorite travel apps and sites for the best deals around include:

Be sure to send us a picture of you on New Year’s Eve and tell us about your cool deal that you scored.

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The Rebirth of Detroit

Detroit is booming once again, and it's millennials that are leading the way. Find out what's so unique about Detroit and why you should add it to your travel list.

Why Detroit Now

You’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to travel to Detroit?” In fact, an exploding food scene and young entrepreneurs are taking back the city and bringing the hustle back.

There is a city in the middle of America that is fast becoming a hipster haven full of artists, young entrepreneurs, and a rapidly rising restaurant scene – and we are not talking about the Windy City. Detroit is on the comeback trail, and travelers around the world will be taking notice.

It is a city that has great bones – no city in the world looks like Detroit. Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera called Detroit home in the 1930s. Architecture masterpieces like the Guardian Building and the Masonic Temple still give the city it’s character.

Barry Gordy and Motown started a soulful revolution, and hometown favorite Eminem helped shape the lexicon of American Rap Music. All this cultural abundance and you can see Canada right across the river.

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Getting to Know New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the coolest cities for millennials to visit. It has just about everything you could hope for - good food, entertainment, great hotels and amazing festivals.

Why New Orleans Now

Cheese mongers, entrepreneurs, artist congregations, new millennium butchers and a hipster hotel are changing the landscape of the revitalized Warehouse District in NOLA.

Even if you have never traveled to the fine city of New Orleans, you likely may still have visions of people partying in the streets, floats with dressed revelers tossing beads to topless women, the over indulgence of food and adult beverages and so on. Don’t get me wrong, that version is still alive and thriving, and is still part of the fabric that defines New Orleans to many.

Today the city’s landscape and culture are evolving into an eclectically enterprising hotbed incubator for a new generation of artists, entrepreneurs, dreamers and urban dwelling families.

The Warehouse District neighborhood, located just a 10-minute Uber ride away from the debauchery on Bourbon Street, has now become one of the coolest sections of this ever-changing city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

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We Won Honeymooning in Paris

Paris is captivating, and a great place to honeymoon. We were able to travel to this amazing city for under $1500 for 8 days. In this episode, I'm dishing all my Paris money saving tips for all you future honeymooners.Paris, The City of Love

It’s been three years to the day that we got married, and Jeff and I wanted to share our Paris trip with you. We went on what we lovingly call a “pre-honeymoon” before we got married, because, why not!

While you might count Paris out because it’s seemingly too expensive, we were able to travel to Paris for eight nights for just under $1500 total. While we didn’t stay at a charming 5-star hotel, we did rent a fantastic Airbnb rental in one of my favorite arrondissements. Paris’ neighborhoods are broken down into arrondissements, and each one has a little different flair. The 6th, 3rd, and 4th arrondissement are my favs.

How to Afford Paris

To start, we used airline miles to fly there and saved on paying for bags. We got access to the Club Lounge with our Citi AAdvantage Credit Card, which was a nice perk. We negotiated with two different Airbnb rentals and ended up getting an apartment for 15% less than advertised, plus one free night. The total cost for our scrumptious apartment rental was 700 euros for eight nights.

We skipped many of the overpriced restaurants and opted for cute bistros with prix fixe menus. For breakfast, we found a local bakery that makes good jambon formage (ham and cheese) sandwiches, which cost us 6 euros total for both sandwiches. We splurged on a few outrageous dinners, and had to make a stop at my favorite steak frites restaurant, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte.

If you’re lucky enough to be there on the 1st Sunday of the month, you can get in free to many museums around Paris. That’s a huge saving on the wallet. Other than museums, just walking around and checking out the local culture is amusement enough.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • Travel writer, Jeff Game, and I dish all things Paris and why it was the perfect spot for our honeymoon
  • We talk about how we were able to afford Paris for under $1500
  • Learn about some of our favorite places to visit
  • Debunk the myth that Parisians are all “mean”

There’s been some bad news coming out of Paris this last year. I have to admit; the terrorist attacks can make you want to take it off your travel list. I urge you not to. It’s is a beautiful city, filled with so much wonder, that you must simply explore it. In my opinion, life is way too short to start second guessing adventures.

Get out there – explore – you can do it on any budget!

Paris song credit: Le Temps De L’Amour

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Niagara Falls Getaway

Niagara Falls is a hot millennial destination that's not only affordable, but has so many different activities to explore.

Getaway to Niagara Falls

Did you know that New York State has more to offer than Broadway shows and crowded subways?  Niagara Falls is the first destination in our #traveltuesday series, and after you listen to this episode, you’ll understand why.

Niagara Falls offers more than just the falls – there are great restaurants, a wine trail that’s on par with Napa Valley, a cool art scene, hipster entrepreneurs that are revitalizing the city, beautiful hikes and so much more for the millennial traveler to explore. Get packing!

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The Amazing Niagara Giveaway

That’s right, we’re launching Travel Tuesday with a great giveaway to visit Niagara Falls for one lucky podcast listener.

Thanks to our friends at JetBlue, we’re launching a contest to win 2 round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Buffalo on JetBlue’s new route, a 2 night stay at Hotel Giacomo, 2 Discovery Passes to visit all of the Niagara park attractions and wine tasting for 2 at Black Willow Winery.

Enter here before the contest closes on November 8 at 9:00 PM PST, and be sure to share it with your friends for more entries in the giveaway.

Credit Cards That Are Giving You a Grand

Credit Card Rewards Are Serious Business

Credit card rewards points are serious business these days worth a lot of extra money in your pocket. On this podcast episode, we're dishing about the top credit card rewards offers and why you should switch to a rewards card right away.

Would you say no to an extra grand? That’s what I thought…

These days credit card companies are offering all sorts of insane credit card rewards sign up bonuses for you, the customer. If you’re not using a rewards credit card, now might be time to investigate. There are tons of ways you can use the rewards points, for instance:

  • Travel for the holidays
  • Exchange points for gift certificates for family and friends
  • Save on car rental for your summer getaway
  • Towards airfare to that exotic location you’ve been dreaming of

If you meet certain conditions, credit card reward points could just be the best gift you’ve ever received for spending money. These points are worth cash in your hand.

Power to the Points

A recent study by, revealed six credit cards with rewards of over $1,000, and tons of other cards with lucrative sign up bonuses. Here are a few of my favorites.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Sign-up bonus value: $1,500

Sign-up bonus: 100,000 points if you spend $4,000 in first 3 month

Chase – British Airways Visa Signature® Card Sign-up bonus value: $1,145

Sign-up bonus: 50,000 points if you spend $3000 in first 3 months

Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardSign-up bonus value: $1,080

Sign-up bonus: 3 complimentary nights at a tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel, if you spend $5,000 in first 3 months

Chase – Fairmont Visa Signature CardSign-up bonus value: $1,000

Sign-up bonus: 2 free nights if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months

On the Podcast

On this podcast episode, we’re going to dish about the power of credit card rewards points and  what they can mean to your wallet, and your lifestyle.

I’ve traveled around the world and stayed at some amazing hotels thanks to credit card reward points. Learn how you can embrace the power of rewards too.


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4 Awesome Fall Travel Deals & Steals

It's fall and a great time to get out and travel. On this podcast episode, we're covering 4 awesome fall travel deals to stretch your money.

Fall Travel Deals & Steals

Summer is finally over and fall is in the air in many areas of the country. Football is finally back and its now a great time to find some travel deals to check out the foliage around the U.S. Here are our favorite fall travel deals & steals. (more…)

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Travel the World With Your Tax Return

The IRS reports that the average tax return this year will be $3,053. That means it's time to get out and explore. There has never been a better time to travel than now, and we've got 10 International locations that are offering trips for under $3,000 per couple.

Tax Return High-Five

I’m just going to say it. There’s never been a better time to travel the world with your tax return!

You know that feeling. You open the mailbox and there is your bright and shiny tax return. The IRS reports that the average return for 2016 will be $3,053 – which is good news for you. If you’re expecting a big return, the question remains, what should you do with your tax return?

Hey, I’m all about making smart money decisions. My advice is always to take half of your return and do something intelligent with it – like pay down your debt, build up your emergency fund, or invest it wisely. However, I’m also a fan of using the other half for doing something special, like taking a trip internationally.

We’ve (me and my hubby, Jeff) put together a great podcast with a ton of tips about where you can go as a couple for under $3,000. (more…)

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