FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Marriott’s Masters of the Craft Competition

by Kimberly Krol

Oct 25, 2019

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Marriott’s second annual Masters of the Craft competition for the Americas. I traveled via Amtrak to and from our nation’s capital for the semifinals and finals. The semifinals were held in the center of Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Marquis, and the finals were held at Marriott’s headquarters in nearby Bethesda, Maryland.

Launched last year to foster creativity and recognize talent, this year’s competition attracted 3,024 contestants from 378 Marriott International properties in the Americas across 30 brands in both mixology and culinary. Over the past six months, competitions were held at individual hotels until the sectional and regional competitions. This week, 12 semifinalists traveled to D.C. for the final battles.

The competition is similar to Chopped, where the competitors are given a mystery ingredient and then a set amount of time to shop and cook. For mixologists in the semifinals, the mystery ingredient was carrots, and they had seven minutes to shop and seven minutes to create. In the finals, the secret ingredient was China Martini Liqueur, and the winning mixologist, Fraliza Gianniodis from The Ritz-Carlton Boston, created an Old Fashioned-inspired drink also using mezcal and chocolate bitters.

During the semifinals, chefs were surprised with the mystery ingredient of crab and had five minutes to shop and 30 minutes to cook. During the finals, the secret ingredient was chicken, and winner Chef Henry Mateo of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa made a Chinese-style noodle dish.

Enjoy these pictures from this week’s events, and should your travels take you Boston or Hawai’i, be sure to taste the winning chef’s and mixologist’s creations.

— Kim Krol, editor in chief

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Feature
Dec 14, 2019

Four Reasons You Should Go to Taipei’s Pride Parade

In May this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In celebration, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade was especially festive, with 170,000–250,000 people in attendance — a record number for what was already the biggest pride parade in Asia.

A Lighter Footprint

United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.

News
Dec 14, 2019

New Four Seasons Property Planned for New Orleans

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.

Goway Offers Travelers Journey of a Lifetime

Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Daily
Dec 14, 2019

New InterContinental Yokohama Property Opens

InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.

News
Dec 13, 2019

American Airlines Launches Mobile App Passport Scanning

American Airlines now provides a passport-scanning feature on its mobile app. American Airlines is the first airline to offer a service of this kind. The passport chip-scanning feature transmits passport information to the airline, so passengers do not need a customer service agent to recheck their passports when arriving at the airport for international flights.

Earn and Redeem with oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.

Daily
Dec 13, 2019

JW Marriott Debuts in the Maldives

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa opened on Vagaru Island, part of the Shaviyani atoll in the Maldives, last month.