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The Winter Go List for 2018
Taiwan, Cuba, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Los Gatos, Napa, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and more

Happy New Year! It's Year of the Dog on the Zodiac calendar, and we have a lot to yelp about! We recently returned from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, and we are celebrating our international travels wtih a three-part series.  In this edition of BAFT, we offer up a review of the island country of Taiwan. Read our story, Taiwan's Melting Pot will Melt Your Heart.  Stories on Hong Kong and Macau will be published in upcoming issues.

International travel is an adventure and education for all families. Our latest story Cuba: A Country of Contrasts is an eye-opener as the country is still very old world in many ways.  Learn about Havana and the various places you can bring the kiddos to enjoy. 

Winter is still here with spring around the corner. Parents are pulling out the heavy comforters. The cooks in the house are whipping out soup recipes. What about you?  Are you planning your next great family escape? Why not plan it over a yummy dinner at the Catamount, the New American bistro over in Los Gatos.  See our review on this link.  I can still taste that ribeye as I write this sentence! 

While in Palo Alto, we also created a personal dream escape at The Clement Hotel, the valley's only five-star, all inclusive hotel.  We review it here, and we hope you will come and give it a test drive.  Walking distance to shopping and also Stanford University campus, The Clement is your passageway to Nirvana as you have all you need within the walls of your hotel for a snuggly weekend away from your responsibilities.   

We next take you to the revamped Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. So instead of going to the beach for only one day, this fall take advantage of packaged rates. Stay at the Dream Inn where you can walk to the pier and to the boardwalk.  Make it a two-night affair with the kids, and you can rediscover your old love. See our review of the Dream Inn Makeover

Interested in the best booking engine for your family needs? Next Advisor, a research group, recently completed a survey to find out how the top travel booking sites rate. See the chart here.  Let us know what you think!

For those who love sizzing scorchers, we offer you a visit to Arizona. Yes, there are those who love dry heat. Go figure. If you are one of those sun lovers, do check out Barbara Sloan's review of Arizona resorts. She also brings us a review of the newest Florida action pad dubbed The Diplomat Resort in Hollywood. 

Even in the winter, we can and still like to barbecue. We found some great spices that would make for excellent gifts with JustSpices. See our coverage of this and other products in our  Products Roundup. And if you are in the mood for a new vehicle, consider the  review of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid which we test drove recently. 

Other stories in this issue include:
Toothbrushes, animal cookies, luggage - Products
Review of the Mazda CX-9 - Products

Review of the Toyota Sienna – Products
Snack-in-a-Box Review, etc.  – Products
Where to Find The Best Views in San Francisco – North Bay
Go Green On Your Next Vacation - Consumer Lookout
Intercontinental's Planet Trekkers Kids Program - Foreign 

Jams and Mess Free Crayons - Products
ittsburg, Penn. is on the Rise - States
eview of the Highlander Hybrid - Products

Happy 2018!

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor


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