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Celebrate National Meatball Day—with a Trip to Italy!

You might be tempted to 9cf7f832-4ba3-4b49-b073-001a9b0a05ce-600_q50slurp up pasta with savory meatballs this year for National Meatball Day, but LivingSocial has a tasty alternative for our travel-loving friends. Sink your teeth into two of our best travel deals to Italy, where you’ll get the chance to try your very own authentic Italian meatballs.

First up is a cyclist’s dream—a six-day trip to Rimini, one of Italy’s most idyllic seaside villages. Discover a side to this gorgeous country rarely seen by your average tourist, like famous historic sites and beautiful beaches, during this tour from Battaglin USA. Whether you’re a novice or an expert biker, this trip is perfect for you—and even non-cyclist tours are offered by these pros.

During your trip, you’ll climb rolling hills and coast into lush valleys along several of the same routes followed by the annually-held world-class cycling event Giro d’Italia. Sample primo Italian vino at a local winery and learn how to make Italian meatballs of your very own during an authentic Italian cooking class. When you’re all tuckered out from a day of cycling and sightseeing, you’ll be able to kick back in your four-star accommodations at a seaside hotel.572b7256-5746-43c5-bcaa-3805b54b8e43-700

If a six-day cycling trip to one of Italy’s lesser-known villages isn’t your cup of espresso, customize your own trip with this deal at the Rome Cavalieri. One of Waldorf Astoria’s luxe hotels, the Cavalieri is set inside a 15-acre Mediterranean park on Rome’s highest hilltop with a panoramic view of the Eternal City. This hotel is just a 15-minute shuttle ride to one of Rome’s hottest historic sites—the Piazza Barberini next to the Spanish Steps.

With all of Rome right outside your window, it might be hard to believe that the Cavalieri has even more to offer its guests. Well, think again! The Rome Cavalieri is home to the world’s most prestigious art collection housed within a hotel, meaning you don’t even need to venture outside to find all the culture it has to offer. Its in-house restaurant, La Pergola, has three Michelin stars and is considered one of the finest in Rome. Kick back in any of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including the award-winning Cavalieri Grand Spa Club. Relax in a turkish bath or sauna, take a few laps in the indoor or outdoor pool, play a game of tennis, or even climb the rock wall.

You’ll get a lot more than meatballs if you use either of these Italian vacations to celebrate National Meatball Day—but if you want a more immediate remedy to satiate your cravings, check out our Restaurants page to find some fantastic Italian restaurants near you!

Welcome Spring with This Zesty (and Vegetarian) Meal

If you’re ready for some springtime munching, it’s time to treat yourself to a spicy, Tex-Mex inspired dish—paired with a homemade margarita—to warm your spirits.

And don’t worry: this recipe is quick, easy, and tasty. With only a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip everything up in about 30 minutes.

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“Kale del Sur” Bowl

This dish blends hearty ingredients with classic south-of-the-border flavors, providing tons of nutrients without sacrificing any taste.

Ingredients:

• 2 Cups of Brown Rice

• 2 Cans of Black Beans

• 1 Bag of Frozen Kale

• Cumin

• Olive Oil

• 1 Tablespoon of Minced Garlic

• Red Pepper Flakes

• Hot Sauce

• 1 Avocado

• Queso Fresco (Optional)

• Sour Cream (Optional)

 

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil, then cook the rice according to your package’s instructions. It should be tender and fluffy when it’s finished—this typically takes about 20 minutes.

Then, in a sauté pan, heat the oil and garlic until fragrant. Stir in the kale until it’s wilted, then stir in the black beans as well. Add cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, and chili powder to taste. Allow the mixture to cook for about five minutes, then cover and remove from heat.

When your rice is ready, blend-in the bean mixture. Serve on a large plate, then top with queso fresco, hot sauce, and sour cream. Finish it up by slicing and placing an avocado on top. Serves two.
Strawberry Margarita

Now that the food’s ready, it’s time to make a tasty drink. This one’s pretty simple—it requires fruit and a few basic ingredients.

Ingredients:

• 2 Cups of Frozen Strawberries

• 1 Lime

• Salt

• Sugar

• Triple Sec

• Tequila

• Ice

 

Directions:

Grab your favorite blender and add a little bit of ice. Place the strawberries on top of the ice, then sprinkle sugar on the mixture. Squeeze half a lime into the blender, then add one measure of triple sec and four measures of tequila.

When that’s all set, blend the mixture and serve in a fun glass. Add lime juice and salt around the rim for an extra dash of flavor. Serves two.

Stay Fit Season: Winter Dance Lessons

We are all in hibernation mode and it’s easy to be lazy rather than active. But with spring less than a month away, summer will creep up on us sooner than you know it! Why not get a head start on working on your “summer bod”? We’ve listed some fun dance classes for you to enjoy, instead of the typical workout. Keep reading to see if any of these classes are located in a chilly city near you.57cbd94a-0f65-492e-90d9-153f582e4f77-300_q50

If you’re near the New York or New Jersey area, we’ve got a special treat for you. Choose from five Belly Dancing classes for one person or 10 classes for two people that includes a take-home DVD. This one-hour class will be sure to help burn some calories and get you in shape. Award-winning, certified fitness instructor Amira Mor lives up to her reputation with professional dance skills, and she will help you get in tune with your inner dancer while providing a great workout. Grab a partner or dance solo with this flirty and fun class for all!

Over in the Midwest, there’s a great deal on a mix and match of five-or-ten Tango and Ballet classes of your choice. Tango 21 in Chicago offers Argentine tango and classical ballet taught by skilled professionals nightly. These adult group classes are good for one person or make the experience more interesting with a voucher for a friend and take the class together. With three different locations in Chicago to choose from, you will be able to conveniently find which one will work best for your schedule. Take advantage of this deal now while theres still time.

Spice it up with salsa lessons in D.C. We’re offering four one-hour group Salsa lessons for just $19.99! This is a 50% savings on this deal. Dance In Time Productions has performed in a number of different cities including Miami, London and Puerto Rico. They’ve also produced many shows in the D.C. area at the Verizon Center and Convention Center. This will be  a great start to working out as salsa is great for cardio. Our advice: purchase this deal, learn some great dance moves and have some fun!

 

President’s Day Weekend Sale

LivingSocial is based in DC, so we take our Presidents pretty seriously—especially the dead ones!  If you haven’t checked out our amazing LONGWEEKEND 20% off sale, head on over to save yourself a little green this weekend.  Better hurry, though: the deal only lasts until midnight!

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Five Spring Break Destinations You Probably Haven’t Thought About

Who says college students are the only ones that need a break from harsh winters? If you’re looking for somewhere to go this spring but are worried about being mobbed by ravers, don’t fret! We’ve hand-picked five unique destinations perfect for grown-ups seeking the ideal spring Escape. 588a6073-dedf-47f8-b291-72f7a3ed44f1-700

For all of you fitness nuts, we suggest you keep up with those New Year’s resolution #goals with a friendly retreat near the Sonoma Coast. At Ratna Ling Retreat Center, you’ll not only find plenty of beautiful hiking, biking, and walking trails that lead straight to the mighty Pacific, you’ll also be treated to five organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals. The retreat even offers meditation and yoga classes for inspiration on finding your peaceful center.

588ba892-22b3-4fc0-b4c1-c82d303f5317-700If you’re in search of a more secluded vacation spot, check out one of these Escapes to the Catskills or off-season Cape May. Just over two hours away from New York City, Cuomo’s Cove is nestled into the heart of the “Land in the Sky.” Find homey touches like fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, plus skylights, open floors plans, and wood décor at this cozy retreat. If the Catskills are a little too mountainous for your taste, head to Carroll Villa Bed & Breakfast Hotel, a beachfront property at family-friendly Cape May. Take a walk on the deserted beaches and check out cute cafés and picturesque storefronts before the noisy crowds begin to swarm the Jersey Shore.

5898ad30-aa8d-4b22-b821-4d1c7960e575-700Maybe the US is getting a bit too familiar for you. If that’s the case, we advise a trip to roads less traveled by—specifically, a ten-day trip to Peru or an eight-day trip to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Hit up Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca with an English-speaking tour guide who’ll take you through the ropes of the history and culture of this vibrant country. Or, see the best of old-world Europe in three of its most spectacular cities. Both trips are flight-inclusive and include meals, overnight accommodations, and much more.5898ca03-da28-47ff-9bf6-3980df4571dd-700

If you are looking for that Caribbean cruise or trip to South Beach this spring (we don’t judge), you’ll be sure to find awesome discounts for any occasion on our travel deals page. No matter the trip you choose, be sure to send us a picture! We’ll be having #wanderlust for days.