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Casino Vacations

Casino Vacations

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Casino vacations are some of the more popular choices for fun and entertainment.
It is not surprising then that casinos average more than 50 million visitors a year in the United States.

While most casino vacations take place in well know gambling destinations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and the Bahamas, others prefer to take a slow, leisurely and relaxing casino cruise on the open sea.

There are casino vacations for everyone from the leisure traveler to the serious gambler, from singles and couples, to entire families. Many airlines and hotels offer all-inclusive casino vacations, which range in price, depending upon the type of accommodations, number of people, length of stay, and destination. You can select the one that fits your budget and interests.

The highlight of a casino vacation is the casino itself, which offers a variety of table games, including poker, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, pai gow, sic bo, video poker and rows and rows of slot machines. In addition, the casino usually has separate keno, horse races, and high stakes gambling areas. The sounds of people laughing, the clink of coins in the slot bins, the lights and bells, and the anticipation of a winning hand or a jackpot payout are exhilarating and exciting. You can gamble what you can afford, enjoy the free beverages, dine at reasonable prices, or take a chance on the giant wheel of fortune for cash and prizes.

Casino vacations may include tickets to a nightly show or evening entertainment, as well. Arcades and amusements for families with children are often available as a part of the vacation package. Whether you choose to gamble in the casino, take in a show, or do a little shopping, casino vacations are an excellent choice for unlimited fun and excitement. Why not book a casino vacation to Las Vegas today and see what the buzz is all about?

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Recipe: frontera grill tortilla soup

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Frontera Grill Tortilla Soup

This spicy soup, jazzed up with the flavors of Mexico, is a great start to a south-of-the-border meal!

6 corn tortillas, halved
Canola oil, for frying
4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
1 small white onion, sliced
2 pasilla chiles or 1 ancho chile, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 (15 ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained, or
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
6 cups unsalted chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 large sprig epazote (a Mexican herb) or cilantro (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
6 ounces queso fresco (a Mexican white cheese), farmer cheese,
Monterey jack or mild Cheddar, crumbled or shredded
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 large lime, cut into wedges

Cut tortillas into 1/4-inch-thick strips. In a medium (2-quart) saucepan, heat 1/2 inch oil over medium flame until the edge of a tortilla strip inserted in oil sizzles vigorously. Add half tortilla strips. Stir until golden brown and crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Pour off all but a thin coating of hot oil. Add garlic and onion and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until golden, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, press garlic against side of pan to leave behind as much oil as possible, then transfer garlic and onion to a blender or food processor.

Add chile pieces to hot pan. Turn quickly as they fry and release a delicious aroma, about 30 seconds in all. (Frying too long will make them bitter. ) Transfer to paper towels to drain; set pan aside. Chop chiles when cooled.

Puree tomatoes with garlic mixture in the blender or food processor until smooth. If using fresh tomatoes, strain puree to remove pieces of tomato skin. Heat same saucepan over medium-high heat. Add tomato puree and stir until thickens to consistency of tomato paste, about 10 minutes. Add stock and epazote; bring to a boil, then partially cover and gently simmer over medium-low heat 30 minutes. Add salt.

To serve: Divide cheese and avocado among warmed soup bowls. Ladle broth into each bowl; top with tortilla strips and a sprinkle of fried chiles. Serve with lime wedges.

Recommended ingredients: Ancho chiles and epazote are available in Mexican markets.

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FIFA Friendly Match up Chile vs. Ivory Coast

FIFA Friendly Match up Chile vs. Ivory Coast


On the road to Germany 2006 World Cup the qualifiers from the African region and Ivory Coast leaded by Henri Michel, prepare themselves in Paris against the soccer team of Chile.

With 7 games won, 1 draw and only 2 losses, in the overall qualify standings; the Ivory Coast seeks a great friendly match up to organize their final details on the road to the World Cup. An interesting game that will definitively show us as soccer fans and sports betting crew, that they are ready to rumble in Paris and Germany as well.
Didier Drogba, an inspirational captain that leaded the team to their first time participation in a FIFA World Cup tournament, is one of the keys to the finalizing preparation game on May 30.

The Ivory Coast, who is in group C, will play in Paris, against a team that didn’t reach a space in Germany 2006; but is going with a great potential squad to play. Chile showed their courage and good gaming against the 2 time World Cup winner Argentina, in the qualifiers. On 2 occasions, Chile wonderfully scored adding a point to their starting round against the big favorites. Unfortunately, in the next round, after playing against Paraguay and Uruguay, the Chilean dream disappeared; ending in the replacement of coach Juvenal Olmos for Nelson Acosta.

Chile with a great soccer technique, featured in 7 FIFA World Cup tournaments, being the last in 1998. “La Roja”, as known in Latin America and among international soccer and sports bettors, are more than prepare to play this friendly match up as good as it gets closer to Germany 2006.

This game is really interesting, due that Ivory Coast will debut in the FIFA tournament against Argentina and Chile played a great game against them before. This game will let us know, more about the new faces in the World Cup, with a lot of expectations from the Ivory Coat Soccer Federation and fans in general.

Road to Germany 2006, this game is a must to see, enjoy and bet on.

n sands of Acapulco the number one tourist destination in Mexico. Unlike everybody else, in Acapulco the National squad was there to get in tune early for the most important soccer competition in the planet. In Acapulco the squad received a lot of support from their fans that gave a boost to their morale.

Pavel Pardo said: “The most important thing for me is that the Mexican people are 100 per cent behind the national team. At the end of the day, you’re not just representing one sector of society; you’re carrying the hopes of 100 million Mexicans.”

The “Tricolor” as it’s called in Mexico spent about five days of hard work on the beach. They did the hard physical work in Acapulco to head back to Mexico City with some good fitness work behind them. The next few days should see the players enjoying considerably more time with the ball.

They’re getting ready to head to Europe in the final stage of their preparation for the Soccer World Cup. They will face France on May 27th one of the most important friendly games of the squad.

On the other hand, France coach Raymond Domenech will take just his squad of 23 players and nobody else to a FIFA World Cup training camp later this month. Domenech, who has until 15 May to unveil his final list, said no reserves would be invited to the camp from 22-26 May in the French Alps resort of Tignes.

“I thought about it carefully and I don’t think it would be a good thing to bring players who would need somebody else to get injured to make the squad,” Domenech told French radio channel RTL.

Coach Domenech wants to avoid what happened in France 98, back then six players were told to leave France’s training camp at the last minute.

The French team is preparing to face Mexico on May 27th in a game that’s expected to be one of the most difficult friendly matches in their World Cup preparation; they’ll have the opportunity to measure against another head of group, and a different style of play than the European soccer.

Most sports books will certainly have a line for this exciting friendly match that will meet two very good soccer teams and hopefully allow the fans to enjoy a very good game.

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Rodedawg Hottest Amphibious 4×4 Competes as Leader of Off-Road

Rodedawg Hottest Amphibious 4×4 Competes as Leader of Off-Road

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With fuel efficiency rated at 25 miles per gallon and a sticker price of just $49,000, the new 4×4 amphibious Rodedawg (www.rwgistgock.com) is positioned to jump over the competition to become leader of the off-road pack. “As a recreational vehicle for boating, hunting, fishing, or simply exploring, the Rodedawg is unparalleled,” said Pallais.
The Rodedawg, scheduled for U.S. approval for off-road use by year’s end, is certain to attract enthusiasts who want to run with the big “dawgs” while spending only half the cost of a Hummer.
Currently available in Mexico and Nicaragua, the Rodedawg is the vision of Luis Pallais, Commercial Attaché to the Nicaraguan Consul General’s Office in San Francisco, and an automotive industry veteran. After catching a glimpse in a Beijing military warehouse of the amphibious off-road vehicle that would later become the Rodedawg, Pallais was smitten.
“I never saw a vehicle that caught my eye as much as this one did, and frankly, I fell in love with it,” he said. “I immediately knew that its appeal and functionality was broad enough to engage both governments and consumers.”
Rodedawg International Industries, Inc., which owns the trademark rights to the brand name “Rodedawg” in many countries around the globe, is currently in negotiations with the Dominican Republic National Police and Nicaragua’s armed forces to purchase the amphibious vehicle. He foresees marketing the vehicle to U.S. federal and state agencies, as well as the military. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Rodedawg would have been a perfect fit for search and rescue operations,” said Pallais. “Pre-positioning Rodedawgs in the vicinity of potential disaster areas would save valuable time and translate into saving lives.”
When the Rodedawg bursts onto the U.S. scene early next year, it will set tails wagging among the off-road crowd. With a four-cylinder, 2.77 liter Isuzu 4JB1 turbocharged diesel engine, the Rodedawg 4×4 will be offered in three models: a convertible, a truck, and an SUV. Each model can be custom fitted to the customer’s specifications, although standard models come equipped with plush interiors and features designed for a comfortable ride in even the most rugged terrain – at about half the cost of a Hummer.
For water travel, the Rodedawg is driven by a rear propeller attached to the PTO shaft. During amphibious operation, the vehicle can reach six to eight miles per hour and has a turning diameter of 66 feet. On land, the Rodedawg can handle a 44 percent incline with ease.

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Is This India’s Finest Hour?

Is This India’s Finest Hour?

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Travelling around India this month, in blinding contrast to the evident levels of stark poverty that can be seen in a great number of its citizens, something in the air tells one that India is pulsing with energy for change. For throughout the next half a century India will be seen to emerge as one of the worlds most successful economies and will rightfully seat itself as a new world power.
The economy is one driving force of this change, projected to grow at over seven percent for the fourth year in a row – something previously unseen since its independence is 1947.
Another driving force is the startling achievement of maintaining democratic rule in a country riddled with abject poverty.
Prime Minister Singh and his government are currently enjoying a decoration of compliments at the diplomatic table of foreign powers, with everyone jostling for a position of favour as the country takes its larger seat.
Who could deny then the motives of the other powers currently doing the complimenting? The rise of China in economic terms, and so in military might, will certainly one day challenge the US worldwide hegemony, and so there is a geopolitical rationale to the US’s actions at present, by far the most obvious of all the foreign powers efforts.
Whilst India did drift towards the Soviets in cold war times, and its neighbour and long term enemy Pakistan sidled up with the US during the latter’s war with Afghanistan, India has not chosen sides just yet.
So what to expect for the coming year? Well what the US is bringing to the table is the promise of full cooperation on the civilian nuclear programme, even with the absence of India’s signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This doesn’t go with boundaries however, and one major boundary is likely to be an overlooking on India’s part of its close ties with Iran, as the US heats up its concerns publicly over nuclear matters in Iran.
What India may lose as a result of cosying up to the US is its good seating in the proposed building of a gas pipeline running from Iran, through Pakistan to India as part of an effort to secure its future energy needs. As the country accelerates economically, its large population to low natural oil and gas resource ratio will be harder felt. The project also offers an extended handshake of peace and cooperation to neighbouring Pakistan. Something which, if not achieved soon, will loom large over any potential growth in diplomatic ties to the world’s wealthy powers, regardless of its economic success.