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Beat the Back-to-School Blues with at Home Tropical Staycations

Sailun Tires

Does the back-to-school season have you dreaming of your next tropical getaway?

For your next trip, you can avoid flight delays, hotel fees and hefty price tags by getting a taste of travel from your own home!

Travel expert Jennifer Weatherhead shows you how to bring your dream destination to your doorstep for less than $20!  So if you’ve been dreaming of Hawaii, Mexico, or Thailand, let Jennifer show you the way:

Hawaii: Escape to the tranquil beaches of Hawaii with Jennifer’s tropical smoothie bowl. Her secret ingredient is Taste Hawaii, a pineapple and almond cream cheese by Castello that’s creamy and fruity with a hint of nuts. Serve with some fresh juice, surrounded by bright coral hibiscus for the perfect aloha vibes. 

Hawaiian Sunrise: 

Castello Taste Hawaii Cream cheese
Coconut Milk
Tropical fruits 

Directions: Blend half a ring of Taste Hawaii with some coconut milk to create a creamy texture. Add some granola to a bowl, top with your favourite tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya, dragon fruits, passion fruit) and spoon the cream cheese mixture on top.  Garnish with toasted coconut, toasted chopped almonds and more fruit.  .

Mexico: Jennifer’s hot queso dip will whisk you away to mariachi in the Mexican moonlight to help you escape long days at school or work. Jennifer blends Taste Mexico, a sweet and spicy pepper cream cheese by Castello, with lime juice and more peppers and bakes it until bubbly. Serve with authentic mini tacos and don’t forget the mariachi music!

Fiery Fiesta Queso Dip

Castello Taste Mexico Cream Cheese
2-3 Limes
1-2 Jalapeno peppers
Chipotle pepper 

Directions:  Whip one ring of Castello Taste Mexico Cream Cheese in a bowl until completely mixed and smooth. Squeeze in the juice from 2-3 limes (depending on how much you like lime!) For extra heat, you can add in a chopped jalapeno pepper or two, but you can keep it simple with the sweet and spicy mix in the cream cheese. Spoon into a baking dish and top with a chipotle pepper (for an extra kick), and bake for 15-20 mins at 300F, just until bubbly. Serve with crunchy veggies and tortilla chips. 

Use the same cream cheese to make an easy crema for tacos and corn–just whip the cream cheese with some extra lime juice, and a little sour cream if you need to thin it out more, and drizzle over just about anything!  

Thailand: If you’re looking for a lunch-hour escape, transform your sandwich or avocado toast into a Thailand delight with this recipe.  It features Taste Thailand, a chili and ginger cream cheese by Castello that’s spread onto a toasted baguette and topped with avocado, chilis, cilantro and even a fried egg. The smooth cream cheese offers a sweet coconut and hint of pickled ginger that conjures up images of the beautiful beaches of Phuket. 

Spicy Thai Avocado Toast

Castello Taste Thailand
Olive oil
Fried Egg
Thai Red Chillies
Chilli crunch
Pickled Ginger

Directions: Toast your favourite bread for avocado toast (Jennifer recommends a baguette toasted in a pan with a bit of olive oil.) Spread some Castello Taste Thailand Cream Cheese over the toast. Make it as thick as you’d like! Top with avocado, a fried egg, and amp up the flavours with Thai red chillies, chili crunch, cilantro and some pickled ginger.



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