Planning on purchasing a new suitcase or piece of carry on luggage? What you purchase will help determine how light you can pack.
Typically, a 22 inch roller suitcase is considered lightweight if it weighs in under 10 pounds. You’ll see the term ultralight if it weighs around seven pounds.
Seven pounds is good, provided it’s sturdy enough to withstand use and abuse by airlines, baggage handlers, and conveyor belts. You would want one with a decent enough frame to protect your items inside. The rolling duffle bags are good, but keep in mind they don’t have an actual frame.
If you’re going to use it as a carry on bag, you won’t have to think as much about its sturdiness.
Check out brands online, stop at luggage shops, and read reviews by those who travel for a living. Prices, sizes, weights, and usefulness of the bag vary from brand to brand. While the pricier ones are not always better, there is something to be said for buying a quality bag that costs a little more than the cheapest one you can find.
Hopefully you will never be arrested when traveling in a foreign country. But, if that should happen, even for a minor infraction, here are some things to think about and do.
As soon as you are arrested, ask to speak to the American Embassy or US Consulate. According to the State Department, this is a critical step and can’t be skipped. Legally, under the Vienna Convention, you have the right to receive assistance from the United States. Bottom line…keep making the request until it is granted.
Understand, however, the American Embassy is not like a get out of jail free card. They are there to assist you…not clear you of any wrong doings.
Then, ask an officer for a written statement of your rights. Ask for interpreter if necessary. Don’t chance your limited knowledge of a language you don’t easily speak or understand.
Keep in mind, your rights in other countries are going to be very different from those in the US. Also remember when you are in a foreign country…their laws and rules apply.
Try to get a phone call and give pertinent, factual info to that person. This is to alert your family, etc. as to where you are, how an attorney can reach you, etc.
JESSUP CELLARS 2014 TASTEMAKER SERIES TO SERVE UP WILD GOOD TIME WITH RENOWNED FORAGER CONNIE GREEN AND
CHEF SEAN O’TOOLE OF NAPA’S TORC
(Yountville, CA, September 24th 2014) — The Jessup Cellars 2014 TasteMaker Speaker Series goes wild on at its Yountville Tasting Gallery with with renowned forager Connie Green and Executive Chef and Owner Sean O’Toole of TORC, one of Napa’s hottest new dining destinations. The forum and tasting’s subject, Foraging ~ Ancient & Modern Flavors from the Untamable World, will explore this delicious culinary adventure on at the Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery in Yountville, California.
While Green will showcase a selection of freshly harvested wild ingredients, Chef O’Toole will feature his Chanterelle Mushroom “HUMMUS” with Autumn Tomato and Dill, and House Eurasian “BOAR HAM” Crostini with Wild Mushroom Tartare and Huckleberry paired with select Jessup Cellars wines. The evening also opens resident artist Cynthia Carey’s Foraged & Found Sculpture exhibiton. Tickets are $75 each and available online atCellarPass.com. Ticket includes interactive forum, meet-and-greet, and wine and foraged food tasting.
“Far, far outside tidy human civilization and agriculture, culinary treasures like porcini, chanterelles, and truffles destined for the French Laundry or NOMA come only from wild places and foragers like me,” says Connie Green, owner of Wine Forest Wild Foods and co-author of The Wild Table. “This ancient craft lingers in our hearts as a legacy from our ancestors and pulls greats chefs like my side-kick Sean O’Toole out of his kitchen at TORC to forage in our great forests.”
Green has been foraging mushrooms, berries, greens and other wild foods for thirty years. As founder of one of the first and one of the largest wild foods businesses in the United States, she has sold ingredients to most of the top chefs in California and around the country including Thomas Keller, Daniel Patterson, Traci des Jardins, Gary Danko, Michael Chiarello, Cindy Pawlcyn, Stuart Brioza and many more.
O’Toole is chef and owner of the recently opened and highly acclaimed TORC in downtown Napa. He has spent more than fifteen years in some of the most noteworthy restaurants in the United States and Europe. At TORC, O’Toole focuses on the region’s bountiful selection of fresh products and his relationships with the people that produce, forage, and glean them. Green has been his foraged food purveyor for nearly twenty years.
About The TasteMaker Series
The TasteMaker Series presents thought leadership forums staged in the Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery in Napa Valley’s village of Yountville, just a block north of the famed The French Laundry. Each event is integrated with the launch of a thematic art exhibition, bringing together Jessup Cellars wines, food, art and people into fully realized sensory forums. Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery is located at 6740 Washington St., Yountville, California. To learn more about Jessup Cellars and the TasteMaker Speaker Series visit Jessup Cellars or call 707.944.8523.T