Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tortuga Rum Cakes named “Best Cruise Souvenir”

rum cakes from the Cayman Islands

Tortuga Rum Cakes

Foro the sixth straight year, Tortuga Rum Cakes have been named “Best Cruise Souvenir” by the Ft. Lauderdale-based Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff says that the consistent quality and great taste of these rum cakes made it easy to honor the company yet again. “I can’t remember a time when I returned from a cruise without [a rum cake] — or several,” he says.

Made from a well-guarded secret family recipe — Tortuga Rum Cakes have been baked fresh daily in the Cayman Islands for four generations. The history of the rum cake dates back to maritime days when the men would come home from their journeys with barrels of rum. The women of the islands discovered that the rum could be used to make these delicious, moist cakes. The Tortuga Rum Cake Company, which also produces its own rums, uses a special blend to give the baked treats their unique flavor.

Visitors to Grand Cayman can visit the headquarters to learn more about the history of sugar and rum, watch the cakes being made and, of course, sample some of the product.

The rest of us can buy products from the company’s online store.

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Quest for souvenir leads to heroic deed

All she wanted was a souvenir glass from Boston’s Hard Rock Cafe, but Jennifer Beza got so much more when she and her longtime partner, Mindy Lassante, interrupted a carjacking in process in the parking garage.

As they were leaving the lot, they could hear a woman’s cries for help. Lassante slammed the car into reverse and came to the aid of the woman just as her accused carjacker was demanding her keys.

Read more at in the Boston Herald.

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Shopping of Olympic proportion

In Vancouver, shopping is proving to be an endurance sport for anyone wanting to buy official Olympic merchandise.

Taking home the gold is The Hudson’s Bay company store, which is the only place to pick up a piece of Olympic history and news outlets have reported that fan are spending hours in line to take home a souvenir from the games.

Some of the most popular purchases are a $44 long sleeve t-shirt, a $50 men’s hooded fleece and a $400 authentic Team Canada Vancouver 2010 hockey jersey.

Team gear is not the only souvenir available in Vancouver; there are also the official Olympic mascots, including a Sasquatch (or yeti) called Quatchi and three other figures that combine aboriginal mythological figures. There are also hats, scarves, magnets, mouse pads for computers, blankets, bookmarks, coffee cups, pens, and replicas of the Inukshuk stone statue that adorns the official Olympic logo.

If you can’t make it to Vancouver, visit www.vancouver2010.com to order your souvenir.

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43 years spent waiting for the ring

He has entire room devoted to the New Orleans Saints with such prized possessions as a football signed by the team, but there’s only one thing missing from Tommy Gara’s collection: “A Super Bowl ring,” he told ABC-affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Mississippi.

That’s the one souvenir he hopes to bring home from his trip to Miami to attend this year’s Super Bowl game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Saints, which kicks off on Sunday, February 7 at 6:25 EST on CBS.

Check out this story about Gara.

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