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Walking for my Heart Health

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Thank you to all our CASTmembers who participated in the Walking for my Healthy Heart – Healthy Walking Challenge
We have completed seven weeks of tracking our steps, and hopefully have gained an awareness of the importance of healthy living and the FUN of walking.  You are all on the road to a healthier life!  Most of our walkers showed an improvement in their walking from the beginning week to the last week.  We had phenomenal participation from all our locations.  Celebrate this important “step” toward healthy living with your fellow CASTmembers and keep on walking!
A total of 236 CASTmembers participated across the country.  A special thanks to all our Wellness Volunteers and Office Managers for recruiting, supervising, tracking and reporting the steps each week. We hope you all enjoyed this challenge!

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Individual Winners
John Jeffress – Arlington National Cemetery Tours
John Clifford – Conch Tour Train
Dell Lunsford – Historic Tours of America Corporate Offices
Ryan Darrah – Historic Tours of America – St. Augustine Offices
Leslie Nagy – Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
Stephen Chueka – Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Kevin Delahanty – Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Cathy Vaccari – Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
Greg Coleman – Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine
Adam Johnson – Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC
Karen Brandt – Tropical Shell & Gifts
Jesse Panrock – Treasurers of the Florida Keys

Overall Individual Winner
Sebastian Biagioni
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego; with the most steps – 1,738,218!!

Sebastian Biagioni
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bragging rights for the location that had the most average steps in six weeks is:
Company Winner
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
With an average step count for the six and a half weeks of: 550,817
(an average of 77,800 steps per week/per CASTmember)

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Vegetarian Chili With Joy Stuckey

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Ingredients:

– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion
– ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
– ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped (I usually leave the seeds in ½ of the pepper for extra heat)
– 1 medium zucchini, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 1 medium squash, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 2 cups of corn (fresh if available, frozen if not)
– 2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 – 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
– 1 cup vegetable stock
– 2 tablespoons chili powder
– 1 tablespoon ground cumin
– 1 ½ teaspoons salt

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Directions:

1. Chop all the vegetables and premeasure all other ingredients.
2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeno peppers.Cook, stirring, until soft, about three minutes.  Add the zucchini, squash and corn, stirring until soft, about six minutes. Add all of the seasons and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, black beans and vegetable stock.  Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.

At this point you can add adjust the seasoning.
Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream,
cheese or avocado.

CASTmember Spotlight– Fred Harris

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Facilities Manager, St. Augustine

Fred was born in St. Augustine, FL where he has lived my entire life with the exception of his college years. After college, he opened his own restaurant, which was a fantastic experience as cooking has always been a love of his. After he closed his restaurant, he took a few months off to remodel a home that he purchased.Then, Fred came to work for Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, where he has worked in the facilities department for two and a half years. For the last year or so he have been the manager of the facilities department which, “Has been a truly wonderful experience. I have the pleasure to work with 150 wonderful people that take pride in the job they do so that our guests can make the best possible memories while they visit our lovely city.  It has been my pleasure to continue to call Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine my home away from home.Fred Harris Castmember Spotlight

Independence day

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!american-independence-day-facts

New Welcome Center in St. Augusine

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

When it’s completed, the new welcome center will have close to 100 parking spaces.  A new van was purchased that will be a dedicated shuttle van, complete with a shuttle driver whose sole responsibility will be to shuttle guests to Old Town St. Augustine from the Transportation Center.  An Old Cracker design for the new building was decided in keeping with the Old Florida look.  Our hope is the building stand out and become easily recognizable.  There will also be plenty of green space and the welcome center will beth-2 partnering with a local farmer’s market who will sell fresh fruits and vegetables on the property.  Inside will be quite a contrast from the outside.  There will be state of the art, touch-screen technology.   There will be a kitchen inside and there is a meeting place that will be created for associations in town to meet.  This will provide us an opportunity as host to say a few words before their meetings.  We are excited about our newest addition to St. Augustine

Milanesa Napolitana

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Our own David Thornton shares how to make a delicious dish: Milanesa Napolitana!

Milanesa Napolitana is a variation on the breaded fried steak called Milanesa that is popular in Argentina and Uruguay.
Milanesa Nthapolitana is similar to veal parmesan, but with South American touches – after the steak is breaded and fried, it’s topped with a slice of ham, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese, and served with fries. Leftovers make great sandwiches, especially when paired with a soft but crusty roll

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

 

Ingredients:

4 thinly sliced chicken fillets
3 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 slices of deli ham
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

1. Place the eggs in a shallow bowl or pan, and whisk them together with the oregano and some salt and pepper.
2. Stir the parmesan cheese and garlic into the bread crumbs and place them in another shallow pan.
3. Dip the steaks first in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs, coating them well with the crumbs.
4. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet, and cook steaks for several minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Drain steaks on paper towels.
5. Place steaks on a baking sheet. Turn on oven broiler. Top each steak with a slice of ham, 2-3 tablespoons tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese and place steaks under broiler until cheese melts.
6. Serve warm, with fries.

Jaybird’s Inn A Boutique Hotel for Active People

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
The Jaybird Inn

The Jaybird Inn

A boutique hotel for Active People  opened in July of 2013; one of St Augustine’s newest hotels.  Scott, the General Manager of the hotel, and his entire staff are dedicated to complete guest satisfaction.  “It’s wonderful working with people that have the high standards of Old Town Trolley.”Welcome to our boutique hotel, which means we’ll treat you like family and provide you the best living and sleeping experience in St. Augustine.  As an “active living” hotel we offer clean and “green” rooms and we not only encourage, but will help you be active.  We’ll show you how to tour the Old City by following our walking and biking routes (we’ll even provide FREE bikes). Also, you can work out in our “Activity Center”, swim in our beautiful new pool or we’ll arrange a variety of other activities for you.If you’re looking for a more leisurely way to see the Old City, take an Old Town Trolley Tour; and they’ll even come and pick you up with their FREE shuttle service for a wonderful excursion around St. Augustine.  After a day of healthy activity relax at the pool followed by a scrumptious meal at Jaybird’s Restaurant located next door where you’ll receive a 10% discount on all meals. Retire to your comfortable room to watch television on your 42” LCD TV with over 80 channels. Wake up to a cup of tea or Starbucks coffee in your room and then join us for a free continental breakfast in the lobby or have a full breakfast at Jaybird’s Restaurant. We are easy to find: corner of Highway US 1 and State Road 16 in historic St. Augustine.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine’s Photo Shoot

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Historic Tours of America’s Marketing Department, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar joined forces with Aslyn Baringer and John Penney of Blackdog Advertising to re-shoot new photographs of the St. Augustine operations.  They spent three days (and two nights) capturing the beauty of America’s Oldest City.  Be on the lookout for new pictures in upcoming advertising.  Good Job Team!

Aslyn Baringer, John Penney, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar in St. Augustine following a day of busy photo shooting.

Aslyn Baringer, John Penney, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar in St. Augustine following a day of busy photo shooting.

St. Augustine’s Snazzy New Van

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine Guest van

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine Guest van

The folks are pretty proud of their new  guest van featuring our tours and attractions in St. Augustine.   The van is used
to shuttle the guests from the new US1 Welcome Center to Old Town St. Augustine.

“I sense something, a presence I’ve not felt since…the Easter Bunny”

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine GM, Dave Chatterton, and Darth "Bunny" Vader

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine GM, Dave Chatterton, and Darth “Bunny” Vader

 

 

 

 

 

“I’ve been waiting for you, Easter Bunny. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

-Darth Vader

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