Hilton HHonors’ Teacher Treks Wants to Send You on an Adventure

Some would say that the very act of teaching is an “adventure” already.

Whether analyzing a historic work of art or telling a riveting account of an ancient civilization, teachers are the ultimate conduits to cultural enlightenment.  But how much better would your lesson be if you could recount first-hand experience to your students?

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Hilton Worldwide has long believed in the power of travel to bring people together and foster greater understanding between countries.  As nuturers of future generations of travelers, teachers play an important role in spreading tolerance and understaning of other cultures and can have a profound impact on their students’ lives.  With this in mind, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program of Hilton Worldwide, is giving teachers a passport to see the world and bring their experiences back to the classroom through the Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition.

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Teachers are invited to submit an essay stating where they would like to visit, what they want to see and how their experiences will be translated into lessons for their classroom.  30 finalists will be selected from entries submitted by March 15th.  From there an expert panel along with public votes will decide the 15 winners who will receive the trip of a lifetime to experience the cultural destination of their choice.

So if you’re a teacher who’s always dreamed of adventure travel, here’s your chance to experience it.  Visit www.hhonors.com/TeacherTreks or the HHonors Facebook page for full details and to enter by March 15th.  Good luck!

Hilton HHonors launched Teacher Treks  at the NBCUniversal Golden Globes Awards After Party.  Celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Murray, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jason Isaacs signed an illuminated chalkboard of the world map specially created for the program.  It’s now on display in our lobby so you can get an up close look at this amazing exhibit.

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Based on a recent survey*, nearly all teachers believe travel provides cultural education that can’t be fully taught in a classroom (93%) yet nearly half of U.S. teachers travel less than once or twice a year (*Hilton HHonors survey of 1,000+ U.S. teachers grades K-12).  So when you have the opportunity to travel, keep in mind these tips from Perea Blackmon, 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year, to get the most out of your journey.

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Perea Blackmon, 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year / Hilton HHonors, YouTube.com


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Calling All Brides – The Premier Bridal Event This Sunday in Universal City

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now it’s time to have some fun planning your wedding!

Harsanik Bridal Show / The Premier Bridal Event 2013 at the Hilton Universal on 3/10/13

Photo credit: 2012 Harsanik Bridal Show – Harsanik.com, Facebook

The Premier Bridal Event is an upscale bridal show that will be held on Sunday March 10th from 12 to 5pm at the centrally located Hilton Hotel in Universal City.

Harsanik.com is very excited about our venue this year as it is one of the largest ballrooms in Los Angeles, much larger than any of our previous venues. We are looking forward to having a lot of open space to allow brides and guests to walk around and mingle with vendors.

Harsanik.com has once again partnered with Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination to bring together some of the best vendors in the Southern California wedding industry. In addition, live entertainment, a couture bridal gown fashion show, wedding cake tastings, and raffle prizes are just a few of the highlights of the 2013 Bridal Show!

Here’s a list the vendors you will meet:

Vanna K Bridal & Fashion Jewelry

Royal Gor Photo & Video Studio

Harp by Karina

Mamikon (Dhol-Zurna-Duduk-Clarinet)


Tigran Asatryan

Anoush Banquets

IBEX Bridals

Karoza Design

Lovella Bridal

Lovella Bridal by Ines Di Santo

Winnie Couture Bridal Salon

Addicted 2B Jeweled

Pearls & Lace Designs


Candy Lane Designs by Lory

Cake Studio

Rafi’s Pastry & Cakes

Royal Cakes

Shakar Bakery

Angel’s International Catering

Anoush Catering

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

Gaiana’s Touch Catering

Divine Event Group

Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination

Memorable Moments

Dynamic Duo Dance Studio

DJ International

DJ Sevag

Heartbeat DJ

Angela’s Fantasy Creations

White Night Design

Alina Fiore Design by Ashley

Farabela’s Touch

Magnolia Village Flowers

Tic-Tock Couture Florals

The Dezign Shop Florals, Decor and Planning

Armineh’s Capelli Salon & Spa

Arsineh Ghazarian Beyond Beauty Parlor

Fame’s Beauty Salon

Fetish Beauty Lounge

LA Dental Day Spa

New Look Skin Center

Calligraphy Katrina

PM Platinum Transportation

Arm Production

Armen Asadorian Photography

BGS Productions

Couture Foto

Duke Photography

Eric Film

Evan Photography

Golden Picture & Video

Photo Buzz LA – Photo Booth

Sakosan Photography

SoCal Shutterbooth – Photo Booth

StavroVideo Productions

Vic Studios


This will be an event you don’t want to miss!  Pre-sale tickets are now available for $20 at www.harsanikbridalshow.com/tickets and will be sold at the door for $25.

‘Twelve Drinks Of Christmas’ And Holiday Happiness


Our fellow Hilton teams in the United Kingdom have put together an interesting list of inspired cocktails for celebrating the season. While you may not be able to cross the pond to enjoy the delights designed for visitors, you can take the holiday spirit of their list and create your own unique holiday bar menu.

Holiday inspired dishes from Hilton hotels

LONDON – Hilton Hotels & Resorts is introducing a new range of cocktails this week exclusively designed to celebrate the festive season.  Aptly named ‘The Twelve Drinks of Christmas’, the festive cocktails will be available in sixteen Hilton hotels across the UK for the month of December.

Taking inspiration from The Twelve Days of Christmas song, Hilton has created this limited edition range of cocktails by utilising the most delicious seasonal flavours.  Award-winning mixologists, Nelson Bernardes and Daniel Carvalho from The Waldorf Hilton, London, have taken one of the oldest and most popular Christmas songs and brought it to life in glasses of contemporary, yet seasonally evocative flavours, including port wine, blackberry and cinnamon.

The divine connotations of the festive season are reflected in the taste combination in each of the cocktails.

A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE – This delicious cocktail combines the refreshing flavour of pear with a thyme undertone and a gentle caramel infusion. Served in a tall glass with fresh thyme and a pear fan.

Ingredients: Absolut Pear, lemon juice, caramel syrup, apple juice and thyme.

TWO TURTLE DOVES – Indulgent, nutty and like a warm duvet on a cold winter’s day, this cocktail is perfect for those looking for something smooth and decadent. With a delicious blend of Baileys, rum and espresso, this creamy treat is deliciously tempting.  Served in a rock glass and decorated with a chocolate rim and real coffee beans.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Frangelico, Baileys, espresso coffee and vanilla syrup.

THREE FRENCH HENS – Sophisticated, rich and uncomplicated, this cocktail is silky smooth and full of character.  Combining the Christmas classics, Advocat and cinnamon, this frothy treat is served in a brandy glass and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Advocat, Kahlua and cinnamon.

FOUR CALLING BIRDS – This cocktail is definitely calling out to everyone at this festive time.  Decorated with a nest of ice and fresh berries, the combination of bourbon and raspberry liqueur is tradition married with a contemporary twist. Served in a rock glass with fresh fruit and mint.

Ingredients: Buffalo Trace, Chambord, chocolate liqueur, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and fresh mint leaves.

FIVE GOLD RINGS – This rich cocktail is pure decadence in a glass.  The Christmas-fuelled cinnamon schnapps will leave a subtle butterscotch kiss combined with a tawny hint of port taste.  Served with flakes of real gold leaf, this cocktail will give the Midas touch.  Fit for a king, this cocktail is served in a Martini glass with an apple fan and cinnamon stick.

Ingredients: Goldschlager, port wine, butterscotch and apple juice.

SIX GEESE A-LAYING – A delicious combination of rum, Martini and Amaretto, this cocktail has a warm and velvety texture.  With a thick layer of floating cream and real hazelnuts, this cocktail is as delicate as snowflakes and as cold as ice.  Served in a brandy glass with fresh cream and nuts.

Ingredients: Appleton Estate Rum, Martini Rosso, Frangelico, Amaretto, sugar syrup and cream.

SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING – This award-winning combination of flavours is bound to get the feathers ruffled.  The use of elderflower liqueur, grass vodka, fresh lemon juice and rosemary gives this stunning cocktail a sherberty burst.  Served in a Martini glass, this cocktail has a frothy egg white hat accompanied by a romantic rosemary sprig.

Ingredients: Zubrowka, St. Germain, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white, rosemary.

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKINGA – creamy strawberry smoothie with a hint of coconut, this cocktail is ‘maid’ for those with a fruity palette.  She may look innocent but don’t be fooled, this wickedly sexy drink can bite back! Served in a Martini glass with a fresh strawberry and a coconut trim.

Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Cassis, coconut cream, strawberry puree and fresh cream.

NINE LADIES DANCING – This bubbly explosion of berry flavours is surprisingly light and refreshing, but tickles the tongue when least expected! This sexy tipple is perfect for Champagne cocktail lovers. Served in a Champagne flute with a delicately sugar-coated blackberry to bring out its berry hints.

Ingredients: Absolut Vodka, Crème de Mure, lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with Champagne.

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING – Strong, classic and heady, this cocktail is all-man.  Not for the faint-hearted, this mature cocktail is Christmas pudding in a glass with a hint of warming spice from the confident combination of Grand Marnier, cognac and red wine.  Served in a wine glass with orange zest and evergreen cloves.

Ingredients: Merlot, Martell VS Cognac, chocolate liqueur and Grand Marnier.

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING – This spicy combination will blow the mind.  Combined with a strong malt whisky base this cheeky cocktail will leave a hot chilli sensation on the tongue.  Flirtatious and bold, this cocktail will be heard coming for miles around.  Served in a Martini glass with redcurrants and fresh chilli.

Ingredients: Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky, chocolate liqueur, blackcurrant jam, cranberry juice and slices of fresh chilli.

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING – This cocktail will leave a smouldering taste with its smoky, yet fruity flavour.  Using an elegant combination of smoky whisky, port, peach liqueur and apple juice, it’ll get the heart beating like a drum! Served in a rock glass with fresh peach and blackberry.

Ingredients: Port, peach liqueur, apple juice and Lagavulin.

The Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties serving The 12 Drinks of Christmas are:

  • The Waldorf Hilton, London
  • Hilton London Metropole
  • Hilton Liverpool
  • Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Hilton Birmingham Metropole
  • Hilton Manchester Deansgate
  • Caledonian Hilton Edinburgh
  • Hilton Craigendarroch
  • Hilton Reading
  • Hilton Glasgow
  • Hilton Coylumbridge
  • Hilton London Gatwick Airport
  • Hilton London Heathrow Airport
  • Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Hilton London Canary Wharf