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Vacation time or simply: 'Nak-ation' if you dare

July 30, 2009 - Taste Buds
SUMMER IS here and many of you may not have used up all those vacation days!

Whadda ya waitin’ for?

The Buds would love to go on a week-long vacation to a tropical paradise but after digging the last change out of the couch cushions and grabbing the rest of the change from the ashtrays in our cars, we came to the conclusion that we can’t actually afford paradise.

And apparently we are not alone as one of the newest trends this summer is the Stay-cation. Urban dictionary defines stay-cation as “a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer. “

The stay-cation, or stay-at-home vacation, can be a great way to de-stress and re-energize if it’s planned ahead just like a trip out of town. Apparently, those on stay-cation unplug all their electronic devices, ignore all calls from the office and act like they’re tourists in their hometowns.

The Buds figure if you had, by chance, used up some vacation days and don’t have enough for a full week, you could always take a “Day-cation” which amounts to a day trip. Go to a museum! Go to the zoo! Hang out at the pool! DO SOMETHING FUN!

Bud Tricia then got an e-mail touting the benefits of a “Nak-ation.” This is a vacation at one of the country’s clothing optional resorts.

Yep, they’re naked!

In the name of good journalism, the Buds quickly visited the website for the American Association of Nude Recreation ( and found something called “Nakation in a Box.”

For a mere $74 one gets a towel, sunscreen, guidebook to nude resorts, the AANR newspaper, window sticker, temporary tattoo, discount coupons and a souvenir gift box!

We sooo want one!

We do not recommend combining the Stay-cation with the Nak-ation unless you want to alienate your neighbors. Plus, think what would happen if you showed up at the movie theater wearing your birthday suit and your boss saw you - could lead to awkward moments at the water cooler on Monday!

We thoughts of naked people floating through our heads, the Buds then started dreaming up other “cations” readers may want to give a go!

You can go on a “May-cation” which obviously must be done in the month of May.

You can take a “Gay-cation” which we feel is self-explanatory. Go ahead! Dress with style! Give it a whirl!

A “Tammy Faye-cation” is perfect for the would-be make-up artist! Layer on the blue eyeshadow! Go for the red lips! Double up on the mascara and cry until your heart’s content!

Oh, by the way, we do not think it is necessary to marry a wayward man of God to make this little outing complete!

You can do an 80s throwback and take a “Kid n Play-cation.” Just visit your local salon and ask them to cut your hair into geometric shapes! Whip out your LA Gear tennis shoes and do the worm!

And, last but certainly not least, there is the “Super Chef Bobby Flay-cation!”

This is the week to dig out the cookbooks, learn to turn on the stove and crank out some delicious meals for the family. Or, if you’re like us, maybe you can just watch the food network 24/7 for an entire week!

One word of caution, not combine the “Super Chef Bobby Flay-cation” and the “Tammy Faye-cation” or the “Kid n Play-cation.” We fear there may be hairspray involved in the hair-dos which NEVER goes well with open flames!

Got any good “cation” ideas? Let us know!

In the meantime, here’s a recipe you can cook up while on you’re on the “Super Chef Bobby Flay-cation!’

This recipe for Seafood Linguini was sent in by Flushing resident Juanita C. Rayner.

1 cup raw lobster meat, rinsed and chopped

1 cup raw medium shrimp, deveined and rinsed

1 cup crab meat, rinsed and chopped

1 cup scallops, rinsed

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon real butter

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced green pepper

1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic

1 large jar of favorite spaghetti sauce

1 medium can diced tomatoes

1 1/2 pounds cooked, drained linguini noodles

In large skillet, on low heat, cook butter, olive oil, green pepper, onion. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add seafood, garlic, lemon juice and toss. Cook covered 10 minutes on medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes and stir. Simmer on low heat, covered for 10 minutes. Prepare linguine noodles according to package directions, rinse and drain. Ladle sauce over large platter of noodles. Sprinkle fresh Parmesan cheese on top. Serve with bread and favorite wine.

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If this doesn't sell you on the "Tammy Faye-cation" idea, we just don't know what will!