Peruvian Spotlight: Lomo Saltado and Garlic Quinoa Recipe

As our journey through vibrant Southeast Asian draws to a close, it is time to head across the Pacific Ocean to the glorious land of Peru. JNR has organized many successful incentive travel and reward programs to this beautiful region with participants enjoying the culture, adventure and natural wonders.

Peru is a land of ancient traditions and beliefs, from the Norte Chico civilization to the Inca Empire. These Andean societies progressed through innovations in agriculture including irrigation and terracing, and ate quinoa as a staple – long before it became the hip, superfood it is today.

Contemporary Peruvian cuisine is a fusion of American Indian and Spanish with influences from other regions including China, Japan, Italy and Africa.  Due to the various climates throughout Peru, a plethora of native plants and animals can be harvested, resulting in rich, eclectic flavors and many delicacies.

Lomo Saltado is one of the best-known Peruvian dishes and combines native ingredients, such as potatoes, with the traditional style of Chinese stir-fry. We thought that the Peruvian dish of garlic quinoa would make the perfect accompaniment and both recipes are below.


Lomo Saltado

Total Time:     1 hr 5 min

Prep:     15

Cook:    50

Yield:    4 servings

Level:    Easy



  • Vegetable Oil
  • 3 large Potatoes (cut into fries)
  • 1 pound Beef Tri Tip (sliced ¼ inch thick)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 large Onion (diced)
  • 3 large Tomatoes (peeled, seeded and sliced into strips)
  • 1 Yellow Chili Pepper
  • ¼ cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • Dash of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley



Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat fries in vegetable oil and place on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.

While fries are baking, heat vegetable oil in frying pan over medium heat. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Fry the meat until the juices start to release. Remove meat from frying pan, and then cook the onions until transparent. Add the tomatoes and yellow chili pepper and cook until the tomatoes soften. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, beef and fries, cover, and cook until the beef is done, about 3 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


Garlic Quinoa

Total Time:     20 min

Prep:     2

Cook:    18

Yield:    4 servings

Level:    Easy 



  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Onions (diced)
  • 2 tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed well and drained)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ tsp salt



Sauté onion in olive oil for two minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add quinoa, stock and salt to pan; bring to boil and then reduce heat and cover, simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Serve immediately.


If you would like more information on how to organize an incentive trip to Peru through JNR, please contact

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas


JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Southeast Asian Spotlight: Khmer (Cambodian) New Year

Cambodian or Khmer New Year is held in April each year and is one of the biggest celebrations for the region. The timing is thought to coincide with the end of the Khmer farmer’s harvesting season and a time in the year when Cambodians take the opportunity to relax and celebrate their hard work. The festivities run for three special days with each day having particular significance and activities ranging from traditional vibrant ceremonies in beautiful temples to spending time with family and friends.

Day one is known as Maha Songkran and represents the ending of the old year and beginning of the new year. Houses are cleaned and colorfully decorated with lights and candles. Incense are lit at shrines and people wear their best clothes to thank Buddha for his teachings. Each member of the family will bow, kneel and prostrate themselves three times before an image of Buddha. For good luck, holy water is used to wash the face in the morning, the chest at noon and the feet at night before going to bed. Offerings are also prepared, including flowers, fruits and garlands, to give to the new goddess.

Day two of the celebrations is called Virak Wanabat and people spend this day helping those less fortunate. It is common for people to dress up in traditional costumes and take food to monks at the monastery. Families will take time to visit monasteries and celebrate their ancestors.

Day three of the festivities is called T’ngai Leang Saka. On this day Buddha statues and elders are cleansed with perfumed water as a symbol of its preciousness and how it is a necessity for all living things. These “water blessings” are said to bring good luck, longevity, prosperity and happiness. Children play games, like scarf-throwing and tug-of-war or participate in traditional dancing.

Throughout the three days of celebrations it is not uncommon to see small sand hills built near temples and shrines decorated with five flags that represent Buddha’s five disciplines – abstaining from harming living things, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.

Special dishes, including Kralan – a bamboo stick of steamed rice, grated coconut, coconut milk and peas or beans, slowly roasted to create a cake – are prepared and enjoyed over the three days.

Celebrations for Khmer New Year are thrown throughout the world, including the United States, with large ones held in San Francisco and Long Beach.

If you would like more information on how to experience the wonders and delights of Southeast Asia, and possibly even see their New Year celebration firsthand through an incentive program or event with JNR Incorporated, please email We cannot wait to send our team and clients to this region later in the year for the trip of a lifetime.

For further reading, please read “Up and Coming Luxury Travel Hotspots: Vietnam and Cambodia” here to see how this region is growing its tourism due to the unique combination of lavish hotels and authentic experiences.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas


JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Spanish Spotlight: The Top Ten Cities to Visit

Our March expedition through Spain began with a fabulous Catalan Stuffed Peppers recipe to give you a taste of the traditional cuisine. Then we offered a peek into the Las Fallas Festival to give you some perspective on their customs. Now we want to give you an overview of the top ten cities to visit in Spain according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice. While the cities that top the list may seem obvious, we hope that you will come across a few lesser-known locales that may have never crossed your mind before!

10. Benidorm, Spain

Location: Western Mediterranean seaside city located in the Province of Alicante on the Costa Blanca.

Claims to Fame: Benidorm boasts four miles of golden beaches, access to Mediterranean Sea recreation including scuba diving and waterskiing and a historic city center with blue-domed 18th-century churches and alleyways.

Top Attractions: Levante Beach, Balcon del Mediterraneo, Placa del Castell

9. Salamanca, Spain

Location: Northwestern capital city of the Province of Salamanca located alongside the border with Portugal.

Claims to Fame: Salamanca is referred to as Spain’s “golden city” and is rich in architectural, religious and gastronomic culture. Renaissance and Gothic style architecture are prominent in both the old and new cathedrals.

Top Attractions: Salmanca’s Plaza Mayor, St. Stephen’s Convent (St. Convento de San Esteban), Casa Lis (Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco)

8. Marbella, Spain

Location: Southern coastal city in the Province of Malaga on the Mediterranean Sea.

Claims to Fame: Marbella is a sunny beach town with plenty of modern-day resort amenities. The city is famous for La Fontanilla Beach, theme parks, wildlife parks and a historic quarter filled with whitewashed buildings and remnants of a ninth-century Arab fortress.

Top Attractions: Marbella Old Quarter, Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion, Puerto Banus Marina

7. Malaga, Spain

Location: The capital of the Province of Malaga lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean Sea.

Claims to Fame: Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the entire world, founded in the 8th Century by the Phoenicians. The city is rich in art of all kinds including glass, crystal, contemporary installations and the works of Picasso, who was born in Malaga.

Top Attractions: Museum of Glass and Crystal, Alcazaba, Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco

6. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Location: The capital city of the Province of Balearic Islands is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.

Claims to Fame: Palma de Mallorca is often considered the economic and cultural hub of Majorca and a great place to experience the island’s many gold and white beaches. This city was once a Moorish casbah, or walled city, and has a maze of narrow streets that can be quite fun to explore on foot.

Top Attractions: Soller Railway, Cathedral (Le Seu), Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver)

5. Valencia, Spain

Location: The capital city of the Province of Valencia is located on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.

Claims to Fame: Valencia is home to many monuments, City of Arts and Sciences, a highly modern complex of museums, cinemas and theaters. The local food, namely the paella, is also something that every visitor should experience!

Top Attractions: Bioparc Valencia, Oceanografic, Palacia del Marques de Dos Aguas

4. Granada, Spain

Location: Capital of the Province of Granada located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and at the confluence of four major rivers. The Southern Spanish city is just one hour from the Mediterranean Coast by car.

Claims to Fame: The Alhambra citadel, a Moorish fortress with epic archways and ornamental mosaics, one of the most famous buildings in the nation is located in Granada. The nightlife is also quite vibrant with the bars of Calle Elvira being the most notable hotspot.

Top Attractions: The Alhambra, Carrerra del Darro, Generalife

3. Seville, Spain

Location: The capital and largest city in Province of Seville, located on the plain of the River Guadalquivir.

Claims to Fame: Seville was founded as a Roman City and is the home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Alcazar palace complex, Cathedral where Christopher Columbus was buried and Metropol Parasol are just a few of the amazing sites that ooze with antique charm.

Top Attractions: Alcazar, Plaza de Espana, Giralda Tower

2. Madrid, Spain

Location: Spain’s capital and largest city is located on the Manzanares river in the center of both the country and Community of Madrid.

Claims to Fame: Many of Madrid’s buildings are so grand that they appear to be castles straight out of classic fairytales. The architecture here is quite impressive and the splendid sites like Retiro Park and numerous museums make it one of the most interesting places to visit in Spain.

Top Attractions: Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), Royal Palace of Madrid

1. Barcelona, Spain

Location: This capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia within the Province of Barcelona is located on the eastern coast at the mouths of the Llobregat and Besos rivers to the west near the Serra de Collserola mountain range.

Claims to Fame: Famous residents included Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali and Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who designed several of the city’s architectural amazing buildings. Park Guell, street performers and numerous tapas bars make Barcelona a great place to spend a leisurely day.

Top Attractions: Guell Palace, St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar), Camp Nou

Are you overwhelmed with all that Spain has to offer yet? I know that my “bucket list” grew quite a bit after composing this blog.

If you’re looking to book an incentive travel trip or meeting in Spain, or simply need some advice about what to see and do while in Spain, please send us an email at

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kristopher Hewkin


The World’s Most Entertaining Airports

It’s hard to believe the words “entertaining” and “airport” can co-exist in the same sentence. When I’m thinking about an entertaining place to kick-back and have some fun, an airport generally doesn’t come to mind. I think of hours of boredom, stale sandwiches, cramped seating and dodgy wi-fi that hasn’t been updated since the 90’s.

Luckily, an increasing number of airports are making an effort to liven up the pre-flight experience by providing a variety of wonderful, sometimes weird, distractions to keep travelers entertained.

The following are five of the world’s airports where entertainment and leisure are taking off:

5. Munich, Germany

Munich is famed for its Oktoberfest festival, and the airport brings a sample of this fun to thirsty travelers. A Bavarian-style tavern complete with its own brewery, live music and a traditional beer garden, serves over 110,000 gallons of homemade beer from its home in the airport terminal.

Photo Courtesy of Munich Airport

  4. Sydney, Australia

Potted plants are a common adornment in many airport areas, but the Qantas First Lounge at Sydney International Airport is home to a 30-meter vertical garden, containing 8,400 plants. Business travelers can also hit the books in the airport’s business center and library.

3. Seoul-Incheon

 Along with several awards for the world’s best airport in air service quality, Seoul-Incheon also offers a wide selection of fun activities and facilities. An ice rink, casino, spa and movie theatre are just a few of the cool distractions offered. Travelers can also take a 5-minute shuttle to tee off for a relaxing round on the airport’s 18-hole Incheon Club Golf course.

Photo Courtesy of Seoul Incheon Airport

2. Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee: Known throughout the world as Music City. Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash have all been fixtures of the city’s famed recording studios. Playing on its lively musical scene, Nashville Airport puts on regular live concerts for travelers. Four stages within the airport host upwards of 100 free events every year.

Photo Courtesy of Nashville Airport

1. Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been crowned the best in the world for the fourth time in 14 years at the prestigious World Airport Awards in Geneva. Realizing that travel can be stressful, the airport was designed to be an open, airy space with lots of greenery, outdoor access and comfortable seating.

The airport’s incredible amenities include a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theatres, spas, onsite nature trail, interactive art gallery and a four-story slide for children! Free city tours are available to any passenger with a layover of five hours or more.