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August 31, 2015 | Travel

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In just four short weeks from today, I’ll be heading to Italy for a month long adventure. I’ll be taking clients first to Rome, then to a cooking school in Puglia. And when they depart, my husband and friends will meet me in Lecce for a driving trip through southern Italy and Sicily. I’m flying […]

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Book Review: Eating Rome, by Elizabeth Minchilli

August 24, 2015 | Europe, Italy, Rome, Travel

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In just about a month I will depart for Rome, and I can hardly wait. Not because I’m going somewhere new, but because I’m going somewhere I’ve been many times (at last count I think it was 15 but I’ve kind of lost track). When you go somewhere year after year like I do to […]

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Patio del Nispero Restaurant in the Hotel El Convento in San Juan

April 27, 2015 | Caribbean, Cruise Ship, Travel

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I recently had the good fortune of cruising in the Caribbean with 8 of my girlfriends. We’ve been sneaking away together for 26 years now, if you can believe it. This year we picked a cruise with some warm weather spots, including San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Dining in the Sonoma Wine Region

April 20, 2015 | California, North America, Sonoma, Travel

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No trip to the wine country – not matter what wine region that might be – is complete without experiencing the cuisine of the region. As long as humans have been making wine, chefs have been creating food that pairs with those wines, and to me, the dinner after a day of wine tasting is […]

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A Waterlogue Tour of Sonoma Wine Country

March 26, 2015 | California, Sonoma, Travel

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This will be a different sort of blog post for sure. There are no recipes. There are no food photos from some fabulous restaurant I’ve recently visited. And there are no seductive travel photos. Well, at least not in the traditional sense. This blog post is a lovely little gallery of travel photos from a […]

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Culinary Vacation Through Tuscany

March 21, 2015 | Travel

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If you didn’t snag a spot in my food and wine trip to Puglia this year or have always wanted to visit Tuscany, then please read on. I’m happy to share with you this trip information from my colleagues at Taste Vacations – simply click on any of the Taste Vacations links in this post […]

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The Winelands of South Africa

March 12, 2015 | South Africa, Travel

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While having lunch in Franschhoek during our recent trip to South Africa, our host raised a wine glass to toast our group and said, “Life could be better…but I don’t know how.” That completely captured how I felt about my short two days in the winelands outside of Capetown. Rather than take you through every […]

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Safari at Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa

March 2, 2015 | South Africa, Travel

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A safari has been on my wish list for many, many years, and I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to join a group of friends in South Africa last month. Our destination was Phinda, a private game reserve in the northeast corner of South Africa. I don’t think a blog post can do justice […]

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Wine Tasting in Burgundy, France

November 17, 2014 | Burgundy, Europe, France, Travel

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I am in love with wine country – any wine country really. There is something special about the environment, the people, and the attitudes that I find simply alluring and intoxicating. And did I forget to mention the food? You’ll generally find fabulous food around winemakers – and indeed I found that recently in Burgundy […]

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Pacific Northwest Bounty: Feasting My Way Through Washington

October 9, 2014 | Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Tacoma, Travel, Washington, Whidbey Island

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I spent 10 days in September in the great state of Washington, doing a book tour for my latest cookbook, A Taste of Washington, and attending IFBC 2014, the mother of all food blogger conferences. I mentioned in my pre-conference post that this wasn’t my first trip to a conference, and that I planned to […]

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Eating My Way Through New York

August 4, 2014 | Manhattan, Travel

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As much as I miss my son in New York and quietly hope that one day he and his girl will possible move back to Colorado where we could see them more often, I never cease to be thankful that he chose such a fabulous place to live. Manhattan never disappoints. My son recently read […]

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