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Announcing Cooking with Michele in Italy for 2016

September 18, 2015 | Italy, Lecce, Otranto, Puglia, Rome, Spongano, The Awaiting Table, Travel

Cooking Trip to Italy 2013

Have you always dreamed of a glorious trip spent in Italy, learning to cook like the locals do, while enjoying some of the greatest food, wine, and sights? Each year I take a group of guests on a special food and wine adventure to Rome and southern Italy. Next year, because so many have asked […]

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October in Paris

September 17, 2015 | Europe, France, Paris, Travel


I believe that fall is one of the prettiest times to visit Paris (actually a great time to go on vacation anywhere). The summer crowds are gone, the cooler temps make it more enjoyable to wander through cities, and Paris, really, is about as good a place as any to visit. Having spent 10 days […]

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My Top Travel Secrets: Clothes, Suitcases and More

September 3, 2015 | Travel


Imagine you’re about to take off on a fantastic journey. You’ve researched your itinerary, learned a bit of the language, and made all of your reservations. And then it dawns on you: packing light and traveling light would make all of the boarding of trains, planes, and automobiles oh so much easier. But say you […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light

August 31, 2015 | Travel


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

Eating Rome

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


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


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


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


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


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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