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Sailing the French West Indies

February 27, 2014 | Caribbean, Travel

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When it’s 10 below 0 in Denver, there is nothing better than an escape to the Caribbean for 2 weeks of sailing aboard a 46 foot catamaran with friends, which is just what I did earlier this month. Instead of giving you the full itinerary and low down on everything we saw and ate, let […]

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Announcing a Food and Wine Trip to Tuscany and Umbria

November 23, 2013 | Travel

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I’ve been taking clients on trips to Rome and Puglia for years, and I am thrilled to announce a special small group trip to the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria in October of 2014. This special food and wine trip will be limited to just 6 guests, so sign up quickly if you think […]

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A Photo Journey through Strasbourg, France

November 21, 2013 | Europe, France, Strasbourg, Travel

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If you’ve never been to Strasbourg, France, you need to add this to your list. What a wonderfully small sized, charming, city it is! Although it’s just a few minutes across the border from Germany, you’ll know you’re in France immediately by the pastry display.We arrived with a group and had booked rooms at the […]

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Hill Towns of Tuscany – A Photo Journey

November 12, 2013 | Buonconvento, Europe, Italy, Montalcino, Siena, Travel, Tuscany

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I recently spent two weeks in the gorgeous hills of Tuscany, staying at a lovely restored farmhouse outside of Siena, making day trips to small hill towns for lunch, touring, and shopping. It might have well been the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever spent in Italy, and I hope you enjoy some of my favorite […]

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Eating My Way From Heidelberg to Strasbourg

October 31, 2013 | Europe, France, Germany, Travel

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FlammkuchenWhen I announced that I would be partnering up with my friend Kirsten to take people on a food and wine adventure in Germany and France, it was amazing how many people just assumed the food would be horrible. I’m not sure what it is about American’s perceptions of German food, but after eating my […]

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A Day on the Wine Road in Western Germany

October 28, 2013 | Europe, Germany, Travel

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I recently had the pleasure of spending a day traveling down the famous wine road in Germany, which starts north and west of Heidelberg and ends basically in Strasbourg, France, just across the border. While I have done a number of wine tasting trips in my life, this was a new region for me. Here […]

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A Special Day in Tuscany

October 24, 2013 | Buonconvento, Europe, Italy, Travel, Tuscany

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Imagine waking up to this glorious sunrise in the heart of Tuscany, looking at all of that beauty, knowing that you are heading out for a landscape painting class. Can you imagine anything more inspirational? Through a small world type of connection, I recently learned of Maddine Insalaco, a woman who happened to be at […]

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Bolgheri in Tuscany

October 14, 2013 | Bolgheri, Europe, Italy, Travel, Tuscany

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I’ve been to Italy about a dozen times, including several trips to Tuscany, but until this trip had never taken the time to drive up the western coast line of Tuscany. It’s a short drive from Rome, just turning north and traveling through Civitavecchia for a couple of hours. We found the most special retreat […]

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A Fall Day in Baden Baden, Germany

October 13, 2013 | Baden Baden, Europe, Germany, Travel

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Wordless Wednesday (oops, it’s Thursday!)- enjoy these photos from my recent short stay in Baden Baden, Germany!

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Kochschule Eppelheim in Heidelberg

October 13, 2013 | Europe, Heidelberg, Travel

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Cooking schools in foreign countries never cease to excite me. No matter how much you know about cooking, you learn new things and learn new recipes. For instance, what happens when you take a gorgeous facility like Kochschule Eppelheim in Heidelberg…. ..and add one very nice (and nice looking!) young chef.Throw in a lovely seasonal […]

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A Day in the Black Forest of Germany

October 9, 2013 | Europe, Sasbachwalden, Travel

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Every once in awhile I find myself in the right place to join in the most authentic of local experiences. Such was the case when my food and wine group ventured through the Black Forest outside of Baden Baden to spend the day in Sasbachwalden for their annual wine festival and thanksgiving celebration.As we wound […]

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