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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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Top 3 Cheap Italian Summer Vacation Hotels

May 29, 2014 | Europe, Italy, Travel

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I’m pleased to be partnering with HotelsCheap.org who have not only written this great blog post for your pleasure today, but who are offering a special discount to Cooking with Michele blog readers – you can get an additional 10 percent off HotelsCheap.org’s rock-bottom rates if you redeem your promotional code here before June 30, 2014. Just enter […]

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A Week Spent Cooking at a Castle in Puglia

May 25, 2014 | Europe, Italy, Lecce, Otranto, Puglia, Spongano, The Awaiting Table, Travel

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Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Italy to a cooking school and staying in a castle owned by a baron? I take a group each May, and if you think you would like to join me, you might like to know that your first stop after Rome will be the beautifully preserved city of […]

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Home Again in Rome

May 17, 2014 | Europe, Italy, Rome, Travel

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It’s still night in Denver, but I have that adrenaline rush I get every time I arrive in Italy. It’s morning here, and I breeze through customs and passport control, on my way to perhaps my favorite spot in the world: Rome.I usually get euros out of the ATM at the airport, but it’s not […]

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Cooking with Michele in Italy: The 2015 Trip!

May 8, 2014 | Europe, Italy, Lecce, Otranto, Puglia, Rome, Spongano, The Awaiting Table, Travel

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Traveling to Italy to attend a cooking school is an incredible experience and on Sunday I’ll depart for Rome to guide a small group of eight on an incredible food and wine adventure, and my fifth visit to The Awaiting Table. I do all the planning and preparation for these trips, and help you organize […]

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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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