travel

The thrill of travel is my siren song. I used to dream of filling a passport before it expired. Never happened, but I did manage to get to many great places. Machu Picchu, Xi’an, Tulum. Life can throw you one curveball after another, some good, some not so good. Layoffs, pink slips, food allergies. My […]

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When you think about what Portugal has contributed to the world of gastronomic pleasure, we really do – all of us, owe them a debt of gratitude. I was thrilled to receive David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table (ahem) a while ago. As I do, I have spent months reading it and imagining making each recipe […]

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By Thursday I’ll be en route to Mali a small land-locked country in West Africa that many of us know very little about. While I’m gone, exploring ancient cliff dwellings, giant mosques made of mud bricks, and the Festival au Desert, I thought it might be interesting to share some information with you about my […]

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Maybe I’m crazy to suppose I’d ever be the one you chose Out of a thousand invitations You received Ooh, but in case I stand one little chance Here comes the jackpot question in advance: What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?     I can’t imagine Ella (whose voice I always hear with […]

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  Seeing that the New York Times “36 Hours in…” featured Valencia brought a rush of warm memories back. Thought I’d share the links as we head into a deep freeze here in Boston – enjoy!   My piece in Everett Potter’s Travel Report My piece in John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet   Here are a […]

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  What would you do with 320 days of sun? In Mendoza the answer is: make wonderful wine. At Altos las Hormigas they want you to taste the unique characteristics of the Mendoza region in their wines. And you do.   Malbec wine has become more popular with consumers. As a consequence, more and more […]

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There’s a story my family told of the first time I ate duck. Dad had been invited to go hunting with the neighbor across the street. They bagged a couple and my father roasted ours, and the story goes my parents looked at each other and said “wonder if the kid would like duck?” Put […]

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Valencia is always on my mind. What a fabulous place!   Here is my piece for Everett Potter’s Travel Report.   Valencia – Spain’s Other Great City     And my piece for John Mariani:   The Fountain of Youth Bubbles with Bobal    

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Once in a while the stars align and a wonderful opportunity falls in your lap. So it was back in June when a spot opened up in a Wines of Valencia media tour. Would I be available to join some food and travel writers to learn about the wines of Valencia? How fast could I […]

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Wednesday at IACP Portland, the first session I tried to sign up for was a sold-out digital photography course taught by the ever-charming Matt Armendariz see MattBites.com. Standing in line for potential no-shows, I glanced at the name tag of the woman standing next to me. The unfailingly polite and generous Cindy Mushet signed a […]

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