This Is What Happens When You Visit Sweden For The Coffee

Swedish Fika

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.” ― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper Coffee in the United States has become somewhat of a pop culture.  Get in line, order the most complicated, tongue-twisting combination of caffeine on the menu, and … [Read more...]

Cooking Authentic Macedonian Food at Lake Ohrid

Macedonian cooking

Full transparency: I’m not a foodie. I’m an adventure traveler. So when our JayWay tour guide said we were going to take a cooking class while traversing Macedonia, I was not thrilled. I anticipated boredom. I was wrong, very wrong. Lake Ohrid We started out from our hotel on glorious Lake … [Read more...]

Albanian Wine: Europe’s Oldest and Possibly Best

Albanian Wine

Albanian wine is no stranger to Europe. Archeological evidence near the capital of Tirana indicates traces of tannic acid, which produces the bitter taste in wine, dates back to a 6,000-year viniculture, making Albania arguably the oldest winemaker in Europe. Albania, a small country bordering … [Read more...]

Amazing Food Experience on Alaska Adventure Cruise

Alaska

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho Tracie Triolo thought her life would be that of a musician. And it was…for a while. But her roots in the love of food and the pull of the ocean proved irresistible, and she found herself on an entirely different path. One … [Read more...]

How One Chef Is Revolutionizing Prague’s Cuisine

Prague cuisine

When people think of food in Prague, they most often think of Czech goulash – chunks of beef heavily laden with gravy, served up in a bowl of thick, course bread. But Sophia Smith has been working hard to change that perception. A British expat who moved to Prague sixteen years ago, Sophia brings … [Read more...]

Organic Mezcal In Oaxaca

oaxaca mezcal

Face as brown and tough as leather, with deep, deep smile lines crinkling around sparkling black eyes, Don Alberto Martinez welcomed us warmly to his organic mezcal farm just outside Oaxaca City. His firm, rough handshake spoke volumes of a labor-intensive but honest life of living and working his … [Read more...]

Pleasure House Oysters: The Making Of An Ostreaphile

Pleasure House Oysters

"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift My agreement with that statement made me somewhat of an outcast among my trendy Baby Boomer friends. I’d watched them shuck open some unsuspecting barnacle-laden shell, tip it up, and let a pulpy, slimy mass of flesh slide down their … [Read more...]

The Sauce Boss of St. Augustine

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The most provocative portion of the interior of the Hot Shot Bakery is their “Wall of Flame.” The entire premise for the wall came about as an accident. Stoppelbein dipped some of the datils in chocolate as a garnish for a birthday cake for someone she knew. The next day, party attendees came to the … [Read more...]

Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, The Keys’ Best Seafood

Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, the Keys’ Best Seafood Resource

“Cooking with my grandmother was my alibi,” said Paul Menta. Curly-haired, charismatic, with an easy smile and sporting his beloved Liberty Bell tattoo, Paul is one third of the dynamic trio behind Key West’s runaway concept Three Hands Fish. Read why Three Hands Fish is taking Key West by storm … [Read more...]

Would You Dare Try Bali Jungle Cat Poop Coffee?

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The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made from the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced mainly on the islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Agrowisata Abian Kusuma Sari, a coffee plantation in the Tampaksiring region of Bali is one such plantation … [Read more...]

Moroxican Cuisine Crushing It in Baja

Mi Casa Supper Club at sunset

Growing up in Casablanca, Bo Bendana was warned that every girl had to learn how to cook or no one will marry her. “But I don’t want to get married!” 12 year-old Bo told her mother. In spite of her resistance, Bo’s mother taught her to cook. That early introduction to savory ingredients and exotic … [Read more...]

On the Road for the Donuts in South Dakota

Wall Drug donuts

“You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her I was going to visit South Dakota’s Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about anywhere for … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Horrendous Food in Japan

Fish for sale at Nishiki Market in Kyoto

Remember this jump rope song (okay, I know I’m dating myself!): “Apple on a stick. Makes me sick.” I have a better one:  Squid on a skewer. Put it in the sewer. Not gonna lie, most of the food I tried to eat in Japan evoked a strong gag reflex… First of all, I do not like sushi. Sorry, … [Read more...]

Sometimes, you just need a little ice cream

ice cream Venice Beach

I was recently on assignment, recording a video in Venice Beach, California for the American Writers and Artists, Inc. The recording was about the perks I receive as a travel writer just by wearing my press badge. Read more about my Venice Beach ice cream extravaganza at CNN iReport, October 6, … [Read more...]

The Search for the World’s Best Margarita

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First, let me disclose right up in front, when it comes to alcohol, I’m a lightweight.  I don’t drink very often, and when I do, it’s not very much. I have one weakness, though.  Margaritas Read about my search for the world's best margarita in Matador, September 17, 2013 … [Read more...]

The Great Boston Cannoli Challenge: Mike’s vs. Modern

Cannoli challenge, Boston MA

Boston’s North End, aka “Little Italy,” is always a sensory stimulating event - the sumptuous smells of homemade pasta dishes wafting from the bistros, vibrant New England-accented banter of the pedestrians,  the festive façade of the shops and bars... Read the Great Boston Cannoli Challenge in … [Read more...]

Wine, Dine and More in Baja Wine Region

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Move over Napa! The heart of Mexico’s wine district – the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico – is demanding critics’ attention. Off the beaten path, but rapidly gaining respect is Adobe Guadalupe – a vineyard, winery, stables, and sprawling hacienda open to tourists. Read about Baja's Adobe … [Read more...]

Devouring my way through the Yucatán

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Apparently mom was right -- my eyes ARE bigger than my stomach.  Still, I gave it a good go as I scoffed my way through my recent trip through the Yucatán.  From the colonial cities of Merida, Valladolid, Izamal, San Pedro Nophat, Kanasín to the Gulf beach towns of Progreso and Telchec, to the … [Read more...]

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival girl

Jousting knights, kings, queens, wenches, fairies, and even pirates, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is considered one of the best in America.  The faire takes place every weekend in October and November on a permanent a 20-acre 16th century theme park that Disney would be proud of, offering … [Read more...]

Puerto Nuevo, Baja, Mexico

The famous deep fried lobster

Puerto Nuevo, 10 miles south of Rosarito is a must-do on any Rosarito itinerary.  This small fishing village began in the 1950’s as a small stand near a Newport cigarette billboard (Newport translates to Puerto Nuevo in Spanish). The billboard is long gone but more than 30 restaurants and shops now … [Read more...]

In Mexico, Baja Beckons Expats

Hacienda Adobe Guadalupe

Married, single, young, old, with kids in tow, retired or entrepreneurs — Baja Mexico is enticing expats with its promise of a better lifestyle. The choices are unlimited. The colorful culture of colonial and fishing towns, low home prices, world-class surfing on the crashing waves of the Pacific, … [Read more...]