Articles written by: Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn Dennis Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, was born to travel and tell the tale. From local cuisine to Michelin Star, simple to gourmet, Maralyn enjoys it all. Discovering flavors, spices, and trends worldwide, from Bocuse d’Or to being a judge at the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, Oregon Chocolate Festival and others, or interviewing chefs, she is intrigued by all aspects of spa and culinary tourism. As a professional food, wine and travel writer, through guest spots on monthly radio shows, to being editor and contributor to over eight publications, print and online, she reaches several million on a continual basis, domestically and internationally. Maralyn sometimes collaborates with her husband on articles. Maralyn’s years of writing incentive programs and meeting planning expanded her talent for digging below the surface for the unusual. She thrives on discovering different cultures and customs and feels it’s the best geography lesson ever. Also, she derives great satisfaction applying her organizational development skills. She has co-authored three books and hosted a television show for Time Warner Cable from 2002 to 2006. She is past president of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (12-2008 to 12-2012) and continues as a board member and co-chair of the Conference and Media Trip Committee. Maralyn is always ready to explore different flavors of various cultures and share their tale. People she meets along the way are the best part. Maralyn’s description of herself: "I was born to travel and tell the tale. I’m energized by different cultures in every aspect of their lives, from food, wine, and destination, to how they conduct business. Food, wine, culture, and travel represent a continual geography lesson."

Fishpond to ocean Photo: Maralyn D. Hill
Chronological / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch Is A Treasure

Never did I expect to find an authentic multi-generation family-owned and operated natural area that would provide me with so many different experiences and opportunities. I’ve visited Oahu many times, but never Kualoa Ranch, where you see traditions flourish. In Hawaiian, Kualoa means “long back.” When you see the land, […]

View of Sedona Red Rocks Photo: Maralyn D. Hill
Arizona / Business Events / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Enchanting Enchantment in Sedona

Enchantment Resort & Spa in Sedona wakes your senses upon entering the gated grounds. One can easily see why in-the-know organizations pick this site for small meetings, incentives, or corporate retreats. It is an ideal secluded destination, self-contained, that offers everything you want and need in amenities for meetings and […]

Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks

Chef Bennett’s book starts out with a long title: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks, Orchestrating Florida’s Caribbean Pantry into a Modern Metropolitan Cuisine. The rest is intriguing, well organized, and easy to follow with delicious recipes.

Book Review: Traveling with Pain
Book Reviews / Chronological

Book Review: Traveling with Pain

In addition to covering tips on how and why to travel, this book covers: packing and preparing; getting there; sleeping and eating; sightseeing; outdoor adventures; shopping; night life; resting; recovery time after the trip.

Appenzellerland—Preserving Tradition While Embracing Future
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / IFWTWA Trips

Appenzellerland—Preserving Tradition While Embracing Future

Having visited and enjoyed Switzerland in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by the Appenzell region. Located in the northeastern area, its dimensions are only 258.5 square miles (416 square kilometers). This area has the lowest population in Switzerland, with 26 villages that average 23 inns per village.

A Puerto Rican Culinary Experience at Saborea
Caribbean / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Island Nation

A Puerto Rican Culinary Experience at Saborea

Puerto Rico has so much more to offer than I could begin to imagine. I’d certainly encourage those who enjoy culinary travel to put it on their calendar for next year, when Saborea will take place April 1-3, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Absente, Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: Absente, Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy

I’m enamored with a book on Absente. During the past two years, quite a few authors have written about the magic of this famous liqueur. However, Carrier’s compilation brings everything to life in spectacular fashion. It combines history with over 130 photos of well known works of art with numerous artists’ biographies…

BOOK REVIEW: Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment

Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment by Tim Brookes certainly enlightens. Brookes is able to articulate with humor and a sense of life and culture acceptance that transport the reader to experience India alongside him.

Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket – The Ultimate Incentive
Asia / Business Events / Chronological / Destinations

Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket – The Ultimate Incentive

Visiting Southeast Asia has been a frequent experience for me. I did graduate study there in 1989. Thailand has been a personal favorite in this area, and since my first visit to Bangkok, I’ve gone North to Chang Mai and as far South as the island of Koh Samui.

Ivan Flowers
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Ivan Flowers

Flowers’ road to Sedona and Fournos shows a wealth of exceptional experience and talent.

Ivan Flowers’ birthplace was Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in and around the restaurant business at his father’s successful establishment, The Rendezvous. Ivan worked his way through college at high-end catering companies, while he earned his degree in psychology from the New York Institute of Technology.