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Cirque de Gavarnie
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Wines & Spirits

Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 2)

…continued from Part 1 3rd stop: Gavarnie Gavarnie 90 kilometers/ 56 miles from Pau 49 kilometers/ 30 miles from Lourdes Check in at Le Brèche de Roland hotel in Gèdre, then drive another eight scenic kilometres (five miles) to the village of Gavarnie. Beyond the village’s tourist office, restaurants, hotels […]

Pau fernicular
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Wines & Spirits

Haute Cuisine in the Hautes-Pyrenees (Part 1)

Outside of July when the taut, glistening muscles and shimmering shorts of riders are pedalling through the switchback roads during the Tour de France, the Hautes-Pyrenees is largely forgotten by everyone not training for the next race. Ask anyone without a bicycle about the Pyrenees and you’ll get, “It’s the […]

The Most Sought After Provence Treasures
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Wines & Spirits

The Most Sought After Provence Treasures

The crab stuffed tomatoes and eggplant-lamb cake braised in candied tomatoes were activating every taste bud imaginable; they were savory, zesty and rich. Then came dessert: shredded fennel with saffron sorbet. A soothing liuorice-anise taste — potent, yet purifying. The adeptness to pair flavors using traditional techniques with a sophisticated […]

In Pursuit of Grasshoppers, Spices and Malbec
Asia / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Mexico / Wines & Spirits

In Pursuit of Grasshoppers, Spices and Malbec

“Try tasty deep-fried grasshoppers,” calls out Niza Lopez of Oaxaca Tourism to onlookers as they walk by the Mexico Tourism Pavilion at the 8th World Culinary Travel Expo at EAT! Vancouver Festival. Tasty it is, crunchy and toasty, wings, legs, head and all – splashed with some chili-lime seasoning. The […]

The Inn's guestrooms combine modern comfort with historic charm
Destinations / Food / United States / Vermont

Finally, a Bed-and-Breakfast for Foodies

A new culinary standard has been set by the best-kept secret in New England at the Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont, a rustic yet refined bed-and-breakfast originally built in 1792 as a stagecoach stop, tucked off the road down a maple-lined drive just minutes away from Woodstock and Ludlow, […]

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete
California / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete

Recently we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth; the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing. What was an unremarkable middle class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California […]

10 Reasons to Drink Sherry and be Cool
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Wines & Spirits

10 Reasons to Drink Sherry and be Cool

Sherry wines have undoubtedly been the most mistreated and ignored wines, being considered as demodé for decades. However, things are changing and as in the case of gin that resurrected from its own ashes, sherry is conquering the most maverick palates, flirting with trendy bars and proving that drinking wine […]

Grilled Oysters on the Alabama River
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Montgomery, Alabama: On the Move from Past to Present

Hi Y’All, come on over here and enjoy tasty Gulf seafood and sweet tea before boarding the riverboat. It was my first time to Alabama and I already felt southern hospitality flowing along the banks of the Alabama River where we gathered to take in the sunset. Oysters, Shrimp and […]

A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

Photo Essay: Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, known as “Louisiana’s outback,” consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section
Chronological / Destinations / New York / United States

Manhattan’s High Line Opens Final Section

By the 1930s, Manhattan’s congested West Side had far too many accidents caused by freight trains sharing the street with street traffic. That problem was solved when the 22-block “High Line” train tracks were built 30 feet above ground. They ran from W. 34th Street south to St. John’s Park Terminal […]