The Casa
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / United States

Historical Luxury in the Heart of the Oldest City

I’ll put St. Augustine up against any other U.S. city in terms of charm. Sure, as America’s oldest city, it’s bustling with historical ambiance and attractions, but it also has a certain je ne sais quoi that adds a level of quaintness I don’t find in other cities.

Typical diner counter
Chronological / Destinations / Rhode Island / United States

Culinary Arts Museum Not Just for Foodies

America’s culinary story is the focus at this first-rate museum chock full of artifacts. Nostalgia, too. A must-see for food enthusiasts. Located in Rhode Island, the country’s smallest state garners top and consistent awards for its food scene What better place than the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales […]

Ledges Hotel, Hawley, PA
Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / Pennsylvania / United States

Pocono Mountains In The Fall: The Perfect Place To Be

Nestled in the Northwest Pocono Mountain Lake region lies Hawley, PA. It is full of culture, activity and charm. While there, I was able to visit a fantastic hotel known as Ledges. It is a luxurious, modern inn that will take your breath away and charm you with her blue […]

River Cruising A Balance of Quality and Quantity
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

River Cruising A Balance of Quality and Quantity

The magic of Paris and the intrigue of Amsterdam are worth every minute the lucky traveler can muster. The histories, rich cultures and culinary delights are abundant in all ports of interest where we travelers find ourselves. As always there is so much to see and too little time. Traditional […]

La Ferme de la Lochere
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Wines & Spirits

Exploring the Foods and Wines of Burgundy

If I have the choice between an elegant plate of paté and a comforting bowl of pasta, I’m going to choose pasta. After living in Italy for two years, I became accustomed to the country’s popular food and wines, spending much of my time in Italian cooking classes and on […]

Elegantly prepared salmon
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food

Monumental Dining Over Paris

The ultimate lunch in Paris should begin with the crème de la crème. Discover the beauty and elegance of Chef Alan Ducasse’s Jules Verne Restaurant. There are many places to dine and celebrate a special occasion in Paris, and the Jules Verne Restaurant is the crème de la crème. Located […]

The bucolic region of Umbria
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Wines & Spirits

Discover Umbria’s Top Wines and Wineries

Umbria is giving Tuscany a run for its money. I hate to even tell you about the spectacular Umbrian views and exciting wines because it’s the unspoiled nature of the region that keeps me going back. Personally, I find the Umbrian wines to be much more complex and I love […]

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
Asia / Australia / California / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Food / United States

A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

Credit Luna Photo
California / Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Food / United States

Interview with Chef Jaime Chavez, Sirena Latin Seafood Restaurant San Diego

Amid a renaissance underway in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, one new restaurant—Sirena—promises to bring Latin flair to the fare served up in this burgeoning community. This South American inspired seafood restaurant, which opened up to the public in October of 2014, dishes up a creative, sustainable and fresh-forward menu […]

One of the pools with view of the Caribbean
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Barefoot Luxury in Tropical Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We had arrived at Chabil Mar Villas. The first thing I noticed was the verdant, tropical […]