IFWTWA Trips

Jules on his motorcycle
Alabama / Destinations / Food / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Peace Among The Grapes

As our group of travel writers waited to meet the owner of Jules J Berta Winery, a biker drove into the parking lot. He wore faded blue jeans, sunglasses, and a sleeveless vest over a short sleeve tee that did nothing to hide his tanned, muscled arms. “I’m Jules Berta. […]

Kassandra Peninsula
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Food / Hotels & Resorts / IFWTWA Trips / Wines & Spirits

Greek Cuisine – A Lesson From General George

“Eating is all about memories,” says chef George Palisidis. “General George,” as he introduces himself, is a man whose passion for food is almost tangible and whose enthusiasm is electric. As he talks about pairing and enjoying and what makes a good meal, it makes me wonder what I’ve been […]

Mrs B homey restaurant
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Mrs. B’s Restaurant Brings Home Cooking to Montgomery, Alabama

Mrs. B’s in Montgomery feeds the soul with her flavorful, southern home cooking. Be sure to try her authentic collard greens served up with smoked turkey. Sweetly patting mounds of collard greens, Mrs. B is preparing one of the popular side dishes at her restaurant and its barely 5 a.m.  […]

Idaho, James Bond and the Ten Minute Martini
Chronological / Destinations / Idaho / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Wines & Spirits

Idaho, James Bond and the Ten Minute Martini

A perennial favorite among cocktail connoisseurs is the martini. It’s a classy, classic drink, steeped in tradition, elegance and celebrity. The most notable celebrity, of course, is James Bond, the sexy, savvy double agent who preferred his martinis strong, cold and shaken, never stirred. Bond’s favorite was the Vesper, made […]

Hawaii’s Fungal Jungle
Chronological / Food / Hawaii / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Hawaii’s Fungal Jungle

When Janice and Bob Stranga were ready for career changes, they wanted to be involved in the changing agricultural scene in Hawaii. Janice was an interior designer, Bob a helicopter pilot. “I had fun flying but there’s no more fun than this,” Bob says. Proud as he is that their […]

Bottles of Pinot Gris at Sawtooth Estate Winery
Chronological / Destinations / Idaho / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Wines & Spirits

Of Vines and Varietals: Idaho’s Secret Wine Story

Some states get all the luck. Georgia, synonymous with peaches, isn’t the largest producer of the fuzzy fruit; neighboring South Carolina actually produces more. But somehow, over time, Georgia cornered the market on the crop, insisting their peaches were juicier, meatier and sweeter than any other yield, giving rise to […]

Coffee At Its Best: “Crackulated” Kona Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Coffee At Its Best: “Crackulated” Kona Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii

The Ue Shima Coffee Company (UCC) is the only coffee company that “crackulates” its coffee beans. Not just once, but twice. The first “crack” is a gentle popcorn pop that sends out hints of freshly baked cupcakes. The second “crack” explodes like fireworks, the aroma conjuring up perfect morning toast. […]

A military docent explains the wartime efforts at Fort Morgan
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States

Full speed ahead: Alabama’s Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines

The Gulf Shores region of Alabama is known for its pristine beaches, fresh-from-the-boat seafood and traditional Southern hospitality. Its milder winters draw snowbirds during the colder months, and the endless summers make vacationers flock to the beach to bury their toes in the sugar white sand. The Gulf Shores is […]

A Culinary Adventure Along Alabama’s Gulf Shore
Alabama / Chronological / Destinations / Food / IFWTWA Trips / United States

A Culinary Adventure Along Alabama’s Gulf Shore

The gulf coast of Alabama is a foodie’s dream come true. After exploring the sites of Mobile, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, head to one of these great restaurants. Each one is unique and features music on a regular basis. Foodies not accustomed to dining on Southern comfort food are […]

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island
Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / United States / Washington

The Lure of Lummi Island

There’s a hilly piece of heaven that sits among a chain of islands at the most northeasterly section of the San Juan archipelago, an unspoiled spot just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a brief distance’s drive from Bellingham, Washington. It’s the bucolic portrait of the Northwest, dotted […]