It’s become quite fashionable for trendy restaurants to tout “farm-to-table” in describing their menu selections. It’s the “think global, act local” mantra writ large across discerning menus worldwide and the feeding frenzy has seemingly just begun. Consumers today are more discriminating and willing to pay more for fresh, organic food, […]
With my growing up in New York, and with one of my parents having Sicilian roots, it was predictable that our family would appreciate good Italian food, and often. Although my mother was of Irish descent, she quickly learned the art of Italian cooking from my maternal grandmother, who had […]
One of the highlights was a June visit to the Seattle area. As is often the case, I was in the company of a group of fellow writers from the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. In advance of a week-long cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, we met in Seattle and checked into the beautiful Hotel 1000. Easy walking distance from Pike Place Market, the hotel was ideally located.
We were entering the iron-gated drive into Chateau Sainte Michelle’s scenic acreage in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. No budding vineyards stretched off toward the horizon, but the estate’s historic reception center echoes the elegance of Old World wineries. As Washington state’s founding winery, now marketing more than two million cases a year of white wine alone, how could it not merit reckoning as a peer of Europe’s leading chateaus?
As my JetBlue 757 flew into Seattle Washington’s airspace on my first, albeit short visit, I was deeply impressed by the lush greenery surrounding the city. Coming from a New York City background, I loved strolling the downtown area and seeing all the different shops and eateries.
There are many reasons to love Switzerland: the Alps, skiing, the scenic beauty. But consider these other reasons to visit this country of just eight million people: chocolate, cheese and wine, and many of them can only be found in Switzerland. Traveling around Switzerland is supremely easy given the well-regarded trains, and yes, they do run on time.
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.
On the outside, Hof Weissbad features the traditional, majestic gabled roof commonly found in Swiss architecture. But the inside of the hotel is decorated with a dazzling, modern decor, with attractive glass-enclosed elevators. When our group from the IFWTWA arrived, we were pleasantly surprised…
For some years, as lobster fishing stabilized and other industries deteriorated, Portland’s fortunes deteriorated along with them. The area along its downtown coastal streets was considered quite unsafe after dark. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a son of Portland, may have turned over in his proverbial grave.
I’ve lived in the Temecula Valley for nearly eight years now. I wasn’t aware of how much I hadn’t seen until last week’s visit by a group of writers from the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. I was introduced to this outstanding organization at a luncheon at Thornton Winery last year. I joined shortly after the luncheon and took my first trip with them this past January, a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. When I heard they were planning a Temecula tour, I decided to toss my hat in the ring and see if I could join the group.