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Europe / Food & Beverage

Camembert and Livarot:

Village of Camembert

Two of the Cheesiest Villages in Normandy. The Camembert was at it’s peak: smooth and creamy on the inside with a firm skin. I took a bite. The flavor was mild with a slight tang. Once upon a time it would have been pure perfection. But that was before I tasted Camembert de Normandy in […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Turning Up the Heat and Hospitality in Historic St. Augustine:

Signage at the New Location

Discover Datils and Other Good Eats at Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café. As Sherry Stoppelbein snapped our picture, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. But Simon and I were committed to earning our spot on Hot Shot Bakery N’ Cafe’s Wall of Flame, so we each took a bite of Datil Popper… and smiled. Yes, […]

Accommodation / Food & Beverage / North America / Travel / Travel Tips

Hotel Pur, Quebec City:

Updated Room at Hotel Pur, Quebec City

Where every detail says “Bienvenue” The entire hotel was under major renovation, and Simon and I expected a certain amount of chaos and inconvenience. What we found instead was a warm welcome and a peek into the bright future of Hotel Pur. Ironically, Hotel PUR wasn’t even on our radar when we were planning our […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #091] Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room:

The Building that Houses Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, GA

No Visit to Savannah Could Be Complete Without It. It was Summer, 1988, and we were sweltering in Savannah, GA. Our boys were seven and five, and we had taken them to Hilton head, SC for a week at the beach. By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all itching for a bit of […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #082] Panamanian Roadside Dining:

It May Not Be Fast Food, But It Definitely is Good Food. The car thermometer read 38 degrees. This might be considered to have been on the cool side, except for the fact that in Panama, temperature is measured in celsius. Yes, it was around 100 degrees fahrenheit on the road back to Boquete after […]

Food & Beverage / Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly Wow #080] Pepo Brewery in Israel:

Moti Bohadana’s Unique Way of Honoring the Women in His Life. There are many nations that come to mind at the mention of better-than-average beer: Ireland, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and, thanks to the proliferation of microbreweries, the United states, to name a few. But Israel? It would have never entered my mind until […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #079] A Box of Chox in Boquete, Panama:

How a Los Angeles Attorney Turned Her love of Chocolate into Profit. The first time I met Deborah Gershon, she was offering samples of her handmade chocolate from behind a vendor’s table at the weekly Tuesday Market in Boquete. That tiny bite gave such a jolt of pleasure to my taste buds, I had to […]

Food & Beverage / Hints for Happier Travels

7 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Hungry Travelers:

Feed Your Face Without Emptying Your Wallet. Do you love to travel, but the cost of feeding yourself and/or the family while on vacation makes you lose your appetite? Here are some tips to help keep you and your bank account full. 1. A taste of home: It may sound obvious, but bring as much […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #075] Celebrating Ceviche in Panama City, Panama:

Good Things Come in Small Styrofoam Cups. It was naked as the day it was caught. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. First, the shell and vein had been removed. And then there was the citrus in which it was “cooked,” the hot sauce and the small amount of chopped onion. All I knew […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #073[ King Trumpet Mushrooms at Sioux Falls Farmers Market: 

When an Enterprising Young Man Nurtures Friendly Fungi, Good Things Grow. On a sunny Sioux Falls, SD Saturday morning, Simon, Otto and I were enjoying a stroll through the weekly farmers market, when our WOW sensors detected a find. In this case, the WOW turned out to be a table bearing king trumpet mushrooms, and […]