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[Weekly WOW #068] Chocolat by Adam Turoni:

Meet Savannah’s Master of Edible Art. Remember what I once said about looking for the surprises? This is one of my favorite mantras, because the awareness that some unexpected delight might be hiding in plain view, waiting to be discovered, has led me to more than my share of enriching experiences. Well this is a […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #049] Take Three Sips of “Three Ships” at Adams County Winery:

Converting Southern Pennsylvania’s Bounty of Luscious Fruit into Delectable Wines. My no-fail slow cooker pot roast was fall-apart tender, and the potatoes, carrots and peppers were done to a turn. As we sat down at our dinner table with good friends, Simon poured the wine bearing the whimsical name, “Three Ships to the Wind”. We […]

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[Weekly WOW #041] The Barcelona Tapas Trek:

More Fun Than a Pub Crawl, and You Get to Eat. To the casual eye, our group probably looked like any other knot of tourists exploring Barcelona, but history and architecture weren’t on the agenda. Maris, our Estonian-born Tapas Experience Tour guide, had promised us a WOW of an evening, and she was about to […]

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[Weekly WOW #040] Les Halles Market in Avignon, France:

Treat Your Senses to the Ultimate Buffet. Stepping into the Avignon Market is similar to intruding on a foodie fantasy on steroids. Even before your senses can begin to take it all in, your brain is saying, WOW! It was our last day in Avignon, and Simon and I were anticipating – with less than […]

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

[Weekly WOW #030] Panamonte Reserva XXV:

So Exquisite, You’ll Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Rum. Once upon a time, I believed that the nirvana of sipping rum had been reached with my first taste of Ron del Barrilito, a smooth and flavorful rum from Puerto Rico. Then I was offered a glass of Panamonte XXV, and all I could […]

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[Weekly WOW #022] Carménère Wine from Chile:

Carmenere wine - the bottle

The Grape that Wouldn’t Die When you visit a winery, you expect – or at least hope – to taste some very good wine. But when one of the best wines you’ve ever tasted falls out of a powder blue Panamanian sky, all you can say is WOW! Yesterday began as one of those ordinary […]

Food & Beverage / Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #021] Kadma Winery in Israel:

Amphoras at the Kadma Winery

An Ancient Fermentation Process Yields an Exceptional Experience for the Modern Palate Our 2013 visit with my family in Israel held many wondrous experiences. One of several on our first day was a visit to the Kadma Winery in the heart of the Judean Hills, where the fermentation method, the owner and the wine all […]

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[Weekly WOW #019] Discovering Bangers and Mash in England:

Evolution of a Family Christmas Tradition My first Christmas in England with the in-laws was fun, festive, interesting and only a tiny bit stressful. Having grown up with no Christmas traditions of any kind, I was eager to embrace those of Simon’s family, including the set-in-stone bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) on Christmas […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / North America

The Turkey Trot:

Thanksgiving On the Road Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The best way to spend it? At home, cooking a huge feast for our family, good friends and – as in recent years – a couple of young Marines from Camp Lejeune as part of our community’s Thanksgiving with the Marines annual event. But […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #010] Arendtsville, PA

Small-Town Sunshine Trumps Moonshine Any Day We were in The N.E.W. A-Ville Inn, in search of a lead to some good Pennsylvania moonshine, but what we found was a WOW of a different kind. On our last full day in Gettysburg, PA, Simon, Otto and I found ourselves in an area of southern Pennsylvania where […]