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[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 […]

Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[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 […]

Hints for Happier Travels

Great Take-Along Find

Drink Up! You Won’t Spill a Thing Whether it’s coffee, ice tea or water, it doesn’t matter. There’s a better than average chance I’ll find a way to slop it, drip it or knock it over entirely. This is especially true when I travel. But about a year ago, Contigo Autoseal mugs came to my […]

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 […]

Road Reads

Fifty Shades of Love

Me Before You ~ by JoJo Moyes “Me Before You” is a novel about a young man who has everything until he finds himself paralyzed from the neck down. Enter his new female caregiver. Now, just forget everything you’ve ever read about battered boy meets gutsy girl – they don’t hit it off, then they […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Famous Flavors of Montreal:

A Day’s Worth of Meals from Three World-Renowned Casual Eateries Montreal, Quebec is a captivating city. It has a charming historic district, a vibrant downtown area, a mountain in the middle and some of the finest restaurants in North America. But the foods with which I grew up have nothing to do with foie gras, […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #001] – World’s Oldest Working Restaurant

Quality is Timeless at this Madrid Landmark Calle Cuchilleros, in Madrid’s Old City, is the location for the oldest working restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Sobrino de Botin was founded by a French chef in 1725, and is now owned by Antonio González and his two brothers, who serve up […]