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[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 […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[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 […]

Hints for Happier Travels

Pack Like a Pro and Lighten Your Travel Load:

How to Go from Checked Baggage to Carry-On Without Sacrificing a Thing. Of all the necessary components that go into getting ready for a trip, packing is my least favorite, most frustrating, and the chore that always ends up as a last-minute dash. The results? Unpacking everything and repacking in a larger suitcase, when sitting […]

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 […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #048]

Don’t Leave the Runway Without It. Have you ever landed in a unfamiliar city without a friend or relative to turn to and wondered how the heck you were going to get to the city center? We have, and it can be a real pain, unless our hotel happens to have a shuttle. But today, […]

Road Reads

The Kite Runner ~ by Khaled Hosseini:

So Disturbing and Inspiring, You Can’t Switch It Off Betrayal, guilt and a chance for redemption are the themes that flow like blood through this 2003 novel about fathers, sons, friends and 30 years of the tragedy that is Afghanistan. The summer of 2006 found us traveling back and forth between Atlanta and New Bern […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[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 […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[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 […]

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 […]