Category: Interviews

Talking Luxury Home Rentals with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande of Passepartout Homes

Think five-star hotels and resorts are the only accommodation options for luxury holidays? The ever-increasing trend of renting privately owned villas, apartments, châteaux and homes has led to a growing number of luxury choices for travelers accustomed to the very best. For some insight into high-end holiday rentals, I chatted via Skype with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, owner of Passepartout Homes. Currently living in London with her husband and two daughters, Paola is originally from Italy where she graduated from the Catholic University of Milan with degrees in Russian and German literature and social psychology. After working in...

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Lillian Africano Has Changed With the Market and Stays on Top

In 2006, I was fortunate to meet Lillian Africano. At that time, she was President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, and Lillian went on to be President of the Society of American Travel Writers. In addition, she has been an active member of other prestigious writing organizations. Her experience is impressive. Lillian has navigated the transition from newsroom to the virtual office and from typewriters to computers. For me, she has been a mentor. My focus had been business writing and incentive programs, but reading Lillian’s work helped me bring stories to life. She can...

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Long Island Artist Found Kindred Spirits with Cirque du Soleil

  Marilyn Green, a visual artist residing on Long Island, captures the essence of her subject and allows you to feel her sense of life. Others must feel the same, as her works are in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, Spain, France and Croatia. Green’s work reflects her immense talent and relationship to humankind. Green has taught art, art history and writing in numerous universities and colleges, lectured and has degrees in painting and music. She was also a President’s Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. Many of her figures exhibit a resemblance to Cirque...

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Tel Aviv’s Influence on Swayy Founders

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know by now that content has become paramount in the race for being noticed online. While social media is still important, it is shifting, even maturing. It’s not just for humorous quips anymore. Looking for the content to fill your social media channels can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the time to create it yourself. That’s where Swayy comes in. Longtime friends Ohad Frankfurt, Swayy’s CEO, and Lior Degani, VP of Marketing, created Swayy with Oz Katz, chief technology officer, and Shlomi Babluki, chief scientist, all former...

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Featured Contributor – Leah Walker

Every month we will feature one of our writers so you can gain some insight into our talented consortium. Each has their individual style and perspective, which we would like to share. For our first featured contributor we selected Leah Walker. It wasn’t a tough decision as her work is outstanding and she is full of surprises, we never know where she will end up next, traveling from one continent to another.  Her passion for travel is infectious her interview provides an interesting insight to what drives her to keep discovering new worlds. Leah exhibits her exceptional talent as...

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Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja: An Interview with Visionaries

Every wine enthusiast is familiar with Riedel Glass and lovers of fine Italian wines know Gaja Winery. I recently attended a wine tasting hosted by these two industry greats and had an opportunity to sit down with the owners of both companies–Georg Riedel and Angelo Gaja. The once-in-a-lifetime experience was pure pleasure as I listened to the stories of these two visionaries. When I met the two men–the calm, mild-mannered Austrian Riedel and the energetic, ever-moving Italian Gaja–I immediately felt as if I was the center of their universe. The two had an easy banter back and forth that...

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Canyon Ranch’s Chef Giovanni Arias wins The 2013 Healthy Chef Award

Layering flavor is a cooking term that covers combining, expanding, and intensifying flavors which is just one of many techniques Executive Chef Giovanni Arias uses to create the scrumptious, lower-calorie menu served at Miami’s Canyon Ranch Grill. I thoroughly enjoyed Chef G’s healthier renditions of everything from crab eggs Benedict with creole sauce, the totally addictive, crispy (from grilling not frying) yucca fries dipped in a lively habanero cilantro sauce, and a so-decadently-rich-I-still-can’t-believe-it’s-only-210-calories, Black Forest molten cake with brandied cherries, that I nicknamed him the ‘flavor whisperer’. Obviously I’m not the only one who feel this way since Chef...

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Executive Chef Bryan Dame of the Tides Beach Club

   Chef Bryan Dame has been partial to New England for over fifteen years. A graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Dame’s cooking combines the freshest local ingredients, traditional family recipes and modern technique. Starting out as Sous Chef at Simon Pearce in Vermont, Dame worked in several different capacities through the years.From Simon Pearce, Bryan spent time cooking at different inns and restaurants including the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA; Opus 251 in Philadelphia; Traditions Restaurant at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New Hampshire; and the Lyme Inn in Lyme, NH.As Executive Chef at the Tides...

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