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Romantic Getaway in Burgundy France

Move over Paris, Burgundy has stolen my heart. France is for lovers and if your thoughts of a stroll along the Seine leave you daydreaming for romance, let your mind wander to the French countryside. Not sure where to settle your thoughts? Let me give you a nudge in the right direction. Make your way to Chef Katherine Frelon’s La Ferme de La Lochere gourmet culinary getaway, and you’ll enjoy a week of intimate and delicious delights. Your romantic escape starts as you board an express train from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Montbard station. The complexities of...

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Heard Museum, An Icon of Phoenix and Native American Culture

Recently, when some friends visited, they were interested in learning more about native culture. Our first thought was The Heard Museum. Phoenix has many world-class museums, but the Heard is outstanding with its descriptions of all aspects of Native American life. Since they had done their homework and showed us the Heard had three Michelin stars in their guidebook, they were pleased with our choice. The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is nationally renowned for its collections that illustrate the culture, past and present, of Native Americans, especially in the Southwest. Its 1929 founding was intended to...

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Emeril Reacts to Fisher’s Menu in Orange Beach, Alabama

Two days before Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina opened to the public, Emeril Lagasse tied up his yacht within walking distance to the restaurant. A big game fishing enthusiast, he was there for the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. Johnny Fisher invited Emeril ashore to check out his new menu. Back in the kitchen, Johnny’s team was anxiously lighting ovens and firing up kitchen equipment for the very first time. Stress levels were high. Emeril accepted Johnny’s offer bringing his crew of eight along as well. “There was no time to treat Emeril as anything but another restaurant guy,” Fisher...

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Sarasota, Florida: Circus, Culinary & Culture Galore

All I knew about Florida was the hip, albeit slightly exhausting, party scene in South Beach and the family-oriented, albeit really exhausting, activities around Orlando. And then I discovered the southwestern coast of Florida, in particular, Sarasota, which is called Florida’s “Cultural Coast” for good reason. Add in the pristine, white-sandy beaches, the burgeoning culinary scene, a wide selection of glam hotels, dozens of performing arts venues, glorious sunshine, and you have yourself a perfect winter getaway spot. To Do: Join the Circus When John Ringling brought the circus to town in 1927, I wonder if he knew that...

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Club Seabourne Lobster and Plantains Recipe

The newly remodeled Club Seabourne on Culebra Island draws one in. Blessed with great reviews, it is surpassing expectations of all who visit — and we were lucky enough to have the chef share his recipe for Fresh Culebra Island Lobster with Cassava. Fresh Culebra Island Lobster with Cassava and Plantains (Yield: 2 servings) Ingredients: 1 Lobster of 2 pounds 1/2 pound of cooked cassava (yucca) 1/2 green pepper finely chopped 1/2 red pepper finely chopped 1/2 white onion finely chopped 1 Tbsp of cilantro finely chopped 3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp of apple vinegar...

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Teton Springs Lodge, Victor, Idaho is Year-Round Resort

Driving east from Boise, Idaho, I headed on a five and a half hour trek toward Grand Tetons National Park, those ethereal crystalline mountains in northwestern Wyoming. Although driving alone, I felt enveloped by “big sky” almost the entire trip.  Raised on the East Coast, I was not used to the sheer openness of landscape and it produced a profound sense of awe. I felt small and humbled by the grandeur of nature all around me. When I left the interstate for the back roads, I encountered such dramatic scenery, all I wanted to do was stop the car,...

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Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach

My 12-step program for Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach.  On a recent trip to Suriname, I had to fly from San Francisco to Miami to catch my international flight. I was just going to book a no-brainer airport overnight (which usually ranks somewhere between unmemorable to downright unpleasant) when I remembered that there was a Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. I had so thoroughly enjoyed my stay at “ The Ranch” in Tucson that I thought this could offer a healthy sleepover between flights. It turned out to be a brilliant move. Follow my...

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Oregon Truffle Festival, Dogs, Growers, and Gourmands and Recipe

Since 2009, I’ve seen press releases on the Oregon Truffle Festival (OTF), held every January.  This year it is January 24-26th. OTF has always been of interest, as I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate truffles. After getting my down coat and pants for the holidays, I was able to cover “The Culinarian Experience” track at OTF in Eugene, Oregon in 2013 and highly recommend it for 2014 truffle lovers. While a gourmet experience was expected, the opportunity of my meeting growers, owners and trainers of truffle dogs, research scientists, and worldwide truffle experts provided an exceptional weekend. The majority of...

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4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 17-20, 2014

  I don’t know about you, but I always thought it was criminal that the 12 days of Christmas don’t include a gift of truffles. I’d so kick those noisy “calling birds” to the curb and replace them with a basket of these fragrant fungi. If your sig other is any sort of foodie and you need a very last minute gift, there’s still time to score tickets to the 4th Annual Napa Truffle Festival , January 17-20, 2014. The American Truffle Company returns to Napa with the fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival – bringing together two complementary aspects...

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Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Christmas Market

Early spring, I was fortunate to have an inexpensive ticket to Frankfurt and ended up discovering Wiesbaden. The city, with its friendly residents, festivals and beauty, captured my heart. I had to share this historic find with my husband. December found us back in Wiesbaden for the Twinkling Star Christmas Market. After checking in at the Hotel Radisson SAS Schwarzer Bock, we bundled up and ventured out to the excitement of Schlossplatz, which was transformed by the Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market. Walking the streets while sipping gluhwein (mulled spiced hot wine) in the cold allowed the holiday spirit...

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Tierra Patagonia – Luxury At The End Of The Earth

Our adventure’s luxe base camp was at the five star Tierra Patagonia which is the very manifestation of “organic elegance”.  Designed by chilean architect Cazu Zegers, it is built of smooth and rough hewn lenga wood and glass. The hotel curves and flows with the wind along the top of a small hill that overlooks Lake Sarmiento and the world famous Towers, those craggy mountain peaks that so uniquely define the park.

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Chef Mathew Macartney of Chateau Yering Shares an Intriguing Salad Plate

While exploring the Australian Yarra Valley wine region, I was able to experience the five star, heritage- listed Victorian mansion. Chateau Yering, sitting on 250 acres, is a member of Relais & Chateaux. In the parlor, while enjoying scones and tea, I discovered Head Chef Mathew Macartney. Mathew oversees the Sweetwater Café and Elenore’s, a One Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide. Elenore’s has won numerous awards since Mathew arrived. He has also been a celebrity chef on Silversea’s cruise line the past two years. Chef Macartney’s talent speaks for itself in the recipe he chose to...

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