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AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town Wine Flights - It is well known that the Western Cape is the hallowed ground for premier wine estates. The first vineyard in the Cape was planted by Jan van Riebeeck in 1655 at the foot of Table Mountain.  Cape Town has encroached on most of these pioneer wine farms, but on the lee side (wetter side) of the mountain is Constantia, where smaller vineyards produce award winning labels.

Historic Grapes at Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Capetown - There is no better location for discovering the Cape’s vintages than from the Georgia-style Vineyard Hotel and Spa, which was the wine estate of Lady Anne Barnard, which was built in 1799 and then turned into a luxury hotel during the Victorian age, the third oldest hostelry in the Cape, and the sister property to another famous wine lands hotel in the Stellenbosch area, the d'Ouwe Werf Hotel (the oldest hotel in all South Africa).

DINNER CRUISES

Boston Tea Party on Yacht StarShip - Sunlight cascades across Boston Harbor as the Yacht StarShip gently cuts through the water. Not only is this two and a half hour excursion relaxing, it’s the perfect way to gain a unique perspective on one of America’s most beautiful and historic cities.

Dinner Cruise From Chicago's Navy Pier on The Odyssey -
During the Lunch Cruise, the Amethyst, Sapphire, and Topaz Decks herald three piece bands with vocalists offering a broad repertoire.

The Spirit of New York - awaits us for a grand adventure. The 7:30 p.m. sailing of the Spirit of New York cruise ship left Chelsea Pier 61 in Manhattan to provide its passengers with dinner, entertainment, and breathtaking city skyline views for three hours on both the Hudson River and East River.

COOKING SCHOOLS

Make Your Mouth Happy - The New Orleans School of Cooking - For over twenty years, in a renovated molasses warehouse dating back to the early 1800s, four amazing chefs have been helping hundreds of thousands of people have fun, learn about New Orleans history and culture, and most importantly, how to make their mouths happy. 

Manger Paris- Les Promenades Gourmandes
Madame Paule Caillat is une vraie cuisenaire, an experienced Parisian cooking teacher and food consultant who owns and operates Les Promenades Gourmandes. This intimate one-day French cooking experience includes a shopping excursion and hands-on preparation of several dishes followed by a sit-down luncheon complete with wine and good company.

CARIBBEAN

Hello and Welcome to Boots in Grenada - Every once in a while a foodie will slip you the name of an out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-path restaurant, then reinforce the message with, “Not to be missed.” Boots, located in St. George’s inside a home on the Caribbean island of Grenada is just such a place.

Grenada's Callaloo Soup A dining staple on the nutmeg island. Learn not only how to make it, but get a low down on other Caribbean Creole cuisines with insights from the chefs of the Caribbean. Grenada is the home of the largest nutmeg harvests outside Indonesia.

Dining with Virgins
The U.S. Virgin Islands are a taste treat for the Starving Artists or the St. Croix Food Fair. The flyiing fish are frying. The yellowtail is grilling. The Carnival is coming. Check out the latest gourmand restaurant treats on all three of the main islands and then book your next culinary experience online.

Captain Bligh's Bloody Breadfruit
The Mutiny On The Bounty was only one violent tale in the long history of the infamous captain. He actually lost more ships than the Bounty. This Blue Mountain tale recounts hot baths, breadfruit gardens, runaway Maroons, and British history on the island of Jamaica. Yah, mon, and pass the sky-juice!

Fine Dining On St. Thomas My favorite restaurant discovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands is Herve Chassin's French Restaurant and Wine Bar, a homey, upscale, family-owned, Government Hill attraction with panoramic views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

EUROPE

FRANCE

A Lot of Parisian Chocolat - Ah, Paris! Strolling along the Seine, window shopping on Avenue Montaigne, gazing at the Mona Lisa. Sure, you can do all those things (and at some point, you should!). Moi, however? Well, on my most recent visit, I had another goal in mind . . . sample as many of Paris’ legendary chocolate and pastry shops as I could (without making myself sick, or a candidate for the South Beach diet when I returned)!

IRELAND

More Mead M'Lord - The Medieval ages have returned to Ireland as the Earl of Thomond guides us up a serpentine stairway tunnel carved in the entrails of the limestone fortress, debouching into the Great Hall, or clan gathering place in the center of the Castle. The Ladies of the Castle await with warm medieval mugs of mead.

Fresh Fare From The Food Isle - It has been said that in the early 1980s Irish cuisine started to change for the better. Always blessed with naturally wonderful ingredients, chefs started a revolution incorporating nouvelle cuisine, flavors and techniques of the world, and then all roads leading to a new level of ever evolving spectacular Irish fare.

MEXICO

Bountiful Banderas Bay Comida in Puerto Vallarta - In one of the oldest buildings in Puerto Vallarta, Los Xitomates is landscape-inspired earth tones, wooden beams and furniture of tropical parota hardwood, white Mexican textured cotton tablecloths, the warmth of candlelight and soft jazz, original contemporary Mexican artwork, and High Mexican cuisine.

Air and Hotel PackagesBienvenidos a Vinos de Baja Mexico is known for its tequila and cerveza but the country's burgeoning wine industry may one day give these traditional beverages stiff competition. As Mexican wineries gain recognition in the global wine community, wine tourism to the producing regions are quickly becoming a popular reason to visit the diverse country.

Oaxaca, Mexico Radish Festival There is only one Festival of the Radishes, a wacky, creative display and contest of radishes-turned-artistry. Visit Mexico for this unique celebration.


Food and Drink Blog

USA, CANADA

ARIZONA

Slow Food in Flagstaff - Slow Food is a movement that embraces locally grown and raised organic products. This applies to raising poultry, cattle, lamb, goats, ostrich – fish, animals, bees – creatures large and small are treated to humane living conditions. The food tastes better, it contains more nutrients, and in the long run, eating becomes more enjoyable.


California Food and Wine

FLORIDA & THE SOUTH


Daytona Dining Delights - Dancing Avocado Kitchen is a health concept eatery similar to some fast food establishment but with real food. The menu is 75 percent vegetarian with some chicken and one beef item, the Famous Dave Burger. 

Tampa Food and Wine Festival - the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival was held at the historic 1928 five-star Don Cesar, a Loews Hotel.   This famous unique “pink” hotel with an amazing history oozes luxury from its perfect beachfront setting to its impeccable touch of class attitude. Business guests and vacationers will be spoiled rotten with indulgences in every corner starting with frozen grapes delivered to their poolside lounge chairs.

True Grits - Atlanta Cuisine Explosion - If I were limited to one word I’d probably have to say “grits”.  Trouble is, I don’t like grits.  Never did.  That is, until now.  For anyone who does not cotton to corn meal mush and feels guilty about it, may I suggest you take that weight off your shoulders at a Peachtree Street eatery called Dogwood?  Try—just try it, believe me, you’ll like it!—the opening course Grits Bar.

Miami Cuisine is TropiCOOL The summer continues with Soul Beach Music Festival at the American Airlines Arena June 6-8 in downtown Miami. Independence Day (July 4) festivities all over the destination - from America's Birthday Bash in Bayfront Park to the Florida Philharmonic performing on the sand in South Beach -offers visitors many opportunities to get into the American spirit with fireworks, food and music.

HAWAII

Bali By The Sea At Waikiki - The stroll from our room to the restaurant was accompanied by the eerie "hoooo" of conch shells and the rhythm of island drums heralding the sunset. Around us torches were being lit throughout the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa.

ILLINOIS

Last Minute TravelAround The World on A Grapevine - Lynfred Winery In Chicago - For over 25 winemaking years, Lynfred Winery and Bed and Breakfast has been ever improving at its 15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, Illinois location. Not only is it the oldest winery in the state of Illinois, but it has been the culmination of the passion of a visionary husband and wife team, Lyn and Fred.

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MIDWEST

Michigan Mushroom Mania - Let's hunt for mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Michigan. It is fall, afterall, and the colors are brilliant.

Sooner or Later You Will Sip OK Vintages Yes, there is a new grape growing region in the United States that is expected to produce new vintages and some rare pressings. The wines of Oklahoma have only been on the market for a few years, and new vineyards are under cultivation, so tip your flute for some fresh fruit fantasies.

NEW ENGLAND

Cuisine Escape at Scampo Boston - Scampo, on the first floor of the Liberty Hotel in Boston, has been transformed into a comfortable, elegant Italian restaurant, while it exudes a modern aesthetic retaining elements of the Victorian Charles Street jail.

L'Etoile - Gourmet Treasure on Martha's Vineyard - At L’etoile, Michael Brisson’s wonderful creations are served in stylish surroundings inspired primarily by his wife, Joan Parzanese. Whether by flickering candlelight in the glass-canopied conservatory dining room or beneath the stars on the terrace enclosed by ivy-covered lattice, her flawless taste extends to the smallest detail: Brentwood chairs, crisp white linen, and gold-trim bone china. The gold-star motif extends to the menus, napkin rings, and upholstered chairs, all coming together to establish a refined atmosphere.

Zagat Survey: Topper's Is Best On The Cape & Islands - On a recent weekend at The Wauwinet we found ourselves settled comfortably onto Topper's Bayview Terrace, a glass of 2001 Bourgogne Blanc Aligote in hand and a delightful looking plate of Topper's tasting-style luncheon awaiting our review.

NEW YORK

Charity Tastes Devine In New York City - On May 19, 2004 Share our Strength hosted its 17th Annual gala charity benefit, "Taste of the Nation: NYC 2004, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, featuring New York City's most celebrated chefs and restaurants in a worldwide fight against hunger. This year's event was co-sponsored by Jenn-Air and American Express.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Fine Dining in the Nation's Capital - Ceiba - Washington , D.C. has been harboring a secret for the last decade; a secret that is getting harder and harder to keep from the nation.  Alhough D.C. was noted as a magnet for excellent ethnic cuisine in the past, it never savored a reputation for fine dining.

WASHINGTON STATE

Gorge-ous Grapes Along the Columbia River - As a native Washingtonian, I thought I knew all about the cities and towns and rural areas of the state. I knew that the Columbia River (now the official border between the Pacific Northwest’s Oregon and Washington states) was Lewis and Clark’s watery road to the Pacific Ocean. I knew Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it, Roll On, Columbia.

Awe Maize Taste - Seattle's Barrio - This is not your father’s Mexican restaurant. This is high Mexican cuisine (alta cocina mexicana) at its finest. Capitol Hill’s Barrio restaurant, which opened in December 2008 in the vibrant Pike Pine Triangle neighborhood, is already a popular hit.

Signature Vietnamese Cuisine In Seattle - The story of the Ly family’s rise to success in America is a testament to the American Dream with a happy ending—they have opened an upscale Vietnamese restaurant, The Signature, in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.

40 Years in Space The Seattle Space Needle was constructed in 1962 for the International World's Fair. The SkyCity has been revolving around food ever since, and Kevin Fansler gives you his report on fine dining in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle's El Gaucho Steakhouse The steak surveys are in. This preface is to explain that I don't really understand the bewildering variety of ways that you can get your steak prepared for you at El Gaucho in Seattle, but I know what I like. The great thing about El Gaucho is that they are prepared to serve "Baseball Cuts," "Porterhouse," "Frenched," etc.


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