Browsing: FOOD & WINE

International Food & Wine Writing and Photography

DESTINATIONS Exploring South Africa's Cape Winelands, South Africa, Cape Winelands
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You’ll find no better way to round out a trip to Cape Town than to ramble out to the Cape Winelands. Less than an hour’s drive away, the countryside offers a welcome counterpoint to Cape Town’s urban vibe. Three…

DESTINATIONS San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Matilda, mural walkway, Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Mexico
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Story and Photos by Lee Daley For a soul soothing stay in San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Matilda, the “hotel different,” is an eye-opener. When you travel to a Mexican colonial city that has been designated a World Heritage Site,…

DESTINATIONS Chardonnay & croquet, Croquet lawn, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Russian River, Sonoma County, Windsor, CA
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Story by Lee Daley.  Photos by John Sundsmo and Lee Daley Sonoma County is known for its excellent Chardonnay wines and those produced at Sonoma Cutrer Winery are no exception. Tucked away on a lush hillside in Windsor, Sonoma Cutrer…

Cruise Dinner at Sea with Holland America Line, our cruise ship awaits as we explore Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line, Nieuw Amsterdam,
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“Where are we eating next?” became the favorite game my husband and I played during our brief four-night cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau aboard Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at sea gave us ample opportunity…

DESTINATIONS diverse culture of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage site, wooden junk with dragon prow
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Traveling from Hanoi to Saigon during the month of December, a time of warm and balmy weather, I felt completely immersed in the diverse culture of Vietnam. My travel companion and I used Hanoi and Saigon as bases, fanning out into…

DESTINATIONS Lake County: A Sweet Spot Getaway north of San Francisco, Olive Groves at Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill,Olive Groves at Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill, Kelseyville, CA, Lake County
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Lake County:  Northern California’s Sweet Spot Story and Photos By Lee Daley Drive a few hours north of downtown San Francisco and a different world awaits. On a recent weekend getaway, my city stress lessened and lessened, almost in layers,…

DESTINATIONS La Cocina Que Canta, young chef
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Story and Photos by Guest Columnist Stephanie Levin. Snippets of independent, quiet conversations from our little band of hikers erupted as an umbrella of oak trees narrowed to a dirt trail that ascended, descended, twisted and ascended again before leveling…

DESTINATIONS Georgós Nu Wines, Greek red wine, organic, hand harvested, Georgós Nu Wines imports grapes from Greece where they are shipped to the US and blended, then bottled in Sonoma, CA. Some of the grapes are grown here in Santorini on ancient, old-growth vines. vines
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A mythological wine tasting with Georgós Nu Wines “Come.Taste my wines and experience the glory of Greece.” So said Georgós Zanganas, company founder of Georgós Nu Wines. And so our small group of wine lovers gathered in San Francisco to…

DESTINATIONS In Kauai, a bumper crop of food trucks, rainbow over the ocean, beach combing on Kauai's north shore
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The Hawaiian island of Kauai serves up cuisine that is both hot and cool. Hot as in haute and cool as in food trucks. Any stay on the Garden Isle offers a cornucopia of dining choices and so, on a…

DESTINATIONS Palm Springs, Heart sculptures at the Palm Springs Art Museum patio, Palm Springs indulges the Senses.
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Approaching Palm Springs, that desert oasis nestled between two mountains–the Santa Rosa to the south and the San Jacinto to the west—I knew a treat was in store. The scent of sagebrush carried on the wings of clean desert air…

Death Valley National Park Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, nature's pallette
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It’s early morning and I have spent the last 10 minutes admiring the light and shadows on a small brave bush somewhere alongside the road to Furnace Creek in Death Valley, a place my husband and I have come to…

DESTINATIONS Copenhagen in The Danish Girl's Footsteops, Sidewalk cafes, Copenhagen, Denmark city sights
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A true Epicurean knows when to save and when to splurge and it’s easy to do both in Copenhagen, one of Europe’s most elegant cities. By seeking out free and affordable opportunities without sacrificing quality you’ll be able to set…

DESTINATIONS Romantic Kaui, Hawaii's Garden Isla, Kauai beach
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More than five million years ago, Mother Nature swept over the Pacific Ocean and in a burst of hormonal ecstasy. created the first of the Hawaiian Islands, that green pearl of paradise called Kauai. Caressed by warm tropical breezes, Kauai’s…

DESTINATIONS Casa Majani Resort, Sunset
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Approaching Punta de Mita on a bright fall day, the flawless sky a cerulean blue, I knew I was in for something special. The warm breeze felt like a caress; its clarity etched the curves of the Sierra Madre Mountains…

DESTINATIONS Oaxaca: A collage of culture and cuisine, Oaxaca Cafe Culture, Flute player and guitarist serenade cafe patrons
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Oaxaca’s appeal is so fundamental it’s a wonder this southern state of Mexico and its mile-high capital, Oaxaca [pronounced wah-HA-ka]  City, are not more traveled. Blessed with year-round temperate climate, nearby archeological ruins, distinctive cuisine and magnificent artisan handicrafts, the…

FOOD & WINE Limewood Bar & Restaurant, Claremont Club & Spa
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Berkeley food Claremont Club & Spa, an urban resort in the Berkeley Hills, has long been a draw for its spectacular setting and club amenities. Now, a new option offers another reason to visit as the Claremont welcomes Limewood Bar…

DESTINATIONS Downtown Napa: Sipping and Savoring., Angele Restaurant, rustic French fare in an old boathouse
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If you haven’t checked into Downtown Napa’s vibe for some time, you’re in for quite a treat.  The city is experiencing a thriving renaissance with an explosion of new restaurants, wine tasting rooms, nightlife and trendy shops. For good measure,…

Boston dining around Boston
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On a recent visit, I explored Boston’s culinary scene and came away impressed with the distinctly diverse dining options available in this seacoast city. Along with a memorable meal, I looked for an ambiance that was quirky, artistic or historic,…

DESTINATIONS Head "Down East" for Maine Lobster, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Barnacle Billy's, Maine lobster
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Lee Daley The expletive, “get crackin,!” takes on new meaning when faced with a Maine lobster. A culinary challenge worth every crunch, consuming the Homerus americanus known more colloquially as the American lobster, is a rewarding hands-on experience. Considered the…

DESTINATIONS Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma, Yangon, Myanmar, Rangon Renaissance,
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Burma is now on many world travelers’ “A” list.  With the release of Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and her subsequent triumphant election campaign, tourism to the country is at an all-time high. Decades of…

DESTINATIONS Chef Greg Gaspar, Sheraton Maui, fine dining Maui, chef interview, chef recipe.Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Executive Chef Greg Gaspar
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I talked recently with Chef Greg Gaspar at the Sheraton Maui Resort to ask him about his early introduction to cooking and the influences that have defined his culinary philosophy. We sat oceanside at Sheraton’s Cliff Dive Grill with its…