Posts by Liz Boudreau

Hiking the Hills of Cortona

Hiking the Hills of Cortona

We woke early in the morning and set out for the trails that meander through the woods of Cortona. Our guide, Dino, was waiting for us at the corner of Strada Provinciale Umbro Cortonese near the Church of Santa Margherita. Dino was the portrait of a quintessential Italian outdoorsman. Decked out in impeccable hiking gear,…

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Chef Chats: Jean Joho’s Christmastime in Alsace

Chef Jean Joho is known across the globe for having made an indelible mark on the culinary world with his exquisite personal cuisine. Joho humbly entered the profession as a six-year-old, peeling vegetables in his aunt’s restaurant kitchen in Alsace, France. His formal training began as a 13-year-old apprentice for Paul Haeberlin of the acclaimed…

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Your Guide to Slow Travel

Slow travel, extended travel, long term travel… whatever you want to call it, sometimes it’s just nice to pause and soak up your surroundings while traveling. Slow travel is loosely defined as way of travel that encourages you to live like a local, dive into local culture and cuisine, leisurely explore the immediate surroundings, and…

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A Wine Lover’s Guide to Croatia

The sparkling Adriatic Sea, island-hopping adventures, and an abundance of fresh seafood are some of Croatia’s most notable highlights for many travelers. However, in recent years the country has been producing a number of excellent wines — making it a rising destination for those with an appreciation for fine wine. In total, Croatia boasts 64…

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Travel Time Capsule: The Best Meals

Many people would agree — memorable meals occur while traveling. Sushi tastes fresher in Tokyo, pasta is firmer in Rome, and jamón is more delectable in Spain. From high-end dining to understated destinations, I’ve outlined three of the best meals I’ve ever had on the road.   New York Strip Steak Dinner When my husband and I…

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10 Lessons from a Seasoned Traveler

Travel is magical—it fills one with long-lasting memories and unforgettable experiences. However, travel can be tricky. It usually involves going to an unknown destination with a foreign language barrier. And let’s not forget about the process of getting to the final destination! Logistical nightmares, derailed itineraries, transportation mishaps, lost opportunities and missed experiences are far…

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Sommelier Speak: By the Glass with Kelly Peterson Bates

Kelly Peterson Bates was appointed Head Sommelier of the Boarding House in May 2014. In curating the beverage lists for the esteemed restaurant, she oversees wine, spirits, and beer programming; trains a talented staff of servers—many of whom are also sommeliers-in-training; and regularly shares her knowledge with guests through guided wine tastings. As part of a powerful,…

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How to Use Exotic Spices in Everyday Dishes

My number one goal when traveling is to taste something new each day. This usually means I end up with a few edible souvenirs to bring back home, including a variety of spices. With a bounty of exotic ingredients in my spice cabinet I try to challenge myself with new recipes that remind me of…

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Whet Your Appetite: Croatia

Situated between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia is an unassuming Mediterranean gem. Sun-drenched days, dazzling blue Adriatic waters, and a rich culture contribute to a laid-back vibe perfect for your next getaway. Learn about Croatia’s variety of gorgeous islands, like Vis and Hvar, and discover why Croatia is a must-see destination.   Fresh seafood…

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How to Choose The Best Summer Wines for Sipping

Summer is around the corner, which means warm weather, sun-drenched days, al fresco meals, and crisp, refreshing wines. If you are anything like me, then you’ll have a bottle of wine handy for all occasions this summer. The quintessential summer bbq – check. Last minute picnic get together – check. July 4th party – check. Impromptu afternoon…

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