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How to Treat Yourself When Traveling

Travel can mean many things to many people. It can be an escape, an opportunity to learn and see something new, a way to unwind and relax, or a means of spending time with the special people in your life. I believe traveling is an opportunity to treat yourself. Traveling takes us outside of our normal…

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Lemons Sweetened by The Italian Sun

Along coasts famous for their white limestone cliffsides, pastel houses, and legendary winds, remarkably sweet and large lemons grow. Big as the hands of grandfathers. The sfusato amalfitano lemon trees of the Amalfi region in western Italy bear fruit so sweet they’re eaten like apples—rind, pith, and meat—by locals and visitors alike. This naturally sugary variety of…

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Chef Chats: In the Kitchen With Shota Nakajima

Shota Nakajima is the chef/owner of Adana, a kaiseki restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Nakajima grew up in Bellevue and spent nearly five years training in Japan at the Osaka Tsuji Culinary Arts Institute. He then trained at the Michelin-starred Sakamoto before returning to Seattle to cook at Sushi Kappo Tamura. We took some time out with Chef…

Sharpen your Culinary Skills Abroad

How to Sharpen Your Culinary Skills Abroad

You’re about to embark on an amazing journey abroad, and you find yourself wanting to go beyond the tourist trademarks of travel: shopping, sightseeing, and sitting on a beach. You want to feel enriched and immersed. You want to learn something and bring back a new skill. You want more. I’ve put together the perfect tips…

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Top 5 Tastes: Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast conjures images of crystal blue waters, rocky grottos, beachside resorts, and chic cliffside villas. However, one would be remiss to exclude the delicious dishes, seasonal products, and regional specialties of this sun-filled area. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time along the Amalfi Coast, jumping from the Isle of Capri to…

Peru Top 5 Tastes

Top 5 Tastes: Peru

Food lovers rejoice, Peru is finally getting the attention it deserves as a culinary powerhouse. I have a special place in my heart for Peruvian cuisine. The history, passion, land, and flavors of Peru combine to create a unique culinary story. Read on for our list of Top 5 Tastes.   You say ceviche, I…

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Sommelier Speak: Insider Tips and Travel Advice from Steve Tindle

We’d all like to think that we have the inside scoop, but let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t. In these instances, I like to reach out to trusted friends and industry peeps to get the real deal. Case in point, discovering the best experiences focused on wine while traveling. I love to drink wine,…

Whet Your Appetite: Vietnam

Whet Your Appetite: Vietnam

So much can be said for Vietnam. It’s a stunningly beautiful country made up of surreal landscapes. The cities provide major sensory overload in the form of buzzing motorbikes, narrow alleys, brimming markets, and waves of people. The country’s storied history of war presents a current nation in progress. It’s culture marked by Chinese flavors…


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