Category Archives: Culinary

The farm to table movement of locally sourcing menus in the hospitality industry has been all the rage for years with Chefs like Alice Waters leading the charge. However, one thing has remained relatively untapped, the bar. Mosts bars are set up fairly similarly. The tap beer selection is most likely a combination of local.
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Sun Surf and Suds with the Kauai Beer Co

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When one travels to Kauai, you expect some of the best sun and surf the Pacific can offer. Whether your chosen Kauai adventure be basking on the bow of a catamaran sailing the Napali Coast or paddling out to catch waves with professional surfers in Hanalei, you’ll be ready for happy hour or pau hana.
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You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girl.  It means wherever I go, I’m the first in line to sign up for exploring another culture through its cheeses as well as its libations. On one of my most recent adventures to the Big Island of.
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Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

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I’m a wine lover and well-traveled. I’ve ventured to Mendoza, Argentina (shown above) to sample the best of Malbec, across the pond to Spain to imbibe the lovely Rioja, over to Oporto, Portugal for a good tawny port, and up to the Finger Lakes in New York for world renowned Rieslings. Along with my wine.
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My favorite souvenirs from travels are those that I can eat, drink, and share with my family and friends for years to come. Over my past adventures, I have brought back drink recipes from Peru (pisco sour), side dishes from Brazil (salpicao), Cuban-style dirty rice (moros y cristianos), and my all time favorite, the tortilla.
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We’ve all heard it time and time again whether from our mothers, friends, or a pop culture TV host, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Let’s face it; it’s healthy to live in a manner of spinning negatives into positives. I, like many of my readers, have been dealt both good and bad hands.
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Cuban Cuisine 101 – Moros y Cristianos

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Whether it’s the many proverbs about love and the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, it is no hidden secret that you learn a lot about a culture and people in general through food. That’s why when I travel, I’ll try everything at least once. Also, I try to snag one or.
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Wandering thru New Orleans

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New Orleans is a very special place for me. I fell in love with it nearly two decades ago. My first visit was in the early 90’s for a class choir and band field trip via bus from Wisconsin. It opened my eyes to a very rich culture still within my own country. Then as an.
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With not only a thirst for knowledge, but a hunger for cheese, I jumped at the recent opportunity to learn how to pull fresh mozzarella cheese with a new adventurera and friend, the Chef of Da Campo Osteria, Joseph Quinn, and roughly a dozen other fellow cheese worshipers. Every Thursday in this hidden gem of.
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One cannot doubt that traveling activates the senses.  Many of my memories and stories of traveling include smells of spices in a market in Marrakesh, witnessing the beauty of a coral reef in Cozumel, hearing a new rhythm and instruments as never before, and enjoying a delicious meal on a street corner or family run.
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