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The Authentic Mexican Food of Puerto Vallarta

The Authentic Mexican Food of Puerto Vallarta

Ever since I got home from Mexico, I can’t seem to stop thinking about Mexican food. And making Mexican food. And eating Mexican food. I was in Puerto Vallarta on a press trip with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board for five days of pure bliss […]

What the Michelin Stars Mean in the World of Fine Dining

What the Michelin Stars Mean in the World of Fine Dining

You’ve likely heard of Michelin-starred restaurants and know foodies who seek them out. It’s become sport among fine diners to see how many they can patronize. But what are the Michelin stars, what do they really mean and what are the standards? If you haven’t […]

Vegan, Vegetarian, Ketogenic, Glutenfree? Tips for Traveling on a Special Diet

Vegan, Vegetarian, Ketogenic, Glutenfree? Tips for Traveling on a Special Diet

It seems like everyone you encounter these days is on a special, and often restrictive, diet. I should know. I’ve spent the past three years traveling with my ultra-strict vegan daughter. My quest for elaborate culinary adventures and fine dining is often overshadowed by her […]

Afternoon Tea Around the World: The Best Tea Rooms

Afternoon Tea Around the World: The Best Tea Rooms

The Baur au Lac, Zurich Located in the hotel’s recently renovated Le Hall – a historic space that has welcomed the likes of Alfred Nobel, Marc Chagall and Richard Wagner throughout the years- the Baur au Lac’s Afternoon Tea includes homemade scones, pastries, sandwiches, fresh clotted cream, […]

Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme

Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme

The Santa Maria Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, is known for two things – beef (Santa Maria style barbecue to be exact) and wine – such a delicious combination. And I recently spent a few days there to find the best of the best […]

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

UK native Katherine Frelon has turned her passions for cooking and teaching into a business with benefits. With no formal training, Katherine cut her so-called culinary teeth working on luxury French barges, learning to prepare world-class food in often tight quarters with limited resources. But more […]



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