A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.
May28

A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.

On a recent Friday night, I sat in a cozy Punta Gorda cafe with about a dozen others and all of us had at least one thing in common, an interest in wine. Together, we journeyed to Austria with Bernhard Weidinger as our guide but passports were not needed. All what was required was a thirst for adventure.

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Best Tour I Took in Ho Chi Minh City Was With Saigon Street Eats
May08

Best Tour I Took in Ho Chi Minh City Was With Saigon Street Eats

“Do you want to go by motorbike?” Vu, co-owner of Saigon Street Eats, asked when I met him at my hotel for the Pho Trail – A Morning Walking Tour

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Eating My Way Through Cincinnati’s OTR Neighborhood and Beyond
Apr18

Eating My Way Through Cincinnati’s OTR Neighborhood and Beyond

Recently, I was a reluctant visitor conducting business in Cincinnati. Prior to this trip, my previous visits were to the Cincinnati-Kentucky International Airport (which is in Kentucky) and a 10-day business trip one January where I primarily saw the inside of an exhibition hall and a hotel room because it was so dang cold.

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My 10 Favorite Flavors from 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked
Feb07

My 10 Favorite Flavors from 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked

There were many delicious flavors to sample and here are my 10 favorite flavors from 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

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Eathai: Eating Thai Street Food in Bangkok Without Eating Off the Street
Jan10

Eathai: Eating Thai Street Food in Bangkok Without Eating Off the Street

When I told my friend I wanted to eat crickets off some food cart in the middle of a Bangkok street, I knew I was pushing his comfort zone. I compromised and told him I wanted to try street food one night but he didn’t want any of that. As resourceful as he is, he had a solution, Eathai Food Court at Central Embassy, one of several luxury shopping malls in Bangkok.

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Florida Foodie Alert! Clearwater Beach Uncorked is Feb. 6 – 7, 2016
Jan09

Florida Foodie Alert! Clearwater Beach Uncorked is Feb. 6 – 7, 2016

‘Tis the season to dive into Florida food festival season and I’m looking forward to the fifth annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked, Feb. 6 – 7, 2016. Kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the powder soft sand of Clearwater Beach while enjoying hours of grazing on delicious bites, sipping wine and craft brews, learning from local chefs, and sampling new food products. The gastronomical event takes place on the gorgeous beach of...

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#VikingSocial: Drinking Bacon-Like Beer in Bamberg, Germany
Jan05

#VikingSocial: Drinking Bacon-Like Beer in Bamberg, Germany

“Mmm, it kinda tastes like bacon,” I said to my sister as we sampled three beers in Bamberg, Germany, “and I bet it would be delicious with bloody mary mix.”

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Stanley: Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
Nov26

Stanley: Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

‘Tis the season to be merry and jolly and as you compile your list of holiday gifts for outdoor adventurers, take a look at the reliable and rugged Stanley gear with my favorite being a Stanley Happy Hour set.

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A Florida Everglades Lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe
Nov11

A Florida Everglades Lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe

Wrangling snakes requires mental alertness and nourishment. Before learning the proper ways to round up pythons last month, I fed my body a Florida Everglades lunch at Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe.

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When Traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, Taste the Ginjinha
Aug23

When Traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, Taste the Ginjinha

When traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, be sure to stop and sip the ginjinha (or ginja). If you have the option, sip it from an edible, chocolate cup for that chocolate covered cherry flavor. As part of the Viking River Cruises Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary, I had time to explore Lisbon (Lisboa) for a couple of days before boarding the ship and sailing the Douro River. One of the things that makes Viking Cruises awesome is that...

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Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to Discover Keys to Longevity
Jul14

Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to Discover Keys to Longevity

Looking for an October getaway and the secrets to living longer? Travel to a Blue Zone in Greece to discover keys to longevity. Blue Zones recently launched Adventure Travel Tours and will be offering two, 7-day trips to Ikaria, one of the five Blue Zones discovered by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow.

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Eating in Thailand: Beetles, Crickets and Grasshoppers. Yum!
Mar30

Eating in Thailand: Beetles, Crickets and Grasshoppers. Yum!

“Mmm. It’s kind of nutty and creamy,” I said after chomping down a roasted silk worm cocoon in Chiang Khan in the Loei province.

As the group I was traveling with walked to dinner, we admired the street vendors roasting a variety of food. Over dancing flames I saw skewers of octopi, legs of chickens, and little balls of meat in which I assume was pork.

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Travel to Thailand: How Sweet it Is. Maphrao Kaew Made in Loei
Mar27

Travel to Thailand: How Sweet it Is. Maphrao Kaew Made in Loei

  “We like sweet things,” my guide said as the group stopped at a small maphrao kaew factory in Chiang Khan located in Thailand’s northeast province of Loei, “Because coconut is not sweet enough,” she added while laughing. Maphroe kaew is coconut strips cooked in melted sugar to create a deliciously sweet treat. Lined up on a table were plastic bags filled with sugared coconut strips in hues of...

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My 48-Hour Love Affair With Pittsburgh During a Winter Freeze
Mar17

My 48-Hour Love Affair With Pittsburgh During a Winter Freeze

It just took 48 hours to fall in love with Pittsburgh. Sure, one of those mornings it was 3 degrees, but during my quick visit I found so many things to love about the Steel City.

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Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015
Mar12

Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015

Oh, boy. Sure wish I could participate in the Inaugural Ramp Picking Weekend at The Arnold House in the Catskills, April 18 – 20, 2015. Ramps are new in my culinary world and I consider them one of those trendy veggies for the hipster crowd. Have you tasted ramps?

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