‘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.
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.
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...
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.
“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.
“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...
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.
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?
Visiting Pittsburgh? If seafood is your thing, grab lunch at Penn Avenue Fish Company in the Strip District. While there, be sure to say “hello” to the head fishmonger, Timmy Reynolds. My coworkers gave me a funny look when I volunteered to travel from sunny Florida to Pittsburgh in February for business. The Steel City has been on my radar of late, especially since the last time I visited was more than 10 years ago. ...
Making recipes prepared by loved ones in my past is a way I travel back in time and reconnect with cherished memories. One of my favorite sweet treats my Grandma Huber baked when I was a kid were Potato Chip Cookies. Ingredients are pretty simple yet the cookie is thick with a buttery, savory and simply sweet flavor and crunchy texture.
I learned something over the weekend which should have been pretty obvious. Women earn some serious street cred with the guys when they can do this: scoop up a dripping piece of greasy bacon and gobble it up without shame.
Cooking is one of my hobbies. It’s relaxing and allows me to use my creativity. It also allows me to revisit favorite destinations either by recreating dishes or cooking with ingredients picked up during my travels. If Florida is one of your favorite travel destinations – add a little sunshine to your meals with spices and rubs called Old Florida Spice Company by The Spice Lab.
My taste buds have been screaming for a delicious food festival! I’m so excited to be attending the 4th annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked being held Feb. 7 & 8, 2015, beneath the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. I enjoy attending food festivals solo because I can take my time to savor the flavors, chat with the chefs and sponsors, and bypass what doesn’t look appealing, which usually isn’t much. It’s also an...
Some girls like it hot and I’m no exception. Spicy food is a restaurant’s aphrodisiac used to lure me as a loyal diner and its biggest cheerleader. One of the best breakfasts I enjoyed this year was the Shrimp & Crab Wicked Breakfast Waffle at a low-key, casual place called Sand on the Beach in Melbourne, Florida on the Space Coast.
‘Tis the cookie baking season and if you like sweet and savory flavors, you’ll enjoy this Smoky Gingersnap Cookies recipe using fresh ginger and The Spice Lab’s Hickory Smoked Sea Salt from The Spice Lab. These two key ingredients give the gingersnaps a nice spicy bite.