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North Carolina: tastes of late summer

North Carolina: tastes of late summer

  With the onset of cooler days in the Northwest, I find myself longing for barefoot afternoons and ways in which to keep the darkness at bay, including heading South to the Chapel Hill-Durham area to eat and cook with friends, including Sara Foster and Frances Mayes, who spends time at her home in the area ...

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Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Guest Article By: Mario Stojanac     Regardless of its veracity, the story of the discovery of coffee is charming enough to lend itself a little believability. As the story goes, an Ethiopian goatherder named Kaldi noticed his goats were very energetic once they fed on a unique looking red bean. He tasted the beans, marveled at the flavour ...

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Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Guest article by: Mary Luz Mejia While the wet snow pelted winter weary Canadians mid-March, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera got caliente for their second annual Wine and Food Festival. With over 25 events spanning four days on the shores of turquoise blue Caribbean waters, the stellar line up of star chefs from around the globe ...

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Hawaiian Chef Tylun Pang and the Taste of Home

Hawaiian Chef Tylun Pang and the Taste of Home

“If you don’t have a home, you at least have your culture and your food and no one can take that away from you.” –Chef Tylun Pang     It took Hawaiian-born Chef Tylun Pang a journey around the world to understand that where he belonged was right where he started.  At the age of 15, Pang learned to ...

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Favorite Restaurants in Seattle

Favorite Restaurants in Seattle

Here are some of my 2013-2014 Favorite Bites in Seattle: Altura Spinasse The hand-cut tajarin! Joule Revel Sitka and Spruce Cha:n Happy Hour Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium (excellent cocktails and delicious bites, including chorizo-braised octopus and foie gras panna cotta)) Marché at the Inn at the Market for their fried chicken gizzards, oysters on the half shell, and addictive frites with shavings of ...

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Eating and Sleeping on the Island of Maui, Hawaii: Part I

Eating and Sleeping on the Island of Maui, Hawaii: Part I

Many of you have asked about hotels and dining on the island of Maui.  As for hotels, there are, of course, the usual suspects, including the luxurious Four Seasons in Wailea, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and The Fairmont Kea Lani (more on the Fairmont soon, including an interview and amazing dinner by Chef Tylun Pang ...

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Aloha Hawaii

Aloha Hawaii

I only started visiting Hawaii a few years ago, when I met Neil, the man who convinced me to stay with him, promising I wouldn’t have to cure my wanderlust and that if I weathered the winters in the North that he would take me to the sunny side of the world. He’s kept his promise.  ...

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In Search of the Hongo: Mushroom Foraging in Spain

In Search of the Hongo: Mushroom Foraging in Spain

HONGOS by Marti Buckley Kilpatrick The importance of the mushroom, or onddo  (Spanish: hongo) in Basque cuisine is undeniable; enter into any pintxo bar in San Sebastián and you nearly always encounter either a ración of seared porcini or a soft scramble of chanterelles, if not both. And while for many the Basque mushroom experience may stop at ...

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Raising the Oyster Bar: Chef Adolfo Garcia’s San Francisco Treats

Oysters in Paris by Kim Sunée

Pearls in my Oyster: Raising the Bar in San Francisco By Chef Adolfo Garcia   San Francisco fog has broken and the sun creeps out, cutting through the crisp air as I’m loading up my rental after a week-long trip in Napa and San Francisco on my way back to New Orleans.  My food buddy and oyster guru, Jim ...

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A Taste of Panama: Behind the Scenes at Panama Gastronomica

Santiago Peralta and Maricel Presilla
Photo by Mary Luz Mejia

Panama Rising: Discovering the Bounty of Panama By   Mary Luz Mejia   Few things enthrall me as much as the opportunity to dig deeper into the Latin American “plate.” As a Colombian-born, Canadian-raised food writer, it’s where my heart and soul feels most sated. It’s the food of the Caribbean coast, the Andes, the plateaus and forests with ...

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Tasting Notes from Gastronomika, San Sebastián

Tasting Notes from Gastronomika, San Sebastián

  GASTRONOMIKA by Marti Buckley Kilpatrick   Reporting live from one of the world’s most important culinary conferences in San Sebastián is a tough job.  In the city with the most Michelin-stars per capita, there is a concentration of culinary talent that is impressive even without inviting the rest of the world’s kitchen elite.  Let’s just say if a bomb ...

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The Loaf: A Pop-Up Bakery in Spain

The Loaf: A Pop-Up Bakery in Spain

Photo Courtesy The Loaf   The Summer of Bread by Marti Buckley Kilpatrick   It’s almost nine o’clock in the morning, and the yeasty smell of bread baking floats out over the river Urumea, which cuts through the center of San Sebastián, Spain. It’s not an atypical European panorama–baguettes tucked under arms and the smell of a bakery around ...

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New Orleans Food and Wine: Part I of III

Charlie's Seafood

I’ve been in New Orleans for a week doing what I love–eating and drinking, sharing, sipping and toasting. But before you get too jealous, just know that I am experiencing a hint of a crise de foie–leave it to the French to create a name for “liver crisis,” an entirely self-induced malady. However, I do ...

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New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival: First Bites

Brown Jambalaya with chicken and andouille

Here are some first bites from the 2012 Jazz and Heritage Festival in my hometown of New Orleans. I always start with these tastes of home: Brown Jambalaya made by Catering Unlimited; Fried Softshell Crab Po-Boy by Galley Seafood Restaurant; Cochon de Lait Po-Boy by Love at First Bite, and (not pictured) Pheasant, Quail, and ...

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Savoring Puerto Rico: Words and Images

Puerto Rico Slideshow from kim sunee on Vimeo. Some quick fast notes from Puerto Rico: Faded cerulean blue cobblestones Rice and Peas Powder sugar-dusted mallorca and papaya milkshake La Bombonera Jesus from Lares Old man in the doorway Yellow blossoms, achiote Rice and Peas El Yunque, Arabica Oceanside salsa and piña colada Prince, J. Lo, Ricky Martin La ruta del lechon El Morro, San Cristobal Crunchy caramel-colored cuarito Alcapurria, Morcilla, guyabano Saborea! Puerto ...

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The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes

bestFrancesandEd

The gorgeous and lovingly crafted cookbook by Frances and Ed Mayes is finally here. I was very fortunate to spend some time with Frances and Ed and the talented photographer, Steven Rothfeld, as we cooked and photographed recipes for THE TUSCAN SUN COOKBOOK. This collection of recipes is a love letter to the people and food and ...

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Maui Dreaming

Big Beach, Maui

I’ve escaped the mid-winter snowfalls and landed right here, on Maui’s Big Beach, for just a few days. My friend, Angela, calls to remind me that when she left Maui she cried for days. As I sit staring at the ocean with its swells and gigantic turtles, drinking guava juice, eating fresh papaya with lime, slices ...

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Santa Barbara and Darth Vader of the Sea

peaches

A perfect day for me is waking up early, basket in tow and heading to a local market, like the one in Santa Barbara. I recently visited friends and we spent a good part of the mornings tasting our way through the various offerings–golden raspberries and local avocado honey, caviar limes (aka Australian finger lime), ...

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