Argan nuts, cultivated only in Morocco

Culinary argan oil from Morocco

My first taste of amlou, a classy nut butter, came at breakfast in the coastal city of Essaouira, Morocco. A vendor in the city's...
coffee shop

Coffee in Portugal — a family story

Portugal surprised me with its coffee. My coffee experiences--at breakfast, on break or after dinner--were generally great, all over the country. From Guimarães and...


wine in the making

Way off the beaten path in Portugal’s Douro Valley

After rinsing our feet in a basin of water, we stepped into the granite lager—Portugal’s traditional venue for treading grapes by foot. For our...
Wine barel with logo

Simplesmente Vinho

Simplesmente Vinho, Porto’s alternative wine festival, recently concluded its eighth outing. The festival at Cais Novo, on the banks of the Douro River, featured...


Ai Weiwei banner on fortification wall, Basel, Switzerland

Art Parcours 2011 through St. Albantal

Art Basel 42, which closed on Sunday, reported a guest list that was 65,000 visitors long. This year, I found greater inspiration outside the...
Mirzo Ulugbek

Ulugbek of Uzbekistan—reaching for the stars

Recent travels in Central Asia introduced me to one of the most famous Uzbeks I never heard of: Mirzo Ulugbek – Uzbekistan’s “Great Observer”....
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