Glass of Riesling at the Rheingau Wine Festival Wiesbaden, Germany

The Rheingau Wine Festival in Wiesbaden

"Wine--enjoyed in moderation--heals and comforts with its strength and warmth." These words from the 11th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen ring true year-round in Germany's...
Buildings with blue and green light show at night

The World of Wine in Porto, Portugal

Vila Nova de Gaia, across the Douro River from Porto, Portugal, houses dozens of historic port wine lodges and warehouses. Since moving to Portugal...
A medieval abbey, white with brick trimmed windows and an onion-shaped tower

Getaway to Germany’s Rheingau wine region

Springtime in southern Germany is a fickle season, a mix of rainy and sunny days. Inevitably though, fluffy white clouds soon blow in, making...

Banh xeo… Let them eat pancake!

Vietnam’s crepe-like pancake, banh xeo (bánh xèo) is a delightful, messy, savory culinary experience. From Saigon pancake in the south to the smaller rounds served...
Grand buildings of Salamanca's Plaza Mayor

The best tapas restaurants in Salamanca?

Salamanca, Spain, with its splendid architecture and tidy cobbled streets, is one of Europe’s most inviting destinations. Its restaurants turn out some of the best food in a country known for culinary achievement.
View of Fez, Morocco at night

Return to Fez, Morocco

After almost two years without leaving Portugal, it was wonderful to finally travel abroad a few weeks ago. Fez, Morocco has been a destination...
Cookies and milk

In Porto, Portugal, a world of flavor from our pandemic kitchen

Over the past many months, as Tom and I have reminisced about our travels, rather than actually traveling, food memories—and food making—were a constant...
View across the Douro at Porto

Living the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal

Portugal's state of emergency in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic was lifted at the beginning of May, and on May 4th the...
Tuna and sweet potato dish

Tasting Porto in a time of lockdown

On 18 March, Portugal declared a national emergency, and shuttered restaurants, bars and wine shops across the country. Through the weeks in lockdown, Tom...
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...
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