"Made here"

Local ingredients and products, traditional or newly minted: wines, cheeses and unique dishes often best sampled in “locavore” mode

Lazio

Hospitality, Lazio style

“You must try fario!” our host exclaimed. “Brown trout love our Amiene River,” he continued, “and they thrive only in such pure waters as...
Penedès wine regions

Tasting wine and cava in Catalonia’s DO Penedès

“The more we care for the earth, the better our wine.”  —Bodegas Torres, Penedès Penedès is the largest of Catalonia’s eleven wine regions, stretching between Montserrat...
Flavor memories from Provence

11 food memories from Provence

My memories from Provence are vivid, and at least for now, all from summertime travels there. They are mostly memories of the Luberon, with...
Cavaillon melon

A Michelin star shines in Cavaillon, France

A vine-ripened Cavaillon melon is fragrant, intensely flavored and juicy, its high sugar content adding sweetness to the fruit's floral aroma. From mid-summer to...
Portuguese flavors

Sampling Portuguese flavors in the Douro Valley

A day that begins with a drive through Douro vineyards and a boat ride on the river is off to a fine start. And...
Tasting port with a view

Tasting port with a view

Our first house guests in Porto provided Tom and me with an always-welcomed opportunity for tasting port with a view. We took our guests...
market day in Luberon

Every day is market day in Luberon

The farmer's markets of Southeast France are the epitome of summer goodness: fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, beautifully presented and a pleasure to eat....
Douro

“This is our Douro”

Portugal's Douro Valley is quite the destination these days. In fact, the Douro is one of the reasons Tom and I recently moved to...
Luxury cruise

Luxury meets culinary aboard the Wind Surf

Move over Food Network, I'm now officially a cruising foodie! Tom and I recently enjoyed an eight-day culinary adventure with the boutique Windstar cruise...
rainbow

Deliciously local in West Lisbon

Lisbon's breadbasket is in its western reaches, in the hills and valleys that cradle the Tagus above the capitol and tumble westward in fertile...

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