Swiss cows

Alpabzug or Désalpe? Swiss cows come home

Every autumn, Swiss cows in their droves leave the high pastures of summer to return to the valleys, collared with bells and with bouquets...
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...
View of Porto Portugal from Gaia

Anita’s Feast celebrates ten years

Anita’s Feast began around a table with our neighbors in Basel, Switzerland, as we unpacked the Swiss ritual of raclette to a background of...
Women cooking pongal over small fires

Celebrating Pongal in Tamil Nadu, India

 “Please join us!” the woman in a gold-trimmed green sari exclaimed, waving a wooden spoon in our direction. Sweet smoke wafted from hundreds of...
Vogel Gryff

In Basel, Switzerland, the antics of Vogel Gryff

A resounding boom from a raft on the Rhine, and the “only in (Klein)basel” ritual known as Vogel Gryff is underway. When Tom and...
FAmily standing near a kolan

Tamil Nadu’s kolam art tradition

One of India’s most distinctive art forms is that of rangoli, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials...
Plate of cheeses

In Cartoceto, Italy with cheese master Vittorio Beltrami

We walked past Gastronomia Beltrami—twice—before we spotted the entrance, partially hidden behind a leafy tree. Inside, a heady aroma of cheese greeted us,...
Grandmother and child

Educating girls in Solukhumbu, Nepal

The young girl appeared as if in a dream, walking uphill through dense fog. She stopped to watch as our group made its slow...
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