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Simplesmente Vinho

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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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Anita’s Feast celebrates ten years

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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

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 “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

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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

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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, the masterful cheeses of Vittorio Beltrami

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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

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

Ascona, Switzerland celebrates the chestnut

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I love one-trick food festivals. They bring out my penchant for taking a single food ingredient to levels I would never envision on my...
Italian countryside

Tasting sparkling wine in Fabriano, Italy

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When we were invited to visit the Sbaffi winery near Fabriano, Italy, Tom and I knew only that the winery produces a range of...
Clerigos Tower

In Porto, “The story of Portugal in 5 glasses”

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Clérigos Tower: Two hundred forty steps to the top…and a classy backdrop to relaxation on the lawn of Jardim das Oliveiras, in the heart...
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