Olive oil on the gourmet table in Vila Real, Portugal

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Three bottles of extra virgin olive oil graced each table at the University of Trás-os-Montes’ Panoramic Restaurant in Vila Real, Portugal. The occasion—dinner themed...
Ramadan treats, Fez, Morocco

Breaking the fast–around the Ramadan table

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  “Can you please come into the kitchen for a minute?” our friend asked, smiling. “My wife and daughter need a taster.” Ah, that’s cool,...

Scorpion House—what’s that?

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Just after sunset, lights twinkle on in houses across the way, as the sun sets behind the ruins of Volubilis in the distance. The corridor...

Wild honey of Fez, Morocco

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One of my requisite stops upon returning to Fez is “the honey souk”, Fondouk Kaat Smen, set back behind a display of carpets on...
Chef Benz

Our private cookery class on Ko Kut Island, Thailand

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The Star Legend sat at anchor on the horizon. The Windstar yacht seemed ever smaller beyond the wake of the motorboat taking Tom and...
Ipoh

Ten must-try foods of Ipoh, Malaysia

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If we made a mistake in trip planning while in Malaysia, it was to visit Penang, "an eater's paradise", then Ipoh, back to back,...
Quinta da Plansel

Exemplary vines, first-class wines in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

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Tom and I met winemaker Dorina Lindemann at Essência do Vinho, at the Portugal Wine Connection in the Palacio de Bolsa’s magnificent Salon Arab....

Food adventuring in Ipoh, Malaysia

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“May we join you?” the woman asked, smiling and gesturing to two empty stools at our table. Tom and I looked up from slurping...
wine in the making

Way off the beaten path in Portugal’s Douro Valley

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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...
kuala lumpur

Tasting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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What better place to begin a two-month culinary romp through Southeast Asia than Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Famous for its multicultural vibe and world-class street...
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