Tag: culture

Graham's 1952 Single Harvest Tawny Port

Tasting the Colheitas of Graham’s

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"Isn't that cool?!" exclaimed our host, raising a goblet of amber-hued liquid and gesturing with it to the distant corners of Palacio do Bolsa's...
Sweden coffee

Sweden’s coffee tradition – Do you fika?

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I am a coffee fan. Not just any coffee, mind you. Good coffee--dark, robust, served in a nifty cup or mug, and with something...
Vogel Gryff

Vogel Gryff–only in (Klein)basel, Switzerland!

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The January tradition called Vogel Gryff is the day when Kleinbasel--that smaller part of town on the north side of the Rhine--gives Gross Basel...
Super Zampone

Super Zampone: Over the Top in Emilia Romagna

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Emilia Romagna is a gastronome's paradise, its culinary bounty celebrated with great fanfare through the autumn harvest season. Wine, fish, meats and cheeses--all kinds...
Prayer flags Nepal

Prayer flags, prayer wheels & mani stones in Nepal

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On my first trip to Nepal many years ago, I was struck by symbols of Buddhism almost everywhere. Following the lead of my Sherpa...
alphorn

Alphorns at 2,200 meters–A Swiss summer tradition

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Several years ago, on a weekend excursion to the mountains near Lucerne, my husband and I met a troupe of alphorn players from Canton...
Fighting cows

Going head to head: Switzerland’s fighting cows

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“Huit, evacuée!” “Number eight, you’re out of there!” Spectators cheer as cows with names like Papillon and Surplice face off in an outdoor ring...
Garlands of onions, Bern

Zibelmärit offers a taste of Switzerland

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Onions, in all their garlanded glory, are the basis for Bern’s Zibelmärit. They are colorful and pretty to look at in your kitchen, dangling...
Kyrgyz shyrdak

“Golden hands” produce Kyrgyz shyrdaks

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Shyrdaks are Kyrgyz felt carpets, handmade made using patterns and sewing techniques handed down through generations. Always produced by a community of women, they...
Bukhara non

The art of Uzbek flatbread

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Non, the round bread of Uzbekistan, is as ubiquitous as the pot of green tea that accompanies every meal of the day. Inspired by...
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