CABOS: An Unforgettable Dinner at Las Ventanas at Paraíso

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By Richard Frisbie Las Ventanas al Paraíso is an exclusive hotel on the Cabos "corridor," part way between the luxury resort town of Cabo San Lucas to the south, and the quieter colonial city of San Jose del Cabo to the north. It is simply stunning in its landscaping and architectural beauty. With a little over 100 rooms and suites, Las Ventanas al Paraíso (which … [Read more...]

Oregon’s Bounty Helps Lift a Regional Icon

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By Deston Nokes Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge has long been known as Oregon’s second most-visited site after Multnomah Falls. Located on the face of Mt. Hood, just a stone’s throw from Portland, Timberline offers incredible year-round skiing, a rustic ambiance, and a top-notch culinary team. Timberline Lodge is more than an iconic landmark. It’s a mountain cabin on a grand … [Read more...]

COLORADO: Riviera Restaurant, a Glenwood Springs Treasure

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by Ron Stern The dark exterior and 1940s neon sign belies what visitors find inside this Glenwood Springs, Colorado prize. Owner Colleen Stuart has remade what was formerly known as the Riviera Supper Club into her own vision. Now it’s just called the Riviera Restaurant and it’s both visually pleasing and the food is mouth watering. The interior is surprisingly bright … [Read more...]

INDIA: Tea Time in Assam

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Tea Time in Assam By Susan McKee Slurp, slosh, spit, repeat. I watched Abir Goyal sample his way through a hundred different lots of tea in the broker’s office in Guwahati, India. This was his second run through. The first was steeped with boiling water. This go-round added milk to the brewed tea, just as it would be drunk by the majority of tea drinkers in India. He was … [Read more...]

Bread and Roses

During a recent visit to France, planned more for viticulture than history, it became impossible to ignore all the military monuments and cemeteries in the green fields and vineyards of the lush farmland north of Paris.  This land was historically connected to America’s participation in World Wars I and II. Everyone had a story that connected them to the horror during … [Read more...]

Up Up and Away … to Lunch and Beyond

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Hafod Eryri, Snowdon Summit Visitor's Centre By Keith Kellett Someone once said that you can see six kingdoms from Snowdon’s summit: Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and even the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever wrote that obviously went up on a clear day. Quite often, low clouds mean you see absolutely nothing but mist. If you walked up on one of many … [Read more...]

Cheddar’s Champs

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by Keith Kellett I have it on pretty good authority that mice don’t really care about cheese one way or the other; apparently, peanut butter is far more efficacious bait for mousetraps. Were I a mouse who didn’t know this fact I’d have thought I’d died and gone to heaven after entering the Dairy Products Hall at this year’s Royal Bath and West Show. Bath is in … [Read more...]

Aussie Pies

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Aussie Pies by Keith Kellett When asked what the Australian national dish was, a comedian once waggishly replied “Pies.” Maybe it’s not the national dish, but I’ve visited very few places where I couldn’t get one. Call it a “footy pie,” a “four-and-twenty pie” an “Aussie pie” or simply just a pie, everyone there knows what you mean. You don’t ask what goes into … [Read more...]

The Unbearable (and Lengthy) Lightness of Being

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By Susan McKee Long distance travel requires steel wings and an engine; throw in a few boats and you’ve pretty much exhausted the transportation options. For trips involving distance, taking to the air is a necessity. One advantage to travel writing is obvious –traveling. Of course, that's one of the disadvantages as well. When you're traveling, you're not where you're … [Read more...]

Wine and Roses … Really

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By Keith Kellett I've lost count of the number of people who, when I tell them I visited South Australia, ask: Did you visit the wineries in Barossa Valley?" My usual reply contains the words: "bears" and "woods." Of course, the Barossa Valley isn’t the only wine-producing region in Australia … or even in South Australia. But, it’s one of the most famous. … [Read more...]