A Most Unusual Wine Tasting

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Photos and text by Richard Frisbie My recent visit to Spain was ostensibly to follow the Ruta de Santa Teresa, but honestly my primary interest was to sample the wine and food that the Castilla y Leon region is famous for.  My colleagues and I ate in many great restaurants and had incredible wines both paired with the meals and as tastings in the wineries themselves. But the … [Read more...]

Dining Trends: A Bread Course in Charlevoix

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                A recent article in Bon Appétit magazine referenced several restaurants in the country, where bread was moved off the traditional bread plate to reappear as an entrée, or at least as its own course. It appears that dishes with bread as the primary ingredient are gaining a following – and respect. … [Read more...]

NEW YORK: FRISBIE AT CIA BOOT CAMP

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Plays well with others ... By Richard Frisbie The image that comes to mind when I hear "Boot Camp" does not include kitchen skills, especially when it's prefaced with CIA. I think of sweaty bodies and abusive drill sergeants constantly shouting orders to do more push-ups. Naturally then, it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation to attend a CIA … [Read more...]

Richard Frisbie Savors Saveur

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Alevropita (A Saveur Feta Tart) By RICHARD FRISBIE Sometimes a recipe just jumps off the page at me. It’s as if it were one of those Mad Men era Virginia Slims commercials: “Taste Me, Taste Me.” That’s what happened while I was reading the current issue of Saveur magazine. First, there was an article about “congealed salads.” They didn’t call them that, of course. That’s … [Read more...]

SPAIN: The Ultimate Tapas Party

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By Richard Frisbie When you’re hungry, any kind of food sounds good. When you are planning a dinner for fifty or sixty hungry people, tapas sounds like a brilliant idea, but is it dinner? At the Paradores Hotel in Santiago de Compostella last February, Emilio Gomez proved it was both! It was the first of ten concept dinners, each encompassing eighteen regions of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bliss

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By Richard Frisbie Chocolate Bliss written by Susie Norris Subtitled: Sensuous recipes, spa treatments, and other divine indulgences. ISBN #978-1-58761-347-0 $16.99 Hardcover I know, I know. What is a guy well-known for his disdain for desserts, especially chocolate desserts, doing reviewing a book on chocolate?  Well, ask yourself – who could be more objective, a … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Globalfoodie’s Writers and Experts

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Denise Dubé, globalfoodie’s creator and editor, is a food writer who travels – or a traveling foodie who writes. Foods preparation, its origin, smell and presentation are a passion (and obsession) and she enjoys tasting and writing about its cultural nuances. globalfoodie is her baby and food is her muse. It’s also the main reason she needs to lose a few extra pounds. Her work … [Read more...]