Int’l Food, Wine and Travel Writers Assoc
River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. 7 days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding a ship begins in the...

Why It’s Not So Easy to Become a Celebrity Chef

    Chef Roy Choi prepares his famous Korean BBQ The multitude of cooking shows on television makes it appear simple to gain celebrity status as a fun, serious, or colorful chef.   But there’s much more to it. Culinary schools abound with  tuition costs from moderately priced to very expensive.  Potential students believe the reputations of the...

Salumi, sausage and strawberries in Nemi, Italy

Walking arm in arm, two elderly women, with coiffured silver hair and wearing tan winter coats, ambled their way up the steep cobblestone street, periodically stopping to peer inside the little shops. It’s the bustle of a busy Saturday afternoon where young and old are gathered sipping espresso, eating ice cream and talking with one...
Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Tsai Sizzle at Hawaiian Food festival

Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Tsai Sizzle at Hawaiian Food festival

Dueling long and sharp knives wielded by two Asian celebrity chefs cut through raw fish, as each chef proclaimed his country was the first in the world of culinary history. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and equally famous Chef Ming Tsai competed on stage in the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii....
Visiting the Vanilla Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii

Visiting the Vanilla Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii

Vanilla teas, fresh salad with vanilla bean balsamic dressing and vanilla pound cake were beautifully presented to the visitors enjoying lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. Tucked into the hills of Paauilo, Hawaii, is The Hawaiian Vanilla Company, 37 miles from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s the only commercial vanilla farm in...

Chocolate and bear in Estonia

Estonia, a small country on the Baltic Sea is independent, thriving and full of chocolate.  This tiny country, a tad bigger than the state of Maryland, is located near its former oppressor, Russia, and modern Finland.  Enjoying political independence for twenty years, the medieval capitol of Tallinn is a port of call for Baltic cruises...