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Istanbul Spice Market

Making my way through thick crowds of people slowly walking, talking on cell phones and holding shopping bags, I found the mounds of spices in the marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey. I’d arrived to buy various spices in this legendary market known as the Egyptian Market, which conjured up stories of historical spice routes. With centuries of bustling...

Salem, Massachusetts

By        M’Liss Hinshaw | Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Statue of Bewitched’s Elizabeth Montgomery The woman bumped into me and the first thing I noticed was the five-pointed pentagram on her necklace. I was in Salem, Massachusetts, home of the famous witch trials, and now I was face to face with a possible witch. As...

Filoli Gardens, California

By M’Liss Hinshaw | Published Sunday, May 22, 2011 Tulips in Filoli Gardens With the fragrance of wisteria in the air, one million daffodils in full bloom stand brightly in meadows near the Santa Cruz Mountains. At Filoli Gardens, forty-eight varieties of daffodils – including 65,000 golden dawns – grace the low-lying meadow between the...

Avocados in Kona, Hawaii

By M’Liss Hinshaw | Published Saturday, March 26, 2011 An avocado festival – in Hawaii? Yes, and I just had to give it a try. While waiting for my plane to land on the Big Island, I’d almost finished reading the airline magazine when the headline “5th Annual Avocado Festival” caught my eye. I nudged...
Budapest, Hungary: An Old World City

Budapest, Hungary: An Old World City

Arriving on the tarmac at the Budapest airport, I walk down the steps of the airplane to an awaiting bus. It’s a grey, wintry day, and people are wearing heavy long coats and big fur hats and they’re speaking with strong Hungarian accents and I don’t understand a word of it. For a minute I...
Zagarolo, Italy

Zagarolo, Italy

Zagarolo, Italy, an authentic Italian village nestled in a wine region just above Rome, is yet to be discovered by tourists. Leaving the historic city of Rome was difficult, but once I ventured east by train for 30 minutes to the town of Zagarolo, I felt back in old Roman times. Entryway arches into town...
Puerto Montt, Chile: Fresh Seafood

Puerto Montt, Chile: Fresh Seafood

Flapping fish tails, coiled seaweed, barnacles and octopus fresh from the Chilean coastal town of Puerto Montt will soon become part of our gastronomical lunch. At the southern end of the Pan American Highway – with 30,000+ miles from the top of Alaska to this scenic town – we met Chef Richard Knobloch, serving locals...
Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina: the End of the World

Paddling and swimming in the cool waters, the white tuxedoed chests of the Gentoo and Magellan penguins are at home near the southernmost part of the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. The capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is nestled on a picturesque bay between the Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel. Known to many...
Murals and Mosaics in Philly

Murals and Mosaics in Philly

Bits of blue, red and yellow colored glass cuts into odd shapes and formations, as creatively painted murals liven up murky walls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The usually boring, nondescript walls lining Philly’s alleyways reflect years of wear and tear (as well as aging proof of questionable activity in these desolate-looking narrow spaces). But throughout the...
Kebler Pass, Colorado

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Vibrant gold and amber leaves shimmered in the sunlight as I drove through the Colorado mountains on “Colorado Color Sunday.” Passing working coal mines in Bowie, Colorado, with stacks of dark black coal piled high, I entered Kebler Pass through the Gunnison National Forest, near Paionia. The two-lane road is packed with gravel and closed...
Tombstone

Tombstone

October 26, 1881, gunshots rang out, men lay dead and the OK Corral was forever known as the famous Old West shootout. Today, gunslinging characters slowly swagger down the boot-worn wooden sidewalks of Tombstone, Arizona. Tipped cowboy hats and plenty of gun twirling make this old Western town come alive, along with women dressed in...
Modena, Italy, Balsamic Vinegar Heaven

Modena, Italy, Balsamic Vinegar Heaven

A foodie just learning balsamic’s tasty lineage, I visited one of the many countryside balsamic vinegar producers while in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Modena, Italy. In Sorbara, as I tasted lively 10- to 50-year-old aged balsamic varietals, balsamic producer Guido Paltrinieri and his family of Acetaia Paltrinieri Balsamico exuberantly explained the traditional production...