Europe
Port of Rome and Salami

Port of Rome and Salami

After leaving Naples, the rain storm across Europe became worse. We docked outside of Rome and due to rough seas and high wind, spent an extra day in the port of Civitavecchia. I braved the winds and found the market in town joining the locals shopping for cheese, bread, meats and pomegranates. The focaccia bread...
Naples-Espresso and Neapolitan Pizza

Naples-Espresso and Neapolitan Pizza

Salvatore, our tour guide in Naples, drove us to Gambrinus coffee house in central Naples, near the Royal Palace. The Italian style building is a famous meeting place for International officials and Pope Francis made a visit here. It’s full of activity inside and I watched the never ending production of making espressos. The espresso...
Taormina-Cannoli and Arancini Abounds

Taormina-Cannoli and Arancini Abounds

Oh cannoli in Taormina, Sicily. As we docked in the port I snapped this picture of the setting moon and the Mt Etna volcano. Then I was on the search for cannoli. I happened into a shop selling cannoli with cream and pistachio. Pablo graciously had his picture taken with me as I held the...
Siracusa, a Sicilian Treasured Port

Siracusa, a Sicilian Treasured Port

Malta is Marvelous

Malta is Marvelous

Malta is a most interesting UNESCO world heritage site and surrounded by centuries of walled fortresses. Our cruise ship docked in Valletta and we hired Karlito’s Way private tour company to delve into this tiny island. The long history about being conquered by the Romans, Moors, French and the British is seen throughout the country....
Day visit in Crete, food, honey and shoes

Day visit in Crete, food, honey and shoes

While walking through the village of Chania, Crete, I talked to George who was sipping coffee and eating a sesame roll. He seemed like the unofficial diplomat of the area and was proudly born on this island. Soon he introduced me to the people working at Melini Cafe and suggested I buy a cheese breakfast...
Ancient site and tastes in Athens

Ancient site and tastes in Athens

Lunch at the Plaka, Athens Greece. Streets are lined with Tavernas with people enjoying sitting outside, talking, smoking and listening to music. And the food, simple and satisfying, like a Greek salad filled with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese.  The meal was surprisingly reasonable and never goes out of style. Even seen at a...
Germany's Brandy and Pancakes

Germany’s Brandy and Pancakes

Rudesheim, Germany is home to wines and smooth Asbach brandy. The making of Rudesheimer Coffee is to heat the brandy by using a flame, pour in coffee and top with lots of pure whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Kamila skillfully made the drinks which gave me a good night’s sleep!                ...
Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Let them eat cake in Alsace, France

Crossing the Rhine River, which along the way divides the countries of Germany and France, is the popular wine growing area of Alsace, France.  Well known white wines such as Rieslings and Gewurztraminer are produced in this area because of the conducive climate and soil.  And, some of the vineyards on the hillside are still cultivated...
Forget the fondue, it's the meat in Zurich

Forget the fondue, it’s the meat in Zurich

It was time for a change, bring back traditional Swiss food from the land to the plate. Hung’ER Butchers Shop and Restaurant in the Park Hyatt Zurich is more than locally sourced. Chef de Cuisine Frank Widmer has been working exclusively with a butcher in the village Jona who makes sausages, dry ages meat and...
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...
Fish and chips plus ice cream

Fish and chips plus ice cream

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, below the castle is the park where people take leisurely lunches while eating crispy fish and chips from Scott’s little walk up cottage booth and enjoy the sunshine on the grass. Graham and Angela serve ice cream with my favorite Cadbury chocolate flakes from their family business, Mitchell’s ice cream. I love...