Tags archives: culinary-travel

Picture Perfect Wine Country... in Portugal

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I like wine. Not in a “Why yes, monsieur, if I spit this out of my mouth, I get a lingering sensation of toasted chamomile and tree bark” kind of way. But I enjoy a nice glass of wine. When I was in the US, I liked visiting local vineyards (shoutout to Big Cork Vineyards for making miracles happen in Maryland! YES, Maryland!) and I even made my way to Napa t[...]

Unboxing Hawaii - 10 reasons to visit the Aloha State

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If you pronounce Hawaii properly it's Hawai-i with a double-i, that sounds like the mating call of a colourful and rare bird - sweet, light and darn seductive. So I followed it. Graciously invited by GoHawaii, I went on a 5-day-long island-hopping trip to three of the eight main islands of Hawaii: Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. A trip to find that bird. [...]

The Sicilian Speciality that is Worth a Journey

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When thinking about Sicily, drop the Mafia and take the arancini instead: these golden orbs of deep fried rice exemplify Sicilian street food. But that hasn’t stopped Sicilians from debating the tradition's history, name and recipe. Some scholars trace their origins to St. Lucy’s day, celebrated on December 13th, when citizens ate rice to commemorate a grain[...]

A Culinary Journey Through China

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When Finnair invited me to go on a culinary trip to China I was honestly a little bit apprehensive. Some reasons were completely unfounded in my own prejudices but others were honestly just food related. Ever since I had food poisoning from a chicken lo main take-out in New York ten years ago I haven’t been a fan. That memory and the idea of chicken feet and[...]

15 Foods you need to try in Austria

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Some years ago I had a heated discussion about Austrian cuisine with a friend who is half Austrian, half Mexican. He insisted that Mexican cuisine is so much better than the food in Austria and while I love Mexican food I clearly had to oppose this idea and defend my beloved dumplings. Although our discussion did not lead to any consensus it made me think o[...]

A Culinary Road Trip in America’s Deep South

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When people think of Southern food in the United States comfort food tends to come to mind. But there is much more to be tasted than the fatty, fried, and greasy goodness of mac-and-cheese, fried chicken, and country-fried steak with biscuits and gravy. I spent this past summer, and then some, traveling across this culturally and historically rich region of [...]

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