culinary

Trail of Ale in St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

by Anthony Manzanares on February 1, 2017

You may be familiar with the white-sand beaches, world-renowned museums, and 361 days of sunshine that the Florida gulf coast has to offer. But did you know that the craft beer scene in St. Pete/Clearwater rivals those of the country’s most established beer towns? With more than 27 (and growing) independent breweries making up the […]

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Dine on Historic Main Street East Greenwich, Rhode Island

by Jenni Ingersoll on November 18, 2016

Founded in 1677, the Town of East Greenwich, Rhode Island is steeped in history. George Washington is said to have slept here on several occasions while plotting the American Revolution and positioned on Greenwich Bay is the documented birthplace of the US Navy in 1775. Within the Historic Hill and Harbour District of town, Main Street is flanked on both sides with rows […]

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Moab

by Anthony Manzanares on September 19, 2016

The old alcohol laws that once existed in Utah were changed after hosting the Winter Olympics 2002. You can enjoy craft brews and local wines while visiting Moab. And while the laws may still be a bit different than what you’re used to at home, there are plenty of choices – and references to help […]

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5 Places to Sip Suds in Surf City, California

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 20, 2015

  The craft beer movement along California’s Central Coast has a new destination to raise a pint to.  Popular in the U.S. with the mountain bike crowd and other outdoor adventure-seekers, the craft beer scene in Santa Cruz is a leader in the artisan food and drink movement.  This small, passionate community is in its […]

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Raise a Pint in Sacramento

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 13, 2015

Once home to the largest craft brewery in the Golden State, Sacramento’s beer scene is back – in a big way. Home to more than 40 breweries, the Sacramento region is embracing its agricultural roots to create homegrown beers that are quickly attracting international attention.  Beyond a staggering selection of local brews to choose from, […]

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Culinary Attractions on Agritourism Trail in Mesa, Arizona

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 18, 2014

handful of peppers in Mesa

Mesa’s bountiful harvest is proudly shared with visitors with fresh experiences, a  treasured heritage of family farms, and long-standing festivals. Serving as a culinary gateway to Phoenix and Scottsdale, the neighboring farms in Mesa and surrounding towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek provide a bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy year-round. Citrus in […]

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King Cakes for Mardi Gras

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 24, 2014

King Cake frosted and wrapped

  One of the rich traditions of the Mardi Gras season is the King Cake, and with only a week left until Fat Tuesday, bakeries are madly trying to fill the last orders before the Lenten season begins. The history of the King Cake dates back to the celebrations of Epiphany, the 12 days after […]

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Food in Japan: An Instagram Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 17, 2014

Yoshida Udon

From Michelin stars to hearty country, my visit to the Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures of Japan was a whirlwind of culinary experiences. From unusual dishes to peaches from a local farmer’s stand, come along on this foray into the art and flavors of food in Japan, Instagram style. Breakfast If you believe that breakfast […]

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Chocolate Dinner Menu at Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 20, 2013

Chocolate has lots of variations and room for exploration. Just look at this collaboration between the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and master Swiss chocolatier LINDT. They’ve created – again – a new six-course interactive chocolate dining experience at the world’s highest Chef’s Table. This perfect meal for chocolate lovers is offered from November 18th, 2013 through […]

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Farm-to-Table in the Peruvian Amazon

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 18, 2013

potatoes in peru

Every October 5th, the Andean peoples of Peru celebrate the day of the Olluquito that signifies the importance of the From, one of 3,800 varieties of potato found in Peru and served at Rainforest Expeditions’ three eco-lodges deep in the Peruvian Amazon. A leader in Peru’s sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions is introducing farm-to-table to its […]

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