Pam Mandel

Visiting Austria’s Christmas Markets

by Pam Mandel on October 18, 2011

Christmas Market, Linz, Austria

There’s something undeniably special about wandering the streets of Vienna under twinkling lights. You can eye the traditional ornaments — straw or painted glass — while warming your hands and your belly on a mug of mulled wine. There are music quartets and stands selling bratwurst and the bite of snow in the air. Bundled […]


A Santiago Stopover

by Pam Mandel on October 13, 2011

Squeezed between nearly 4000 miles of coastline and the spine of the Southern Andes (the highest peak breaking 22,000 feet), the country of Chile seems to be all about nature. Mountaineering, trekking, back country adventures, cruising the fjords of Cape Horn. A limited number of Antarctica expeditions leave from Punta Arenas, Chile’s port at the […]


Beyond Schnitzel: Traditional Austrian Food

by Pam Mandel on August 9, 2011

Austria cuisine

There’s no arguing with a good schnitzel. Done right, it’s crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and oh so satisfying. In a concession to those that prefer to avoid pork or veal, many Austrian restaurants will also serve up a turkey schnitzel.  If it’s properly prepared, it shares those same perfect schnitzel qualities […]


Three Great Days in Portland, Oregon

by Pam Mandel on May 18, 2011

Portland might just be the current capitol of cool. It was voted America’s most bikeable city, it’s a vortex of microbrews and crafted coffee, and it even has Portlandia, an Independent Film Channel TV show mocking the city for all the quirks that make it great. Here’s the truth about Portland: It IS cool. It’s […]

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