Category Archives: Europe

Hotel Review: Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a stay in Lisbon, Portugal in one of the Olissippo Lapa Palace’s Garden Wing pool rooms. Located in the posh embassy-filled Lapa district of Lisbon, the hotel grounds date to 1870, … Continue reading

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The Q-rious Quince and More

I had no idea what a quince looked like, let alone tasted like on its own, but there was one excellent memory of the yellow pome– quince paste, or membrillo in Spanish: Yes, I can recall greedily taking sample after … Continue reading

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Product Review: Mama’s Malizzano and Ajvar (Macedonian Spreads)

Note: In exchange for a review of Mama’s, I received jars of their malizzano and ajvar spreads.   On a recent visit to Sarajevo, I gleefully wandered through the aisles of a local supermarket, nostalgic for various Balkan snacks and … Continue reading

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Event Review: Fare Plate NYC – Celebration of Irish Food and Drink, 12 March 2016

Disclaimer: In exchange for review of this event, I was offered one ticket. Fáilte (faal-chuh)!  That’s how you say “welcome” in Gaelic…or at least, that’s how you write it. This past Saturday, March 12th on the rooftop of Manhattan‘s Refinery … Continue reading

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Preview: Fare Plate NYC – Celebration of Irish Food and Drink, 12 March 2016

What do you think of when someone asks you about Irish cuisine?  Potatoes?  From Latin America.  Whiskey?  These days, that’s Japan.  Soda bread?  Ulysses?  You could use a lesson or two… This Saturday, March 12th from 4-8pm, the Refinery Hotel … Continue reading

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Moscow’s Quirky Vending Machines, Part Dva

I really thought Japan had the monopoly on weird vending machines, but Moscow, Russia sits comfortably in second place, tied with China. Since I’ve written about Russian vending machines once before, it’s about time we learn how to read – … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Breakfast Series, Part 2: Moscow, Russia

“How do you get rid of the taste of whale?” is totally going to be a chapter in my book.  In Sapporo, the answer was chocolate sandwich. For Moscow, Russia, I’m…not sure I have a sufficient response.  I’ll be back … Continue reading

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My First Meal in Russia

How easily are you able to recall your first “something?”  Don’t let your imagination run too freely there…you know what, I’m just going to skip ahead and say that the focus of today’s post is food. I wish I could … Continue reading

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Identity. Crisis?

Recently, I stepped into a small restaurant in Nanjing, China that specialized in Anhui cuisine.  Anhui is a landlocked province in central-eastern China most well-known for Huangshan and possibly this person.  I told the waiter that I didn’t eat meat, … Continue reading

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Fascinating facts for travellers heading to Turkey

Turkey is the world’s melting pot, a spicy casserole of different influences from Europe, Asia and the Med. This is an enthralling destination which has plenty of surprises in store for the tens of millions of tourists that choose to … Continue reading

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