A network of inns, restaurants and farm markets in Lebanon has become so much more—keeping family recipes alive, healing post-war wounds and building a thriving food truck business for refugees.
Photo: The Recipe Hunters
Driven by an ethos of economically empowering women and small farmers while uniting the country through nourishment, Lebanese food and travel writer Kamal Mouzawak defines his growing organization, Souk El Tayeb, by its slogan, "Make food, not war."
The idea for Souk El Tayeb...
There’s an enduring consumer adoration for Chardonnay that, frankly, I’ve never fully grasped. In America, let alone the rest of the world, Chardonnay has been far and away the most popular grape. But the world of wine brims with exciting grapes, so why adhere so faithfully to one?
Wine co-operatives, colloquially known as co-ops, have largely suffered from a negative image. And yet, not only has the purpose behind their creation as a safety net for farmers and regional wine industries been fulfilled, many persist today as models of well-run, ambitious wine producers. There is no better region to consider this phenomenon than in Spain’s Cariñena.
Visitors flock to Sicily’s eastern coast for wine, sea-inflected cuisine, and volcano tourism.
If you’re a gin drinker, you’re probably tapping into the riches of the current market. If you’re not, now’s a good time to start exploring this clear aromatic spirit. Stealing a page from the wine industry, a rash of “terroir” focused expressions from new and longstanding brands have cropped up around world markets. Based on locally foraged, farmed or sourced seasonal ingredients, distillers are creating one-of-a-kind taste profiles reflective of their regions.
While far from overcrowded, the beautiful valley of Lech holds numerous resorts from which to choose. One in particular, the 5-star Burg Vital, stands out. Why? Because the multi-generational Lucian family, helmed by wife-and-husband team Hannelore and Thomas, boast one thing others can’t: longtime collaboration with Austria’s most creative whole-foods focused chef.
A historic inn revitalized a small country town. Why a weekend away will take you back to the Gold Rush era -- with better wine.
Suite 401: The Most Beautiful Hotel Room In Galicia, Spain?
Finally, 2017 draws to a close. With another two dozen countries stamped in my passport, I’m ready to heed my own advice gleaned from flying over 150K miles.
Here are my top five tips for traveling better in 2018.
Let Professionals Plan
For over a decade, demand for travel agents has waned. At least, those working in the traditional sense. My grandmother, may she rest in peace, worked in such a brick-and-mortar. I remember as a child playing on the floor of her office, entertaining myself wit...
She abandoned her family and paid with her voice for the gift of legs to win the heart of a prince. Eventually, unrequited love would kill her. Reading it today, the plot comes off as a feminist’s nightmare, and yet that’s the essence of beloved The Little Mermaid, a Hans Christian Andersen tale so renowned, a statue erected in the sea nymph’s honor graces the city’s shore. Reading it as a young child, I, too, was captivated by this story of love, loss, and devotion, and always wondered about...
Sauternes, Tokay, Vin Santo. The great dessert wines of the world all offer inimitable charms. While I’ve had occasion to enjoy many in their place of creation, I’ve seldom tasted one that sung so firmly and sweetly of its homeland as Ben Ryé by Donnafugata.