Friday, February 22, 2013

Wild Mushroom Weekend in Sonoma

In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to eat mushrooms, which were not only delicious, but also prized for their many health benefits and healing properties. Now you no longer need to walk like an Egyptian to partake of the gastronomic pleasures of the mighty mushroom — merely head for Sonoma.


Photos Courtesy of Marcy Gordon and Relish Culinary Adventures

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Love-Hate Relationship with LÄRABAR

These days it’s a matter of self-sufficiency to travel with some food items in case of an emergency. For years I carried crackers. But crackers, while tasty, are not practical for long distance travel, unless of course you are the type who enjoys snorting pulverized peanut butter and cheese flavored dust out of a cellophane sleeve.

After I stopped carrying crackers I began to bring crush proof snacks like cans of Pringles and mini M&M’s in little plastic tubes. But the problem with these items was I could barely get past the pre-boarding announcement without devouring them. If the need for emergency food arrived my supply was depleted.

Enter the LÄRABAR. These no dairy, no soy, no gluten, non-GMO, kosher, vegan bars are the perfect travel stash. They don’t melt and they can maintain their blocky shape for years. If you like dried fruit and nuts mashed together in a tiny dense brick, the LÄRABAR is for you. I’ve tried other fruit and nut bars but LÄRABAR is the only one with the half-life of plutonium. They seem to last forever.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

5th International Wine Tourism Conference 2013 - Croatia

In less than thirty days, wine lovers, tour operators, and educators will gather in Zagreb, Croatia for the 5th International Wine Tourism Conference on March 15-16th. I can’t think of a more dynamic and exciting place for a conference on wine and wine tourism than Croatia. I’ve written more posts about the food and wine of Croatia than any other region.  {See the full list of links below.}

Once again I’ll be speaking at the conference and you can see the list of talk and speaker bios here. I’m especially looking forward to the Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting led by Caroline Gilby MW. I'm also looking forward to expanding my experience of this popular destination for fans of great wine, food and natural beauty. If you'd like to attend you can register here.

Links to my Croatia series posts:
Croatia Series Preview: Zivili!
Croatia Part 1: Bibich Dégustation
Croatia Part 2: The Splendors of Split
Croatia Part 3: Šibenik Caressed by the Sea
Croatia Part 4: Zadar, The Perfect Date
Croatia Part 5: Pilgrimage to Pag: Land of Paški Sir
Croatia Part 6: Istria--Truffles, Olive Oil, Prosciutto & Wine!
Croatia Part 7: A Taste of Zagreb
More Croatia Posts:
Country of Good Vines: Countdown to Wines of Croatia
I Can Almost Taste It! Croatian Wine is Near
Wines of Croatia Tasting: The Recap

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cruising the Caffine Causeway -- Best Coffee in Sonoma

Highway 116 in Sonoma County is known as the Gravenstein Highway, named after a local apple, but it could easily be renamed the Caffeine Causeway, as some of the best must-stop coffee shops for the coffee connoisseur are set along this scenic ribbon of road. Including local favorites such as Hardcore Espresso, Ninja Star Coffe Bar, and Flying Goat.


Photos Courtesy of Marcy Gordon, iStock-da-kuk and Facebook-Sunshine Roasters


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