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San Juan: Exploring an Argentinian Wine Trail

July 1, 2016
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San Juan: Exploring an Argentinian Wine Trail

On a recent visit to San Juan, Argentina’ssecond-biggest wine region, I came ready to taste. But before diving into the local Malbec and other varietals, I also knew some education was in order. I headed to the Santiago Graffigna wine museum, which is adjacent to the city’s oldest and largest winery dating to 1870....
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Los Angeles: Entourage Optional

June 25, 2016
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Los Angeles: Entourage Optional

Increase your odds of a celebrity run-in by jetting to L.A. for a weekend of stargazing and a taste of Hollywood glamour. Get into the “Old Hollywood” groove with a pina colada at Trader Vic’s (yes, just like in the Zevon song). For sushi and the celeb scene, make a patio reservation at Koi....
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Napa Valley Vacation

June 1, 2016
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Napa Valley Vacation

Catching the sunrise from a hot air balloon floating above the Napa Valley vineyards is one spectacular way to start the day, but there are plenty of other thrills in this picturesque California wine region. For a taste of Napa’s food and culture scene, a good first stop is the Copia center which hosts...
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Brussels: The Land of Beer, Mussels and Sweets

May 30, 2016
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Brussels: The Land of Beer, Mussels and Sweets

As if we need another excuse to visit the land of beer, mussels and chocolate, Belgium’s historic yet cosmopolitan capital is hosting the international Freedom Festival of World Cinema from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10. The annual event features screenings, concerts and debates at the cultural center, Le Botanique, focusing on individual liberty. After...
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True Rome Revealed

May 26, 2016
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True Rome Revealed

Even if you don’t have Italian cousins eagerly awaiting your arrival, you can still tour Rome and feel like a  local. Fantastic ancient sights are abundant, and the incredible architectural attractions of the Forum, Pantheon, Colosseum and Piazza Navona should be at the top of every visitor’s list. Gorgeous fountains appear at every turn,...
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Take a “Flight” – Tour northern California’s black-owned vineyards

May 15, 2016
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Take a “Flight” – Tour northern California’s black-owned vineyards

You can spend a month in California’s wine country and feel like you haven’t made a dent in the list of  wineries worth visiting. With nearly 1,000 sprinkled between Santa Barbara to the south and Mendocino to the north, savvy oenophiles design their tours based on considerations such as geography and variety, like trying...
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Grilling The Chefs – Secrets from Morton’s, City Tavern & More…

May 1, 2016
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Grilling The Chefs – Secrets from Morton’s, City Tavern & More…

Anyone who has enjoyed a summertime barbecue recognizes the sound of a sizzling grill and is familiar with the distinctive taste that outdoor grilling adds to the various meats and vegetables. No doubt about it – grilling is a popular method of cooking, especially during the warmer months. Grilling enthusiasts can often be found...
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Al Fresco Dining in Philly

April 10, 2016
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Al Fresco Dining in Philly

In a city that boasts hundreds of restaurants and countless styles of cuisine, the chefs and proprietors are always in the process of developing exciting menus, creating new dishes and offering special promotions in an attempt to entice guests to sample a taste of something unique. This column features Philadelphia restaurants, from the classic...
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The Best of Dining – New Orleans

March 20, 2016
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If the sizzling restaurant scene in New Orleans, Louisiana accurately reflects the city’s tenacity and enduring spirit, then the BigEasy is most certainly back in the game, reinventing itself through ingenuity and culinary artistry. Vibrant menus infused with new savory delights speak volumes about this city’s successful on-going gastronomic revitalization. Although tourism has dipped...
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