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My favorite food festival in the whole world: Big Tex Choice Awards

I travel to learn about new cultures, see world famous sites —and most of all to experience new cuisines, I have been to a progressive dinner in Hong Kong that started on the heliport on top of the Peninsula Hotel,… (more)

How my microwave helped get my toilet clean

My microwave died and it was replaced with another used one. The person who installed it thoughtfully wiped the inside clean. But he used Pinesol. I did not realize anything was wrong for a few zaps. Everything looked so… (more)

You Gotta’ Love The Novotel at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport

The trip between the United States and SE Asia is long no matter how the flights are booked and the best airfares are usually ones that begin and end in Bangkok. We spend a fair amount of time in SE… (more)

Review: Morinaga Make-Your-Own Tofu Kit

If you like tofu and are concerned about getting it fresh, you have a chance to make your own now. Morinaga Nutritional Foods has the answer with its new Make-Your-Own Tofu Kit. I have tried it and I found the… (more)

InterContinental Hotel in Chongqing, China offers history, chocolate, and more

After a wonderful Yangtze River cruise on the Century Legend John and I looked forward to a couple days of doing nothing at the luxurious InterContinental in Chongqing. It was a time for organizing and resting up for the next… (more)

Eat, Travel and Get Well in Thailand

Thai Trade Centre: Floating Market In Thailand, local life seems to revolve around its many markets. Most locals shop for their groceries once or twice daily as freshness of ingredients is important in Thai cooking. A visit to Damnoen Saduak… (more)

Shop the flavors of Italy in Dallas

All things Italian: Passport Italy I  love Italy. I love the food, the wine, the people, and the landscape. I have been to Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily and Rome. I love different things about each of those destinations because their… (more)

Chapman and the Los Cabos Culinary Scene

At age 20, most adolescents would be just getting into the workforce, but not for Canadian Chef, Tadd Chapman. Armed with a fiery entrepreneurial spirit, a culinary education and some restaurant experience, Chapman boldly ventured into the resort city of… (more)


My imaginations of Italy and food are of this: a stolid, determined woman toiling away in her kitchen, pinching out pasta shells with her thumb, gathering tomatoes from scraggly vines hanging off her balcony railing, basil from the spice pots… (more)

Dining at the Hilton in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The small island country of Sri Lanka is the new “gotta-go-to” destination. It is ranked Number One on Lonely Planet’s Places to visit in 2013. The country has a plethora of beaches, beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife and friendly people… (more)

Summertime Culinary Extravanganza in Northern British Columbia

Outdoor adventurists may be lured far and wide with the promise of some of the finest fishing on the planet.  It’s simply a bonus that a club situated in the remote Haida Gwaii in Northern B.C.  is also… (more)

Sublime Family Bonding in the Dominican Republic

The 2012 Family Travel Conferences report that family travel is increased and more influential than ever. They predict families will take more frequent, shorter vacations in 2013. With vacations and multigenerational reunions on travelers’ minds this year, Sublime Samaná Hotel… (more)

Bake your best Biscuit

The International Biscuit Festival has begun accepting recipe submissions for the 2013 International Biscuit Festival Biscuit Bake Off, to be held May 18, 2013 in downtown Knoxville. The International Biscuit Festival was recently selected the #1 Food Festival in the… (more)

Valentine Sweets for your Sweetheart

You Be Sweet Serves Up Recipes with Heart. In the South, a peach cobbler isn’t just a dessert. It’s comfort, it’s celebration, it’s love—all flakey and warm and nestled beneath a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream. Whether you serve… (more)

Valentine gifts for Foodies and Cooks

Celebrating Valentine’s Day has come a long way from the flowers & chocolate routine—especially for foodies. In that vein, I wanted to share some great gift ideas that will delight any sweetheart that loves to eat or cook. · No-burn… (more)