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Viking Village scallops travel in good company

Viking Village scallops travel in good company

I’ve always said that if I ever got to Chicago, I’d make a beeline for Rick Bayless’ acclaimed Mexican restaurants, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. And in an e-newsletter I recently got from, about new historical menus being planned for Topolobampo, what should I spy at the top of their current menu but Viking Village … Continue reading

A Night to Remember in France

A Night to Remember in France

My friend Betty tells me a story of a wonderful dinner in France that almost “got away” from her and her husband, Tom, years ago when they were traveling in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon. They happened upon this dinner by chance, really, and she tells me it was the only time she ever ate so … Continue reading

Wedding on Guam

My niece is getting married today – on Guam!!  I wish I could be by her side, but am with her and her new husband, who is stationed there with the Air Force, in spirit.  She writes: “We are getting married Sunday at a place called Two Lovers Point. It is a huge cliff that … Continue reading

Katie Parla’s Rome for Foodies

If you’re headed for Rome (or just dreaming like me), here’s a smartphone app you won’t want to miss. Katie Parla, a Rome-based food historian, journalist, and blogger with roots in Central New Jersey, launched her first Rome for Foodies app earlier this year, and it’s just the thing to help you find the best … Continue reading

This one’s for you J.!

How did I end up “at” the King Tut Drive-in?  I emailed an old friend to wish him a happy birthday and asked where he was spending the winter.  Sometimes he leaves the cold northern states for exotic warmer climes during the winter. His response: Thank you very much for the thought and greeting. I am … Continue reading

LBI Region Chocolate Week

Don’t start that diet yet, the Long Beach Island Region’s Chocolate Week runs Feb 12-20, with preview and related events starting earlier.  Chocolate Week is a series of offers, activities and events that include Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend; to encourage out of area visitors as well as serving local residents. For a full … Continue reading

Creative Food Writing Workshop in Assisi, Italy

Be still my heart. When I win the lottery, I may do something like this.  Paulette Licitra, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Alimentum-The Literature of Food, a publication I’ve mentioned before, is giving a two week creative food writing workshop in Assisi Italy this summer (a one-week option is also available). Here’s some of the information I … Continue reading

All aboard for a noshing tour!

JCC Princeton Mercer Bucks hosts a Jewish Heritage and “Noshing” Tour of New York’s Lower East Side on Sunday, May 16, 2010.  The trip will include a visit to the historic Tenement Museum, an interactive tour of a family’s apartment set in 1916, and a guided walking tour of the Lower East Side . Along … Continue reading

I’ll have what she’s having!

Congratulations to Cooking Vacations on their fabulous cover story on the Amalfi coast, by Elizabeth Berg, in the new issue of National Geographic Traveler. It was Cooking Vacations that arranged for my complimentary cooking lesson when I visited Italy with my nephew in 2006, which I wrote up for the Packet.  Just that one splendid evening … Continue reading