Chef Ignacio Echapresto and his sommelier brother, Carlos Echapresto opened Venta Moncalvillo restaurant 25 years ago in their home town of Daroca de Rioja. The rustic farmhouse was renovated to accommodate the first-class kitchen and has a fantastic selection of wines in its cellar of over 600 labels and over […]
Free tapas with every drink is still the norm at some restaurants in Castilla y Leon, Spain . Had a great time at Restaurante Ezequiel in Leon. On the plate is Jamon,chorizo,salchichon and cecina; an air dried cured beef. A specialty of the region.
Churros in Castilla Y Leon, Spain. Simple, beautiful, incredibly delicious.
The best Gin and Tonic in the world. I just got home at 3:00 am this morning from a fantastic trip to the Castile and León region of northwestern Spain. I toured countless castles, cathedrals, and palaces, but none of them came close to the divine splendor of the Spanish […]
Cándido López, the third generation to continue the tradition of cutting their amazing roast suckling pigs with a ceramic plate at Mesón de Cándido in Segovia, Spain. The pigs are only 21 days old, roasted to perfection with crispy skin and fall off the bone sumptuous juicy meat. After breaking […]
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Check out my new story on the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration on Gonomad.com
During my recent trip to Maine while covering the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, I stayed for three nights at the Russell House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes from all the action in downtown Boothbay Harbor. Bed and breakfasts have only three things to accomplish well: A comfortable bed, an excellent […]
Great to pull up along side the Otter Cove Oyster Farm during the Tour de Source river cruise at the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration in Maine.
Harvesting Flor de Sal at the Ria Formosa Salt Pans In the Algarve, Portugal.
Love it when I find a place that has great food at a reasonable price. Nuno’s is simple, casual and fantastic. The fish is as fresh as you can get. R. Gen. Humberto Delgado C, 8700-011 Fuseta, Portugal
Check out my new story on Extremadura Spain featured on Gonomad.com “Savoring the Tastes“
Grilling Unagi (eel) in Narita Japan at Kawatoyo. A spectacular dish. The Unagi is cooked three times. Grilled, steamed and a final grilling in sauce to reach a luxurious finish. Really good.
Chef Andrew MacLeod (right) winner of the Garland 10,000 dollars Chef Challenge at the P.E.I. Shellfish Festival last Sunday, dishes out a heap of steaming mussels in Competition with chef Mark Andrews.
I just returned from a trip to Finland. Check out this link to EATING FINLAND a slide show on the exciting culinary scene happening all over the country.
Checkout my new slide show, Eating Prince Edward Island on Gonomad.com
Finally, the Asparagus are here. For me, their arrival is the defining point in the year when winter is truly over, and the bounty of spring begins. These are from my favorite farm stand, Alligator Brook Farm on rt. 47, in Hadley, Ma, the “Asparagus Capital of the World.”
Here is a LINK to Mark Roessler’s, and my Preview Massachusetts review of Bela vegetarian restaurant in Northampton MA.
I love the Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee Mass. Hula dancers, comedians, and huge scorpion bowl drinks filled with a quart mix of every booze known to human kind. The food is great. I spent some time in the gigantic kitchens, busy places pumping out modern Asian cuisine, along […]
Check out the January issue of Preview mag. http://northamptondaily.ma.newsmemory.com/special.php?pSetup=northamptondaily_preview
My new cover of the CISA Locally Grown Farm Products Guide 2013. CISA ( community involved in sustaining agriculture ) is a fantastic organization that I have worked with for years. For more info, check out their website at buylocalfood.org
The Amita Thai cooking class is held at the home of Tam Piyawadi Jantrupon, A beautiful oasis on the banks of a canal in the old section of Bangkok. Tam is passionate about Thai cooking. Many of the recipes she will teach you during her classes were handed down […]
( open any image for a click through slide show) http://www.winvian.com/ 860-567-9600 In Litchfield Hills Connecticut, Winvian is a 113 acre oasis, artfully combining whimsy, nature and luxury. The second you enter the grounds, every detail says that this is the best, and the best can be really fun. There […]
I always knew the day would come when turkeys would turn the tide on thanksgiving dinner.
Brie Muth Kimball wrestles with a huge tray of food while working the deck at the Northampton Brewery Bar and Grill.
My new travel story, Thailand Love Me just went live on Gonomad. Check out it out.
45 Minutes out side of Bangkok, Talad Thai market is the largest in Thailand. This is not a place many tourists go to and it offers a fascinating glimpse into everyday day life. . For more information on travel to Thailand go to this link
The Jagalchi fish market in Busan South Korea is the largest in the country. I only had a short time there, but was dazzled by the amount and variety of creatures harvested from the ocean. This is definitely a must see if you visit S. Korea and I am already […]
This is a pile of freshly picked Saffron from Consuegra, Spain. Many feel that is the best in the world. To learn more about Spanish Saffron, follow this link to Oro de Consuegra .
Known as “little Italy” the North End is Boston’s oldest continuously occupied neighborhood. Last Saturday I spent a few hours walking and eating around Hanover st, Haymarket square and Quincy market. It was a beautiful day and the streets were packed. Every Friday and Saturday, Haymarket Square is […]