Category Archives: History

A Food and Photography Tour of Ireland: December 14th-20th

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This winter, photographer Kristin Teig and I will lead a tour of Western Ireland integrating our two passions; food and photography. Each day will feature gastronomic and photographic adventures throughout one of Ireland’s most revered food regions. It is here, in this … Continue reading

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A Recap of Our Inaugural Culinary Tour of Iceland

Our fantastic group

We hosted our first culinary tour of Iceland last month with an incredible group of people from every corner of America. It was a week long adventure inspired by the 25 trips I’ve made to Iceland over the past several … Continue reading

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Finding the Heart on All Things Considered

On Air on All Things Considered

I’ve listened to NPR since before I was a kid, jump starting countless conversations with the phrase, “On NPR…” used by public radio fans the world over. The programs are stitched into my day as succinctly as Terry Gross’s interview … Continue reading

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Join Us For Our Inaugural Culinary Tour of Iceland: August 16th-23rd

Breathtaking Iceland

We are excited to announce our inaugural culinary adventure in Iceland, a nation that has become a second home to me over the years. Its extraordinary people, landscape and cuisine never cease to amaze and inspire and I am thrilled … Continue reading

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Julia Child and Baobab Trees: Recipes and an Interview with Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam

Pierre Thiam at the CIA World of Flavors Conference in St. Helena, California

Chef Pierre Thiam grew up in Senegal, where he spent his childhood in the thriving Western port city of Dakar enjoying an umami-rich cuisine informed by the culinary traditions of Senegal, Morocco, Portugal, France and Vietnam. During the summers he … Continue reading

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Mrs. Chauhan’s Parathas in Our India

Paratha Dough and its Endless Fillings

The chef Maneet Chauhan warned me before our trip to India that the word “stuffed” in her country is not only the way many of the street foods of Delhi are prepared, it’s a perpetual state of being. She was … Continue reading

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India: Truck Stops, Jalebis and the Taj Mahal

Mutter Vatna in Old Delhi

“Keep walking. Don’t forget, Delhi is like a Formula One Race. Stay in your lane,” our guide Sandeep told me as we jostled our way through the throngs of passengers clamoring for a seat on board the Taj Express to … Continue reading

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An Interview with Ferran Adria & Dinner at elBulli

Ferran Adria during service at elBulli.

I ate at elBulli this year which means there is only one answer to the question: “What was the best meal you experienced in 2011?” It’s an obvious choice. And a truthful one. After diligently submitting my annual reservation request … Continue reading

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