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Terroir and the History of French Wine Classification


French vintners and wine makers have a long history of building a culture around their terroir. Although this simple word is French for “land,” it means a lot more in French culture. Philip Whalen cites a good explanation by John Wilson: “In addition to the ‘physical elements of the vineyard habitat, the vine, subsoil, site, […]

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A Few Days In Valencia


The Spanish city of Valencia is famous for producing what are said to be the best oranges in the world, but there is so much more to this quaint Mediterranean expanse than simply an ability to quench thirsts with enviable aplomb. Spain’s ‘big two’ of Madrid and Barcelona may be the destinations of choice in […]

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Introducing Culinary Vietnam – The Basa Fish


The Basa is a variety of catfish, native to the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam.  Commonly marketed as bocourti, white ruffy or China sole, it has failed to gain much popularity in the United States, possibly due to poor marketing ploys from Vietnamese seafood companies, coupled with controversy from competing American companies.  Whatever the reason, […]

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Flavors to Behold – Bangkok’s Best Restaurants


Though it may not get the recognition it deserves, Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, offers a veritable treasure trove of entertainment and activities for visitors coming from far and wide.  And when Bangkok beckons, you had better listen – the city of eight million is not only the largest city in Thailand but also […]

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Cambodian Cuisine


Anyone who has been enriched with a visit to Cambodia will have been treated to some tasty food.  Cambodian cuisine is based on locally grown rice with fresh vegetables and fish.  Inspired and infused with the flavors of bordering countries Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodian cuisine stands apart as truly delicious. Fish Amok is said to […]

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Italy – a Holiday, a Love, a Life.


Italy drags people to its shores every year. They go for the warm summers, for the wine that inflates the passions that are so typically Italian and for the centuries of history that stare down from the terraced villas and marble monuments. A main attraction is the landscape, to watch an Italian sunset is a […]

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