A Lesson in Cooking Peka, the Signature Dish of Croatia’s Dalmatia Region

One of the most popular meals in Croatia’s Dalmatia region is peka, a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome, or ispod čripnje. You’ll see it listed on menus throughout the region, and if you are lucky enough to be invitedContinue reading “A Lesson in Cooking Peka, the Signature Dish of Croatia’s Dalmatia Region”

The Wild Asparagus of Croatia: A Foraging Trip & Lunch in the Dalmatian Countryside

When spring returns to Croatia, residents do what they’ve done for centuries: take to the fields and forests in search of wild asparagus, known in Croatian as šparoge. The asparagus-hunting season has just begun here in central Dalmatia, and last weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited by Croatian friends to go foraging forContinue reading “The Wild Asparagus of Croatia: A Foraging Trip & Lunch in the Dalmatian Countryside”

A Long Weekend in California Wine Country: Getting a Taste for Napa and Sonoma Wines (Part 2)

Note: This is part two of the series, Long Weekend in California Wine Country. Click the image for part one. 

The Hunt for the ‘Original Zin’: A Wine Tasting Tour of Croatia

“From wine what sudden friendship springs!” John Gay We started the day in the seaside city of Trogir, Croatia on a quest to find Zinfandel’s ancestral home. By the day’s end, we’d not only savored many splendid glasses of wine, we’d also acquired a greater appreciation of Croatian culture while broadening our circle of internationalContinue reading “The Hunt for the ‘Original Zin’: A Wine Tasting Tour of Croatia”

A Long Weekend in California Wine Country: Getting a Taste for Napa and Sonoma Wines (Part 1)

“I should like to spend the whole of my life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.” William Hazlitt There seems to exist a syndrome among international travelers and expats. They’ve visited the world’s most far-flung destinations, but haven’t seen much of what their home countries have toContinue reading “A Long Weekend in California Wine Country: Getting a Taste for Napa and Sonoma Wines (Part 1)”

Cooking Class in Bangkok: Our Foray Into a Thai Kitchen

We followed our cooking class instructor, Carole, down a dimly-lit Bangkok passageway that opened up into a large marketplace. Walking among mounds of fresh cabbage, beansprouts, Thai eggplants, mushrooms, dried shrimp and fish, Carole taught us how to select the best ingredients for the dishes we would be cooking that morning: Kang Khiao Wan Gai (GreenContinue reading “Cooking Class in Bangkok: Our Foray Into a Thai Kitchen”

The Straight Scoop on Indonesian Kopi Luwak ‘Poop Coffee’

On a Balinese coffee plantation, during a downpour of torrential proportions, we swilled cups of the world’s priciest and rarest coffee – Kopi Luwak. In gourmet establishments across the globe, this cup of Indonesian java would cost upwards of $50 a cup. This coffee might sound familiar since it has been featured in countless foodieContinue reading “The Straight Scoop on Indonesian Kopi Luwak ‘Poop Coffee’”

Golden Moments in Burgundy, France

It is no wonder why Bourgogne, or Burgundy, is known as the Côte d’Or. During our July sojourn in France’s ‘Golden Hillsides,’ the area’s fields were ablaze with vibrant tournesols (sunflowers), freshly-groomed wheat, and vineyards — where still-maturing grapes glistened with dew. In the villages of Burgundy, sand-colored stone homes were accented with shutters painted in hues of WilliamsburgContinue reading “Golden Moments in Burgundy, France”