Imagine a passionate man in Switzerland, leaving his family land where they have made wine for 500 years. Leaving a Michelin starred restaurant that he co owned with his wife. Imagine growing obscure (for New Zealand) grape varietals like Zweigelt, Arneis, and Montelpulciano in the land of water downed Sauvignon Blanc. Imagine that the wine is really, really, really good. Because it is.Read More
It is one thing to take a cooking class and make wonderful food. It is quite another thing to actually replicate it once you get home. One of my favorite things we made in Hoi An was the papaya salad. We traveled from Vietnam to Cambodia to Thailand to Laos. They ALL had versions of this salad. Despite considering myself a risk taker and odd flavor lover, I really struggled with the fermented shrimp pastes used in most of the renditions. The recipe here is tasty, spicy, reminiscent of my favorite versions, and 100% void of rotting fish. Although fish sauce has its place in my heart, it is not in this salad.Read More
Some of my favorite stories always circle back to Hoi An. This sleepy riverside town close to the coast of central Vietnam was one of our most memorable destinations. We spent a gorgeous 7 days and 6 nights in this small town that is famous for many reasons. It is a protected UNESCO site, for it’s uniquely untouched old town architecture that miraculously avoided destruction in the American War (or as we call it, the Vietnam War). Hoi An is also famous for being the town with the highest ratio of tailors to denizens in the world. The food scene is unimaginably diverse and the quality of life versus price is pretty hard to beat.Read More
New Zealand and its wine regions seemed relatively straightforward when studied from afar. The reality is far from the simple diagrams of what grows where and what is best. Hawkes Bay, which is known for its Gimblett Gravels and rich Bordeaux style wines, is a world away from Central Hawkes Bay, with rolling hills dotted with sheep, the grass hiding the fact that this land was recently underwater, steeped in limestone and shells.
What makes Lime Rock stand out, besides its location and choice of varietals, is the team that produce the product. This tiny 10-hectare vineyard is worked entirely by the Husband and Wife team of Rodger Tynan and Rosie Butler. Between them, they are the dynamic duo.Read More
We jumped on the Metro early in the morning (and for those of you from the San Francisco Bay Area, you will be surprised to see that is is disturbingly similar to BART, right down to the ticket kiosk's) took a short walk and arrived at the (in)famous Watergate building. We happened to have arrived on the anniversary of the scandal and were freshly versed on the debacle. What I love about DC is that you have a sense of being somewhere that things are happening. No matter your opinion of politics, the energy and vibrancy of that city will touch you.Read More