Harvest on the Harbor: MAINE’S Mecca for Foodies

Writer David Jenison dishes out the details on one of New England's finest culinary affairs---Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine. Traditional Maine cuisine conjures up images of fresh lobster, clambakes and blueberries, while rumor has it that Amato’s restaurant in Portland may have invented the Italian submarine sandwich. Although these foods are still New England standards, the Pine Tree … [Read more...]

Rioja Week in NEW YORK CITY

Award-winning Spanish Wines Make a Splash in the Big Apple. Last November, the Rioja wine region created a stir when Wine Spectator chose Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 as the 2013 Wine of the Year. The magazine debuted its annual Top 100 list in 1988, and this is the first time in its 26 years that a Spanish wine topped the list. While the French and Italians were no doubt grumbling, … [Read more...]

The Kristian World: A Stunning Mix of Wildlife and Fashion Photography

David Jenison spotlights international photographer Kristian Schmidt whose striking images juxtapose wildlife with high fashion in their natural habitats. "I was diving with whale sharks in Mexico,” recalls photographer Kristian Schmidt, “and I thought, ‘I have to figure out a way to shoot the whale sharks with fashion.’” Sharks and modeling have always gone together in a figurative sense, … [Read more...]

The INDIE SPIRITS EXPO Pours It On for Adventurous Drinkers

David Jenison tipples his way around the Indie Spirits Expo and finds both the comedy and craft in these small batch distilleries. Pace yourself and don’t arrive on an empty stomach. Those are words to live by at the Indie Spirits Expo, a celebration of small-batch distilleries that takes place each year in San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and NYC. To compete in a market dominated … [Read more...]

Sip, Savor and Spa at the Vines Resort & Spa in MENDOZA, Argentina

A new luxe vacation residence to  open this spring in Argentina's most prestigious wine region with fire master chef Francis Mallman Arguably the most famous chef in Argentina, Francis Mallmann is joining the most anticipated new resort in Argentine wine country. Located in the picturesque Uco Valley, The Vines Resort & Spa will premiere Mallmann's new Siete Fuegos restaurant this March in … [Read more...]

CAFAYATE: Argentina’s Other Wine Country

David Jenison sips some vino and navigates a less traveled region producing some of Argentina's finest white wines. Most wine drinkers know about Mendoza, but the Salta region in central-north Argentina is the country’s fastest rising star. Cafayate, about four hours south of Salta city, leads the way with such international bodegas as Vasija Secreta, Quara, La Rosa, Nanni and … [Read more...]

COLOMBIA: Booze, Beer and Bodegas in Bogotá

Writer David Jenison revs up for sampling fine wine at Expovinos and tracks Bogota's best B's. With the country reaching its safest levels in modern times, Colombia has become the hot new South American destination. In fact, Paul McCartney just made his live debut in the country's capital, Bogotá, last April, and major events and festivals are popping up every month. Speaking of which, the … [Read more...]

Venezuela: Home of the World’s Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors

David Jenison discovers Sardines & Brandy, Ham & Cheese, and Tuna are just a few of the flavors that people are lining up around the block for at this wacky ice cream shop in Mérida. Baskin-Robbins first made headlines with a record-setting 31 flavors, enough to enjoy a different ice cream every day of the month. Several decades later, a Venezuelan ice cream shop puts that number to … [Read more...]

Tasteful Travel: LATIN AMERICAN Cooking Classes (Part 2)

Foodie David Jenison explores cooking classes in Latin America and finds a few savory surprises like iguana stew. SE Asia might be the leader in tourist cooking classes, but Latin America is spicing up the competition. From Mexico to Argentina, classes are popping up everywhere to help travelers pair that Don Julio bottle with something other than tacos and nachos. Wine-store junkies … [Read more...]

Tasteful Travel: SOUTHEAST ASIA Cooking Classes

Intrepid traveler and foodie David Jenison explores the flavors of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam through cooking classes. A tourist cooking class won’t land you a gig at French Laundry, but it is an excellent way to experience a country’s culinary culture. English-speaking chefs take visitors to the local market, teach them how to prep and cook the food, and finish the class with … [Read more...]