Culinary Travel

Brunch at Shanghai's M on the Bund

M on the Bund
View from M on the Bund in Shanghai

Shanghai's M on the Bund

Shanghai's M on the Bund

Lost Heaven, Shanghai, China

Lost Heaven, Shanghai, China

Shanghai: pork xiao long bao

Xiao long bao
Steamed pork xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung in Shanghai, China

Street Food: skewered grasshoppers

A "bouquet" of skewered grasshoppers (Photo by Boaz Meiri)

Discovering Italy's Wine Towns

After our first trip to Italy many years ago, my husband Fred and I fell in love with the country, and it has become our favorite vacation destination. In our earliest trips, we saw the many famous cities and sights that are on every tourist’s itinerary, but with each visit we ventured further off the beaten track. We soon discovered that meandering along country roads and stopping when we saw something that caught our interest offered unexpected rewards.

Simmering Hotpots

Eating a hotpot dinner and feeling beads of sweat trickling down my back on a Taiwanese hot and humid summer night comes to mind as I reflect on family, home and food. The one perennial meal that seems to resist explanation even as light bulbs condensate from the humidity and three cold showers are taken per day is the hotpot, firepot or the "Asian fondue". Though fondues and hotpots both relish in the concept of tabletop cooking, the wine and cheese version stops short at lactose intolerant Asia.
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