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Who, exactly, doesn’t like good food? Travel the world, and you’ll find a world of flavors. People open up over a local meal; they become expansive and generous and forthcoming, whether or not you add a few bottles of the local brew.

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Food: The Bucket List


Murdicks Fudge in their display case

Shopping for Mackinac Island Fudge

When you step off the ferryboat on Mackinac Island, a wave of aromas competes for your attention. First, the horses. Make no mistake about it, since Mackinac Island, Michigan, is the only place in America that banned automobiles from its community, the horse-drawn wagons are everywhere, and so are the ...
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A day's crops in the Sacred Valley

Feasting Like Inca Kings in Peru

I already had a passion for Peruvian cuisine long before I traveled to Peru on a recent culinary odyssey. I did not know, however, that food rates as religion for the Inca tribespeople who still populate the South American nation’s Andes mountains. Well, that’s my interpretation in any case. It might ...
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ChristmasMarket

Navigating Prague’s Christmas Markets

It feels as though I am swimming upstream in a school of fish. I must look down to pay attention to the uneven cobblestone streets, which while romantic in looks, provide an ongoing challenge in balance. I immediately regretted giving in to the handwritten signs for svařak, the hot mulled ...
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Cherries ripe for the pickin' at Seaquist Orchards in Door County

Getting in Cherry Condition in Door County, Wisconsin

"Cherry condition" per urbandictionary.com: When something is in near perfect condition. "Cherry condition" according to Door County, Wisconsin: When someone has exceedingly reaped the healthful and gustatory benefits of Montmorency tart cherries. My conditioning began less than two hours from the airport in Green Bay. (Only small planes can land at the Door ...
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Kitchen Connaisseur in Stratford, Ontario (photo credit: Laura Byrne Paquet, c 2014).

Shopping for gourmet treats in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Come for the plays. Stay for the food. If I had my way, that would be the slogan for Stratford, Ontario, about 90 minutes southwest of Toronto. The small Canadian city (population 30,866) is known primarily in travel circles for the Stratford Festival, which focuses on Shakespearean plays but it also ...
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Clyde Butcher's fine art nature photography makes a meaningful souvenir.

What to Buy in Florida: Shopping for True Souvenirs from the Sunshine State

Mickey Mouse ears and crates of oranges: That is so last century when it comes to shopping for souvenirs that truly say “Florida.” Harry Potter is the new Mickey Mouse, and key lime products are much trendier in the citrus department. In Your Bucket Because... You don't need another pink flamingo ...
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gumbo

Learning to Cook Authentic New Orleans Gumbo

  “And what is the color of flavor?” Chef Frank Brigtsen asks. “Brown,” we chorus, for already the twelve of us perched at the cooking school counter have learned from Chef Brigtsen that a deep brown-colored roux (pronounced “roo” ) is the essential first step in the layering of flavors involved ...
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Pastry counter at Laduree Royale in Paris (Photo credit: MCArnott)

Buying Macarons at Ladurée Pastry-shop in Paris

Will it be a chocolate diamond, a raspberry ruby, or a lavender aquamarine? My taste buds are on alert: I might even have more than three. If there is such a thing as an epicurean gem, this is where to find it. So, why are Ladurée macarons such a big deal? ...
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