Starwood Boston hotel tour

On July 21 I had the pleasure of touring four Starwood Hotels in Boston, hosted by Edwin Philips, Starwood’s Boston Metro account manager. Our small band of travel professionals saw a range of hotels and room categories in these beautiful and charming hotels:...

A Taste of Piedmont, Oct 12-19, 2013

We are delighted to be partnering with WineNot Boutique and Tour de Forks to offer a 7-night guided wine tour to the finest wine region in Italy: Piedmont. Along with its superb wines, Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and is famous for its white...

Sweatin’ to be 2013 Garlic Chef

Who will be the next Delray Beach Garlic Chef?  That’s the question that kept a good crowd of us watching and waiting at “Garlic Chef Stadium,” a large tent at the 2013 Delray Beach Garlic Festival.  The occasion was the Garlic Chef competition,...

Fun times at a big stinky party

This weekend the city of Delray Beach, Florida,  is throwing its 14th annual Garlic Festival, “The biggest stinkin’ party in town.”  I went yesterday to check out the festivities. A festive day it was, celebrating all things garlic.  Garlic? ...

The saga of the phantom cooking lessons

One of the activities I had planned to do a lot of while in Mexico was to take cooking classes and learn more about different traditions of Mexican gastronomy. Although I didn’t travel as far and wide as I had hoped, I did get around quite a bit. Most of my stay...

Catching up

Well, March and April turned out to be very busy for me.  I spent March traveling around Mexico, from Merida, to Mexico City, with side trips to Taxco, Guanajuato, Delores Hidalgo, San Miguel de Allende, and Queretaro, then on to Oaxaca, Cancun and down the Caribbean...

Cacao Museum of Yucatan

I visited this new museum – el EcoMuseo del Cacao – with two friends one Sunday afternoon.  Approximately two hours south of Merida, the museum is located in an area of Yucatan among a number of recovered Mayan ruins.  After many stops along the way, for...

Dinner with the chefs

Last week my friend Kathleen White and I had the pleasure of dining with a couple of talented and genial Merida chefs, Remixto owner Brent Marsh, and his partner, architect and sous chef Stan Khang.  Brent and Stan are the brains, hands, and hearts of Remixto, a...

My trip to Campeche

My big adventure last week was taking the bus to the city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s the capital of the state of the same name.  The trip took almost three hours because of highway construction most of the way, but the first-class bus was...

Festivals and arts in Merida

I’m astounded by the number, variety, and quality of cultural events going on in this city. In January every year, the city celebrates its founding with a Festival de la Ciudad that lasts the entire month. This year’s 470th birthday celebration included...