Monthly Archives: September 2014


Sometimes it feels like dinner is stuck in a rut. The flavors in my old favorite dishes begin to seem flabby and need some amping up. That’s when I start poring over the posts on my favorite food blogs and (much to the chagrin of the unsuspecting passengers in my car) making unscheduled detours to the nearest new specialty grocer, just looking for a few things to add a little vim and vigor to our family meals. Here are some of my newest finds.


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Cent’Anni, Pardner! Duchman Winery and the Future of Texas Vino


What will be the standing of Texas wines in the decades to come?

Where is Texas wine right now in status?

First, where it is not:

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Vancouver 2: TaiwanFest, Granville Island, Stanley Park After Dark & More

(This is Part 2 of our Tour of Vancouver, B.C. Read Part 1: Visiting Vancouver? Eat. Drink. Play. Repeat.):

We took the city’s public transit rail, a.k.a., the Sky Train, through downtown to Granville Street, cutting through Yaletown once again, on our way to the southern edge of the city. Unexpectedly we came upon a local festival in full swing.


Vancouver is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Canada. Along with a historical heritage of English, Scottish and German immigrants, you will find Greek, Italian, and Japanese neighborhoods, as well as a sizable Punjabi community. But by far, the tremendous growth in Chinese immigration over the last few decades has made the most significant cultural impact on the city.


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Visiting Vancouver? Eat. Drink. Play. Repeat.


(This is Part 1 of our Tour of Vancouver, B.C. Read Vancouver 2: TaiwanFest Granville Island, Stanley Park After Dark & More):

What are the key elements of an ideal travel destination? How about magnificent scenery, abundant seafood, a diverse international vibe, well-rated regional wines, and good coffee close at hand? Look no further than Vancouver. All the good bits are here, seamlessly flowing together, in this coastal gem of a city.

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