NIKO ROMITO:

NIKO ROMITO:

NIKO ROMITO: ITALY’S ONLY CHEF SOUTH OF ROME WITH THREE MICHELIN STARS On November 5, 2013, Niko Romito, the timid, taciturn and modest, 39-year-old chef of the restaurant “Reale” in Castel di Sangro in the province of L’Aquila, was awarded his third Michelin star for...
THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

Kúpa-mandúka is the local phrase for one who never leaves his home, one ignorant of the world (literally, a frog in a well). But, for me, I knew Sri Lanka would be enriching and had to visit. I came first to the Wallawwa (www.thewallawwa.com). It’s just outside...
Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

A Caribbean Delight When you step onto the Caribbean island of Aruba, you will hear the warm welcome, “Bon bini!” Aruba is like a fine host whose greatest pleasure is making sure that you feel at home, are well-fed, entertained, and satisfied. Whether you come to...
Vecchio Amaro del Capo

Vecchio Amaro del Capo

  You’ve probably never head of this amazing after-dinner drink, perfect for the conclusion of a heavy holiday repast! A digestif and a liqueur, Vecchio Amaro del Capo is sweeter than the former but sharper than the latter: Grand Marnier meets Fernet...
Americans in Paris: Not Enough of ‘Em

Americans in Paris: Not Enough of ‘Em

The absence of tourists unsettled by the recent terrorist attacks makes this an excellent time to visit to the City of Light. ‘They must be right,’ I said. ‘The official word is that tourism’s down twenty percent, and it certainly looks it.’ I was talking to Valerie...
CauliBroc with Spicy Mint Sauce

CauliBroc with Spicy Mint Sauce

  Broccoli and cauliflower make fine bedfellows when covered with this exceptional sauce, which can also be used to spice up other vegetables ordinarily labeled bland or boring. Quantities do not need to be exact…start with what’s written here and...
The Incomparable Valle de Guadalupe

The Incomparable Valle de Guadalupe

Zipping southbound along the shimmering coastline mid-morning, there is a familiar feel and look.  Not for long.  From La Misión, La Ruta del Vino (the Wine Route) twists east to a vivid contrast of vines and olive trees, the Sonoran Desert and looming mountain...
From Top to Toe in St. Lucia

From Top to Toe in St. Lucia

The best way to get a proper sense of the island, it seemed, was to work my way up the island by road and by boat. More than anywhere St. Lucia is best visited by being on the move. The thing to do is to change hotels every few days. For all its beauty and fecundity,...
Epicurean Puerto Vallarta

Epicurean Puerto Vallarta

Astonishing storefronts and restaurants march up and down the Malecón, but my eyes gravitate to the art spectacles framed by the Pacific.  As we meander the mile-long esplanade, from “La Nostalgia” (Nostalgia) to “La Rotunda del Mar” (the Roundabout of the Sea) to the...
Lib’s Grill: Great Food and Drink North of Baltimore

Lib’s Grill: Great Food and Drink North of Baltimore

When Lib’s Grill was getting ready to open the community held its breath. Would this be a much needed improvement over the last restaurant to occupy the space? Perry Hall needed a restaurant and bar with a fun atmosphere and good food. Lib’s Grill delivered bigtime...