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Great Wall, Great KFC & Great Pomerol

Have you ever been shot at point blank range by an opera singer? It happened to me in Beijing. Sitting within a few feet of one of China's most celebrated tenors, he stands in front of the open kitchen with arms open wide, unleashes a snippet of "Ave Maria". The kitchen hands behind him stop their slicing and stirring; forks frozen in front of open mouths. Particles of heavenly music occupy every molecule in the restaurant, every cell in our...

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On the New Zealand Wine and Culinary Route - First Stop: Auckland, Part 2

Staying in Auckland city, if you want to be central and within walking distance to some of the best eating spots in town, the best place to stay is SKYCITY Grand Hotel....

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On the New Zealand Wine and Culinary Route - First Stop: Auckland, Part 1

For most of the world, New Zealand is very remote and evokes iconographic thoughts of pristine shores and some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth....

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Una Vita diVino: Le Maschere di Tricarico

The mother of Italian folk festivals is the Raduno delle Maschere Antropologiche held once a year in the southern Italian region of Basilicata....

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Una Vita diVino: The Butcher from Panzano

If I were to make a list of Italy’s top ten culinary personalities, Dario Cecchini of the Antica Macelleria Cecchini (www.dariocecchini.com) would be included....

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 1

Curtis Marsh explores hedonism, both spiritually and physically, in the heart of Cambodia's jungle and the lost civilization of the Khmer, with glass in hand! Sometimes it can be the place you are actually drinking wine that heightens the senses and pleasure....

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 2

Wasting no time, well, after a very pleasant late lunch first, we were introduced to our personal guide for our entire stay. The team of drivers whisked us off in Amansara's wonderfully restored (somewhat modified) World War II era US Army Jeeps—our impressive motorcade seemingly parting the traffic unhindered at a clip to the "Great City" and ancient Khmer capital, Angkor Thom....

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Geyserville and Beyond

In the northern reaches of Sonoma County, Geyserville is the second to last town you reach before crossing over the county border into Mendocino territory. What has always been a small, rural town (current population is no more than 2,000 people), the Geyserville community has done a lot to make sure that wine country visitors are attracted to this area....

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 3

Part 3 continues... And return we did, in the denseness of darkness in the morning, and I mean early morning—5am! And that entailed being gently woken up by the Amansara staff at 4am for pastries and (strong) coffee, then sneaking away from the compound with our motorcade of US Army Jeeps, our platoon of minders looking measurably more conscious than we were.  And when I say darkness, that sort of density of darkness when you cannot see six inches in...

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Hedonistic with the Gods - Amansara, Angkor - Part 4

Part 4 continues.... We decided that between the three of us sharing dishes, we could indulge in the entire menu for that evening taking in several Khmer dishes, as well as satisfying my sudden craving for a decent steak! Yes, I know—you come all the way to Cambodia for a steak—but hey, that's what Aman hedonism is all about: No rules, no guilt....

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