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California Girl Goes to Italy: Italian Coffee Culture

While in Italy, I was taken aback by the way coffee is not a beverage, but rather a lifestyle. In this article, I detail some of the ways Italian coffee culture is unique from the way we do coffee here in the States....

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California Girl Goes to Italy: An Overview of Milano, Genova, Cinque Terre and Alba

On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the cities of Milano, Genova and Alba, with a day-trip to Cinque Terre. Among these four destinations, I visited countless cafés, bars and restaurants, taking in all of the food and wine culture that this beautiful country has to offer. Here is an overview of my travel destinations, with more in-depth looks at what to do in each city to come!...

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Mendocino County: A Visit to Boonville

What you get when driving through Boonville and beyond on Highway 128 through Anderson Valley is a genuine sense of place—the feeling that Mendocino County is a collective group of hardworking individuals who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty when working with the earth—be they apple farmers, grape farmers or otherwise....

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Mendocino County: A Visit to Philo

Sure, the wine industry brings visitors like myself to Anderson Valley, but growing grapes and making wine is not all that Anderson Valley is about. If you have ever visited Philo—located in the heart of Anderson Valley—then you know that the region is also home to apple and pear orchards, as well as other agricultural crops, which are sold in quaint farm stands up and down Highway 128....

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Mendocino County's Bountiful Anderson Valley

Experiencing Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is like stepping back in time. . .As the name suggests, Anderson Valley is a narrow valley tucked within the coastal mountain ranges—from the bottom of the valley at Boonville up through Philo and then to the top at Navarro....

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Sierra Foothills Wine Country: Getting to Know Sutter Creek

In early April this year, I spent a day in Sutter Creek exploring the tiny town’s tasting rooms and eateries. This historic town has a lot to offer, and is absolutely a destination that wine and food lovers should have on their California travel list....

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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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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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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 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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