Food, Wine & Travel

Hickory Tavern Offers Free Meal to All Veterans on Memorial Day

Hickory Tavern Offers Free Meal to All Veterans on Memorial Day

Hickory Tavern, the casually social neighborhood restaurant acclaimed for its sports passion, will honor America’s fallen military members on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30, 2016) at all 24 locations by offering a free meal to all veterans and active duty military.

Mexico: A Great Place to Visit, Retire To and/or Invest In – Here’s Why

Mexico: A Great Place to Visit, Retire To and/or Invest In – Here’s Why

Mexico, with the world’s 13th largest GDP, is no longer a “Third World Country”, but rather a fast growing, economically secure state. Mexico is a great place to visit for a week or the winter, take early retirement to, and/or to invest in. This article outlines the new economic reality of the country.

Monsanto — I Want My Tomatoes from Nature, Not Your Labs

Monsanto — I Want My Tomatoes from Nature, Not Your Labs

The biotech industry is willing to tamper with our food supply, our kids’ minds and our basic consumer rights. Political front for the biotech industry, financed by multibillion-dollar giants as Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont and Dow. It’s also now funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into the industry’s deceitful political campaign to kill a California “Right to Know” ballot initiative

Pakistan Travel Companion – Little Kept Secret

While many foreign travelers may shudder these politically troubled days at the thought of enjoying a great meal in Islamabad, Pakistan at phenomenally convenient prices, one of my favorite haunts for exquisite ethnic cuisine is the Kabul Restaurant in Sector F/7 in the heart of Islamabad.

Germany: Driving the Heart of the Mosel Wine Region

A visually pleasant and enjoyable way to view the vineyards and old Roman towns along the Mosel is a leisurely drive from Bernkastel to Cochem. Leaving Bernkastel, with its very own castle overlooking the town, the road winds through the Mosel River valley with the steep vine covered banks on both sides of the river.

CAROL DUFF: Appreciation of Grappa

GRAPPA By Carol Duff RN, BA, MSN STAFF WRITER/Editor Grappa is a distillate made from grapes that are grown and vinified in Italy. Distillation, which is separating the alcohol from the water, must take place in Italian distilleries that meet EU and national requirements. Grappa is the only distillate that can be made from solids. […]

CAROL DUFF: ITALIAN WINE HISTORY

ITALIAN WINE HISTORY By Carol Ware Duff STAFF WRITER/Editor photos by c duff Fossils of grape vines have been found that date to 60 million years ago, but actual grape cultivation and the consumption of wines started as early as 6,000 to 4,000 BC. The actual recipe for making wine at this early stage has […]

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

For us Vietnam Veteran baby-boomers, remember when you could just look at a new car from the automobile capitol of the world in the 60’s and 70’s, Detroit, Michigan and tell what year it was by the styling? Do you remember the old black and white television commercials about the upcoming new year models and then seeing them in all their vivid colors on the street or in a showroom for the first time? WOW, the car seemed to have come to life seeing it up close and in color! How many of us dreamed and wished about getting our own car when we were old enough and could afford it?

CAROL DUFF: SPANISH WINES, A HISTORY

SPANISH WINES A WINE HISTORY LESSON AND DESCRIPTION OF REGIONS By Carol Duff STAFF WRITER/Editor It is said that Spain is the country with the most land devoted to growing grapes. Although it is unclear when wines were first cultivated in Spain or who brought wine making techniques, it is likely that the Phoenicians were […]

CAROL DUFF: HISTORY OF TEQUILA

HISTORY OF TEQUILA BY CAROL DUFF STAFF WRITER/Editor Tequila is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented and distilled sap of the agave (maguey) which is an indigenous plant to Mexico, and is more specifically called agave tequilana Weber, blue variety. The agave is a succulent, not a cactus. Agave may have been cultivated for […]

CAROL DUFF: PORT WINE, A HISTORY OF PORTUGAL

THE WINES OF PORTUGAL, A HISTORY By Carol Ware Duff Portugal’s history can be traced back to around 700 BC, when the Iberian Peninsula was held first by the Celts, then the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. The Moors arrived in the 8th century and while they were there, introduced their culture, architecture, and agricultural techniques […]

CAROL DUFF: FRENCH WINE HISTORY AND REGIONS

  FRENCH WINE HISTORY AND REGIONS BY CAROL DUFF Wine is a beverage made from fermented grape juice and thus contains alcohol. Cultivation of grape vines started several thousand years ago and are mentioned many times in the Old Testament. The ancient Egyptians made wine, and the Greeks exported it. During the time of the […]

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