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Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend?

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend? May 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At home there's the backyard garden, the local co-op farmers market and the stash of homemade pickles, but on the road, what's a food-loving locavore to do? Track down a farm-to-hotel of course. Hotel restaurants aren't normally at the top of the list of a traveler's places to eat, but sometimes time and efficiency leave you eating at the dining room on the first floor of wherever you're...

Mayotte's Zam-Zam: Restaurant And Launchpad

Mayotte's Zam-Zam: Restaurant And Launchpad May 11th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Last month I visited Mayotte, an island located between Madagascar and Mozambique in the Mozambique Channel. Mayotte is part of the Comoros archipelago, but unlike the rest of the Comoros, it is part of France. In 1975, when the rest of the Comoros became independent, Mayotte elected to remain with France. In 2011, the association got even tighter when Mayotte became an overseas department of...

Edmonton: Three Boars, Perfect Cocktails

Edmonton: Three Boars, Perfect Cocktails Mar 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Before a recent trip to Edmonton I did my standard restaurant research. All trails seemed to lead to a place called Three Boars Eatery, located happily enough just a few blocks from my hotel in the neighborhood of Old Strathcona. I left a message requesting a booking the day before my arrival and two minutes later my phone pulsed. "Hi. You called. We're full upstairs tomorrow night but there's...

California Restaurant Month Kicks Off In January

California Restaurant Month Kicks Off In January Dec 14th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The land of goat milk, arugula, and honey continues to prosper, and no surprise, given that California's 81,700+ farms produce nearly half of all domestically-grown crops. Thus, the third-annual California Restaurant Month kicks off in January, offering up 33 destinations where visitors and locals alike can savor the flavor of the nation's most cutting-edge culinary state (sorry, New York). ...

Tawlet: Lebanese Locavore Love

Tawlet: Lebanese Locavore Love Dec 11th, 2012 at 9:00AM: On my first visit to Beirut's Tawlet, I stopped to ask a shopkeeper directions. "Tawlet?" she verified. I nodded. "C'est très bon," with a delicate flutter of the fingers accompanying her très, before she pointed me in the right direction. I'd heard great things about Tawlet for quite some time. The shopkeeper's gesture was the icing on the cake. I knew the way I know my own name...

Planning An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner, Portlandia-Style

Planning An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner, Portlandia-Style Oct 28th, 2012 at 2:30PM: About four years ago, I wrote an Edible Aspen story on Brook LeVan, a farmer friend of mine who lives in western Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley. Brook and his wife, Rose (that's them, in the photo), raise heritage turkeys, among other things, and part of my assignment was to ask him how to celebrate a locally sourced, cold-climate Thanksgiving. Brook, whom i've since dubbed "The Messiah of...

Northern Iceland: A Locavore Tour

Northern Iceland: A Locavore Tour Oct 3rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: The locavore turn seems to be everywhere in evidence. An intensified interest in local food products, the rediscovery of forgotten local food traditions and creative attempts to merge various culinary heritages with modern preparation techniques all fuel this turn. One side effect of this movement is the increased prominence, in many places, of local food products – on menus, in markets...

Restaurant Rooftop Gardens: Five Of America's Best

Restaurant Rooftop Gardens: Five Of America's Best Jun 15th, 2012 at 12:00PM: From where I stood on the roof of Bastille Cafe & Bar in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, I could see flocks of seagulls circling nearby fishing boats, as I catch whiffs of brine, gasoline and eau de canal water. Despite the industrial marine supplies and salmon canneries across the way, up here I was surrounded by buzzing honeybees and dozens of varieties of produce, from heirloom French...

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State Apr 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's a well-known fact amongst Seattleites that the sun always comes out for the summer starting on July 4. OK, that wasn't true two years ago but on July 5, there it was. Anyway, it's the official start of our summer and that means it's also the start of the eating season. For farmers market goers and lovers of the grill and al fresco dining, July is kickoff time. Perhaps that's why Tom...

Whole Foods To Ban Sale Of Unsustainable Seafood: The Global Impact

Whole Foods To Ban Sale Of Unsustainable Seafood: The Global Impact Mar 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: In a landmark move, Whole Foods has just announced that starting on April 22 -- Earth Day -- it will no longer sell seafood from depleted or otherwise unsustainable fisheries, or species harvested with ecologically damaging methods such as trawling. The industry ratings for these species are determined by the Blue Ocean Institute and California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, which produces a popular...

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business

Craft foods calling: nationwide schools, seminars and workshops teach you how to launch your own business Mar 21st, 2012 at 12:00PM: Most children don't dream of selling cheese or hacking apart animal carcasses when they grow up, but it's a popular fantasy for many adults. Like most romantic-sounding culinary vocations, making craft foods and beverages can be hard work, and a risky business enterprise. "No matter how passionate someone is about their product," says Heidi Yorkshire, founder of Portland, Oregon's Food by Hand...

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West Mar 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Spring, as they say, has sprung. In farmstead and artisan cheese parlance, that means pastures are currently abound with calves, lambs, and kids (of the goat variety), and the first milk of the season is in. That's why March is the kickoff month for cheese festivals, especially on the West Coast because of its more mild climate. The following just happen to be some of the nation's best. 8th...

Five foods of fall

Five foods of fall Oct 21st, 2011 at 12:00PM: It seems like summer had just begun (that's because a few weeks ago in Seattle, it had), and now we're in the throes of early winter fall. It's actually a beautiful time, what with the trees turning color, cutting through the gray and damp. The weather is crisp and on rare days, the sky is cerulean. There are worse places to experience the change of season. Living in such an autumnal...

Dropping the F-bomb: why "foodie" needs to go away

Dropping the F-bomb: why Oct 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Life used to be so easy. You ate to live. Then, man discovered fire and realized mastodon tastes a lot better with a nice sear on it. Around 500,000 years later, Homo foodieus evolved, and now it's impossible to go out to eat without camera flashes going off at the tables around you. Mercifully, there's a Foodie Backlash taking root in America, and I feel the time is ripe (Did you see how I...

Five tips for a great Gozo break

Five tips for a great Gozo break Sep 29th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Gozo, as Meg Nesterov recently reported, is a spirited place. The smaller of the Republic of Malta's two main islands, the island also known as the Isle of Calypso provides the rustic antidote to big brother Malta's package holiday flash. There's a lot to do on Gozo. Capital Victoria boasts an incredible walled Citadel. There are trails for hiking. There are little villages that become shady...

Fall festivals: five delicious ways to celebrate

Fall festivals: five delicious ways to celebrate Sep 21st, 2011 at 10:00AM: There's something really depressing about seeing the last of the tomatoes, corn, and stonefruit at the farmers market, the withering vines in my neighbor's gardens. But fall is also an exciting time for produce geeks, what with all the peppers and squash, pomegranates and persimmons. If you love yourself some good food and drink, here are five reasons to welcome fall. No matter where you live...

Round-the-world: Mauritius top five

Round-the-world: Mauritius top five Oct 13th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Mauritius has all sorts of charm by the bucketload. It's got beaches, beautiful resorts, rough-and-tumble districts, colonial architecture, and a tropically lush physical environment. Following are five stand-out places and pastimes that showcase the island's distinctive beauty. 1. Local grub. In addition to the fresh seafood on offer, there are hunting reserves on Mauritius that generate...

From Dawn Til' it's Gone: Hilo Farmer's Market is a must-visit

From Dawn Til' it's Gone: Hilo Farmer's Market is a must-visit Sep 15th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Whenever I travel, I make a point of hunting down the local farmers market. I'm obsessed with them. Whether I'm nibbling fresh-from-the-oven baguette in Southwest France, chomping down on a grilled sausage sandwich topped with Walla Walla onions in Washington State, or noshing a big plate of pork ribs in French St. Martin, I've found that the best way to get a true taste of what your destination...

Chicago City Provisions organic farm dinners

Chicago City Provisions organic farm dinners Aug 25th, 2009 at 11:00AM: It's Green Travel Month here at Gadling, so to get into the green spirit, I booked a special dinner with Chicago's City Provisions Catering and Events, an eco-friendly catering company. City Provisions works with local farmers and suppliers, sends its organic waste back to farmers for composting, and sources all of its ingredients from organic and sustainable providers. The company offers...

Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast is eco-chic

Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast is eco-chic Aug 15th, 2009 at 11:00AM: At Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, the mission statement is clear. Comfort, style and luxury can co-exist with sustainable, eco-friendly practices. And when it comes to green initiatives, Milan Doshi, the b&b's owner, seems to have thought of everything. The bedding, the paint, the food, the labor - every aspect of the b&b was specifically chosen to be as green as possible. ...

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