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9 Top Tours for Cheese-Loving Travelers

Nov 2, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Cheese lovers are not quiet or shy about their passions. From salty blue cheeses and runny Camemberts, to a sharp Cheddar or smooth goat cheese, flavors rarely border on bland or boring. And cheese aficionados are rarely anything less than opinionated. But no matter your preference (stinky vs. subtle, runny vs. hard), to witness the process of making cheese is to delve deeper into a lengthy process of curdling, stretching, washing, and ripening. And there are places the world over where this process can be discovered firsthand by curious cheese-loving travelers.... Read More

Harvest Festivals Part 1 | Three Picks From the Season of Plenty

Nov 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

A month into autumn, there are so many harvest festivals and regional gastronomic celebrations on the calendar worldwide, we can't figure out an orderly and fair way to cover them. So we shall make do with a disorderly and probably unfair roundup (because we can't possibly include EVERYTHING that's deserving), in installments as we can manage. Here's a first dispatch of harvest-time goodness, with more to follow — in no particular ranking, because "better" in this case is only a matter of personal taste.... Read More

Fine Farm Dining Around the World

Oct 11, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Blue Hill opened in 2004 at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and has steadily served unforgettable meals to New Yorkers and visitors alike. That the center incorporates a working farm and education center on-site is evident even in the menu, which isnt a menu at all. A server provides a list of seasonal ingredients theyre offering at that time, which will be used to create your meal.... Read More

Fine Farm Dining Around the World

Oct 11, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Agritourism is not a new concept. It’s an old one that makes complete sense — restaurants and inns on farms have much of what they need to accommodate guests right outside the front door. So of course they’re able to give travelers the freshest and most authentic experience, whether it’s working as a temporary farmhand in exchange for room and board or simply making a dinner reservation to sample on-site ingredients. It is safe to say that, while farm stays and restaurants are well-established, there has been a steady increase in ones that rack up prestigious awards and critical acclaim.... Read More

A Virtual Visit to Four European Culture Capitals

Oct 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

No matter how many years have passed since we’ve cracked a textbook, the seasonal change of summer to autumn will always be imbued with back-to-school significance. Reading, writing, history, foreign language... inconceivable, isn’t it, that we once got a daily dose of each? In honor of school days, we’ve created a virtual field trip to four European cities that offer four distinctive perspectives on the humanities.... Read More

Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro Winery in Tuscany

Oct 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Salvatore Ferragamo name has long been associated with careful craftsmanship, especially in the art of shoemaking. The family has since expanded their love of the finer things in life to winemaking, with the Il Borro Winery in the Tuscan region of Italy.... Read More

A Virtual Visit to Four European Culture Capitals

Oct 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

No matter how many years have passed since we’ve cracked a textbook, the seasonal change of summer to autumn will always be imbued with back-to-school significance. Reading, writing, history, foreign language... inconceivable, isn’t it... Read More

Baroque Art from Pinacoteca di Brera May Be Stolen Nazi Plunder

Oct 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

When Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera loaned pieces of 16th-century art from their collection to a museum in Florida, USA, they probably expected to get them back—but that may not be the case. U.S. authorities have informed the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science that they may have borrowed a painting that was looted by the Nazis during WWII, and due to this they cannot return it.... Read More

10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Set in the Swiss countryside, Maison Cailler is one of the founders of milk chocolate. Straying from the commonly used powdered milk, Alexandre-Louis Cailler used fresh cows' milk to create that creamy texture we associate today with milk chocolate. Maison Cailler isn't afraid of sharing, so visitors can partake in classes on truffle making (complete with choco-vernacular and a Cailler apron) before they wander the grounds of the magnificent Swiss home, which always smells of chocolate.... Read More

10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  2 Comments

The word connoisseur is thrown around too easily these days. Knowing how to sniff brandy, aerate your red wine, or distinguish between East and West Coast oysters is simply a matter of taste. Likewise, knowing the joys of nibbling on small squares of 70% dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt does not an expert make. It makes a true appreciator of the finer things in life; it makes a savvy tastemaker. If you’re vying to upgrade from bystander to real connoisseur (from social chocolate-lover to official taste-tester), it’s time to go behind the scenes.... Read More

Milan Fashion Week New Designer Preview

Sep 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Jason Campbell

As one of the most fashionable cities in the world, Milan has the ability to inspire and grow some of the most exciting new fashion talent in the world. With supportive initiatives like Vogue’s Who is On Next and Milano Unica’s On Stage, there is a troop of innovative, fresh designers showcasing their latest collections for spring/summer ‘12. As all eyes turn to the Italian fashion capital, JC Report provides a rundown of the new talents worth watching.... Read More

Italy Vacations | Living Like A King at Umbria Castle

Aug 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Meyers

Every resort offers certain classy amenities, whether it be a restaurant headed up by a TV celebrity chef, or a spa offering the most sumptuous soaks and massages, but for those wishing to avoid the stigma of becoming someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing, there are a collection of unique properties out there that provide an experience in favor of exquisite services. These premises are listed with airbnb, a service that allows individuals to list their personal plots when they are not otherwise in use, giving travelers truly atypical trip-planning choices. ... Read More

Burrata: The Cadillac of Buffalo Mozzarella

Aug 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne

Burrata means "buttered" in Italian. And, like butter, is exactly how it melts in your mouth and enhances dishes. Usually served at room temperature, this fresh Italian cheese is a delightful combination of buffalo mozzarella and cream, cow’s milk, salt and rennet... although you would think it were made from angels in a heavenly alternate universe where everything looks beautiful and all tastes are divine.... Read More

Fashion Designer Neima Sitawi & INTRAinteriors Launch Party

Jul 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Merve Yoruger

Who wouldn't like the idea of having a sea inside their home? That was the starting point of the architectural design and fashion party 'Al Mare, Dentro Casa' (At the Sea, Inside the House) that was hosted by the emerging luxury fashion designer Neima Sitawi and the interior design company INTRAinteriors.... Read More

Stefano Bemer: Maker of Handcrafted Men's Shoes

Jul 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Sandra Cemulini  |  2 Comments

In the world of luxury, some focus on the glitz and excess, others consider the time and skill needed to create refined and beautiful objects to be the true luxury of our day. Stefano Bemer is of the latter. His client is a man of style who spends wisely and has a sense of self.... Read More

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