January 30, 2010
Sensuality in Germany? How You Wonder? #munichClick below to energize your senses with the aromas of homemade German chocolate. Tucked away on a side street not far from Munich's food market where you are mainly faced with sausage, sausage and more sausage, a little gem called Sama Sama sits.
The building itself on Westenriederstr is crooked and crammed inside, every corner filled with homemade delicacies oozing with combinations you are unlikely to have tasted.
Not only do they use the best quality ingredients to create dark and milk chocolate masterpieces but they incorporate pistachios, cherries, lemons, ginger, amaretto, pepper, lavender, violets, roses, blueberries, vanilla, strawberries and more.
Allow yourself to surrender to chocolate everywhere you travel on this magical globe of ours. In one video, you will also see the chocolate in process as well as the finished product.
December 31, 2009
Sacha Finkelsztayn for a Yiddish Gastronomic WonderI ran across legendary Sacha Finkelsztayn in Paris earlier this month. On a mission to find dark chocolate, my tastebuds found taramasalata, mini baguette-like pastries with poppy seeds and some wondrous looking dumpling instead.
Imagine trying to get a shot of the place without 6,000 people coming in and out of its regularly visited door on a Saturday afternoon close to Christmas. As I stood there with frozen fingers trying to shoot -- and waiting to shoot -- more than one Parisian shouted the word "Impossible" at me.
Progress at last.
The area is old, so this incredibly quaint and adorable shop along Rue Des Rosiers isn't your only surprise, but it's so memorable that it had me longing for another visit days later.
Taglined La Gastronomie Yiddish D'Europe Centrale et Russie, it's a Yiddish gastronomic wonderland.
They have their own beautiful description: "On y retrouve les saveurs et les senteurs qui ont charmé l'enfance de Chagall, Soutine, Freud, ou Woody Allen. On y entend tous les accents des langues d'Europe de l'Est, des Balkans aux pays Baltes, et l'on y croise bien des célébrités du spectacle ou des Arts et Lettres."
It's been standing tall through three generations of Finkelsztajn. The colors, its heritage and the smells bring you in.
The collective experience, including the people who show up -- and stay -- are what keep you there.
It was far too busy to shoot video or do an interview despite the urge to do so. Instead, I hung out in the corner and observed for a long time, while sampling one thing after another.
And, each and every time, I was greeted by this man at the end of the shop who took my money and grinned, because clearly I was a newbie.....clearly I wasn't a local. It was not just the camera that gave it away. The must would have been my awe-stricken face in the corner oohing and aahhing after every bite and then again before the next one.
It's shocking to me that I had never entered its walls, despite my countless visits to Paris over the years, which often included a stroll up and down Rue Des Rosiers. All I can think of is that my priorities must have been different in the past. It's like trying to see the color green on shop signs when you are only looking for blue.
After more than a decade living back in the states, where food is not honored and worshipped as it is in Europe, particularly Paris, I now seek out the best of the best on every trip with a goal of having a gastronomic breakthrough each time. Indeed, a fabulous find.
December 24, 2009
The Greek Too Know How to Sing and DanceIn Mythos Resaurant in Paris' Latin Quarter.
August 23, 2009
Tips for Last Minute Travel Getaways
Great tips for last minute travel getaways in the Miami Herald. Deals, deals, deals. Check it out.
August 20, 2009
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August 06, 2009
Voyij.com and VFM Leonardo Team Up
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August 03, 2009
Chicago on a Hot Summer Night
Recent trip to Chicago, I found myself unable to sleep every night. There was something about the consistent warm evenings where people wore an air of summer vacation everywhere you turned, that made it difficult to retreat to a hotel room and work or rather.....sleep.
July 31, 2009
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The Italian World Channel: All Things Italian
Italian World Channel's CEO Enrico Beltramini talks to us at AlwaysOn this week about "all things Italian."
"We in Italy are very romantic and charming," he says. Beauty,design, travel, lifestyle and love.
July 27, 2009
Travel Blog Exchange Event in Chicago
While I wasn't there for the whole thing, I caught the PR panel, which to my amusement, was not unlike every PR/media panel I've attended over the past twenty years. Really.
It was interesting how the questions are often the same, panel after panel, year after year and it hasn't changed much now that bloggers are part of the mix.
"How do you like to work? How do you like to be contacted? What works for you and what doesn't work? How do you like to work with PR and marketing pros?"
On the panel was Disney's Social Media Director Leanne Jakubowski, Nerds Eye View Pam Mandel, Turner PR's Angela Berardho, Travel Savvy Mom's Jamie Pearson and Kristen Unger from the Chicago Tourism Office.