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A Vinous Dream: Wine Tasting in Los Olivos

Near Los Olivos Wine Trip

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Los Olivos is a town located in Santa Ynez Valley. Despite its small population of about 1,000 people, the town is constantly bustling due to its plethora of tasting rooms, restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutiques. There are around 50 tasting rooms, representing wineries…

Sipping Buellton: Wines and Other Gastronomic Delights

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Buellton is a small town, conveniently located in the center of Santa Barbara Wine Country and Santa Ynez Valley. The town is a 10-minute drive from Los Olivos. While Buellton doesn’t have the sheer volume of wine tasting options like Los Olivos, there are…

San Sebastian Pintxo Food Guide

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(Reading Time: ) There are only two places in the world that make me mourn inappropriately and twitch theatrically over their foods. First: Piedmont with her purist foodies who strive to conserve the most authentic expressions of her regional cuisine. Second: San Sebastián and her prideful nonchalance in everyday fine-food affair. As the title suggests,…

Up close and Personal: Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

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(Reading Time: ) We were in the middle of the sea, staring into the darkness at a pit spewing a fountain of fire. It wasn’t a serene moment, Charine and I shared the view with about sixty people. We weren’t at wuthering heights, the peak was a pedestrian 924-meter high. It wasn’t bitterly cold, although…

Palermo, City of Delights

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(Reading Time: ) “Everyone here is fucking crazy. But they mind their own business and leave you alone,” says Antonio, a Milanese who’s been living in Palermo for the past 15 years. I concur with Antonio. Palermo is a wild, obnoxious and seductive city; for all of those qualities, it has seared itself into my…

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