Tips, Quips and RecepiesBy: - Aug 28th, 2017
I’ll let you in on my recipe for the best pasta sauce ever. Roasting the tomatoes adds a certain nutty, burnt richness to the sauce.
German Dinner at Zion Lutheran ChurchBy: - Sep 30th, 2017
Last night we enjoyed a fabulous German dinner with 200 or so other celebrants at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. For just $12 there was a traditional feast of hand rolled, beef rouladen with red cabbage, noodles, and a vegetable medley. That ended with delicious Black Forest cake.
Wine Tour Day TwoBy: - Nov 23rd, 2017
The wine tasting officially started in the late morning on the terrace of Quinta da Alorna. Some dozen or so wines later, after an elegant lunch, we flew to another region and Esporao. There was a third tasting and dinner at Monte da Ravasquaira. It was lights out at 2 AM then back on the bus at 9 AM. It was a pace that continued for the three day TAP Wine Tour.
Day Three of a Wine TourBy: - Nov 24th, 2017
By day two of the TAP Wine Tour we were locked into an endurance marathon. We tasted the wines of several regions; the Alentejo, Dao and Douro. Off schedule by two hours we arrived after dark at the venerable and ancient Quinta do Bomfim Symington. After a long hard day I passed on a late dinner that ended at 1:30 AM. The extra sleep helped to get back on track for the third and final day of the program which ended in Porto.
Annual Awards Celebration for Wine and TourismBy: - Nov 26th, 2017
For its annual TAP Gala the Portuguese airline pulled out all the stops. It was a spectacular evening of food, drink, awards and entertanment. There were some 350 VIP guests assembled in a vast Porto warehouse. The event ran well past midnight ending with a performance by renowned Fado singer, Ana Moura.
Drink Chiaretto While Making PastaBy: - Nov 30th, 2017
One of my favorite wineries in Italy, Tinazzi, is actually two wineries. One near Lake Garda and the other is in the boot of Italy, in Puglia. Both wineries are family run and produce affordable wines.
Michelin Star Chefs And Top Portuguese Wines on FlightsBy: - Dec 01st, 2017
TAP Airlines cares about their country and customers. Somewhat like a tourism company, TAP prepares you for a Portuguese experience starting 40,000 feet above the earth. Fine Portuguese wines are paired with dishes designed by Michelin Star Chefs. There are videos that educate the viewer about the Portuguese experience.
Winding Down an Adventure in PortugalBy: - Dec 03rd, 2017
My pre Thanksgiving travel in Portugal ended with a weekend in Porto. With 2.4 million inhabitants it is the small nation's second largest city. On a glorious, summer-like afternoon a highlight of the adventure was a river cruise in the romantic City of Bridges.