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White wine. Photo courtesy of Robert S. Donovan.
Drink / Sommelier Certification

Sommelier Certification: How To Taste Wine Like A Pro

If you enjoy this post, please subscribe to Epicure & Culture by email, leave a comment below, and share on share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Thanks for visiting!This is the first article in an original Epicure & Culture series, “Sommelier Certification,” where I will be documenting my experience […]

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Olives. Photo courtesy of Castelfalfi.
Curated Lists / Ecotourism / Europe / Experiences / Food / Photo Essays / Photography

Dispatch From Tuscany: Debunking Common Misconceptions About Olive Oil

Olive oil is a super ingredient with the ability to enhance the flavors of a dish while also adding antioxidants and heart-healthy benefits. That being said, there are many misconceptions that exist on the product. That’s why — with the help of agronomist Marco Soldani of Castelfalfi and agronomist Francesco Caselli […]

Sea Urchin and Beer at Spike's Africa Bar and Restaurant, San Diego.  Photo courtesy of Spike's.
Chef Stories / Drink / Food / North America / Profiles / Restaurants

Beyond Wine And Fish: Ultra-Fresh Seafood And Craft Beer Pairings At Spike Africa’s In San Diego, California

Like its free-spirited, ocean-faring namesake, Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar — one of the top downtown San Diego restaurants — offers a culinary journey of fresh flavors, friendly people and even face-to-face encounters with the fish you’re about to eat. This San Diego restaurant honors the memory of […]

How Rhino Poaching Is Funding Terrorism (And How You Can Help Stop It)
Africa / Asia / Conservation Issues / Ecotourism / Get Involved / Global Ethics / Volunteer

How Rhino Poaching Is Funding Terrorism (And How You Can Help Stop It)

Something 50 million years in the making is on track to be wiped out in a matter of a few decades. The rhinoceros — essentially the world’s last dinosaur — is being relentlessly hunted and slaughtered for its horn. Comprised of keratin, just like your hair and fingernails, rhino horn […]

Pills. Photo courtesy of CathyK.
Global Ethics / Thoughts / Travel / Trip Journal

Medical Tourism: Are Cheaper Procedures Worth The Risk?

While even the thought of needing to take a trip to the hospital while on vacation is enough to make most travelers shudder, others make this the center of their vacation. With costs and wait times for treatments increasing rapidly in North America and Western Europe, more patients are choosing […]

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Winery.
Drink / Experiences / Food / North America / Sip

How To Pair Wine And Cheese Like A Pro

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a “Wine & Cheese Pairing” course at New York City’s Brooklyn Winery. The class — which was curated and taught by the knowledgeable Noel Cavnar — was designed to not only tell you what wines and cheeses went well together, but also ensure […]

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Carrot, Dandelion And Maple: An Epicurious Guide To Lesser-Known Fruit Wines
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Carrot, Dandelion And Maple: An Epicurious Guide To Lesser-Known Fruit Wines

Making over 4,500 varieties of the beverage, grapes are typically the staple ingredient in wine; however, if you’d like even more choices wine can also be made without any grapes at all. In fact, many cultures first created wines with other ingredients like agave or honey (to create mead) long […]

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WWOOF And Wine: A Glimpse Into The Agriculture Of Northern New Mexico

Cross the river. Go up the hill, but don’t go down the hill! Cross the river. Go up the hill, but don’t go down the hill! Ahh Emma, don’t miss your turn for the vineyard! I repeated these directions in my head a good 20 times as I scanned the […]

#InstaTravel: Culture, Food And Beautiful Views In Guatemala
#InstaTravel / Central America / Photo Essays / Photography / Travel / Travel Guides

#InstaTravel: Culture, Food And Beautiful Views In Guatemala

      For those looking to travel to Guatemala, the country is full of beautiful landscapes, delicious food and immersive culture worth exploring. To show you what I’m talking about, here’s a look at some highlights through Instagrammed Guatemala photos from my recent trip.   Have a favorite Guatemala […]

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Chimps playing with a shirt Shara bought them
Africa / Conservation Issues / Culture / Ecotourism / Encounters / Experiences / Get Involved / Global Ethics / Q&A / Travel / Travel Guides

Notes From Uganda: Culture, Couchsurfing And Volunteering With Orphaned Chimps

Travel isn’t always pretty. Intrepid traveler and wildlife volunteer Shara Johnson tells us about an eye-opening and somewhat difficult experience working at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, as well as how to experience local culture, what to eat, and why both good and bad realities are worth exploring. 1. You spent […]

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