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Photo courtesy Alyson Levy Photography Pisco sours, Peruvian chicken skewers, empanadas, smiles, and thanks–happy birthday Andina. It was the 10th Anniversary Bash at Andina, Portland, Oregon’s iconic Peruvian restaurant. On a night dedicated to appreciation, the proprietors and staff of Andina, Portland’s own outpost of Peruvian cuisine, provided a memorable experience for a diverse crowd of food enthusiasts. As hard as it might be for those of us who have for some time enjoyed its unique... Read More
Photo Lasse Fuss You know how chaotic it can be at the last minute before take-off when everyone is stuffing bags into the plane’s overhead bins. In an effort to avoid the now-ubiquitous baggage fees, people tend to cram too-large suitcases, jackets, and all manner of stuff into those small overheads. That was the scene recently as I boarded a United Airlines plane out of Washington, D.C., heading home from Montreal. Suddenly, there was a cry and a collective gasp. The airline employee who’d... Read More
As a travel writer, I travel for work and spend a lot of time in transit—hanging out in airports, waiting in cafes, riding in buses, etc. I usually use this “down time” as writing time. I always travel with my netbook so I simply plug in or go on battery power and catch up on the many stories I have pending. It’s often really productive time. However, I find it increasingly difficult to find some quiet space in which to work. I blame the ubiquitous use of cell phones. While cell phone technology... Read More
Chef vs. Chef: Natalie’s Top Chefs Compete for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Oh boy. Two “top chefs” from the same awesome kitchen, Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn, will compete for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year at Harvest on the Harbor here in Portland, Maine. I want a front row seat on Thursday, October 24, as Executive Chef Jon Gaboric and Line Chef Chris Long face off against each other for the coveted title. Chef Long will prepare his butter-poached Maine lobster with grilled lobster... Read More
Okay, friends, sometimes my flights are long and I’m tired and my patience wears thin with airlines, with flight attendants, with taxi drivers, etc. Recently, I wrote about being on a long series of Air Canada flights from Oregon to Prince Edward Island and being really unhappy about being denied what I believed to be a pre-paid meal on my flight back from Montreal to Vancouver. I wrote a pretty hot opinion piece in this column (“Air Canada: Policy Over Service”). I’m here to say I was wrong.... Read More
I made my debut in the cider world this summer at the Northwest Cider Association’s Third Annual Summer Cider Day. Held at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, hundreds of cider lovers met face to face with 17 Northwest cider makers, tippling more than 50 different ciders. For newbies like me, I needed to find out what I was drinking. It’s fairly simple: cider is an alcoholic beverage fermented from apples, just as wine is fermented from grapes. In addition to the traditional dry ciders... Read More
These days, travelers complain mightly about airlines. Planes are crowded and airlines charge for everything from bags to meals to ticket changes. Overworked airline staff who deal with unhappy, stressed out fliers, often become surly themselves. It makes travel unpleasant to say the least. As a friend of mine who travels nearly every month for his employer recently said, “The places I get to visit are great, but getting there is awful.” It’s almost enough to make one give up travel (almost,... Read More
Teresa Bergen has joined the realfoodtraveler.com family as our new Vegan/Vegetarian Editor. As more people explore vegan and vegetarian options we want to bring RFT readers authoritative coverage. Teresa Bergen, a vegetarian for more than 30 years and author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide, brings that expertise. Teresa, who has a B.A. in journalism from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University, has written many articles for Examiner.com as a Portland Vegetarian... Read More
Wine authority Julie Pegg, who has been writing as realfoodtraveler.com’s Wine Editor, Canada, for some time now, has been promoted to Wine & Spirits Editor, Canada. Readers who love wine know Julie’s stories about wine to be informative, entertaining, and, at times, funny and irreverent. Always the teacher, Julie’s goal is to make drinking and enjoying more approachable for readers. She believes, like all of us here at RFT, that you don’t have to be an expert to learn more and enjoy... Read More
RFT’s intrepid Ski & Dive Editor, Yvette Cardozo, has been honored with a Silver Award at the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter for her article “The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More)” published on realfoodtraveler.com. Yvette, a veteran travel writer, won Silver in the Service Article category. SATW is the largest and most prestigious professional association for travel journalists in the United States. Readers familiar with Yvette’s... Read More
A few weeks ago, we told you that RFT Founder and Editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring, was one of three finalists in 2013 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence. Well, she won the Travel Media Award of Excellence. The announcement was made at the annual awards dinner in Regina, Saskatchewan. The annual 2013 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence were established to recognize and foster excellence in the province’s tourism sector. More than 110 nominations were received for this year’s... Read More
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) announced that realfoodtraveler.com Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Bobbie Hasselbring, is America’s top online culinary writer. At an awards luncheon held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, the CTC awarded Hasselbring First Place in Online Culinary Writing in the 2013 Northern Lights Awards. Dozens of top food and travel writers across the United States submit hundreds of stories they’ve written the previous year about Canada for the prestigious... Read More