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  • Great Chefs Of The World

    Cooking with Zarela: The root of it all-Jicama

    Cooking with Zarela: The root of it all-Jicama

    Mexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaura…moreMexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaurant is a Manhattan institution and a culinary trend-setter. She has authored several acclaimed books:"Food from my heart","Food and life of Oaxaca" and "Zarela's Veracruz". Her 13 part series "Zarela, Cocina Veracruzana" is airing on PBS. She has made guest appearances on many TV shows including "Julia Child:cooking with master chefs" and " Martha Stewart". less

    Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

    Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

    The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Ne…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. Let iexplore guide you on this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards. There you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their dazzling cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a search for truffles in the woods with his dog Diana. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffle. The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente.The avant-garde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. The healthy pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. So go ahead and splurge. Neive is at the heart of Barbaresco. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making this wine here. Tops labels are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. The Stupino brothers winery is housed in a sprawling 18th century castle. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir besides their well known Barbaresco. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his groundbreaking dishes. The fortified Castle of Grinzane was erected in the XIth Century. Today it houses a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries The Marchesi Falletti created the first Barolo in this village.The first bottle, "Cannubbio 1861” is on permanent display.Today the original 19-century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age the Barolo Cannubi or Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Massimo Camia prepares the classic dishes which have earned the restaurant a Michelin star. The Ceretto brothers have created a 300 acres network of small estates producing some outstanding labels. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. They have also sponsored major art projects the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and in their winery their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 sisters from the Burlotto family run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored the original frescos and furniture. Here you’ll attend cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes. Their winery has some of the oldest vintages going back to the 1850’s. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ . A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Langhe Roero will stay with you forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

    Chef Ken Frank of La Toque

    Chef Ken Frank of La Toque

    Napa Valley with its endless vineyards, year round freshness in its orchards and gardens …moreNapa Valley with its endless vineyards, year round freshness in its orchards and gardens is a perfect environment for wine and food pairing. Ken Ken Frank, has spent more than two- thirds of his life in the kitchen. He learned how to cook in France then moved in Los Angeles where he became a celebrity chef with his restaurant La Toque on Sunset pioneering food and wine pairing there. After running it for 15 years He moved to Napa because he says La Toque has always been a “wine restaurant” and he opened his new La Toque inside the Westin, a true ”wine Hotel”. Since the 70’s Ken has been experimenting with classic technique using the freshest local ingredients. Napa offered immediate access to fresh produce and the best heritage meat suppliers of Northern California. “Moving to Napa Valley was the smartest thing I’ve ever done,” says Frank. “I couldn’t have this kind of restaurant just anywhere.” From his early days in France Ken’s passion for innovation has always been fueled by his attachment to the soil . His move to Napa is part of his journey toward finding his authenticity as a chef in a rich natural environment. So what if it takes a little more travel time to eat at his restaurant? People will keep coming because excellence is the magnet. Michelin stars earned in 2007 and 2009 attest to that. Most recently La Toque was named one of “America’s Best Top 100 Wine Restaurants of 2011” in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. less

  • 10 Best Things To Do

    10 Best: Berlin-Potsdamer Platz

    10 Best: Berlin-Potsdamer Platz

    10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. …more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Once the busiest intersection in Europe, it was totalled during WWI and it remained a wasteland during the cold war with the wall running across it. After the wall came down, glittering new building mushroomed and with its new architectural landmarks like the Sony Center it is now a symbol of the new Berlin. Hosted by Julia Grimpe, a well known actress of theater and TV and a resident of Berlin. less

    10 Best: Berlin- Berliner Weisse

    10 Best: Berlin- Berliner Weisse

    10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. …more10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. Berliner Weisse is a specialty of Berlin: it's a top fermented,bottle conditioned. wheat beer. Because it is tart and acidic Berliners mix it with either raspberry or woodruff juice and drink it through a straw (which is quite controversial in Germany). Napoleon liked his Berliner Weisse without syrup and called it "the champagne of the North". In the US about 100 years ago this type of beer, made according to the Berliner Weisse method, was the most popular beer in the US. less

    10 Best: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, "Capital of Asia"

    10 Best: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, "Capital of Asia"

    Phnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called…morePhnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called “The Capital of Asia”. Today it is fast becoming a a modern metropolis with a hectic nite life. The oldest attraction is the Wat Phnom constructed in 1373. The legend about the building of the Wat Phnom is tied to the founding of this city. People come to the temple burning money and bringing food offerings.The bird sellers at the temples will let you buy a bird and let it free. The French came upon invitation from the King of Cambodia who was afraid of a Thai invasion in the late 1900. They stayed until 1953 and left their mark with large boulevards and luxurious colonial villas. They built the historic Hotel Le Royale which is now part of the Raffles chain and In the 30’s they built the train station, an impressive deco building. The French also built the Central market Phsar Thom Thmei. This market was built in a monumental deco style in 1937 and is a Phnom Penh landmark with its large dome visible from all over the city. The Independence monument was built by the famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann in 1953 as a lotus shaped stupa to celebrate Cambodia liberation from the French. Another must see attraction is the Royal Palace built in the mid 1800’s on the banks of the Tonle Sap river; It serves as the home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The National Museum, was built during the French colonial era in the classical Khmer style has a spectacular collection of Khmer antiquities from the golden age of Khmer culture. Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti 10 Best highlights the best things to do in a city or country. For more information visit http://www.cambodia.org less

  • Great Hotels Of The World

    Kamalaya Koh Samui, Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

    Kamalaya Koh Samui, Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

    Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort integrates a diverse range …moreKamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort integrates a diverse range of Oriental and Western healing practices. ... Kamalaya is a haven; a place for us to slow down and feel safe enough to let go of old habits, drop our armour and begin to listen once again to our heart’s song, and to realise the depth of inspiration and wisdom all around. Centred around a monk's cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya's essence is expressed in its name, 'Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)', an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit. less

    Ultimate  Bed & Breakfast in Florence

    Ultimate Bed & Breakfast in Florence

    This is Florence, city of dreams. A few steps from the Duomo is Piazza Annunziata, o…moreThis is Florence, city of dreams. A few steps from the Duomo is Piazza Annunziata, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and right next to it is a Bed and Breakfast with some of the most breathtaking views of Florence. To call it Bed and Breakfast is an understatement. because Home in Palace is on the top floor of one of the grandest palaces in Florence: Palazzo Capponi All’Annunziata. Does this really look like a B&B? This monumental Palace with its Italian gardens was built in the 18th century by Alessandro Capponi from one of the oldest Florentine banking families. The frescoes are considered among the best of Florentine Baroque art. Here in this amazing historical Palazzo you can just come to sleep or let your imagination run wild and throw a party for a thousand, You might even want to get married here and if you’re married already you probably will want to get remarried in these sumptuous spaces. You might just want to be here for the simple life: to be pampered, with luxury, style and comfort. Home in Palace. Your palace in Florence www.palazzocapponiallannunziata.it less

    Mount Kenya Safari Club

    Mount Kenya Safari Club

    William Holden, the Hollywood actor, bought the Mount Kenya Safari Club on a whim in 1960…moreWilliam Holden, the Hollywood actor, bought the Mount Kenya Safari Club on a whim in 1960 and turned it into a hideway for the super-rich. This is a spectacular resort at the foot of Mount Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa. n 1989, the owners saw potential for a luxury tented camp in this space and set out a plan to build 40 tents with a rustic main building and facilities that would rival the best camps in the Mara and the Serengeti. The main building would house a dining room, bar and reception area for the comfort of our Guests. The grounds would feature winding paths through lush flora and boast a swimming pool and observation areas to gather and gaze at the hippos, the crocs and the incredible bird life that inhabits this part of Kenya. The Mara Safari Club opened its doors in 1989 as an offshoot of Mount Kenya Safari Club, hence the name Safari Club. The Club stands on 100 acres of land, leased from the late Senior Chief Lerionka Ole Ntutu. A tented sanctuary lying at the foot of the Aitong Hills, the Mara Safari Club is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, on the edge of the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The land the Club sits on was an old hunting camp that had been converted to use for photo tours with the ban on hunting in Kenya in 1976. Originally the retreat of the movie star and his friends, the Club's illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby. less

  • World Heritage Sites

    Jerusalem: Chapel of the Last Supper

    Jerusalem: Chapel of the Last Supper

    The Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), is the site of The Last Supper. In Christian tradit…moreThe Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), is the site of The Last Supper. In Christian tradition, based on Acts 1:13, the "Upper Room" was not only the site of the Last Supper, but the usual place where the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem, and according to the Catholic Encyclopedia "the first Christian church". Thus the Cenacle is considered the site where many other events described in the New Testament took place. The early history of the Cenacle site is uncertain. The original building was a synagogue later probably used by Jewish Christians. less

    Florence in Winter

    Florence in Winter

    With much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its r…moreWith much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its rewards. No line to Museums and the weather can be balmy too. less

    Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

    Venice pidgeons outnumber tourists

    St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally …more St Mark's Square is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as "the Piazza". The Piazzetta (the 'little Piazza') is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner. The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices and the cooing of pidgeons prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. Venice and its lagoons are a Unesco World Heritage Site. less