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What You Taste When Your Eyes Can’t See: Dining in the Dark in the UAE

It is said that 80% of what we experience occurs through the visual channel and I believe that an overwhelming majority of us would maintain that the one sense we do not want to be deprived of, is our sight. Eating is understood to be a multi-sensory experience, with our eyes leading the way. According to research scientists and psychologists, our eyes see the food first, then tells our brain what Read more »

A Pearl in the South African Winelands

It was John Keats, the 18th century English romantic poet, who remarked, “Give me books, wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody that I do not know.” These were my precise sentiments when I embarked on my first journey to the South African winelands in April. Pour me a glass of an aromatic, bold red, a fragrant rosé, or an elegant and floral white, then I’m Read more »

The Best Things in Life Are….Balaash (Free)

I am a fervid fan of free (free pre-concert passes to hobnob backstage with the Gipsy Kings, free VIP access to Jazz at Lincoln Center, free tickets to the 51st Grammy awards ceremony, free super bowl tickets, free tickets to opening day at Fenway Park, free season tickets to the New York Philharmonic symphony, free tickets to watch the Knicks play basketball). Just mention the word “free”, “gratis”, Read more »

Is It Happy Hour Yet?

happy_hour I have to admit, when I travel, I like to find that relaxing, pre-dinner spot to have a glass of wine or a cocktail, whether I am with friends, or going solo.  I even have the Happy Hour App on my phone (Yes, I have the app! Love it!).  It is with that I thought I will compile a list of 3 Happy Hour spots to checkout while traveling:     Sugar Factory,  Las Vegas, Nevada Need Read more »

Madrid in Epic Proportions

madrid Tapas. Wine. Flamenco. Wine. Bull Fighting. More Wine. As I entered the city of Madrid, Spain, I was immediately bombarded with a culture so different than my own, yet, so intriguing. At first glance, I thought I was experiencing déjà vu; I felt like I was in New York City (or maybe New York City on steroids), with the thousands of natives and visitors alike, walking the streets. Then Read more »

Must-Try Wineries in Paso Robles

Paso Robles Winery Photo Paso Robles is stepping it up and producing some of the best wines California has to offer. Armed with unique soils and moody microclimates, this region is capable of creating flavor profiles that exude both a soulful earthiness and complex sophistication. In 1990, there were about 20 wineries in the Paso Robles area; today there are more than 170, generating a wide variety of wines. If you’re Read more »