Tasting Macedonia with Intrepid Travel

Up in the mountains of Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park a local woman from Janche stretches out dough over the length of a table to make a traditional pita pie at Hotel Tutto.  Macko, a young beekeeper dressed in Curious George yellow in Dihovo, southwestern Macedonia, counts the number of times he’s been stung over the course of…

Unrequited love in the U.K.

Last Friday morning, when the EU referendum results shocked the world, I woke up in a country remarkably different to the one I slept in the night before. Mark had already rushed off to work to deal with the tumbling financial market and I was left to stare at the news in complete disbelief and…

New Zealand :: thrill seeking on the North Island

What am I doing out here?! It’s dark out, even the stars were tucked away behind a brick wall of clouds overhead. My kayak partner and I continued to zig zag across the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland one stroke at a time. Logan, our fearless Auckland Sea Kayaks tour leader, forged ahead to lead the way while in another kayak,…

Cookbook launch & exciting news

It’s publication day and the nutty nose of ghee was alive in my kitchen at 7am. In between frying bread in clarified butter for that morning’s indulgent breakfast – saffron bread pudding – I danced along to the sizzle of ghee with the cookbook containing that recipe among a hundred others along with over 75 food…

New Zealand at 16,000 feet

I am the biggest chicken alive. So how is it that I found myself launched out of a small plane 16,000 feet above the Bay of Islands in New Zealand? In partnership with Tourism New Zealand I spent the last week touring the northern part of the country’s North Island along with 3 other online journalists…

Ascot Chase Day

What do you do when you get an invitation to a day at the Ascot racecourse for the Royal Ascot fine dining preview launch headlined by two Michelin star chefs Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard? Start shopping for the fanciest hat you can afford of course. That is until I realized smart casual is the dress code for premier…

Burano beauty & a short video

The concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal.  A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a…

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