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Standing Up to Woman’s Day

Standing Up to Woman’s Day

Here we go again. It seems like every year some consumer magazine, newspaper, industry executive or politician decides to tell the world that travel agents have no relevance for today’s consumers and are not to be trusted. The latest culprit is Woman’s Day magazine.

Catching my First Waves in Kauai

Catching my First Waves in Kauai

During my last visit to Kauai, I finally had the chance to take a proper surf lesson with Kauai Surf School, and it made all the difference. I went from fumbling in the waves to actually hanging 10 in just under two hours.

Death Valley is Getting Hot, Hot, Hot

Death Valley is Getting Hot, Hot, Hot

Death Valley just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever. On July 10, 1913, the temperature in the valley reached 134 degrees, which is the highest-known air temperature ever recorded on earth.

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Whether I am at home or abroad, I love meandering through local food markets to see what the local hands and soil can come up with, and how the local chefs think. Israel’s markets (shuks) are among the world’s best, offering samples of traditional Mediterranean specialties in addition to local novelties inspired by the country’s range of cultures, people and religions.

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Popsicles, lollipops, corndogs and, as I learned recently in Japan, rice are among the foods that are best served on a stick. Kiritanpo is a local dish found mainly in the Akita Prefecture. Like other Japanese foods, Kiritanpo is simple, traditional and not fussy — the harmony of its flavors and the warming process of making it turn it into an unexpected comfort food.