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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.

Cruising Through St. Kitts

Cruising Through St. Kitts

When I visited St. Kitts a couple years ago, the island was in the midst of successfully transferring from a sugar-based economy to one based on tourism. Looking at the island through the eyes of a cruise passenger, I could see that St. Kitts was perfectly poised to welcome the cruise traveler on a tight schedule.

Haiti’s Creative Spirit

Haiti’s Creative Spirit

Many Caribbean destinations have their signature appeal. Jamaica is powered by its thrilling music, St. Lucia by its scenic beauty and Trinidad by its celebratory Carnival. I can envision a time when Haiti’s tourism will have its own generator, the beauty of the painting and sculpture produced by Haiti’s artists.

Rosarito by Rod and Reel

Rosarito by Rod and Reel

Catch and release makes a lot of sense in some fishing circles. But I’ve always been of a different frame of mind: I like the idea of catching dinner. On a recent evening in Rosarito Beach, I enjoyed fresh ocean breezes and a beautiful sunset while catching enough fish to feed our family of eight.