Penguins, Glaciers y Más

I find it ironic that I am wrapping up writing about an action-packed trip while preparing to embark on a rum-soaked, beach bum voyage to Puerto Rico.  Before I switch gears to the hot, humid tropics, I’d like to relive some memories of the cool, crisp Patagonian air and a few the adventures we encountered. Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve, an hour …

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia hotel is located on the premises of the Puerto Bories Industrial Complex just outside the town of Puerto Natales, the “gateway” to Torres Del Paine National Park in southern Chile.  Opened in 1915, the Frigorifico Puerto Bories was an abattoir and cold storage facility that, at its peak, processed more than 250,000 sheep a year.  The British owners were the first to …

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Before I move on to our tour through Chilean Patagonia, I would like to answer a few questions I have been asked about our hotel in the Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.  Located in the Catarpe Valley on 7.5 acres, just two miles from the plaza of San Pedro de Atacama, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa appears to be nearly indistinguishable from its natural …

The Atacama Desert

In my previous post, La Comida de Chile (http://www.texaztaste.com/la-comida-de-chile/), I mentioned our visit to San Pedro de Atacama in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.  Hubby and I backpacked through San Pedro in 1999, and had always envisioned returning with our children.  We live in a desert, so why would we want to go to one on vacation?  I think it is because the Atacama is …

La Comida de Chile

There are some places where I have traveled that resonate with me, places that seem so familiar that I almost believe I may have lived there in a previous life. Chile is such a country. It is a country with an incredible diversity of topography, from the high, arid deserts in the north, to the beautiful, blue glacier masses in the south. It is a …

Happy New Year 2016!!

  “What you get by achieving your goals isn’t as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar   Photo taken by me at the Pedernales Electric Company in Johnson City, Texas  

Pépin’s Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

On a book tour for his latest cookbook, Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, Jacques Pépin took some time to entertain a gaggle of Phoenix ladies (and a couple hommes) at Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  We sipped on Ruinart champagne and were treated to a lovely four course meal prepared by Chef Beau MacMillan while listening to Jacques’ stories of his incredible …

Alamo Springs Cafe

Yikes!  It’s the end of the month already and Christmas is around the corner.  Fresh off a plane from a trip to the Texas Hill Country, I may have to share with you one of my favorite hidden gems called the Alamo Springs Cafe.  Situated down a winding road 14 miles SE from Fredericksburg, Alamo Springs General Store and Cafe has the grand distinction of having the …

Sunset Modern

I have long been envious of my friend Abbie’s outdoor pizza oven. I admire the frequency with which she entertains, using the pizza oven as a gathering spot for guests.  After all, it is food that creates a sense of community, that connects even the most polar opposite of personalities.  I somehow missed the “pizza oven boat” when along came the opportunity for me and Hubby …

A Chat with Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

Attaining the coveted title of Master Sommelier is no easy task.  To be invited to sit for the exam, you must have already attained the certification of Advanced Sommelier, the third of four sommelier tiers, as established by the Court of Master Sommeliers.  The Master Sommelier Exam consists of three parts: theory, service, and blind tasting.  It is not necessary to pass all three at once (in …