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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 Arizona Inn

Stories of strong, pioneering women are fascinating to me, and during a recent stay in Tucson at the Arizona Inn, I was reminded that sometimes we don’t need to look far to find inspiration. The Arizona Inn has been family owned and operated for four generations, since its creation in 1930 by Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman, entrepreneur and lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. The …

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Labor Day Weekend typically marks the end of summer even though it is still 104 degrees outside.  As I mentally prepare myself for the daily schlepping of the kids around town, I look back at five carefree days this summer in California when all of our children were at camp and our biggest worry was where to hike and where to eat.  The hills around Santa …

Tyler Florence’s Rocky Mountain High Fried Chicken

Why does it feel like most of the dishes prepared for audiences at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic involve poultry?  Maybe it is a dish to which everyone can relate?  You know when you are trying something new and exotic, like iguana or crocodile, you are invariably told, “It tastes like chicken!”.  At any rate, you may find Tyler Florence’s take on chicken to …

Hugh Acheson’s New Southern Cooking With a Modern Twist

Chef Hugh Acheson is a well-known cookbook author, restauranteur and Top Chef  judge with four restaurants in Georgia: Five & Ten (Athens), The National (Athens), Empire State South (Atlanta) and Florence (Savannah).  While his James Beard award-winning cookbooks (A New Turn in the South, Pick a Pickle) hone in on the flavors of the Southern U.S., it may surprise you to know that he was …

Mark Oldman – Wine for Spice Lovers

If it is a spirited discourse on wine you are seeking, then Mark Oldman’s class is the one for you.  Funny, smart and charming, Stanford educated Mark Oldman is a wine expert for Pottery Barn and wine columnist for the Food Network.  His two wine books, “Brave New World of Wine” and “Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine” are winners of the George Duboeuf Best Wine …

Tim Love’s How to Cook the Perfect Steak

This was my third year in a row to catch Tim Love’s class at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic…it is just so entertaining, I can’t help myself.  The subject matters are similar: “Rub Versus Marinade”, “Cast Iron Cooking”, to “How to Cook the Perfect Steak”.  However, I still find myself learning something new or revisiting something I once knew, along with absorbing some of his pearls …

Rosé Revolution

Wine and spirits expert, Anthony Giglio, has written over 10 books on wine and cocktails, including “Cocktails in New York” and the “Mr. Boston” cocktail and bartender series.  In addition to being an entertaining raconteur, Anthony also has a weekly column aptly named the Wine Wise Guy at Detail.com in the Food & Wine section, is a wine reporter for CBS News Radio, is the wine …

Aspen Food & Wine ’15 Preview

Welcome to my new format for Texaztaste!  It’s official, and I have made the switch from Blogger to WordPress, a move that has been suggested to me for some time, but I was too scared to try.  I enlisted the help of the delightfully knowledgeable tech duo, Emily and Jacob Dietz of Scottsdale, AZ, to show me how to navigate the murky waters of social …