Wine of the Week: Mount Salem Blaufrankisch

Wine of the Week: Mount Salem Blaufrankisch

This week’s Wine comes from a small winery in Hunterdon County, NJ. We visited Mount Salem on a sunny post-snow Sunday, and we had the place to ourselves! Mount Salem is a small winery producing just 1,000 cases a year. The climate and soil are very similar to Austria, so founder Peter Leiter planted grapes common to that region, like Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt. All the reds I tasted were great, but for the money, their 2014 Blaufrankisch for $20 was…

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Exploring Mexico City, one meal at a time

Exploring Mexico City, one meal at a time

The way to the heart of Mexico City is through your stomach. Boasting several restaurants ranked among the best in the world, the sprawling megalopolis is best experienced through its many flavors. It doesn’t hurt that the exchange rate is about 18.50 pesos to the dollar, enabling budget-conscious travelers to eat like royalty. A world away from the beaches of Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s capital spans a metropolitan area of about 25 million people, all of whom…

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Wine of the Week: Back to the Finger Lakes for a Reader Question

Wine of the Week: Back to the Finger Lakes for a Reader Question

Constant Reader Mark asks this week Do you have a favorite Finger Lakes Riesling? I don’t mind spending a little; I’m thinking of giving a bottle as a gift. Asking me to pick a favorite riesling from the Finger Lakes is a bit like asking which of my two cats is my favorite. Riesling is the most widely planted varietal in upstate New York, thanks to Dr. Konstantin Frank. He found the climate and soil to be much like Germany,…

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Tips for a successful flight with kids

Tips for a successful flight with kids

Every detail is taken care of. The resort is gorgeous, full of activities for the whole family and you can’t wait to hit the beach for some fun in the sun. Or you have an itinerary packed with great tours such as a scavenger hunt at the Louvre in Paris or following in the footsteps of Harry Potter in London. Yes, every hour is accounted for to keep the kids entertained on your family vacation. But wait! You still have…

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Wine of the Week: Super Bowl Hangover Edition

Wine of the Week: Super Bowl Hangover Edition

I can recommend Nocking Point’s sparkling wine (bought mine in 2016) as an excellent wine with which to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl win as a franchise! Nocking Point is a wine club founded by Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s Arrow. He’s known for his super athletic ability, as are the 2018 Super Bowl champion Eagles. He’s also known for his passion for wine, whereas the Eagles seem to be more beer guys. Nocking Point doesn’t…

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Natural phenomena that last

Natural phenomena that last

The super blue blood moon has come and gone, and there won’t be another one for 20 years. But there are plenty of other natural phenomena you can see that occur often enough to plan a trip around. A tropical permafrost lake Lake Waiau sits at about 13,000 feet of elevation near the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. It’s the only permafrost lake in the tropics, and though it shrank to about 2 percent of its…

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Wine Eagles Wine

Wine Eagles Wine

As a Philadelphia native, I was a wee bit excited about the Eagles getting into the Super Bowl. So I’m hosting a Super Bowl party! I figure I have to do cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, even though a naysayer colleague said…nay. But I say nay to that naysayer! Which edges into double negative territory, and that makes me deeply uncomfortable, so moving on. Because I am a nerd, I have done research on the optimal cut of beef. Most recipes…

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4-legged Friends Getaway

4-legged Friends Getaway

Much as we’d love to, unless it’s a quick road trip, it’s difficult to take your four-legged friend on vacation with you. But there are lots of places you can go and make new furry friends, help them find forever homes and maybe even bring them home with you. Here are a few of our favorite programs. Kauai The Kauai Humane Society allows visitors to “check out” dogs for day trips to dog-friendly beaches and hiking trails. You get a…

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Axalp Air Show – A How-To

Axalp Air Show – A How-To

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To Guide There are limited resources out there on how to plan a trip to the Axalp air show, so for anyone who’s interested, here’s a rundown on what to keep in mind during planning, and…

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Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country

Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To With our knees in tatters and our waists a little slimmer – grilled cheese sandwiches notwithstanding – we had one more day left on our trip, and were determined not to climb another mountain. However…

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