The Brit and The Yank

There's nothing quite like having a friend who shares a love for travel and food. For me, that friend is Rachael. We met on a cooking tour in Goa, India which was led by our mutual friend, Diane Seed who lives in Rome and leads gourmet tours. Rachael and I both happened to be traveling alone—this being her first solo trip—along with a group of 6 other strangers who were there to learn more about Indian cuisine. Rachael and I may have begun as two strangers in India, but we soon found that we were kindred spirits and have not stopped having adventures together, meeting up all around the world.

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Evan Wei-Haas
Summertime Entertaining Made Easy Featuring Head Country BBQ

There is no better way to gather with friends for a summer dinner party than with a table full of tasty food! Summertime is my favorite time to bring friends together outside just before sunset when the heat subsides, and there’s a nice breeze. I have many summer traditions, but dinner parties by the pool in my backyard have to be one of my favorites. Head Country BBQ Sauce is often on my summer table, even when it’s too hot to fire up the grill. I keep a collection of Head Country BBQ sauces and seasonings to use in a variety of recipes that are perfect for a gathering of friends.

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How I Grew To Love Portugal

Portugal had never been a destination I had a huge desire to visit. I assumed Portugal was like the step-sister to Spain, but with trolley cars that take tourists up and down the hills of Lisbon. Was I ever wrong! I met my British bestie, Rachael at the Lisbon airport where we were driven by car three hours north to the quaint and colorful city of Porto.

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Adventures in Marrakech, Morocco

I just returned from a fantastic tour of Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech – sometimes spelled “Marrakesh” – is an historic city center in the heart of the north African country. This was my first time to Marrakech, but this journey marked my fourth gourmet tour with Diane Seed, my longtime friend who loves food and travel as much as I do.

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Hope in Rwanda, Africa

Rwanda, Africa is known as the land of a thousand hills.  But perhaps it is most know for the terrible genocide in 1994 when over 800,000 people were murdered by their friends and neighbors after being convinced by the corrupt government (through propaganda), that one tribe was superior to another.  One cannot visit Rwanda without hearing the stories from survivors of how they lost entire families, their businesses, and their dignity. 

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India Revisited: New Delhi & Agra

India is a massive country full of wealth, poverty, endless colors, spicy aromas, marvelous architecture, and beautiful people.  I had already visited several areas in southern India, but I felt a deep urge to return to the majestic country to see a few of the places I had not yet experienced.  This time I would be traveling alone with the intention of cooking in private homes, eating the food of different classes of people, and seeing the palatial buildings of ancient emperors.

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Russia

While Russia may not have been on the top of my list for travel destinations, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the world’s largest country after spending two weeks in Scandinavia with my husband and friends, Mitch and Shannon. Although the process of obtaining the travel visa to enter Russia was time-consuming, and at times a bit frustrating, it was completely worth it.

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Cuba

It began with a visit to a Cuban restaurant in Miami years ago when I experienced authentic Cuban cuisine and the warm, welcoming hospitality of the Cuban culture.   Such was the impact of that visit, I knew that I must go learn more about the food and people of Cuba.  So, I grabbed my go-with-the-flow fellow traveler (and good personal friend), Cindy, to experience our own Cuban adventure.

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Izza Wei-Haas
The Dominican Republic

I have a special appreciation for women who sew, since I operated a sewing business for sixteen years. I received the response very quickly saying they would appreciate my donation, and would like me to come to Dominican Republic to teach a group of women how to sew. My plan was to send a donation, but it had never it occurred to me that they would ask me to GO! When I told them I just teach cooking, they asked me to come teach both!

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