Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Paradise on Earth

“Those who seek paradise on earth,” observed George Bernard Shaw, renowned Irish playwright, “should come to Dubrovnik.” I wholeheartedly agree with the Dublin-born Nobel laureate as I pull back the curtains, step out… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Dubrovnik or Bust

It’s an Edward Bulwer-Lytton kinda morning, not night — dark and stormy — as the intrepid “band of merry media,” 18 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion… Continue reading

Ferragosto: Italians take Flight

W.C. Fields, the late American comedian-actor of vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood, once summarized his feelings about his hometown by stating, “Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.” He was, of… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Eat, Drink, Cycle

They say you never forget how to ride a bike. Well, I’m about to find out as I mount my two-wheeler and join the peloton that is the “band of merry media” —… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: The Great Debate on Korčula

Ask any local from the island of Korčula and he/she will tell you straight away that Marko, not Marco, Polo, the globetrotting merchant, cartographer and author who straddled the 13th and 14th centuries,… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Mali Ston on the Half Shell

Here I am, one lucky fill-in-the-blank, getting ready to board a canopied fishing tug that’s heading out into the Bay of Mali Ston, along Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula. Together with the rest of the intrepid… Continue reading

What’s Burning Tonight: Chicken Salad and Grilled Vegetables

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What’s Burning Tonight: Fusilli Pasta with Arugula Pesto

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What’s Burning Tonight: Spaghetti with Mussels

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Vitello Tonnato: Italy’s Summertime Surf ‘n Turf

For me, nothing says summertime better around the Bel Paese than an inviting plate of vitello tonnato — thin slices of cold veal covered in a creamy tuna fish-based sauce. It’s one of the preferred… Continue reading