Alaska Salmon Part 2: Plenty of Choice in Choice Salmon

While Alaska produces a variety of excellent seafood, such as cod, halibut and king crab, salmon is the big enchilada. But salmon comes in several forms. First, there are two kinds of salmon, Pacific and Atlantic. All commercially sold wild salmon is Pacific, because it comes from ocean waters from …

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Finding Fine Wine

The Fine Wine Importers Alliance is, as the name implies, a group of wine importers. I can’t tell you much else about the FWIA since little about it exists online or in the portfolio notes for the tasting FWIA put on last April at the Plaza Hotel in New York. …

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Bye Bye Friendly Skies

It’s no secret that airline travel is no fun these days. Charges for baggage, no food (as opposed to lousy food), and pillows and blankets a seeming luxury. We can’t even get peanuts anymore because airlines say they are worried about peanut allergies. Just how cheesy (the Velveeta kind, not …

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Avocado: Beyond Guacamole

As a name, alligator pear wouldn’t make it through the focus groups today. Nor would aguacate, which is what the Spanish called it when they couldn’t pronounce ahuacatl, Aztec for testicle. Thank God somebody came up with avocado. Beneath its leathery skin, the pear-shaped avocado has a buttery, sensuous fleshthat Americans …

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Rioja Rising

Though has remained the preeminent red wine region of Spain, over the past 10 to 15 years, Rioja lost some of its luster (or at least attention) as other regions emerged on the American wine radar. First it was Ribera del Duero and Priorat. Then Toro, Jumilla, Bierzo, Cigales, Rueda and Murcia. …

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