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Europe, Food

Experience the New French Culinary Adventure

As Chef Sidney Bond of Le Calabash often says when talking about current affairs, “It’s a mad world that we live in.” With terrorist events stretching from Brussels to California to Bangladesh, I couldn’t agree with him more. Yet, as I sat in Le Calabash’s authentic French country kitchen getting ready to enjoy A French Culinary Adventure’s welcome dinner, a Taste of the Loire Valley, I couldn’t feel further away from that madness.     On the first day of the tour, my group gathered…

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Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel

Restaurant Snapshot: ‘T Molenhof Review in Oostvleteren, Belgium

One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from Spike in the movie Notting Hill. William comes home to find his eccentric roommate wearing a scuba costume. Bewildered, William asks, “Incidentally, uh, why are you wearing that?” “A combination of factors, really,” responds Spike, like he hadn’t given a second thought to the ridiculousness of his outfit. Deep. I know.     But that exact quote describes my day from…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: Westvleteren 12 at Sint Sixtus Abbey in Belgium

On Monday, I began a new series on the blog covering my trip to Belgium last spring. On Tuesday, terrorists launched a series of cowardice attacks in Brussels. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Belgium. Based on the advice from friends, I considered delaying the series. However, as I pondered this decision, the justification for not publishing the articles became more and more unclear. Was it out of sensitivity…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium

This edition of Brewery Snapshot* takes a look at De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium. With the brewery’s limited hours – Saturday’s from 2-6:00pm – many beer tourists overlook Struise on their beer pilgrimage to neighboring Saint Sixtus Abbey to drink Westvleteren 12. This is a huge mistake. Struise brews creative and innovative beers that are a pleasant contrast to the discipline and tradition of a Trappist Brewery. Besides the beer, Struise…

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Europe, Travel

21 Photos from a Spanish Village That Will Make You Want to Live There

Europe has a history that we as Americans can’t even fathom. Our idea of historic towns include Boston, Savannah, Williamsburg, and Saint Augustine. Sure, those cities are fun to visit, they tell a great story of country, but they lack the culture that dates back many more centuries in hillside villages dotted throughout Spain or Italy. This is one of the reasons why I crave European travel. I enjoy straying outside of…

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Europe, Travel

Kayaking the Ebro River in Spain

After a four-course lunch and copious amounts of wine in the village of Benifallet in Spain’s Terres de l’Ebre region, we abandoned our bikes for the next leg of the (somewhat) adventure laden journey – kayaking the Ebro River. I know. It probably wasn’t the best idea given that we lost track of our wine intake at lunch with the carafes that kept arriving at our table and into our glasses. I…

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Europe, Travel

Biking Terres de l’Ebre Greenway in Spain

So maybe I’m not always about food and craft beer travel here at TWG. Sometimes, I like to put the fork down and head out for a little adrenaline filled adventure travel. Shocking. I know. But it’s true. Life can’t always be lived in a beer mug. Every once in a while, it’s good to breathe a little fresh air outside of a shaded beer garden and experience the great outdoors. To…

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Europe, Travel

12 Photos That Will Make You Want to Hike the Coves and Coastal Paths in Palafrugell, Spain

Most of my time in Costa Brava, Spain was spent in Lloret de Mar. While the city was a gracious host for our writers’ conference, it wasn’t my speed. It was a bit too spring breaky for me. Think Myrtle Beach, Jersey Shore, or Daytona, but in Catalonia. It was far from what I pictured idyllic Costa Brava to be. The coastal town of Calella outside of Palafrugell is what I had…

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Europe, Food, Travel

Flors Violes Festival in Palafrugell, Spain and One of the Best Meals Ever

I admit to being a little drunk as I stumbled into what our itinerary listed as “lunch with the locals” in Palafrugell, Spain. Breathless, I finally found the right alleyway where the restaurant was hidden that our tour guide pointed out earlier “in case we got lost.” I was lost and spent the previous hour hoofing it down random alleys, each one presenting hope that it was in fact the right alley,…

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Europe, Hotel Review, Travel

Hotel Review – Chateau Valcreuse

I swirled the glass, pursed my lips, and took a sip. I allowed the liquid to rest on my tongue before swishing it around. The body was thinner than expected and the palate delivered a slight, but still stronger than normal mineral stone which I found quite satisfying and refreshing. This was truly unlike any water that I have drank before. That’s probably because Caroline and Alexander, the owners at Chateau Valcreuse, fetched…

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