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To Market, to Market in Sacramento




SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual. The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ … Continue reading






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Casting for Seafood in Kansas




WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant … Continue reading






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Down-home Dining in Downtown Las Vegas




LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is far from the flashiest attraction at the Fremont Street Experience, the old-turned-new entertainment district that was the original Las Vegas, but it is at the top of my list. You can … Continue reading






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Definitely one of ‘The World’s Last Great Places’




SALEM, S.C. – When Stephanie Couch was a teenager, she left the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana for the very different mountains in the South Carolina Upcountry – and she never looked back. That’s because she got 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee … Continue reading






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Caviar’s California Origins




SACRAMENTO, California – The French Laundry in Napa Valley is beyond my budget, but I have tasted the caviar that’s served at the famous restaurant – and at many other pricey restaurants whose doors I’ll never darken. In fact, I … Continue reading






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Meet the Produce Maven of ‘Farm to Fork’ Sacramento




SACRAMENTO, California – You may never meet Suzanne Peabody Ashworth in person, but if you visit some of Sacramento’s nicer restaurants, you’ll likely dine on food she grows less than 10 miles from California’s capitol. Her patch of the Central … Continue reading






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Kentucky Gold in the Golden State




SACRAMENTO, California – Chris Dooley is my new best friend. He made me feel right at home while traveling, and all it took was some amber liquid years in the making. I was a stranger in a strange land – … Continue reading






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In Iceland, Trust a Man Named Trust




AKUREYRI, Iceland – How could you not trust a man whose name really is Trust? Meet Trausti Viglundsson, whose first name translates to “trust.” He is one of the most influential people in all of Iceland. From the capital of … Continue reading






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Owensboro Sparkles in Winter Sunshine




OWENSBORO, Ky. (November 2014) — A chilly breeze off the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro went unnoticed as a building-sized art installation of thousands of mirrored pieces reflected the late-afternoon winter sun. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)






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Halloween Fun in Charleston




CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sometimes it takes only one homeowner to set the tone for an entire neighborhood. The fun-loving homeowner at Meeting and Tradd streets in Charleston certainly did that in the run-up to Halloween.






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