Dining Out Article–Awake to Argentina

  I recently wrote an article on Mendoza's wine country for Dining Out magazine–it's on newstands now  in Orange County/Long Beach, CA.   It can be read here: Download OC_Argentina in PDF .     

Help Plan My Trip to Argentina!

   Attention travelers! Next month, we'll be taking our annual trip to Argentina–will you help us plan our vacation?  During our two week trip,  we'll go to Mendoza (where we'll also spend time with family)and then cross the country to Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of South America'.  We've done our own explorations in the past, but I'd like to […]

Laura Catena’s Vino Argentino

In 2009, when I met Peter Perez of Chronicle Books at the IACP conference he told me that Laura Catena was writing a guidebook to Argentinean wines and wine regions, to be published by Chronicle in 2010.  Guidebook is an understatement–Bible of Argentine Wine is a more accurate description–and the wait is finally over! If you're not familiar […]

Nirmala’s Edible Diary Cookbook Giveaway!

Nirmala Narine, who has been called 'the Indiana Jones of Spices', was born in Guyana in the family kitchen on an empty flour sack, delivered by a marijuana-puffing midwife.  Her grandfather was an Ayurvedic scholar and Hindu priest who introduced her to the importance of spices and cooking holistically. Narine spent the first ten years of […]

Chocolates Pradel–Pradel Chocolates

  Pradel Chocolates is a traveler's treasure–a small store front in downtown Mendoza that sells handmade artesenal chocolates.  It's on a side street off of the Peotonal–Mendoza's pedestrian mall. Owner and chocolatier Miriam Beatriz Ahumada (pictured below) studied chocolate-making in Spain, returning to her native Argentina to share her delectable treats with all Mendoza.  Her hand-decorated […]