White Asparagus, or Spargel, Germany’s Favorite Spring Vegetable

Focus on Bavaria/Germany's favorite spring vegetable, white asparagus, or Spargel. Fresh, boiled, pickled or creamed, the recipes are endless for this limited-time harbinger of good weather.

Santa Giulia Wine Estate, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

A visit to the best winery of the trip: little Santa Giulia in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. In addition to the DOCG brunello, their IGT rosso was the best - not to mention the homemade pasta with meat ragu sauce and top-notch local pecorino and the farm's meat specialties, capicola, prosciutto and lombo.

Siena, Italy, and Fattoria di Corsignano Agriturismo

My second trip to beautiful Tuscany, namely, Fattoria di Corsignano agriturismo near Siena, Italy. Wonderful weather, great wine and food and fantastic hospitality. There is truly no place like it on earth!

The Kitchen Bistro on Pearl Street in Boulder, CO

At the west end of Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, is The Kitchen, a bistro that serves fresh, locally-sourced fare as well as craft beer and organic wines. The service is great, the food is perfect and the beverages fantastic!