Tag Archives: Adventures

El Born: Getting Happily Lost

VOTE RESULTS: El Born, by more than half!  Guess y’all want me to hang out with the locals.  I’ll take it.  Thanks everyone for voting.  Look for another voting opportunity very soon, then it’s off to Istanbul, via San Sebastian. Getting Happily Lost You could call the barrio ‘El Born’ The Mission District of Barcelona.  Amazing […]

Flamenco! Duende is a state of grace.

Flamenco. The state of grace called Duende, which loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity, is often associated with Flamenco. On my bucket list for Barcelona was seeing an authentic Flamenco performance.  By authentic, I meant the style that’s been around for centuries, since first introduced by Gypsies.  I saw two shows. […]

Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Paris, Day Three

Paris, day three. Paris, despite the techno-goblins, was glorious.  My friend Mary Small, who was there when I was, told me just yesterday that Mercury was sitting square in retrograde at the time. No frickin’ wonder. All of those techno-dead ends, computer breakdowns and communications false starts could not have been my fault, right? Right. […]

Chef Tom’s BIG Adventure: Barcelona II

Chef Tom’s BIG Adventure: Barcelona II – VOTE NOW!  (voting is closed) NOTE: If you have tried to vote before and are getting an error message, I apologize.  Before you vote this time, try registering through the website (don’t worry, no spam) again with your current email. Market Day. Ever since I started researching Barcelona, […]

Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Barcelona I

Chef Tom’s Big Adventure: Barcelona. VOTE NOW! (voting is closed) Hi everyone!  I am in beautiful Barcelona staying in the historic neighborhood called Barri Gotic (El Gotic, or The Gothic Quarter). I really want to walk the winding streets and explore this neighborhood in depth, admiring the ornate architecture, the shady shop-filled lanes, the plazas and […]

Inspiration Française!

Fresh from the South of France by Tom Herndon I just led my third culinary adventure, taking eleven people, most of whom were also personal chefs, to France.  We travelled for six days on two small barges up the Canal du Midi, then five nights in Paris.  It was glorious, and I’m delighted to be able to share the recipes inspired […]