Pilsen, Czech Republic – Exploring Beer and Culture in the Land of Stories

The beautiful city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic
The beautiful city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic


The European Capital of Culture

Welcome to the Czech Republic, “The Land of Stories.” At least that’s the line from the tourism board – the truth of this former Soviet Bloc region is much more nuanced. Take for example Pilsen, the official home of Pilsner, that light Czech-style golden pale lager that is so well known. This rich and vibrant city boasts an evocative history full of kings, tyrants and a constantly transforming government and people; some buildings are still peppered with bullet holes from World War II, while others hold their centuries-old charm with a boundless grace.

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Argentine Wine Finding a Sense of Place

Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine
Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine


Does Robust Red Wine From Argentina Age Well?

 


Santiago Achaval knows personality when he tastes it – especially when those same characteristics are repeated year after year in bottles of his Argentine Achaval-Ferrer wine. A good wine has a “sense of place,” or terroir, meaning astute tasters can often determine a wine’s growing region (and sometimes even year) just by the taste. Grapes offer the uncanny ability to take on the characteristics of their geology, geography and climate, and express those same characteristics year after year when tasted. It’s part of what makes winemaking such a personal experience for growers like Achaval.

 

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Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Hotel Review

A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
A guest room at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas


What do you get when world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro get together? A modern luxury hotel, of course.


April 2013 marked the beginning of Matsuhisa’s hotel venture, when his first lodging opened as a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But the duo’s collaboration didn’t start there, as De Niro previously co-funded and provided creative direction for Nobu restaurants worldwide. He’s also responsible for luring the Japan-born Los Angeles chef to New York.

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Beyond Riesling: Travels in Southern Germany’s Wine Country

Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart
Rotenberg Village near Stuttgart


A Toast to Wine and Food in Southern Germany

by John and Sandra Nowlan


When people think German wine, they think Riesling. But the sun-soaked hillsides of central Germany produce an astonishing variety of grapes that are carefully turned into flavorful wines. And while German staples like Riesling (the easiest to find in American stores) are plentiful, we discovered several lesser-known, quality wines with a fresh, fruity acidity that could very well become hits on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

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Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review

One Travel Router to Rule Them All

 

 

 

 

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Nothing can put an early damper on a vacation quite like realizing your electronics just aren’t going to fit into international electrical outlets, no matter how hard you try to jam them in. (We advise against this method; fate has been cruel to you, yes, but spare your gadgets.) Instead, turn to Satechi, which has unveiled its new Smart Travel Router & Adapter just for situations like this. Continue reading “Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter – Review” »