Saratoga Wine & Food Festival 2014

The annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up September 5-7 at SPAC. The headlining “personalities,” and a new event, this year: + NYC chef/restauranteur Marc Murphy, who’s also one of the judges on the popular Food Network show Chopped. + Wine expert/educator Kevin Zraly is returning. + New event: BBQ, Brews & Blues: “Hosted by Food Network ‘Chopped’ star Marc Murphy, this BBQ bash will serve as the kick-off event with six (6) of the Capital Region’s finest restaurants competing against six (6) Manhattan Grill masters.” The list…

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Europe’s New Shopping Hotspot: Reykjavik (Seriously!)

There is no city I would rather have a layover in than Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. Sure, I love spending longer than a day in the picturesque island country. You need at least three days to do the fjords, the volcanoes, the glaciers. It takes that long for the locals to get comfortable enough around you to regale you with their personal stories about Bjork and the elves that live under their house. Still, with a nine-hour layover you can easily do the Blue Lagoon, conveniently located on the main highway in…

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Top 7 cruises for beer lovers

With the skyrocketing popularity of craft beers, it was only a matter of time before the cruise industry jumped on to this trend. Whether you crave a hop infused IPA or creamy stout, there’s no better place to appreciate  your favorite brew than on the open seas. These cruises have special presentations, onboard tastings and excursions to local breweries.  We’ll drink to that. Here are top cruises for beer lovers. 1. Crystal Cruise: Microbrew-themed adventure After offering cocktail courses and wine pairings, Crystal Cruise is offering a new culinary adventure for…

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