Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate
Mel and Andy dish out their Build Me Up Butternut red chili at the CB Chili and Beer Fest 2018

Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate

I realize as I look back over this past year that food has played a role in my family’s most memorable experiences. Here are five stand-out food memories for 2018:

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Taking the Kids — when a vacation rental is more than a place to sleep
Columbus Day weekend celebrate all things pumpkin at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, one of the largest and oldest local festivals in California

Taking the Kids — when a vacation rental is more than a place to sleep

Fall, of course, is harvest season around the country and there are many festivals to celebrate the bounty, including those that include showing off your prowess in the kitchen and the garden

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What’s in Your Waffle? Day 2 on our Christmas Market River Cruise in Germany
Bavarian sausage rally for lunch on Uniworld River Queen

What’s in Your Waffle? Day 2 on our Christmas Market River Cruise in Germany

The 16 kids aboard Uniworld River Cruise’s special Family Christmas Market sailing in Germany are all members of the clean plate club by the time they are done cooking with Chef Peter Tarnok and Senior Pastry Chef Ciprian Ghiluescu. In fact, most of them have seconds… Lorelei George, 8, licks her plate.

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Shopping in Tokyo’s ‘Kitchentown’ and other delights to wrap up a great trip
Kitchentown in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo’s ‘Kitchentown’ and other delights to wrap up a great trip

There’s shop after shop of kitchen wares—ceramic sake cups, wooden bowls for miso soup, colorful bowls for rice, all varieties of chop sticks and of course hand-made Japanese knives that will be engraved on the spot with your name in Japanese. And everything is a bargain!

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Families learning the culinary arts on vacation

We’re fans of including cooking classes in our travels, learning to make mole with our kids in Oaxaca, Mexico and pasta with other young travelers in Lucca, Italy. We learned to make crab cakes on a Windstar cruise ship, after following the chef to a local market in Croatia. Wherever we go, at the very least we make sure to visit local food markets.

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Last day in Paris — to the local market and in a French cooking class for dinner
The duck breasts are ready for the oven

Last day in Paris — to the local market and in a French cooking class for dinner

We’re seven strangers ranging from 22 to 60-something standing in a Paris afternoon outdoor market trying to decide. We’ve signed on for a cooking class with La Cuisine Paris, one of just a handful here that offers classes in English.

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Cooking up a storm at a rental house in Snowmass Village CO
Chicken on the grill at the Portico Club house in Snowmass Village CO

Cooking up a storm at a rental house in Snowmass Village CO

I spent all day in the kitchen—on vacation. But maybe because it was my choice and maybe because it’s a spectacular kitchen at a Portico Club house overlooking the mountains in Snowmass, CO, I didn’t mind a bit. In fact, because the kitchen was so well equipped—and the house so spacious—we decided to host a barbeque for folks we know who live here and who always are hosting us when we visit.

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