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About mstrav

Barbara Radcliffe Rogers is the author and co-author of more than 30 travel guidebooks covering destinations as far-flung as Newfoundland and Spain's Canary Islands. Wherever she travels, local food is a passion, whether it's hunting for white truffles in Italy's Piemonte or sampling farmstead cheeses in Vermont or Normandy. When at home -- and while traveling -- she loves to ski, kayak and relax afterwards in a spa.

Christmas Markets in Germany’s Black Forest

You could drop a cookie on a map of Germany and be pretty sure that wherever the crumbs fell there would be a town with a Christmas market. But nowhere is there a more varied and interesting group than in … Continue reading

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Munching through Stuttgart’s Christmas Market

‘Tis the season! Christmas markets have opened throughout Germany, each one filled with cabins piled high with spicy gingerbread, fruit-filled loaves, crunchy nut cookies, rock-hard springerli for dunking, glistening candied fruits, glazed nuts, sugar-dusted doughnuts, buttery shortbreads,  and steaming kettles … Continue reading

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Sampling the Foods of Tenerife

Padrones are the Russian roulette of Spanish cuisine. Sweet, intensely flavored, sautéed quickly and enlivened with crystals of sea salt, they spark the appetite and go down well with a glass of Rioja. Most of them. But one or two … Continue reading

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Ah the Truffles I’ve Seen

While Americans are getting in the Halloween spirit and Mexicans are preparing for spirits of their own on the Day of the Dead, Alba Italy is also gearing up for a celebration of something dark and mysterious. Truffles. These unprepossessing … Continue reading

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Pie in the Sky in Rockland Maine

If the mid-coast Maine town of Rockland were in New Hampshire, its motto might be “Live free and eat pie.” At least it would be in January, when the entire town gears up for Pies on Parade.  For those who … Continue reading

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Best Clam Shacks and Ice Cream: Portsmouth to Old Orchard

Beach season is here, and friends heading to the NH and southern Maine seacoast asked me where to find the best clam shacks and ice cream stands. I grew up on that coast, and return lemming-like (do lemmings really do … Continue reading

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The Body Language of Peas

I know a thing or two about growing peas, especially Chinese snow peas. When we had a small commercial herb farm, snow peas were my spring cash crop. I supplied a couple of local restaurant chefs and kept a bag … Continue reading

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