About Michelle Winner

Michelle is a freelance journalist specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Her readers number in the millions through her various online outlets and print magazines. She loves to explore a culture through their culture and food. "Sometimes, " she says , "luxury can be a shack on the beach with a sand floor and a ceiling of stars."

Warm Melting Chocolate Cake from Carnival

  How many eggs does it take to make the 12 million servings of Warm Melting Chocolate Cakes created aboard each of the ships in the Carnival Cruise Line? The astounding answer is 48 million eggs. With this recipe for Carnival Cruise Lines' most requested dessert you can make four at a time in your own kitchen. This chocolaty, rich and decadent single-serving cake is more like a truffle than a cake; all soft gooey luscious chocolate in the center. This would be a perfect finish to a special dinner with your Valentine at home. Or make it just because you love chocolate anytime. This warm, fudgy cake recipe is provided by the chefs at Carnival Cruise Line and easy to make. Baked in four individual ramekins, you’ll have enough for seconds or whatever you decide to do with them-we [...]

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Kauai For Romantics, Foodies and Beach Lovers

The Island of Kauai is often thought of as extremely wet. True it does have one of the wettest spots on earth called Mt. Waialeale, receiving over 400 inches a year, but that is not the entire truth of Kauai. Almost round in shape, Kauai has distinct weather variations on this 522 square mile island. The famous Poipu area is to the South and has glorious beach days most of the year. Kekaha, once a thriving sugar cane town and mill has very hot, dry weather. It is generally inhabited by locals as there are no support services, not even a gas station. Lihue, Wailua  and Kapaa to the east side are where most of the population live and gets onshore winds in the afternoon and the further you go inland, you will find rain and the famous, navigable, Wailua [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:48+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Hawaii|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Hummus From The Eclectic Wines and Tasting Room of TeSoAria

TeSóAria first came on my radar as a tasting room in North Portland, Oregon serving a vegan menu on Thursdays to pair with their wine. Not a traditional tasting room, they have a talented and versatile chef, Max Germano who also bakes breads. […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:49+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Categories: Appetizer, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Oregon, Portland, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Viva España ! Bloody Mary Makeover The Freixenet Sparkling Cava Way

Celebrating our Spanish roots, we gave the Bloody Mary a sleek makeover for summer with our La Tomatina Cocktail. […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:49+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Categories: Cocktails, Featured, Sip|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Freixenet Spanish Cava And Watermelon- The Sparkling Wine Summer Cocktail

Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local supermarket. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and why not try experimenting with in your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling Watermelon, featuring Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava. 1 watermelon 1 bottle of Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava Cut 1/4th off the top off a seedless watermelon. Scoop out the fruit and purée. Put 2 tbsp in a wine glass, and top off with Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava. Pour the remaining purée back in the hollow watermelon to enjoy throughout the day. Freixenet Sparkling Wine Watermelon Cocktail Text recipe and images courtesy Freixenet.  

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:49+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: Cocktails, Featured, Sip, Wine|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

What Does Brexit Mean To You As A Traveler ?

First of all the sky is not falling, I know the markets took a major hit on this news, but don’t panic, and sit tight. Now as a traveler, this could actually be a good thing. Let’s have a closer look as it stands. […]

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By | 2016-06-25T00:33:13+00:00 June 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured|0 Comments

Florida Keys Cuisine: Key West & Grouper Fritters

  What’s not to love about Key West's palm-lined streets and fish that is fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler? Not to mention yummy tropical inspired drinks and beach culture with a laid-back vibe. . . Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, a few celebrated pirates and many others lost their hearts to Key West. Here within the distinct mixture of cultures and seafood scene, vibrant sidewalk cafes lure in passersby while live music and hopping bars are the perfect places to watch the sun drop into the Gulf of Mexico. Right click the image open the link in a new tab The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own charm. The southern-most paradise, Key West, is just miles from Cuba and is home to an enviably temperate climate and a delicious array of [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:50+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Florida, Key West, Main Course, Recipes, United States|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Tudor Hall Restaurant At King George Hotel Athens

Tudor Hall Main Dining Room “Look at that view !” is the first thing most people exclaim when looking out from the balcony of the Tudor Hall Restaurant. […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:51+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Categories: Athens, Europe, Featured, Food & Wine Discoveries, Greece, Restaurants, Savor|0 Comments

Heathman Hotel Of Portland Oregon Serves Up A Delicious Negroni

An image of this drink was tweeted out just the other day by the Heathman Hotel Portland, and it caught my eye. So I asked via twitter if they would provide me the recipe for their Negroni, and being the Heathman Portland “Where service is still an art” they were gracious enough to give it to me to share with you. I think this drink would be perfect for the holiday season, and it sounds delicious too, so here we go… […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:52+00:00 December 21st, 2015|Categories: Cocktails, Sip|0 Comments

Interview With Chef Katherine Frelon Of La Ferme De La Lochere, Burgundy France

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:53+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Categories: Radio Interviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments