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When Venetian born Dario Monni moved to Chicago in 2016, he noticed two things; pasta tasted bland and seemed void of texture. And egg yolks were pale yellow with a flavor that varied vastly from the tasty reddish hued ones found in Italy. He applied his...

Aimez-vous le luxe? Headed to Paris? Even if you don’t have the budget to book a room at one of the city’s sumptuous five-star hotels, you can still dip your toe into Parisian glitz and glamour by splurging on one of these on-property experiences. Dinner: V Restaurant...

By Amy Tara Koch Every mountain is unique, sure. But, the rhythm of most ski resorts is predictable. So, when I heard about a “ski safari” in the Italian Alps, that involved crisscrossing the scenic towns and valleys of places like Cortina, Civetta, Val Gardena and...

The world-class skier discusses travel, jet lag, music and the power of Mom. By Amy Tara Koch November 15th, 2019 Many are betting that three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin will become the most decorated skier of all time. The youngest athlete to reach 60 World Cup victories, she is also the first skier,...

Everyone knows about Napa, Tuscany and Bordeaux. For a lesser known vineyard getaway, one heavy on juicy reds and masterful meals,  consider Ribera del Duero, a burgeoning wine region just two hours north of Madrid.  Haven't heard of it? Except for noticing the appellation on a...

Travel can involve hiccups like a misrepresented property or a destination that pales to the hype. The key is taking the snafus in stride. By Amy Tara Koch Published Sept. 24, 2019 The treehouse in Sweden looked divine: a spherical flying saucer twinkling from a snow-coated pine forest. On...

California’s Napa Valley is trying hard these days to attract families, aiming to entertain visitors of all ages with hiking, biking, camps and more. Even some vineyards are getting into the game. So busy: At Calistoga Ranch, children can gather eggs from the chicken coop. Calistoga...

You can try stand-up paddleboard yoga inside a 10,000-year-old geothermal cave in Park City, Utah. (Visit Park City) By Amy Tara KochJuly 19 at 6:00 AM Splashing in the waves. Picnicking on the sand. Afternoon strolls along the shoreline.For many, nothing says summer like a beach vacation. Others prefer...