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Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

I had the great pleasure of visiting the magical Tuscan city of Pistoia in March when I traveled there with renowned Pistoian photographer Luca Bracali. Michela Ricciarelli is lucky enough to also claim the charming Medieval town as her birthplace — and who better than a passionate local to provide authentic insight, photos and travel tips. Thank you, Michela! Pistoia, Tuscany’s Hidden Gem: More than 5 reasons to visit –  a letter to visitors traveling in…

Perched on the Wild Edge of the World

In Norway’s historic Lofoten Archipelago village of Nusfjord, strips of codfish strung on poles near the harbor flap in the arctic wind like prayer flags. Here in the islands, cod caught during the run from the arctic’s Barents Sea to Lofoten spawning areas in late winter is still cold-air cured for “stockfish” in the old way, on long wooden racks out in the open, as it’s been done for more than a thousand years. And…

To See the World in a Grain of Rice: Conservation & Global Food Security with Luca Bracali

I worked with renowned Italian photojournalist, explorer and conservationist Luca Bracali on a recently published piece for LensCulture Magazine on conservation and global food security in Southeast Asia and am very pleased to share it here. The featured photograph (seen below) is titled “Harvest Time” and was named first place in the category: “Cultural Value of Man’s Relationship with Food” in the 2015 Siena International Photography Awards Contest (SIPA). Entries are now being taken for…

Fly Little Bird: Le Pigeon Ditching Tipping

Kudos to another Portland restaurant (and a very fine one too) for announcing recently that tipping will end soon in favor of higher base wages for employees. Le Pigeon, one of my favorite #PDX restaurants (French-inspired, inventive comfort food with a hip Portland flair) announced recently that tipping will be eliminated by June, with Little Bird, the other restaurant owned by Gabriel Rucker and Andy Fortgang to go tipless soon after, once the kinks are…