The Okanagan Valley, east of Vancouver, is Canada's one desert and a source for delicious wines that are also good values. Vintners worth seeking out include JoieFarm, See Ya Later Ranch and Quail's Gate.
Celebrity Cruises is launching a restaurant concept called Qsine. Features include wine lists on iTouch screens with interactive elements; family-style food served in jam jars, martini glasses or on stands; and putting guests to work on tasks such as assembling their own slider or making their own guacamole.
Zdir is a wonderful meatless soup that is not well known outside of Tunisia. Dried red chilies, coriander, preserved lemon, garlic, olives and tomatoes are among the ingredients that meld into a comforting and complex combination of flavors.
Experts say some Americans are missing important nutrients because they are staying away from dairy products on the mistaken belief they are lactose intolerant. Even people who are lactose intolerant can typically consume yogurts and low-fat cheeses, and sip milk throughout the day.
Andrew Sparkman recently started an Italian restaurant called Melanzana in his hometown of Victoria, Texas. His family has worked oil fields for three generations, and his decision to attend the CIA was deemed so unusual that his high school did not want to announce he had been accepted.