Stories written by Larry Olmsted
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Food

In Search of One of Italy’s Culinary Treasures – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Europe has long been obsessed with tradition, regionalism, and purity in its foodstuffs. Germany’s Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Beer Purity Law, was the world’s very first food purity rule, enacted in 1516—more than 500 years ago. It mandated ingredients and processes for any beverage marketed and sold as “beer” so consumers would know exactly what to […]

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Travel

The First Timer’s Guide to Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is one of the world’s most famous ski destinations—and one of the most confusing for first-time visitors. Aspen is an attitude and an atmosphere, but also a town, region and one of several ski resorts, so it helps to know just which Aspen you want. The town of Aspen, like many ski towns in […]

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Travel

First Timer’s Guide to Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson is a rarity among the world’s great ski destinations in that it is busier in summer than winter, and except for peak holiday periods (Christmas-New Years, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day), ski season is the off-season. That’s because it is the gateway to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, and adjacent Grand […]

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Travel

How to Pick a Ski Resort for Your Family

There’s no such thing as the “average” family and that’s especially true when it comes to skiing and snowboarding vacations. So picking the spot that suits your family’s needs is extra important, and whether you and your kids all rip like Olympians, are just getting started in the sport, or want to combine leisurely half […]

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Food

The Cheese Lover’s Guide to Italy

France is most famous for it, and the United States produces more of it, but nowhere on earth is cheese so integral to eating than in Italy. Think of classic French dishes and most have nothing to do with cheese. In Italy, however, it is perhaps the single most vital ingredient—take away cheese and you […]

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Travel

Your Ultimate Guide to Skiing the French Alps

I’ve met a lot of experienced American skiers who are intimidated by the very notion of a European ski vacation. The discomfort goes beyond the language barrier, as many are savvy travelers who don’t hesitate to vacation in Paris, Milan, or Zurich. It’s more that the entire model is different, from the towns to ski […]

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Food

Everything You Need to Know about Drinking Limoncello in Italy

Like pasta, pizza or cheese, it’s hard to visit Italy and avoid an encounter with limoncello. The brightly colored yellow liqueur is seemingly everywhere, and as with many regional specialties, visitors who might never buy it at home inevitably try it, in many cases love it and often come away wondering just what exactly it […]

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Travel

Winter Adventures in Utah Without a Snowboard or Skis

People loved going to the mountains in winter long before there was such a thing as skiing, and you don’t have to slap on boots and skis to have a great time in the nation’s best ski towns. But this is especially true in Utah, where there as many great things to do off the […]