Stories written by Larry Olmsted
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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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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 […]

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Food

How to Navigate Fine Dining as a Family in Aspen

Famously popular with celebrities, CEOs, and the rich and famous of all sorts, Aspen has one of the most upscale fine dining scenes of any ski destination in North America. The town even hosts the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, one of the world’s premier culinary festivals, each summer. But with one of the best mountains […]

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Food

The World’s Best Destination for Foodies? Spain!

In the past few years, Spain has rocketed up the popularity charts in terms for North Americans, and for many good reasons. Dollars go further, the people are warm, so is the climate, its history and landscape are rich and diverse, and recreation runs the gamut from world-class cycling and hiking to skiing, sailing, and […]

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Group dining at restaurant in Italy
Food

Michelin Stars: Italy’s Essential Restaurants

The original Michelin Guide was published in France in 1900 as a tool for motorists, with instructions for changing flat tires and a list of petrol stations. Food did not become a focus until the Twenties, when the guide’s undercover inspectors were first hired. The now famous One to Three Star rating system was launched […]

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Food

Michelin Starred Restaurants in France: Our Must-Visit List

Well over a century ago, the very first Michelin Guide was published in France and given away free to motorists. It was 1900, there were only about 3,000 cars in the country, and the guide covered everything from locations of gas pumps to instructions for changing flat tires. In the 1920s it began to cover […]