With a writing career spanning over a decade, Liz SanFilippo Hall has written about everything from the correct way to assemble a Chicago-style hot dog to the intricate flavors and plating styles of Michelin-star European restaurants. Liz loves discovering new places and flavors to share with her readers, whether it’s the sandy shores of Lake Michigan and the foodie town of Traverse City or the vineyards and small towns of France. She hopes her stories inspire people to travel, try new dishes and ingredients, and learn about the history and culture of a place through its food and meeting the locals.

A graduate of The University of Chicago’s Master’s in Humanities/Creative Writing, she has a knack for combining research with her personal travel/food stories. Some of her most memorable food and travel experiences include slurping fresh French oysters at a market in Cognac, hunting for black truffles in the stunning Umbrian countryside, heading off the beaten path of the Amalfi Coast to find a Michelin-starred restaurant only known to locals, visiting the largest underground church in all of Europe, exploring the catacombs of Paris, and touring the vineyards of Northern Michigan, which is on the 45th latitude just like France’s Côtes du Rhône wine region.

In addition to her blog posts on The International Kitchen, her writing has been featured on CBSLocal.com and Hot Doug’s: The Book, among other sites and publications. She also writes about parenting, self care, and how to travel with kids (and maintain your sanity) on her personal blog, www.OopsandDaisies.com. She currently writes in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two young children, husband, and stubborn bulldog named Kafka.


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July 20, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

A Must See on Any Foodie's Travel Bucket List: Bordeaux

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Travel Tips

Paris and Provence tend to be the two most-requested destinations when booking a cooking vacation to France. But one foodie destination that is increasingly drawing attention is situated in the country's southwest: Bordeaux. Known for its legendary wines and surrounding stunning vineyards, the historic city is becoming more of a tourist destination in no small part to the La Cité du Vin, an immersive museum that's been called an amusement… Read
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January 20, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

A Pork with Grapes and Wine Recipe from our Napa Valley Guide

Filed Under  Recipe

Napa Valley might be best known for its wine, but it's also a great destination for a foodie tour. During Napa Valley food and wine tours with The International Kitchen, you'll be treated to gourmet dishes paired with local wines. In other words, matches made in heaven! You'll also have a true insider - Diane di Filipi - as your guide into this part of the country, making it a… Read
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January 18, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

Introducing our Newest Foodie Vacation: Traverse City, Michigan

Filed Under  Destination Feature

I'll be the first to admit that Traverse City, Michigan holds a pretty special place in my heart, and it's really a great place for a foodie vacation and culinary tour. Not only did I get married in the area, but my family has been going up to Northern Michigan for decades. The sheer beauty of the place is enough to draw you in... which Good Morning America revealed to… Read
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January 16, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

Introducing an exclusive Napa Valley wine and cooking vacation

Filed Under  Destination Feature, What's Up at TIK

When one thinks of wine production in the U.S., it's often Napa Valley that comes to mind. While the wine alone makes this California destination worthy of being home to one of our culinary tours, the gorgeous region has a lot to offer in other ways too: scenic landscapes, charming towns, and, you guessed it, the gastronomy too. Those are just some of the reasons we're thrilled to offer our… Read
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January 6, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

6 Often Over-Looked But Not to Miss Cooking Vacations

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Travel Tips

We often get inquiries about destinations that people hear about a lot… places like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and Provence in France. While we adore those regions very much, there are some other places that hold special places in our hearts, ones that are too often overlooked. Many of these are off the beaten path, but that only makes them more unique. Whether you've traveled a lot,… Read
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January 5, 2017

By Liz SanFilippo Hall

5 Tips for Dining Out in Italy

Filed Under  Travel Tips

Food, of course, is a staple wherever you go. But the customs that come with dining are different just about everywhere you go too. For starters, when visiting Italy, it's worthwhile to know that dinner tends to be later there than in the U.S., and often starts anywhere between 7:30 and 9pm. (And this is true of much of Europe too). It's also important to make reservations whenever you can… Read
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