Category: Wines & Spirits

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April 3, 2022

By Peg Kern

Five Things You Didn't Know about Champagne

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Wines & Spirits, France

Everyone loves champagne. This exquisite sparkling wine is known the world over as the wine par excellence for celebrating. But it's much more than that! Check below for 5 things you might not have realized about this famous bubbly. But before getting to those, let's recap what makes champagne champagne, and not just another sparkling wine. What Makes Champagne Champagne A sparkling wine has 3 basic rules it needs to… Read
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March 3, 2022

By Peg Kern

Top Five Foodie Finds on Our Northern Italy Culinary Tour

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Wines & Spirits, Italy

Northern Italy is one of Europe's most gastronomically rich and interesting places, and it is the perfect destination for a foodie tour of Italy. Bordered as it is by France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the Mediterranean Sea, you will find a wealth of gastronomic influences in a small geographical area. And that is not to mention the varied terrain. From the high peaks of the Alps to the fertile plains… Read
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September 2, 2021

By Peg Kern

The Best Labor Day Menu for 2021

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Special Occasions, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits, USA

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Kids start back to school, the weather starts to turn, and fall is just around the corner. Every year Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays. Sure, my garden by this point looks horrid, as I've invariably let the weeds take over. And my kids are usually as unruly as the garden at this point, and I am ready to send… Read
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July 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

Piña Colada Recipe for National Piña Colada Day

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Wines & Spirits, USA

Tomorrow, July 10, is national piña colada day, and in honor of it we're all about piña coladas, including an authentic recipe straight from Puerto Rico. Did you know that the piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico? That much is certain, although there is still a lot of debate over who specifically invented it. Most people think it was invented at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in the 1950's, but… Read
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June 9, 2021

By Peg Kern

5 Best Things about Our New Flavors of Puerto Rico Culinary Vacation

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK, Wines & Spirits, USA

We always love expanding our culinary tours into new destinations, and we could not be more thrilled with our newest culinary tours in Puerto Rico! What could be better than a top culinary destination with a European feel, a ton of history and culture, miles of coastline, and part of the US? US travelers don't even need a passport, and it's a quick plane ride away. Yes, you do currently… Read
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April 7, 2021

By Peg Kern

Beer in the Windy City

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Wines & Spirits, USA

Today is National Beer Day, and in its honor we'll be talking about beer in our hometown, Chicago. The rise in the production, sales, and quality of so-called "craft" beers in the US in the past few decades, and particularly since the 1990's, has meant a corresponding increase in craft breweries and brewpubs, not to mention a plethora of amazing brews to try. When I was young and growing up… Read
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