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It takes backbone to sue the Trump Administration.

Especially if you’re women.

And you own a restaurant in Boulder, Utah, one of the most remote areas of the US, elevation ~7,000 feet, population ~ 180 people. Where the geology’s so rugged that early explorers declared “no animal without wings could cross it.” When the Civilian Conservation Corps did build a way through, they named it Hell’s Backbone Road. Which led to the name of the restaurant Blake Spalding and Jennifer Castle own—Hell’s Backbone Grill. A name that suits their spunk in facing off the hell that’s been created by Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Evening rose. Carmine crimson. A duality of colours, our twofold experience of Albarracín, Spain. Evening rose in the labyrinth of medieval buildings in the town. Carmine crimson in the Stone Age rock-art in Albarracín Cultural Park.

It was Marc and Anne, a Belgian couple we met on our first trip to Spain, who recommended Albarracín. “It’s the most beautiful town in Spain,” Marc said, along with telling us about its cave art.

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Jan 12, New Zealand

so… as to our annual holiday… as far as galiano goes, gabriola too, i’m over them.  really, when i look out at the ocean here for five months of the year, i don’t find the gulf islands all that attractive.  too damn many trees! i am willing to be convinced otherwise though.

i think we would love the maritimes — but it takes so long to get there.  still… they are attractive.  as is newfoundland…

Jan 13, Vancouver

OK, this is way crazy but have you ever thought of going to Fogo Island in NL? Read more

The legendary Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas

There’s something about Texas, especially West Texas.

I know, it’s not too fashionable to like the lone-star state. Too many guns. Too many red necks. Too black-gold-centric. Too near Breaking Bad country.

For years, West Texas has been calling us long-distance, saying “Come visit.” The quirky town of Marfa.  Big Bend National Park. And the legendary Gage Hotel in Marathon—our one-night of grandeur before a week of camping and sleeping in our rooftop tent in Big Bend.

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Biscotti di Mandorle alle Erbe

“I can still taste the simple, pistachio pasta we ate,” was the first thing Teresa said when I told her we were going to Sicily. “Their buttery, fat pistachios are so much better than those we get from the Middle East.”

“The food is so good, Clive and I gained ten pounds,” Linda told us. “You must try fish couscous at Trapani—it’s nirvana.”

Whenever we asked someone for advice on Sicily, their lips smacked with delicious memories of food from this fertile, volcanic island. It’s always been this way. In the 4thcentury BC, a Greek Sicilian named Archestratus wrote the world’s first poem about food, Life of Luxury. With the island’s long history of occupation—by the Greeks, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards—its culinary layers deepened and diversified. As the authors of Sicilian Food & Wine, The Cognoscente’s Guide write, “One must question whether any other place in Europe has brought dining to the level, if not exalted status, of high art the way Sicily has.”

Here’s a taste, from simple peasant food to elaborate Baroque desserts, traditional fare to up-to-the-minute cuisine, of our thirty-three days of travelling around the largest island in the Mediterranean. Its geography and cuisine so varied that like the locals, we started to say ”in this country…”

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One of the joys of hiking in Europe compared to most anywhere else in the world is the reward of eating lunch at a restaurant in a mountain village enroute.

Take, for example, Hike #1 in Teresa Farino’s book Picos de Europa. But first, let me step back in time for a bit.

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