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Saint-Paul de Vence, magic on a Hilltop

XAugust 4, 2020
Throughout all my travels, I will always have a sweet spot for France. Their history, gastronomy, and grandiose museums make it impossible to not find something interesting to do, eat or discover… which is probably why I love visiting so much.  One of the things I particularly enjoy doing in “La France” is discovering the historic little towns located outside the cities. These villages are often well preserved and make you feel like you’ve gone back in time: the architecture is intact, and you become fully immersed in a cultural experience like no other.  If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say it has to be the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence. It’s a tiny community near Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, and Vence, that you could probably tour in about 1.5 hours. But that’s only if you aren’t hungry or interested in the art and history of this landmark town.  Don’t do that.  Saint-Paul de Vence is a mecca for artists. It’s a muse city that has provided a few of the most creative minds in history the inspiration to make some of the greatest works ever known to mankind. The list is massive, but to name a few:

Consciousness

XJuly 17, 2020
Change has been on its way for a long time. We keep talking about the new normal and the new priorities that have risen from the COVID-19 crisis…

Revisiting the State of The Union 2020

XJune 19, 2020
How the united states has responded to the crisis The government of the United States had somewhat of a delayed reaction to the threat of the virus, but when it answered, it focused on strategies to prevent an economic meltdown, strengthening the healthcare system, and preventing further spread. The COVID-19 task force led by Vice President Pence with active participation by President Trump, together with government officials from a wide array of agencies, and with the active participation of governors from all 50 states and mayors from cities all around the country, represented a bureaucratic deployment of immense magnitude. The high level of professionalism and commitment from all the new heroes of the world resembled soldiers standing in the front lines. From the health sector, to the humblest public servant and private sector employee, people carried out their duties to keep the country running and to help those in need. Congress has responded by approving trillion-dollar programs in record time aimed at supporting the different levels of government in their strategies to address the health crisis. Additionally, it has promoted programs designed to keep the economy as stable as possible and in hopes to generate conditions for rapid recovery

The best wine to pair with Risotto al Funghi.

XMay 28, 2020
Risotto al Funghi. Wow.  Just reading those words make my mouth water… that soft chewy rice texture, mixed with the subtle taste of mushroom and cheese can make even the pickiest eater’s taste buds rejoice in happiness. Although the dish is solid on its own, there’s a secret something that can make the meal an over the moon experience: pairing it with the right wine.  In 2001, I found out the power wine pairing had when it was done correctly.  I was having a delicious meal at Guy Savoy in Paris with a dear friend of mine, and to end our dinner, we decided to order a bottle of the famous Château d’Yquem. We kindly asked the maître to bring us a dessert that would perfectly accompany the bottle of wine we had ordered; he kindly agreed, and told us he would be sending us a selection of the best treats available, as long as they paired well.  Dessert #1 – Passion Fruit Mousse.  Dessert #2 –Passion Fruit Mousse. At this point I could tell he was up to something… Desert #3 –Passion Fruit Mousse.  I glanced up at him in disbelief. He glanced back at us and responded,