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Q&A: Sonam Tenphel, Tibet Tour Guide

January 10, 2018


A group tour is only as great as the person leading it, so you want an experienced guide with both the knowledge and the passion to see it through. Enter Sonam Tenphel of Tibet Travel agency, a Tibetan native with a background in art history and a penchant for vegetable momos who considers Lhasa “the most beautiful, intriguing city in the world”—and shows it off to his…

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Q&A: John Simmons, Sixth-Generation Tabasco Maker, Louisiana

May 18, 2017

People across the world associate Tabasco sauce with the very unique, flavorful food culture found here in Louisiana, and we’re honored to be a part of that.”  —John Simmons, tabasco pepper expert, McIlhenny Company, Avery Island

Hot sauce is like salt in Louisiana. People add it to everything.

In New Orleans, about 140 miles east of Tabasco’s headquarters, food is known for its bold spicing. Cayenne…

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Q&A: Joel Haber, Israeli Food Tour Guide, Jerusalem

June 15, 2016

Q&A: Joel Haber, Israeli Food Tour Guide, Jerusalem

Joel Haber, a culinary tour guide in Jerusalem, at a food market
All photos courtesy of Naomi Tomky                                                        

“[Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market] is not just about the fresh food. It is also a window onto this city’s culture and personality.” —Joel Haber, culinary tour guide in Israel

Joel Haber, also known as “Fun Joel” (and he does…

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Q&A: Patrick Murtaugh, Craft Beer Brewer, Richmond, VA

January 14, 2014

“Richmond has a beer scene similar to what you saw 10 years ago in the Pacific Northwest. The market is not yet saturated and there’s still an enthusiasm for craft beer that borders on fanatical.” —Patrick Murtaugh, cofounder and master brewer, Hardywood Park brewery

Tell us about what you do.
In short, we make beer. We lean toward beers that are stylistically underrepresented in the market. Our Reserve Series is…

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Q&A: Nathan Kaiser, Craft Distiller, Seattle

June 10, 2013

Q&A: Nathan Kaiser, Craft Distiller, Seattle

Nathan Kaiser of 2Bar Spirits, in Seattle
Nathan, pictured in 2bar Spirits’ tasting room next to a photo of his grandfather holding his father at 2Bar ranch. Photo by Naomi Bishop

“We are exceptionally fortunate to be located in Seattle—this city celebrates diversity and locally sourced products.”—Nathan Kaiser, owner-operator of 2bar Spirits

Tell us about…