Tonight, I jet north to the USA on a three-week whirlwind tour for our business, Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences. I will be traveling across the Northeast starting in my hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, followed by Washington DC, New York City and Chicago. It’s a busy agenda, full of amazing wines and people, to spread the love of everything food, wine, and travel from Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. There will be plenty of private client events, wine tastings, a top brow charity wine auction and wine pairing dinners at some fantastic restaurants. I look forward to reconnecting with alumni groups from my alma mater, University of Pennsylvania as well. Of course, it wouldn’t be a business trip without a lot of meetings and some blessed time to see my family and friends in between.
I am very much anticipating indulging my passion for ethnic food on this trip, the kind we just don’t see here in South America. I want to ask you all a favor as fellow foodies and wine lovers. Could you please share your recommendations of your favorite places on my tour stops to eat and drink? Here’s my not-so-short list of preferences: Real Chinese (Chinatown NYC!?!), Ethiopian, Indian (Northern & Southern), Vietnamese, Thai, Turkish, Malaysian, American-style brunch (with Bloody Marys please), some great New American cuisine in Chicago, and wine bars that are NOT South American-driven. I am smitten with European wines: French, Austrian, Italian, German, Croatian (that’s right), Spanish, Portuguese. Since all we get in these latitudes are local wines, I find these trips are a wonderful opportunity to expand my own palate as a constant student of wine. Don’t we all dream of traveling the whole world, learning about other cultures, foods, wines and countries this way? I do at least!! The US market certainly is fortunate to have such variety in this department.
While on the road, keep up with me on a daily basis via Twitter and our Facebook page. I will be tweeting my experiences, musings, event happenings, and more. The Eat Wine blog will continue to post three times per week with more Emiliana Orgánico wine pairing videos with recipes, additional new recipes from our Knack South American Cooking book, and the inside scoop on South American travel destinations as you all plan your dream trips in 2011-12. For now, I am signing off and saying, Adiós amigos. More from up north!