In Piemonte, Raising a Glass with Less Fuss (New York Times), Where to Unplug in the Welsh Countryside (Food 52), Inside the New Roman and Williams Guild (GrandLife)

Some recent favorites! In a Northern Italian Wine Region, Raising a Glass with Less Fuss (New York Times) Wine shops with a handful of tables — informal places that locals frequent for lunch or a bite before a late dinner — now have shelves that are packed with the region’s best wines at retail prices, not the pronounced markup found in many restaurants. Where to Unplug in the Welsh Countryside (Food 52) Last spring, a bout of city fatigue left me dreaming of unplugged pleasures in the countryside. As showers fell in New York City, I charted a road trip through rural…

The Secret of Uncertainty (BBC Travel), An Oyster Lover’s Guide to Ireland (AFAR), Rafting in the Grand Canyon (New York Times)

A couple favorites from late 2017 and early 2018: How an Italian Town Changed Me (BBC Travel): Everywhere I went, I walked in her footsteps. She stepped on these same stones, past the Roman-era thermal baths, beyond the church, to the 15th-Century castle in the heart of the town. When I pictured her, she was no longer the white-haired octogenarian I knew from my childhood, but a 25-year-old newlywed with her whole life ahead of her. In the first days of my honeymoon, I travelled to the region of Abruzzo in central Italy to retrace the same steps my great-grandmother Filomena…

A Trail of Lighthouses in Ireland (NYT), Mezcal at the Source (FT), and Chicken Advice (Bon Appetit)

A few favorites from fall 2016. Keeping the Fire of Irish Lighthouses Alive (New York Times) A narrative story exploring Ireland’s coastline with lighthouses guiding the way. These historic landmarks now host hotels and self-catering apartments, offering a glimpse into the life of a lighthouse keeper. Mezcal at the Source (Financial Times): In the hills of Oaxaca, I visited a mezcal distillery to witness an agave roast and taste the smoky spirit at the source. When to Order the Chicken? (Bon Appetit): An exceptional roasted chicken at Raoul’s in SoHo inspires an investigation into how chicken has evolved in restaurants….