Editors please take note: I have five finished culinary and/or travel articles unsold. They range from a street festival near Barcelona, to a rare Mediterranean Island liquor; from the sites and museums of Curacao, to the unique food there: and finally, an extravagant dinner in one of the top restaurants in Spain. All will put you in the street, or in the seat experiencing remarkable travel and food in top locations around the world. Each one begins with its opening paragraph followed by a description of the content. All are available for your consideration. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy for review.
Tarragona, Spain, Santa Tecla Festival
The noisy, colorful, seemingly endless processions of dance troupes and Big Head puppets, separated by the “fantastic and popular bestiary” spewing sparks and fire, snaked through the narrow streets of Tarragona’s old town day and night. There was no end to the theatrical entertainment, or the excited crowds, or the general roar punctuated by applause. The Santa Tecla Festival was amazing!
It goes on to chronicle the ten day festival and the foods specific to it – 740 descriptive words with photos and a link to my YouTube video of the human pyramids building in the city square.
A Taste of Ibiza
One thing fueling Ibiza’s reputation as the party capital of the world is their outrageously delicious and very potent island drink – Hierbas Ibicencas. Produced only on the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, this alcohol-laden bomb, at anywhere from 48 to 76 proof, is Ibiza’s beverage of choice. Hierbas Ibicencas is sometimes referred to as “a forest in a bottle” because it is infused only with the various herbs and plants that grow wild on the island to produce a true “taste of Ibiza”.
It goes on to list the plants and medicinal benefits of this unique anise-flavored drink – 545 words with photos.
Heritage and History in Curacao
Landing at the Curacao airport brought the realization that I wasn’t in a tropical paradise. The landscape looked like the American Southwest, covered in cactus. That wasn’t the last time my assumptions proved wrong. Curacao had many more surprises in store for me – all of them good.
Curacao has the best restaurant in the Caribbean, great beaches, best underwater visibility, and was named one of the top 10 economical destinations of 2018. The capital, Willemsted, is a colorful and architectural UNESCO site, and the local food is great! – 1122 words with photos.
Curacao’s Cuisine Shows Its Roots
The soup looked most unappetizing. I had to rotate my spoon in circles on the viscous surface, slowly raising it to break the bonds of the slimy, clingy liquid. Still, strings like melted mozzarella on a pizza slice stretched with the spoon to my mouth in a sticky web bursting with flavor. If the okra soup wasn’t so good I wouldn’t have worked so messily hard to finish it. What is it about Curacao and its unusually tasty cuisine?
It goes on to describe the African (slavery) roots to the very tasty and unusual foods of Curacao and can include a recipe for vegan Peanut Soup – 593 words without recipe, with photos.
Atrio Restaurant in Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Seated before the gorgeous flowers and sparkling crystal of Atrio’s table, I take a photo of the unusual first course and look for a place to set my big camera down. With a quiet swoosh and a whispered “Here’s a small stool for your camera”, an efficient and gracious waitperson ratchets up the already high level of service. This is not just two Michelin star service, this is Relais Chateaux service – and I’m thrilled to be here!
A top Spanish chef, 2 Michelin Stars, a Relais Chateaux boutique hotel and the world’s best wine cellar, all in a UNESCO walled city, combine for an incredible meal in Cáceres, in the Extremadura Region of Spain – 1000 words with photos.
That’s all I have for now.