Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Food & Travel News Flash February 7th to February 14th 2007

Missed some pieces of good food or travel news last week. Enjoy Food & Travel will give you a relevant weekly newsflash around the world. We will start at the perfect getaways for a romantic vacation.

A few hotels for the romantic getaway

Looking for the perfect location for the romantic vacation? Well, do not look further. Susan Hendrick, a couples therapist and professor of psychology at Texas Tech University, and Sarah Jang of consulting and publishing company Wedding Solutions have chosen to share some her secrets to Forbes magazine, when you start to prepare that special vacation. Their special advice are:

  1. Find out what is the most romantic location for you. The tropical beach, the mountain slopes, or the busy life in the city?
  2. When decided, pick the best hotel of its kind!
And they have even chosen 10 hotels, for 10 different romantic couples. So open your wallet and book a double room and a bottle of Moët & Chandon. Or you can just watch the slide show and start dreaming.

Read the full story at Forbes.com

A destination defying gravity is now history - but there are 20 more left

In Lake Delton, Wisconsin, you find a grey shed called the Wonder spot. In spite of its uninteresting looks it has intrigued travellers for over 50 years. Why? Well - in this little shed it is claimed that people cannot stand up straight, and that water runs uphill and even chairs balance on two legs. This and 20 similar places are called mystery spots or gravity vortexes.

If you want to experience the mystery of Lake Delton, it may be too late, as 21 mystery spots are reduced 20, as the owner last month sold the grey shed to the city of Lake Delton. The place will be demolished and replaced by a much needed road. But you still have 20 left.

Read more on where you find the Mystery Spots on Roadside America

Are you a owner of a Penfolds Koonunga Hill 1976? Drink it now!!

Australian red wines, yes, even the most exclusive, are not known to be wines to store in you cellar for over 10 years. The only expection to this rule, are the Penfolds Koonunga Hill wines. A journalist in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has opened and tasted several vintages of this well known wine brand as old as 1976 and found that they all have withstood the long storage period.

The journalist had the privilege to taste the vintages from 1976, 1978, 1986, 1996, and 2004. The oldest was still drinkable, but had started to go down (Konunga) hill, but the other vintages were still very good. The 1978 had "flavours of red berries, mushrooms and undergrowth (!), and were not unlike a vintage burgundy wine or a Barolo." And the other two older vintages were of excellent quality as well. The 2004 vintage could, according to the journalist, easily be stored for another 10 years.

But if you have a 1976 vintage - it is definitely ripe for consumption.

Read the story at Aftenposten (Norwegian only)

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