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GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: The Story of Beer

GLOBE TREKKER: Food Hour: The Story of Beer

 

Beer is the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. In fact, it’s the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. China is currently the world’s leading beer producer, whereas the Czech Republic is the biggest consumer, with an average of 143 liters each year per person! These are some of the beer facts that will be shared in this informative and entertaining episode hosted by trekker Judith Jones. Together with fellow travelers from around the world, Judith uncovers the extraordinary popularity behind the favorite alcoholic beverage of millions of people worldwide.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Taiwan Matsu Festival and Islands

 

Joseph returns to Taiwan to follow in the path of Taiwan’s Matsu Pilgrimage, said to be the largest religious procession in the world, and to explore the islands named in the deity’s honor. Blessed with magical powers, Matsu, Taiwan’s superstar deity teaches creating balance in our lives and the lesson is illustrated in the 9-day Matsu Pilgrimage, which melds an exuberant worldly celebration with a mindful spiritual journey. It is literally an explosive event that encompasses the many sides of the Taiwanese nature. Complementing the festival is Joseph’s visit to the Matsu Islands, 100 miles from Taiwan while only 6 from China, revealing the resolute and determined survival instincts of the Taiwanese. Since the first Fujian fishermen came to the Matsu Islands in the 14th century, the archipelago has been a refuge. On his travels, Joseph discovers that for centuries, the islanders have weathered natural and political storms through their connections with each other and the sea. Today after decades of living in the shadow of war, they are ready to celebrate their historic, cultural and natural treasures.

 

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: Sicily

GLOBE TREKKER: Food Hour: Sicily

 

Trekker Bobby Chinn discovers the cultural and historical influences that define contemporary Sicilian food. Occupations by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the French and the Spanish have all played their part by introducing techniques and ingredients that have created an intriguing cuisine.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Myanmar Irrawaddy River Adventure

 

Myanmar or Burma, by either name, and both are acceptable, exudes an aura of the exotic, mysterious and alluring. Even the names of its former capitals, Mandalay and Rangoon, evoke a lyrical glow. Yet, it’s the magnetism of its ancient temple architecture that draws visitors to the valley of the Irrawaddy River. Joseph embarks on an Irrawaddy River adventure from golden pagodas to colorful markets, from working villages to frenzied cities where unimagined new sights, sounds, smells and emotions capture his attention. On his journey of discovery Joseph finds that on the Irrawaddy’s 1,350-mile journey to the sea the full range of Myanmar life unfolds along its shores. The river embodies the historical, cultural and economic soul of the country and has been the lifeblood of its people since Stone Age man first arrived there 13,000 years ago. As his Myanmar odyssey unfolds it becomes clear that with a long history of conflict and conquest, until recently, Myanmar/Burma was isolated, shrouded in secrecy and hid its brilliance. Yet now it has opened its doors and is displaying its glories for all to see. And the people of Myanmar and a world of travelers are better for it.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Hill County, Texas

 

There is a big difference between Texas and Texas Hill Country, and Samantha finds this out quickly when she takes to the road exploring these legendary lands in search of her favorite wildflower, the Texas bluebonnet. In her quest, Samantha visits a wildflower seed farm that produces fields of stunning wildflowers, gets to taste fine cuisine at a farm-to-table German bistro and discovers a tucked-away weingarten serving locally produced Hill Country wines. Back on the road, Samantha frequents the oldest bakery in Texas, made famous for its 100-year strudel recipe, and finally Samantha gets to shake a leg -arriving at historic Gruene Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Big Sur and Monterey, California

 

There’s nothing like road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway. My favorite section? The picturesque drive from Monterey to Big Sur. Along the way, I learn about underwater sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then pay a visit to the “Artichoke Center of the World.” In Carmel by the Sea, I shadow a 14-year-old beekeeper who took a homework assignment to a full-fledged family business. Throw in an incredible bike ride followed by a ping-pong game with epic views, and you’ll see why Monterey and Big Sur are places to love.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Mekong River Adventure, Part 2 of 2

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE: Mekong River Adventure, Part 2 of 2

 

Part 2 of Joseph’s Mekong River journey through Cambodia and Vietnam finds him in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh where he embarks on a tuk-tuk tour of the city’s highlights. He visits the royal palace with its stupas, pagodas and pavilions and pays homage to the country’s spiritual heritage, as well as its colonial past. In local markets and restaurants where the fare can range from lobsters to tarantulas, he learns how, with the help of foreign NGOs, the country is recovering from its devastating Khmer Rouge history of war and ruin. Then Joseph follows the Mekong’s flow into Vietnam where the Mekong River Delta spreads its seven arms across Southwest Vietnam. Here in the countryside towns, river villages and floating markets he experiences post-war Vietnamese life. As Joseph’s Mekong River voyage ends he understands that after centuries of struggle, at the core of Cambodia and Vietnam’s resurgence are their resiliente people who have overcome the unimaginable time and time again and are now ready to greet the world with open arms.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Vancouver, Canada

 

A cosmopolitan city located on the edge of the wilderness, Vancouver offers both natural and urban beauty. On my trip, I trekked through scenic Stanley Park, hopped aboard a floatplane for stunning tour of the city, followed by landing on a mountain lake. Back in the city, just minutes away, I also discovered the unique shops of Granville Market, tasted local salmon at a First Nations restaurant, and so much more. Here’s why Vancouver is a place to love.

 

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
King Cornbread

A CHEFʻS LIFE: King Cornbread

 

Vivian visits a Kinston institution that merges cornbread with another Southern signature to make “pig and a puppy,” then crafts a version for a charity dinner. Mrs. Scarlett and Ms. Lillie’s cornbread cook-off showcases their different traditions.

 

 

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