Virtuoso Traveler - October/November 2017 - 22
TAKING IT ALL IN
A Chicago-area family gains a grand perspective
while traveling in Ireland.
IN THE MOMENT
"We had waited a few days for good
weather before setting out on a
spectacular hike along the Cliffs of
Moher," says Virtuoso traveler Laura
Christensen of Wheaton, Illinois.
"When we stopped to take in this
breathtaking view, it gave me such
joy to watch my youngest daughter
and niece [pictured]. The rugged
beauty, fresh scent of grass, warm
sunshine, and ocean breezes made
them feel so alive - like the world
was theirs to explore and cherish."
The family is still basking in the
afterglow of a recent Iceland selfdrive adventure planned by Naperville, Illinois-based Virtuoso travel
advisor Kathy Moran. "We made a
wish list of the places we wanted to
see, and Kathy pulled it all together
into an incredible trip of a lifetime,"
says Christensen. On the horizon:
The landscape architect and her
husband have vacations planned to
see Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania and the
Netherlands' Keukenhof gardens.
Chef Ned Bell's
New food-focused tomes
to dig into now.
* In 2014, chef Ned Bell took a break from his
post at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver to
Christensen and her husband, along
with their young-adult son, daughter, and niece, spent eight days on
the Emerald Isle last summer pursuing their various passions - which
meant plenty of golf for the guys,
and day trips to iconic sites for the
girls, before reuniting at local pubs
pedal across Canada in an effort to raise
awareness about seafood sustainability. The
founder of the nonprofit Chefs for Oceans -
"Choose some 'home
base' towns and spend a
few nights there. That reduces
drive times to the places you want
to visit and lets you relax a little.
It also allows you to plan around
the weather, which is especially
important in rainy Ireland."
and, since 2016, executive chef of Vancouver
- Virtuoso traveler
Aquarium's Ocean Wise program - continues to follow his passion as the author of
Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from
the West Coast. Bell's challenge to readers:
Make ocean-friendly choices once a week
for a year. $30, amazon.com.
* Claude Monet is famed for his canvases of
haystacks and water lilies, but not so much
for his soufflés and tarte tatin. In The Monet
Cookbook: Recipes from Giverny, Florence
Gentner combines reproductions of Monet's
paintings with 60 recipes from his personal
journals for a culinary work that leaves a
lasting impression. $35, longitudebooks.com.
* James Beard called the original Roadfood,
published in 1977, "a book that you should
carry with you, no matter where you
are going in these United States." In the
updated anniversary edition, Roadfood:
An Eater's Guide to More Than 1,000
On top of the world: Contemplating
the views from Ireland's Cliffs of Moher.
of the Best Local Hot Spots and Hidden
Gems Across America, Jane and Michael
Stern add some 200 new steak houses,
lobster shacks, and other mouthwatering
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stops on the ultimate foodie road trip. $23,
for a chance to be featured in Virtuoso Traveler.
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