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What brings you alive?

What brings you alive?

What brings you alive?
What brings me alive is the active participation of being in a culture different from my own, relating with a heightened sense of awareness and an open heart looking for a way in.

SB Digs: “Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures”

With two decades of experience in global culinary traditions, Peggy Markel personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion, through the sensorial pleasure of food. Guests emerge transformed, embracing a greater awareness of the connection between themselves, other cultures, and the food on their plate.

Aeolian Islands: Potent Enough to Withstand the Trade-Winds of Time

The Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily have a culture of their own, an archipelago of 8 islands clustered in the Mediterranean just north of Sicily. Fascinated by islands, I like to explore how each island expresses itself, out in the wild on its own, with a rich sea life to draw from and the ingredients at hand that have given us the Mediterranean diet — wild plants such as fennel, oregano, rosemary and the cultivated citrus, olive and hot weather vegetables. Their gardens are often protected by rock walls to protect from the wind and ensure a good harvest to put up for the winter.

I Want Her Job: “Interview with Peggy Markel”

“Peggy aims to give people a meaningful travel experience by immersing them in a foreign culture through food, food artisans, hands-on cooking and traveling. The bonus: Her daily work usually means immersing herself in the same. Just read her example of a “typical day” and see if it doesn’t make …