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Inside Iowa’s Award-winning TYCOGA Winery & Distillery

At Tycoga Winery & Distillery, it’s more than just about the drinks; their pizza is pretty good, too. Thirty minutes from our door to theirs, we stepped into a place buzzing with life. Despite the crowd, the manager spotted us right away, treating us like VIPs and ushering us to the bar. That warm welcome set the stage for an experience we won’t forget, savoring standout pizza and wine in the heart of Iowa.

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Great Meals: Our Octopus Dinner with Don Fernando

We both sat there staring at the plate placed before me. When I ordered a seafood salad, I figured I’d see a little crab and shrimp over some leafy greens with a splash of vinaigrette. I had no idea someone would go into the kitchen and out the back door to the canals beyond, scoop up whatever was unfortunate enough to swim into the net, and serve al fresco with a splash of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. We sat there, staring at the seafood salad I ordered. This is the story about My Octopus Dinner on the Venice Canals at Don Fernando’s in Treviso, Italy.

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Lunch at The Market: Road Trip to St. Joseph

This blog post takes you to the charming village of St. Joseph. It’s a beautiful stop between New York and Illinois. The Market isn’t just a food hall; it’s a mix of different food spots, a brewery, wine shop, farmers market, and coffee shops. Here, the thrill of finding new tastes blends with the peace and beauty of the surroundings. Food halls aren’t just making the dining scene better every day; they’re also expanding our choices on the road.