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Love Letters: Tallahassee

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Motorcycle sensation Ricky Carmichael has been called the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) over his 20-plus year career. He retired at age 27 in March 2007 and returned home to north Florida, where he welcomed twins Elise and Kadin with his wife Ursula. He now shares his love of the...

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Love Letters: Steamboat Springs

(6) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Caroline Lalive is a 3 time Olympian and 3-Time World Champion in ski racing. Lalive first came to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the 1990s to attend the Lowell Whiteman School and train with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and has called Ski Town, U.S.A® home ever since. Aside from...

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Love Letters: Mesa

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Nile Cappello is a deal guru at Travelzoo, based in the San Francisco office but rarely in one place for any extended amount of time. She suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust, and loves working for a company that feeds it endlessly. Mesa is currently being featured on Travelzoo's...

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Love Letters: Cleveland

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:49 AM

As a proud Clevelander, award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer has worked tirelessly to help elevate the culinary landscape of his hometown with his restaurants, including his newest venture, Trentina. He's also behind The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Sawyer's Street Frites and Sausage & Peppers at the...

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Love Letters: Columbia, SC

(24) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Emile DeFelice loves food, the challenges of farming and business, and finding ways to connect farmers and feeders. He founded the All Local Farmer's Market in 2004, now called Soda City, featuring dozens of farmers, food, and artisans from Columbia every Saturday morning on Main Street. Emile grew vegetables and...

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Love Letters: Miami

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Matthew Whitman Lazenby, Operating Partner of Bal Harbour Shops, is the fourth-generation leader in the family-owned business that began developing commercial real estate in Miami in the early twentieth century. Born and raised in Coral Gables, he is the grandson of Stanley Whitman, who founded the famed Bal Harbour Shops...

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Love Letters: Old Saybrook, CT

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Viola Tagliatela has been a resident of Old Saybrook for more than 54 years. In 1980, her future in-laws bought the dilapidated Old Saybrook Inn. Today, her husband, Stephen, runs the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Viola remains active in the community. Viola is...

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Love Letters: Puerto Rico

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Frankie De Soto is a Global SEO Analyst for Hilton Worldwide, where he also works as a national ambassador for @HiltonSuggests, offering insider tips for travelers visiting Puerto Rico, his homeland. Frankie currently lives in Dallas, Texas, but was born in Puerto Rico and frequently visits today. When...

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Love Letters: Alaska

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Kirsten Dixon first came to Alaska in 1979 to work as an intensive care nurse, but quickly moved into Alaska's backcountry with her husband to run a fishing lodge, where she began her more than 30-year career as a chef. She attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, and...

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Love Letters: Mendoza

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Gonzalo Carrasco was born in 1980 in the city of Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes mountains. From an early age, he showed interest in winemaking. At the age of 18, while he was working as an intern, he had the first contact with the world of wine. Since...

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Love Letters: Nashville

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:31 AM

As co-owner and chef of Nashville's upcoming Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Maneet Chauhan's Indian roots and newfound affections for Southern cuisine have collided. Born and raised in India's Punjab province, Maneet attended culinary school and was soon working in some of India's most luxurious hotel properties. Shortly after...

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Love Letters: Athens, Georgia

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:01 AM

April Moore Skelton has been one of the many thousands of University of Georgia students who became enchanted by Athens during their studies and decided after graduation to make it her home. She is a longtime flying dance trapeze performer and instructor with Canopy Studio and has explored the many...

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Love Letters: Baton Rouge

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Dear Baton Rouge,

It's hard to believe that it's now been nearly 10 years that my family has called you home. We have come to love everything about this wonderful city and state. From the food, the people, and of course LSU, I can't imagine living...

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Love Letters: Hershey, PA

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Don Papson worked for The Hershey Company for more than 25 years. Recently retired, he is currently the executive director of The M.S. Hershey Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Milton Hershey in 1935 for educational and cultural enrichment. An avid coach and athlete, his favorite activities are swimming, running...

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Love Letters: Deerfield, WI

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Rebecca Holland lived in Deerfield for the first 18 years of her life, and still visits often to see her family. She received a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. From there, she spent a year traveling in the Middle East and...

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Love Letters: Yountville

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:52 AM

Perry Hoffman first became interested in cooking by helping his grandmother, who, along with her husband, were the original owners of The French Laundry. Since then, he's worked at restaurants throughout California, landing at étoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon in 2007. He's the youngest American chef to be awarded a...

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Love Letters: Kane, PA

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Barbara Bretherick lived in Kane for twenty years, but her heart has been there for 58. She's now a retired high school English teacher who homesteads with her husbands on 20 acres in southeast Georgia. Kane will celebrate its sesquicentennial this summer--and Bretherick remembers the 100th fondly.

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Love Letters: Florence

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Grace Kim loves to hear stories and learn about different cultures. Her studies in Public Health have taken her to Honduras, India and Panama. She is a child of Los Angeles but has wanderlust in her heart.


Dear Florence,

Nine years ago I experienced a summer in which...

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Love Letters: Oakland

(14) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Preeti Mistry was born in London and raised in the Midwest. While she considers herself a 'child of the universe', she didn't really find her home until she moved to Oakland three years ago. She is currently the chef and co-owner of Juhu Beach Club, an Indian Street Food restaurant...

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Love Letters: Columbus

(15) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Jeni Britton Bauer first discovered her love for dessert in Columbus while working at La Chatelaine and studying art at The Ohio State University. She opened Scream Ice Cream in 1996, which closed after four years. In 2002, she opened Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus' North Market, and now...

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