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Thei Zervaki shares her culinary adventures on her blog www.fullybooked.biz, is a regular food contributor for Southern Hospitality Magazines and whets appetites with cultural tastes for her JUST TRY IT column. She also writes for Adelto, Cnn Travel, Harbors Magazine and Odyssey Magazine. She satisfies her curiosity as a "headhunter" for the trendiest and weirdest foods in gourmet stores and street markets. She loves memoirs and travel books and enjoys fully a glass of Riesling in hot and humid nights.
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Entries by Thei Zervaki

My Top Products From the Summer Fancy Food Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Since the summer of 2009, I only missed one Summer Fancy Food Show and that was due to excessive work schedule in the West Coast. Last week, I returned to the Big Apple to experience quirky new products with unique flavors, ingredients, names and colors. I probably missed a lot;...

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2014 Fancy Food Show Trends and Insights

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:01 PM

It was an inspirational, fun and thought-provoking show. San Francisco's spring weather was a treat even if I didn't see much of the sun -- I had to spend two entire days in both halls of Moscone Center. But my hard work paid out. Here are the culinary trends and...

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24 Hours at Portland Cocktail Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Portland makes headlines for its award-winning chefs, tasty dishes and often for its numerous food trucks found in the city's streets and parks. I have visited the city less for its dining scene and mostly for its world-class Pinot Noir tastings. This time though, I traveled for the Portland Cocktail...

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What you should know before a Sailing Trip in the Caribbean

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 5:55 PM

While preparing this article, I resorted to google and Bing engines searching for traveling experiences and desired activities while on board of a sailing ship. To my surprise, there were very few articles and content about this topic that seems to be neglected. Armed with my notebook, a word file...

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Seattle's International Film Festival Put Tropical Fruits and Expensive Wine on the Big Screen

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Food writers are often caught between a fork and a plate, a recipe that needs still to be edited and maybe a fancy restaurant launch. Often they forget those who contribute to the world of food in their own right away from camera flashes and covers of food magazines. I...

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Trends From the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:23 PM

After spending three full days on the floors of the largest trade food show in the USA, I noticed new trends, observed the consolidation of others and couldn't stop tasting new, tasty or weird products available. Here are my observations:

New Trends

Herbs in drinks

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A Checklist For A Winter Visit To The Hamptons

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The Hamptons is renowned for its long and unspoiled beaches, peaceful bays for fishing, extravagant boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy night clubs. This beautiful Long Island area attracts from hot celebrities and politicians to fashionable models and affluent professionals who escape New York's touristy, noisy and humid scene during the...

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A Fresh Take on Food Trends From Paris

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 4:09 PM

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People visit Paris for its gargantuan museums, the Seine, the morning croissants, Hermès and numerous other reasons that are related to art, fashion and food. The elegant, luminous and imposing French capital is lesser known for its trade shows. In fact, there...

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10 Weird and Funny Products From the Summer Fancy Food Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 4:42 PM

After three days spent on the floors of the Summer Fancy Food Show in DC last week, I can easily come up with numerous stories on products, flavors, trends and food entrepreneurs. But I chose 10 food items that sound funny, look pretty and have a weird taste. The question...

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A Slice of Taste Washington

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Seattle is known as a city with first class restaurants and residents with exceptionally high culinary demands. Being nearly a "serial food festival attendee" since 2007, I had to witness what the Taste Washington event was about. This two-day trade and consumer's event brought together 200 wineries and...

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Foods and Trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2012

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 9:52 AM

Hunting for trends during a food show is a daunting task, if ever possible. Trends are, after all, never 100 percent objective and depend on the particular features of the show attended. After spending three entire days on the floors and aisles of the Winter Fancy Food in San Francisco...

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A Day With The Cooking Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 10:48 AM

This year my Thanksgiving didn't come with stuffed Turkey, yams or mashed potatoes. Instead, I spent the day with the producer and the cast of The Cooking Odyssey TV show while they were filming their second season in Long Island. The Cooking Odyssey, a culinary travel TV show...

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The Outstanding Food of the Basque

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 5:13 PM

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At a recent Basque Country wine tasting, I had the opportunity to not only taste local wines but outstanding food from the region. Don't get me wrong. I liked the wines but I didn't find them exceptional. The reds are all DOC Rioja (with...

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Santorini Spells Out Assyrtiko

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Santorini is largely known for its signature attractive white houses, solid rocks and stunning Aegean Sea views. Those who visit the island will love the beaches, the volcanic landscape and the local character. But Santorini is also known for its indigenous grape varietal, the Assyrtiko and its PDO

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Chips, Oysters and Plates of Love on Interstate 10

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:44 AM

During my 10-day cross-country road trip from NYC to Los Angeles, I was very disciplined. Not about my diet, but in keeping a strict, structured and detailed journal that included notes on the daily mileage, gas, finances and even a daily food "diary". The food diary was, most of the...

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Just Right Pairings

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 11:22 AM

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My assumption has always been that everybody likes to eat and nearly everybody likes to drink wine. We often like to have both simultaneously, for dinner, lunch or just for a light aperitif. Without being pretentious or an expert in this area, my existing...

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My First Time at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 1:30 PM

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As a food writer, I couldn't resist applying for a few media tickets to attend my first SOBE in Miami. Held at the end of February, never a nice time of the year in the North (aka New...

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Why We Go Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 10:56 AM

I am sure most of you have heard or said these expressions relatively often: "Let's go out", "Let's have a drink in the pub," "What about going to the movies tonight?" and, "Do you want to grab a bite?" I am also certain that you actually went out, had a...

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Why I Can't Stick to the Recipe

(6) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 11:39 AM

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Being a food writer and blogger comes with a lot of perks: Invitations to fancy or newly opened restaurants, food shows and festivals, tastings and face to face interactions with top chefs. But it comes also with a major stressful "item": the...

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Food Trends 2011 - My Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 8:28 AM

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It's already February 2011 and without any other delay, I make my culinary predictions for the year.

This is what I foresee for 2011 based on the shows I go, the food I buy and eat and also what the experts of the industry...

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