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About Epicurious Travelers

Ms. Margolis-Pineo created to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo's background as a designer gives her site an edge in the oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are always welcome!

Rockin’ Rendezvous: Montreal Jazz Festival 2023

Portions of this write-up originally appeared in, where I am East Coast Editor. We’re ecstatic to be heading to the 43rd edition of the world’s largest jazz festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Celebrating music for over … Continue reading

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Cernobbio Serenità

We drive to the sleepy lakeside village of Cernobbio to hone our far niente skills. Lake Como is a glorious shade of blue in the warm sun of la primavera. As always, I scan for our Laglio neighbor, George Clooney, … Continue reading

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Pistoia: Gritty & Glorious Pistoia is an ancient and somewhat gritty walled city tucked between Florence and Lucca. It’s just far enough off the beaten track for locals to outnumber tourists, which is just about the right balance. We arrange … Continue reading

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C’est La Vie!

Traveling in troubled times can feel frivolous, but to us, it is essential. We break away to the south of France where we hope to to recharge our creative spirits for 2023. We arrive in Nice. La Rachel is waiting, … Continue reading

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Como: Refresh Recharge Repeat

We descend from the Sagnino clouds to our home-away on Lake Como. Shimmering water, ever-changing light and soothing views — that’s our little Argegno home-away. Our place is still a crazy 111 steps up from the centro. We count, ascending … Continue reading

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Sagnino Serenitá

We conclude our sixth week way up in Como’s Sagnino hills, on the Swiss-Italian border. We wave buongiorno each morning to friends in Zurich from our barrel-vaulted hipster apartment. Yes, we know they can’t see us, but we greet them … Continue reading

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Peaceful Parma

Parma is a champion of sustainable development. With a vibrant pedestrian center, the city is alive with chatty students, swanning hipsters, buskers and a billion bikes. Cars keep their distance and compete for parking outside the centro — life the … Continue reading

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Life In The Clouds: Montecatini Alto

Beautiful Bird’s-Eye View Montecatini Alto is a rewarding and vertiginous drive. It is petite and easy to explore. Our apartment is just a few steps from the main piazza. Landmarks include Torre dell’Orologio, Church of Carmine and Theatro di Risorti, … Continue reading

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Ah, Assisi

We are in Assisi, a lovely town. Saints, sun and solitude. Life is smooth. I lock us out of our little apartment with the keys inside. So what. The landlord pops us back in with a credit card, that old trick. … Continue reading

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Abruzzo to Perugia

Pescara With miles of beaches, Pescara has it all — fish, more fish, art and culture, and a lively coffee and bar scene. We know it is time to get back to work. We meet with a colleague who confirms … Continue reading

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