Sedona, Arizona

I’m always amazed, and really I shouldn’t be, when in this great big country of ours I find the wonders and beauty we so often associate with more exotic locales.  Sedona is definitely one of these, and Hollywood can attest, just google it away and see. Sedona is by no means a big city, boasting a population of merely 10,000 people, its claim to fame are its majestic rock formations.  I visited Sedona a little more than a decade ago, and ...

Religiosity in Israel

There’s no escaping the inherent spirituality of Israel.  There are underpinnings of religiosity in everything you do there.  Everywhere you turn there’s a biblical, a quranic, or a judaic reference. One of the first towns that I visited in Israel was the beautiful and sparse ancient town of Capernaum.  One of my favorite landmarks was the famed White Synagogue, which according to its inscription, was built atop the eponymous Jesus Synagogue, with is where Jesus was once rumored to have ...

An Italian Road Trip

Perhaps not what you would expect from a great road trip region, what with it’s narrow streets and winding streets, but if you have the proper equipment, say a small Fiat, then it is beyond perfect. One of those picturesque routes will take you through the central west regions of Italy, through Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, and finally a bit north to the birthplace of the Renaissance Florence.  It’s thoroughly a beautiful stretch of small villages and towns, often dotted ...

Denisse Oller ACP Hiring Press Release

As of January of this year I had the privilege of continuing my work in the non-profit world at the wonderful Advocate Community Providers (ACP).  ACP is a phenomenal organization housed in New York City and devoted to bettering the health care of our communities throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. I look forward to seeing you guys out and about as I embark on this adventure. -Denisse Better work.  Better communities.  Better me.

La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja, Spain is perhaps best known for its excellent wine, known the world over for being full bodied, very mature wines, and for being a part of the Camino de Santiago, a synonymous pilgrimage that extends from various points in Europe, ending at the eponymous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. I find that the most memorable characteristics of La Rioja are its people, its cuisine, and its scenery with La Rioja‘s mountains and rivers being amongst the most memorable. ...

Pais Vasco, Spain

El Pais Vasco (The Basque Country) is one of Spain’s, and honestly Europe’s, most peculiar of regions.  Its language, perhaps its most striking characteristic, predates all Romance Languages including Latin itself.  This, combined with its staunchly regionalistic personality and its governmental autonomy within Spain proper, leads to a very unique identity which is felt no matter where you travel in the region. Perhaps my favorite place is San Sebastián (St. Sebastian) or more accurately Donostia as it is known in the ...

The Media Mogul: Meet Alum Denisse Oller

By Carly DeFilippo  Before she attended ICE’s Culinary Arts and Culinary Management programs, alum Denisse Oller was already a media powerhouse, working as a news anchor for networks like Telemundo and Univision. Combining her newfound culinary talents and television skillset, Oller has since appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, The Today Show, Martha Stewart’s radio show and even a national campaign for “MiPlato” (MyPlate) initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama. We spoke with the media mogul to learn more about ...

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is known by many names, my favorite is La Isla Bonita, The Pretty Island, and that it is.  From the charm of Old San Juan to the pristine beaches, all the way to the caves of Camuy in the west of the island, Puerto Rico is truly a beautiful island, and at only a few hours flight from most U.S. cities, it is the perfect weekend getaway. San Juan, Puerto Rico, like most Latin American cities, has a ...

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain known for its groundbreaking and often quirky architecture, it has become, in the last 100 years, a mecca for bohemians and artists creating an incredible palette of culture and visuals unparalleled throughout the world.  All this is thrust upon a cuisine built on tradition and expectant on quality, creating one of the most unique tourist destinations on earth. Barcelona to me is about enjoying life’s small moments.  It’s about becoming better attuned to the environment and cultural movements ...

Wrinkled Potatoes with Mojito de Canarias

In 1992, while on assignment covering the Expo’92 in Seville, Spain (which celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas), I visited the Canary Islands, where I first had wrinkled potatoes with Mojo de Canarias. I could not get enough of either; I even bought bottles of Mojo to bring back home.  My good friend, Juani Martin, from the Canary Islands, shared her recipe with me. Gracias, Maja! Yield:  4 servings Potatoes ingredients: 1 lb small potatoes (Yukon or ...