Michael Fagin

Michael is a freelance travel writer for Foodista and is currently touring much of the US West Coast enjoying the wine country, and covering the fine wines, dining, and hiking in the region. Also covering British Columbia wine country and exploring the rain forests, coastal regions, and the mountains. While he is not writing Michael is the operational meteorologist for West Coast Weather, LLC and provides custom forecast for all outdoor events from weddings to climbing mountains (from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Everest) . I also want to thank my wife Elizabeth Fagin for her wonderful editing!

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Posts by Michael Fagin

September 25, 2017

sandwich

Driving to the picturesque mountain town of Fernie we saw dramatic Mt Hosmer which rises to 8200 feet (2500 meters). We later found out that the face of this mountain is the home of the Ghostrider...

August 2, 2017

breakfast omelette and scone with latte

Washington State boasts some 56 islands, some of which are reached via ferry and others by private boat. However, Camano Island is just a one hour drive north of Seattle across the Camano Gateway...

June 14, 2017

lamb shank with corn pudding

After a 20-minute car ride from Seattle, my wife and I found ourselves boarded on the ferry to Whidbey Island. The beauty of this trip can be enjoyed in one day or spread the over several days. We...

March 7, 2017

Prosciutto Pizza

The Winter Okanagan Wine Festival hosted by Sun Peaks Resort, features the rich wines of British Columbia along with some amazing culinary delights. All of this paired well with the champaign snow...

December 1, 2016

Olympia, Washington State's capital, has many claims to uniqueness: It’s the water! Olympia - the center of intelligence! Where things move at a glacier pace! It’s the water! Old...

September 13, 2016

Golden, BC is located in Southeastern British Columba with easy access to six national parks, Kicking Horse River, and a huge number of wonderful places to eat! In fact, the biggest challenge will be...

August 31, 2016

Wildflowers in the summer, powder snow in the fall and winter, gourmet meals waiting at the three story mountain lodge at 7200 feet. Yes that is paradise found, Purcell Mountain Lodge located near...

August 29, 2016

Several wine experts have stated that Walla Walla has the best wine in Washington! That is certainly a bold statement so to investigate, we left the Seattle area for a five-hour drive to the...

August 25, 2016

Part 1- Sound Views and Fresh Seafood- Tofino Clayoquot Sound is the richest fishing area in British Columbia, according to a recent study. Space does allow us to list all the fish so check it out at...

December 16, 2015

How many folks have hiked or biked the new Lake to Lake trail in Kirkland? Well, that is my name and it’s officially called CKC or Cross Kirkland Corridor. We started at the north end near the...

December 8, 2015

We arrived at the Mediterranean style inn and were immediately greeted with a smile and a glass of Prosecco (Italian origin). I knew this was the start of a charming mini vacation! Kenwood Inn and...

December 7, 2015

First Movement- The Pristine Lake Chelan We had three regions to cover, with lots of good food and wine in the plans, so we felt compelled to start the adventure with a hard work-out. Always the...

October 22, 2015

There was a great Tea Party at this year’s annual International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle. I know it is bad form to discuss politics, but with a name like Tea Party, that might be...

August 10, 2015

“It’s the water” was a famous ad slogan of the Olympia Brewing Company. Of course they used “artesian water” and the old ad campaign suggested that “mythical...

July 24, 2015

Robert Ramsay

Serving French style wine in a neighborhood wine bar is certainly a touch of class that Robert Ramsay Cellars brings to Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. This is a terrific location, just five minutes up...

July 9, 2015

Some rewards come easy and some take just a little work. We opted for a little work and hiked on the Cowiche Canyon Trail located in Washington State's Yakima Valley. The west end of the trail is...

April 29, 2015

Duck

We were to ready bolt out of Seattle early and with coffee and smart phones in hand we jumped on the cozy Bolt Bus. With its comfy seats and quiet ride we could get some work done on the way up with...

April 13, 2015

Four award winning chefs and over 30 Washington wineries will be serving their best this Sunday, April 19 from 5 to 9 PM at the Woodinville Wine Country White and Rosé Affair at Novelty Hill Januik...

April 3, 2015

gelato

Eating your way through Vancouver is a tall order, especially if you have only eight days, but every effort should be made to be successful. This is the 13th year of the annual EAT! Vancouver Food +...

March 4, 2015

You can’t get higher on the West Coast for a view of the majestic mountains and glistening sun on Puget Sound than the Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center. Located in the heart of downtown...

February 20, 2015

Monsoon rains and desert warmth make great wine in Arizona. Yes, heavy rains can be common for early July to August. This Southwest Monsoon brings in warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico and close...

January 9, 2015

A Fire Theater with pyrotechnics show and daredevil acrobatics prepared by Flam Chen - this was the welcome we had in Tucson at the 25th Annual All Souls Procession (Mexican ritual of honoring loved...

January 9, 2015

A January a visit to Vancouver, B.C. usually involves skiing at one of the many mountain venues: Whistler, Cypress, and Grouse.  For the sports enthusiast there is ice hockey; Vancouver Canucks...

December 10, 2014

Seattle is well known for being a coffee connoisseur’s dream. Along with that big coffee company that everyone knows about we are home to any number of small specialty coffee shops. On a recent...

November 3, 2014

A little known fact is that Bordeaux and Seattle share similar climates: annual rainfall, proximity to the ocean that minimizes hard winter freezes and a mild autumn. However, a well-known fact is...

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