Michael & Elizabeth 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) .
Elizabeth Fagin is a free-lance writer currently focusing on travel, food and wine, with her husband Michael. She has also written professionally for the Fresh Connections Blog - The Parfitt Way, which features points of interest and culture on Bainbridge Island, WA. She has been a Jewish Educator in the Seattle area for the last 25 years. Elizabeth and Michael live in Redmond, WA where they raised two kids and a number of cats.

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Posts by Michael & Elizabeth Fagin

July 24, 2018

British Columbia may not be the first place you think of when seeking an excellent wine-touring destination, but it should be! BC has five major wine regions and has grown from 17 wineries in 1990 to...

July 12, 2018

Seared Halibut with grains and greens

We have traveled to the Okanagan wine country in British Columbia many times, and each time we make sure to stop at Quails’ Gate. Is it because of the delicious wine? Or the wonderful food? Or...

July 6, 2018

Windstar Cruises Seattle

The tag-line for Windstar Cruises is: “No one else goes so far to get travelers so close…” Recently in Seattle, the boutique cruise line sent its Star Legend through the Hiram M....

June 18, 2018

baked eggs with cream

Since the early 90’s, Tacoma has gone through an intense revitalization. City planners and residents joined forces to rejuvenate the downtown area. Today you have a lovely, walkable city center...

May 3, 2018

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Ski, gold, hike, bike, canoe all in one the day? Local folks brag that one can get all that in at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, so we needed to do some fact checking.   The ski resort is...

April 4, 2018

Mt. Rainier

We wanted to set foot on the newly finished part of the Foothills Trail in the shadow of Mt. Rainier National Park. Within 90 minutes from our home in the Seattle area, we arrived at the Nomad PNW...

January 9, 2018

Open-faced sandwiches

After a few glorious days (see Part 1 of this story here), our next stop was to visit the “Masters of the Desert,” which can be found in the Greater Mesa area and on the Fresh Foodie...

January 3, 2018

Chef at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC

Most skiers know that Whistler Blackcomb Mountains boasts of over a mile of vertical ski/snowboard runs (5445 feet-1660 meters) and the average snowfall (at 5454 feet-1660 meters) is 38 feet (11.64...

December 11, 2017

Arizona

Part 1: The decision was easy. We left Seattle on a typical rainy November day to travel to the Valley of the Sun, located in the Phoenix Arizona area. No one is sure who named this area, but it...

November 28, 2017

Chef Sererion of Washington Wine Country

The Woodinville Wine Country is offering wine, food pairing, music and many more events through the end of December.  Woodinville (just half hour east of Seattle) offers 118 tasting rooms, 14...

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...

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