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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October 27, 2020

Red Mountain AVA

Part 2: Tri-Cities. Read Part 1 here. While the Red Mountain AVA is the second smallest AVA in Washington state – the terroir is some of the best in the nation – producing wine that has...

October 19, 2020

Duck breast with Cabernet jam

Part 1. It’s the weather! Not only are the dry, warm summers great for growing grapes, but the Tri-Cities area is also north of Napa so it gets two more hours of daylight. This also makes the...

August 19, 2020

Steamed clams

Read Part 1: A peaceful stroll in the woods paired with dining in Langley here. Views of Mt. Baker while soaking up the sun and floating in a protected bay; that is kayaking on the waters...

August 1, 2020

View from Whidbey Island

Part 1: A peaceful stroll in the woods paired with dining in Langley. Just a short, beautiful ferry ride from Seattle, and you can find yourself in a sanctuary for the body and soul. Earth Sanctuary...

June 23, 2020

Cedarbrook Lodge, Washington

While located minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is far from your typical airport hotel. Ranked #7 of the Top Thirty Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019, Cedarbrook is an...

April 13, 2020

red wine glass

We love spring in the wine country of Eastern Washington. Bud break is happening, and wildflowers abound in the desert. If you work in the vineyards of Red Mountain AVA or Walla Walla AVA you can...

January 17, 2020

burrito from Jalapeno Bucks

Winter in Arizona Part 3: Mesa Foodie Trail V 3.0 (read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series) It was our third visit to the Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail, and it just keeps getting bigger and better!...

January 15, 2020

tacos

Part 2. Scottsdale: South American Cuisine, Wine Pairing, and Brewpubs (read Part 1 of this series).   For snowbirds looking for South American climate paired with fine wine and cuisine at a...

January 14, 2020

Part 1. Downtown Phoenix: Dining and Murals – a Delicious and Delightful Art Lover’s Walk You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotel more unique than the Found:RE Phoenix. As we walked...

December 11, 2019

Chiricahua National Monument Arizona

Part 3: Cochise County, Arizona: Willcox Wine with Notes of the Old West (read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series) If you are exploring southern Arizona, one place not to be missed is the Chiricahua...

December 6, 2019

Honey Mustard Lamb

Part 2: Hiking and Dining in the Desert (read Part 1 here). It promised to be a busy day ahead, so we headed over to the Horseshoe Café & Bakery for a hearty breakfast.  Situated in downtown...

December 5, 2019

lox and bagel

Part 1. Bisbee the Mile-High Delight – Food, Hiking, and History The first thing we noticed as we drove into Bisbee, Arizona, was the giant ‘B’ on the hill rising behind the...

December 4, 2019

Pumpkin Empanadas

Part 2: Bike, hike, or snack (read Part 1 here) Biking We spent much of the day before enjoying all the fantastic dining options offered in Tucson, so the goal today was to pedal off some calories,...

December 3, 2019

sirloin steak strips on top of mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, crispy onions, and parmesan cheese

Part 1: Tucson The Foodie Capital of Arizona and More! While it is true that just about every location these days claims to have a unique food and culture scene – Tucson has the chops to prove...

November 6, 2019

Pappardelle

This is Part 3 of the Walla Walla, WA: Walking Your Way to the Best Wine Vintages and Culinary Delights 3-part series. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. There are over 13 outstanding...

October 29, 2019

Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture

This is Part 2 of the 3-Part Walla Walla: Walking Your Way to the Best Wine Vintages and Culinary Delights series (read Part 1 and Part 3). Coast to Coast gold medals (1000 medals in total) and...

October 25, 2019

Wood fire oven pizza from Walla Walla Bread Company

Weather and Wine - Part 1 of a 3-part series. The Ride East The first decision was easy: leave the continued rainy pattern in the Seattle area or go east to the sunny conditions of the wine...

October 22, 2019

Vine 46

In 1864, wine grape growing started in the Lewiston and Clarkston area, but it wasn't until 2016 that the Lewis-Clark AVA (American Viticultural Area) was established. Officially named the...

October 7, 2019

The Lodge at Columbia Point

Happy Hour wine with a winemaker, evening stroll along the Columbia River, or dinner with a view of the river? All this and more awaits you at The Lodge at Columbia Point. We opted for dinner at...

August 30, 2019

Gitxsan First Nation

People of the river of mist. That is the translation for the Gitxsan (also Gitksan) of the First Nation who have lived in the Skeena River basin for hundreds of years. We enjoyed some mist with part...

August 28, 2019

Wine bucket at Seattle's Smith Tower

Now through the end of September, Seattle's first skyscraper - Smith Tower - is hosting a pop-up bar. The Lookout, located on the 22nd floor of the iconic building, is a great place to gather...

August 13, 2019

Smithers Brewery, Smithers BC Canada

Mountain ranges surround this quaint town of Smithers, population under 6000. If you come by plane from Vancouver British Columbia Canada, it is a 1.5-hour flight to the northwest. Alternatively,...

August 5, 2019

Bear Claw Lodge Northern British Columbia

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series: Bear Claw Lodge The peaceful sounds of the Kispiox River and a fresh cup of coffee delivered to your room at your requested time! That is the daily morning routine...

July 19, 2019

Irvine & Roberts Vineyard

Ashland: Irvine & Roberts Vineyard As we continued our Southern Oregon wine tour (read Part 1 and Part 2), we headed on down the road to Irvine and Roberts Vineyard for a wine and lunch pairing...

July 18, 2019

scallops

2 Hawk Vineyard and Winery is named for the two hawks that frequently fly over the area. The beautiful tasting room that houses the winery is located at the site of an original farmhouse.  It...

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