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 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...

July 17, 2019

Del Rio Vineyards Oregon

Rock Point & Jacksonville If you say “Oregon wine district,” most people will think of the Willamette Valley – which does indeed produce some mighty fine wine. This trip, we...

July 16, 2019

Epic Crab Boil from the Crab Pot Seattle

Miners Landing at Pier 57 in Seattle offers a day of fun on the waterfront. For food, you have lots of options, all under the guidance of Nick Novello. Nick is Director of Culinary Operations for the...

May 10, 2019

Uneeda Burger

There have certainly been times in my life when I needed a burger. So our journey to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle ended up at Uneeda Burger. Owner Scott Staples opened his classic burger shack...

March 28, 2019

Vancouver International Wine Festival

On the first day of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, our primary focus was on California wines and today it's wines from around the world. The first stop was the talk on Canada’s...

March 26, 2019

Wente Vineyards

Biking through Stanley Park with mountain and waterfront views, hiking in the mountains among the summer flowers, skiing at world-class Whistler. There are a lot of reasons to come to Vancouver...

November 27, 2018

Clams in white wine

It’s a four-hour drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach, Oregon, and we had a full schedule for our first day. So, much to Michael’s liking, we were on the road by 6 AM. Don’t worry...

November 6, 2018

Heathman Hotel, Kirkland Washington

When locals in the Seattle area think of Woodinville, they often think of wine. However, our exploration opened up a whole world of other spirits! But we will start with the wine. The small city of...

September 9, 2018

Artisan charcuterie and cheese

Taking the ferry from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island is like sailing into the past. The Whatcom Chief looks like a cross between a tugboat and a barge. It can hold 22 cars for the 5-minute ride to...

August 24, 2018

Sablefish with green beans, corn coins, and purple broccoli

Drive about 370 miles north from Seattle, into the middle of British Columbia, and you will arrive at the cozy little town of Lillooet. The town, with a population of about 2,000 people, has a...

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...

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