• Italy
  • August in Milan

    Vernazza, Cinque Terre: A popular spot for Italians to escape August in Milan for Ferragosto.

    I am writing this sitting on the floor of my apartment, where my clammy legs are sticking to the mercifully cool stone tiles. It’s nine in the morning. What’s that parable about the poor mouse (or maybe a frog?) swimming in the pot of cold water that doesn’t even notice when it starts to be […]

  • Costa Rica
  • Fresh Cup Magazine: Costa Rica

    Costa Rica’s Café Culture Evolution The quality of coffee consumed in Costa Rica is catching up to the diverse, flavorful coffees it exports as brewing methods and café culture evolve. DECEMBER 26, 2016 KETTI WILHELM Costa Rica is famous for its eight distinct coffee-growing regions—each yielding beans with unique characteristics, brewed in kitchens and coffee […]

  • New Zealand
  • The Awl: “Spring Fever”

    Spring Fever Is “craft water” any dumber than all the other artisanal nonsense people spend money on? by Ketti Wilhelm May 13, 2016   On a recent Sunday afternoon, on the waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand, an unusually large crowd gathered before a repurposed shipping container with a neat, black-and-white sign that read, “The Water […]

  • China
  • A Yearlong Feast

    All of this is what I miss most about China. Hands down. The food. The glorious diversity of Chinese food, and how it’s nothing like what we call Chinese food in so much of the West.  I suppose this past year living in Jinan, China (and traveling all around the country) is where my passion […]