Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill
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Maralyn Dennis Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, was born to travel and tell the tale. From local cuisine to Michelin Star, simple to gourmet, Maralyn enjoys it all. Discovering flavors, spices, and trends worldwide, from Bocuse d’Or to being a judge at the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, Oregon Chocolate Festival and others, or interviewing chefs, she is intrigued by all aspects of spa and culinary tourism.

As a professional food, wine and travel writer, through guest spots on monthly radio shows, to being editor and contributor to over eight publications, print and online, she reaches several million on a continual basis, domestically and internationally.

Maralyn’s years of writing incentive programs and meeting planning expanded her talent for digging below the surface for the unusual. She thrives on discovering different cultures and customs and feels it’s the best geography lesson ever. Also, she derives great satisfaction applying her organizational development skills.

She has co-authored three books and hosted a television show for Time Warner Cable from 2002 to 2006. She is past president of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (12-2008 to 12-2012) . Maralyn Is Executive Editor of Luxe Beat Magazine.

Maralyn is always ready to explore different flavors of various cultures and share their tale. People she meets along the way are the best part. 

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Published Articles (78)

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CASA VELAS: A BOUTIQUE TREASURE IN PUERTO VALLARTA


When a friend and I were invited to experience Casa Velas, we were expecting just another nice Puerto Vallarta hotel. We had both visited the area numerous times, but were unfamiliar with this 80-suite boutique hotel. Upon our arrival we…

BEST CASINOS IN THE CARIBBEAN


The Caribbean is one of the best travel destinations for anybody looking for some sun, sand and sea. Full of culture and a friendly atmosphere the Caribbean is a popular destination for holiday makers all around the world, but it…

Everything You Need To Know About America’s Best National Parks


The United States is such a huge country. And thanks to its vast size, there are a number of fantastic landscapes to explore. The best landscapes have been cornered off and protected as national parks. These areas of outstanding natural…

CLARA KASAVINA: THE LUXURY OF ELEGANCE


Recently, a Clara Kasavina “Peggy” clutch was given to me as a gift. Someone knew what would bring a smile to my face, a twinkle to my eyes, and certainly what would accompany me on my upcoming crossing on the…

Global Etiquette – Cell Phone Usage


In today’s world, cell phones have become more and more prevalent. They provide many benefits but also include some challenges and aggravations. I think most of us are taken in by the convenience and do not think about the difficulties…

Global Etiquette – International Dining


Any country you are visiting may have extremely different dining etiquette rules than those you are used to. On the other hand, they may be similar. The key is to be prepared. You may find yourself sitting on the floor,…

The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix


Often, when a destination includes the word “mountain,” we think of a hideaway tucked far and up into the hills, with a steep ascending access road. This is not the case with The Farm at South Mountain, which hosted a…

Iconic Santorini, Loving Caves


Caves have always been interesting to me, but I can’t say I have ever had a desire to spend too much time in them, let alone sleep in one. That has all changed since experiencing the Iconic Santorini, located in…

Sofia Bournazi–Dynamic Marketing Pro For Northern Greece


Early October of 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Sofia Bournazi via e-mail. She was Marketing Director for the Halkidiki Tourism Organization and was interested in sponsoring a press trip. As the committee I co-chaired worked putting together this…

Global Etiquette – Table Settings in U.S. and Europe


Table settings are something that many of us grew up with and many did not. They used to be taught in schools and summer camps, but it seems they have been dropped from many. They are so different around the…

Top Ten Tips for Cruise “Virgins”


Please enjoy the radio interview on Travel Writers Radio with Maralyn on the subject of Cruise Tips via the radio clip below. At least once a year, I find myself on a cruise ship. I’ve also organized many cruises and here are some tips…

Paul Bocuse and His Truffle Soup VGE


To understand why a luncheon at the Paul Bocuse Restaurant (L’Auberge Du Pont De Collonges) was so important and special to me, you to need to understand the reverence and admiration I have for this icon of the culinary and business world,…

Top Ten Tips for Cruise “Virgins”


At least once a year, I find myself on a cruise ship. I’ve also organized many cruises and here are some tips based on questions and comments I’ve heard. When you lay out your clothes to pack, put half of…

Paul Bocuse and His Truffle Soup VGE


To understand why a luncheon at the Paul Bocuse Restaurant (L’Auberge Du Pont De Collonges) was so important and special to me, you to need to understand the reverence and admiration I have for this icon of the culinary and…

Wieliczka Salt Mine Art Treasures


We were not prepared that our excursion down over eight hundred steps of the Wieliczka Salt Mine would reveal artwork in salt, like nothing we had imagined. To reach the interesting part of the mine, our first encounter in starting…

Why Cruise Ships Offer Dining Alternatives


The best way I can think of to explain some of the reasoning is to help you look behind the scenes on Holland America Line.…

Meet Travel Titan Pamela Hurley-Moser


As someone who does a lot of travel research, I couldn’t wait to interview travel titan, Pamela Hurley-Moser… after hearing about her, I knew I had to meet this woman. One of only 120 worldwide representatives qualified to sell Virgin…

Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Christmas Market


Early spring, I was fortunate to have an inexpensive ticket to Frankfurt and ended up discovering Wiesbaden. The city, with its friendly residents, festivals and beauty, captured my heart. I had to share this historic find with my husband. December…

Tatanka or Szarlotka from The Piano Rogue in Krakow (Luxe Beat Magazine)


After a day of touring around Krakow, Poland, with history, delicious food, and tired bodies, a few of us just wanted to relax before returning to our hotel. Our guide had been nice enough to search the square to find…

Wines from Moravia and Bohemia (Luxe Beat Magazine)


by Maralyn D. Hill and Norman E. Hill   Moravian Wines Available in U.S. Courtesy of Vino z Czech These are wines that will be soaring to the top for those who want some of the best. When we visited…

Interview with French Master Chef Hervé Laurent (Luxe Beat Magazine)


      During 1996, I was fortunate to meet French Master Chef Hervé Laurent, while attending a class at Le Cordon Bleu in London with my good friend Brenda Hill. We were so impressed with his teaching skills, methods,…

Executive Chef Bryan Dame of the Tides Beach Club (Luxe Beat Magazine)


Chef Bryan Dame has been partial to New England for over fifteen years. A graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Dame’s cooking combines the freshest local ingredients, traditional family recipes and modern technique. Starting out as Sous Chef at Simon…

Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone (Luxe Beat Magazine)


Early in 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Chef Andrew Schloss. He was the celebrity chef at Rancho La Puerta and I was a guest presenter. While attending his class, we all participated. Since pumpkin was not available, acorn…

Four Ocean Vodka Holiday Cocktails (Luxe Beat Magazine)


When we visited Maui, we were fortunate to visit and tour Ocean Vodka. In addition to being impressed with the delicious product, family, marketing and mission, we were thrilled the product  was as good as we heard it was. Since then,…

Oregon Truffle Festival, Dogs, Growers, and Gourmands and Recipe (Luxe Beat Magazine)


Since 2009, I’ve seen press releases on the Oregon Truffle Festival (OTF), held every January.  This year it is January 24-26th. OTF has always been of interest, as I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate truffles. After getting my down coat and pants for…

Raffles—Where Extraordinary Luxury Is Expected (Luxe Beat Magazine)


Raffles in Singapore had been on my dream list for years, based on movies and books. On my first visit to Singapore in 1989, my hopes were dashed, as it […]…

6 Luxury Resorts in Greater Phoenix


Whether you’re a thrillseeker, a foodie, an art lover or a movie buff, here are six luxury hotels in Phoenix, Arizona, to match your travel personality. Greater Phoenix offers many activities for visitors, such as shopping, world-class museums, a botanical…

Chef Roman Paulus of the Alcron Restaurant and his Lobster Bisque


  Prague is known for being one the top beautiful cities of Europe. My first visit was in the late 90s and then again last year. To witness the changes that continue to evolve is amazing and Prague’s move towards…

Out-of-This-World Camp


When visiting the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, I expected a history of the space program. Unexpected was the excitement I felt in wanting to return and experience more—and even hopefully go to Space Camp in the…

Alabama Food from North to South


Dishes in Alabama range from fried green tomatoes to fine dining—and everything in between. The state’s diversity can be seen in the round-up 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die, but here is some of the best I’ve…

Top Resorts in Gulf Shores, Alabama in Travel + Escapes


2 Million UV and 3 Million PV The BP oil spill occurred in 2010, but clean-up efforts are still going along the U.S. Gulf Coast. But that doesn’t mean the region is closed for tourism. In Gulf Shores and Orange…

Cheesecake Berry Brulee – The District American Kitchen & Wine Bar From Honest Cooking


A new twist on the classic cheesecake and brulee that provides an outstanding taste and thorough enjoyment. By Maralyn Hill…

Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Christmas Market from Travel + Escape


It doesn’t get much more festive than the Twinkling Star Market in Wiesbaden, Germany. Wander the historical streets with writer Maralyn Hill and a cup of mulled wine, and let the Christmas holiday spirit creep through you. Early spring, I…

The Spa At Kingsmill: An Unexpected Gem


  Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia has been known for its golf first and tennis second. But that may soon change: the spa is improving at a rapid pace and reaching for world-class. Spa manager, Shari McGhee, and her team are…

Spa at Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans Surpasses Expectations


Featured in Spa Review Magazine September 24, 2012. Checking into The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I was tired and in dire need of relaxation—exhausted physically and mentally is a more accurate description. Having just completed a conference, I was now accompanying my husband…

New Jersey’s Waterside Offers It All


By Maralyn D. Hill & Norman E. Hill Published in The Epoch Times Rarely do we visit a restaurant that rates at the top of our list in every category: food, wine, mixology, ambiance, talent, teamwork, and tender loving care.…

Paris, France: Two BFFs Say “Oui” to OpenSkies Biz-Class Value Flights – Jetset Extra


By Maralyn D. Hill and Michelle M. Winner Enchanting Paris wears many faces throughout the seasons and is fantastic any time of the year. But although Paris is one of the top-three travel destinations in the world and a favorite…

Interview with Chef Corti Stefano of Acqua Dolce Caf Restaurant in Lake Como


Lake Como is one of those destinations youve read about in books, seen in movies, and possibly visited. The charm, elegance, and romance that surround this luxury destination continuously attract the avid explorer of Italian cuisine and treasures.Acqua Dolce Caf…

Corey Shoemaker and Mii amo Spa at Enchantment Excel with Excellence


Recently, Norm and I made a trip to Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona to present Chef Corey Shoemaker of Mii amo Caf with the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association Culinary Excellence Award. We had not visited Enchantment…

Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel


From Cordon Bleu French cooking lessons, to hot green lips, to beer ice cream, delight in this unusual, informative book. Meet nearly 100 chefs worldwide, 200+ recipes and break bread around the world. “It is a lovely book”-Julia Child, Author…

Eastern European Quartet of Countries – Part 1


Common denominators for the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary are: • They all suffered and survived atrocities of the Nazis; • They had a few years to recover before the Soviets took over power and regimes; • Now, albeit…

Kiawah Island, SC, USA:The Sanctuary in “Jetset Extra”


Carefree Resort & Conference Center—Renovation, Redo, a Real Fit with Arizona’s Centennial In “Corporate Retreats Worldwide”


Decadence d Or


What is Decadence dOr? For me, a $750 cupcake satisfies that answer. Before sharing the cupcake, discovering the passion of the chef also matters to provide full appreciation.Hailing from France, Johann Springinsfields passion for pastries developed as a youngster when…

Eastern European Quartet of Countries Part 2


After visiting the Czech Republic and Poland, we were off to Slovakia by bus. Instead of driving straight to Bratislava, we headed for the Slovakian Tatras and the Grand Hotel Kempinski, Štrbské Pleso. It took about three hours, but the…

Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence


  Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence By Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Born in Montréal, Canada, Pierre graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. He apprenticed at “Chez La Mère Michelle” and had his first chef…

Turks & Caicos – Backbacking to Luxury


The Turks & Caicos offer it all from backpacking to luxury and great food. The luxury is abundant and I loved it.…

Restaurant SUSHISAMBA, a Brilliant Combination of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian Cuisine


SUSHISAMBAs name reflects its unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Even passing by, its tri-cultural energy and spirit are evident.In the early 20th century, thousands of Japanese immigrated to South America to cultivate coffee plantations.…

What a Difference a Glass Makes! We’re Talking Riedel, of Course on CityRoom


A Taste of Ireland in Greater New York


Irish chef Kerry Heffernan and Irish eateries–Times have changed in Ireland, the United States, and New York.The Irish started immigrating to the United States in the 1800s. Because they were fleeing poverty and hunger, they came as laborers and service…

Love, Romance, and Fine Dining in NYC


Valentines greetings date back to the Middle Ages. The history behind this holiday is still a mystery, yet it has transformed the month of February into a time of romance, gifts, and special dinners.New York City has more exceptional restaurants…

Executive Chef Laurent Andr, from Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris


Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris provided a series of unexpected surprises and delights, from the moment we stepped through the entrance, to the discovery of our exquisite rooms and all of their treasures.Our hotel guide, Anne Sophie Bonnisseau, highlighted the…

The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Germany


As cities in Germany go, Wolfsburg is relatively young, established in 1938. Just an hour from Berlin and 2.5 hours from Frankfurt via rail, it is easy to reach. Whats better, you can arrange to have the Ritz limo pick…

Sarah Cyr, Sommelier at The Wine Cellar & Bistro in Columbia, Missouri


When Norm and I visited Columbia, Missouri, we discovered The Wine Cellar & Bistro. What a find! In addition to a wonderful chef, Craig Syr, it is co-owned by an equally talented Sommelier, Sarah Cyr. This small, intimate establishment has…

Why Holland America for an Incentive Program?


Why Holland America for an Incentive Program?CityRoom | Jul. 12, 2011, 5:32 PM | 126 | 1 A A A inShareCityRoom Email | URL CityRoom is a publication that has been exploring cultures and ideas through stories, articles, events and…

BFF Getaways: Lets Go Spa, Girls!


The Epoch Times I wrote this with Michelle M. Winner. As soon as we hear the first Marco Polo ringing out from the pool area, we are in a get-us-out-of-here mode. One of us dials for travel reservations for some…

Chef Supreedas Goong Sarong from Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket


The Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket, Thailand are an upscale luxury experience in every sense of the word. Chef Supreeda of SILK leads the culinary team. They are so creative and Chef Supreeda is a talented and skilled chef…

Chef Mathew Macartney of Chateau Yearing Shares an Intriguing Salad Plate


While exploring the Australian Yarra Valley wine region, I was able to experience the five star, heritage-listed Victorian mansion. Chateau Yearing, sitting on 250 acres, is a member of Relais & Chateaux. In the parlor, while enjoying scones and tea,…

Life is a (Clean Beach) Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama


Our visit took place not too long after the much publicized BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. To varying extents, all adjoining states, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida were adversely affected. We were well aware of all…

Two Exquisite Spas Providenciales Island in Turks & Caicos (TCI)


Exhale Mind and Body Spa as well as Teona Spa were both exceptional in their treatments and service. Discover these two gems on Provo in The Turks & Caicos.…

Switzerland On Track And Some Areas Off the Beaten Track in Big Blend’s Vacation Station Magazine


Switzerland was a European Union before there even was an EU. It combines ethnicities of German, French, and Italian, who have lived in peace and prosperity for, arguably, several hundreds of years. Similarly, Protestants and Catholics have worked together for…

Zen to Medi Spas in Rockland, Maine in Worldwide Spa Review Magazine


Rockland, Maine has long been known for lobsters, but not necessarily as a destination spa haven. But with the Historic Inns of Rockland, there are packages that provide an Estrogen Escape or just a spa getaway. The spas are Rheal…

Rancho La Puerta A Glimpse of a Wellness Oasis in Sunny Mexico


The best testimonial for Rancho La Puerta is the return rate at approximately 65%. We met those who had been coming 40 times. Over ten return guest visits is common. A stay at the Ranch is an investment in yourself…

On the Fast Track in Phoenix


Two women well past 40 raced around the fastest 60 acres in the world, following our dreams. We were at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Arizona. This school is widely recognized as the worldwide leader…

The Captain Lindsey House Inn-An In for all Seasons


Just steps off of Main Street in Rockland, Maine, proudly sits a true gem, The Captain Lindsey House on Lindsey Street. We have published stories and recipes from hundreds of hotels and inns around the world. There is one common…

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, Spa Review Magazine


Avania, in Greek means tranquil. The goal at the Spa Avania is for guests to be elevated to a sixth sense of well-being and tranquility.…

Portland, Maine


Today, tourism has become the biggest industry in the state. Portland’s downtown area has enjoyed a renaissance, as old buildings have been gutted, refurbished, and repainted. Streets are bustling with visitors.…

Nibbley’s Cafe in Klamath Falls – Home of the Famous Oakcakes


Nibbley’s Cafe in Klamath Falls is home of the famous Oatcakes. Having tasted them for breakfast, we can see why they are famous. Debbie Caldwell and her staff do a phenomenal job.When you walk into Nibbley’s, you are in a…

Lake Havasu City–Lakeside Resort Keeps Stepping Up the Pace


The adage that reads, “Go west, young man, go west” should be modified to advise going to the far west of Arizona to Lake Havasu City. This area is deservedly known as Arizona’s beach resort city. The majestic Colorado River,…

Saborea Puerto Rico A Culinary Experience on Big Blend’s Eat Drink & Be Merry


Over several decades, Ive visited Puerto Rico, explored and made many interesting discoveries. None of my prior trips prepared me for its annual Saborea Puerto RicoA Culinary Experience. Puerto Rico has so much more to offer than I could begin…

Rancho La Puerta & Spa Tips


Recently, the Hill Team returned from one of our favorite spas worldwide, the renowned Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico., just a short, breathtaking ride south from San Diego. While at the ranch, (as the regulars call it,) to present…

The Lotus Spa on Princess Sapphire, Big Blend’s Vacation Station


Cruise ships are ideal venues for taking advantage of spa services. It was our goal this“The Lotus Spa On The Princess Sapphire” week to enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess and experience their spa program and lighter meals.…

Published Books (2)

Cooking Secrets The Why and How…


Herve Laurent’s latest book, collaborated with Maralyn Hill and Brenda Hill, begins where many cooking schools leave off. It explains why some recipes go wrong, with tips for success.

Success, Your Path to a Successful Book


Finalist in the Writing and Publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Success Reader’s and Reviewer’s Comments: “Discover the many aspects of creative writing, research, marketing, publicity and publishing. You will be compelled to read and practice…

Global Writes (10)

Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch Is A Treasure

Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch Is A Treasure

Never did I expect to find an authentic multi-generation family-owned and operated natural area that would provide me with so many different experiences and opportunities. I’ve visited Oahu many times, but never Kualoa Ranch, where you see traditions flourish. In Hawaiian, Kualoa means “long back.” When you see the land, […]

Enchanting Enchantment in Sedona

Enchanting Enchantment in Sedona

Enchantment Resort & Spa in Sedona wakes your senses upon entering the gated grounds. One can easily see why in-the-know organizations pick this site for small meetings, incentives, or corporate retreats. It is an ideal secluded destination, self-contained, that offers everything you want and need in amenities for meetings and […]

Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks

Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks

Chef Bennett’s book starts out with a long title: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks, Orchestrating Florida’s Caribbean Pantry into a Modern Metropolitan Cuisine. The rest is intriguing, well organized, and easy to follow with delicious recipes.

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Book Review: Traveling with Pain

Book Review: Traveling with Pain

In addition to covering tips on how and why to travel, this book covers: packing and preparing; getting there; sleeping and eating; sightseeing; outdoor adventures; shopping; night life; resting; recovery time after the trip.

Appenzellerland—Preserving Tradition While Embracing Future

Appenzellerland—Preserving Tradition While Embracing Future

Having visited and enjoyed Switzerland in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by the Appenzell region. Located in the northeastern area, its dimensions are only 258.5 square miles (416 square kilometers). This area has the lowest population in Switzerland, with 26 villages that average 23 inns per village.

A Puerto Rican Culinary Experience at Saborea

A Puerto Rican Culinary Experience at Saborea

Puerto Rico has so much more to offer than I could begin to imagine. I’d certainly encourage those who enjoy culinary travel to put it on their calendar for next year, when Saborea will take place April 1-3, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Absente, Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy

BOOK REVIEW: Absente, Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy

I’m enamored with a book on Absente. During the past two years, quite a few authors have written about the magic of this famous liqueur. However, Carrier’s compilation brings everything to life in spectacular fashion. It combines history with over 130 photos of well known works of art with numerous artists’ biographies…

BOOK REVIEW: Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment

BOOK REVIEW: Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment

Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment by Tim Brookes certainly enlightens. Brookes is able to articulate with humor and a sense of life and culture acceptance that transport the reader to experience India alongside him.

Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket – The Ultimate Incentive

Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket – The Ultimate Incentive

Visiting Southeast Asia has been a frequent experience for me. I did graduate study there in 1989. Thailand has been a personal favorite in this area, and since my first visit to Bangkok, I’ve gone North to Chang Mai and as far South as the island of Koh Samui.

Ivan Flowers

Ivan Flowers

Flowers’ road to Sedona and Fournos shows a wealth of exceptional experience and talent.

Ivan Flowers’ birthplace was Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in and around the restaurant business at his father’s successful establishment, The Rendezvous. Ivan worked his way through college at high-end catering companies, while he earned his degree in psychology from the New York Institute of Technology.