A plate of fresh figs (Black Mission, Calimyrna and Brown Turkey figs) at the Oaks at Ojai. . Credit: Copyright 2016 David Latt

Here’s the challenge. Create a daily spa menu with 1,000-1,200 calories. Do not use refined sugar or salt. Use fresh fruit, vegetables,

Acorn lace cookie. Credit: Copyright 2016 Wendy Petty

Flip through any children's coloring book, and the images depicting autumn will be guaranteed to contain falling leaves, acorns and pumpkins. Acorns

Bottles of Campofiorin from Masi Agricola. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Masi Agricola Archives

Amarone, with its dense Port-like body that drapes the palate like a rich, velvety robe, ranks high on my list of favorite Italian wines Produced in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, Amarone has layers of earthiness accented with traces of mocha and a hint of bitterness. It is made from

Tatin of Summer Squash and/or Zucchini, Tomatoes and Anchovies. Credit: Copyright 2016 Sue Style

Zucchini? Or courgettes? Same difference; it just depends where you live. For some unexplained reason, we Brits took the French name for

Crystal clear water used for salt production splashes back and forth in front of Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn. Credit: Copyright 2016 Hiroko Shimbo

Timothy Charles, at the exquisite Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, showed me the precious harvest in his palm. I had been impressed with

The Santomas winery, with the town of Koper in the distance, lies in Slovenian Istria. Credit: Copyright 2016 Marjan Močivnik

The wines of Slovenia are being rediscovered after Slovenia's emergence from the old Yugoslavia, and there are now pockets of excellent vineyards

Kim Il-sun prepares dalkgalbe -- spicy chicken with vegetables, stir-fried in soju -- at Auntie's Soju Tent. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Soju tents once dotted the Korean landscape like craters on Mars. Usually made of red or orange tarpaulin, they filled every empty

Zucchini with tomatoes. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clifford A. Wright

If you’ve ever grown your own zucchini, then you know how prolific the plant’s fruit can grow -- so plentiful you can’t give them away. There are many uses for this versatile summer vegetable overshadowed of late because of the faddishness of other vegetables. Don’t ignore the noble zucchini only

A view of the Getty Center from the top of Moraga’s Bel Air vineyards. Credit: Copyright 2016 Zester Media

Standing at the crest of Moraga Estate's hillside vineyard, you can see Santa Monica Bay and feel the cool Pacific breezes that

Owner Shapour Nasrollahi relaxes at Persian Palace, the spiciest restaurant in Seoul. Credit: Copyright 2016 Martyn Thompson

South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chili pepper.

Popiah was born in China but has spread across Asia, each country adding its own flavors and ingredients. Credit: Courtesy of StrEat.

With popiah skin, the trick is to control the dough, says Michael Ker, a third-generation popiah maker in Singapore. He has a

Fresh mushrooms and herbs at Borough Market in London. Credit: Copyright 2016 P.K. Newby

I am a farmers market fiend. The ability to "eat local" is glorious for a gastronome, and late summer abounds with gifts of

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