Deirdre Michalski is a travel and culinary writer covering topics near and far. She explores new local restaurants, activities, interviews chefs, lifestyle adventures, the meetings market, spas and enjoys discovering intriguing international travel destinations and the oldest restaurants around the globe. Deirdre writes for her own web site, www.TastesAndTravel.com as well as other publications, including: Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine, Visit Newport Beach, Visit Huntington Beach and Destination Irvine. She is an active member in two organizations: the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and She's Wanderful- Women In Travel. When not tied to her ipad, or traveling, she can be found in her garden, the kitchen, researching a trip, or on the coastal bike paths. Visit her web site to learn more about "How to Do Machu Picchu Without Killing Yourself" and how to "Live Like a Local in Italy", adventures in the South of France, Budapest and Prague. This summer she will be exploring the Baltics on a cruise with its own Bon Appetit Cooking School on the ship!