January 24, 2021
This episode of Big Blend Radio features travel and food writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva,” and Shelley Whizin, author of "What Do You Bring to the Table: A Savory, Sensory and Inspirational Guide to Living a Yummy Delicious Life.” Read Linda's article about the book, here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/what-do-you-bring-to-the-table/
As Founder of the Soul Diving Institute, Shelley guides you how to build awareness that what you bring to the table of life is always more important than what you get from it. Using brief Happy Mindful Meditations before cooking is a way to re-acquaint and connect with an Essence of yours, a mini "Soul Diving" which you then carry over to your food preparation. The energy of that Essence is key, since you are your own CEO (Chief Energy Officer).
Featured music is “Diva Bossa Nova” by guitarist Micha Schellhaas.
August 22, 2020
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Linda Kissam, President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, discusses tourism and travel writing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers AssnTM (IFWTWA) is a not-for-profit global network of writers, authors, bloggers, content creators, editors, radio & television hosts, photojournalists, podcasters, and videographers who report on the travel, culinary, beverage, and hospitality fields. They include industry professionals who run hotels, public relations firms, theme attractions, convention and visitor bureaus, destination management organizations, and tourism boards. More at https://www.ifwtwa.org/
July 12, 2020
This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on Earth Sanctuary in Langley, on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Earth Sanctuary is a tranquil, yet ever evolving, 72-acre retreat featuring self-guided or formal walking tours. Here one can experience beauty, tranquility and spiritual adventure. Within the private park you will find a nature reserve with beautiful wildlife ponds, approximately 15,000 native plants from 80 species and 3,250 trees from more than 30 species, a stupa, and phenomenal natural and man-placed sculptures.
Featured guests include travel writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wne & Shopping Diva,” and Chuck Pettis, founder of Earth Sanctuary. Read Linda's article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/earth-sanctuary-on-whidbey-island-washington/
Featured music is “Lotus Blossom” by Michael and Spider. More: https://michaelandspider.bandcamp.com/
June 29, 2020
Focusing on Travel, Food and Wine Pairings, this Big Blend Radio Summer Party features:
- LINDA KISSAM “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva,” - Travel writer and President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association http://allingoodtaste.info/
- HILARIE LARSON - Wine educator, sommelier, travel writer, and owner of Northwinds Wine Consulting. https://www.northwindswineconsulting.com/
- ANNETTE LEWIS - Innkeeper and co-owner of Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast in Palisade, CO https://www.dancingmoonbnb.com/
- Plus, music by guitarist MICHA SCHELLHAAS http://michamusic.com/
April 28, 2020
Demarie Winery is on the Roero side of the Tanaro River in Italy. The vineyards are on both sides of the river in 14 different locations producing some of the best wines of the Piedmont. Since its founding in 1957, three generations have kept up this winery by cultivating 74 special acres that yield exemplary examples of the region’s unique terroir. The Demarie Giovanni family calls the region and the village of Vezza d’Alba home. This episode of Big Blend Radio’s Eat, Drink & Be Merry Show features Paolo Demarie and writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva.” Featured music is “Diva Bossa Nova” by guitarist Micha Schellhaas.
Read Linda’s story: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/demarie-wines-taste-italian-typicity/
April 21, 2020
This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on the Yuma Bird, Nature & History Festival held annually in January, in Yuma, Arizona, known as the “Gateway to the Great Southwest.” Featured guests are travel writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva,” festival bird watching guide Daniel Steward who is a Wildlife Biologist for the US Army Yuma Proving Ground, and festival co-organizer Yvonne Peach who owns the Coronado Motor Hotel and Yuma Landing Bar & Grill, and runs the Historical Society Museum of Aviation & Tourism. Featured music is “Ocotillo” by Michael and Spider. Read Linda's article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/yuma-arizona-be-inspired-at-the-rivers-edge/
April 2, 2020
Raising a glass and sharing stories of noteworthy women in history, this episode of Big Blend Radio's Happy Hour Show features:
- Amy Dugan - Director of Visit Greeley in Northeast Colorado
- Author / speaker and trust expert Lea Brovedani “The Trust Architect"
- Travel writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva”
- Kelli West - Director of Marketing & Communications at Natchitoches Tourism in Northwest Louisiana.
Featured music is “Rise” by Nicki Kris.
November 28, 2019
When a vineyard is in sync with its environment, wines of great complexity and appeal are possible. Mt. Beautiful wines from New Zealand are a product of just that scenario. This episode of Big Blend Radio’s Eat, Drink & Be Merry show features Robert Watkins - CEO, and writer Linda Kissam “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva.” More at: https://www.mtbeautiful.com/
Featured music is "High on the Mountain" by Shelley King - https://www.shelleyking.com/
July 28, 2019
This episode of Big Blend Radio covers California's Ti-Valley district in the East Bay region, with featured guests travel writer Linda Kissam, Robin Fahr of Visit Tri-Valley, California, and Eric Wall of BottleTaps.
Just east of San Francisco, this region is home to 60 award-winning wineries in Livermore Wine Country, foodie inspired restaurants, delicious brew pubs, an ice cream trail, charismatic downtowns, malls, shopping outlets, and unspoiled hiking trails. Read Linda's Tri-Valley article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/tri-valley-showcases-wines-beer-parks-and-unique-eateries/
Featured music on the show is “Diva Linda’s Boss Nova” by Micha Schellhaas.
January 2, 2019
Tualatin Valley's wineries and tasting rooms include a fun mix of suburban wineries located on downtown main streets, as well as rural wineries located on the slopes of mountains.
Featured guests on this episode of Big Blend Radio include travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, artist and winemaker Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate Vineyard, and Sylke Neal-Finnegan of Washington County Visitors Association. Read Linda's story: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/oregons-tualatin-valley-wine-region/
Featured music is ‘Holy Water’ by www.AllisonAugust.com
December 31, 2018
From the Christmas Markets in Europe to artist studio tours in the Pacific Northwest Linda Kissam knows and loves shopping! Hear her Big Blend Radio conversation with Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith where she chats about her favorite shopping destinations, and sends them on a Love Your Parks Tour story mission to find and document as many unique shopping destinations as possible!
Known as the ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, travel writer Linda Kissam is a longtime Big Blend Radio guest and magazine contributor sharing stories about her food, wine, shopping and travel adventures across the country and around the world. A seasoned writer with a background in publicity and tourism management, Linda is also the President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Keep up with Linda's adventures at www.AllinGoodTaste.info and follow the Love Your Parks Tour at www.LoveYourParksTour.com
December 19, 2018
Lafayette is considered to be the center of Acadiana, the area of Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture in the state. From swamp boat tours to rum tasting, zydeco breakfasts and tours of the Tabasco Factory, travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, Benjamin J. Berthelot - President & CEO of Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, and Captain Tucker Friedman - Owner of Atchafalaya Basin Landing & Marina, share what makes Lafayette such a unique and fun destination. See Linda's travel story here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/authentic-lafayette-louisiana/
Featured music is ‘Luke’s Stomp’ by www.JohnnyMastro.com
November 8, 2018
Big Blend Radio's Happy Hour show celebrates the Willamette Valley Wine Country in Oregon, known for producing elegant Pinot Noirs, crisp Chardonnays, and striking Rieslings!
Featured Guests include:
- Big Blend travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ (pictured)
- Morgen McLaughlin - Executive Director of the Willamette Valley Wineries
- Taylor Pfaff - CEO of Left Coast Estate in Rickreall, Oregon (pictured).
See Linda's Willamette Valley Wine story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/tasting-willamette-valley-wine-country/
Featured music is “Willamette Fog” from the album “Parting Is” by guitarist www.JonDurant.com
September 28, 2018
Part 5 of Big Blend Radio’s Excellence in Tourism series on How to Put the “I” Back Into Community through a Responsible Tourism Plan that incorporates the 8 Keys of Excellence. This discussion focuses on the 4th Key of Tourism Excellence, “THIS IS IT! Attention to detail. Stay focused and tuned into your community and visitor needs.”
Featured guest panelists include: Bobbi DePorter - Co-founder of SuperCamp, and travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Travel Diva’ - President of International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. More on Tourism Excellence Here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/putting-the-i-back-in-community-pt-1/
Music on this episode is “Time Stands Still” from the album “Feast” by Tall Men Group.
June 27, 2018
Join Lisa D. Smith and special guest co-host travel writer Linda Kissam, “Food, Wine & Shopping Diva,” for a special Tourism Excellence Panel Discussion focusing on four exceptional leading ladies who are living out their dreams, leading their community and inspiring the next generation as they share their special gifts and talents. Each step they take moves Whidbey Island’s economic and tourism forward to what success looks like.
Meet The Rock Stars of Whidbey Island:
- Sherrye Wyatt - PR & Marketing Manager at Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism
- Karen Krug - Owner of Spoiled Dog Winery
- Judy Feldman - Executive Director of Organic Farm School
- Mona Newbauer - Owner of Sweet Mona's Chocolate Boutique
Featured music is "Unstoppable" by Doreen Taylor. Read Linda's article here: http://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/the-ladies-who-rock-whidbey-island/
June 19, 2018
From kayaking and hiking, to rooftop cocktails and festivals, Anacortes, Washington delivers small town star power! Get the inside scoop on this historic and natural northwest paradise with travel writer Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, Erik Schorr - Anacortes Kayak Tours, and Amanda Hubik - Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. Featured music on this episode is “Seafaring” by The Madisons. Read Linda's article on Anacortes, here: http://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/anacortes-delivers-small-town-star-power/
May 30, 2018
Yearning to explore a fresh dining and shopping scene for your next long Southern California weekend getaway? From fusion cuisine and cooking classes, to wine tasting and shopping, travel writer Linda Kissam explains why Costa Mesa should be on your radar. Read her travel article here: http://blendradioandtv.com/listing/costa-mesa-california-getaway/
Featured music on this episode is "Hey Hey California" by Everett Coast.