Blogs by Two of InTouch Travel’s Hosts Named Among Internet’s “Top Ten Food Blogs”

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InTouch Travel has a roster of over 50 English-speaking hosts in a dozen countries with expertise in fields as varied as architecture, history, antiques, fashion, music and wine. As it happens, two of the hosts also write food-related blogs: David Lebovitz in Paris and Ronald Holden in Seattle.

Now About.com, a website owned by The New York Times that offers authoritative advice on hundreds of topics from over 500 independent experts, has named the internet’s “Top Ten Food Blogs Good Enough to Eat.”

Blogs by both Lebovitz and Holden are on the Top Ten list.

Lebovitz writes DavidLebovitz.com; Holden’s blog is titled Cornichon.org.

Andrea Nims, founder of InTouch Travel, offered her congratulations. “I’m thrilled for the recognition that About.com has given David and Ronald. It’s well-deserved, and reinforces my pride in the exceptional quality of our hosts.”

Lebovitz, a pastry chef who trained at Chez Panisse and is the author of “The Great Book of Chocolate” and two earlier cookbooks of dessert recipes. He leads chocolate and bakery tours in Paris and longer trips to chocolate centers in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy.

Holden, a longtime journalist and writer who is also the editorial director for InTouchTravel.com, fills Cornichon.org with “Tasting Notes and Culinary Dispatches from Belltown and Beyond.” Cornichon (a French gherkin) was recently named one of Seattle’s 15 greatest blogs by UrbanSeattle.

Lebovitz and Holden both offer two options as hosts of InTouch Travel programs: “In Depth,” sharing their knowledge and expertise as they go about a day of professional activities, and “Up Close,” sharing their day as they go about their personal lives.

InTouch Travel is based in Snoqualmie, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains east of Seattle. The company’s founder, Andrea Nims, was born and raised in Germany. She studied Business Administration with an emphasis on tourism, and worked for tour operators in Germany, the United Kingdom and Mexico before moving to the United States 12 years ago. For eight years she worked for a company specializing in luxury wine and food vacations in France. “I learned that many American travelers missed getting to know local residents, and that there was a growing interest in traveling for personal enrichment.”

Clients can search for hosts compatible with their interests and travel plans online, both by location and by professional specialty. They then request a two-day visit for their preferred dates, complete a short profile, and indicate their choice of lodging.

A list of current hosts is available online at http://intouchtravel.com/hosts.

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