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Nebraska Buffalo Ranching

Cattle are definitely king in Nebraska. Cows outnumber humans four to one, and the State claims America’s number-one cow county, Cherry County that is. Overshadowed by Nebraska’s legendary beef industry is the up and coming market for buffalo.Back in 1804 when Lewis & Clark traipsed across the West en route to the Pacific it’s estimated that 50 million roamed the Great Plains, but tragically by the end of the 19th Century less than 500 remained. In the dawning days of the 20th Century, when the state of South Dakota started a quest to reintroduce Buffalo they actually had to source some of their stock from the Bronx Zoo. Today, according to the National Bison Association, there’s an estimated 500,000 buffalo in America. Across Nebraska you’ll find more and more ranchers specializing in buffalo.A prime reason for Buffalo’s resurgence is its superior qualities as a commercial meat product. Buffalo has approximately 35 percent more protein and half the calories of beef, and there’s only 1.8 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, compared to 8.7 grams in beef.We’ll stop at the Krecik Elk and Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara, located in Northeast Nebraska for a visit with Stacy Krecik Miller. She says the demand for buffalo meat is so high that processers from Colorado will send out truck and trailer rigs to pick up her buffalo.One of the State’s earliest advocates of organic, sustainable, grass fed ranching and farming is Dave Hutchinson and his family. They have been farming and ranching organically in the Sandhills region around Rose, Nebraska for more than 30 years. In addition to farming seasonal crops, Hutchinson’s passion is his sustainable, organic grass fed Buffalo operation. Come along and meet Dave at the Hutchinson Family Organic Farm. To listen to a series of cool Western Nebraska “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” shows, including Fort Robinson, Scotts Bluff, Carhenge, Cabelas, canoeing, and more:http://www.westnebraska.com/May-2014/Journeys-of-Discovery-with-Tom-Wilmer/For further information about everything Nebraska Nice: www.visitnebraska.com        

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A Conversation with Don George Editor of BBC's Words & Wanderlust

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Honored to be a guest speaker in Don George’s journalism class at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, I seized the opportunity to interview Mr. George after class. Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. His guidebook, “Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing,” is the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don has been a travel writer and editor for more than three decades, starting out at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and later working as the Wanderlust editor for Salon.com and as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Today Don is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and the editor of the BBC Travel column Words and Wanderlust. In this far-ranging conversation, Don talks with Tom Wilmer about the youthful moment in Paris that changed his life, how his goal transformed from being a poet to being a travel writer, the evolution of his career from newspapers to websites, his most memorable on-the-road epiphanies, and the larger meaning and purpose of travel and travel writing.

 

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http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/trip-lit/

 

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Fresh and organics hallmark at Westin SFO Grill & VIne

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Following an culinary apprenticeship at the prestigious Grand Hotel Castagnola in Lugano, Switzerland, Westin SFO Executive Chef, Werner Fankhauser fine tuned his culinary expertise at five star hotels in Zurich before commencing a career with Westin Hotels and Resorts with tenures across America and Canada. He settled in at the Westin SFO where his passionate love of fine cuisine and zest for sourcing the freshest locally produced ingredients are primary factors behind his successful career that includes winning the prestigious Gold and Best of the Show from the American Culinary Foundation. join the conversation with Fankhauser at the Westin SFO’s Grill and Vine restaurant.
   

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Westin SFO things to do and see w Jeff Guy

Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast on NPR.ORG. Come along and join me for a visit with Jeff Guy, Director of Sales and Marketing as we talk not only about cool attributes inside of the hotel, but the advantages of using the Westin SFO as base camp for exploring the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, day trips to the beach and northbound adventures across the Golden Gate for a day of wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

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Westin SFO GM Talks tech and innovation

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I’m your host Tom Wilmer, come along and join me for a fascinating conversation with Tom Scaramellino, General Manager of the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel and the sister property Aloft, offering a techie alternative hotel environment. Scaramellino talks about how the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel offers much more than a typical Airport Hotel experience, as well as the adjacent Aloft Hotel, with a millennial architectural twist catering to tech savvy generation. Equally intriguing are the new tech trends at Westin, including keyless room entry via your mobile devise and the ability to check while in transit aboard the shuttle van from the airport.

 

 

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