Maralyn D. Hill

member for over 14 years
member for over 14 years

Member Since:
Jan 2004

Maralyn Dennis Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, was born to travel and tell the tale. From local cuisine to Michelin Star, simple to gourmet, Maralyn enjoys it all. Discovering flavors, spices, and trends worldwide, from Bocuse d’Or to being a judge at the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, Oregon Chocolate Festival and others, or interviewing chefs, she is intrigued by all aspects of spa and culinary tourism.

As a professional food, wine and travel writer, through guest spots on monthly radio shows, to being editor and contributor to over eight publications, print and online, she reaches several million on a continual basis, domestically and internationally.

Maralyn’s years of writing incentive programs and meeting planning expanded her talent for digging below the surface for the unusual. She thrives on discovering different cultures and customs and feels it’s the best geography lesson ever. Also, she derives great satisfaction applying her organizational development skills.

She has co-authored three books and hosted a television show for Time Warner Cable from 2002 to 2006. She is past president of The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (12-2008 to 12-2012) . Maralyn Is Executive Editor of Luxe Beat Magazine.

Maralyn is always ready to explore different flavors of various cultures and share their tale. People she meets along the way are the best part. 

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Published Books

Cooking Secrets The Why and How…

Herve Laurent’s latest book, collaborated with Maralyn Hill and Brenda Hill, begins where many cooking schools leave off. It explains why some recipes go wrong, with tips for success.

Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel

From Cordon Bleu French cooking lessons, to hot green lips, to beer ice cream, delight in this unusual, informative book. Meet nearly 100 chefs worldwide, 200+ recipes and break bread […]

Success, Your Path to a Successful Book

Finalist in the Writing and Publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Success Reader’s and Reviewer’s Comments: “Discover the many aspects of creative writing, research, marketing, publicity […]

Published Articles (74)


During the late 90s, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivan Flowers when he was the Executive Chef at A Different Point of View in Phoenix. The meal was so […]


During October of 2008, I had the pleasure of discovering Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon, while on a trip with my late husband Norm and dear friend Brenda Hill. It […]

USA Wins the 30th Bocuse D\’Or

Thirty years ago in 1987, Paul Bocuse created what is considered to be the most prestigious cooking competition in the world. There are twenty-four countries that are fortunate to make […]


When a friend and I were invited to experience Casa Velas, we were expecting just another nice Puerto Vallarta hotel. We had both visited the area numerous times, but were […]


The Caribbean is one of the best travel destinations for anybody looking for some sun, sand and sea. Full of culture and a friendly atmosphere the Caribbean is a popular […]

Jamaica Inspired End of Summer Dishes

Labor Day is just around the corner and that means another summer has come and gone. Since it must end, we might as well end it with a culinary bang. […]

Everything You Need To Know About America’s Best National Parks

The United States is such a huge country. And thanks to its vast size, there are a number of fantastic landscapes to explore. The best landscapes have been cornered off […]


Recently, a Clara Kasavina “Peggy” clutch was given to me as a gift. Someone knew what would bring a smile to my face, a twinkle to my eyes, and certainly […]

Global Etiquette – Cell Phone Usage

In today’s world, cell phones have become more and more prevalent. They provide many benefits but also include some challenges and aggravations. I think most of us are taken in […]

Global Etiquette – International Dining

Any country you are visiting may have extremely different dining etiquette rules than those you are used to. On the other hand, they may be similar. The key is to […]

The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix

Often, when a destination includes the word “mountain,” we think of a hideaway tucked far and up into the hills, with a steep ascending access road. This is not the […]

Iconic Santorini, Loving Caves

Caves have always been interesting to me, but I can’t say I have ever had a desire to spend too much time in them, let alone sleep in one. That […]

Eagles Palace Exceeds Expectations

While visiting the Halkidiki region of Northern Greece this summer, we discovered Halkidiki is a three peninsula area, all stretching out into the Aegean Sea, composed of Akanthos, Sithonia, and […]

Sofia Bournazi–Dynamic Marketing Pro For Northern Greece

Early October of 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Sofia Bournazi via e-mail. She was Marketing Director for the Halkidiki Tourism Organization and was interested in sponsoring a press […]

Global Etiquette – Table Settings in U.S. and Europe

Table settings are something that many of us grew up with and many did not. They used to be taught in schools and summer camps, but it seems they have […]

Top Ten Tips for Cruise “Virgins”

At least once a year, I find myself on a cruise ship. I’ve also organized many cruises and here are some tips based on questions and comments I’ve heard. When […]

Paul Bocuse and His Truffle Soup VGE

To understand why a luncheon at the Paul Bocuse Restaurant (L’Auberge Du Pont De Collonges) was so important and special to me, you to need to understand the reverence and […]

Wieliczka Salt Mine Art Treasures

We were not prepared that our excursion down over eight hundred steps of the Wieliczka Salt Mine would reveal artwork in salt, like nothing we had imagined. To reach the […]

Why Cruise Ships Offer Dining Alternatives

The best way I can think of to explain some of the reasoning is to help you look behind the scenes on Holland America Line.

Meet Travel Titan Pamela Hurley-Moser

As someone who does a lot of travel research, I couldn’t wait to interview travel titan, Pamela Hurley-Moser… after hearing about her, I knew I had to meet this woman. […]

Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Christmas Market

Early spring, I was fortunate to have an inexpensive ticket to Frankfurt and ended up discovering Wiesbaden. The city, with its friendly residents, festivals and beauty, captured my heart. I […]

Tatanka or Szarlotka from The Piano Rogue in Krakow (Luxe Beat Magazine)

After a day of touring around Krakow, Poland, with history, delicious food, and tired bodies, a few of us just wanted to relax before returning to our hotel. Our guide […]

Wines from Moravia and Bohemia (Luxe Beat Magazine)

by Maralyn D. Hill and Norman E. Hill   Moravian Wines Available in U.S. Courtesy of Vino z Czech These are wines that will be soaring to the top for […]

Interview with French Master Chef Hervé Laurent (Luxe Beat Magazine)

      During 1996, I was fortunate to meet French Master Chef Hervé Laurent, while attending a class at Le Cordon Bleu in London with my good friend Brenda […]

Executive Chef Bryan Dame of the Tides Beach Club (Luxe Beat Magazine)

Chef Bryan Dame has been partial to New England for over fifteen years. A graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Dame’s cooking combines the freshest local ingredients, traditional family recipes […]

Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone (Luxe Beat Magazine)

Early in 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Chef Andrew Schloss. He was the celebrity chef at Rancho La Puerta and I was a guest presenter. While attending his […]

Four Ocean Vodka Holiday Cocktails (Luxe Beat Magazine)

When we visited Maui, we were fortunate to visit and tour Ocean Vodka. In addition to being impressed with the delicious product, family, marketing and mission, we were thrilled the product […]

Oregon Truffle Festival, Dogs, Growers, and Gourmands and Recipe (Luxe Beat Magazine)

Since 2009, I’ve seen press releases on the Oregon Truffle Festival (OTF), held every January.  This year it is January 24-26th. OTF has always been of interest, as I thoroughly enjoy and […]

Raffles—Where Extraordinary Luxury Is Expected (Luxe Beat Magazine)

Raffles in Singapore had been on my dream list for years, based on movies and books. On my first visit to Singapore in 1989, my hopes were dashed, as it […]

6 Luxury Resorts in Greater Phoenix

Whether you’re a thrillseeker, a foodie, an art lover or a movie buff, here are six luxury hotels in Phoenix, Arizona, to match your travel personality. Greater Phoenix offers many […]

Chef Roman Paulus of the Alcron Restaurant and his Lobster Bisque

  Prague is known for being one the top beautiful cities of Europe. My first visit was in the late 90s and then again last year. To witness the changes […]

Out-of-This-World Camp

When visiting the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, I expected a history of the space program. Unexpected was the excitement I felt in wanting to return and experience more—and even hopefully go to Space Camp in the…

Alabama Food from North to South

Dishes in Alabama range from fried green tomatoes to fine dining—and everything in between. The state’s diversity can be seen in the round-up 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die, but here is some of the best I’ve…

Top Resorts in Gulf Shores, Alabama in Travel + Escapes

2 Million UV and 3 Million PV The BP oil spill occurred in 2010, but clean-up efforts are still going along the U.S. Gulf Coast. But that doesn’t mean the […]…

Cheesecake Berry Brulee – The District American Kitchen & Wine Bar From Honest Cooking

A new twist on the classic cheesecake and brulee that provides an outstanding taste and thorough enjoyment. By Maralyn Hill…

Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Christmas Market from Travel + Escape

It doesn’t get much more festive than the Twinkling Star Market in Wiesbaden, Germany. Wander the historical streets with writer Maralyn Hill and a cup of mulled wine, and let […]…

The Spa At Kingsmill: An Unexpected Gem

  Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia has been known for its golf first and tennis second. But that may soon change: the spa is improving at a rapid pace and reaching […]…

Spa at Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans Surpasses Expectations

Featured in Spa Review Magazine September 24, 2012. Checking into The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I was tired and in dire need of relaxation—exhausted physically and mentally is a more accurate description. Having […]…

New Jersey’s Waterside Offers It All

By Maralyn D. Hill & Norman E. Hill Published in The Epoch Times Rarely do we visit a restaurant that rates at the top of our list in every category: […]…

Paris, France: Two BFFs Say “Oui” to OpenSkies Biz-Class Value Flights – Jetset Extra

By Maralyn D. Hill and Michelle M. Winner Enchanting Paris wears many faces throughout the seasons and is fantastic any time of the year. But although Paris is one of […]…

Interview with Chef Corti Stefano of Acqua Dolce Caf Restaurant in Lake Como

Lake Como is one of those destinations youve read about in books, seen in movies, and possibly visited. The charm, elegance, and romance that surround this luxury destination continuously attract […]…

Corey Shoemaker and Mii amo Spa at Enchantment Excel with Excellence

Recently, Norm and I made a trip to Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona to present Chef Corey Shoemaker of Mii amo Caf with the International Food Wine & Travel […]…

Eastern European Quartet of Countries – Part 1

Common denominators for the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary are: • They all suffered and survived atrocities of the Nazis; • They had a few years to recover before […]…

Kiawah Island, SC, USA:The Sanctuary in “Jetset Extra”

Carefree Resort & Conference Center—Renovation, Redo, a Real Fit with Arizona’s Centennial In “Corporate Retreats Worldwide”

Decadence d Or

What is Decadence dOr? For me, a $750 cupcake satisfies that answer. Before sharing the cupcake, discovering the passion of the chef also matters to provide full appreciation.Hailing from France, […]…

Eastern European Quartet of Countries Part 2

After visiting the Czech Republic and Poland, we were off to Slovakia by bus. Instead of driving straight to Bratislava, we headed for the Slovakian Tatras and the Grand Hotel […]…

Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence

  Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence By Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Born in Montréal, Canada, Pierre graduated from the Institut d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme du Québec. He apprenticed […]…

Turks & Caicos – Backbacking to Luxury

The Turks & Caicos offer it all from backpacking to luxury and great food. The luxury is abundant and I loved it.…

Restaurant SUSHISAMBA, a Brilliant Combination of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian Cuisine

SUSHISAMBAs name reflects its unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Even passing by, its tri-cultural energy and spirit are evident.In the early 20th century, thousands […]…

What a Difference a Glass Makes! We’re Talking Riedel, of Course on CityRoom

A Taste of Ireland in Greater New York

Irish chef Kerry Heffernan and Irish eateries–Times have changed in Ireland, the United States, and New York.The Irish started immigrating to the United States in the 1800s. Because they were […]…

Love, Romance, and Fine Dining in NYC

Valentines greetings date back to the Middle Ages. The history behind this holiday is still a mystery, yet it has transformed the month of February into a time of romance, […]…

Executive Chef Laurent Andr, from Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris provided a series of unexpected surprises and delights, from the moment we stepped through the entrance, to the discovery of our exquisite rooms and all […]…

The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Germany

As cities in Germany go, Wolfsburg is relatively young, established in 1938. Just an hour from Berlin and 2.5 hours from Frankfurt via rail, it is easy to reach. Whats […]…

Sarah Cyr, Sommelier at The Wine Cellar & Bistro in Columbia, Missouri

When Norm and I visited Columbia, Missouri, we discovered The Wine Cellar & Bistro. What a find! In addition to a wonderful chef, Craig Syr, it is co-owned by an […]…

Why Holland America for an Incentive Program?

Why Holland America for an Incentive Program?CityRoom | Jul. 12, 2011, 5:32 PM | 126 | 1 A A A inShareCityRoom Email | URL CityRoom is a publication that has […]…

BFF Getaways: Lets Go Spa, Girls!

The Epoch Times I wrote this with Michelle M. Winner. As soon as we hear the first Marco Polo ringing out from the pool area, we are in a get-us-out-of-here […]…

Chef Supreedas Goong Sarong from Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket

The Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket, Thailand are an upscale luxury experience in every sense of the word. Chef Supreeda of SILK leads the culinary team. They are so […]…

Chef Mathew Macartney of Chateau Yearing Shares an Intriguing Salad Plate

While exploring the Australian Yarra Valley wine region, I was able to experience the five star, heritage-listed Victorian mansion. Chateau Yearing, sitting on 250 acres, is a member of Relais […]…

Life is a (Clean Beach) Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

Our visit took place not too long after the much publicized BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. To varying extents, all adjoining states, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and […]…

Two Exquisite Spas Providenciales Island in Turks & Caicos (TCI)

Exhale Mind and Body Spa as well as Teona Spa were both exceptional in their treatments and service. Discover these two gems on Provo in The Turks & Caicos.…

Switzerland On Track And Some Areas Off the Beaten Track in Big Blend’s Vacation Station Magazine

Switzerland was a European Union before there even was an EU. It combines ethnicities of German, French, and Italian, who have lived in peace and prosperity for, arguably, several hundreds […]…

Zen to Medi Spas in Rockland, Maine in Worldwide Spa Review Magazine

Rockland, Maine has long been known for lobsters, but not necessarily as a destination spa haven. But with the Historic Inns of Rockland, there are packages that provide an Estrogen […]…

The Captain Lindsey House Inn-An In for all Seasons

Just steps off of Main Street in Rockland, Maine, proudly sits a true gem, The Captain Lindsey House on Lindsey Street. We have published stories and recipes from hundreds of […]…

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, Spa Review Magazine

Avania, in Greek means tranquil. The goal at the Spa Avania is for guests to be elevated to a sixth sense of well-being and tranquility.…

Portland, Maine

Today, tourism has become the biggest industry in the state. Portland’s downtown area has enjoyed a renaissance, as old buildings have been gutted, refurbished, and repainted. Streets are bustling with […]…

Rancho La Puerta A Glimpse of a Wellness Oasis in Sunny Mexico

The best testimonial for Rancho La Puerta is the return rate at approximately 65%. We met those who had been coming 40 times. Over ten return guest visits is common. […]…

On the Fast Track in Phoenix

Two women well past 40 raced around the fastest 60 acres in the world, following our dreams. We were at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, […]…

Nibbley’s Cafe in Klamath Falls – Home of the Famous Oakcakes

Nibbley’s Cafe in Klamath Falls is home of the famous Oatcakes. Having tasted them for breakfast, we can see why they are famous. Debbie Caldwell and her staff do a […]…

Lake Havasu City–Lakeside Resort Keeps Stepping Up the Pace

The adage that reads, “Go west, young man, go west” should be modified to advise going to the far west of Arizona to Lake Havasu City. This area is deservedly […]…

The Lotus Spa on Princess Sapphire, Big Blend’s Vacation Station

Cruise ships are ideal venues for taking advantage of spa services. It was our goal this“The Lotus Spa On The Princess Sapphire” week to enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard the […]…

Saborea Puerto Rico A Culinary Experience on Big Blend’s Eat Drink & Be Merry

Over several decades, Ive visited Puerto Rico, explored and made many interesting discoveries. None of my prior trips prepared me for its annual Saborea Puerto RicoA Culinary Experience. Puerto Rico […]…

Rancho La Puerta & Spa Tips

Recently, the Hill Team returned from one of our favorite spas worldwide, the renowned Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico., just a short, breathtaking ride south from San Diego. While […]…

Global Writes (10)

Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch Is A Treasure

Never did I expect to find an authentic multi-generation family-owned and operated natural area that would provide me with so many different experiences and opportunities. I’ve visited Oahu many times, but never Kualoa Ranch, where you see traditions flourish. In Hawaiian, Kualoa means “long back.” When you see the land, […]

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Enchanting Enchantment in Sedona

Enchantment Resort & Spa in Sedona wakes your senses upon entering the gated grounds. One can easily see why in-the-know organizations pick this site for small meetings, incentives, or corporate retreats. It is an ideal secluded destination, self-contained, that offers everything you want and need in amenities for meetings and […]

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Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks

Chef Bennett's book starts out with a long title: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks, Orchestrating Florida's Caribbean Pantry into a Modern Metropolitan Cuisine. The rest is intriguing, well organized, and easy to follow with delicious recipes.

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Book Review: Traveling with Pain

In addition to covering tips on how and why to travel, this book covers: packing and preparing; getting there; sleeping and eating; sightseeing; outdoor adventures; shopping; night life; resting; recovery time after the trip.

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Appenzellerland—Preserving Tradition While Embracing Future

Having visited and enjoyed Switzerland in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by the Appenzell region. Located in the northeastern area, its dimensions are only 258.5 square miles (416 square kilometers). This area has the lowest population in Switzerland, with 26 villages that average 23 inns per village.

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A Puerto Rican Culinary Experience at Saborea

Puerto Rico has so much more to offer than I could begin to imagine. I'd certainly encourage those who enjoy culinary travel to put it on their calendar for next year, when Saborea will take place April 1-3, 2011

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BOOK REVIEW: Absente, Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy

I'm enamored with a book on Absente. During the past two years, quite a few authors have written about the magic of this famous liqueur. However, Carrier's compilation brings everything to life in spectacular fashion. It combines history with over 130 photos of well known works of art with numerous artists' biographies…

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BOOK REVIEW: Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment

Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment by Tim Brookes certainly enlightens. Brookes is able to articulate with humor and a sense of life and culture acceptance that transport the reader to experience India alongside him.

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Andara Resort and Yachts of Phuket – The Ultimate Incentive

Visiting Southeast Asia has been a frequent experience for me. I did graduate study there in 1989. Thailand has been a personal favorite in this area, and since my first visit to Bangkok, I've gone North to Chang Mai and as far South as the island of Koh Samui.

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Ivan Flowers

Flowers' road to Sedona and Fournos shows a wealth of exceptional experience and talent.

Ivan Flowers' birthplace was Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in and around the restaurant business at his father's successful establishment, The Rendezvous. Ivan worked his way through college at high-end catering companies, while he earned his degree in psychology from the New York Institute of Technology.

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