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Different varieties of salt.

News roundup for the hungry traveller.

THE SHOP

(Gourmet) salt of the Earth

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In addition to wine stewards, we've seen water sommeliers, tea sommeliers and beer sommeliers. Now, Portland, Ore., has what may be the world's first selmelier. What's a selmelier? A salt expert, of course. Mark Bitterman, author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes, and owner of salt shop The Meadow, is one of the world's foremost salt experts. Want to know the difference between Andes Mountain Rose finishing salt, bamboo leaf salt and Djibouti Cutie (it's a salt)? Just ask him.

THE WEBSITE

Travelling foodie's best friend

Curated travel website Virtual GDBK (it stands for "guidebook") posts the latest news and information on the hottest places to eat, drink and stay in cities around the world. It uses the most informative and hip newspaper, magazine and blog reviews from Bangkok to Zurich to connect travellers with the best of everything at their destination. Follow the links to find a reliable blog about hottest new restaurants in Tel Aviv, the best seafood in Douala or the best cocktails in St. Petersburg. virtualgdbk.com

THE EVENT

The two-litre mile

Health nuts with a bit of a drinking problem can now combine their favourite pastimes at the 2nd Annual ½ Corked Marathon, taking place May 28 and 29 in British Columbia's south Okanagan Valley. Sold out for this year already, the 17-kilometre course will stagger along the Golden Mile and across the valley to the Black Sage Bench, with stops along the way to sample the local wines.

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