Linda Kissam

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Known as the ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’, travel writer Linda Kissam is a longtime Big Blend Radio guest and contributor sharing stories about her food, wine 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.

‘The Diva’ specializes in easy, breezy destination stories sharing her favorite things about the places she visits. As she sips with the winemaker, dines with the chef, or shops with the gift concierge, she dishes out insights on the fabulous, the famous and the unforgettable. Whether riding the rails in Europe, hot air ballooning in Temecula, cruising on the Douro River, or being pampered at luxurious spas and resort, she’s investigating the local buzz to provide her readers with tips on what to buy and what to try.

Linda loves finding and sharing what makes each place she visits so special. Her time spent as a publicist for a well-known wine region taught her it’s the story behind the product and the experience of the place that makes the trip memorable. She never knows if “the story” will end up being based on finding the perfect latté, ordering Pommes Frites with Parsley Butter in a small French bistro, searching for an Internet café in Sicily, or attending a wine seminar aboard a cruise ship. She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about jewelry and a good taco.

Linda is now on the road sipping wine, dipping into eternity pools, piloting narrow boats in England, and concentrating on finding the best experiences for her readers. Using fractured French, Spanglish and a good sense of humor she’s on the hunt for the perfect cruise, the best winery, the unbelievable purse, the sexiest pair of shoes, a beautiful bangle or two and the best travel experiences possible – be it local in So-Cal or a bazillion miles away. Some people find it a crazy lifestyle; she likes to think of it as amazing opportunities.

Linda resides in Southern California for most of the year, and spends her summers sailing the cool waters of Washington State. Keep up with her adventures at




Whidbey, Camano and San Juan Islands in Washington

Cruisin’ for a Deal 

Visit Steveston, BC

Long Beach Peninsula is 100% Awesome!

Lincoln City: Oregon’s Amazing Treasure Hunt

Travel Writer Insider

Small Town Wonders of Albany, Oregon

Experiencing The Dumpling Trail of Richmond, B.C.

Beyond the Beach in Oceanside, CA

Charming Coronado, CA 

Cruising the Rhine River

Discover Tropical Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  

Pittsburgh Food Culture  

Four Rivers of Wine & History  

Viking River Cruise From Lyon to Provence   

Walla Walla, WA: The Power of Potential  

Ditch Your Car in Santa Barbara, CA  

San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles  

Traveling Jordan: A Trip of a Lifetime  

The Hot Trends of Western Montana 

The Best Experiences in Seattle, WA  

Big Blend Radio Ladies Happy Hour 

Southern California Food Halls  

Conference at Sea  

Lucky Seven Holiday Wine Picks   

Tasting Southern Oregon’s Wine Country  

Conejo Valley, California  

Must See Places in Denmark  

Wine Tasting at Marquita Crossing  

Exploring the Champagne Region of France   

San Benito County, California  

Stay & Play in Scottsdale, Arizona   

Ventura County West, CA  

The Poconos: A Legend Reborn  



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