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If you love seasonal fruits and berries, check out Mohonk Mountain House 's midweek special "Seasonal
How do you calculate a tip? The amount that you tip depends on your bill. Calculate your tip based on the total before any tax is applied. (This is also a good time to check if there's a service charge, in which case you generally would not leave any additional money.)
To sample New York's best wineries, visit two primary wine regions, the Finger Lakes upstate and in Long Island, and many more wineries throughout the Empire State, including wineries near Niagara Falls, wine tasting in New York City and more. Here's what you need to know to plan your visit.
Tipping is one of the first etiquette challenges you'll encounter when you're a traveling foodie. What are the guidelines for the size of the tip you leave for the waiter or waitress when you're done with your meal? Tipping practices vary so much around the world, you risk an uncomfortable situation if you get it wrong. Here's a tipping guide so you get it right.
A search for the best German food takes a traveler on a journey through one of the world's most hearty cuisines. Whether you're dining at a high-end restaurant or grabbing a bite from a street vendor, you'll be feasting on countless varieties of sausage, a wide variety of noodles, breads and local vegetables. Don't forget the beer you'll wash it all down with, the cakes you can enjoy for dessert, or the panoply of ethnic foods that have become firmly a part of urban Germany's food scene.
There are a few wineries in New York City, but there are far more opportunities to taste wine (often for free at wine stores), and to sip wine at sophisticated wine bars. A description of the wineries in New York City, the best wine stores with free tastings, and resources for the best wine bars in NYC. Page 17.
Plan a trip to the ancient city of Nizwa,an excellent excursion from Oman’s capital city, Muscat. Nizwa is about eighty miles west of Muscat. The drive is mostly on a new highway bordered by the dramatic Al Hajar mountains. Although Nizwa isn’t a food destination per se, food plays an important role in the area’s history and heritage.
La Mamounia is one of the most luxurious hotels in Marrakech, Morocco, and the food served at the hotel's restaurants matches its sumptuous setting. Review the menus of the French, Italian, Morrocan and pool-side restaurant at La Mamounia, take a peek into the kitchen and the resort's wine cellar, and take a look at where you'll sleep off all the food that you eat.
Cocktail Recipes from The Chefs Club by Food & Wine, St. Regis Aspen
Learn about the origins of the practice of tipping.
Hawaii's best food and restaurants are a blend of the culinary traditions of Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese Filipino and Portuguese immigrants that have settled here over the years. The result is a truly truly ono (or delicious) blend of flavors in a cuisine that you’ll find nowhere else.
Long Island's wine regions are the newest in New York state, but are fast growing both in terms of acreage (from 17 acres of vineyards in 1973 to over 3,000 today) and in reputation. Learn about wine touring options on the North Fork and the Hamptons, via private car, limo or bus. Download maps to find the region's 50 wineries, including Martha Clara, Lieb and Pindar, and find information about Long Island's top varietals, planning a Long Island wine country wedding and more.
Sadaharu Aoki has made a name for himself blending his own Japanese heritage (he was born in Tokyo) with the finest tradition of French pastry and confections. The results are as interesting as they are delicious: green tea éclairs, yuzu macaron, a line of chocolates that looks like makeup. Try it for yourself at one of his four shops in Paris, which include an outpost at Galeries Lafayette Gourmet. Page 3.
Alaska brews some terrific beer. Here's where to find the best brews in Anchorage, Denali, Homer, Kenai, Fairbanks
Belgium is world-renown for its high quality chocolates, a tradition that started when chocolate was
New York State is home to five wine regions, and nine viticultural areas. You can tour them all on your own, via car, or, if you'd rather not designate a driver, hire a limo or a bus to do the driving for you. Here, find maps for all of New York's wine trails, and information to plan your wine tasting trip.
Restaurants have factored a gratuity into their pricing. You're not entitled to give yourself a discount if the owner waits on your table.
Kauai is Hawaii's smallest populated island, but it's home to some of its best food and restaurants.
In a restaurant a "tip", or a "gratuity", is an amount that you leave for your server in addition to
The best restaurants in Lancaster, Pennsylvania offer travelers unique foods, which make for a memorable dining experience. The area is best known for its traditional Amish and Mennonite population, who, among many other facets of life have preserved the area's German culinary heritage, as well as traditional farming practices. Visit a farm market, dine at sophisticated restaurants, or family style, and learn to can preserves the traditional Amish way.
What are Michelin stars and how are they awarded? How does Yelp review restaurants? How do Zagat Guides work? What are Mobil stars and how are they awarded? What about AAA Diamonds? Definitions for popular food reviewers and an explanation of how they work, including the reason why they're criticized.
Colorado's relaxed medical marijuana laws have created a huge market for marijuana edibles. Although not legal for travelers to sample, learn about this trend, the culinary facts of cannabis, how to cook with marijuana, how marijuana is an ingredient in baked goods from bagels to baklava, and savories, like pizza, available in marijuana restaurants.
Providence is truly a global city, where old Yankee traditions meet the influences of many different cuisines. Federal Hill is Providence's Little Italy.
For the serious cook, a visit to Les Touilleurs is dangerous -- for the pocket book and for the luggage. This is the place for high quality cooking tools, and it also offers cooking classes in the evening with some of the city's finest chefs. You have to join their mailing list to book, and once you receive a class announcement, act fast: classes sell out four to five months ahead, typically within two days. Page 10.
Beyond New York: The International History of Bagels
Fall is the season for apple picking, and many orchards all around the United States open their doors and let you in to help with the harvest. This is not only fun way to get outdoors before the weather turns too cold, but an affordable way to get a lot fruit. Here's where to pick apples in the prime apple growing regions of the US: Washington, New York, Michigan, Virginia California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
La Grand Épicerie is the food hall of Le Bon Marché, a venerable Paris department store on the Left Bank. It's an international supermarket, stocking French food products, including those you'll find in Paris specialty shops, as well as a selection of fine foods from all around the world.
When you hear a wine described as "estate bottled" or see "estate" on a wine label in the United States,
Prosser is on the way from Tri-Cities to Yakima along I-82, but it's hardly a mere pitstop -- there are more than 30 wineries pouring tastes in this town. Still, you'd be forgiven for not immediately realizing this, since many wineries are right off the highway, mixed with fast food joints and gas stations, making it an unusual, if convenient, wine-tasting destination.
For your next great wine tasting vacation, leave your passport at home and hit some of the best wine regions in the United States. While there are wineries in all fifty states, it's not snobbish to say that they're not all created equal. These wine regions offer a mix of quality wines, unique tasting experiences, interesting dining opportunities -- in other words, good reasons to designate a driver and start your sippin' trip.
Oregon is best known for its Willamette Valley wines, but there's a great deal more to explore in Oregon wine country. Get started with wine touring maps, for the Willamette Valley and its sub-appellations, as well as the very different world that is Southern Oregon wine. Oregon also shares viticultural areas with its two neighboring states: Washington to the north, and Idaho to the east. Find maps for these cross-border wine areas as well.
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet in Paris is a one-stop foodie destination. It's great for tourists, but primarily caters to Parisians. Grab a good (and affordable) meal, ranging from a casual bite to more formal dining. Galeries Lafayette Gourmet stocks over 10,000 products, 70% of which are French. The department store is also home to the second location of famous food purveyors, for instance, celebrated chocolatier Sadaharu Aoki has a store in Galeries Lafayete.
At the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont, find vintage treats like penny candy, Charles Chips, Smarties, jaw breakers, licorice and more. Overdose on nostalgia.
St. Lawrence Market is a must-see destination for foodies visiting Toronto, Canada -- as well as for history buffs. The market building dates to 1845, when it was the Toronto City Hall, and several renovations have led it to its current form. In fact, there are two structures, the South market, which is pictured here, and has over 50 vendors selling prepared foods, butchers, cheesemongers and so on, and the North Market, which is used for a Saturday farmer's market.
Washington's best wineries have an impressive worldwide reputation. The first commercial wineries started here in the 1960s, and grew fast. Today, Washington is second only to California in total wine production. And despite Seattle's (just) reputation for rain, the state is actually home to a wide variety of microclimates. Paired with creative wine makers, the yield is a diverse wine touring experience that's sure to please.
Las Vegas is a city entirely given over to life's guilty pleasures. Sure, you can hit Nevada's desert oasis of neon lights for the gambling, the shows, or its many, shall we say, adult offerings, but foodies know that the real reason to come to Vegas is to experience its cuisine.Many of the world's celebrity chefs supervise restaurants on The Strip, making it easy to learn what's fabulous and trendy in global gastronomy. There's great food off-Strip that's worth exploring, creative cocktails
In restaurants, tipping practices vary tremendously around the world. Here's a traveler's guide to to tipping in some popular Eastern and Central European countries, as well as Russia and the Baltics.
The only thing better than eating in Paris? Shopping for gourmet provisions to recreate your favorite Parisian meal once you're back home. Parisians are uncompromising on their food shops as they are on all other matters, making The City of Lights an amazing place for foodies to shop. Learn about the best places to hit on the Left Bank and Right Bank: Le Bon Marche's Le Grand Epicerie, Dubernet Foie Gras, Les Abeilles, E. Dehillerin, Ladurée Champs Elysées, Fauchon and Jacques Genin.
The menu at Pat's Drive-In. There's more than just chili dogs here, but that's what they're famous for (as well as their french fries, which aren't pictured on the menu). They're a bargain at under $1.50 each. Page 2.
A guide to Providence Rhode Island's best restaurants including Al Forno, Bacaro, Nick's on Broadway, Aspire, Gracie's, TINI and more.
Exploring the history of the U.S. soda fountain. Many destinations are connected to the history of this all-American drink.
El Guero Canelo, the home of the Sonoran hot dog. Page 3.
A quick 36 hour tour of New York's Finger Lakes Wine Country includes wine and beer tasting at Wagner Vineyards, one of Seneca Lake's pioneering wineries, a spirits tasting at Finger Lakes Distilling, breakfast at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and a fantastic southern influenced dinner at Stonecat Cafe.
The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont
Looking for the best food festivals and food events to put on your travel itinerary in 2013? From cooking classes with celebrity chefs, to wine tastings pouring rare vintages, from beer festivals to events focused on cheese, chocolate, even crawfish -- there's an event out there to fit every foodie agenda.
Shanghai's many restaurants offer a wide variety of Chinese food experiences, from the city's own cuisine, to Chinese regional favorites, to gourmet international cuisine. This variety is due to the city's history, from a fishing village, to a port town, to the most European city on the Chinese mainland, to its position today as the fashion capital of the People's Republic.
California is the United State’s top wine producer, by far. With hundreds and hundreds of wineries to visit in more than 100 AVAs which spread from the Mexico border nearly up to the Oregon border, from the coast and in through the state’s many valleys and mountain ranges, planning a California wine tour is more of an exercise of prioritization than it is in other parts of the United States. Description of wine regions, wine maps, and wine touring information.
There are many, many wonderful macaron, chocolate and sweet shops in Paris. But before you go in search of the best sugar fix in town—and you will find world-class, cutting-edge confections here— you should know that unlike most other matters culinary, the French reputation for confectionery prowess, particularly in regards to chocolate, is a relatively new development.
The best restaurants in Providence are sometimes overlooked, considering that Rhode Island is the nation's smallest state, and Providence is so close to culinary powerhouses like New York and Boston. But this is one of the most interesting food scenes in the Northeast. The food scene here blends the traditions of old New England, long-time immigrant communities, and Industrial-era Americana with plenty of sophistication thanks to the presence of star-producing culinary school Johnson & Wales.
There's lots of water in Niagara Falls, but there's also plenty of wine and wineries to visit on both the New York and the Ontario side of the border.
Koloa Fish Market is a cozy place where you can buy the fixings for a fabulous seafood meal, or enjoy traditional prepared Hawaiian foods. Page 12.
Beer is an important part of the culinary scene in Montreal, and it has a long history. There are than 1600 microbreweries in the province of Québec, and many fine places to sample their wares in the Montreal. Plan your beer trip to Montreal with this overview of the best breweries and brewpubs to visit in Montreal, beer tours to take, and a beer festival to attend.
Finger Lakes wineries are clustered around a group of long, thin and deep lakes in a very scenic area of upstate New York: Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka and Candandaigua. The major towns are Watkins Glen and Ithaca. Plan your Finger Lakes Wine tasting trip, learn about deals, packages and events in 2010-2011, find maps, search a Finger Lakes wineries database and more.
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Chicago's a multi-ethnic city, and its Swedish heritage is one that is expressed to particular advantage at breakfast time. Visit one of Ann Sather's four locations for Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, Swedish pancakes served with Swedish Meatballs, or you can just select from more traditional American breakfast choices, which are also delicious. Menu, locations.
Willemstad, the capital city of Curacao, is home to several food markets that are worth a visit: The Floating Market, which doesn't float at all, and The Old Market, a place to try the local's favorite dishes, including stewed iguana.
On a leafy street in the city of Kochi in India is the home and personal kitchen of Nimmy Paul, which also happens to be one of the best cooking schools in the world. Chef Nimmy Paul is a member of Kochi’s Syrian-Christian community, and grew up carefully watching her mother and grandmother transform local ingredients into delicious, highly flavored but not-too-fiery Indian culinary delicacies. This is a unique chance to learn to cook South Indian food.
To experience the best of Belgium, you'll need to taste its food. Belgian cuisine has been influenced by the French and the Dutch, so if you like either of these cuisines, you'll be very happy dining your way through this small country. Here are the iconic Belgian foods you won't want to miss on your visit.
Wine and Chocolate: A Terrible Pairing? -- Yakima Valley Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend
Explore Budapest’s food scene with a Taste Hungary culinary tour. Taste Hungary provides food and wine tours throughout Budapest and all of Hungary. Read an interview with Carolyn Banfalvi and learn the details on what to expect on one of Taste Hungary’s tours.
Nova Scotia's food scene has long made good use out of the Atlantic Ocean. But there's more here than just excellent fresh seafood. Nova Scotia is home to wineries, dairies, and farms of all varieties, supporting locavore restaurants, as well as farmer's markets and to gourmet food producers. Halifax has been a base of Navy operations since Colonial times and through this day, and is also the home of six degree-granting universities, which means a thriving beer scene.
Food poisoning is a common problem for travelers, especially traveling foodies. Learn what food poisoning is, its many causes, how common it is for travelers, and where to find the best information for treating food poisoning if it happens to you.
Lancaster PA's historic Central Market is a great place to sample traditional Amish country favorite foods, including shoofly pie, chow chow, spicy lemonade and more. The Pennsylvania Dutch shun prepared foods, so you'll find plenty of delicious homemade baked goods, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables and hearty ready-to-eat snack options. Page 2.
Kauai's best food is as beautiful as its surroundings. From gorgeous produce, to the unbelievably lush farms that produce everything from taro to coffee, Kauai is truly a feast for all the senses. Page 15.
Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest winery at first seems to have an unlikely location - New York State's Hudson Valley. Plan your visit to Brotherhood Winery, find maps and directions, learn about winery events and how to stay connected to the winery on Facebook.
Where to dine in Granada, Nicaragua. This Central American country is not known as a foodie mecca yet, but you can dine well on comida tipica, or typical food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recommendations for international fare included.
Get to know Swedish food when you go on holiday in West Sweden. You can plan a terrific food vacation since this is a particularly rich part of the country for culinary exploration. The coast offers up bountiful Swedish seafood - take a lobster safari or take a herring-pickling class. The main city of Gothenburg offers a delightful twist on the traditional coffee break, and wash it all down with schnapps and a Swedish drinking song.
What is an AVA? The definition of American Viticultural Areas, an important term for wine travel, wine making and wine buying in the United States. How AVAs are determined, what it means when you see an AVA on a wine bottle label, how AVA compares to French AOC, and the rules for listing a varietal on a wine label.
Rhode Island's New York System wieners are a pork hot dog, served on a steamed hot dog bun, and topped with a meat sauce, onions sprinkled with celery salt, and mustard. They go down very easy, despite the nickname
Halifax is Nova Scotia's dining epicenter, and restaurants run the gamut from fine dining to fish n' chips to a corner devoted entirely to pizza. Many of the best restaurants in this Canadian maritime town are near Halifax's tourist attractions, which are mostly clustered along the harbor, as well as up the city's hill, towards the Public Garden and the Citadel. There are also several local favorites that are a bit of a distance from the well-trodden areas, but are worth the trip.
There aren't that many foods that can be considered "iconic New York" -- the city is such a melting pot
Plan your visit to Napa Valley, California. With more than 400 wineries, this is the best known wine region in the United States. It's welcoming to beginners and to experienced wine enthusiasts alike. Plan your visit with winery listings, wine maps, details on the wine regions inside Napa Valley.
Kauai's Shrimp Station in Waimea specializes in shrimp, shrimp and nothing but shrimp, as the menu clearly shows. Page 11.
Even though we know them as French Fries, the frites is one of Belgium's best foods, and one that they've certainly perfected. Here's where to find some fried potato goodness.
The best cocktail bars in the United States. Alphabetical guides, lists by city, including New York, and links to lists by other magazines, including Travel +Leisure, Esquire and GQ.
In comparison to Oregon's growing international reputation, its wine production is actually very small. Oregon’s small wineries also tend to do things in a classic manner: there isn’t that much use of machinery, most vines are tended by hand. For travelers, there’s a minimum of attitude, but also not a lot of the kind of showmanship that you’ll see in bigger wine areas around the world. And in some of the lesser known and less explored areas of Oregon’s wine country, especially in the south, there’s less in the way of tourist accommodations than you’d find elsewhere.
When you're dining out in Montreal, it's helpful to know a few restaurant terms that are used in this Quebecois city. (This is true even if you're very familiar with European French.) From happy hour to ordering coffee, Montreal's excellent restaurants are more user-friendly when you know a few key words and phrases.
Plan a visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory & Visitor's Center in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Learn how Hawaii's most popular nut is harvested, how macadamia nut candies are made, and pick up macadamia nut gifts and munchies.
Tour Oregon's Willamette Valley wineries and go wine tasting in the largest wine-producing area in the state. More than 200 terrific wineries produce Oregon pinot noir in this lovely (and large) stretch of wine country, among other wines. Take a wine tour of friendly, laid-back tasting rooms.
The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado offers many varied opportunities for dining. Here, an overview of the best restaurants at the resort, and its dining highlights.
Tucson's food scene is defined by its its location -- in the Sonoran desert, right near the Mexican border. It's a city that excels in casual, often decadent, comfort food, as well as a growing number of gourmet options that put an upscale twist on local flavors.It adds up to a cuisine that excels in casual comfort food -- sonoran hot dogs, mango empenadas -- and a growing number of gourmet options that put an upscale twist on local flavors.
Daniel is the flagship restaurant of chef Daniel Boulud. The restaurant is on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and is quietly elegant. The menu marries classic and perfectly executed French culinary techniques with seasonal, and often local, ingredients. There's an occasional touch of whimsy, but nothing terribly jarring. The menu is meant to perfectly suit highly refined palates -- but not to push that boundary.
"Ono" is a type of fish also known as wahoo, but the word is also Hawaiian for delicious, and that's
Los Olivos is a small Victorian town about 45 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara. It's chock-a-block
Visit the Monticello Wine Trail, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Information on planning a trip to Virginia's Monticello Wine Trail, tips and advice, how to find winery maps, nearby historic attractions, top wineries to visit including Dave Matthews' owned winery Blenheim, Barboursville and Jefferson Vineyards.
The Spice Market in Istanbul, also known as Misir Çarsisi, or the Egyptian Market.This is the place to buy spices, dried fruits and nuts, tea and candy, all in quantities of your choosing. The building dates back to 1664 and is the second-oldest covered shopping area or bazaar in Istanbul.
Indianapolis' best restaurants don't get that much attention -- it's the racing that brings hundreds of thousands of travelers to Indianapolis, whether they're attending the Indy 500, the largest sporting event in the world, or the annual NASCAR Brickyard 400. But there's plenty of great food in Indy -- to dine before or after the race, or to find supplies for an at-race tailgate or picnic. Learn about Patachou, R Bistro, Pearl Bistro, St. Elmo's Steak House, and Traders Point Creamery.
Where can you find the best restaurants in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah? Chef Zane Holmquist of the famed Stein Eriksen lodge shares his restaurant picks for favorite meals, ranging from the Red Iguana for Mexican to his favorite brewpub, Squatters.
La Bovida is a French chain of cookware shops catering to culinary professionals, although open to the public. It's got 19 locations throughout France, and one in Casablanca, Morocco. The Paris location is quite near to another well-regarded cookware shop, E. Dehillerin, so it's worth planning to stop by both. Page 4.
Dining at Ravi, a very affordable Pakistani restaurant in Dubai, and a discussion of how to find other good, cheap ethnic eats in Dubai.
Korea Town, which is centered on 32nd Street between 5th and Broadway, is a little slice of Korea in the heart of Manhattan. In this place also known as K-Town, you'll find Korean barbeque, Korean sushi, and other Korean food favorites. There's another Koreatown in Flushing, Queens, but neither is as large as Koreatown Los Angeles. Page 8.
The Pacific Northwest is well known for its huckleberries, and one of the best places to visit for a huckleberry picking, noshing and hiking is Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 minutes from the Spokane airport.Idaho's official state berries are ripe for the picking from late July into August, so grab some while hiking the Selkirk Mountains, or head to local restaurants to taste huckleberry pancakes, grilled salmon with huckleberry sauce and more.
Visit a Galler Chocolate shop and get to know a creative international chocolatier at its home base. Page 11.
Plan your visit to Sonoma, California wineries. An overview of the area's 13 wine regions, with varietal specialties, links to winery maps, wine tours, and information on planning travels through laid back Sonoma County.
Mango empenadas and Mexican wedding cookies from Le Cave Bakery in Tucson. Page 8.
Lancaster PA's historic Central Market is a great place to sample traditional Amish country favorite foods, including shoofly pie, chow chow, spicy lemonade and more. The Pennsylvania Dutch shun prepared foods, so you'll find plenty of delicious homemade baked goods, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables and hearty ready-to-eat snack options.
Honolulu's Chinatown is a fantastic place for a walking tour -- sample delicious dim sum and other Asian delicacies at restaurants and market stands while you're experiencing an important part of Oahu's cultural history. View this photo tour to plan your visit to Honolulu's Chinatown, including the best restaurants, maps, places to park, and details on events like First Friday and Chinese New Year.
Take a photo tour of Tuscon, Arizona's best restaurants and food shops. Page 5.
Everything you need to know about El Guero Canelo's Sonoran Hot Dogs -- including a definition of "Sammy
Visit Godiva Chocolate where it started in Brussels. . Page 20.
Ocean Ranching versus Fish Farming. Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world. While fish farms have gotten a bad reputation, both health wise and environmentally, there are many types of fish farming operations, and much depends on the type of species raises, the methods used and the location of the farms themselves.
Visit the design-conscious flagship of Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier . Page 17.
It's easy to drive right past Duane's Ono-Char Burger, but if you pass it it's worth turning around again. There's outside seating available making it a perfect stop along Kuhio Highway. Page 24.
Unusual Manhattan Farms: Waldorf Astoria and the Museum of Natural History
The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City officially opened its rooftop garden today -- the rooftop here is actually a large 20th floor terrace. There are
What are New York City's favorite food experiences -- streets, markets restaurants? Ask ten New Yorkers and you'll get ten different answers. While it's easy for visitors to find the expensive big-name spots, it's harder for visitors to track down the places locals love. Here, an evolving gallery of picks for essential New York eating and food shopping experiences, many of which celebrate this city's greatest strength: its diversity. Page 4.
Coffee milk is milk mixed with a coffee syrup -- a beverage that is so popular in the state that it's
The Michelin Guide to Chicago restaurants ranks selected eateries in the city on a scale of one to three stars. Since most restaurants receive zero stars, it's a mark of quality and of pride for a restaurant to have received even one star. You can buy the guide book for restaurant details, but if you want to see which restaurants are Michelin starred in Chicago, you can do so here, and make reservations via Open Table too.
Montreal is fairly duck and foie gras obsessed -- it factors into a lot of dishes, so hardly a surprise that you'd find an entire boutique dedicated to these birds. Le Canard Libere, Espace Gourmand, sells a full line of Brome Lake Duck products -- from whole birds to pates to duck legs confit to foie gras and everything in between. There's also a deli where you can have salads and -- what else? -- duck sandwiches, and some casual seating. Page 11.
Who makes the best burgers in the United States? It's a question that's fiercely debated, as foodies
Wong's restaurant in Hanapepe, and its attached bakery and deli, are widely considered the place to get the best lilikoi (or passion fruit) chiffon pie in Kauai. Page 17.
Millbrook Winery in an easy-to-visit winery in New York's Hudson Valley, and it certainly makes of the most of its picturesque location. Follow the long driveway which takes you through vineyards, past rolling hills and ponds with strategically placed picnic tables, to its renovated, 1940s barn, which is the main building. Tours and tastings are available seven days a week, and it's a popular venue for wine country weddings. Not to be confused with Millbrook Winery in Australia.
The Michelin Guide to San Francisco restaurants ranks selected eateries in the city and in Napa Valley wine country on a scale of one to three stars. Since most restaurants receive zero stars, it's a mark of quality and of pride for a restaurant to have received even one star. You can buy the guide book for restaurant details, but if you want to see which restaurants are Michelin starred in the Bay Area, including the wine region, you can do so here, and make reservations via Open Table too.
El Guero Canelo's dining area. Casual and bustling. Don't miss the well-stocked condiment bar. Page 6.
What is culinary travel? How is a culinary trip different from all other trips? The International Culinary Travel Association defines culinary travel as the “pursuit of unique and memorable culinary experiences of all kinds.” Put another way, for the culinary traveler, food and drink are not incidental to the trip, but an important part of travel. Follow your food passions to plan your culinary adventures.
For Korean food, head to Long Point Road, which runs parallel to 1-10 west of the city center. The road itself is something of a Houston mélange – you’ll find taco trucks, Latino bakeries, Honduran and Salvadoran restaurants -- but around Blalock road, in an area known as Spring Garden, you’ll notice many Korean restaurants.
he Vermont Cheesemakers Festival is the best way to get acquainted with all the dairy goodness coming out of this small state. Held each July, on the grounds of Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain, admission gets you access to plentiful samples from more than 40 cheese makers, ranging from the biggies like Cabot and Grafton, to well known names among in-the-know cheese aficionados – Jasper Hill, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery – to other producers that can really zazzle up a cheese board, like Consider Bardwell Farm, Twig Farm, Maplebrook Fine Cheese.
If you love cheese, you're going to want to visit La Fromagerie Atwater in Atwater Market. Although Atwater Public Market is known as the tourist market, and Jean Talon, as the place where residents shop, Atwater offers plenty for gourmets to choose from. Top attraction: La Fromagerie Atwater offers more than 700 cheeses, with a special emphasis on Québec artisan cheese. You'll smell the quality there before you taste it! Page 6.
The Fruit Loop is not quite a loop, and more than just fruit, so more of an affectionate name for an allied group of just over thirty of Oregon’s Hood River Valley farm stands, farm markets, wineries, pick-you- own orchards, and other agricultural operations. Information to plan your visit.
To experience the best of Belgium, you'll need to taste its food. Belgian Mussels or Moules are an iconic food you won't want to miss.
Visit Chateau Blanc Chocolate shop near Groenplaats in Antwerp . Page 4.
Poisson cru is a French Polynesian version of tuna ceviche. If you travel anywhere in the Society Islands -- Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea -- you'll encounter this refreshing dish, most often served along as a starter or a side. This recipe is the Paul Gauguin's, a small cruise ship that sails these waters. During a stop at Motu Mahana, a small island off of Taha'a, there were various culinary demonstrations available in between snorkeling, swimming and general beach bumming, poisson cru among them.
The History of Soda, the Great American Beverage
Plan a visit to Leonidas Chocolates at its home-base in Belgium. Page 9.
What are New York City's favorite food experiences -- streets, markets restaurants? Ask ten New Yorkers and you'll get ten different answers. While it's easy for visitors to find the expensive big-name spots, it's harder for visitors to track down the places locals love. Here, an evolving gallery of picks for essential New York eating and food shopping experiences, many of which celebrate this city's greatest strength: its diversity. Page 16.
Wittamer is one of the grande dames of Belgian chocolate, and the shop that's on Sablon is quite different
After âdune bashingâ, or off-roading in the Wahiba Sands desert of Oman, it was definitely time for a
Oahu Market is the oldest in Honolulu's Chinatown, dating back to 1904. This is the place for meat lovers -- and a place that vegetarians and those upset by seeing things like whole roasted piglet heads may want to avoid. (In which case, head to the less-intense markets nearby, Maunakea and Keakaulike.)Address and visitors info. Page 7.
Take a photo tour of Tuscon, Arizona's best restaurants and food shops. Page 7.
Puka Dog is a made-in-Kauai creation, and a unique Hawaiian twist on that traditional American staple, the hot dog. Page 22.
Oysters are a particular foodie treat in Tasmania, as they're readily available and rather affordable.
Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington State. This rolling, golden landscape was once best known for its legendary sweet onions. Today, irrigated vineyards produces excellent big, red wines, including syrah, cabernet savignon and merlot. And the wines are well-matched with an ever-more sophisticated food scene.
You can't visit Montreal without sampling one of the city's best bagels. Bagels came to Montreal with Jewish immigrants, and if you're used to New York style bagels, you'll find they're smaller, more chewy and -- some would argue -- much better. The two stalwarts (and arch rivals) in town are Fairmount (since 1950) and St. Viateur's (since 1957). Both make bagels the traditional way -- boiled, then baked in a wood-fired oven, and at both the default flavor is sesame. Page 2.
Beer and college students go together like gin and tonic, or, for those under the legal drinking age,
Plan your visit to Del Rey chocolate shop in Antwerp's city center. . Page 3.
This is what Wong's is famous for -- a thick slice of fluffy passion fruit pie. Page 20.
Belgian waffles are known in the United States as a decadent breakfast item, but in Belgium, they're more of a dessert.
El Charro's Carne Seca Cage. Culinary Travel. Page 9.
Visit Planète Chocolat in Brussels, for chocolate to taste, chocolate classes, chocolate making equipment and more. . Page 12.
At the Spice Bazaar, you can find every conceivable variety of popular Turkish sweets and treats, including
Jean-Paul Hévin is widely regarded as one of the top chocolatiers in Paris, and has been for some time. He's certainly rubbed shoulders with the best-of-the-best, having worked with Joël Robuchon at the Hotel Nikko in Japan during the late 1970s, and has made a reputation for chocolate creativity in shape, form and flavor combinations. (That includes hot chocolate!) Page 7.
This Polish cocktail is delicious and it won't slow you down for a night of romance. It's made with zubrowka, a bison grass infused vodka that's very common in Poland, but harder to find in the United States. This spirit is said to boost the male libido. It's traditionally served with apple juice -- theoretically half and half, although in Poland I found that the apple juice was often more like a twist. Look for Zu Vodka to make this at home, or order one at Key Bar in New York City.
Lancaster PA's historic Central Market is a great place to sample traditional Amish country favorite foods, including shoofly pie, chow chow, spicy lemonade and more. The Pennsylvania Dutch shun prepared foods, so you'll find plenty of delicious homemade baked goods, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables and hearty ready-to-eat snack options. Page 9.
All about the cocktail trend of barrel-aging spirits or mixed cocktails. Why are cocktails and spirits barrel aged (or in some cases bottle-aged)? Where can you sample this trend?
Top Chef contestants and judges have worked in, worked for, and launched restaurants all around the country, which means the television series Top Chef is packed with ideas for culinary travel. Plan to visit Top Chef-related restaurants in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New York and Puerto Rico.
Dinner rolls are another way that taro is used in Hawaiian cooking, and even people who aren't fans of taro will likely appreciate the taste. Page 16.
Culinary Travel. Page 23.
The small city of Hood River, Oregon is a great place for a leg-stretching stroll in between winery visits – if you can’t countenance a break in the action, you could always stop into the town’s several tasting rooms -- as well as a place to break for a meal, for locally sourced cuisine and still more local wine and beer.
Plan your vist to Antwerp's Del Rey Chocolate Shop near the central train station