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What do Michelin Stars Really Mean?
What is a "Michelin Star"? The term "Michelin Star" is a hallmark of fine dining quality -- which is
Tipping Etiquette and Guidelines for Restaurant...
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.
How Do I Calculate a Restaurant Tip?
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.)
9 of the Best German Food Experiences for...
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.
New York's Best Wineries
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.
Marijuana Edibles Evolve in Colorado
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.
Wine Tasting in New York City
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.
What are Michelin Stars, Yelp Reviews, Zagat...
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.
The Best Belgian Chocolate Shops Travel Guide
Belgium is world-renown for its high quality chocolates, a tradition that started when chocolate was
Rhode Island's Finest Dining Restaurants
A guide to Providence Rhode Island's best restaurants including Al Forno, Bacaro, Nick's on Broadway, Aspire, Gracie's, TINI and more.
No 3 Stars for You!
New York City is home to many celebrity chefs, but with only seven three-star Michelin awardees, many bold faced names did not make this most exclusive club. (Many have received two or one star, though.) If you’re wondering what happened to your favorite celeb chef, here's a list of notable chefs out of the 3-star club, including Joel Robuchon, Gordon Ramsay, David Chang, Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, David Bouley and Tom Colicchio.
9 Can't-Miss Culinary Experiences in Hawaii
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.
Best Restaurants and Food in Lancaster,...
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.
St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada
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.
The History of Tipping
The word "tip" started to be commonly used for a gratuity around the 1700s in England, according to the
What is "Estate Wine"?
When you hear a wine described as "estate bottled" or see "estate" on a wine label in the United States,
Restaurant Tipping Etiquette: Should You Tip...
There's nothing quite like eating at a cozy, family-owned restaurant -- especially when the owner, who perhaps even shares a name with the restaurant, serves your food personally. Or maybe it's the chef's spouse, or child, who brings you your meal. It's almost like you're a guest in the chef's home -- until, of course, you're presented with the check. Do you tip the owner of the restaurant? What about the owner's spouse or other family member?
The Best Food Festivals, Food Events and Wine...
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.
Fabulous Food Shops in Paris
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.
Kauai's Best Food and Restaurants
Kauai is Hawaii's smallest populated island, but it's home to some of its best food and restaurants.
6 Can’t-Miss Culinary Experiences in Las...
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
Michelin Starred Restaurants in the United States
The expression "Michelin-starred chef" is thrown around a lot in food snobbish circles, and if you've
French Chocolate History
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.
Oregon Wine Maps
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.
Washington's Best Wineries
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.
Nimmy Paul's Cooking School in Kochi, India
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.
The Best Belgian Mussels
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.
Avoid Food Poisoning in Your Travels
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.
La Grand Épicerie de Paris, Gourmet...
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.
Wine Travel in the United States
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.
Dining in Nicaragua - Granada
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.
Where to Eat in Montreal, Québec.
The fastest way to experience sophisticated, urban French cuisine? Hop a flight to Montreal, North America's most European major city, where French culinary heritage blends with the best of this continent's melting pot. There are plenty of old standbys to visit -- of course, you'll hit Jean Talon Market, and stand in line for smoked meat at Schwartz's. But like any world class city, Montreal's restaurant scene is ever-changing. Here are the best resources to track down the latest and greatest restaurants.
6 Best Belgian Food Experiences for Travelers
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.
The Best Food and Restaurants in Providence,...
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.
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, Paris
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.
What is a Tip or a Gratuity?
In a restaurant a "tip", or a "gratuity", is an amount that you leave for your server in addition to
Rhode Island's Best Italian Food
Providence is truly a global city, where old Yankee traditions meet the influences of many different
New York Wine Maps
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.
How to Tip in Restaurants in Eastern Europe,...
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.
Koreatown - Restaurants in Korea Town
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.
Long Island Wine Tasting in New York
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.
Lift Your Pint: Beer in Montreal
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.
Visit the City of Nizwa in Oman
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.
Michelin Starred Restaurants in New York City
The Michelin Guide to New York City restaurants ranks selected eateries 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 to get the most details on the restaurant, but if you just want to see which restaurants are Michelin starred in NYC, you can do so here, and make reservations via Open Table too. There are only five three-star restaurants in NYC.
The Best Belgian Frites or French Fries
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.
Traditional Arabic Coffee Ritual in an Omani...
After “dune bashing”, or off-roading in the Wahiba Sands desert of Oman, it was definitely time for a
Nova Scotia's Best Food
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.
Southern BBQ
In the Barbecue Belt of the Southeastern United States, there are many different styles of meat cooked over flame. An overview of what to expect from southern BBQ in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Culinary Travel Defined
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.
Chinese Food Lover's Guide to Shanghai
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.
Michelin Starred Restaurants in San Francisco,...
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.
Visit the Monticello Wine Trail
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.
Niagara Falls Area Wineries
There's lots of water in Niagara Falls -- some 3,000 tons of water pounding over both water falls, per second, to be exact -- but there's also plenty of wine in the area, and wineries to visit on both the New York and the Ontario side of the border. Plan your visit to Niagara Falls-area wineries in New York and Canada, with info about wineries, wine maps, bus, van and bike tours and more.
Michelin Starred Restaurants in Chicago
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.
The Institute of Culinary Education in New York...
The Institute of Culinary Education, better known as ICE, is located in Manhattan's Flat Iron neighborhood, and it's one of the most comprehensive cooking schools in the world. Professional chefs earn their degrees here, but ICE also offers hundreds of courses each month for the rest of us. Courses range from the basic, to the utilitarian, to the esoteric. The school attracts plenty of locals, but classes are also designed with the traveler in mind.
Huckleberry Picking in Idaho
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.
Brewery Tours in Pennsylvania: Lancaster...
Tour this small, creative brewery, the only one still operating in the city of Lancaster, Penn. It's a restaurant and a brewery all-in-one, so if you stop by during the day, you can watch the brewery at work while you enjoy lunch or a snack.
Charlottesville Beer
Beer and college students go together like gin and tonic, or, for those under the legal drinking age,
Guide to New York City's Favorite Food:...
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.
Rhode Island's Seafood Specialties
The clam is of utmost importance in Rhode Island -- the official state shell is the quahog, which figures
Ravi in Dubai – Finding Cheap Eats in Dubai
Dining at Ravi, a very affordable Pakistani restaurant in Dubai, and a discussion of how to find other good, cheap ethnic eats in Dubai.
Visit Central Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania...
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.
Tasmania, Australia: Restaurants and Food Guide...
Oysters are a particular foodie treat in Tasmania, as they're readily available and rather affordable.
Finger Lakes Wine Tour Diary
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.
Napa Valley California Wineries
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.
Food Markets in Curacao
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.
Finger Lakes Wineries, in Upstate New York's...
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.
California Wine Tours and Wine Maps
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.
Rhode Island's "New York System" Weiners or...
Rhode Island's New York System wieners are a pork hot dog, served on a steamed hot dog bun, and topped
Best Chicago Breakfasts
Xoco is a small, casual eatery right around the corner from celebrity chef Rick Bayless' much celebrated Mexican restaurant, Frontera. Order breakfast at the counter and it will be delivered to your seat -- if you've enjoyed watching Bayless on Top Chef Masters, this is an affordable way to taste his cuisine: your breakfast should run you under $20. Menu with recommended selections, address, hours.
The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado
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.
Houston BBQ - All About Barbecue in Houston,...
For barbecued beef ribs, head straight to Pizzitola’s. Don’t be dissuaded by a name that’s more fitting for an Italian restaurant: Jerome Pizzitola acquired the restaurant in 1983, when it was known as Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Que. Page 2.
Ladurée Macaron Shops in Paris
Ladurée is credited with developing the modern version of the macaron, which has become an iconic French treat. This delicate pastry is essentially an almond meringue cookie sandwich, with jam, ganache or butter cream filling. They come in any number of flavors, and therefore colors, and are available at nine shops throughout Paris, including an outpost in the Printemps department store, and a location in Versailles. Page 8.
Oregon Wineries in Hood River and the Columbia...
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. Page 3.
Halifax Restaurant Guide
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.
How to Find a Great Meal in Montreal When All...
How to Find a Great Meal in Montreal When All The Best Restaurants Are Booked - Montreal Canada Dining and Restaurants
Three Star Michelin Restaurants in New York...
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.
La Maison du Miel, a Honey Shop in Paris
La Maison du Miel carries a staggering selection of honey from France and around the best honey-producing regions of the world, as well as honey candy, jams made with honey, soap made from honey, and honey-related health products. You can sample the honey before you make your choices, although be prepared: not every member of the sales staff speaks English. Page 2.
Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco, California
The Zinfandel Festival is an annual event held in San Francisco, California, a production of a non-profit organization called Zinfandel Advocates and Producers or ZAP. The 2013 edition stretches over a long weekend, starting on January 31st, 2013 and goes through February 2nd, 2013.
A Chef's Guide to the Best Restaurants in Salt...
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.
What is an AVA?
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.
Thomas Tew Rum Distillery in Newport, Rhode...
You can’t buy Thomas Tew rum at the end of your distillery tour due to state law, and the rum is only available in Rhode Island. But you can scoot right down to a local liquor shop for a souvenir, or head to a nearby bar that pours the local rum. Page 3.
Food Photos of Central Market in Lancaster,...
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.
Pat's Drive-In Menu
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.
North Carolina Barbecue
North Carolina makes the best barbecue in the world. This is according to North Carolinians, and it’s a claim that’s liable to get a lively conversation started with barbecue enthusiasts from other states below the Mason Dixon line. But even within the state, there's lively debate about the merits of Western or Lexington Style barbecue and Eastern style barbecue.
Craft Beer in Denver
Sampling Denver's microbreweries, at the city's best craft breweries and downtown bars, including Wynkoop, Star Bar, Falling Rock, Great Divide. Informal research has shown that craft beer drinkers also tend to appreciate spirits, like whiskey, so add in a visit to Stranahan's distillery and how to find a Leopold Brother's tasting event.
Top Chef Restaurants
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.
Travel to Walla Walla Wine
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.
Pick Your Own Summer Fruit: Tips and Hints
Since it's going to be hot out, you're going to be wearing your light summer wardrobe. That's fine, but if you're picking berries you're going to be down on the ground a lot -- that means you'll be on hay, branches, brambles and the rest of mother nature's ground cover. So bring something you don't mind getting dirty to sit on -- a sweatshirt, for instance. And don't forget to wear sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Page 3.
Schwartz's, Montreal's Famous Smoked Meat Deli
Montreal's own Schwartz's deli is known far and wide for its smoked meat, which is a Jewish deli-style beef that you'd find on sandwiches, akin to pastrami or corned beef. (Note: purists will say there's no comparison; learn the actual difference here.) This Hebrew deli has been in business since 1928, and is apparently the oldest in Canada. The line outside this small restaurant frequently stretches well outside the door, and seating is tight -- but you may well spot a celebrity dining there. Page 3.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack Menu
When you order at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, choose your cut of chicken, sides and most importantly, the level of heat for your chicken. “Medium” gives you nice heat spreading through your mouth and throat, and a tingle on your lips, while “hot” burns all the way down like drinking bourbon mash. Only order the chicken extra-hot if you're on a dare, because medium will be hot enough for most spice-hardy people. Whatever heat level you order, don't ever touch your eyes while eating hot chicken. Page 3.
E. Dehillerin, Cookware Shop in Paris
E. Dehillerin has been selling cookware for professionals and serious home chefs since 1820, and from its present location since 1880. This is a store that definitively favors function over form, which you'll notice when you look at the exuberantly cluttered windows, where merchandise is stacked more than displayed. Page 3.
Oregon's Willamette Valley Wineries
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 History of Soda Fountains
Exploring the history of the U.S. soda fountain. Many destinations are connected to the history of this all-American drink.
Rhode Island's Beverages and Desserts
Coffee milk is milk mixed with a coffee syrup -- a beverage that is so popular in the state that it's
How to Survive Long Haul Flights in Coach
While you don't have to travel very far to have a fantastic culinary experience, the fact is that it often takes a very long time to get to the exotic. That much flying is tough on the body, especially in coach, and if you arrive feeling like a wreck, you're not going to have much of an appetite for hitting the culinary scene you've traveled so long to reach. Over the years, I've learned a few tricks to make long-haul flights more comfortable.
Little Italy's Mulberry Street
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 9.
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolates in Paris
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.
SWISS Business Class Review
What to expect from the food and the service when you fly SWISS Business class.
Guide to the Best Food in Tucson Arizona
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.
Harney and Sons Tea Shop and Tasting Room
Harney and Sons Tea Shop and Tasting Room in Millerton, NY is a great place to add to a food lover's trip. Taste a number of exotic teas, shop for tea-lover's treats and accessories, and have an affordable gourmet lunch in the cozy tea lounge. Millerton, NY is in the Hudson Valley region, in charming Dutchess County, near the Massachusetts Berkshires and Connecticut's Litchfield County.
Providence is the Home of the Traditional...
Providence is where the diner began, and it's still home to several diners that harken back to the diner's heydey.
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.
Poisson Cru in French Polynesia
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 Best Burger in the United States
Who makes the best burgers in the United States? It's a question that's fiercely debated, as foodies
Visit Bruges chocolate shops which include stores that have some adult fun with chocolate. . Page 6.
La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech Morocco
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.
Godiva Chocolate
Visit Godiva Chocolate where it started in Brussels. . Page 20.
The Best New York Food and Wine
When you think of the best New York food, you'll probably first think about New York City's restaurant scene -- and that's no surprise. New York City is certainly the food capital of the United States, and, some would argue, the entire world. But don't overlook the rest of the state, including Finger Lakes wines, Long Island wineries, the Hudson Valley and more.
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.
Yakima Wine
Yakima is the largest city in the Yakima Valley wine region, and it's a good base of operations to explore the dozens of wineries in the state's oldest AVA, as well as wineries in the newer Rattlesnake Hills and Snipes Mountains areas. Yakima is a city built on an agricultural base, so you'll find many terrific farm stands and lots of fresh produce in season. The city has been investing in making its downtown more of a destination in its own right in recent years.
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory & Visitors'...
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.
Wong's Lilikoi Pie
This is what Wong's is famous for -- a thick slice of fluffy passion fruit pie. Page 20.
A Romantic Champagne Bar in Paris
Champagne is the perfect way to toast a night in Paris, and at what better place than the first champagne bar in Paris? The bar at Le Dokhan Hotel, in the 16th arrondissement, oozes romance: the bar is decorated in salvaged 18th century materials, a palette of cream, gold and celadon, enhanced by candle light. There are more than 60 champagnes available, most of these are big names and by the (hardly inexpensive) bottle. More budget friendly: a flight of three champagnes to taste for under 30 Euro.
Washington Wine Country: Prosser
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.
Nova Scotia's Wine
Include a few visits to Nova Scotia wineries on your travel itinerary and you'll quickly get to know Nova Scotia's small, cool-climate wine region. Here, varietals you'll see often, including L'Acadie, Leon Millot and fruit wines, winery maps, suggested wineries to visit, places to stay in wine country, and where you can experience Nova Scotia wine in Halifax if you don't have time to tour wine country.
The Best Belgian Waffles
Belgian waffles are known in the United States as a decadent breakfast item, but in Belgium, they're more of a dessert.
The Best Belgian Cookie: Spéculoos
The speculoo is a spicy crunchy cookie, commonly served with coffee in Belgium.
Duane's Ono-Char Burger Menu in Anahola, Kauai
"Ono" is a type of fish also known as wahoo, but the word is also Hawaiian for delicious, and that's
Shopping a Shanghai Food Market
Shopping in a typical Shanghai food market is not like visiting your average supermarket! Explore the huge variety of exotic fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, bean curd products and more at this typical city market.
Brotherhood Winery, America's Oldest Winery in...
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.
Sonoma California Wineries
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.
Wong's in Hanapepe, Home of Lilikoi Pie
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.
Taro Rolls
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.
Le Meurice Hotel, Paris
Le Meurice is a terrific, and ultra-luxurious base of operations to explore the best of the food scene in Paris, with restaurants and a bar that are worth a visit in their own right. The hotel could not be more centrally located: across the street from the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre on the Rue du Rivoli, just a few doors down from the decadent dessert institution Angelina.
Chicago Restaurants and Hotels for the Food Lover
Planning a trip to Chicago? These foodie resources can help. Learn where to find Chicago's Michelin-starred restaurants, find hotels with notable restaurants, and get started off right with Chicago's best expression of the most important meal of the day: breakfast.
The International Culinary Center - Cooking...
The International Culinary Center, which encompasses The French Culinary Institute, and the Italian Culinary Academy has long been one of the city's best-regarded schools for professional chefs, with faculty that includes Jacques Pépin, André Soltner, Jacques Torres and others. Its recreational division gives travelers a chance to get a taste of the education that star alumni, like Bobby Flay, experienced as students.
Oahu Market, The Oldest Market in Honolulu...
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.
More Michelin Stars
Where to find Michelin Star iPhone apps, how to connect with Michelin star information on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, and where to find information about Michelin star guides from Europe and Asia.
Houston's "Chinatown" and Beyond: Vietnamese,...
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. Page 2.
Wine and Chocolate: A Terrible Pairing?
Wine and Chocolate: A Terrible Pairing? -- Yakima Valley Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend
A Store for All Thing Duck
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.
Povi Masima, or Samoan Corned Beef, at Oahu...
Povi Masima is salted beef brisket, or corned beef, and you'll see it throughout Oahu Market in Honolulu's Chinatown. While corned beef is enjoyed the world over -- and especially on rye with mustard in cities like New York or Montreal -- povi masima tends to be featured in dishes that are more Polynesian, often prepared with taro leaves, or as the basis for Samoan chop suey. Page 8.
The Menu at Shrimp Station, Waimea
Kauai's Shrimp Station in Waimea specializes in shrimp, shrimp and nothing but shrimp, as the menu clearly shows. Page 11.
Stoltzfus Bakery
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.
Pizza School in New York City
Go to pizza school in New York City, and you'll bring one of the most iconic tastes of the city back
Koloa Fish Market
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.
Touring Kauai Coffee Company - Demonstration of...
Photo of Kauai's Coffee Company's demonstration roasting room. Page 2.
Galler Chocolate
Visit a Galler Chocolate shop and get to know a creative international chocolatier at its home base. Page 11.
The Menu at Schwartz's, Montreal's Famous...
Schwartz's Deli menu isn't very deep -- not many people are going to venture beyond the smoked meat, or viande fumee, after all, although there's also a delicious turkey that's justly celebrated. Don't forget a side order of frites. Page 4.
Food in Maui
Exploring the best restaurants, food tours, farms and wineries in Maui's Kula, Wailea, Kihei and Wailuku.
Hotel Le Bristol Paris
The 114 Faubourg Restaurant in Hotel Le Bristol Paris, a contemporary take on classic French cuisine, served in a setting that manages to be both fun and formal.
Canadian Honey
Finding Canadian honey on travels in Toronto, Nova Scotia, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. Although maple syrup is the iconic Canadian sweetener, local honey is a surprisingly common ingredient in many of the country's best foods and culinary experiences.
Honolulu Chinatown
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.
A Moroccan Food Tradition Welcomes Guests
A visit to a Moroccan home, traditional restaurant, and even in some cases a hotel, starts with a lovely ritual: you are offered rose water to wash your hands, and then a plate of dates and a glass of almond milk. (The almond milk is often slightly sweetened and flavored with orange water or orange rind.) This sounds like it could be cloyingly sweet, especially in a hot desert climate, but it is actually remarkably refreshing. The set-up pictured here is what greets guests at Kasbah du Toubkal.
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
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 5.
Visiting Oregon Wine Country
At Oregon’s north is the Willamette Valley, the largest wine producing area in Oregon, and the most familiar AVA for travelers. (Pronunciation tip: Willamette rhymes with “Damn-DAMN-it”, or, for more delicate sensibilities, “Jan-JAN-it”.) This is a cool-climate area, and it specializes in the wines of Burgundy and also Alsace. Page 2.
Visiting Oregon's Hood River County Fruit Loop
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.
The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont
The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont
Houston's Restaurants and Food Scene
Houston is seriously underrated as a food city. Maybe it's because many visitors don't get past the plentiful chain restaurants and convention fare to explore the city's restaurants and bars that locals know well and love. But you don't have to make the same mistake! Check out Houston's celebrity chef-helmed restaurants, fantastic BBQ joints, savor delicious Vietnamese and Asian fare, locally brewed beer, or even take a cooking class or culinary tour.

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