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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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providence is truly a global city, where old Yankee traditions meet the influences of many different cuisines. Federal Hill is Providence's Little Italy.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you hear a wine described as "estate bottled" or see "estate" on a wine label in the United States,
Kauai is Hawaii's smallest populated island, but it's home to some of its best food and restaurants.
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.
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.
Belgium is world-renown for its high quality chocolates, a tradition that started when chocolate was
Learn about the origins of the practice of tipping.
A guide to Providence Rhode Island's best restaurants including Al Forno, Bacaro, Nick's on Broadway, Aspire, Gracie's, TINI and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restaurants have factored a gratuity into their pricing. You're not entitled to give yourself a discount if the owner waits on your table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
In a restaurant a "tip", or a "gratuity", is an amount that you leave for your server in addition to
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coffee milk is milk mixed with a coffee syrup -- a beverage that is so popular in the state that it's
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.
Los Olivos is a small Victorian town about 45 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara. It's chock-a-block
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who makes the best burgers in the United States? It's a question that's fiercely debated, as foodies
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.
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.
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.
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.
The clam is of utmost importance in Rhode Island -- the official state shell is the quahog, which figures
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rum was the beverage of choice in New England during the Colonial era, and today, New England craft distilleries are recreating the region's rum moment, distilling small batches of very high quality rum. Learn about rum distilleries in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, most of whom are open to the public for tours, including Sweet Grass Farm Winery and Distillery, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Ryan & Wood, Turkey Shore, and Newport Distilling Company.
After âdune bashingâ, or off-roading in the Wahiba Sands desert of Oman, it was definitely time for a
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.
Kauai's Shrimp Station in Waimea specializes in shrimp, shrimp and nothing but shrimp, as the menu clearly shows. Page 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beer and college students go together like gin and tonic, or, for those under the legal drinking age,
Oysters are a particular foodie treat in Tasmania, as they're readily available and rather affordable.
Providence is where the diner began, and it's still home to several diners that harken back to the diner's heydey.
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 Tri-Cities area provides easy access to some of Washington Wine Country's finest wines -- it's a convenient base of operations to explore the wines of the southern Columbia Valley, as well as Horse Heaven Hills and also the Red Mountain AVA. The Tri-Cities include the cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland, all-fast growing cities that retain a small city feel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best food, restaurants and off-the-beaten path finds in Oahu, including Honolulu. Breakfast at the JW Marriott Ihilani, visits to Plantation Village and Ma'o Farm, lunch at Town in Honolulu.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Bruges chocolate shops which include stores that have some adult fun with chocolate. . Page 6.
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.
Everything you need to know about El Guero Canelo's Sonoran Hot Dogs -- including a definition of "Sammy
El Guero Canelo, the home of the Sonoran hot dog. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s plenty of delicious barbecue in Houston, and the advantage here is one that’s typically urban – you can get a good sampling of all the styles of barbecue that are found throughout Texas, including the state specialties of brisket and beef ribs, and also the world, as Houston has a sizable Asian population. History of Texas barbecue and its regional variations, introduction to Houston's bbq scene
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.
The town of Forest Grove, Oregon is about 30 miles west of Portland, and a convenient place to start exploring the Northern Willamette Valley. Check out the wineries around the outskirts of town, and then continue on south on Route 47, which connects Forest Grove with the towns of Carlton and McMinnville, both of which offer plenty in the way of restaurants, gourmet shopping and other amenities of interest to culinary travelers.
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.
Exploring the history of the U.S. soda fountain. Many destinations are connected to the history of this all-American drink.
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.
Visit Chateau Blanc Chocolate shop near Groenplaats in Antwerp . Page 4.
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.
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.
Dalloyau is a venerable confectioner in Paris, dating back to 1682. The business is now global, with locations in Dubai, Seoul, Doha and Tokyo, and it's also easy to find all over Paris: there are eight locations in the city, not including the airport and Publicis drugstore. Page 5.
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 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.
It's a definite trend: more hotels are pet-friendly, and they're offering their four-legged guests gourmet
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.
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.
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.
Fauchon takes a slick, fashion-forward and heavily merchandised approach to its gourmet food offerings,
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.
Wine and Chocolate: A Terrible Pairing? -- Yakima Valley Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend
This is what Wong's is famous for -- a thick slice of fluffy passion fruit pie. Page 20.
How to Find a Great Meal in Montreal When All The Best Restaurants Are Booked - Montreal Canada Dining and Restaurants
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.
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 21.
Longtime visitors to Newport often have fond memories of Christie's, whose bar was apparently witness to a great deal of debauchery in its day. The original bar is no longer, but when Forty 1 North opened in 2010, it used the name for its casual dining restaurant, which also serves up strong cocktails to an appreciative crowd.
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.
Foodlab, or Labo Culinaire in French, is on Boulevard St. Laurent, which is locally known as The Main – but other than a sandwich board on the sidewalk when the place is open, you would never know that you were right in front of one of the best gourmet values in the city.
Plan your visit to Del Rey chocolate shop in Antwerp's city center. . Page 3.
Montreal has some of the best gourmet shopping and restaurants in North America -- and you're going to want to hit them all. From breakfast to dinner and with many, many stops for snacks in between, the city's French heritage, blended with the traditions of many immigrant cuisines, yields restaurants, markets and food shopping that no serious foodie can resist.
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.
Shrimp Station in Waimea, Kauai, is a casual dining institution that serves shrimp almost exclusively. Page 10.
Nevada's best restaurants are in the places travelers tend to frequent: Las Vegas, Reno and Stateline -- which is virtually a part of South Lake Tahoe, California. Food lovers who travel to Nevada for the casinos, the shows, the skiing, or other guilty and not-so guilty pleasures can also find plenty to please the palate, from the most sophisticated haute cuisine to hearty comfort food.
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.
The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Vermont
Johnson & Wales University's culinary program has been the start of the careers of many notable chefs, although it's best known as the place where Emeril Lagasse went to culinary school. Although Emeril went to the professional school, travelers can check out the college's recreational program, called Chef's Choice, and visit the Culinary Arts Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte is North Carolina's most populous city, and you'll find a thriving restaurant scene in town. But while that's fun to explore, it's even better to jump in the car (and you will need a car) and visit the state's temples of charred meat, otherwise known as barbecue. It's also worthwhile to check out North Carolina's emerging wineries -- it's still early days, but the state may eventually give its southern neighbors (I'm looking at you, Virginia) a run for its money.
If someone in Nashville asks you if you’ve ever had “hot chicken,” they’re not talking about heat that comes from an oven. They mean hot, as in off-the-charts spicy. This local variety of fried chicken gets its name from a long bath in a fiery marinade, spicing in the crust and a light coating of a burning hot sauce, which creates the kind of sinus-clearing heat guaranteed to make eyes water. Seek out one of the area’s hot chicken shacks for an affordable lunch or a perfect late night snack.
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.
Plan a visit to Leonidas Chocolates at its home-base in Belgium. Page 9.
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.
Ontario wine country offers travelers a surprisingly diverse experience -- from a wide variety of high quality wines (not just ice wine!), a mix of scenery ranging from lakeside to quiet pastoral to thundering waterfalls, and a quietly sophisticated vibe. It's a must-do if you're visiting Niagara Falls, a smart add-on if you're visiting nearby upstate New York's wineries, and an easy day trip from Toronto. Of course, Ontario wine country could easily fill a long weekend all on its own.
Plan a visit to Stephan Dumon Chocolatiers three locations in Bruges, Belgium. . Page 5.
Visiting North Carolina's Wineries and Vineyards. North Carolina may not be the first state that you think of for a wine touring and tasting, but that’s rapidly starting to change. As an agricultural economy once based heavily on tobacco seeks new ways to wring high value out of farmland, wineries and vineyards are on the rise: there are over 100 wineries, a number which has more than quadrupled since 2001.
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.
Belgian waffles are known in the United States as a decadent breakfast item, but in Belgium, they're more of a dessert.
Exploring the best restaurants, food tours, farms and wineries in Maui's Kula, Wailea, Kihei and Wailuku.
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.