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Five Fun Things to Do in Inle Lake, Myanmar

It was my first day in Nyaungshwe, Myanmar, a bustling town that sits on Inle Lake, and already I was in awe. The placid lake and surrounding rolling mountains set the stage for a myriad of fun activities; from hiking and cycling to vineyard visiting and sweets tasting options abound.

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March 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Pisco Sour lesson in Lima

When in Peru, drink as the Peruvians do – that’s how the saying goes, right? That’s the theory travel buddy Zoe and I were operating under when we signed up for the Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson. Pisco has been a part of Peru since the Spanish invasion, when colonizers attempted to make their beloved wine from home. However, the harsh Peruvian climate refused to participate and they ended up with Pisco instead – a clear, strong, whiskey-like liquor.

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January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Little Havana Food and Walking Tour

Cuban Sandwich with a Twist with Swee tBread Called Medianocheat

If you have yet to travel to Cuba, Little Havana is not only a taste of the Cuban food, but its rich culture. Nestled just west of Miami’s downtown, Little Havana should be a stop on any visit to Miami. So that you don’t have to guess as to the best cafeterias, bakeries, or cigar shops, why not do it with a local? That’s why I did the Little Havana Food and Walking Tour; and, I’ve lived in South Florida for years.

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November 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Sampling the Flavors of Amsterdam on a Food Tour

Hopjeswafels, a popular variation on stroopwafels

In a city of such colour and character as Amsterdam, the only way to cut to the “real stuff” is to have a local take you around. And there’s a lot of real stuff to cut to; Viator’s Amsterdam Food Tour is packed with plenty of good eats, interesting information, and great conversation.

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November 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments

A Gourmet Food Tour in Vancouver

Delicious Gelato

Food is one of the best ways to explore a city, especially a multi-cultural city like Vancouver. For years Vancouver has been like a second home to me, the place I would go to escape the stresses of life. This time however was different. This time I was in Vancouver after completing a five week cross Canada trip, and exploring the city was at the top of my list.

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October 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Copenhagen Food Tour

Cheese Tasting Counter

In recent years, Scandinavian cuisine (due in large to Denmark’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants) has risen in popularity. Therefore, I was more than a little excited to spend a day sampling some of Copenhagen’s famous culinary delights. To my surprise, I ended up with a special bonus; a fascinating cultural exploration of how this city has evolved through its food.

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September 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Austin for Foodies

Austin knows how to make BBQ.

Austin has gained a reputation as an alternative culture oasis in the middle of conservative Texas. They push the “Keep Austin Weird” motto, striving for uniqueness rather than homogenization. And food is increasingly part of that eclectic funk. The city is moving beyond staples like barbeque and taco stands (though, to be sure, there’s plenty of excellent barbeque and tacos to be had in Austin) and incorporating locally-sourced meat and produce in edgy New American cooking – often prepared in a cramped food truck.

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August 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

First on the menu, after Thao handed around some fresh lychees, was the Bánh Mi – a crispy French-style baguette with a tasty, zesty filling of pork, coriander, chilli and – I think – pickled carrots. It’s a great snack-sized introduction, served direct from one of the local carts set up on this (and many other) corners in Hanoi.

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August 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Cooking Classes Around the World

Paella

One of the best ways to learn about a country, its people, history and its culture is through its food. Tasting the recipes and spices from around the world that are unique to a country or city can help you connect to a place, and bonding with people over food – even if you don’t speak the same language – is a rewarding experience in its own. Here is an offering of several unique cooking classes around the world that are available to you.

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June 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Top 12 Places to Enjoy Dinner with a View

Sounds of Silence Restaurant

Whether you’re picnicking in the park or indulging in gourmet cuisine, the location is just as important as the food itself – after all, who could forget toasting champagne at the pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower or sharing dessert with a window-view over the thundering Niagara Falls? From a personal-butler service atop the world’s highest Ferris wheel to an authentic Aussie barbecue under the outback stars, here are 12 of the world’s best locations for dinner with a view.

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February 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments

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