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Discovering Coffee Culture in Nicaragua

Coffee beans

Coffee has played an important role in Nicaragua since its arrival in the 1800’s. Large-scale coffee crops started making an appearance in the 1850’s and by 1870, coffee was the primary export crop of Nicaragua. According to the Equal Exchange Co-op, whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, more than 40,000 coffee-farm families cultivate coffee beans, many of which help preserve the country’s forests and threatened biodiversity. By the late 1990’s, coffee production contributed $140 million US to Nicaragua’s economy and provided the equivalent of 280,000 permanent agricultural jobs. It’s estimated that 95% of Nicaragua’s coffee farmers are micro and small-scale producers.

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March 11, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Most Important Safety Tips for Travelers

Travel can be exhilarating but also scary at times. When you’re venturing into the great unknown, follow these 10 safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey

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February 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top Travel Fears and How to Conquer Them

Travel fears may start small, but they can take over and quash the very spirit that inspires us to explore the world. Here are ways to manage some of the most common fears associated with travel, from flight phobias to the specter of food poisoning.

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January 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring Brussels with a Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

At our chocolate workshop

When in Belgium, eat as the Belgians do – which, if tourist lore is to be believed, is a diet consisting of fries and waffles, washed down with beer and polished off with a buffet of chocolate. And so I had two goals when I arrived in Brussels. To try all the local delicacies on offer – I didn’t want to be rude, after all! – and to be able to button my pants upon departure. Thus, I signed up for Viator’s Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop –the perfect combination of indulgence and activity.

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January 12, 2015 by | Comments Off

Getting a Taste of Orlando on a Winter Park Food Tour

I always encourage visitors to get outside of the theme parks for at least a day to see the Orlando area the way locals experience it. This tour is a great way to get to get to know the area and have a taste of why Orlando is earning a reputation for being a great city for foodies.

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December 8, 2014 by | Comments Off

How to Snack Like a Local in Europe

With so much food in the world to try, every traveler needs an excuse to snack between meals. Happily, many European countries build snacking right in to their culinary culture.

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August 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments

11 Craziest Ice Cream Flavors in the World

Want to cool down this summer with some scrumptious ice cream? You’d think this delicious-sounding list would be safe to read while eating … but maybe not. From foie gras to creamed cod to jellyfish-flavored ice cream, these crazy flavors require an iron stomach to enjoy.

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June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Baltic Cuisine in Tallinn’s Best Restaurants

Olde Hansa

With the first generation of visionary chefs coming of age, restaurant kitchens throughout the Baltics have become laboratories for defining a new regional cuisine. For some, this means blending the old with the new, while others prefer to resurrect ancient recipes. Still others are focusing on a new dining aethstetic in design. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, gathers the threads together in its many restaurants, most expertly at the following.

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March 7, 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

Finding Zen in Yakitori: 12 Delicious Dishes to Try in Japan

An assortment of grilled delicacies! From L-R: bacon-wrapped asparagus, grilled chicken cartilage & hearts, chicken yakitori with asparagus, tsukune (chicken meatball grilled on a stick)

Any first time visitor to Japan will no doubt be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of delicacies available, whether they go to an upscale restaurant or visit a tucked-away izakaya. One of the best ways to experience Japanese cuisine is to seek out the neighborhood izakaya and try a variety of enjoyable dishes – from takoyaki to yakitori. Here are some of those must-try foods that are guaranteed to make your visit to Japan memorable.

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December 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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