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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

Great Gift Ideas for Travelers

Give them a camera!

The holidays are supposed to make us feel warm and fuzzy, but there’s often plenty of pre-holiday stress to go around. One item on the to-do list that can cause consternation is finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Well, if you’ve got a traveler (or two) on your list this year, we’ve got some suggestions for great gift ideas for travelers. What’s more, if you’re the traveler in your family, you can pass this list along as a helpful hint!

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December 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment

From Ruin to Cultural Riches – Exploring Budapest’s Ruin Pubs

Ankert Entrance

For years, these “ruin bars” or “ruin pubs”, a literal translation from the Hungarian word romkocsma, were considered temporary, since one might pop up for a single summer, only to disappear by the winter or re-open at another address. However, Budapest now has around 20 ruin pubs and counting, with bars spilling out beyond the VII District. Ruin pubs have become an ingrained part of Budapest’s cityscape, even though their birth year still puts them below the legal drinking age.

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November 18, 2013 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

Exploring Monterey County’s Wine Country in California

When most people think of Monterey, California, they think of pretty specific things. There’s the scenic Highway 1 coastline, legendary golf and the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Those things alone have all the makings of a great getaway, but more and more visitors are pouring into the area to taste another side of Monterey and Carmel.

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November 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Kreuzberg District Tour: Food, Culture, and Street Art

One of many famous works of graffiti in Berlin

The Kreuzberg district of Berlin is a very hip area. Hence, it’s the perfect spot for a Kreuzberg District Food, Culture, and Street Art tour. Tour guide Jannes met me and the other tour participant by the East Side Hotel, just outside of the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, and directly across from the East Side Gallery. The East Side Gallery is the longest section of the Berlin Wall that remains standing – at 1.3kms. It’s covered in graffiti-like art, but it’s not for just anybody to come along and make their mark; artists are invited.

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October 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Best Destinations for Beer Lovers

A trip to Milwaukee means a trip to Lakefront Brewery for their world-famous tour. Photo courtesy of Jason Dean via Flickr.

The world of beer is nearly as vast and as variegated as the world itself — good news for those who plan their travels around tasty booze and unique brew culture. There are so many destinations to choose from, and there are certainly no definitive answers when it comes to the best places to go. While some prefer cities with a wide selection of craft beers, others might prize a destination for its historic beer halls or the idiosyncrasies of its beer drinking traditions. That said, here is a list of cities that deserve special attention — some of the world’s best destinations for beer lovers.

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October 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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