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Feb 27 2017

Escaping the all-inclusive: Delicious dining elsewhere in Punta Cana

If you get tired of the all-inclusive menu at your resort while in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, there are plenty of options to shake things up, from traditional Dominican fare to stunning restaurants right on the beach; these are a few if our favorites.

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                                       Jellyfish's deck faces the ocean; photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Sitting right on the edge of the waves of Bavaro Beach, Jellyfish serves exquisite, freshly caught seafood. It's truly an experience just for the views, and the food matches in excellence. For a perfectly charming lunch or dinner spot outside of the resort complex, this place can't be beat.


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Oct 20 2016

Exquisite dining experiences—and views—in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a place for adventure, with a slew of exciting—and often exhausting—activities, from hiking and skiing to hang gliding and parasailing. If a little fatigue sets in, you don't have to give up the great outdoors in order to relax: Of Jackson Hole's many restaurants, there are several with absolutely stunning views, and food to match. These are some of our favorite places to unwind while still feeling in touch with the natural beauty of the area.


                                    All of the good things at The Granary; photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Granary is top-notch fine dining with incredible views of the valley to match. The food is exceptional—try something local and fresh, like the salmon or elk. No other spot in Jackson Hole has quite the same ambience as The Granary, or the same views. There's patio seating in warm months, but the vistas from the windows in the winter are nothing short of breathtaking. This is one of the best places in town to relax amidst the scenery.


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Oct 7 2016

The San Benedetto Market: A cornerstone of Sardinian life

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and the city you're most likely to first visit on the island, since the airport and major port are there. The capital is the hub of many of the arts and culture of the island, and is more bustling than some of the slow-moving smaller towns. There's no place that fact is more in evidence that at the San Benedetto Market, the city's main market and the place where Sardinians buy all of their food. 

                   Fresh fish for sale at the San Benedetto Market; photo courtesy of the Sardinia Tourism Board.


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Apr 22 2015

Exploring Paris' Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter of Paris is known as the heart of bohemian intellectualism—this is the area where you could once find Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus sipping Pernod and talking philosophy. Though it is now largely a tourist area, it still bustles with the activity of students and free spirits, and it should not be overlooked by serious travelers. It is best to explore this section of the city as a flaneur—wander the streets, see the people, stop into any cafe or bookstore that interests you. This is one of those areas that is meant to be seen without the heavy burden of sightseeing—though it is close to Notre Dame and the excellent Archaeological Crypt of Parvis of Notre Dame. Try to spend at least an afternoon in the Quartier Latin. To get you started, here are a few of our favorite spots.

The Cluny Museum. This museum focuses on all things medieval, and that goes for everything from its structure (it's a former cloister built in the 15th century atop the ruins of the former Roman baths) to its contents. A standout museum in Paris, it is the perfect spot for art and history lovers. There you can see The Lady and the Unicorn, perhaps the most famous tapestry ever created.


                                 The Lady and The Unicorn tapestry; photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


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Apr 7 2015

The best private restaurants in Havana

Category: Best Of | Destinations | Dining | Favorites | ListsChristine Norris @ 08:52

Things are changing in Cuba: President Raul Castro has made some sweeping reforms, and the U.S. is preparing to extend a hand of diplomacy to the long-shunned island nation. There's a lot of good news for travelers in all these changes, and the best and most important concerns the food. Cuban cuisine has never been anything to write home about, usually served poorly cooked and in a once elegant but now run-down government-owned restaurant; and surprisingly for an island, you really did not want to order any fish. Luckily for foodies, private, family-run restaurants have slowly been building a presence, especially in the capital, serving world-class cuisines in a myriad variety of styles. Here are some of our favorite paladars (private restaurants) to try in Havana.

La Corte del Principe. Without a doubt the best Italian restaurant in town, this unpretentious and off-the-beaten-path restaurant is beloved by Havana's expat community. Sergio, the Italian owner, has created a piece of home away from home, down to the red-and-white checkered tablecloths. The fare depends on Sergio's daily whim; the waiter will tell you what's on offer. Every dish is divine. Be sure to try whatever pasta is available.


                                Elegant seating at Le Chansonnier; photo courtesy of the restaurant


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Jul 17 2013

Ottawa's ByWard Market enchants visitors

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 04:52

As Canada's capital, Ottawa is known for its governmental presence, grand architecture and respected traditions. When travelers visit Ottawa, they often flock to the Parliament buildings and historical memorials to get a sense of Ottawa's history and global influence. These sites are extremely important to understanding the role Ottawa plays in world politics, but I think a visit to Ottawa should begin in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods, ByWard Market.

ByWard Market is a visual and culinary feast. Vibrant fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs illuminate market stalls. Local chefs create magic from the farm-fresh ingredients on offer. Crafters sell their beautiful wares to locals and visitors alike. The air is crisp with the newness of life and ideas, and ingredients come to life as local bakers and cooks artfully create new dishes.


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Sep 6 2012

Wining and dining in Rome

Category: Megan Leader @ 05:15

Rome never ceases to conjure images of history, romance and authentic Italian dining. The city's centuries-old architecture and old-world ambience translate to a timeless, magical experience that pairs very nicely with a glass of red wine and a generous helping of freshly made pasta.


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Dec 7 2011

Eat your way through Santa Fe

Category: Destinations | DiningChristine @ 04:44

If you’re like me, then half the allure of travel for you is the food. I love sampling new regional flavors, and I love it even more when I’m in an area that specializes in the flavors I enjoy most. One of my taste buds’ favorite destinations is Santa Fe, New Mexico. More...

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