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street food China

Street Food: Don’t Leave China Without Eating This One Thing

“Don’t go to street markets!” warned our Chinese guide from Viking River Cruises. “Dangerous. You get sick.” I get it. Nobody wants tourists to have a bad experience. Viking in particular caters to an older, affluent crowd who prefer fine dining and luxury experiences. Enter me, a well-traveled adventure junkie who isn’t good at following […]

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food markets China

Food Markets in China: A Peek Behind the Curtain with an Insider

Danny Tang, 48 years old, has been the Chef de Cuisine for Viking River Cruises’ Imperial Jewels of China tour for 10 years. It’s a plum job. China’s flourishing inbound tourism has led it to becoming the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy. The Asian country has sustained its international fascination, particularly in America, […]

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Swedish Fika

This Is What Happens When You Visit Sweden For The Coffee

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.” ― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper Coffee in the United States has become somewhat of a pop culture.  Get in line, order the most complicated, tongue-twisting combination of caffeine on the menu, and drink it from the paper […]

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Macedonian cooking

Cooking Authentic Macedonian Food at Lake Ohrid

Full transparency: I’m not a foodie. I’m an adventure traveler. So when our JayWay tour guide said we were going to take a cooking class while traversing Macedonia, I was not thrilled. I anticipated boredom. I was wrong, very wrong. Lake Ohrid We started out from our hotel on glorious Lake Ohrid where we’d spent […]

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Albanian Wine

Albanian Wine: Europe’s Oldest and Possibly Best

Albanian wine is no stranger to Europe. Archeological evidence near the capital of Tirana indicates traces of tannic acid, which produces the bitter taste in wine, dates back to a 6,000-year viniculture, making Albania arguably the oldest winemaker in Europe. Albania, a small country bordering Greece on the Adriatic Sea, has four separate wine regions, […]

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Alaska

Amazing Food Experience on Alaska Adventure Cruise

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho Tracie Triolo thought her life would be that of a musician. And it was…for a while. But her roots in the love of food and the pull of the ocean proved irresistible, and she found herself on an entirely different path. One […]

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Prague cuisine

How One Chef Is Revolutionizing Prague’s Cuisine

When people think of food in Prague, they most often think of Czech goulash – chunks of beef heavily laden with gravy, served up in a bowl of thick, course bread. But Sophia Smith has been working hard to change that perception. A British expat who moved to Prague sixteen years ago, Sophia brings a […]

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oaxaca mezcal

Organic Mezcal In Oaxaca

Face as brown and tough as leather, with deep, deep smile lines crinkling around sparkling black eyes, Don Alberto Martinez welcomed us warmly to his organic mezcal farm just outside Oaxaca City. His firm, rough handshake spoke volumes of a labor-intensive but honest life of living and working his land on the outskirts of Oaxaca […]

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Pleasure House Oysters

Pleasure House Oysters: The Making Of An Ostreaphile

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift My agreement with that statement made me somewhat of an outcast among my trendy Baby Boomer friends. I’d watched them shuck open some unsuspecting barnacle-laden shell, tip it up, and let a pulpy, slimy mass of flesh slide down their throat. No thanks, […]

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The Sauce Boss of St. Augustine

The most provocative portion of the interior of the Hot Shot Bakery is their “Wall of Flame.” The entire premise for the wall came about as an accident. Stoppelbein dipped some of the datils in chocolate as a garnish for a birthday cake for someone she knew. The next day, party attendees came to the bakery […]

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