Travel Roundup

A Food-Lover’s Guide to the Jersey Shore — Summer Vacations for Food-Lovers

As a Southern Californian living in New York, I thought I would find my go-to beach destination in the Hamptons. My first summer, I packed my bags and headed out on the first post-work Jitney my friends and I could get on. I soon realized, though, that the Hamptons just wasn't my (beach) bag. The schlep is brutal, the restaurants are crowded, and the reservations are hard to come by. Plus, it just didn't have the laid-back California vibe I was used to.

It wasn't until I moved out of the city and across the river to Jersey City that I learned — I mean, really learned — about the Jersey Shore. Of course everyone's heard of the television show, but that is definitely not the destination that I found. The Shore is actually a bastion of amazing food, drink, and culture.

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I Went on a Key Lime Pie Road Trip with My Dad — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

After months of deliberation, my father and I finally settled on the Florida Keys for our long-overdue father-daughter trip. The decision was primarily made due to its neutral proximity for us flying in from opposite coasts. Plus, it was just a place both of us had always wanted to go.

Our route would take us roughly 100 miles from Key Largo to Kew West via US 1, aka the Overseas Highway. This iconic two-lane road with 42 (!!!) bridges is one of the most scenic: Imagine limestone islets, working docks and marinas, and the most beautiful shades of aqua marine water you've ever seen.

It is also one of the most delicious — so long as you love key lime pie. It is almost impossible to drive this route and not notice the plethora of signs and stores selling key lime products, every single one of which touts their pie as either "The Best Key Lime Pie," or "The Original Key Lime Pie."

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The 6 Best Cities to Eat Donuts in the United States — Summer Vacations for Food-Lovers

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Confession: I have a donut obsession. Whenever I find myself in a new place, the first thing I do is find the donuts. I've donut-crawled my way through a bakers' dozen cities over the years — at least. Here are six of my very favorite donut destinations, in no particular order.

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A Food-Lover’s Guide to India — Summer Vacations for Food-Lovers

For many people, Indian food begins and ends at curry. But, in fact, there is actually no single dish called curry. It's British, in both origin and usage. In India, each gravy has a specific name, depending on ingredients or the type of cooking — like "paneer butter masala" or "chicken korma," for example.

Furthermore, while Indian cuisine does have a dazzling variety of vegetarian and meat gravies, the food goes way beyond that. Every state, every region within the country has its own flavors, spices, and dishes, many of which are not even found in restaurants.

Here is a quick guide to a food pilgrimage in India.

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Our 10 Favorite Beach Towns for Food-Lovers — Summer Vacation for Food-Lovers

If you're someone who likes to eat — and really, who isn't? — then choosing the perfect beach getaway is just as much about finding the perfect place to chow down as it is about finding the perfect stretch of sand.

We're here to help: These 10 picturesque beach towns are also fantastic dining destinations in their own rights, packed with everything from ritzy white tablecloth establishments to grubby beachside diners. Read on for our take on where to go, where to stay, and the delicious things you absolutely can't leave town without eating.

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