Travel Roundup

Essential Detroit: 15 Places Everyone Should Eat in the Motor City — Fall Weekend Trips

Sometimes food is about artisan ingredients, beautiful plating, and a chef's brilliance; sometimes food is about soul-soothing nourishment. That's not to say it can't be both, but the latter is one of the reasons I fell in love with an unlikely Midwestern city. In fact, I fell so hard I bought a big, old house that had plenty of soul, but needed a lot of TLC.


5 Rules of Wine Tasting I Learned from a Weekend in Sonoma — Fall Weekend Trips

From my first sip of vin with my mom in Paris (I was 16 and pretty sure I spat it back into the glass) to the everyday catch-up session over a glass or two, wine has always been a central part of my relationship with my mom. So, when it came time for us to plan our next girls' trip, we decided on Sonoma. We blocked off four days and flew out to California for eating, drinking, and taking in the breathtaking landscape.

Here's what we learned along the (delicious) way.


I Went to Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown — Fall Weekend Trips

Fall is hands-down my favorite time of year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sparkling golden aspens dot the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the air is thick with the intoxicating smell of New Mexico's famous roasting chiles, and, to celebrate what is likely Santa Fe's most famous crop, there is the annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.

Every year, New Mexico's top burger purveyors sling it out for the coveted titles of "Reigning Chomp" and "People's Choice." These awards are judged (respectively) by a panel of local food experts (cookbook author and James Beard Award winner Cheryl Alters Jamison is a long-serving judge) and the crowd who, for the price of attendance, get to sample all competing burgers.

This year, I was one of those lucky attendees.


5 Things to Know About Santa Fe Green Chiles — Travel Intelligence

If you've ever been to Santa Fe, chances are you've tried the state's famous green chiles. Even if you've never been to Santa Fe, you've probably at least heard of them.

But what's so special about them? you might wonder. Well, you really do have to taste them to believe, but here's everything you need to know about these world-famous chiles — plus five of my favorite places to eat them.


5 U.S. Cities and the 5 Foods You Should Seek Out While You’re There — Fall Weekend Trips

I'm told there are people whose dream vacations don't involve either thinking about food nor having to move to get it. But for food people — me and my people — the dream vacation means having the time to hunt down not just a good oyster, sandwich, or taco, but the best version of said specialty.

Maybe you must be a bit Type-A (hi, I have lists) for this to be fun for you, but seeking out a city's best version of a food gives you something to chat with people about at bars, a reason to walk around neighborhoods you might not otherwise get to, and a good story to tell when you get back.

Convinced? Here are five of my favorite cities for food-stalking to get you started.


5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Luring Food-Lovers to the High Seas — Cruises for Food-Lovers

Have you thought about going on a cruise but been deterred by the prospect of sad buffets and cafeteria-style dining? Well, I'm here to tell you to think again. Cruise lines have caught on that travelers want more from their onboard culinary experiences and are busy reinventing every aspect to lure you on board.

Here are five ways cruise lines are going after the foodie set.


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