5 Seafood-Centric Destinations & How I Survived as a Non-Pescatarian

As a frequent traveler, one of the biggest issues I deal with is what I eat. I am a very picky eater; a confirmed carnivore, my love of vegetables is weak at best and most notably, I don’t eat any fish or seafood. My fellow Americans may wonder why I phrase it that way and the reason is simple. I was on a trip once and I had sent along my dietary requirement of No Seafood…

Eating My Way Around Myrtle Beach in 6 Bites

I expected a lot from my first trip to Myrtle Beach and while I knew I’d be eating well, I never expected the culinary aspect to be as important as it was. More than the gorgeous beach views or the fun activities, food well and truly defined my time in …

Discovering Delicious Food Experiences in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

My brief trip to southeastern Quebec was full of surprises, but nothing surprised me more than the Eastern Townships food experiences I discovered as I toured the region. Originally founded in large part by Loyalists fleeing the nascent United States, today the area is largely Francophone but mixes culinary sensibilities from a variety of traditions. It’s also an intensely rural part of the province and it’s this long-ingrained farming culture that today has created a true food lover’s paradise in a region more typically known for boating in…

15 Tastiest Travel Food Experiences of 2016

I write about food a lot on this site, but with good reason. I firmly believe that it’s the most important aspect of the travel experience, forming some of our strongest memories through taste and smell. It’s also the fastest way to learn about a new culture and what the people value. More than anything else though, it’s just a lot of fun. There’s nothing better than snacking your way through a foreign market, or tentatively ordering a meal, not quite sure what you’ve gotten yourself into. It can…

My Favorite Christmas Market Foods – 2016 Edition

One of the best aspects about traveling around Europe during the Christmas holiday season is all of the amazing food finds at the Christmas markets. The markets are for locals, so comfort foods are popular, along with regional delicacies and even some more exotic snacks. I ate a lot during my Viking River cruise from Paris to Prague, but these…

Detroit Food Culture – My Favorite Bites in the City

Every city has a food culture that is unique. In some cases though, this culture is more developed than in others. New York has almost too much to list from pizzas you can fold to the best bagels in the world. Philadelphia, New Orleans and Chicago are a few other US cities where the comfort food isn’t just good…

Photo Series: More Favorite Food Moments Around The World

I have said many times that food is arguably the most important aspect of the travel experience. That’s why today I want to once again share some of my favorite food experiences from around the world. Through food we best learn about new cultures, what they value and what they enjoy. It’s an all-too-rare snapshot into the soul of a place and is so much more than just simple…

Exploring the Quirky Side of Traditional Food in Newfoundland

Reading through the list of dishes it sounded as if the entire culinary history of Newfoundland and Labrador was based on a dare. The ingredients used weren’t known to me, they aren’t common and they seemed downright strange. But I was curious, curious about the food for sure, but also curious about the Canadian province on the far eastern edges of the continent and what stories…

Eating My Way Through Chengdu, China

I am a notoriously picky eater, almost to the point of being ridiculous. The list of things I won’t eat is far longer than what I do enjoy and it’s an added level of complexity when I travel, sometimes. As difficult as I am to cook for, I’ve actually had little trouble traveling around the world finding something to eat. There are some exceptions to this of course, and I’m not ashamed to say that on more than one occasion the only viable option was Pizza Hut or McDonalds. It’s an aspect to traveling in Mainland China that worried…

Sights & Bites: The Perfect Day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I had wanted to visit Baton Rouge for a long time for reasons I can’t really say. As a former political type, I enjoy visiting state capitals but it was more than that. Everyone I knew who had been there returned with great stories about a dynamic city on the rise. I was curious but it wasn’t until recently when I finally found myself in what locals call the Red Stick. What I discovered was indeed a city on the move, one alive with energy and a destination where no tourist should ever go hungry. I was…

9 Drool-Worthy Food Photos From Southwest Louisiana

I recently spent some time exploring a few cities in Southwest and Southeast Louisiana as part of a project with the Louisiana Tourism Promotion Association and Louisiana’s Culinary Trails program. The goal was for me to discover some of the regional foods that in large part define the traditions and cultures of this colorful part of the state. Along the way I ate a lot, from the very traditional to new and innovative …

Dutch Food – 7 Bites To Enjoy In Amsterdam

When I last visited Amsterdam to join a Viking Rhine River cruise, I wanted to make sure I spent some time getting to know Amsterdam a little better. I didn’t have the warmest of feelings for the city, and so I wanted to try a different way to get to know and hopefully like it a little better. To do this, I joined an…

Inspired By International Cuisine: Multicultural Influences on the Ruth’s Chris Menu

I recently wrote a post highlighting the history of the great American steakhouse, as told through the story of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Earlier this year the folks over at Ruth’s Chris approached me and asked to partner on a project to not only share the history of this great American style of fine…

What Exactly Is North Carolina BBQ & Why Should You Care?

As a Virginia native, the concept of great BBQ is not a foreign idea. I grew up eating and loving a well-done BBQ meal, whether it’s the saucy (with ketchup) Virginia style, ribs or something entirely different. For me, North Carolina has always fallen into that ‘entirely different’ category and it wasn’t until my recent road trip around Eastern North Carolina in cooperation with Visit NC when I learned more about this regional preparation and how very good it really is.BBQ is a tricky concept for Americans and definitely for international…