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Eat Your Way Through Taiwan's Culinary Scene With These 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Delights

Jul 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

When I received an invitation to join a group of culinary journalists on a trip to explore the food scene in Taiwan, I immediately broke into my happy dance (trying to burn off some calories in advance). Many in-the-know foodies consider Taiwan the ultimate culinary destination for Asian cuisine and considering many Taiwanese greetings start with “Have you eaten?”, I knew I was going to like it there!

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Jason Mraz-Backed Café Gratitude Open This Week in San Diego’s Little Italy

Jul 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Finally! San Diego’s first Café Gratitude will be opening its doors on Wednesday and health-conscious locals couldn’t be happier. With several popular locations in Southern California (plus one in Kansas City), the Little Italy spot will surely be a bit hit with its 100 percent organic, plant-based menu. 

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Get a Local Food Expert's Tips On the Best of San Sebastian’s Gastronomical Delights

Jul 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

A few years ago a leading panel of UK food professionals named Spain’s San Sebastian “the greatest gastronomic resort on the planet” for its one-two punch: a food scene which was described as “fiercely distinct, passionately produced and on the gastronomic cutting edge” and its overall qualities as a holiday destination. During a recent visit it became as clear as the Cantabrian Sea waters that San Sebastian pretty much sums up everything we look for in a vacation spot.

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The Chef's Table Dinner Series at Terranea Resort Offers Locally-Sourced Ingredients and Chef-Made Seasonings

Jul 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Jill Weinlein

During the summer season, Terranea's Executive Chef Chef Bernard Ibarra is hosting a few spectacular culinary events for the resort's fifth anniversary. In conjunction with other Terranea chefs and handpicked local wineries, the oceanfront resort in Rancho Palos Verdes is offering an extravagant Chef's Table Dinner Series with proceeds going to local charities in Southern California. 

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Watch Race Cars and Landing Aircraft at Porsche's New Gourmet Restaurant 356

Jul 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Porsche is sparing no expense when it comes to delivering a unique experience for their customers and it begins before a car even enters into the equation. The luxury auto company recently opened Restaurant 356 in their $100 million Experience Center and headquarters in Atlanta and aside from the gourmet cuisine, it also brings guests panoramic views of the 1.6-mile Porsche driver development track.

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Dine 19 Feet Underwater or 19 Feet Up in the Trees at These Two Awesome Restaurants in the Maldives

Jul 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We may have already featured PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives in our Travel section, but we are so taken with the resort’s culinary options that we decided it warrants a second feature. Though they have many restaurants to choose from, our two favorites give diners the best of the sea and the banyan trees—quite literally, too. 

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JBF Sends Its Winners Out on the Road for the Taste America Tour. First Stop: Miami!

Jul 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to choosing an epicurean event to spend money on, sticking with one put on by the James Beard Foundation is a pretty good bet. Especially if it’s one of the stops on the third annual Taste America: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” epicurean tour. Heading to 10 major cities between September 18 and November 7, Taste America officially kicks off in Miami with the All-Star Rocco DiSpirito dinner. 

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Chef Gilberto Guidi On Honest Food, Olive Oil Farming and What it's Like Running a Rustic Trattoria in the Heart of Northern Italy

Jul 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I happened upon Cà Guidi, a little bite of Italian heaven tucked away in the captivating hill town of Longiano, while I was traveling through the virtually undiscovered part (by Americans at least) of Emilia-Romagna. You can find Gilberto Guidi’s unpretentious, heart-felt cooking at Cà Guidi on the top of a winding hill that offers views of vineyards and castles.

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Dining Around SF: 4 Restaurants Worth Checking Out in the City by the Bay

Jul 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Always developing new and innovative culinary offerings, San Francisco’s food scene never experiences a dull moment. From fresh approaches to old favorites to brand new restaurants and concepts popping up in every neighborhood, the City by the Bay doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Here are some of the best new or newly-updated restaurants feeding San Francisco’s locals.

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Enjoy a $1,500 Executive Chef’s Table in the Morgan's Pier Crow’s Nest

Jul 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Dining at the Chef’s Table is always a better experience no matter what restaurant you’re in, but the exclusive table at Morgan’s Pier in Philadelphia is definitely standing tall above its competitors. Gather up 19 of your friends for the $1,500 dinner that takes place on the restaurant’s upper level, which is called the “Crow’s Nest,” and enjoy views of the Delaware River, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the jealous commoners below. 

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We Headed to the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival to Discover its Secret Ingredient

Jul 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Amidst the whisper of swaying palm trees in the tropical breeze and the sound of a knife dicing fresh herbs on a cutting board was the 34th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Maui. Dominating the island, the event was held June 11-15 and was host to countless culinary masters, sommeliers and anxious imbibers. 

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New to Grilling? Follow These Simple Steps to Throw a Killer Fourth of July BBQ

Jun 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Fourth of July definitely means sparklers and fireworks, but it also means putting that barbeque to good use. After all, you don’t want to be the only one in the neighborhood not grilling something up for your friends and family. If you want to fly solo this year—without any help from that overachieving know-it-all friend—take the below kernels of wisdom from chefs Russell Bry (of Yalla Mediterranean restaurant) and Steven Lindner (executive chef and founder of Zone Manhattan) to heart—they just may be what keeps you from burning everything. 

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Why La Valencia is On Our List of Favorite San Diego Hotels for a Summer Getaway

Jun 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When friends and family visit San Diego, they usually ask me about the best hotels in the area. And after having lived here for over five years now, I definitely have my favorites. Recently, I spent a weekend at La Valencia (aka The Pink Lady) in La Jolla for a mini-staycation to see what it had to offer. At the end of the trip, it was added to my list of SD hotel suggestions for many reasons, including its location, suites and dining options.

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Puerto Vallarta's Casa Velas Boasts Gourmand-Focused Experiences, Impressive Botanical Gardens and Four AAA Diamonds

Jun 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

If you’re a foodie seeking a gastro-oriented all-inclusive resort retreat, then Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta is for you. As one of the many properties in the lauded Velas Resorts portfolio, I was truly impressed with this particular location’s continual efforts to keep its culinary options interesting and innovative. Indeed, this adults-only luxury boutique resort is helping set new and noteworthy standards in the all-inclusive realm at large.

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Tower23 Welcomes New Executive Chef & Revamped Menu at its Beachfront Restaurant

Jun 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If there’s one thing that San Diegans absolutely love, it’s al fresco dining. And, if our outdoor table includes ocean views, then forget it, we’ll be there for hours. Which is exactly what happened to me when I visited JRDN at Tower23 one evening for dinner. Three hours later, and we were still sitting there, people-watching and sipping on French press coffee.

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