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Why Churros in Lisbon are the Best



Churros are draped in as much mystery as cinnamon sugar, starting with how, where, and when they were created. One of the prevailing theories is that they were first cooked up in Asia. They made their way to Lisbon when Portuguese sailors out for dinner at a port in Northern China were served a savory, crispy, fried pastry called “You Tiao” that they couldn’t resist bringing back to Europe. Once home, Portuguese cooks put their own twist on the treat—switching it from salty to sweet—and then watched it flourish, evolve, and eventually blossom into the modern-day delight that we now call churro.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining


The Ultimate Ireland Travel Guide




Ireland might be a small country, but it has plenty to offer. From stunning landscapes to bustling cities, there is no shortage of things to do on the “Emerald Isle.” Friendly locals, age-old myths, and the pristine beauty of the country will easily charm any visitor.

We’ve put together this travel guide, complete with details on must-see sights in Ireland.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Ireland, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


Best Things to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina




Falling in love with Buenos Aires is easy. It’s a capital whose charm runs deep, with a unique spirit and irresistible soundtrack. The tango is the heartbeat of the city. Strong, fast, and impossible to ignore, it’s a music, a dance, and a way of life. Buenos Aires fuses European architecture with a distinctly Latin joie de vivre, which has made it into the most visited city in all of South America.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


Top 10 Things to Eat at Vancouver’s Granville Island Market




Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. With an eclectic array of neighborhoods blessed with abundant outdoor activities and magnificent waterfront views, there’s a lot to love here -- not the least of which is Vancouver’s exciting culinary scene. One of our favorite foodie destinations is Granville Island Market, a bustling public market in a gentrified former industrial area right along the waterfront.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


Best Attractions Along Historic Route 66




One of the greatest parts about traveling down Route 66 is the attractions you’ll find along the way. Nicknamed “America’s Main Street” and “The Mother Road,” the 2,448-mile-long highway snakes its way through eight states, from the heart of Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier, passing by countless interesting places along the way. It would be impossible to name our favorite stop along the whole of Route 66, but we would love to share what we look forward to most in each state. Travel West with us along The Mother Road, as we share some of the best attractions along Historic Route 66!




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


Where to Eat in Melbourne Australia




Despite its relatively small size, and reputation as little sister to glamorous Sydney, Melbourne is a robust, dynamic place to visit—especially when you’re hungry. Known as the most European of Australia’s major cities, Melbourne is a cultural melting pot with a wide variety of delicious restaurants to try. Whether you’re looking for glitzy fine dining, down-to-earth Aussie specialties, or the best ethnic food you can find outside of the motherland itself, you’re sure to have some of the most flavorful meals of your life in Marvelous Melbourne.




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Topics: Travel Tips, Food and Dining, Australia, International Travel


What to Eat in Lima, Peru




When we visit a museum or a national monument, we get a sense of a country's past and cultural traditions, but to truly grasp the heart and soul of a place, you need to enjoy a traditional meal. Nowhere is this truer than in Peru, where recipes are handed down as inheritances, and the cuisine is the result of a unique confluence of Incan and European influences. To truly get a taste of the Peruvian culture, be sure to come to Lima with an appetite!




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


Best Restaurants of Mercado Da Ribeira in Lisbon, Portugal




Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira is a beloved culinary institution in a city known for its stellar cuisine. It has long been an excellent neighborhood market; bringing locals flocking to the Cais do Sodré district for their flowers, fresh produce, meats, and seafood for over 125 years. In 2014, the space was transformed. Time Out Group, an international media brand devoted to uncovering the best food, drink, and entertainment options in cities around the world, set out to try an entirely new concept.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining, International Travel


Getting to Know Cuban Culture



For a small country, Cuba has a lot of soul. Cuba's location at the crossroads of the Caribbean and the United States made it a key trade hub for centuries, blending together Spanish, African, French, Amerindian Taino, and English walks of life to create a distinct culture. If you want to learn more about modern Cuban life, Cuban cuisine, local art, music and dance, the most popular sport in Cuba, politics and economics, the culture of Cuba, or just what makes an authentic cup of Cuban coffee so special, read on!




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Topics: Cuba, Planning a Vacation, Caribbean, Food and Dining


The Immigration of Flavor: The Story Behind the Beignet




It’s easy to spot someone who has just enjoyed their first beignet. Covered in powdered sugar and grinning from ear to ear, these new initiates are privy to the secret of the official state doughnut of Louisiana and a culinary lineage that dates back to ancient Rome.




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Topics: Food and Dining