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2018 Travel Trend: The Move Away From Fine Dining




The top travel trends for 2018 are out and they are good news for thrifty, budget-conscious travelers and those on fixed incomes. According to the list created by DailyMail.com, one of the things we can expect in 2018 is a move away from lavish escapes in favor of more authentic experiences found off-the-beaten-path. One of the main trends we can expect to see is a rise in grassroots, local dining where refinement is measured by the quality of the experience -- not the thread count of the linens or the number of stars the restaurant holds.





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Topics: Travel Tips, Food and Dining


A Taste of the Big Easy: Tujague’s: A NOLA tradition




In 1852 Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague set sail for America from Bordeaux, France. Like many immigrants, they set their dreams on the promise of success they saw in the New World. The butcher and his wife plied their trade in the French Market of New Orleans for three years before deciding to do what their people did best: cook.





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Topics: Americas, Food and Dining


Eat For Less: 7 Tips to Save on Vacation




The kids are grown and you’ve just retired from work. Now you’re ready to travel the world, but with so many places to go and things to see, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t break the bank or affect your fixed income. Here are a few ideas for how to plan a money-friendly trip, particularly how you can eat on a budget while traveling:





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Topics: Travel Tips, Food and Dining


The Gas Station Sandwich: Proof That Paris Truly is a Culinary Juggernaut




Have you ever had a meal so perfect you thought to yourself, “if this was the only thing I did on vacation, it would have been worth the trip?” Flavors so unforgettable you will forever judge every other plate by this standard? Imagine my surprise when I found my own culinary opus in a Parisian gas station.





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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining


What to Eat in Lisbon




Portuguese cuisine was born from trade routes and the country’s perch overlooking the sea. Hearty peasant bread and stick-to-your-ribs rice dishes, sweet pastries and fresh sausages, round out a diet that is based largely on what can be pulled from the water. From neighborhood tascas serving up affordable homey dishes to fine dining establishments and bakeries, Portugal is full of good food. So grab a bottle of Madeira wine and pull up a seat at the table for the best things to eat in Lisbon:





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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips, Food and Dining


Call Me Old Fashioned: The Legacy of Jack Daniel's



Made in the Volunteer State from generation’s old mash bills, or recipes, Tennessee whiskey is the result of corn filtered through sugar-maple charcoal aged in new, charred oak barrels. Located in the heart of a “dry country,” Jack Daniel’s is the oldest-working distillery in the nation and the legacy of the small town of Lynchburg. Carefully crafted from water pulled from an ancient iron-free spring, Jack’s whiskey is pure honey-colored magic. Whether you’re sipping at home or on a distillery tour of your own, here are the how-to tips you’ll need to know for a whiskey tasting:




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Topics: Food and Dining


Taking Tea: One of the Top Things To Do in London




Everyone from royalty to commoners takes afternoon tea in England; but nowhere is this quintessential British tradition served with more reverence and ceremony than at the Ritz. Setting the standard for London’s most cherished of observances, Tea at the Ritz is a right of passage for every visitor to the Queen’s city.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining


Home Cooking: 5 Tips for Eating in Cuban Paladars




In Jose Fuster’s painting, The Last Supper, the 12 disciples crowd elbow-to-elbow around a plate of fish, hinting at an odd Cuban rule that allowed only a dozen guests to eat at one time in privately-owned home restaurants. Known as paladars, these family-run businesses are synonymous with Cuba and their popularity is on the rise in the Soviet-system where the state controls everything that ends up on the plate. However, recently the interpretation of a “living room” has broadened, making the definition of the paladars a bit more favorable and accessible. Here’s what you need to know about savoring Cuba’s authentic home dining scene:




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Topics: Americas, Cuba, Food and Dining


Casual Dining in Copenhagen: The Open-Faced Sandwich of Denmark




If your idea of a sandwich is a PB&J or bologna stuck between two slices of Wonder Bread, you have never been to Copenhagen. Welcome to the country that was built on rye bread! From rye croissants to rye farm bread, rye rolls to rye bread pudding, this dark seeded bread is a staple in every Danish home. However, its most elevated status is in the traditional Danish dish, the open-faced sandwich known as smørrebrød.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining


Italy: Among the World’s Best Cities to Eat




Travel and food go hand in hand and there’s no better way to experience a culture than to pull up a seat at the table. From Michelin-stared restaurants to local mom-and-pop eateries, a good meal is the best way to savor your travels and is often reason enough for booking an entire trip.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining