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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


Churros -- A Favorite Summertime Treat in Lisbon



It’s believed that Portuguese sailors once tasted a delicious food in Northern China called “You Tiao.” They brought the crispy, fried pastry back to Europe with them where it flourished and became a favorite treat. Today, Lisbon is arguably the best place to enjoy the sweet churro in its many variations -- from cinnamon-dusted to dipped in chocolate, star-shaped or straight out of a greasy paper bag. Locals and visitors alike love to stroll the cobbled streets in this Old European city with a warm bag of churros and a steaming cup of coffee. If you can’t make it to Lisbon yourself, try your hand at making churros in your home:




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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


It’s All Greek to Me: What to Eat While in Greece




No one enjoys their food more than the Greeks do, but many Americans shy away from travels here because the food seems too exotic. The good news is Greek cuisine is never that spicy, the seasonings and ingredients are quite familiar and, more importantly, it’s delicious.




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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips, Food and Dining