In Japan You Can Build Your Own Kit Kat Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/13/2018, 12:00 AM

Like compact cars and the band Cheap Trick, Kit Kat candy bars weren't born in Japan, but they sure went big there.  The chocolate-covered wafers (a U.K. creation currently owned worldwide by Nestlé) are among Japan's best-selling sweets and they have appeared in hundreds of flavors, including strawberry cheesecake, green tea, purple sweet potato, wasabi, and sake.  The country's latest innovati...

Georgia—A Country Where the Wine Has Been Aging for 8,000 Years

By Mark Orwoll

A culinary exploration of the former Soviet republic’s wild flavor combinations and ancient recipes would be a highlight of any food lover’s to-do list.

American Airlines Will Allow Early Boarding for Flyers with Nut Allergies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2018, 12:00 AM

As if determined to undo their decades of peanut pushing, U.S. airlines continue to make concessions to passengers with nut allergies.  Hardly any carriers serve those snacks on flights anymore—not even Southwest Airlines, which had once made its peanuts a core part of the company's brand identity. Now, American Airlines is going a step further for allergy sufferers.  Starting December 12, they'...

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Hudson Yards in New York City

A Preview: Hudson Yards in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

One of the largest urban developments in United States history is about to debut. We took a hard-hat tour of Hudson Yards. Here are some thoughts on this city-shaping project.
What to do in Quebec City, Canada

Hidden Romantic Things to Do in Quebec City

By Andrea Syrtash

Explore some of the less obvious things to see of Quebec City by creating an itinerary from these très romantique suggestions.
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10 Things You Must Eat and Drink in Cornwall

By Amy Sherman

The best food and drink around Cornwall, England, from high-quality local seafood and produce to top dairy products and traditional baked goods both sweet and savory.
Waterbury, Vermont: a tour of its local industry of gourmet goods

Is this Vermont Town What Happy Tastes Like? Four Miles of Foodie Bliss in Waterbury

By Anastasia Mills Healy

Waterbury, Vermont, is an unlikely center for world-famous beer, ice cream, and dairy. Here's where to go there.

New Foodie Arcade Opens on Paris’s Left Bank

By Lily Heise

Posted on 09/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Visitors to Paris have a new one-stop destination for gourmet delicacies from the city’s top chefs and food purveyors. Beaupassage, a refurbished historic passageway in the heart of the stylish Saint-Germain district, has opened on the Left Bank. Unveiled on August 25th, the vast 10,000-sq.-m (32,800 sq-ft.) space flows through three connecting pedestrian lanes built in 1703. By the mid-1850s...

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman used for the frontispiece of the first edition of "Leaves of Grass"

Walt Whitman's Brooklyn: In the Footsteps of the Borough's Bard

By Zac Thompson

Walt Whitman was Brooklyn’s original bearded bohemian. Follow us to the places that shaped the poet in the years before he published Leaves of Grass.

Eat on Florence's Streets and You Could Be Fined $580

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2018, 4:00 PM

Lots of people choose to visit Italy because they respect the cuisine, but now, eating it with dignity is the law. On September 4, Florence instituted a new penalty for tourists who are caught loitering as they eat. On the narrow lanes of central Florence, local shopkeepers are fed up with visitors who linger in doorways and on stairwells to have a snack.  The biggest complaint, it seems,...

What to see in Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Japan's Iwate Prefecture: Wild, White, and Wonderful

By Beth Reiber

A lot has happened to Iwate Prefecture, in the Tokohu region, since the 2011 tsunami: Since then, it has added Japan’s newest national park, the country’s longest hiking trail, two World Heritage Sites, and a stadium that will play host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here's how to see it.

Real-Life Version of "Simpsons" Convenience Store Comes to Myrtle Beach

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/21/2018, 9:15 PM

Fans of The Simpsons have a new place to satisfy their cravings for Buzz Cola, Squishee frozen drinks, Heat-Lamp Hot Dogs, and Lard Lad Donuts (what, no Duff beer?). A full-size, three-dimensional Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that frequently appears on the long-running animated sitcom, has opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Part of the Broadway at the Beach retail and entertainment c...

Multimedia Light & Sound Show at Tropicana Atlantic City

The Boardwalk Is Back: New and Classic Atlantic City Casinos, Beaches, and Dining

By Marla Cimini

After a dry spell, Atlantic City is surging once again, with new casinos, new renovations, and a new energy. First-time and returning visitors to the Boardwalk will find an all-American classic that has finally gotten a 21st-century makeover.  

Yreina Cervantez's "La Ofrenda" mural in Los Angeles

Explore Latino L.A.'s Food and Culture, from Olvera Street to Boyle Heights

By Zac Thompson

Murals, markets, thoroughfares, and other public spaces throughout Los Angeles bear the imprint of Latinos, starting with the oldest parts of the city. Follow us to the highlights of Latino L.A.
Try these off-the-beaten-path experiences in Madrid to see the city like a local.

Madrid Like a Local: 10 Can't-Miss Experiences

By Samantha Zúñiga-Levy

Find the best insider's secrets in Madrid with these 10 off-the-beaten-path experiences involving markets, nightlife, museums, and more.

Nuts! Southwest Airlines Stops Serving Them on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2018, 9:30 PM

If you were on Family Feud and Steve Harvey asked you to name a snack served on an airplane, it's a cinch that peanuts would be on the board, probably as the number-one answer.  Which is odd because peanuts aren't served on the planes of major airlines anymore, with only one or two exceptions. Delta is one—though according to Travel Weekly, that airline will "refrain from serving peanuts on a spe...

Dim sum is like tapas

What to Do in Hong Kong: 10 Favorite Things

By Alex Ortolani

From Buddhist temples to goldfish markets and western culture to Chinese tradition, Hong Kong is the ultimate cosmopolitan destination.
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Best of Las Vegas: Our Favorite Experiences

By Rick Garman

Las Vegas is designed to keep you pleasantly distracted from the real world outside its glittering borders. Here are the best ways to stay entertained in Sin City.
Visit Malaysia's Cameron Highlands for tea, hiking, steamboat, and more

Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands: Sipping Tea and Eating Steamboats

By Anita Isalska

North of Kuala Lumpur, there’s an enduring tradition of afternoon cream teas, jungle hikes, and berry harvests.
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The World's Best Cities for Vegan and Vegetarian Travelers

By Zac Thompson

From Portland to Singapore, these 10 cities around the world cater to vegans and vegetarians who love to eat and travel.
10 Unique Things to Eat and Drink in South Africa

You Haven't Eaten in South Africa Until You've Tasted This Food

By Melissa Klurman

South African food is as unique as the country it's from. Here's how to taste the Rainbow Nation.

A Return to Northern Michigan With No Repeat Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2018, 12:30 PM

I’ve always taken the stance that when you return again and again to the same place for vacation, you’re only setting yourself up for ennui. I figured there were a few exceptions to this rule—namely, cities like Paris and Tokyo that are so huge and varied that you'll never exhaust the possibilities. But for the most part, I believed that vacations should be about the stimulating, the new, the un...

Polish Vodka Museum Opens in Warsaw

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/12/2018, 8:00 AM

There's some dispute about where vodka was born. Both Poland and Russia lay claim to having produced the first batch of the transparent spirit from distilled grains or potatoes more than five centuries ago. Since the stuff has become so deeply embedded in both countries' cultures and economies—not to mention their citizens' bloodstreams—we're content to call it a tie.  Poland has arguably la...

This Summer's Stupid Food Fad Has Arrived

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2018, 12:00 AM

Following in the tradition not only of gimmicky dishes made with absurdly expensive ingredients (which is how we ended up with monstrosities like the $1,000 omelet and the $25,000 taco) but also in the tradition of gimmicky dishes made for Instagram rather than taste buds (looking at you, rainbow bagels), a restaurant chain in New York City is now serving 24-karat gold chicken wings.   ...

Bavarian Vegetarian: Germany's Sausage Central for People Who Don't Eat Meat

By Zac Thompson

There's more to German dining than bratwurst. These meatless Franconian staples ensure that no vegetarian has to go hungry.