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The Best Foods to Try on Your Trip to Norway

The Best Foods to Try on Your Trip to Norway

We all know the saying “you are what you eat”; the belief that to be healthy and remain in shape you need to eat quality nutritious food. If this is true, then your dream of becoming as fit and strong as a Viking may mean you have to start eating like one!

Of course there is no better way to start eating like a true Viking than to head to Norway. People have long been taking bucket list trips to Norway to see the country’s breathtaking landscapes, but they have recently started travelling for another reason as well.

The new diet craze that is sweeping the world is the Nordic Diet. It is a diet that is not only proving to be quite healthy for us but the environment as well. It is a sustainable diet that takes advantage of seasonal ingredients and requires fewer natural resources with less pollution to produce meals.

The following dishes are some of the “must try” dishes you have to experience on your next Scandinavian adventure.

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Three Amazing Restaurants to Visit in Cabo San Lucas, México

Three Amazing Restaurants to Visit in Cabo San Lucas, México

Set on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, and an easy two hour flight from Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas has long been the destination of choice for a quintessential Mexican beach vacation.

With white beaches, spectacular arching stone cliffs, and a location where golden desert meets the shimmering sea, Cabo is firm favorite among surfers, divers and hikers. But with a coastline that stretches from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos is tempting a new type of traveler: the foodie.

It’s said that the only word you need to learn to eat well in Los Cabos is mariscos (Spanish for seafood), thanks to the incredible catch that comes straight from the bountiful waters.

Spending two weeks in Cabo San Lucas this past February led me to some truly amazing restaurants. But when it comes to highlighting my favorites, I have to recommend these three.

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The Best Restaurants in Mykonos

The Best Restaurants in Mykonos

There are many reasons to include Mykonos in your Greek itinerary. Besides the music, the party atmosphere, the colour of the water and the sky, and the amazing elite villas set atop hills overlooking the Aegean, there is also a food scene that will blow you away.

Lobster, sausages, onion pie, and freshly-caught fish are some of the signature dishes every traveler should try when visiting Mykonos. So, whether you wish for tavernas serving feta cheese and baklava, or eateries whose menu is specifically catered for light eaters, there are many great finds.

Now, if you are wondering where to start this culinary journey of all five senses, here are some recommendations. The following are our favorite restaurants in Mykonos.

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Where to Find Great Seafood in Boston

Where to Find Great Seafood in Boston

The global fish market set a record in 2017 for sales, which comes as good news to Boston’s uncertain seafood future. This comes after a questionable cod ban and host of regulations has threatened to wipe out New England’s seafood industry for good.

Fortunately, even if the supply of seafood in New England was upended, the demand in Boston for great seafood could never falter. For Beantown residents, seafood is as much a part of its culture as pizza is to Brooklyn or coffee to Seattle.

While Boston is known for its freshly shucked oysters and gourmet lobster rolls, any type of local fare is guaranteed to be delicious here. Being a harbor town and a connoisseur of seafood, Boston tends to offer some pretty amazing bites.

The following are our six favorite Boston seafood joints, you just have to try!

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An Unintended Trip to Sula Vineyards: Discovering India’s Napa Valley in Nasik

An Unintended Trip to Sula Vineyards: Discovering India’s Napa Valley in Nasik

A 3 to 4 hour drive from Mumbai, Sula Vineyards is the oldest winery in India. It is a fabulous way to unwind from the hectic bustle of city life, where you can discover the place where Indians first experienced wine.

In 1996, Rajeev Samant planted the first wine grapes in Nashik and today this region is India’s premier wine-growing region, producing 80% of the country’s total wine.

Spread over a total of over 3000 acres, Sula’s vineyards are home to some of India’s finest grapes, so if you’re looking for a place for your next wine tour, you should visit Nashik, in Maharashtra state.

This is India’s Napa Valley; after Sula Vineyards was established in 1999, 35 other wineries followed suit in the region over the next decade. It’s quite incredible how one man paved the way for the emergence of India’s Wine Capital.

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Minsk Nightlife: 5 Authentic Bars You Should Visit in Minsk

Minsk Nightlife: 5 Authentic Bars You Should Visit in Minsk

Eastern Europe has a drinking culture which dates back centuries; toasting to another’s health or welfare is a long established custom, and the tradition of clinking glasses when first taking a sip has been passed through generations.

Bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, Belarus is firmly landlocked within the vodka belt of Eastern Europe. So as you would expect, it’s capitol city Minsk isn’t lacking in authentic bars.

But it’s not common to visit a bar several times a week just to grab a small beer near your home. In Minsk, going to a bar is a special event, where people spend more money and choose the best possible options.

Minsk nightlife isn’t made up of bars which are popular just for being cheap; the scene is very much made up of authentic places to drink, eat tasty food, and socialize. So we’ve put together a list of the 5 most authentic bars in Minsk.

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The Best Restaurants in Manila: Where to Eat in the Philippines Capital City

The Best Restaurants in Manila: Where to Eat in the Philippines Capital City

When I visited Manila, the one thing which blew me away was the culinary scene. Year by year, Manila’s local food scene has been flourishing, and it’s clear that mealtime reigns supreme in the capital of the Philippines.

Filipino cuisine has new legs to stand on thanks to a number of innovative and passionate Manila-based chefs who are not afraid to push boundaries. And there are now so many incredible places to eat.

Whether they’re flying in produce from far flung places, or staying true to locally sourced ingredients, it’s is an exciting time to dine in Manila. The following are not only the best restaurants in Manila for your taste buds, but also your meticulously curated Instagram feeds.

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6 of the Best Wineries to Visit Around the World

6 of the Best Wineries to Visit Around the World

During the past 20 years, wine consumption in the United States has almost doubled. In fact, approximately 789 million cases of wine were purchased by consumers in the United States alone!

If you’re like most wine connoisseurs, your fascination with a good bottle of wine does not end once you purchase your favorite variety. You probably enjoy spending a day (or weekend) at exquisite wineries.

From scenic views of the vineyards to exquisite tours, there are plenty of winery tours you can take without having to take out a 24 hour title loan to afford them. The following is a glimpse into a few of the best wineries around the world.

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The Best Hipster Gin Bars in London

The Best Hipster Gin Bars in London

When it comes to London’s bar scene, gin is definitely in, and there are an excellent range of specialist drinking dens to choose from. This is our list of the best.

Legal drinking age in the UK is 18. Remember to never drink and drive – we have included recommendations of hotels within walking distance of each bar.

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Packing Food for Road Trips – Easy Ideas to Save Money!

Packing Food for Road Trips – Easy Ideas to Save Money!

Did you know that in the 1950’s people almost never went out to eat? Not only was it too expensive, there also weren’t too many places to go. Going out to eat and even enjoying a soft drink was something that most people enjoyed once a month or so – at the most.

But today, people eat out on average 4 to 5 times per week and spend around $1200 a year on fast food alone. If you’re on a road trip without an oven or even a microwave, that number can be a lot higher. If you want to save a little money on food costs, here are some suggestions for your next road trip.

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The Best BBQ Spots in Sydney

The Best BBQ Spots in Sydney

The great Aussie Barbeque is world famous, and as far as cultural experiences go, nothing says “Australia” like sizzling a snag (sausage) on a barbie.

Much of the challenge is finding the perfect spot and knowing what to serve, but as far as Sydney is concerned, we’ve got the locations covered for you. From beaches to coves, national parks to foreshores, Sydney knows the value of a public BBQ, and this is a great way to enjoy time with family and friends while getting outside and experiencing the city’s local attractions and beautiful parklands.

So the next time you’re in Sydney, pack a picnic and check out some of these fabulous BYO BBQ’s!

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Discover the Exciting World of Thai Food

Discover the Exciting World of Thai Food

I love Thai food, but then again so does most of the world. Fresh and fragrant, famous for its balance of sweet, sour, bitter and salty, a visit to Thailand is as much about the food as it is about the country.

There is enough variety and food experiences from buzzing local markets to posh culinary schools, restaurants and street markets to keep every kind of person sated. In fact there is a lot of merit in following your nose and the rumbles of your tummy and discovering Thailand through its food.

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The Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean

The Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean

Beach bars in the Caribbean have three things in common: “cold beer, a potent rum punch, and a killer view of the sea.” Nothing beats sipping a cocktail with your feet in the sand and a live band competing against the roar of the ocean.

From crowded dive bars where the cocktails are cheap, to the laid back and low-key, these are the Caribbean beach bars we’re raising a glass to. Did someone say cocktails?

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Australian Wine Producing Regions Along the East Coast

Australian Wine Producing Regions Along the East Coast

When it comes to Australia’s best wine producing regions, Western Australia’s Margaret River or South Australia’s Barossa Valley may come to mind. However Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and many regions on the East coast have also developed a worldwide reputation for award-winning wine.

So while the largest wine production region is South Australia, and Western Australia receives similar fame, don’t discount wine regions along the East Coast. Remember these names!

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Your Guide to Dining in London

Your Guide to Dining in London

Unlike Paris, for most, a night dining in London doesn’t come with a language barrier. Yet that doesn’t make eating out in London any easier. True, there aren’t too many customs and you’ll be able to order simply enough, so why then is an evening in London so daunting?

Well, you see, London is a huge metropolitan city that is saturated with wonderful and intriguing restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. On one side of the street you might see an American-style diner serving Man vs Food style burgers, yet on the other you’ll find a Michelin star restaurant where food is art – literally.

Although London might not have the same overwhelming foodie identity as cities like Paris, it’s a city where nothing is off limits, where the street food is just as amazing as a restaurant experience and where the world is your oyster with such a grand selection of culinary delights.

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What and Where to Eat When Staying in the Maldives

What and Where to Eat When Staying in the Maldives

Vacations bring to mind adventure, fun, and importantly: good food. Travel brochures will give you an idea of where to go when you arrive, but it’s best to get perspective before you arrive. You’ll often find suggestions on arrival are the most expensive. Such lists also lack suggestions on other criteria like the type of food served and the location from where you’re staying.

The Maldives is home to some of the best cuisine in the world and it would take pages to list every choice. Below however, you will find some of the highest-rated places to dine at when visiting.

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Your Guide to Dining Out in Paris

Your Guide to Dining Out in Paris

Entering into a restaurant in Paris can be a formidable experience for uninitiated travelers. Not only do they have to contend with trying to make their wishes understood by a waiter who may or may not speak their language, but they must learn quickly how to adapt to local dining customs.

The Paris dining scene can be bewildering for those first time travelers who have no idea where to start, though if you’re confused about the difference between a bistrot and a brasserie, or if you feel intimidated by the prospect of going into any French restaurant and ordering a meal, then you’ve come to the right place!

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There’s More to Argentine Cuisine Than Beef and Malbec Wines

There’s More to Argentine Cuisine Than Beef and Malbec Wines

When it comes to Argentinian food, your first thought may be of succulent steaks accompanied by full-bodied Malbec wines. But what if you’re not one of those steak lovers? Or if red wine is not your go to drink?

Rest reassured, there is more to Argentinian cuisine than beef and Malbec wines!

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4 Reasons to Visit Jakarta, Indonesia

4 Reasons to Visit Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is a dynamic city, and one of the world’s greatest megalopolises. At first sight it can appear to be a crowded and confusing city, and it can be difficult to look past the maddening traffic and pollution for which it is known. Many tourists choose to take in other destinations throughout the archipelago instead. Their loss.

Missing out on Jakarta on a visit to Indonesia is a mistake. Underneath what is often perceived as an unappealing facade are plenty of unexpected surprises; an exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping scene, and a melting pot of Indonesian culture and cuisine.

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The Time I Ate Thai Food in the Arctic

The Time I Ate Thai Food in the Arctic

Tucked away far to the north of Norway next to Greenland there lies a spit of land and ice in the Arctic Ocean. When I visited this archipelago, Svalbard, I expected to find a barren land of tundra, research stations, polar bears, arctic foxes, and ice floes. And in part, I was right.

I spent two weeks on a boat charging through ice that cracked and crumbled under the weight of the hull, met polar bears wandering over icy landscapes, spotted a tiny arctic fox from afar, and visited colonies of arctic birds that spun around cliffs in great restless flurries of activity.

However awe-inspiring the landscape of this forgotten land is, though, Svalbard is so much more.

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The Best Food Cities in the World

The Best Food Cities in the World

Travelers love to eat, and one of the most unique aspects of travel is the luxury to sample great restaurants and exotic cuisine from all around the globe. The excitement is in experiencing new tastes that broaden your culinary horizon, and new flavors that calibrate your taste buds.

There are many, many, reasons to travel the world, though for a growing number of travelers, food is one of the biggest ones. And whether you’re interested in hitting up the best markets, dessert spots, cafes, fine dining or even street stands, the joy for many people is returning home with new recipes in place of souvenirs!

The following are the world’s premiere food destinations. If you’re a foodie and you love to travel, you should consider the following destinations for your next trip.

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A Travelers Guide to Tap Water: Countries Where The Drinking Water is Unsafe

A Travelers Guide to Tap Water: Countries Where The Drinking Water is Unsafe

People often take their drinking water for granted. In most western countries we don’t think twice before grabbing a glass and sticking it underneath a tap. But when you’re traveling the tap water may not be safe to drink.

You need drinking water no matter where you go, but with travellers diarrhea, giardia, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water, it pays to know which parts of the world guarantee clean, safe tap water, and where you should be sourcing bottled water instead.

The water you need to be most concerned about is water that might contain microorganisms that will make you sick, and in less developed countries, you are more apt to run into water that contains a variety of microorganisms you want to avoid. But according to the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), you may be drinking bottled water more often than you think.

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An Authentic 13th-century Tuscan-Inspired Castle in Napa Valley. Visting Castello di Amorosa.

An Authentic 13th-century Tuscan-Inspired Castle in Napa Valley. Visting Castello di Amorosa.

Heading north along the St. Helena Highway it’s difficult not to be enamored by the sheer beauty of Napa Valley. Having just left the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, we felt transported to another country far removed from the hectic city life.

With so many wineries in the region however, it can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting one to actually spend your time. But then we then stumbled upon a winery which instantly demanded our attention. An authentic 13th-century Tuscan-inspired castle nestled in the western hills on 171 acres of land.

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Would You Eat Live Monkey Brain? Albert Podell’s Adventures in Eating Abroad

Would You Eat Live Monkey Brain? Albert Podell’s Adventures in Eating Abroad

From North Korea to Benin, from Mongolia to Madagascar, Albert Podell is one of the few people to have visited every country on earth. It took him fifty years and during his travels, he blasted his way out of minefields, came within seconds of being lynched, and coped with riots, voodoo priests, trigger happy child soldiers and Cape buffalo – all of which is recounted in great detail in his exciting new book “Around the World in Fifty Years: My Adventures to Every Country on Earth”.

He has eaten everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the “pulsating brain of a live monkey.” These are Albert Podell’s absolutely incredible tales from his adventures in eating abroad.

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Road Trip Rules: Why We Travel With a Microwave

Road Trip Rules: Why We Travel With a Microwave

We’re pretty much the poster children for packing everything bar the kitchen sink, and despite fervent vows that the next trip will be different, that we’ll learn to travel light, this never ends up being the case. In fact, we travel so light that we even travel with a microwave!! For cross country road-trips at least.

It was a during recent road-trip throughout the US that we realized a portable microwave could come in incredibly handy. With the amount of time we were spending in the country to explore, we figured the time and money having a microwave would save would prove to far outweigh it’s initial cost.

We hit up Walmart to invest $40 and haven’t looked back since. The following explains exactly why our microwave now rides shotgun on each of our epic trips.

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