Travel
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The Best Travel Bag Every Food-Lover Should Own
As a frequent traveler, I pass hundreds of suitcases a month, and I’ll often ask a fellow nomad what makes her bag perfect. Of course, no such unicorn exists — one traveler’s Tumi Continental, after all, is another’s albatross. Personally, I find the boxiness of a hardshell irksome, with its inability to conform both to bulky contents and to the curves of my body.
May 24, 2019
The Second Most Popular Wedding Registry Item (After a Stand Mixer)
If you were put on the spot and had to guess the most popular item so far for 2017 on the wedding registry website Zola, could you guess it? You’d probably get it right and guess a KitchenAid stand mixer, yeah? And not because we told you in the title of this post! You just know it’s a safe bet. “You cannot go wrong gifting a couple a KitchenAid stand mixer.
May 24, 2019
Gluten-Free Girl’s 5 Essential Travel Tips
You want to get away. You want to eat some of the best food of your life, on the road, in a car with the windows rolled down. You want to feel free. Unfortunately, when you have to eat gluten-free, travel is rarely that spontaneous. You never know if you’re going to find much you can eat in a gas station off the highway (Fritos are gluten-free). Walk into a diner in the middle of the country and you might be met with confused stares when you ask to see a gluten-free menu.
May 24, 2019
Eat Well on Vacation with Kids Without Breaking the Bank. Here’s How.
From getting lunch past the TSA (legally) to picnicking on the Champs Elysees, here's how to eat well with kids on vacation.
May 24, 2019
The 6 Best Cities to Eat Donuts in the United States
Confession: I have a donut obsession. Whenever I find myself in a new place, the first thing I do is find the donuts. I’ve donut-crawled my way through a bakers’ dozen cities over the years — at least. Here are six of my very favorite donut destinations, in no particular order. The windy city doesn’t mess around when it comes to donuts.
May 24, 2019
A Food-Lover’s Checklist for Choosing an Airbnb
Choosing an Airbnb can be an arduous task — and I should know. I stayed in Airbnbs for an entire year So, how can you make sure that you get not only the right vacation rental for you, but also one that has a great (or at least a viable) kitchen? Here’s my food-lover’s checklist for choosing an Airbnb.
May 24, 2019
Eat Your Way Through Maine’s Best Lobster Rolls
Picture this: It’s a sunny afternoon. You’re sitting outside at a picnic table, looking out at the water and waiting for your number to be called from the loudspeaker of a tiny seafood shack. Your order arrives on a colorful plastic tray: Alongside a bag of potato chips and maybe a pickle is a squishy hot dog bun filled with succulent lobster meat lightly dressed in a bit of mayonnaise. You smell the ocean breeze and take your first bite. It tastes like summer in Maine.
May 24, 2019
A Food-Lover’s Guide to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Airport food is tough. You’re often lucky to pick up an overpriced, pre-packaged salad or sandwich. The same goes for food souvenirs. They’re usually the most appreciated by friends at home, but when it comes to convenience, they’re not ideal — edibles are often hard to pack and even harder to get through security.
May 24, 2019
The Best Ice Cream in California: A Road Trip
A road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway is nearly as American as driving cross-country on Route 66. However, if your interests are culinarily minded (and let’s be specific here — we’re talking about folks who really, really love ice cream), we suggest you head north from San Francisco instead of south.
May 24, 2019
This $4 Hack Will Save You from Bad Airport Salads
I’m no stranger to testing the TSA’s boundaries when traveling with food. You’re talking to the girl who figured out how to pack hard-boiled eggs on ice to eat at the gate. I thought I took the title for Over-the-Top Airport Food Packer … until I was at a party and someone mentioned bringing a salad kit on board for dinner. She said she’d pour the dressing right into the bag and eat it in her seat — just like a Frito Pie. Wait, how had I not thought of that?
May 24, 2019
10 Essential Tips for Packing the Best Travel Snack Bag
I had been in southeast Asia for three days when I hopped on a 16-hour overnight train out of Bangkok. Still jet-lagged and slightly overwhelmed, I didn’t have snacks too high on my to-do list. “Maybe I’ll stop at a grocery store in the morning,” had turned into “I’ll get lunch at the train station,” and then “I can probably buy food on the train.
May 24, 2019
Air France’s New Low-Cost Carrier Is Made for Millennials
Have you ever considered booking a flight but then stopped, your cursor hovering over the “Confirm Reservation” button, as you realized that the airline probably caters to, like, people who are older than 24? Maybe you’ve thought, “I’d love to go to one of four European destinations, but I’m terrified that I won’t be able to buy organic food mid-flight!
May 24, 2019
Here’s What You Need to Know About European Airbnbs
As an Airbnb host, I am fully in the Airbnb camp. It’s my favorite way to travel and a fantastic way to immerse myself in a neighborhood, learn about local culture, and get insider tips on favorite spots. (My last host steered me to some of the best places I’ve eaten in Paris; even cooler, we’ve stayed in touch and had lunch together when I had a stopover there last spring.
May 24, 2019
Why You Don’t Want to Sit Next to Martha Stewart on an Airplane
If you’ve ever been forced to endure a flight seated next to someone who decided to bring a tuna salad sandwich as their carry-on item, then congratulations — you’re fully prepared to be Martha Stewart’s seatmate. The OG lifestyle guru recently told the New York Times what her travel essentials are, and for the most part they’ll make you hope you never have to share an armrest with her.
May 24, 2019
The Budget European Destination You’ve Never Heard Of
Living in Budapest, I am just a 75-minute flight away from Montenegro. I know little about this Balkan nation once part of the former Yugoslavia other than its purported beauty. Come, the articles tempt, to savor the Adriatic Sea from the beaches of medieval Budva, wander the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Kotor, and succumb to nature at Lake Skadar and Lovcen National Park.
May 24, 2019
The 10 Most Common Food Items Airbnb Guests Leave Behind
One of the (admittedly strange) perks of being an Airbnb host is discovering what objects my guests have left behind. As I ready my rental kitchen for the next temporary inhabitants, I get to conduct an exercise that’s part anthropological analysis of the eating and drinking habits of travelers of the world, part Easter egg hunt. In addition to the standard-issue leave-behinds like phone chargers (and, um, some unmentionables), here are 10 of the most common things I find.
May 24, 2019
The Best Place to Buy Quality Copper Cookware in Paris
Everyone is always asking me where to buy copper pots in Paris. And while internet shopping and the fallen dollar mean that buying copper cookware in Paris is not the bargain it once was, the act of buying copper pots is still a cherished errand for foodies on vacation who want to bring back a souvenir that will last a lifetime (and beyond).You can find copper pots in department stores, second-hand shops and brocantes. But for brand new copper cookware, your first stop should be E. Dehillerin.
May 24, 2019
Sense of Place: Southern Flavors and Ingredients
We only have a few regions left on our culinary survey of the United States, and Southerners will be quick to point out that we’ve been saving one the best for last. And they’d be right! The foods that come from the southern states are truly the embodiment of comfort and home-cooking.
May 24, 2019
What’s the Difference? Macaroons vs. Macarons
If your childhood was anything like ours, you grew up with chewy, unkempt, possibly chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons. Like us, you were probably confused when these “new” almond macarons bearing no resemblance to those childhood macaroons started appearing in fancy boutiques.
May 24, 2019
Five Dishes From Senegal & a Cookbook Recommendation
A friend who served in the Peace Corps in Senegal once told us that she thought we’d be fascinated by the food. The thought got tucked away and somewhat forgotten until we received a copy of Yolele!, chef Pierre Thiam’s cookbook devoted to this West African’s country’s cuisine. Wow, our friend was right!
May 24, 2019
Adventures in Canadian Wine: Montreal and Québec City
We are just back from a glorious vacation in Québec (Montreal and Québec City). While I would love to talk about the vibrant and historic old city quarters, the influence of explorer Jacques Cartier, the changing of the Guard at the famous Citadel in Québec City, or the 400-year dual culture and language struggle between French and English — I will leave all that for another day. Instead let me share my observations on the buying wine in these cities.
May 24, 2019
Look! Colored Eggs in Swiss Supermarket
When I was in Switzerland a couple weeks ago I visited Migros, a large supermarket, and I was shocked to see these eggs! No, not shocked to see raw eggs sitting on the shelves (in Europe eggs are invariably kept on the shelves, instead of in the refrigerated cooler) — I was surprised to see colored eggs. We’re nowhere near Easter!So what’s the deal with all these shelves of colored eggs?My hostess said that oh yes, they always have colored eggs on the shelves.
May 24, 2019
Egyptian Street Food at Home: Koshary
Following the news coverage in Egypt these past few months eventually led us to an inevitable, and quite likely predictable, place: Egypt’s food. Koshary is generally acknowledged to be The Ultimate Egyptian street food, and given its blend of pasta, lentils, chickpeas, and tangy tomato sauce, it’s easy to see why. We found a recipe in Saveur, and had to give it a try.There are a lot of parts to this recipe (link below).
May 24, 2019
Have Cake, Will Travel: Best Carriers for Baked Goods
For anyone who’s ever cradled a cake in their lap on a three-hour road trip or struggled to pack a dozen cupcakes without smearing the frosting, these handy carriers are for you.Most impressive to me are the tiered containers for carrying cupcakes. The cupcakes fit into individual wells and then a stiff hood snaps over top to keep those precious treats safe.
May 24, 2019
A Taste of Spain: Spanish Piquillo Peppers
Their name means “little beaks” and it’s easy to see why. This diminutive and sharply-tapered variety of chili pepper is one of the stars of the Spanish table. Have you ever tried them?These peppers are simultaneously sweet, spicy, and smoky thanks to some time spent over wood fires after harvesting. The slow-roasting also cooks away much of the water in the pepper, concentrating and intensifying the natural flavors.
May 24, 2019
Flying with Kids: What Snacks to Pack for the Plane
My child is two years old, and I’ve flown with her more than a dozen times. I’ve gone from declaring breast milk to bribing her with candy, and these are my tips for what to pack to keep young kids (babies to toddlers) happy.First, a few general guidelines:1. If you’re flying with a cranky, crying child or one who’s still sitting on your lap (i.e. taking up a lot of room and kicking the chair in front of her), offer to buy your seatmates a cocktail or a snack pack.
May 24, 2019
Vegetarian Cooking in Cinque Terre, Italy with Tim the Girl
Seasonal, vegetarian, farmer’s market–driven cooking lessons taught by a personal chef in Riomaggore, one of the picturesque towns of Cinque Terre, Italy, overlooking a never–ending clear blue ocean? Si, grazie! Tim McDiarmid led myself and a few other eager “mangionas” (Italian for “eaters”) in an unbelievable culinary class last week. The finished meal and the landscape came together in what can only be described as la dolce vita.
May 24, 2019
The Making of Mutabak at Zalatimo, Jerusalem: An Old Family Recipe Survives
If you don’t already know about Zalatimo, you probably won’t be able to find it—or so my local tour guide tells me as we walk into this tiny hole-in-a-wall pastry shop. (Literally – the shop is nestled within the ancient Roman walls surrounding the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City.) There are no menus, because Zalatimo only serves one dish: a savory/sweet pastry called mutabak, which is handmade-to-order from a 150-year-old family recipe.
May 24, 2019
A Visit to the Rialto Market in Venice, Italy
A week ago I was in Venice, Italy, for a short trip, and of course I had to check out the market while I was there! (I already showed you these artichoke bottoms, which were everywhere thereThe market, as befits Venice’s ocean perch, is rich with seafood, as well as produce. Like many other tourist-driven markets, it was hard to determine what was local and what was flown in from far away for color and variety.
May 24, 2019
A Peek into Parma, Italy
As it is the rest of Italy, it goes without saying that the food in Parma is wonderful and abundant, but thanks to the producers of Parmeggiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamic vinegar in nearby Modena, this northern Italian region is also known to many as the true culinary breadbasket of the Italian nation.I’d been to Parma once before, more than a decade ago, just as my professional passion for food and food stories was setting in.
May 24, 2019
Mailing Food to Troops Overseas: A Guide to Holiday Care Package Do’s and Don’ts
Do you have a friend or loved one on active duty overseas? If you’d like to send them a holiday food package this season, go right ahead! But here are a few rules to keep in mind when shipping edible goodies to troops overseas: DON’T • Don’t send homemade goods to soldiers you don’t personally know. If you plan to send homemade cookies or treats, you MUST have the name and address of an individual soldier.
May 24, 2019
Help! I Need Advice on Eating Away From Home With Food Allergies
Q: I was recently diagnosed with a slew of food allergies. Cooking has become a challenge, but I’m managing and am being very much a control freak about what I eat. But I’m facing a big family get-together in a rented vacation home with my in-laws and at this point, I don’t want to go because of my food allergies.We’re talking 10 people for one week in a house with a kitchen with big family dinners, and Grandma doing most of the cooking and baking.
May 24, 2019
The Traveling Cocktail: 5 Tips for Drinking Well on the Road
We recently returned from a quick trip to Montana by train. The plan was to not bring computers, read as much for pleasure as we could, snowshoe every day, and drink copious mugs of hot chocolate. We did pretty well on the plan, adding to it at the last minute a few flasks of cocktails we whipped up at home for the overnight train ride. What we learned? You can drink well on the road. We like to have friends over and make drinks, so I realize our home bar might be a bit more robust than most.
May 24, 2019
3 Memorable Ideas I Picked Up at a Summer Dinner Party in Tel Aviv
One of my most memorable experiences last summer in Israel was a Friday night dinner at the home of a few local Tel Avivians. I’ve thought about that evening a great deal since, mostly because it was such a lesson in hospitality. There we were, a traveling group of food writers, invited to eat a homemade dinner prepared especially for us.
May 24, 2019
Caffè d’Orzo: The Italian Espresso That Isn’t Actually Coffee
Take a look at this cup of coffee. It looks like a good little cup of espresso, doesn’t it? Looks are deceiving in this case; there isn’t a bit of coffee in this photo. Want to know what it is? This drink is not espresso or coffee at all, but caffè d’orzo, an Italian coffee substitute made from “orzo” — barley.
May 24, 2019
50 Cocktails from 50 States: Have You Tried Your State Cocktail?
If you’ve been in a cocktail rut, we’re about to bust you out of it. In what just happened to be perfectly timed with The Kitchn’s Cocktail Week, yesterday New York Magazine unveiled 50 cocktail recipes, one from every state (plus D.
May 24, 2019
Drinking in Lebanon: Don’t Forget the Nuts!
I just returned from my first trip to Lebanon, where I spent a week eating and drinking all over the country. Whether in a restaurant or someone’s home, no matter where I stopped for a drink, I was always offered a bowl or two of mixed nuts. This, I learned, was no coincidence.“If you go somewhere in Lebanon for a drink and they don’t give you nuts, you should leave,” 961 Beer’s Mazen Hajjar advised during my visit to the microbrewery.
May 24, 2019
Taming the Wild Thyme: A Visit to a Za’atar Farm in Lebanon
At the end of a bumpy, red dirt driveway in a small town in southern Lebanon, you’ll find the home of farmer Abu Kassem and his family. For about 13 years, they have been growing za’atar, the once-wild herb that plays a starring role in the increasingly popular spice blend of the same name. The path from field to flatbread is simple on this organic farm, but one fueled by dedication and hard work.
May 24, 2019
Family Traditions: Snacks for the Road
Road trips are fun, especially when I don’t have to take the kids. Just me, my iPod (filled with hip hop, R&B, rap and the show tunes nobody else wants to hear) and my favorite car snacks. Junk food for the road! I love a cold diet soda and a bag of spicy chips. Like Pavlov’s dog, my mouth starts to water for that combination as soon as I pull into the first gas station. But when I was younger, we had fire balls.
May 24, 2019
15 Best Backpack Snacks for Road Trips and Plane Rides
School is out, the sun is shining, and it is time to take to the open road! Whether your travels take you near or far this summer, we want to make sure your backpack is stocked with a good supply of nibbles and snacks. Here are fifteen of our favorites — from granola bars and kale chips to homemade Cracker Jacks and more.How to Make Homemade Granola BarsThe best thing about a long trip is the snacks, am I right?!
May 24, 2019
Anjali’s Travel Snack: Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)
Portable, nutritious and tasty at room temperature, hard-boiled eggs are pretty much the perfect travel food. It is hard to imagine improving on them — but I think you can. All it takes is a quick roll in a soy sauce mixture to make shoyu tamago (soy sauce eggs), a flavorful Japanese bento snack I like to eat on the road or at home.After writing about shoyu tamago last yearbeforeAnd they are very simple to make.
May 24, 2019
Recipe: Salmon and Black Sesame Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)
The first meals alone in a foreign country are always intimidating. When I moved to a small city in central Japan to teach English for two years, onigiri was the first food I clung to. Like a life raft, these seaweed-wrapped rice balls — sort of the sandwiches of Japanese cuisine — kept me afloat in a sea of unfamiliar foods labeled in a language I could just barely read.
May 24, 2019
Tips for Building a Travel Eatinerary: Discovering Where Locals Eat & Shop
You’ve decided where you want to go. You’ve purchased the tickets and booked a hotel. And now for the most important part… what are you going to eat? And where will you find the best stuff? As food and travel photographers, it’s important that we have an eatinerary, an itinerary just for eating, set prior to arrival. We’ve never stepped off a plane wondering where our first meal would be.
May 24, 2019
Filtered Water On the Go! 4 Water Bottles with Built-In Filters
Staying well-hydrated is especially important during summer, but if you’re traveling you might find yourself having to decide between the lesser of two evils: wasteful, store-bought bottled water or unfamiliar (or even downright nasty!) tap water. Carry your own water bottle with a built-in filter, though, and you can make a healthier choice for yourself and the environment. Here are five bottles worth considering. 1 Stylish – Bobble, $11.55-$14.
May 24, 2019
Train Station Sandwiches: My European Travel Necessity
A train station sandwich is positive proof that I’ve arrived in Europe. When the airplane touches down on the runway, I’m not there. As we wait for our luggage and stumble through customs, we aren’t there. When I make my way through Rome, from the airport to the train station, with three children and a month’s worth of luggage, the journey may be coming to an end, but the trip has not yet begun. I have to have the sandwich.
May 24, 2019
Camping (or Glamping!) This Summer? 5 Camp Kitchens That’ll Meet All Your Needs
The outdoors has much to recommend it — water, sky, woods, mountains! A break from technology and your noisy neighbor! — but it doesn’t come equipped with a kitchen. No, you have to bring that yourself if you venture out into the wild and plan on doing your own food prep. You could totally rough it, of course, but if you’d like a little help with food storage, organization, and cleanup, then one of these five camp kitchens is a worthwhile purchase.
May 24, 2019
No Leftovers, Please: 5 Dinner Menus for the Week Before a Trip
Ah, the dilemma of dinner during the busy week before a trip out of town. You don’t want to blow your budget before the vacation even starts by eating out every night. But if you cook, you want to make the most of your time in the kitchen without generating too many leftovers that you won’t be able to finish before you leave. Here is a five-day dinner plan that calls for a some extra kitchen time on Sunday to give a head start on a week’s worth of quick and healthy meals.
May 24, 2019
Travel Recipe: Airplane Salad with Greens, Grains & Seeds
Airline food has never been anyone’s favorite dining experience, but lately it’s gotten downright ridiculous to have to eat bad food and pay for it, too. The upside is that so many people are now bringing homemade food on flights. This makes me happy not just because it’s usually more healthy, but because it brings a sense of originality and creativity to what is otherwise a pretty cold and impersonal experience.
May 24, 2019
Why Chickpeas Are the Perfect Travel Snack: And 8 Recipes to Try!
All this week we’ve been talking about travel snacks here on The Kitchn. An ideal travel snack is portable, versatile, configurable, and heat-resistant. (Unfortunately that last factor rules out chocolate as a viable option.) You know what meets all those criteria in spades, though? The chickpea! Roast ’em, dry ’em, shake ’em all up. You’ve just found your new travel buddy.I’ve been pretty unimaginative in roasted chickpea creations.
May 24, 2019
Why You Should Always Just Say Yes to Water On an Airplane
Dehydration leaves you tired, anxious and queasy. The best thing you can do for yourself on an airplane is drink all the water. Every time you are offered a beverage, just say yes to good old H2O. I do, and I arrive at my destination feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy myself.The other beverages offered by most airlines aren’t even worth it, unless you are in First Class, which I am not. The coffee on airplanes is notoriously bad. (And I’m not all that picky.
May 24, 2019
Fresh Happy Tasty by Jane Coxwell
Picture this: traveling around the world via yacht, shopping in local markets wherever you dock, and cooking delicious meals inspired by your travels back at sea. Some dream, right?! Try not to get too jealous when I tell you that Jane Coxwell has created just such a life for herself. She’s personal chef to Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg aboard their yacht Eos. Yeah. Wow. But we’re in luck!
May 24, 2019
Have (Ahem) Digestion Problems When You Fly? Try Taking Bitters
Ok, I’m going to be frank: there is really nothing quite so uncomfortable and embarrassing — for you and the people around you — as having digestion issues when you’re on a plane. You can pop a Gas-X, but I hate those chalky, chewable tablets. This is why I was really intrigued to hear of another remedy: bitters!Apparently some people take a small bottle of bitters with them when they fly to relieve any gas or bloating issues they may have.
May 24, 2019
5 Tips For Taking Better Food Photos When You Travel
By now, we’ve all been guilty of doing it. It’s one of the fastest epidemics that not even scientists can explain. Anthropologists and historians hundreds of years from now will find landfills of objects once known as a DSLR camera, lenses, hard drives and memory cards. To their surprise, they will discover that their ancestors and predecessors have been taking pictures, tons of pictures… of food?!
May 24, 2019
Share by Women for Women International
This is a cookbook about celebration: celebrating women who have survived war and other conflicts, and celebrating the foods that nourish us and bring us together. With recipes like sweet, cakey Sudanese Baseema and fragrant Burmese tomato fish curry, it’s also a cookbook that will lift you right up from your seat and carry you  straight into the kitchen.
May 24, 2019
Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari Mojito
What do you collect when you travel? I have an acquisitive soul; linens and tiny ceramics and jewelry get squirreled away in my bags on every trip. But I’ve found that the best souvenirs of travel are the lightest to carry. When I travel, I look for new things to learn, like the soufflé I picked up in Paris, and the duck magret in Nice. My husband and I have also acquired cocktail recipes quite often in our travels, and I hardly need to tell you that these are my favorites.
May 24, 2019
Learn to Love: Blue Cheese on Gingersnaps
File this under foods to try next winter. During my one-year stint in Scandinavia, this is an absolute favorite food combination I picked up. Never had I tasted these two rich but seemingly-opposed flavors together. But one fateful evening in Sweden, I was offered thin, crisp gingersnaps smeared with blue cheese alongside a glass of glogg. It seemed weird to me only for that split second between the offer and the first bite.
May 24, 2019
Travel Tip: 5 Things To Carry With You For an Impromptu Picnic
We know it’s important to conserve space when traveling, particularly if you’re flying or backpacking and don’t have the space luxury of a car. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the supplies you’d need to take advantage of an impromptu picnic opportunity. These five picnic essentials are small, light, and totally portable, so you can be ready for a picnic whenever, wherever!1.Opinel Carbon Blade Folding Knife, $11.
May 24, 2019
Lessons Learned From Traveling With Dietary Restrictions
When you have severe or multiple dietary restrictions, traveling can be frustrating, depressing … or a lot of fun, especially if you do some advance planning. Here are a few things I’ve learned from personal experience on the road and in the air. allhangry Research, research, research. Yes, it takes some of the spontaneity out of travel, but prior research can make the trip more enjoyable for yourself and your traveling companions.
May 24, 2019
My Secret to a Restful Overnight Flight: Inflight Ginger Tea
Here’s a scene from my kitchen this morning: early morning sunlight and a chopping board with ginger and lemons. Why? I am about to board a flight to Paris! (Lucky me, I know…) But what does fresh ginger tea have to do with a flight to France? My mug of ginger tea, sealed up and ready to go. I use this mug, which is completely leakproof when sealed. When I travel overseas, on those long overnight flights, I find that the most important thing of all is to sleep.
May 24, 2019
Why I Rent Apartments When I Travel
I’ve been lucky, these past few years, to travel frequently and visit some wonderful places. This week, I’m in Paris! Would you like a peek into the apartment we rented? Yes — an apartment. Have you also discovered this lovely way to travel? Here’s why I usually prefer to stay in an apartment, instead of a hotel. If you had told me ten years ago how much I would travel now, in my 30s, I would have been delighted.
May 24, 2019
10 Things to Pack That Make Cooking on Vacation Easier
Some people see vacation as an escape from cooking, but I often find that time in the kitchen is much more relaxing when I’m on a trip. Unfortunately, most rental kitchens aren’t stocked with the right tools and ingredients to make vacation cooking what it should be: simple, flexible and above all, pleasurable. But you can ensure your own happiness by packing these ten items on your next trip.
May 24, 2019
Hot Tips: How To Travel With Cheese
Sometimes, if you’re traveling, and always, if you’re a cheese fiend, bringing your own cheese is the way to go. Whether you’re going to the beach or the woods where cheese selection might be spotty or you’re visiting your hometown with nary a cheese shop in sight, you might want to take note of these notes on how best to transport your little gems. You might be surprised at just how far you can bring your cheese. Think about it: Refrigeration is a modern invention.
May 24, 2019
My Travel Souvenir: One Single Heath Ceramics Coffee Mug
We have an entire shelf of coffee mugs collected from near and far, but this one — this eggshell white mug that I carried around the Heath Ceramics store in Sausalito until I convinced myself to buy it — this coffee mug is distinctly and definitely mine. Mine with a capital M. It’s not that I mind other people using this Heath mug on occasion. It’s just that fits so nicely in my hands — one hand threaded through the handle, the other wrapped around the side.
May 24, 2019
My Favorite Travel Souvenir: Japanese Ice Cream Spoons
I’ve wanted to write about my Japanese ice cream spoons for years, but because I haven’t been able to find them anywhere outside of Japan, it just didn’t seem fair to rave about how they are the perfect spoons for eating ice cream, how my guests always love them, and how beautiful they are if you, the readers, couldn’t buy a set of your own.
May 24, 2019
My Favorite Cheese Board… And a Mystery
It’s no wonder that my favorite things to buy when I’m traveling are cheese-related. This cheese board from a small town in Puglia, called Ostuni, and I have yet to see another one that resembles it. I purchased something else while there, too, and its use is far less obvious than the cheese board’s. The board is made of olive wood, or so I think. (Any insight is welcome in the comments!
May 24, 2019
What $70 Gets You At a Flea Market
I’ve been going to Upstate New York for the past few weeks with some friends who do many style-y things for a living, and one of them is that they collect antiques to sell in their store in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They are good friends to have in many ways, but one of my favorite things about having these housemates is the way they can do a flea market like no one else. Lately, I’ve learned some of their tricks.
May 24, 2019
My Family’s Obsession with Adorable Ice
Our refrigerator has an ice maker. Like many ice makers, it doesn’t really work. (Ours works sporadically, dumping a ton of ice in the middle of the night and waking me from a deep sleep, with my heart pounding. Fun times.) A while ago, we decided to go old school and keep a bunch of ice trays in the freezer. Then we got obsessed, finding interesting trays wherever we went.It started with a tray of six enormous cubes.
May 24, 2019
My Late Summer Vacation: A Quiet Getaway with Friends Who Cook
Summer vacations are for families. The kids are out of school, the beach is full of playmates, and the whole family can get away together. But after school starts, this is one of my favorite weeks: my time at the beach with the ladies. It’s all about the food, the books I never got around to reading, and the long, rambling chats on the porch. And thanks to the friend that came with me, the food has been outstanding.
May 24, 2019
Why I Love the Wines of Alto Adige
Back in 2008 I posted about the wonderful wines of the Alto Adige -– the breathtakingly beautiful region nestled beneath the snow-capped Italian Alps, just south of Austria. In mid-September I was fortunate enough to revisit the area. Once more I was captivated not just by its picture postcard beauty, but by the diversity and deliciousness of its wines –- an authentic expression of Alpine purity and focus.
May 24, 2019
A Solo Breakfast in Someone Else’s Kitchen: My Great Escape
This week, I’m staying with a friend in Brooklyn, a far cry, in many ways, from my home in South Carolina. This morning, as snow fell from the sky, I tried not to smile. My friend had to go to work, and as she pulled on her boots and piled on layers of warm clothing, I felt bad, because I knew how much I was going to enjoy breakfast in her lovely apartment.
May 24, 2019
Humble Cup: Make a Great Cup of Pour-Over Coffee Anywhere You Go
For coffee addicts like me, one of the drawbacks of holiday travel is not having a cup of dependably delicious coffee every morning. If you’re facing down several days of weak hotel coffee or the terrible stuff your parents drink every morning, here’s one easy-to-pack alternative: Humble Cup, a portable pour-over coffee packet that can be brewed anywhere. In each Humble Cup foil packet is a compostable paper filter filled with high-quality ground coffee beans.
May 24, 2019
My Family’s Christmas in Italy
As a Swedish expat living in Italy I get the best of both worlds: Christmas traditions from Sweden and Christmas foods from Italy — could it be any better than that? I have always cherished being a foreigner living abroad because it means I can pick and choose from two cultures.
May 24, 2019