Tag Archives: food
It seems that my visits to Austin, TX are destined to be filled with days of food coma close encounters. It’s not my fault, Austin is just that kind of town. I mean, yes, its got that whole hipster, artsy, music thing going for it, but the food. Oh, the food. It’s just so, so good.
Unlike my first visit to Austin a few years ago, when we dared to venture to this city in the middle of summer during temperatures of 100 degrees and up, this visit was pleasant and at times even a bit cool. This made it easier to go on long walks and hikes, and see a bit more than just eateries.
Nevertheless, my list of favorite food stops got longer with this visit, but I also have a short list of what to do to walk it all off.
And if you love your mother, or the mother of your children, or the mother of the mother of your children, then you best be prepared to take them to brunch. But not just any brunch, rather the brunch of all brunches: Mother’s Day Brunch.
Haven’t thought of it? Worry not! I’ve got you covered.
Here are some pretty awesome brunch events happening just for her…and yes, you and all the other kids get to tag along too.
I spent a long weekend eating my way through a portion of Richmond, VA. I say “a portion” because I left with a sense that I had only really touched the surface of all that there is to taste. I will go into more detail of every single one of the places I feasted in, all of which you must note, remember, record, and not miss when you visit Richmond, VA…because you will want to visit.
Something really wonderful is happening in the world of food. More and more people are becoming passionate about consuming and serving high quality, healthy and responsible food options. It’s a beautiful thing, especially as we learn about all the negative ways in which food affects our health and our habits.
But it’s not enough for us to want to change our habits if other realities in our lives remain the same. Truth is, time is often still limited, and we’re not all pros in the kitchen. There are a lot of different food delivery services out there trying to appeal to those of us who could use the help, but the question remains: How are they getting the food from? How is it prepared? Where is it coming from?
If you are in NYC, or close enough to it, you might actually believe that you have no need to travel too far to taste the best of the best. But the truth is a lot of the best of what NYers enjoy in their favorite city restaurants come from upstate, and when it comes to a farm-to-table experience, there is no better place to be. Many restaurants and chefs work with their local farmers, often their closest neighbors, to deliver and create the many seasonal dishes I enjoy with each visit there. Below are my favorite foodie highlights (some of them winners in the 2013 Finger Lakes Food Revolution Foodie Awards).
On a lazy Saturday, one of the first of Spring, my family and I decided to venture out to Dutchess County, NY on a maple farm tour.
We had first toured a maple syrup farm in Lake Placid a couple of years ago, and though the terrain was had more snow and the weather was colder, we learned a lot about the process and got to take home some yummy syrup. This time, we were venturing to the Hudson Valley on a much sunnier day, which also meant we were arriving on the end of maple syrup production season.
It feels like forever ago since I went to Napa for the annual Wine Sisterhood Gathering. Like forever since I walked through beautiful vineyards, meeting wine makers and learning about the craft of growing grapes and developing some of the finest wines in the world. Like ages since I was surrounded by friends, both old and new, talking about our love for food, wine, family, and Napa.
My time in Napa always seems to go by too quickly when I am with the Wine Sisterhood ladies. These are days full of tons of information, lots of encouragement, and inspirational messages. It’s a great reminder that no matter how busy we may be, it’s important to take some time to separate yourself from it all and surround yourself with others with whom you can learn and from whom you can be inspired.
The few times I lived out of NYC, one of the things that I most missed was the Asian food selections here. Whether it was the corner Chinese carry-out place or the Indian eatery downtown, few places can be as good, or even as authentic, as the food served in this wonderful city – well, unless you actually go to the country itself, of course.
Check out my list of favorite Asian food eateries in NYC in my latest on Forbes Travel Guide’s travel blog, Startle.com: New York City Asian Cuisine Hotspots.
I love Napa, CA and am working on putting together photos and a little list of places to check out from my most recent visit there. However, there is an endless list of wineries to visit across the US (did you know that all 50 states produce wine?) and now is a great time to start visiting. Most wineries are taking advantage of the warmer days and hosting all sorts of events and tastings showcasing this year’s harvest.
You can check my ongoing list of New York City favorites, from where to eat to where to shop, by following my page on Startle!
Australians love to eat out for breakfast. Whether catching up with friends, celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a paper and a good coffee, breakfast is one of the best times of day for Aussies. In Brisbane, the tropical climate keeps breakfasters eating outside throughout the year. With award-winning cafes and whimsical culinary creations, Brisbane boasts some of the best breakfast destinations in Australia. Here’s a few of my personal favourites!