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Hot chocolate with a view of a chocolate factory...
Everyone has their own bests when it comes to foodie finds and locations, so we wanted to share ours with you—the best bits and bites in Burlington. With plenty of things to sip and sample it’s a good distraction from a day on the slopes, as there’s plenty of local flavor and Vermont variety from which to sample. So here are our picks for some quick not-to-miss options:
There’s many fine breweries from which to choose in Vermont, but little did we know that the state is home to the "world’s best beer."
On past trips to Burlington we've noticed that there were always a few people at bars and restaurants drinking from large silver cans, and honestly we always thought it was odd to choose a canned beer over one on tap. Well we admit to judging a book by its cover, as apparently the preferred way in which to sip and sample the double India Pale Ale brewed by The Alchemist in Waterbury is straight from the can.
We know all about pork, pineapple, mangoes, and papaya, but what else should you keep an eye out for while on the Hawaiian Islands? All that hiking is sure to work up an appetite, so here are five foods you can find around town that will have you stuffing your face like a local:
Taro is a non-native but now local vegetable that is often described as the “Hawaiian potato,” grown like rice in a flooded field and starchy in taste. It is used in a variety of ways by the locals, including frying it to make “taro chips,” using it as a base for smoothies and desserts, or pounding it into a dipping sauce called “poi.” The leaves of the taro plant are used to wrap either fish, pork, or chicken in the well-known Hawaiian dish “laulau.”
This upcoming holiday season, the facts of traveling with food are more important than ever, as TSA agents never seem to have a solid grasp on what is and is not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
Luckily for us, the TSA does have official positions on certain holiday foods, like cranberry sauce and pies. Hint: cranberry sauce is not allowed. Pies and cakes are allowed, but may be "subject to additional screening" (taste test?). We highly recommend bookmarking the TSA's webpage in case your pie is turned away, but here's the Cliffs Notes:
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The next stop on our Auckland Field Trip is a little shopfront on the city's main strip, Queen Street. Amongst bustling cafes, shopping arcades and fast-food outlets sits a gem of a gelateria called Giapo.
Walk through the doors under a sign that reads, "Pure Aotearoa Organic Goodness and Creativity" (for the uninitiated, Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand) and you enter the holy grail for ice cream and gelato in Kiwi-land.
They may not look like much, but iffy looks are only a deceptive mask for the yumminess contained. Surprise surprisewe're talking about In-flight meals in economy class. Sure, there's limited choice and a distinct lack of top shelf booze to wash it all down, but sitting in the back of the plane doesn't mean it's all hard tack and gruel.
Several airlines even continue to present printed menus to economy passengers on the longer flights. A few off the top of our head are Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Qantas, giving passengers a better outlook for their meal other than abruptly being asked, "meat or pasta?"
Without further ado, we present our favorite five economy class meals of 2013:
The blue glasses hide the color of the oils, so you can just focus on the taste...
If you’re sick and tired of sipping and sampling award winning wine after award winning wine there’s another tasting opportunity for you to check out in Napa Valley. The region also produces some pretty nice olive oils, so why not take a break from the vineyard and head over to the olive mill at Round Pond Estate.
Go ahead and take them up on their Olive Mill Experience, the visit starts with a quick walk over to the field where the olive trees mix and mingle with the grapes, and you get to learn a little bit about the trees, their temperament, and everything else involved with the harvest. Just be sure to take the guide’s advice—olives fresh off the tree are terribly bitter—we needed to confirm this for ourselves, and will never forget that experience.
Anyway, the next stop takes you into the mill that is pretty darn impressive, especially considering some of the equipment that they ordered all the way from Italy. We just hope they had a discount on shipping, because that big granite rock responsible for squishing and squashing the olives has to weigh a couple of tons.
Reports over the last few months have indicated that baguette sales are down across the board in France, so much so that the French Bakers' Lobby launched a campaign in an attempt to get people to fall back off the wagon.
The campaign and its slogan (“hey there, did you pick up the bread?”) pretty much says it all about the state of the situation. According to the BBC, two factors have contributed most to the downturn in bread consumption: 1) The French are sitting down less and eating more meals on-the-go and 2) In an effort to cut costs, many bakeries are now using frozen bread instead of making it fresh.
We know what you’re thinking: Cheesesteaks are really good.
True. But haven’t we been there, done that by now? Weve gone on our fair share of self-guided cheesesteak tasting tours, and we must say we are indeed ready for a bit of fresh air. And there’s good news: We found two sandwiches in Philly this week that might be better anyhow, one featuring an Italian chicken cutlet and another filled with roast pork.
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Tucked away down the busy streets of Hong Kong's colorful Kowloon neighborhood sits a gem of a restaurant called Australia Dairy Co.. To experience it requires a bit of planning and patience, not to mention some rejection of Western restaurant expectations, but it will be worth the while.
The unassuming shopfront might not catch the eye amongst the the overhanging signs and neon lights, but a window filled with single-serve glass bottles of milk means you've come to the right place.
The Australia Dairy Co. isn't an Australian restaurant, but is best known for an all-day breakfast that sometimes draws a line reaching all the way back to the next block. Since the kitchen serves up food pretty late and the menu stays the same, we'd recommend to head there for some late-night eats if the line looks daunting any other time of day.
About six years ago, Philadelphia launched an interactive map that helped visitors locate and enjoy the 200-plus BYOB restaurants around the city. In that sense, the BYOB concept seems like old news, and we don't think we need to explain that BYOB means bring-your-own-bottle, aka bring-your-own-booze (but we did anyway).
In somewhat of an ironic fashion, Philly's strict liquor laws end up working out in the consumer's favor. Because there are only so many liquor licenses to go around and because there's no legislation that prevents people from drinking "free" booze in restaurants without one, the BYOB concept has spread like a plague throughout Philadelphia in a way unlike any other city.
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A good traveler always brings back a little something sweet to share. Halloween is actually the perfect time to show off your impressive foreign candy collection. Of course if you've already eaten it all (and we don't blame you), here's some ideas as to what to fill your candy bowl with next year: