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Fire It Up at Wisconsin's Famous Fish Boil

April 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traverse City and the rest of Northern Michigan get all the love when it comes to midwest summer destinations, but don't sleep on Door County, the peninsula that sits directly west across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Right, we know what you're thinking. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says "Wisconsin" is winter, and you can get cheese in any supermarket, thank you very much.

This mentality is precisely what makes Door County so enjoyable to visit, the fact that it crushes all your preconceived notions of what Wisconsin is as a state and travel destination. What you'll find during the summer is a mellow, bed-and-breakfast paced community on a peninsula that is comprised of a series of small towns tucked in between dairy farms, wineries, and cherry orchards. You might also remember our story last fall about the restaurant with the goats on the roof. That's a novel place and a staple of the city, and foodies will also appreciate another local favorite, the state's traditional fish boil held "backyard style" during the warmer months.

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Three New Travel Apps to Add to Your Homescreen

April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often, smartphones need a good app update and refresh, and this goes doubly so for travelers who rely on discovery and informational help from apps while in a new city. Here, three apps we've recently added to our own homescreen for travel purposes:

AroundMe

Recommended by our own Max Graham, the app is simple, straightforward, and otherwise everything you need when you've got limited time and patience. We'd like to think of it as a stripped-down Foursquare but, in Max's words, AroundMe has "no recommendations, just where stuff is."

Click a category, pick a location, and be immediately shown that location on a map including address, distance from you, and relevant contact information. Most useful in a pinch would probably be the ATM, Parking, and Gas Stations categories, although you'll likely need everything in AroundMe at some point or another during your travels.

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This Banana Vending Machine Proves That Not Everything in Australia is Trying to Kill You

Where: Australia
April 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

Who says vending machine food needs to be full of salt, high in fat or generally unhealthy? Definitely not the brains behind this little gem we found while walking through a shopping center in Brisbane. Forget the Chex Mix or even granola bars, as this machine went straight for the super-healthy stuff with bananas.

This little bit of genius, called the Banana Bar, offers up small bunches of the sweet tropical fruit for just a few dollars. A bunch of three go for $3, and a bunch for sharing scores a little discount at $4 for five bananas. That's already cheaper and more convenient than the basket of single bananas Starbucks keeps next to their registers, for impulse healthy breakfast buys. And if you're not too familiar with how these prices compare to a grocery store, the mark-up isn't terrible at just about $.50 per piece; it's all about convenience and eating-on-the-run.

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Why the Swedish 'Fika' Blows a Visit to Starbucks Out of the Water

Where: Sweden
April 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties and customs from around the world. Last week, it was smoked-meat sandwiches in Montreal. This week, we head to Sweden for a cup of coffee.

As anyone who has been out of the country understands, coffee is drank differently in other places than it is here in the States. Traditionally, if you asked for a coffee "to go" across the Atlantic, the Europeans would be confused. In America, coffee is a drug that wakes us up and keeps us going. In other countries, it's an experience, a timeout, never to be drank while driving. You "take" a coffee, you don't "drink" it. In Sweden, this concept is taken so seriously that they have an official name for it.

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Three Food Festivals Laying the Table in April

April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a long winter it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season and warmer weather than with a little food and a little wine. April is packed with food festivals for the next few weekends, so now’s the time to cancel those plans with the family and head out on your own getaway. Here’s three spots worth checking out.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine – April 10 – 13

If you’re not already in California you have until tomorrow to get there, as the events surrounding Pebble Beach Food & Wine kick off tomorrow and run throughout the weekend. Expect celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, plenty of sips and samples, and of course event after event tailored to your food favorites. Most of the cooking demonstrations start at around $100, and things go up from there.

Plenty of tickets are still available on what they call an “a la carte”—ha—basis, but you can also go all in an order a package of events. Things start off at around $1,000 for their magnum set of events, and things get pricier as you select from the jeroboam or imperial options.

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The Next Logical Step for Food Trucks is to Board a Cruise Ship

April 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re going to go ahead and call it at this point, as we think the food truck craze has finally jumped the shark. Please let us know if you feel differently, but the latest offering by the folks over at Royal Caribbean just takes things to the next level of wrong.

It attempts to cash in on the food truck craze Royal Caribbean is working to install a food truck—or the equivalent sea-worthy version. The plan is to get things up and running aboard Quantum of the Seas, as SeaPlex Dog House will serve up things like hot dogs, sausage, and other to-go eats as part of the ship’s entertainment hub.

Although we’re quick to criticize, we’d probably visit for a bite to eat after taking in a ride on the very first bumper car track aboard a cruise ship.

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Know Your Bagels: The Difference Between New York City and Montreal-Style

April 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In this week's Street Food Friday, we took a look at the mouth-watering smoked-meat sandwiches that are a staple of Montreal. It's a hell of a lunch or dinner, but let's not forget about breakfast. Like New York City, Montreal is big on its bagels, and the debate rages on about who bakes the better product.

NYC bagels are made from malt and salt, boiled in regular water, and then baked in a standard oven. Montreal bagels contain malt but sugar instead of salt, and are boiled in honey-water before being cooked in a wood-fired oven. As you can see from the photo, the bagels coming out of Montreal are significantly smaller in size. Advocates of Montreal-style say they like the thin stature and sweet taste, and believe the wood-fire oven gives the exterior a crisp crust. Those in camp NYC prefer salt to sugar in their bagel batter.

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Street Food Friday: Montreal-Style Smoked-Meat Sandwiches

April 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was Detroit-style pizza. This week, we head to Montreal to see what's cooking.

Other than that Montreal has been making delicious smoked-meat sandwiches since the early 1900s, the history of the style's emergence is hazy. In all the speculation that exists, the general consensus is that it has Jewish origins and roots, brought to Canada rather than created within the country. No matter. It arrived, and it is now the most distinguished sandwich in Quebec's largest city.

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This One Los Angeles Street is Home to Three of the City's Best Ramen Restaurants

Where: Sawtelle Street [map], Los Angeles, California, United States
April 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tacos and Mexican food may be the first things to come to mind when you think of the food scene in Los Angeles, but don't sleep on the city's other ethnic offerings that, according to The Daily Beast, score big points for their unwillingness to cater to a general audience.

"(The restaurants are) making no concessions to you, and the food thrives because of that," said Kogi BBQ Chef Roy Choi. "They’re cooking from the heart. They’re not considering, ‘Uh, would that be too spicy?’ You’re just in their part of town. You are the one percent.”

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When Bad Airline Meals Happen to Good Flights

Where: Australia
March 31, 2014 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been pretty fortunate to score some delicious in-flight meals both in the front and back of planes, and you know by now that we're not afraid to snap some photos and share these with the world.

Nonetheless, with the good comes the bad, even in business class. We recently hopped aboard a Virgin Australia A330 from Brisbane to Perth for an evening meal and a little relaxation.

Brisbane to Perth is not only the country's longest non-stop flight, but it's also a key battleground for competition for customers. All the more reason why a bland meal was such a shocker on our flight.

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Street Food Friday: You've Tried the NYC and Chicago Versions, But What About Detroit-Style Pizza?

March 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was gyros in Athens. This week, we head to Detroit, Michigan, to see what's cooking.

While our ears are no doubt familiar with New York and Chicago-styles, does Detroit-style pizza have the same ring? Maybe not, but luckily, it’s our taste buds and eyeballs that do the judging. Detroit-style is immediately recognizable by its square, deep-dish appearance, similar to Sicilian in shape but unique in its preparation.

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Remodeled Qantas Lounge at LAX Set to Open Next Month

March 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Next week, Qantas plans to unveil its newest mega-lounge at LA's TBIT with a completely new design and refreshed service offering.

Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.

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