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You Won't Believe What Everyone is Eating at The Eiffel Tower

Where: 5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France, 75007
March 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why, it's cotton candy.

While strolling by the Eiffel Tower last month, we kept seeing flashes of pink popping in and out of the crowds of tourists surrounding the landmark. When we got closer, we were able to see that the pink was actually cotton candy, which was for sale at the concession stand on the side closest to the Seine. Granted, it was mostly kids eating the cotton candy, but we spied a few adults picking at the pink as well.

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Street Food Friday: If You Don't Eat This in Athens, Let Athena Strike You Down

Where: Athens, Greece
March 21, 2014 at 9:04 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 the surprising taco trunk scene in Columbus. This week, we head to Athens, Greece, to see what's cooking.

This one might be as obvious as deep dish in Chicago or cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, but you absolutely must try a gyro in Greece. We say that not because you've never heard of one before, rather because, like the cheesesteak in Philly, you've never had one this good.

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The Tastiest Exotic Fruits to Try in the Southern Hemisphere

March 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

Apples and orange and pears, oh my! More like oh boy, as these fruits are only the tip of the iceberg for tastiness, and travelers to the Southern Hemisphere know this well.

Exotic fruits on the other side of the world are a serious attraction for the culinary adventurer, and we're not talking about dragonfruit, lychee or papaya; instead we're looking further afield to what can be found beyond the Equator:

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On Friday We Eat Dim Sum: 7 Tips for Hong Kong Tea Houses

Where: Hong Kong
March 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Call it what you want: dim sum, yum cha, appetizers or small plates. Regardless of what rolls off your tongue when talking about it, Hong Kong's national dim sum dishes can be found all around the city and Tea Houses are where you'll want to go first to dig in.

One very popular and well-located tea house in the city is Lin Heung on Wellington Street in the Central District.

Now, this isn't your typical Chinese restaurant; it takes some subtle (and not so subtle) tips to navigate around the establishment. Walk into the corner building's ground floor bakery and head upstairs for a sit-down meal. Once you've made it this far, all you'll need are our Hong Kong tea house tips to finish out the meal:

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Street Food Friday: A Surprising Taco Truck Scene in Columbus

March 14, 2014 at 11:40 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 a taste of turtle in Grand Cayman. This week, we head to Columbus, Ohio, to see what's cooking.

Last time we were in Columbus, we set out to investigate what we were told was a budding food scene. We quickly became familiar with areas such as German Village, a historic neighborhood packed with colonial feel and farm-to-fork restaurants.

We drank local gin from the Watershed Distillery (best gin this contributor has ever had... really), and when we started asking around for some local grub, people kept pointing us in the direction of the taco trucks. We thought it was a joke, until we learned that there are approximately 40 of them circling the city.

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Happy Pi Day! Head to These 5 States for a Slice of Specialty Pies

March 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

A slice of Michigan ABC pie

Happy National Pi Day! Yes, that's "Pi" as in 3.14 ad infinitum and not "pie," the tasty baked good. Still, is there any better way to celebrate Pi than by adding an "e" and cutting into the latter? For real sticklers, there is a National Pie Day, but it's over; that was January 23.

Now that we're on the cusp of spring, it's absolutely time to brainstorm some road trips. In that spirit, here's a little inspiration: Five States with Pies Worth a Road Trip

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What Does Austin Offer When SXSW is Done and Dusted?

Where: Austin, Texas
March 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you've been living in a cave (without WiFi, naturally), the South By Southwest festival is in full swing right now, with networking, screenings and, of course, partying. Austin, Texas is abuzz with people from all over the planet and, even though SXSW has plenty of things to keep visitors occupied for 10 days, not everyone is interested in visiting the city during this time of the year.

Thus, we've come up with a hearty list of things to do if you're headed to Austin when the city isn't packed with conference attendees.

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Street Food Friday: A Controversial Taste of Turtle in Grand Cayman

March 7, 2014 at 2:16 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 fried lobster in Puerto Nuevo. This week, we head back to the Caribbean and Grand Cayman to see what's cooking.

On our last day in Grand Cayman, we went in search of something we had heard was a common dish served on the island, something that might be even more controversial than the consumption of whale in Norway: We were after a taste of turtle.

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Even Washington DC's Reagan National Airport Will Improve Pre-flight Dining

March 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems that each and every week we hear about new restaurants hitting the airport dining scene, and this week is no exception. At this point you probably know that Sbarro and Starbucks are out in favor of some high end concourse cuisine, and that’s exactly what they’re getting over at Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A—the good stuff.

Fans of Top Chef and The Chew will want to head to the airport a little bit earlier than usual, as they’ll need time to check out one of the latest ventures from Carla Hall. It’ll be a little bit of time before things start serving up terminal treats, as it seems like the middle of 2015 is the target opening date.

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RSVP to These Five March Restaurant Weeks

March 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—so it’s finally March, and that means it’s time to come out from hibernation and once again enjoy life. The clocks do their thing this weekend, and with a little more daylight to enjoy it’s time to go out to eat with friends and family. Cities around the country are looking to get a few more diners into their booths, as March is a great time to celebrate the local restaurant scene. Here’s a few cities, counties, and areas doing the restaurant week thing this month.

· Sonoma County Restaurant Week:

It cannot get much better than a restaurant week in California wine country, so make your way to Sonoma County between March 10 and March 16. This is their fifth annual event, and they have plenty of options. Three-course special dinner menus will be priced at $19, $29, or $39.

· Hudson Valley Restaurant Week:

Skip out of town for the weekend, and head to New York’s Hudson Valley for some dinner and drinks. Go ahead and start making those reservations now, as the special pricing runs between March 10 and March 23. The restaurant week features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95.

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Where to Purchase the Best Polish Pastries for Paçzki Day

March 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.

The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.

If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;

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Eataly Dares to Dream of Building a Foodie Theme Park in Italy

Where: Bologna, Italy
March 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.

Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.

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