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NYC Announces Dates for Restaurant Week Summer 2014

June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)


A restaurant week dessert at Ai Fiori

It's about that time of the year, as the dates for the Summer 2014 New York City Restaurant Week were just officially announced. Foodies, start your engines (and start looking into flights and hotels) to enjoy the $25 Lunch and $38 3-course Dinner menus at over 300 of the city's best restaurants. The dates are extra long this year, approaching more of a Restaurant Month than a Restaurant Week: July 21–August 15.

Reservations aren't open yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to set up your short list. If you're curious about what to expect with a Restaurant Week meal, feel free to check out our photo galleries of our meals from the last couple seasons. These were Ai Fiori, The Modern, Park Avenue Summer, The Russian Tea Room and L'Ecole.

Reservations open July 9 at their official website. Don't worry; the second that the restaurant list becomes available, we'll be on it like gold leaf on a dark chocolate torte.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The New Flavor of Fiji Airways is Straight Out of the Tropics

Where: Fiji
June 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling across the Pacific on Fiji Airways is always exciting, since there's a 100% chance you'll end up in paradise after the welcome "bula!" Starting this summer, the Fijian hospitality onboard increases, as the airline enhances their in-flight meal offering to offer a more "Fijian-style" signature dish for the entire plane.

In business class, passenger looking to get into the island spirit will be greeted with a signature welcome drink (featuring Fijian rum) or a mocktail. Once airborne, the cushy seats will be treated to an hors d’oeuvres service and a selection of fine wines. A taste of the islands comes during the main course with a signature dish from Fiji's own, Lance Seeto, head chef of Castaway Island Resort.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Bistro 'Brekky' on Virgin Australia

Where: Australia
June 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Eggs on a plane often sounds just as scary as "Snakes on a Plane," and we usually recommend avoiding rubbery, egg-like substances that very rarely turn out nice. Virgin Australia has however eschewed the traditional cheese-filled omelets or scrambled egg substitute for a bistro-style offering that is not only delish, but making us rethink the importance of breakfast on a plane.

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How to Eat Conch (Like a Local) on Turks & Caicos

June 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like many islands in the Caribbean, conch is a staple of the food scene in Turks & Caicos. Every menu features it, and every local seems pretty fond of it. Provo is even home to the world's only conch farm, raising the endangered Caribbean Queen Conch for wholesale consumption.

Conch appears on menus in a variety of ways, and the toughest part of a trip to Turks and Caicos is avoiding bad jokes (Dude, I'm totally conched out!). Here's a rundown of how you'll see conch prepared:

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How to Get Tickets to Taste of Chicago 2014

June 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

For most of the US summer means good weather, good music and, of course, good food.

Taste of Chicago is one of world's largest annual food festivals with dozens of restaurants, vendors, and food trucks serving up the best of the Windy City's food scene over five days.

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17 Donut Alternatives Worth Traveling Around the World For

June 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy National Donut Day! Aside from giving everyone a reason to justify a visit to the sweeter end of the baked goods counter, National Donut Day allows us to reflect on the many other treats we turn to when a donut just won't do. Blasphemy, right? Well, travelers soon find that donuts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anytime indulgences.

Here, our 17 favorite donut alternatives from around the world:

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From Cleveland to Syracuse, New Restaurants are Popping Up at the Airport

June 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re headed off to the airport anytime soon there’s probably a chance you’ll need something to eat at some point, so here's a heads-up for the newest openings and coming soon situations.

For those who have summer vacation plans in upstate New York, Syracuse airport officials are hard at work getting one of those Johnny Rockets spots—famous for burgers, fries, and nostalgia—ready before the end of the year. A new Dunkin’ Donuts and Market Express have already opened up shop, and there are also plans to feature some local brews and beverages over at Middle Ages Alehouse.

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How Australia is Marketing Itself as One Big, Gourmet Restaurant

Where: Australia
June 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some destination ad campaigns can be brilliant in doing their job to inspire travel, while others are simply awful. Luckily for Tourism Australia, they've decided to go in a different direction from that full-frontal kangaroo, in favor of the country's delicious food and wine.

Themed as "Restaurant Australia," the 3-minute commercial equates the country to one big restaurant. The menu is the journey, with obligatory shots of Sydney Harbour, Melbourne's Laneways, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef interspersed with glossy close-ups of glorious seafood, sippable vintages and, of course, tender Aussie lamb, all set to a powerful soundtrack by Aboriginal musician, Dewayne Everettsmith.

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Something We Wish We Would Have Known Before Eating in St. Gallen

May 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know you need to eat an Olma bratwurst, but here's an even better tip to ensure you eat well in St. Gallen: Seek out restaurants that are located on the 2nd floor of a building (or in European terms, the 1st floor). One of the fun facts of the town is that, in the past, all restaurants were built one floor up from ground level, and are today known as traditional "First Floor Restaurants."

Back in the day, when the town was just beginning in the seventh century, things were not as they are today. Roads were dusty, the ground damp, and trash collection was not yet a weekly service. It wasn't the most ideal situation to build living quarters and kitchens, and so the Swiss brought their residential dwellings and, eventually, their restaurants, up one floor off the ground. In the Old Town of St. Gallen, up the stairs is where you'll find the town's traditional restaurants.

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Try These Traditional Treats on Your Next Visit to Switzerland

May 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

In this edition of Street Food Friday, we take a look at some of the common national dishes of Switzerland. This list is a general one, as most of the following can be found throughout the entire country. Our travels were focused on the greater Zurich area, and next week, we’ll highlight some local specialties when we feature a series of easy day trips to the villages outside the city, dishes that add a big dose of personality to these basic favorites:

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Throwback Thursday: Air France's Tummy-Filling Transatlantic Meals on the 707

Where: France
May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

We can only imagine what it would have been like in the mid-1960s, planning a trip to France on one of the new Boeing 707s. Dreaming of nibbling croissants on the street, sampling fine French cuisine, and sipping French vintages would be part of the agenda and Air France knew it. That's why it's no surprise their advertisements highlighted the elaborate meals onboard their jet service from New York, Chicago and LA.

This poster above exhibits the nine essential parts of the service, about which Air France was so proud. Not only would De Luxe Class (business class) passengers be treated to the reduced flying time and comfort of jet service across the Atlantic, but also onboard meals worthy of the Paris route. Taking consistency into consideration, all of these beautiful meals will be served depending on mileage from origin city.

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Make JFK Proud and Eat These Three Things in Berlin

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

In this addition of Street Food Friday, we head to Berlin to see what's cooking. While it does have some very strong traditions, it's important to note that Berlin is a huge international city where locals eat everything from burgers to Asian barbecue. Try the following local dishes along the way, but if you really want to live the local life, be sure to explore the Berlin's vast multicultural food scene.

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