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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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Where to Purchase the Best Polish Pastries for PaÁzki 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 PaÁzki 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 paÁzki (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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The Little Things: Emirates' First Class Almond-Stuffed Dates

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.

Emirates, which is known to be Łber-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.

Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Anzac Biscuits of Australia and New Zealand

December 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Late night somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, an entire Qantas A380 full of Los Angeles-bound passengers is asleep...except for us. We're up and out of our seats, hunting for a midnight snack in the rear "snack galley" of the A380's economy class. It's here we find a little package of "Anzac biscuits," cookies so engrained in Australian and New Zealand history and flavor that Subway chain restaurants even offered them for a time.

ANZAC is an acronym for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," and this cookie is so named because of its history as a popular treat to send to soldiers stationed abroad, as early as World War I. The key to the cookie's success lies in its basic ingredients of rolled oats, flour, dry coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water. Note that there are no eggs in the recipe, a fact which helps to give Anzac biscuits an especially long shelf life.

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Where to Find the Only Vegetarian-Friendly Biscochito Cookies in New Mexico

Where: 821 W San Mateo Rd [map], Santa Fe, NM, United States, 87505
December 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Biscochitos, the small star- or fleur-de-lis-shaped cookies that are more than delicious; they're a staple of Christmas in New Mexico. Unfortunately theyíre also not terribly vegetarian-friendly since the cinnamon and anise-sprinkled goodies are made with a healthy dose of lard.

Whatís a vegetarian or kosher-keeper to do? Luckily, thereís one Santa Fe bakery that substitutes butter for lard in their recipe.

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Toblerone, the Undisputed King of Duty-Free Impulse Buys

November 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

Next time you're flying into or out of Barcelona, you'll want to reach for a few sweet sticks of Swiss Toblerone chocolate. No, really; you'll actually be subconsciously sold on the stuff, as an entire section of Barcelona El Prat Airport's duty-free shop has been converted into a golden altar to the awesomeness of Toblerone, all to promote the newly designed packaging featuring a Gaudi-influenced Barcelona design.

For as long as we can remember, Toblerone has been king of duty-free. Whereas airports on tiny Caribbean islands may push their handmade crafts and massive airports of Asian metropoli stock themselves to the gills with designer perfumes, there's one thing they'll both have in common: the availability of Toblerone.

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Move Over, Cupcakes. One Ohio Airport Has Vending Machines Full of Gourmet Ice Cream

November 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Port Columbus Airport is actually quite lovely and not a desperate ghost town airport like neighbors to the west, Toledo-Express and Cincinnati-Covington. For a brief period it even boasted JetBlue service and was the hub for a sadly departed little-budget-airline-that-could called SkyBus. Still, exciting things are happening in Columbus, as evidenced by the arrival of gourmet ice cream vending machines.

The airport plugged in the machines earlier this year, and the small servings by hometown company Jeni's Ice Creams have been selling like hotcakes. Or, rather, coldcakes? Anyway, it's a unique amenity considering how obsessed airports have been with cupcakes and only cupcakes of late.

Each machine stocks 12 different flavors (6 cups, 6 sandwiches), and currently travelers may take advantage of the machines in both Concourses B and C, and coming soon to Concourse A.

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10 Tasty Foreign Treats to Add to Your Halloween Candy Bowl

October 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

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:

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Tim Tam Ice Cream of Australia

Where: Australia
August 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Now there's more to scream about if you're heading down under, with a new flavor ice cream that marries the delicious flavor of Tim Tams—the iconic, chocolatey cookie from Australia—with the creamy delight of chocolate ice cream.

We've talked about Tim Tams before, okay, maybe more than once (here and here). The moment the specialty ice cream flavor caught our eyes, we knew we had to give it a whirl, for research's sake. If you've had Tim Tams, then you know why Aussies treasure them.

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What to Eat on Martha's Vineyard: 14 Foods for a Summer Weekend

July 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's only appropriate for July, the month host to Independence Day, that we reflect on the things that matter most to us as Americans. Specifically we're referring to freedom, and even more specifically, the freedom to fly to an island and fill up on seafood.

If you find yourself chillin' on Martha's Vineyard this summer and wondering what's to eat (especially when it comes to midnight donut cravings), we've got a few suggestions:

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Bookstores are Out and Cupcakes are In at US Airports

July 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the bankruptcy and subsequent shuttering of all Borders Bookstores made you frown, just wait until you hear what business will soon that frown upside down in the former Borders location within JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK. A cupcake bakery is moving in, but it's not just any cupcake bakery. It's Baked by Melissa, a small NYC chain of shops specializing in buttery, moist, cutesy cupcakes that cost only $1 each.

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What to Eat in Seoul: 31 Foods That'll Rock Your World

Where: Seoul, Korea
June 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (2)

South Korea is so much more than kimchi.

The Anthony Bourdain wannabes of the world consistently rank Singapore as the number one destination for true food adventures, but Seoul should be right up there as well. The eating's that good. It's so good that we couldn't narrow our favorite South Korean flavors to a list of 10 items, or even 20; nope, we have 31 must-try Seoul foods to share with you.

As always, we recommend taking this mantra to heart: If it looks ugly, it tastes awesome. Now you're ready to have your world rocked.

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