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Duty-Free Snack Shopping: What to Buy Before Departing Canada

Where: Canada
May 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.

While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.

Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.

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This Cruise Line Now Says 'No' To To-Go Meals

May 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Be very careful sneaking back that midnight snack to your stateroom on the lido deck, as there’s one cruise line that wants you to eat in one place and one place only—the dining room.

According to USA Today, Norwegian Cruise Line has a new rule — or policy, or whatever you want to call it — and it has to do with taking food from the buffet or restaurant and chowing down elsewhere. In a word — don’t. They’re spinning it to sound like they want to keep the ships all neat and tidy, and that plates of food left about is not really appetizing.

Officials do a solid by being somewhat reasonable with things, as they mentioned that grabbing a little cereal for later is fine and dandy. Same with a piece of fruit or something like that. It’s the whole plates of food that’s a no-no, so we guess the shorter take is: just don’t be that guy.

[Photo: Flickr]

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A State Snack Tour: Everything You Need to Eat On Your Next Wisconsin Road Trip

May 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.

Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.

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What to Eat in Baltimore: Crab! (Of Course)

May 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you call it Charm City, The City of Firsts, Ravenstown, or Monument City — something that should be on any itinerary during a trip to Baltimore is crab! When it comes to indulging in quintessentially Baltimorean fare, the small crustacean is at the top of our list. Baltimore crabs are kind of world famous.

Frankly, it's almost impossible to venture anywhere in the city and not find crab on a menu. One of the most common ways to taste the seafood is by choosing crab cakes, but beware, not all are created equal. We'd recommend a splurge on a lump crab cake that features hand-picked crab meat and little to no filler, like breadcrumbs.

Right in the Inner Harbor sits Phillips, a touristy hot spot for seafood that serves up one of the heartier cakes we had while visiting. While it was delicious, we'd eschew the $42 price tag in favor of a more local flavor (at market price) by noshing over at Fells Point, where the hip locals eat. Thames Street Oyster House and Kooper's Tavern are on our short list.

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Good News! American Airlines' Economy Class Breakfast is Finally Edible

May 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may have taken a few years, but American Airlines has finally come around to offering a better breakfast in economy class, on long-haul flights.

You see, it used to be that passengers in the back of plane, on transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Europe, were treated (we use the word sarcastically) to a small and salty hot dinner then, several hours later and before arrival at the destination, a greasy croissant would arrive on a tray. Said croissant would leave grease marks all over the tray, be accompanied by orange juice and little side packets of butter and jam, and altogether make you feel as though your face were a grease slick until you eventually had a chance to shower away the memory of the flight.

We first complained about the meal way, way back in 2011, and went on to take a distinct interest in airline breakfast meals over the years. See our "Surprisingly Awesome Airline Meals" category for times when airlines actually got it right.

Now, the AA has finally cleaned up their act to change economy class breakfast into a pleasant little boxed meal containing things you might want to eat, and wouldn't feel gross for ingesting after a lengthy trip.

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Street Food Friday: East Meets West With the JAPADOG in Vancouver

May 1, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Terimayo dog, JAPADOG's signature hot dog, is topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed

Vancouver is known for its seafood and sushi, but budget travelers need not worry: The city also has one of the most unique Asian-North American street food fusions we've come across in a long time.

Known as the JAPADOG, the concept dresses up the classic hot dog with traditional Asian toppings. It goes well beyond wasabi mayo and cabbage. The east-meets-west theme is probably best embodied in the Yakisoba Dog, which tops an arabiki sausage with yakisoba noddles. Yes, noodles on a hot dog.

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What to Eat in Kauai, Hawaii: 17 Foods to Rock Your World

March 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hope you're hungry.

We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.

Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:

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Food Worth Flying For: The Saimin Ramen of Kauai, Hawaii

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.

You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.

Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.

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When in Austin, Have Lunch Down the Road in the 'Barbecue Capital of Texas'

March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Barbecue is the cornerstone of Austin cuisine, especially for people in town for South by Southwest looking for a local experience. There are a number of great places to try within the city limits to get your fix of ribs and brisket, such as Black's, Rudy's, and Franklin. But if you're looking to escape the crowds for a couple hours, you might consider a lunch trip to Lockhart, the "barbecue capital of the Texas" just 40 minutes south.

The title of being the barbecue capital of Texas was first given to Lockhart by the 76th Texas Legislature and House Resolution #1024 in 1999, which officially named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas." The title was again reaffirmed by the Senate in the Fall of 2003. Hearing that, we expected to find endless options in Lockhart, but amazingly there are only four barbecue restaurants in the entire town.

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Street Food Friday: There's a Fine Line Between Desert and Dessert in Arizona

Where: 35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy [map], Black Canyon City, Arizona , United States, 85324
March 13, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you visit Sedona, you'll most likely fly into Phoenix and drive north on Highway 17. The drive can easily be done in two hours as you watch the terrain and elevation change and the saguaro cacti give way to prickly pears. But if you're not in a rush, it is the ideal chance to check out a local favorite highway stop called the Rock Springs Cafe.

The roadhouse atmosphere and remoteness has been enticing people off the highway for decades. Interestingly, the reason people keep coming back is, of all things, its pies. The two don't seem like a perfect fit on paper, but there's a fine line between dessert and desert, so let's not question a good thing. The lineup features fruit, cream, and specialty pies - think Jack Daniels Pecan.

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Shut The Door. Have a Seat. Mad Men Dining Week Begins On March 23 in NYC

March 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.

From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.

For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.

Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."

Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.

[Photo: Mad Men Dining Week]

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Street Food Friday: Noodles for Breakfast in Myanmar's Shan State

Where: Myanmar
February 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Eating noodles for breakfast in Asia is akin to frying up eggs and bacon every morning in America. Just a normal meal. NBD.

The Vietnamese chow down on Pho, the Malaysians eat Mee, and the Cambodians like Kuy teav. Myanmar enjoys a noodle concoction called Mohinga as its national dish and a popular breakfast choice, but today we're going to dig a little deeper and highlight the cuisine of the Shan State - the country's largest producers of produce.

Located on the eastern side of central Myanmar, the Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south. It is heavily patrolled by ethnic groups - including a few who have revolted against the government - meaning that visitors are treated to unique subcultures not found in the rest of the country (that goes for many parts of Myanmar that ethnic tribes call home).

Mohinga might be the national dish, but the Shan people, after which the state is named, have their own noodle dish on the breakfast menu: Shan noodles.

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