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Thanksgiving Culinary Traditions

Dressing or stuffing? Pumpkin or sweet potato pie? Brine, baste, roast or deep-fry the bird? What you consider to be the “correct” answer to these and other culinary questions about our nation’s annual Thanksgiving feast depend largely on where you live.

Let California Entertain You

Home to less than 4,000 residents, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is a wonderland for gourmands, with a jaw-dropping 50+ restaurants situated within its one-square-mile area. If that statistic amazes, consider the little town’s location: Tucked away two hours south of San Francisco on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea benefits from the bounty of the Pacific plus ultra-fresh foodstuffs delivered from the neighboring Salinas Valley.

2018-10-22T19:48:23+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

10 Must-Go Chocolate Stops in the U.S.A.

The mere thought of chocolate can bring smiles. Cacao has been used to uplift the spirits of those lucky enough to get their hands on it since it was first discovered. These days, there’s great news for all chocolate lovers: Not only can chocolate satisfy sweet teeth, it’s chock full of antioxidants and other health benefits—let that fact quell any guilt you may feel about indulging in bars or truffles! To help ensure you’re never without a sweet treat—especially on vacation!—trust your taste buds to these 10 drool-worthy chocolatiers and chocolate-making tours across the U.S.A.

2018-10-16T13:57:29+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: Cuisines, Desserts, Featured, North, Northwest, Pacific, Regions, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , |0 Comments

10 Foodie Experiences from Classic Movies

“I'll have what she's having” is arguably one of the most recognized lines in movie history. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” humorously explores the difference between men and woman and whether or not they can really be friends. Sally, played by Meg Ryan, is depicted as a picky eater who wants things the way she wants them. She's eating a deli sandwich in the classic scene, proof that movie food scenes layer theme into cuisine.

Dining on the Daily Catch in Morro Bay

In Morro Bay, California, an ancient 581-foot-tall volcanic plug known as Morro Rock presides over the quaint fishing village. The odd-looking landmark is the essence of this place. The rock's very existence speaks to these exceptionally nutrient-rich estuary waters where a longtime small fleet commercial fishing industry retains its sturdy sea legs.

2018-11-13T20:18:27+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Categories: Producers & Purveyors, Regions, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments

Honey Hotels

Choosing overnight accommodations that keep bees on the property can have some sweet benefits: You might get a taste of the honey those bees produce when you order a breakfast biscuit, salad dressed with house-made vinaigrette, glazed veggies or meats, or even a cocktail at the on-site restaurant or bar.

Five Spectacular Spots for a Picnic

A picnic is a small pleasure. Even if you just grab a blanket and head for your own backyard, there's a simple joy in eating in the fresh air. Some destinations take outdoor dining to another level of scene-setting and memory-making. Whether you pick up local sandwiches or burritos, or just tote some fresh bread, cheese and wine from home, don't miss the chance to picnic at these five spectacular spots.

2018-10-25T18:15:01+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Northeast, Regions, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , |0 Comments

48 Hours in Los Angeles, California

If pleasant weather and diverse food and culture are the sorts of things you enjoy in a destination, put Los Angeles, California on your must-go travel bucket list.  Even if you can only visit L.A. for a weekend, there is a ton of stuff that you can do in just 48 hours.  The sprawling city reaches from the San Fernando Valley on its north side all the way south to Long Beach, so each time you visit the City of Angels you can get a different experience.  Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a making a return trip, here’s my advice for a fun-filled luxurious weekend in L.A. with a foodie focus.

2018-10-09T12:50:10+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |0 Comments