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Best U.S. Resorts With Foodie Workshops

Traveling for food is more than just eating at great restaurants. These are the best foodie workshops around the world.

Sustainable Foodies

Terranea Resort is a workshop that prides itself from living off the land and the sea. The resort’s farm-to-table program, led by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra, includes a number of amazing features, including a salt producing insitute that pulls salt directly from the sea. Workshops are held the first Saturday of the month and reservations must be made in advance.

Farm to Table Foodies

Blackberry Farm includes great tasting tours and hands-on farm demos. Among the best features is the wine and whiskey tastings, along with cheese-making events.

Global Foodie

Vermont’s Essex Resort and Spa may not have any cooking classes, but that shouldn’t deter you. The Cook Academy classes are intimate and a great place where beginners to cooking can learn. It also includes great skill advancements for more advanced chefs, as well. Also, try some of the Vermont maple syrup, which is delicious.

Gourmet Foodies

Wynn Las Vegas is more than gambling. The resort’s Master Class series — which you can find online, as well — includes workshops led by some of the greatest chefs and artisans in the world. Learn everything about sushi to wine, as you enjoy the views of the Strip while you engage in the best of the best.

Forage Foodies

If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path (literally), you may be interested in a forage foodie adventure.  La Tourelle Resort is the cream of the crop of these, with its glamping experience and it’s hands-on foodie experience. Hosted by  Food Network star Emma Frisch, the forage experience provide travelers with a 70-acre farm for foraging fun.

Spicy Foodies

New York’s Inns of Aurora has some of the spiciest foodie adventure experiences. Laura Coburn, the resort’s Director of Serenity, oversees the tea sessions that provide travelers with a unique experience that’s tailored to each guest.

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10 Hidden Wine Regions Around the World

Many wine-growing regions remain under the radar because they don’t export their product, or they’re overshadowed by more established counterparts.

 

 

Cape South Coast, South Africa
South Africa’s Cape South Coast doesn’t have the same international reputation as Stellenbosch and Paarl, but it’s certainly one to watch. While Swartland, just north of Cape Town, is often mentioned as an overlooked wine region, so are the lush vineyards to the south, found in Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven on Earth).

A cooler environment than South Africa’s other wine growing areas lends itself to Elgin’s Sauvignon Blanc and pinot noir wines, with some of the best produced at Paul Cluver. Of the almost 20 wineries, make time to visit Catherine Marshall Wines, Downes Family Vineyards and Iona Wine Farm. Meanwhile, Hemel-en-Aarde excels at pinot noirs and Chardonnays and offers 15 wineries for sampling. Hamilton Russell (pictured) is the oldest, but don’t miss Creation and Ataraxia.

Cafayate, Argentina
Cafayate is found in a remote part of the Salta province, defined by red rocks and verdant vineyards ringed by imposing mountain ranges. Its high altitude and little rain make for notable Malbecs and Torrontés, a dry white wine specific to Argentina. What may be surprising is Cafayate’s wine industry is just as old as the famed Mendoza region, with the gorgeous Bodega El Esteco (pictured) dating back to the 19th century.

At the other end of the spectrum is the newer Piattelli Vineyards, which has become a popular spot for its sweeping views and quality wines. Finca Las Nubes is another favorite — it’s a bit further than the other wineries, but you’ll be rewarded with organic wines and an authentic experience. The wide-open Calchaqui Valleys views aren’t too bad either.

Moldova
Though it’s Europe’s poorest country, the small Eastern European nation of Moldova is a mighty producer of wine. This fact is mostly unknown in the U.S. since Moldova mainly exports to Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine — and it just started exporting to the United Arab Emirates — but its reds and whites are worth seeking out. The country possesses an ancient winemaking history, and today its vineyards are centered in the regions of Valul lui Traian, Stefan Voda, Codru and Balti. Be sure to visit Purcari, an award-winning winery that’s been around since 1827.

Chateau Vartely might be newer, but has quickly established a reputation for its wines. Perhaps even more famous than Moldova’s wineries are its wine cellars. Milestii Mici holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest collection, and the cellar is so cavernous that you need a car to explore it.

Okanagan Valley, Canada
About a four-hour drive from Vancouver, the Okanagan Valley is defined by carpeted rolling hills reminiscent of the Cotswolds. While the wine region is one of the furthest north in the world, the Okanagan enjoys less severe weather than the rest of Canada, and wines like pinot gris and Viognier do well here.

Plan ahead since most wineries are only open April through September. According to Wines of British Columbia, there are 172 licensed wineries in six different regions in the Okanagan Valley, notably Kelowna and Naramata Bench. Mission Hill Winery is one of the best-known wineries — so well known, in fact, that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited during their 2016 Canadian tour.

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Good Mexican wine might sound like an oxymoron, but the Valle de Guadalupe region is quietly changing that perception. Less than two hours from the Tijuana border on the Baja California peninsula, you’ll find more than 100 wineries and a developing wine scene that’s exploded in the past decade.

The roads are dusty and the wineries can be hard to find, but that level of authenticity is also a large part of the appeal. Well, that, and excellent wines, especially those made from Nebbiolo grapes. Las Nubes, Clos de Tres Cantos and Finca la Carrodilla are among the wineries worth visiting. Adobe Guadalupe (pictured) provides the extra benefit of luxurious lodging and horseback riding wine tours through its vineyards.

Ticino, Switzerland
Switzerland brings to mind chocolate, skiing and watches, but wine? Not so much. That’s because only about one percent is exported and not in the U.S. The Swiss and tourists are the prime beneficiaries of world-class wine, with the Lavaux region being the most famous. Tourists visiting the Ticino region, a little known Italian-speaking section near the Italian border, will find a bigger secret involving Merlot, the area’s most commonly grown grape.

Pop into the Wine Museum Matasci in Tenero to learn about the area’s wine history dating back to the Roman Empire, then follow the Mendrisiotto Wine Route for a good overview of Ticinese wine. Don’t forget to visit Tamborini for its impressive selection.

Wairarapa Wine Region, New Zealand
Beyond the spotlight of Marlborough and its heavyweight Sauvignon Blancs, you’ll find the young Wairarapa wine region. Though small, it’s earning global attention for its pinot noirs. Martinborough is considered the center, a cute village an hour away from Wellington. Most of its 30 wineries are within walking distance of each other.

Poppies Martinborough is beloved for its wine tastings (called cellar doors) and tours, as well as for its restaurant. One of the oldest, Ata Rangi, makes an acclaimed pinot noir, as does Te Kairanga (pictured). Palliser Estate, Muirlea Rise and Margrain Vineyard should also be on your radar.

Kakheti, Georgia
The Republic of Georgia is trending thanks to new flights and the under-visited capital of Tbilisi, but Georgia is also attracting attention for its wine. A small country bordered by Turkey to the west and Russia to the east, its winemaking tradition can be traced back some 8,000 years, when early attempts at wine were buried underground in clay jars, called qvevri or kvevri. This technique is still alive and well among the country’s winemakers.

Base yourself in the fairytale town of Signagi (also spelled Sighnaghi) since it’s considered the epicenter of the wine region. Swirl and sip at Pheasant’s Tears, an American-owned winery that adheres to the qvevri tradition, or venture an hour out to Schuchmann Wines, which offers a hotel, wine spa and restaurant.

North Fork, New York
When it comes to wine, Long Island’s North Fork tends to get overlooked in favor of the Finger Lakes upstate, a larger and somewhat older viticulture. The area also gets bypassed in favor of the Hamptons, its glitzier neighbor to the south. But that means missing out on farmland dotted with fruit stands and 36 wineries, where many are producing high-quality wines that don’t need any comparison to Napa and Sonoma.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are among the wines you’ll find here. Shinn Estate makes an excellent Malbec, while Croteaux, whose tasting area resembles the south of France, is known for its rosés. You can’t beat the combination of award-winning wines and Long Island Sound views from Kontokosta Winery.

Margaret River, Australia
If you know anything about Australian wines, you’ve likely heard of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, both heavy producers of Shiraz. The newer wine-growing region of Margaret River, found on the Southwest coast just south of Perth, is quickly catching up on the international scene.

Thanks in part to its Mediterranean climate, you’ll find more than 200 wineries producing reds and whites, especially excellent Cabernets and Chardonnays. Vasse Felix is one of Margaret River’s first wineries, and in 2017, Wine Enthusiast named it “New World Wine Maker of the Year.” With more than 100 cellar doors (tasting rooms), consider visiting Leeuwin Estate, one of the area’s first and now one of the most famous. Also, visit the equally famous Voyager Estate.

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Places to Eat Poke in Hawaii

What better way to eat your favorite seafood than deliciously raw in a traditional poke bowl?

Umeke’s, Island of Hawaii

If getting the best poke bang for your buck is in order, head to Umekes in Kona for ahi, tako or shrimp poke, all scooped to order with, yes, an ice cream scoop. It’s great for folks who are dining with non-poke loving friends since they offer beef and pork bowls that come with a choice of starch and one of seven just as delicious side dishes. Grab a lemonade and find a seat, if you can, on their patio.

The Fish Market, Maui

More fish and less of the other stuff, that should be the motto at this poke spot. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you: they are serving the best of fresh seafood every day. On the right side, the fish market serves up all the poke you could possibly want, with chunks of fresh tuna in lighter sauces so you really get the full flavor of the fish. Not in the mood for the raw stuff? The left side of the market features tacos, sandwiches and deep-friend favorites. Your best bet is to try both.

Koloa Fish Market, Kauai

While the best poke bowl can depend on who you ask, you can’t go wrong at Koloa Fish Market on the South Shore. There are over half a dozen types of poke to choose from so the only choice will be how you like your ahi. It’s served by the pound over rice but be sure to get here before the lunch rush when they often sell out.

Ono Seafood, Oahu

Don’t let the lack of parking deter you from visiting this poke spot where your best bet is to plan on taking a portion to go. The menu is super clear: eight poke options with varying sauces. Regulars love the spicy ahi, which is coated in a creamy mayo-based sauce. If you can handle the heat, try the shoyu ahi poke bowl for a nice kick.

Lana’i ‘Ohana Poke Market, Lanai

Come early so you don’t miss the good stuff at this fish market that is known to sell out early. They open at 10:30 a.m. and close once the poke pickings are gone. They sell simple, delicious poke bowls without a lot of fluff. The prices might be higher than other spots (often $17 per pound) but it’s worth it for the texture of the fish alone.

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Top 10 Best Places for Street Eats in the World

If you’re a foodie like I am, you’re going to want to make your travel arrangements to these exciting locations. You may want to consider taking some vacation time; these hot spots may be hard to reach during a traditional lunch hour.

10. Singapore

One of the safest street food cities in the world. They have strictly enforced regulations and centralized hawker areas. Plus, stalls are required to show cleanliness grades (“A” through “D”), so you know exactly which vendor to choose. Order: Hainanese chicken rice; bak chor mee (pork noodles); sup tulang (bone marrow soup); min chiang ku.

Maxwell Food Center, very near Chinatown, is one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centers. The longest lines will be for Hainanese chicken rice and congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre, also very close is great for spicy, delicious laksa and seafood-based noodle dishes.

At Lagoon Food Village, by the beach, you will see an entire row of satay stalls.

9. Sydney

Sydney’s diverse food scene has you covered for most any craving. Variety aside, the city’s street stalls and food trucks are some the world’s cleanest. Like Singapore, the city enforces food safety guidelines and performs regular cleanliness inspections.

For ramen or pho, during the month of October, Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets are worth the trek.

Other times of the year, you’ll find the best Asian street food at Cabramatta or Marrickville, in Sydney’s Western suburb.

Order the fat boy burger and truffle fries at Mister Gee Burger truck.
Gnocchi with lamb ragu is good at Urban Pasta food truck.
Banh mi at Marrickville Pork Roll.

Because Sydney’s food trucks are scattered and on the move, across the city, we recommend downloading the Sydney Food Truck application, to know exactly where everyone is located on the day of your visit.

8. Istanbul

These city streets are crawling with street vendors and shops where you can grab a quick sandwich, hot dog, or cold beer. While the food is usually safe, err on the side of caution and stick with cooked foods, rather than raw meat or seafood. Lahmacun is a Turkish-style pizza covered in ground meat, onions, and spices, grilled corn on the cob is called m?s?r; kokoreç or lamb intestines wrapped around skewered sweetbreads and grilled over charcoal; and the flaky pastry, börek usually has either a vegetable or cheese filling.

7. Bangkok

Street food is so inherent in Bangkok you can eat well in the city and never set foot inside a restaurant, and that covers three meals a day. There are an estimated 12,000 vendors in the Thai capital; however, they are not all licensed. We suggest you hang with the stalls that display a sticker of a smiling plate, which is the health official’s seal of approval. Som tum Gai Yang or green papaya salad with chicken; grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice; boat noodles; moo dad died (deep-fried pork jerky) are all great choices.

Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Soi 38 night market off Sukhumvit Road are packed full of delicious street food options.

For the best boat noodles visit the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument.

6. Marrakesh

Street food in Marrakesh is some of the most exciting and flavorsome in the world, with all its spices, colors, textures, and influences. Food safety is not a primary concern at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square because there are frequent inspections, and leftover food is disposed of nightly. We still think it’s a good idea to go for tagines, sandwiches, and cooked foods when possible, especially if you are outside the Medina.

Each night, Djemaa el-Fna turns into the city’s greatest outdoor dining hall, overflowing with sizzling grilled meats, fragrant tagines, and fluffy, spicy couscous. Tagine; ghouls; bastille (Moroccan pigeon pie); ma’qooda (deep-fried potato balls); chebakia (sesame cookies) are all yummy options.

5. Mumbai

About 250,000 hawkers, cover the streets of Mumbai and all of them are rich in culinary exploration. Most of Mumbai’s street food is hearty, filling and vegetarian-friendly. But beware: food safety is a concern in Mumbai because only around 17,000 hawkers are legally licensed. Stay with cooked food and avoid dairy.

A wallah will be on every street corner, but the best vada pav is at Shivaji on Rajwadkar Street, Colaba. They make vada pav fresh daily. Vada pav is a fried potato patty on bread.

The best pav bhaji or spicy vegetable curry served with a butter-soaked bun will be at the stalls in front of Juhu Beach.

Pick up a tasty bhelpuri, which is a crunchy puffed rice and vegetable salad at any chaat-wallah on Chowpatty Beach.

4. Palermo

It goes without saying that pizza and pasta are awesome. But don’t discount the curbside cooking. Chickpea fritters and liver sandwiches are daily fares. Most everything is deep fried, so food safety isn’t a huge concern, although your waistline maybe something else when you return home.

Food stalls are everywhere, and a spleen sandwich which tastes better than it sounds is a must order and be sure to ask for a lemon wedge. Try one at Pani ca Meusa di Porta Carbone on Via Cala.

Fish are caught daily and grilled in front of you at Borgo Vecchio.

3. Rio De Janeiro

The natives at this location, called Cariocans take eating to a new level by starting their day with an acai bowl, for lunch a beef and cheese flatbread esfiha to be followed by a food truck burger of stuffed bean patties or acaraje for dinner. While there are food regulations, we are unclear on enforcement, so uncooked foods are best left alone except for acai bowls.

Santa Teresa’s boho neighborhood is a great place for authentic acaraje, but for everything else, hit the beach! Try the Acai bowls, tapioca crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, cheese puffs or pastries stuffed with veggies, shrimp or beef.

2. New York City

There is nothing you can’t find on the streets of New York friends! The Health Department is strict about regulating and monitoring the sanitation of mobile food vendors, and offenders are heavily fined. So, eat what you want and enjoy!
Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Festival – don’t miss it during the summer
Any other time of year, Prince Street in Soho is the place to be for all day food trucks.
King o Falafel: order the lamb shawarma.
Milk Truck: grilled cheese.
Dirty Water Dog: chipotle pork burrito.

1. Cartegena

African and Spanish influences run amuck here, and while you will find and taste some of the tastiest and innovative dishes, there are no existing regulations for food safety so proceed with caution, please. We suggest a street food tour so you can bypass the testing and head straight for the very best foods.

Plaza de la Trinidad is a good start, and you will want to order Arepas, mazorca desgranada, which is a corn, meat and cheese combo topped with crunchy potatoes. Guava and cheese filled pastry or bocadillo con queso and bollos, which are boiled yucca buns.