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Piedmont, Italy: Foodie's One-Day Tasting Tour

Piedmont is a paradise for culinary hedonists with fine wines, iconic white truffles, mountain cheeses, and mouthwatering cuisine. It may seem like a lot to pack in, but we've crafted a one-day tasting tour....

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Where to Eat and Drink on Nantucket

It may be tiny, but Nantucket is full of bold, mouthwatering cuisine in some pretty swank restaurants. More than that, it's fairly wine-soaked with extensive wine lists and an annual wine fest....

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Go Now: Scallop Season on Nantucket Island

Best known as a summer destination, foodies know that come October it's scallop season in Nantucket....

Fodors nyc 2010 guide article

New York City Guide 2010: Where to Eat | Fodor's Travel

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple is like taking a tasting trip around the world. At every meal you can dash off to a new country and dip your fork and spoon into the local cuisine without the international jet lag. People from all corners of the globe have opened restaurants here, and Manhattan's hungry masses, urban gourmands, and food critics have welcomed their diverse dishes and asked for seconds....

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Rome Guide 2009: Where to Stay | Fodor's Travel

When planning your Roman Holiday, you may be surprised to learn that you really will have to do as the Romans do, meaning that unless you're coveting a luxury suite at Eden, the Hassler, or Hotel de Russie, you'll probably find yourself in a tiny room. The air-conditioning may be weak and the customer service will likely be indifferent. Naturally, there are exceptions, but the Eternal City simply doesn't offer the cushy standards that most Americans are accustomed to, though standards in general are improving. There are more luxury lodgings, bed-and-breakfasts, and designer "boutique" hotels in Rome than ever before, but if you prefer more modest accommodations (because really, who comes to Rome to hang out in the hotel room?), you still have plenty of options....

Fodors rome 2009 guide dining article

Rome Guide 2009: Where to Eat | Fodor's Travel

In Rome, simple yet joyously traditional cuisine reigns. Most chefs prefer to follow the mantra of freshness over fuss, simplicity of flavor and preparation over complex cooking methods. So when Romans keep on ordering the old standbys, it's easy to understand why. And we're talking about some very old standbys: some restaurants create dishes that come from ancient recipes of Apicius, probably the first celebrity chef (to Emperor Tiberius) and cookbook author of the Western world....

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New England Guide 2009: Clam Shacks and Clamming Excursion | Fodor's Travel

Cape Codders have been clamming for generations, and their iconic mollusks are a celebrated part of the culture here....

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Nancy Bean Toasts to the 2013 Nantucket Wine Festival | Fodor's ...

Hop on the train, catch a ferry, or just pop over in your private jet to Nantucket for the Nantucket Wine Festival's grand annual 5-day wine and food fete. From May 15th to 19th, you'll be clinking glasses with winemakers and chefs from around the world and living it up with both locals and visiting wine enthusiasts in the storied summer destination of the rich and famous. We caught up with Nancy Bean, Executive Director of the Nantucket Wine Festival, to get a taste of what's happening and what's new (a lot!) at this year's festival....

Fodor's hotel klassik article

This Week: New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Montreal, Berlin | Fodor's Travel

One of the best things about the Hotel Klassik is its central location, walking distance to Friedrichshain's countless eating, drinking, and shopping hot spots. The building may look a bit generic from the outside, but inside, the décor is stylish and modern with its dark wood and white furniture. Rooms are well-appointed with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, writing desks, Wi-Fi (for a fee), minibar, and large sliding glass windows. The in-house restaurant serves an impressive full breakfast as well as Mediterranean-inspired fare. Guests may also wine and dine in the charming terrace garden....

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New England Guide 2009: Flavors of New England | Fodor's Travel

The locavore movement has finally hit New England. New farms, greenmarkets, and gourmet food shops are sprouting up everyday and chefs are exploring more seasonably-based, farm-to-table options....

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Around the World Fare on OneWorld? | Air Travel Forum | Fodor's ...

Partners and executive chefs Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder have brought something neue to Midtown: a swanky Austrian-German restaurant and weinbar. With its sculptural ceiling lighting, elliptical bar, and contemporary Austrian and German art, Seäsonal feels more "downtown" than you'd expect from such central Midtown digs. The décor is modern European with white walls, wood floors, and leather cubby seating. The cuisine is sophisticated and contemporary, yet still steeped in regional traditions. The chefs are committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients, and whenever possible, locally sourced products. Appetizers like the foie gras terrine, and the cheese ravioli with smoked chanterelle mushrooms will delight you with their contrasting lightness and intensity of flavor. Main dishes, such as the pumpkin seed-crusted black sea bass with butternut squash and black truffles, and the classic Wiener Schnitzel served with a crescent potato-cucumber salad, will pleasure your palate with simple but striking flavor combinations. Seäsonal's weinbar features a distinctive selection of wines from emerging Austrian and German winemakers– definitely the right place for your Riesling fix....

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Hot List: New York City, Singapore, Beijing, Maui, Cape Town, Japan | Fodor's Travel

The owners of Cookshop and Five Points have set up new digs on MacDougal Street. Their latest restaurant, Hundred Acres, has a rustic, country feel and offers simple yet sophisticated cooking á la Marc Meyer and Cookshop chef Joel Hough. Don't count on a big menu: the daily choices are limited to seven main dishes and one special entrée. The steamed Littleneck clams appetizer served with garlic-oregano butter, pickled corn, cilantro, and garlic toasts is particularly delicious. For the mains, try the seared Wreckfish with bi-color corn, lima bean, and pearl onion succotash, or the grilled Hampshire pork chop with smoky mustard greens and spicy peach catsup. The classic burger made from pasture-raised beef, topped with Goot Essa cheddar and served with fries and Vidalia onion mayonnaise, should not to be missed....

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New England 2009 Guide: Massachusetts Farms | Fodor's Travel

Living like a locavore (someone who consumes only locally grown food) is easy in the Berkshires and western Massachusetts....

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Hot List: New York City, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Miami, Mumbai, Hong Kong | Fodor's Travel

Local restaurant legend Danny Meyer has opened a second location of his regularly-mobbed burger joint, Shake Shack, and New Yorkers are loving it. The new Upper West Side spot is an eat-in joint located just across from the American Museum of Natural History, and it's serving some of the best burgers in the city. While the lines may be long at lunchtime, the grub is worth the wait, and well-priced. You can't go wrong with the classic Shackburger served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and their signature shack sauce. But you'd be missing out if you didn't try the 'Shroom Burger—a melty Muenster and cheddar cheese-stuffed portobello topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack sauce that has both meat lovers and vegetarians going ga-ga. Also on offer are Chicago-style "Shack-cago" hot dogs, cheese fries, and a variety of delicious frozen custard desserts and—of course—shakes!...

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This Week: Berlin, Washington D.C., California Wine Country, Boston, St. Kitts, Bahamas | Fodor's Travel

Karvana, situated in the hip neighborhood of Friedrichshain, has a relaxing effect on its customers. Simple yet sophisticated décor adorns the tall white walls, while dark wood accents contrast with wall panels that are backlit with muted red light. The light fare served here is a cut above other neighboring cafés. Dishes and drinks are delicious and artfully presented, but your bill will be in keeping with Friedrichshain's generally cheaper prices. Start your day with a good cup of coffee and a large, French-style buttery croissant served with clotted cream, jam, sliced bananas, strawberries, and plump blackberries. The kitchen also serves eggs, ciabattas, sandwiches, cheese and antipasto plates, and bagels with assorted toppings. The bar offers a large selection of coffee drinks, schokolades (chocolates), and traditional British teas, as well as fresh juices, smoothies, and a long list of spirits....