Fantasy Travel Week

15 Stories From Fantasy Travel Week

London, Shanghai, Houston, Milan. We went there.
Feb 16, 2015 10:30 am

As is our February tradition, last week was Food Republic’s 3rd Annual Fantasy Travel Week. We broke from the usual programming a bit to bring you a load of travel advice — and we mean travel with food being at the center of it all, of course. We kicked it off with our mega-list of...

Go To Norway For The Skrei!

Now in season, it's the best cod in the world
Feb 13, 2015 2:30 pm

Everyone knows tomatoes are in season in the summer and citrus in the winter, but what about fish? Known as skrei in Norway, the seasonal cod migrating to spawn in the Northern central coastal waters are exceptionally muscular from the long journey from the Barents Sea. Skrei is a 100 percent sustainable food source, in addition to being healthy and delicious, and it's heading to a fish market near you. Did we mention it's really, really good? 

Beads, Berries And Besh: Why This February Is The Time To Hit New Orleans

Right now is the best time to visit the Big Easy
Feb 13, 2015 2:00 pm

For fans of Hurricanes and po' boys, any month is a good month to head down to New Orleans, but there's just something about February that makes the Crescent City shine. The temperature starts climbing back toward the 70s, Gulf seafood is in full effect and there's a tiny little festival called Mardi Gras that's supposed to be a good time — assuming you're into things like “fun” and “delicious food.” But there are more reasons why February is the best time to visit the Big Easy.

For Food And Travel Writer Matt Goulding, It's Not About The Michelin Guide

The Roads & Kingdoms editor drops travel knowledge
Feb 13, 2015 9:00 am

Food and travel writer Matt Goulding is blown away by Japanese culture, which he covers extensively in an upcoming book. When speaking late into the night with Goulding, it's clear he’s been cheating on his beloved Japan with other geographical mistresses. When you travel for a living, taking a real vacation can be the most difficult part of the job.

Chef Amanda Cohen Traveled To Inspire The Menu At The New Dirt Candy

NYC chef reopened her vegetarian oasis last week
Feb 12, 2015 2:00 pm

Last week saw Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen’s most recent trip: a mile-long move from the East Village to the Lower East Side, where she reopened her beloved vegetarian destination. The vegetable-focused menu will still reflect some of Cohen’s Asian inclinations, but more than half of the items were inspired by the Yucatán, where she recently spent two weeks. 

6 Airlines With Big-Time Chefs Onboard

The pros are working on making plane food better
Feb 12, 2015 1:00 pm

Some of the boldfaced chef-airline collaborations we covered a few years back have run their course; others, like Michelle Bernstein on Delta, Reuben Riffel on SAA and Neil Perry’s Rockpool menus on Qantas, are still flying high. In addition, fresh talent has been moving into galley kitchens worldwide. Here are six examples.

Cuba Libre! How To Get To Havana And Back Legally With Rum And Cigars Intact.

New U.S. rules make visiting easier, but not easy
Feb 12, 2015 12:00 pm

It's easier now for regular Americans to visit the Communist-ruled Caribbean island than it's been in quite some time. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily easy. Chris Shott breaks down the new travel regulations, logistics and dining options.

Sommelier Travel Survey: 6 Wine Pros Talk Crazy Trips, Bucket-List Destinations

Three simple questions. A whole lot of answers.
Feb 12, 2015 11:00 am

At Food Republic, we're always on the hunt for the next great wine destination. Recently we spoke with these six sommeliers and wine directors from New York and Los Angeles restaurants about their last great wine trip, as well as their fantasy travel wish list. Predictably, their answers were as diverse as they were ambitious.


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