local flavors

7 Dream Vacations Close To Home


by Diana Laskaris


hot dog - ketchup vs. mustard. you decide!

New York, New York: Your One Stop for Many International Flavors

If you're looking to explore a lot of international flavors  and don't have the budget or time to travel around the world you might want to consider a trip to New York, New York.  Known to many (especially its natives) as the center of the universe, New York offers opportunities to explore many cultures all within a few quick subway rides. You can do cheap New York, ethnic New York, classic New York, fun New York and authentic New York without any difficulty at all. New York City offers just about anything the inquiring traveler might like to discover.


gorgeous beaches and mayan secrets

If you've been thinking about a beautiful beach vacation with tranquility, palm trees, crystal blue waters, but not too far from the action if you want it and treasures of culture nearby, we've got just the place for you. While many spring-breakers enjoy the fun-loving Cancun resorts, we think that if you travel just a bit further down the road, you'll be utterly delighted with the pleasures of Playa Del Carmen. We've got the inside scoop on how to play posh in the playa without losing authenticity, get the best value for your money and enjoy a magical stay.

tips, tastes and myth-busting: st. patrick's day revealed

Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated around the world each year on March 17th.  Named after St. Patrick, the popular patron saint of Ireland and originally a Catholic holiday and official feast day in honor of St. Patrick's death, the day has come to be recognized as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Everyone is just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick Himself

will the real taco please stand up?

Mexican cuisine is more than just tacos, burritos, and fajitas. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find anything swamped in beans, yellow cheese, sour cream, and diced lettuce south of the border. And while Taco Bell and Chilly’s have made quite a business for themselves on these dishes, there is so much more depth, history, color, and flavor to authentic Mexican meals. Here are twelve dishes I recently enjoyed while visiting friends and family in central and south Mexico.

guide to mardi gras fun

24 hours in los angeles

Los Angeles, like many cities, is not one that you should plan to visit for only 24 hours. But, if you're traveling on business or have a lay-over on a longer trip you should definitely make the most of the time you have and see what the city of angels has to offer. 

Cooking Classes: Bringing Home the flavors of your vacation

We all like to bring home souvenirs from the places we visit--bottles of wine from Bordeaux, emeralds from Rio, cutting-edge electronics from Tokyo. As a food-lover, my favorite souvenirs are foodstuffs from my travels. Unfortunately, many edibles from abroad aren't welcome when you return to your home country.

wonderful italian flavors in the windy city

One of the things that I like best when traveling is to discover restaurants that embody the region you're visiting. When you can find a restaurant that captures that feeling at home it's always a sheer pleasure. Chef Tony Priolo and his partner Ciro Longobardo of Piccolo Sogno have done just that. The combination of delicious Italian cuisine and the atmosphere that you are eating in someone's home make this one of the best places to eat in Chicago.


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