I grew up going to Taiwan, where both my parents are from, almost every summer until I was off to college. Recently, I returned to my mother (and father) land for a quick tour around the country and here are 13 things the teenager in me never expected to experience.
Charming, quaint, delightful: these are the words that come to mind when you find yourself describing the historic, little city of Charleston, South Carolina. We already love Charleston, whether just for 24 hours, a girls' getaway, or a weekend away, but here are 7 ways we fell in love with the city even more on our latest trip.
Healdsburg isn't jokingly known to insiders as "Beverly Healdsburg" for nothing. Equal parts rustic and chic, the town of has risen quickly, despite the looming shadow of Napa. But like most-younger children, Healdsburg is scrappier and savvier; with less to prove and more to gain. Brimming with fabulous restaurants, biodynamic vineyards, and a town square like Mayberry; it’s not hard to find the appeal.
Zurich totally surprised me (in a great way) when it came to food. Obviously, I expected lots of cheeses, chocolate, and wine but I didn’t really think much beyond that. After almost a week in this gorgeous city by the lake, I had no problem determining my favorite foods. These are foods you have to try when you visit Zurich.
Colombia was off limits. As in totally off limits. Growing up in South Florida in the 90s, well, to put it lightly, Colombia had a bad reputation. I never dreamed of traveling there, but times have changed and with it, along with some encouragement from close friends, I took a chance on Cartegna, Colombia.
The Azores may just be Portugal’s best-kept secret. So secret in fact, that you can’t even spot it on Google maps unless you’re seriously zoomed in. Two hours west of mainland Portugal, scattered amidst the Atlantic Ocean, sits a cluster of nine volcanic islands, each with their own charm, scenery, and local activities.
Danes themselves are quick to admit that, until just a few years back, Copenhagen didn’t really have much of a street food scene. But these days, you'd have no idea as there's everything from halls to stalls to street vendors across the City of Bikes. On our recent visit to the city of bicycles, smørrebrød and minimalist cool, we searched out another new Nordic scene: Copenhagen’s street food fare.
If you're planning a trip to Morocco, people will tell you to spend a majority of your time between Marrakech and Casablanca. But, we'd recommend a different plan. Instead? Instead, we'd suggest (er, insist) you spend some time wandering off the beaten path.
Living in Manhattan for almost a decade, I was used to having everything at my fingertips. Well, everything except nature. But after relocating to Denver, getting outdoors is my norm, with one my favorites being the road trip to Boulder. And, as the weather thaws, Boulder is a pretty perfect day trip because it has something for everyone — hiking or biking; shopping; and lots of great dining. I tend to do all three: head on a hike, stock up on produce at the Farmers Market, and finish the afternoon with a bite (or two).
I swear there’s something about the food in Israel. It's as if the tomatoes are sweeter, eggplant meatier, and watermelons crisper. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s the soil, or maybe the history, but the bottom line is that the food is good. I travel to Israel on the regular to visit family and as soon as we land in Tel Aviv, our tastebuds are ready to explore.