Off Menu

Off Menu is a food travel series hosted by our Editor-In-Chief, Aida Mollenkamp. In each episode, she travels in search of insiders-only destinations and the hidden gems.
Off Menu: New York Episode |

Off Menu: New York Episode

New York has always been like a second home to me — the energy, the creativity, the drive —  I just completely relate. And that translates into their food scene, which is always changing and striving for better and more. For this week's episode of #OffMenu we headed to New York City and met up with Liza De Guia of Food. Curated.

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Off Menu: Barcelona Episode |

Off Menu: Barcelona Episode

Barcelona is a powerhouse when it comes to food. From avant garde cooking to tapas, there's a bit of everything. I hadn't been there in years so I was excited to head there for #OffMenuWhile there, I met up with food expert Lucy Garcia who showed me some her favorite places. 

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Off Menu: Dublin Episode |

Off Menu: Dublin Episode

I've never needed convincing to go to Ireland but, for one reason or another, it has never happened. So, I was psyched when we decided to head to Dublin for this week's #OffMenu episode. It may not be the first place you think of when you think creative food, but you should. I met up with Irish superstar food personality, Donal Skehan, and he showed me some of his favorite foods in his hometown. 

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Off Menu: Rome Episode |

Off Menu: Rome Episode

The problem isn't what to eat in Rome but where. Tons of restaurants offer the greatest food hits—Amatriciana, Carbonara, Pajata, and Cacio e Pepe pastas; Trippa, Carciofi alla giudea—but nowhere near all of them are noteworthy. In fact, it's really easy to find less-than-stellar versions of these dishes.

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Off Menu: Copenhagen Episode |

Off Menu: Copenhagen Episode

Copenhagen has gotten everyone's attention in the last few years seeing as it's the birthplace of the New Nordic cuisine movement so we had to head there for Off Menu. 

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Off Menu: Paris Episode |

Off Menu: Paris Episode

Paris's food scene needs no introduction. It's as legit as it gets. But in the last few years it has modernized in a way that's creative but still totally respectful of all the beurre, onglets, et vin that first made it so famous. On this week's episode of #OffMenu, furtniture maker-extraordinaire and expat Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, and I searched out the best modern versions of classic Paris. 

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Off Menu: Amsterdam Episode |

Off Menu: Amsterdam Episode

Amsterdam is a total travel gem: There’s chic design, great people, and it’s so easy to get around. The one thing I always felt was missing was the food. But, this episode of #OffMenu changed all that. 

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Off Menu: Washington DC Episode |

Off Menu: Washington DC Episode

Ever since I'd visit my sister there during college, I've loved DC but the food scene wasn't much more than steak houses and wood-paneled bars until a few years ago. And in that time the local food culture has exploded, which is why it was no question that we'd go there for #OffMenu

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Off Menu: Nashville Episode |

Off Menu: Nashville Episode

If there is one city from the #OffMenu series that I wish adopted me, it'd be Nashville. The lovely Beth Sachan showed me around her hometown and I forgot just how much I adore that city. The people, the vibrancy, the music, and, of course, the food! 

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Off Menu: Chicago Episode |

Off Menu: Chicago Episode

This week on #OffMenu we head to Chicago in search of all that's happening now in the Windy City. Local food lover, Andrew Kaplan, showed us around his favorite neighborhoods — from Logan Circle to Bucktown and Pilsen — and helped us uncover some seriously drool-worthy food. 

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Off Menu: Honolulu Episode |

Off Menu: Honolulu Episode

This episode of Off Menu is one where I head to Honolulu, Hawaii in search of all the best food the city has to offer right now. 

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Off Menu: Los Angeles Episode |

Off Menu: Los Angeles Episode

It's official – my new TasteMade food-travel series, #OffMenu, is here! We kicked off the season having Joseph Shuldiner show us around Los Angeles, from the Grand Central Market downtown to beer tasting at Mohawk Bend and an unexpected dining experience in Koreatown. 

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