I’m biased when I say this because I was born there, but there is no better place to eat than San Juan, Puerto Rico. The portions are generous, the food savory and doused with garlic, and the ingredients a mix of Taino culture, African influences and Spanish cuisine. Simply put, if you’re looking for a foodie’s escape, you’ve found it. Navigating the menu can be difficult for non-Spanish speakers or first-time visitors to the island,…

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Toronto’s Distillery District is a history lover’s dream. The names “Gooderham and Worts” hang above you as you enter the sprawling complex, the buildings still standing despite prohibition, cholera and even a raging fire. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. Today, the area is a mix of old and new, with a dedicated path denoting the original 1832 shoreline intersecting with bustling shops and restaurants. Pretty impressive, considering the whole…

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Vegas is great! It’s one of the few places in the world where you can go really go wild and let loose. But after a few days of it, it can be draining. You start to lose track of time, incur gambling debt and walk around with a constant hangover. That’s when it’s nice to pack up and recharge with some of the amazing landscapes surrounding the Vegas area. Nevada borders Arizona and Utah and…

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Our guide Irene was animated as she explained what we could expect from our next stop. “First,” she described with a mischievous smile as her gaze spanned the group, “you deep fry the potatoes slices. Then, you smother them with beef fat gravy and curry mayo. And then–you PUT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH!!” She clapped her hands down on her lap for emphasis, her bright pink skirt swaying in the wind. The group’s laughter joined…

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I just got back from the most memorable trip to Toronto, Canada, thanks in large part to Chef Keith Pears and the staff at the SOCO Kitchen + Bar. It’s not often that you find yourself floored by the downstairs offerings of a hotel restaurant, but SOCO Kitchen + Bar is definitely the exception. I was hosted for lunch with my parents while visiting Toronto and had the chance to meet Executive Chef Keith Pears.…

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