Food Tours

Farmer’s Market Tour & Cooking Class on Amelia Island

By Megan Stetzel | February 19, 2016

Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach wound up being destinations that made my tummy extremely happy. I spent my time on this little island eating to my heart’s content. I always typically try to explore the local food scene when I am traveling, partially because I have to pay extra attention to what goes into my […]

Soho: A Secret Foodie Paradise in the Heart of London

By Steph | September 1, 2015

When I lived in London I went to Soho basically never. I went on a date in Chinatown once, and I’ve been to a West End show or two, but other then that I knew little, and cared less about the area. When I thought of Soho I mostly thought of tourist restaurants, seedy sex […]

5 Things I Learned from Devour Barcelona

By Steph | June 3, 2015

I think that food tours are hands down, one of the best ways to get to know a new city. Learning what the local people eat, and why is a perfect window into so many aspects of not just a places culture, but their geography, politics and more. Plus you know, food. All of this […]

Anatomy of a Chicago Hot Dog

By Steph | July 15, 2014

Chicago is famous for two foods really: pizza and hotdogs. Pizza I will go into in another post (and trust me, I have OPINIONS on that subject), but let’s start with the delightful oddity that is the Chicago hot dog. After our spectacular and somewhat exhausting experience at BlogHouse Chicago, Mike and I decided to […]

Diving Deep into Mexican Food with Vallarta Eats

By Steph | February 25, 2014

I really do have the best husband. While other couples were doing, whatever romantic thing it is other people do on Valentine’s Day, we were methodically eating our way through Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta is an interesting place. Part tourist mecca (think Spring Break for the Over-50 Set), part vibrant local city. If you are […]

Cookies, Cannoli and Finding my Roots in Boston’s North End

By Steph | July 7, 2013

Every time I visit Italy I am half-searching for my grandparents. I won’t find them, they are dead now, but I’m always on the lookout for a smell, a taste, a old man in a cap, who will remind me of them. Even though they never actually lived in Italy, they taught me everything I […]

How to Plan Your Own Food Tour

By Steph | June 11, 2013

It’s common knowledge that I’m really, really into trying local food, and recently that’s culminated in an obsession with taking food tours. From exploring Chinatown in Manhattan to combing the streets of Trastevere Rome, I’ve found food walking tours to be a great way to get to know the food culture of a neighborhood. Sometimes […]

Gelato is Good For You and Other Startling Italian Food Facts

By Steph | April 28, 2013

You probably think you know Italian food. It’s one of the least mysterious, most familiar cuisines, available nearly everywhere. I doubt there’s anyone in the Western world who considers pasta an exotic food or pizza to be strange or mysterious.  But on my latest trip to Italy, I learned some really interested Italian food facts. […]

How to Eat Well in Rome (And Avoid the Food Traps)

By Steph | April 4, 2013

I am obsessed with Italian food and especially Roman food. Coming from a big Italian family I grew up on homemade meatballs, fresh lasagnas, and anise-flavored pizzeles. I never really thought of this as any particular kind of “cuisine”, it was just warm hearty food. Eventually, I realized that not everyone has a saucy Nonna […]

Paradise Under the Tuscan Sun

By Steph | November 15, 2012

I apologize already for the corny post title. I never use movie titles for blog posts but I couldn’t resist because well, this day was just like Under the Tuscan Sun. Minus the plot and plus mind-boggingly good food. When they heard we were headed to Florence, the good people at Walks of Italy, insisted […]

Totally Obvious Things I Did Not Know About Wine

By Steph | April 29, 2012

Maybe I have no class (I mean, probably), but I honestly don’t get wine. I love beer. I will go to great lengths to sample local brews and can even discuss them in a semi-intelligent manner. Hand me a glass of wine though, and the most insightful analysis I can usually drum up is that […]