People who like food are foodies. People who like to travel are travelers. We like both–so that makes us Foodie Travelers.

We’re often asked how we pick destinations. The immediate answer out of our lips is “for the food!” (Well, there is that bit about the car museums, but that’s another story 😉.)

No matter where we go, we’ve got to eat. And we both love everything about food–shopping for it, cooking it, and (of course!) eating it. Despite having gotten rid of almost all of our possessions, we still have our kitchen stuff in storage. Seriously—my All Clad pots are sitting in a cousin’s basement, and I visit them about once a year.

When we travel in the U.S. we’ve developed a “go bag” of essential cooking items–a small Le Crouset Dutch oven, a set of good quality knives, and Michael’s beloved barbecue tongs. Overseas we have no cooking tools with us (can you imagine trying to schlep a set of cooking knives onto a RyanAir flight??? 😳). But we have done our share of “kitchen enhancements” at various Airbnb apartments over the years.

Even if we’re not cooking we’re seeking out the best local flavors a destination has to offer. Often this is not the fanciest restaurant in town, but at an out-of-the way food truck, like those that make Sonoran Hot Dogs in Tucson, Arizona. Or perhaps a small cafe in a nondescript shopping center at the edge of town. And when it is a “proper” restaurant, we like to know it has been around for a while, and won’t change cuisine/owners/names/etc. with whatever food craze happens to come along. Which is why we love Hostaria Costanza in Rome; we’ve been visiting this tried-and-true favorite for 30 years, and never been disappointed.

So check out our Foodie Travelers category, you’ll find some well-known spots, along with some surprises. But we guarantee they’ll all be tasty!


Caution! Don’t order a Black and Tan at Irish pubs in Dublin!

If you don’t want to get tossed out of Irish pubs in Dublin (or anywhere in Ireland, really) then don’t order a Black and Tan. I wish I had read that before we went there. Brush up on your Irish pub etiquette before visiting the Emerald…
Tray of hot dos at el Guero canelo

Local Flavor: Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Sonoran hot dogs are considered by many to be Tucson, Arizona’s signature street food. Since we’re crazy for a good hot dog (such as Buffalo’s chargrilled beauties) we had to give them a try. These southwestern treats are not for fat…
Ice cream sundae, Leopold's

Local flavor: Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah

Leopold’s has been scooping up their fresh house-made ice cream in Savannah since 1919. Making a stop here is one of the "must" things to do in Savannah, GA. The store was founded by three Greek immigrant brothers and their legacy continues…

Local Flavor: Navajo fry bread tacos

One of my early food memories is from when I was nine years old and my mom took us on a trip of a lifetime out West. In Arizona we went to a rodeo where I had my first taste of Navajo fry bread. Just like it sounds, it was a hunk of dough that…

Is Pizzeria Bianco the best pizza in America?

Ask someone about their favorite pizza and you're likely to end up in a heated discussion. Some prefer New York, others Chicago's deep-dish while New Haven white clam pizza often gets a nod. For years I've been reading that Pizzeria Bianco…

What are kolaches? Hint: There’s lots of butter in them

What are kolaches? While driving through the small village of Calvert, Texas we saw a sign that declared "America loves kolaches" attached to a building housing Zamykal Kolaches. That was the 3rd sign we'd come across in Central Texas…

A foodie taste of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Biscuits, barbecue, burgers and more, the central part of North Carolina including Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh is a foodie's paradise. Although it goes by the more prosaic label Research Triangle, it is really a great place to get your fill…

Chargrilled! A guide to Buffalo hot dogs

Buffalo, New York may be the hot dog capital of the world. Buffalonians insist that their hot dogs be grilled over charcoal, just like at an old-fashioned backyard barbecue, and hanker for the foot-long hot dogs that were the Holy…

Southern Food: How to make cornbread

Cornbread is one of the signature foods of the American South.  Cornmeal is a staple ingredient in the South and it shows up on the table in a multitude of shapes and preparations, but all are essentially a variation on basic cornbread. While…
farm to table movement farmer

Has the farm to table movement gone too far?

The farm to table movement is the latest trend among locavores who only eat food that was raised humanely and grown within 10 miles of their kitchen sink. This helps promote local farms and eases the pollution created by…
dollops of dulce de leche in ceramic spoons

Is dulce de leche the best flavor in the world?

Dulce de leche seems simple. It's made up of just two ingredients: milk and sugar. The milk and sugar are slowly cooked so the sugar caramelizes, creating an intense, complex sweetness that is the best flavor on earth. The birthplace of…
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The 11 best sandwiches in the world, which one costs only 35 cents?

Sandwiches are one of the universal foods, they're cheap and convenient. We ate way too many of them on our trip and offer up the 11 best sandwiches in the world. 1) Shawarma in Jerusalem A shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made from meats…
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The surprising best pizza in the world

Pizza is our go-to food on the road, our favorite is New York-style. And when we return from a trip it's usually the first meal we eat. On our year-long journey we tried pizza on six continents, including at its birthplace in Naples, to…
mazuerks balery buffalo jelly doughnuts

The best donuts around the world (and a really nasty one)

Michael has been a huge donut fan ever since he was a child. We mean that literally. He was a chubby kid whose first happy travel memory is of scarfing down Navajo fry bread at a rodeo in Arizona when he was in 4th grade. Fortunately over the…
Kapana vendor Katatura market Namibia

Tasting kapana in Katutura (Namibia)

Tasting kapana in the Katutura neighborhood of Windhoek is a must-do foodie traveler experience when visiting Namibia. Kapana, the famous Namibian street barbecue, was delicious . . . but not quite what we expected. We had just finished a two-week…
haggis taste test

Video Taste Test: A fistful of haggis

Scotland is more than a wee land of kilts and bagpipers. It's also the home of the most manly of foods---haggis. In our haggis taste test we try this food, which is basically a sheep's stomach stuffed with sheep lungs, offal, oatmeal and spices.…
Iowa State fair food fried mac and cheese

Iowa State Fair Food – Or why I’ll never eat again

The smell of the grease, the roar of the crowd! It's that time of year again for the greatest eating frenzy of all time, the Iowa State Fair, which opens tomorrow. Of all the food groups, one that never makes it on the government recommended…
Food in Israel Yehuda Mehane Market Jerusalem challah bread

The surprising food in Israel

When we arrived in Israel we expected to stuff ourselves with Middle Eastern treats such as falafel and hummus, what we didn't expect was some of the tastiest fruit and sweetest pastries of our journey. Israel has managed to create vast produce…