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!

Shrimp with vanilla glaze, big island of Hawaii
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Food Lover’s Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii has long been associated with growing three foods—pineapples, sugar, and macadamia nuts—but they are now cheaper to grow in other parts of the world and aren't as prevalent in the 50th state as the once were. On a recent trip to Hawaii…
wood bruinng pizza florence central market
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Mangia: Eating at the Florence Central Market!

Guest post ~ Florence is well known for its museums and historical attractions like Michelangelo’s David. But amid the vibrant streets near the Duomo stands a building which no visitor should miss. It hosts a real temple of food: the Mercato…
Man with fish illustration-sydney fish marke
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Getting fresh at the Sydney Fish Market

The other day I read an article that highlighted the 12 worst tourist traps in the world. One of them was a place we were due to visit the following day, the Sydney Fish Market. We thought about not going there but were we really going to let…
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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…
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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…
dollops of dulce de leche in ceramic spoons
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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…
Michael eating pizza
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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…
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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…
Iowa State fair food fried mac and cheese
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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
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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…
Assorted Paris pastries
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Tasty pictures of decadent Paris pastry

If there is a heaven, surely the bakeries are French. There are so many patisseries in Paris that it's difficult to walk a block without the smell of butter wafting out of an open doorway. The locals are rather picky about their Paris pastry,…
Durian donut Big Apple donuts
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The world’s stinkiest donut

One of the things we're tasting on this journey are donuts from around the world. But there was one donut that smelled so awful we couldn't eat it. It pains us to even think of donuts in a bad way, but we met our match in a durian donut in…
making fresh pasta in italy
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Learning how to make pasta in Italy

Despite all my efforts, I’ve never really learned how to make pasta from scratch. On a recent trip to Bologna, I was determined to change all that.  I took a pasta-making class at an agriturismo, a working farm and inn on the…
Headhouse Square Farmers Market Philadelphia Food Trust
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Local foods at the Headhouse Farmers Market in Philadelphia

It'll be Opening Day soon for two of our favorite Philadelphia institutions: the Phillies and the Headhouse Farmers Market. While we don't know if the Phillies will make or break our hearts this year, we do know that the market will offer the…
Original Starbucks Pike Place Market
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10 food tourist traps to avoid

We've all fallen for them; food places the guidebooks say you absolutely must try when visiting a certain city.  So we join all the other tourists who've read the same guides and wait on long lines for what turns out to be overrated, mediocre,…
New Zealand road trip Tuatapere sausage sign
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Video: The good, the bad and the lamb tongues — a taste of New Zealand

Now that we've recovered from our Vegemite taste test in Australia, we are ready to try some authentic New Zealand foods. The country is known around the word for its lamb so we decided to try a local delicacy we came across, peeled lamb tongue.…
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Shocking video: Vegemite taste test

Vegemite, a yeast-based extract, is the official food of Australia. It is smeared on toast and crackers just like we would use jelly or butter. The dark brown substance looks a bit like Nutella but please don't let that fool you. It may look…
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The best BBQ dish in America

I have spent several decades traveling around America in search of the best slow smoked meat. This quest has led me on various barbecue pilgrimages, mostly throughout the south, home to some of the finest barbecue in America. Since I'm a yankee…