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Where They Ate: Food Writers' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012

Where They Ate: Food Writers' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012 I get annoyed with myself when I eat a bad meal – especially at a restaurant. And even more so when I'm traveling. Such a waste of time and money and calories, I think. Yes, these are first-world problems but frustrating nonetheless. Rather than meditate on the...

In The Shadow Of Cinque Terre, Discovering The Treasures Of La Spezia

In The Shadow Of Cinque Terre, Discovering The Treasures Of La Spezia Will the loved-to-death, storm-martyred Cinque Terre ever see the light at the end of the tunnel? Which tunnel? There are many, many tunnels between the wave-lashed coves and perched, pastel-painted villages of the over-subscribed, over-reported, and now brutally hobbled...

Where They Ate: Chefs' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012

Where They Ate: Chefs' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012 Two months ago I was at the New York Wine & Food festival. I happened to be walking by the main stage – where star chefs had been giving cooking demos all weekend – when the next chef was announced. When Guy Fieri hit the stage, the 200 or so people in...

Video Of The Day: Amazing Ice Sculptures Wow Crowds In Japan

Today's Video of the Day comes from last year's Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. Press "play" and you'll see why the week-long festival is one of the largest winter events in the country, attracting nearly two million people. Hundreds of snow statues and ice...

New Costa Condordia Images Show Scene Of Tragedy

Eleven months after the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy, the ship remains on its side. "60 Minutes" sent a camera crew in that brought out never-before-seen images of the surreal site on this "60 Minutes Overtime" web exclusive. "You've...

Photo Of The Day: A Caprese In Capri

Photo Of The Day: A Caprese In Capri "Absolutely the BEST!!!" writes Flickr user Susan Cohen about today's Photo of the Day, taken at the Villa Verde on the island of Capri in Italy. Judging from the photograph, we'd probably agree. The insalata caprese is one of Italy's best-known dishes, and it is at...

Gadling Contributors' Favorite Restaurants Of 2012

Gadling Contributors' Favorite Restaurants Of 2012 I take pictures of my food at restaurants. Do you hate me now? Yeah, I thought so. I do it because I'm a food writer and I use the photos to jog my memory when I'm writing about a restaurant. But also sometimes I do it for the same reason a lot of other people do:...

Buffalo Rome: Mozzarella, Martians And Culinary Crusaders

Buffalo Rome: Mozzarella, Martians And Culinary Crusaders I was staring, mesmerized, my mouth watering at a giant mozzarella. The elastic curd was submerged in a giant bowl of cold water in my favorite small, family-run specialty food store in Rome. The bowl was shaped like a huge puckered blossom. It sat atop a glinting...

Captain Of Wrecked Cruise Ship Cries Foul, Says He's Innocent

Captain Of Wrecked Cruise Ship Cries Foul, Says He's Innocent When we last visited Captain Francesco Schettino, he was being accused of several crimes as a result of the Costa Concordia grounding. He still is. But now, the Italian master of the ill-fated cruise ship says he's innocent and that the truth will be told – in his...

On The Insatiable Global Hunger For Italian Cuisine

On The Insatiable Global Hunger For Italian Cuisine Does the world really need another Italian restaurant? Apparently, yes. Every time an Italian restaurant opens up in New York City, I like to think that somewhere in the universe a puppy dog is wrapped in prosciutto, stuck with a giant toothpick and eaten. Well, not really....

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Detailed On New Website

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Detailed On New Website Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy last January and work has been ongoing since then to clear the area of all things cruise ship related. Taking a cruise ship that has fallen over on its side and getting it back upright is apparently a gigantic job that has...

A Traveler's Confession: I Hate Sightseeing

A Traveler's Confession: I Hate Sightseeing I love to travel but I hate to see the sights. Have you ever found yourself running around looking for obscure museums and other tourist attractions while on a trip and wondered what the point was? I prefer to spend my travel time on the road the same way I enjoy my leisure...

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012 Tijuana. Chernobyl. Sicily's mafioso strongholds. Cairo's Garbage City. The contaminated holy waters of Varanasi, India. Bosnia. Norway's frozen tundra. These might not be the places you'd like to visit on your next holiday, but you will want to read about them in the latest...

How To Stay In A Castle On Your Next Trip

How To Stay In A Castle On Your Next Trip When trying to make your travels extra special, the accommodation can really make or break the ambiance of your vacation. Vacation rentals can help with this by allowing you to stay in all types of unique properties, from the bizarre and architecturally innovative to...

Grounded Cruise Ship Trial Begins With Black Box Evidence

Grounded Cruise Ship Trial Begins With Black Box Evidence The grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia may not be on trial itself but court proceedings began this week, looking for answers to what happened. More than 100 lawyers representing survivors and the families of passengers and crew members who died in the January event are...

Vagabond Tales: The Rewarding Adventures Of 'Genealogy Tourism'

Vagabond Tales: The Rewarding Adventures Of 'Genealogy Tourism' The house pictured above is a very drab house. It's cold. It's empty. And no one has lived in it for over 120 years. Sure, there is a fresh layer of green paint on the door, but that was put there by the neighbors. Why they did that I'm not sure, because this house...

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013 Adventure travel company G Adventures has announced that starting in January of next year it will begin offering options to visit 12 new countries and expand its popular Local Living tours to more destinations as well. These additions to the G Adventures catalog will provide...

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I Two soldiers' bodies from World War I have been discovered on an Italian mountain, the Telegraph reports. Workers on the Presena glacier in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of the Dolomites in Italy found the bodies at an altitude of 9,850 feet. The glacier has been...

Can't Afford To Travel? Bollocks! You Can't Afford To Stay Home

Can't Afford To Travel? Bollocks! You Can't Afford To Stay Home "How do you afford to travel so much?" This is the question I get all the time from disbelieving friends, colleagues and relatives who want to travel more but think they can't afford it. No one's ever come right out and said it, but I know some must wonder if my wife and I...

Let's Bring Capitalism To America's Beaches

Let's Bring Capitalism To America's Beaches America is a paradise for consumers. We can satisfy just about any consumer desire that strikes our fancy, even if it's 3 a.m. on a holiday weekend. The one big exception to this rule is on our beaches, where most of the time we're forced to lug coolers, chairs, umbrellas,...

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