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Q & A with travel and food writer Zora O'Neill

Q & A with travel and food writer Zora O'Neill Zora O'Neill is a travel and food writer, an editor, and the co-founder (with Tamara Reynolds) of an underground Astoria supper club so successful that it eventually spawned Forking Fantastic!, a cookbook and entertaining guide. Zora has authored guidebooks for Lonely...

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China Yunnan, which translates as "south of the clouds," is China's most diverse province, and offers travelers extreme variation: tropical lowlands bordering Laos and Burma curl at the bottom of the province, while the unsummited Meili Snow Mountain reigns near Tibet. It's home...

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011 We travel a lot, to destinations both well-known and unfamiliar. In our defense, it is our job to travel like mad, to explore the world and then write about our discoveries. Though most travel writers find something or other of interest in most places we visit, there...

Top ten cheap local fast food items worldwide

Top ten cheap local fast food items worldwide Food is usually a major cost on the road, a significant component of any careful travel budget. Very good, inexpensive food is on offer in most of the world's destinations, no matter how expensive average meals may be. Here are ten delicious fast food items from ten...

New lizard species discovered...on a menu in Vietnam

New lizard species discovered...on a menu in Vietnam A Vietnamese scientist, Ngo Van Tri of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, has discovered a previously unknown species of lizard in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. While eating at a rural restaurant in this southwestern region of the Mekong Delta, Dr. Van Tri noticed a...

Top ten overrated international travel destinations

Top ten overrated international travel destinations Laurel brought us the US's top ten overrated travel destinations, and we thought it was time to go global. Here are ten international sites, in no particular order, that just aren't worth a two-hour wait in line, fighting the crowds, or covering long distances to get there:...

Weekend travel media top five

Weekend travel media top five Among the best travel stories this last weekend of October: emerging Armenia, undervisited Northern Vietnam, a rail journey across China, top spots to celebrate Halloween (start your research for Halloween 2011 here!), and a wine-free tour of St. Helena, California. 1. In...

Vietnam monuments under threat

Vietnam monuments under threat Vietnam is an ancient land filled with historic monuments, but archaeologists say many are falling into ruin. Sites like Hue, the old capital of Vietnam pictured here, are crumbling under the strain of centuries of weathering and an increased number of visitors, while the...

Vietnamese street food tastes better by motorbike

Vietnamese street food tastes better by motorbike There are few things I enjoy more than perching on a plastic, Playskool-size stool on a steaming sidewalk, surrounded by clouds of carbon monoxide. Why do I so enjoy impersonating a contortionist and inhaling carcinogens? Because it means I'm somewhere in Southeast Asia,...

Letter from Hanoi: Vietnam old, new and ever

Letter from Hanoi: Vietnam old, new and ever When I was a boy growing up in Canada, Hanoi was the enemy. In those days most foreign visitors to Hanoi were American pilots who had taken a wrong turn over the Bay of Tonkin. Travelling on one-way tickets, they were accommodated at the 'Hanoi Hilton', a notorious prison...

Adventures in Eating: the Mekong Rat

Adventures in Eating: the Mekong Rat When is a rat not a rat? I was about to find out at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese metropolis everyone still calls Saigon. After traveling around this country for two weeks, consuming everything I could and saying no to nothing, I received an education in...

Photo of the Day (8.6.10)

Photo of the Day (8.6.10) I love the colors, the motion, and the title of this photo (Hanoi Breakfast) by andreakw. Is it the social whir behind the woman in the foreground? Is it her intensity? Is it simply dinnertime in my time zone? This image is an easy reminder that breakfast is a...

Top ten foreign street foods

Top ten foreign street foods With food trucks springing up across the U.S. like so many mushrooms, it seems the culture of street food is finally finding its place in the national psyche. Some, like Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ truck (a Korean-Mexican hybrid that I promise tastes approximately a million times...

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds Tamara Reynolds is a the co-founder (with Zora O'Neill) of The Sunday Night Dinner, an Astoria, Queens-based supper club. The Sunday Night Dinner, which continues to thrive, was well ahead of what has become a supper club trend. Out of the Sunday Night Dinner came a fabulous...

Daily Pampering: Guided walks around the world

Daily Pampering: Guided walks around the world Usually when we discuss the luxe life, we talk about things being brought to us, not about things we have to go out and get ourselves. After all, the very foundation of 'pampering' comes from people being waited on, so why would anything in Daily Pampering ever require us to...

Top five weekend travel media stories

Top five weekend travel media stories Among the travel stories in this weekend's newspaper travel sections, the following articles were especially inspirational. 1. Peter Frick-Wright writes a lip-smacking ode to the Cowboy Dinner Tree steakhouse in Silver Lake, Oregon in Portland's Oregonian. 2. In an...

Photo of the Day (6.27.10)

Photo of the Day (6.27.10) Vietnam's Halong Bay is natural oddity unlike anything on earth. Huge limestone rock formations surge from the Vietnam's coast like looming sea monsters, lending the landscape an unforgettable visual appeal. Flickr user andreakw has put Halong Bay's unique rock...

Give dad a custom vacation from Kensington Tours this year

Give dad a custom vacation from Kensington Tours this year Father's Day may still be a couple of weeks away, but if you're struggling to figure out what to give dad this year, than Kensington Tours is here to help. The travel company, which specializes in private guided adventure travel to more than 80 countries around the globe,...

Vietnam's secret tradition of annual adultery

Vietnam's secret tradition of annual adultery It may sound strange to us, but in the mountains of Vietnam, a yearly tryst with an ex-lover is a time-honored tradition. Up near the Chinese border, in a small Vietnamese mountain village called Khau Vai, a celebration of love takes place two days per year (the 26th and...

Photo of the Day (5.16.2010)

Photo of the Day (5.16.2010) Street vendors fascinate me. Having grown up in a place where I was surrounded by gigantic shopping malls and cavernous grocery stores, it was surprising to discover on my travels such an intimate relationship between buyer and seller. Perhaps that's why Flickr user...

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