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Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet?

Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet? Oct 15th, 2013 at 4:15PM: (Video: Another restaurant taking advantage of the restroom-themed dining craze.) Perhaps the Magic Restroom Cafe is magical in part because it has done something other restaurants have yet to do: require patrons to sit on a toilet while they dine. According to the restaurant's owner, Yo Yo Li, restroom-themed restaurants have been a hit so far in her native China and Taiwan. Their surprising...

Warm Crap In A Bag: Does Anthony Bourdain Really Affect How People Think About Food?

Warm Crap In A Bag: Does Anthony Bourdain Really Affect How People Think About Food? Oct 2nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Parts Unknown, CNN As part of CNN's "Parts Unknown" show, Anthony Bourdain went to New Mexico to check out Santa Fe's Five & Dime General Store, which is very well known for its Frito Pie. It didn't end well. Holding the bag of Frito chips covered in chili and topped with cheese, Bourdain proceeded to refer to it as "warm crap in a bag." Granted, he was just trying to give viewers an idea...

The 9 Items a Food Lover Always Needs to Pack

The 9 Items a Food Lover Always Needs to Pack Oct 1st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Anna Brones Do you travel to eat? There's nothing better than exploring a new culture through the lens of food, be it crepes on a street corner or ordering an unknown item at the market. But any self-respecting food-lover should travel well prepared, and there are a few key items you should always have in your luggage. Here's the essential packing list for anyone that's ready to eat their way...

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense?

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense? Sep 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It's certainly not impossible to travel as a vegetarian, but it's not always easy. Not only do I not eat meat, but I usually try my best to refrain from animal products of any sort. Navigating this kind of diet abroad can be tricky, but airlines could do their part to make it easier. On one of my most recent flights, my husband was literally mocked for wanting meat-free food, even if that just...

Swedish Food Truck Dishes Up Airport Cuisine

Swedish Food Truck Dishes Up Airport Cuisine Sep 18th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Photo credit: Swedavia Whether you like to hunt down the hidden hole-in-the-wall eateries, the popular street food stalls or the city's best haute cuisine, you probably agree that food is an important part of the travel experience. But if there's one aspect of travel dining that is universally loathed, it has to be airport food. Bland, congealed -- not to mention overpriced -- airport meals seem...

6 Weird Ways To Get Your Food Served Around The World

6 Weird Ways To Get Your Food Served Around The World Sep 4th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Monik Markus, Flickr Now that food trucks are a staple in pretty much every metropolis, people have to get really creative to think about how to serve food in an edgy manner. But from fries in a vending machine to sparkling water in a public fountain, there are plenty of places around the world that will make sure that you have an unforgettable eating experience. 1. Coin-operated Belgian...

Forget Cronuts. Try These 6 International Food Combinations.

Forget Cronuts. Try These 6 International Food Combinations. Aug 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: hirotomo t, Flickr Everyone loves a good food trend or weird restaurant. In fact some people even travel for them. But sometimes trends quickly turn to obsession. This year that has been the cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid bred in New York and quickly copied around the world. For example, north of the border in Canada, you can get your hands on a bacon jam cronut burger. Maybe it's...

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins Aug 7th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Mathieu Thouvenin, Flickr Walk through any food court or eatery in Japan and you'll find yourself face to face with walls of plastic food. These displays are designed to show potential diners exactly what they'll receive if they order a particular dish, from the portion size to the ingredients right down to the little garnishes. They're helpful for foreigners who can't decipher Japanese menus but...

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner Jul 30th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Labros Hydras/SWNS Nothing like catching your own food and eating it on vacation. Except for when you find out that your nightly catch is an extremely rare species. That's what happened recently in Greece. While vacationing in the sunny southern European country, Labros Hydras captured an octopus while snorkeling, and not knowing that it happened to be an extremely rare hexapus, killed it and...

Find The World's Best Festivals

Find The World's Best Festivals Jul 20th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Chip Conley, Fest300 Do you travel for food, culture or history? You can find all that and more at a festival, and a website launched this week aims to connect travelers with some of the world's most unique, exciting and unusual festivals. Fest300 is part practical directory, part inspirational magazine. On the homepage, you'll find a mix of lists (how about top festivals to enjoy naked?), essays,...

Aircraft Turned Diner To Open As Florida Attraction

Aircraft Turned Diner To Open As Florida Attraction Jul 15th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Cliff1066/Flickr The Douglas DC-7 made history in 1953 flying the first non-stop coast-to-coast service in the country for American Airlines. But the DC-7's fame did not last long, as just a few years later, jet aircraft would charge the future of commercial aviation. Gone but not forgotten, the DC-7 is getting new life as an aircraft turned diner Florida attraction. Chef Tony Perna and brother...

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul

American Airlines Serving Instant Ramen Between Dallas And Seoul Jul 3rd, 2013 at 9:00AM: Aplomb, Flickr American Airlines recently announced a new direct route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul's Incheon International Airports in an agreement with Japan Airlines. In addition to mentioning the "special attention [they will give] to the culture of the airline's Korean customers" in their press release, American also briefly mentions offering "Shin Ramen Noodle Cup as a snack option to...

Eating And Drinking In Slovenia

Eating And Drinking In Slovenia Jun 15th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan Historic sights, art galleries, beautiful countryside – all these are important in a vacation, but one thing you absolutely can't go without is the food. You have to eat, after all, and a country with poor local cuisine just isn't going to get many repeat visitors. Luckily, Slovenia has a distinct cuisine that takes influences from Slavic traditions and its Austrian and...

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck Jun 6th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Adam Baker, Flickr I'm traveling in Sicily this week, and was reminded how crummy the aptly named Continental breakfast can be in this part of Europe: a cup of coffee (the only time of day it is socially acceptable to have a cappuccino, incidentally) and a roll or small pastry. While I'm not a person who starts every day with steak, eggs and a short stack, the Italian "breakfast" makes me yearn...

Say Goodbye To Olive Oil Bottles In European Restaurants

Say Goodbye To Olive Oil Bottles In European Restaurants May 20th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Wikimedia Commons It's an old tradition here in Europe: sit down for a meal and at the center of the table is a little bottle of olive oil for using on your bread and other food. In the finer restaurants you'll often get a dipping bowl too. Now the Guardian reports that the European Union has banned serving olive oil in anything but sealed, throwaway containers. The EU says this is to stop...

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend?

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend? May 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At home there's the backyard garden, the local co-op farmers market and the stash of homemade pickles, but on the road, what's a food-loving locavore to do? Track down a farm-to-hotel of course. Hotel restaurants aren't normally at the top of the list of a traveler's places to eat, but sometimes time and efficiency leave you eating at the dining room on the first floor of wherever you're...

10 Things To Like About Detroit Now

10 Things To Like About Detroit Now May 6th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Detroit is like an empty lot down the street that's sat vacant for years. Some people in the neighborhood doubt it will ever be put to good use. Then one day, you notice that the rubble is being carted away, and there are actually some green shoots popping up from the newly cleared ground. Somebody, it seems, thinks they can make something of it. That's what's happening with the Motor City...

Culinary Vacations Not 'Cookie-Cutter' With Destination Discoveries

Culinary Vacations Not 'Cookie-Cutter' With Destination Discoveries May 5th, 2013 at 11:00AM: As we've continued to report at Gadling, a new generation of culinary tours is on the rise. Food-loving travelers want more than generic cooking classes that teach how to make pad thai in Thailand or risotto in Tuscany. And a few companies – such as Destination Hotels & Resorts, North America's fourth largest hotel management company – are complying by offering tours and classes...

Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31

Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Melbourne-based Intrepid Travel – known for its cultural and food-focused trips to remote corners of the planet – is now offering 20 percent off over 350 of their trips, including the newly-launched Food Adventures. The discount is good for all trips departing before August 31, 2013. Last fall, Intrepid partnered up with The Perennial Plate, which documents these culinary...

Falling In Love With The World's Most Hyped Churros At Xoco In Chicago

Falling In Love With The World's Most Hyped Churros At Xoco In Chicago Apr 28th, 2013 at 12:00PM: I'm almost never game to wait in a long line to eat. But I joined a line stretching outside the door at Xoco in Chicago last Saturday because I couldn't stand to hear another rave about the place without experiencing what all the fuss is about for myself. Xoco is a fast food Mexican place owned by former "Top Chef" master chef Rick Bayless, whom my colleague Laurel Miller once memorably described...

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