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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...

Horseburgers: Slovenia's Unusual Delicacy

Horseburgers: Slovenia's Unusual Delicacy Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan The horse has been with us for thousands of years. A loyal steed that has pulled plows, helped us migrate to new lands and carried us into battle, there is no more noble animal. We've honored the horse in myth, art and song, so what more fitting end to this fine beast than to eat it? Horse meat is a good source of iron and is a free-range meat that's low in fat. Horses produce...

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's Mar 25th, 2013 at 12:00PM: If Rebecca Bierman gets an urge for a Big Mac, she has at least four options to satisfy the craving. "I can go to Pierre or Sturgis, here in South Dakota," says Bierman, a farmer and rancher who lives in Glad Valley, South Dakota. "Or I can go to Dickinson or Bismarck in North Dakota." The McDonald's in Pierre is 142 miles from her home, the Sturgis branch is 147 miles away, and the golden...

Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia

Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia Jan 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Would you like home-style biscuits or mashed potatoes to go with your yurt? No country is out of reach for global food brands these days, and this week it's Mongolia. In partnership with Ulan Bator-based Tavan Bogd Group, Yum! Brands is opening up four KFC outlets in Mongolia this year. A country known for its nomads and ger yurts, it's the most sparsely populated country in the world....

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It really isn't fair. California has sun, beaches, mountains and legions of fit, attractive people. But Californians also get to enjoy otherworldly tacos and burritos too. I know, I know, there are good tacos and burritos to be had in other parts of the country, but when it comes to fast food Mexican, California is still king. Here's how I like to roll when I'm visiting California: start the...

McDonald's To Open Vegetarian-Only Restaurant

McDonald's To Open Vegetarian-Only Restaurant Sep 5th, 2012 at 3:00PM: When people talk about greasy fries and bad-for-you burgers, the conversation inevitably always leads to McDonald's. No matter what initiatives the chain seems to implement, they're always touted as the most unhealthy restaurant on the planet. This may soon change, as the eatery plans to open its first vegetarian-only restaurant in northern India's Amritsar early next year. The marketing plan...

Why You Want To Eat At Wendy's In Japan

Why You Want To Eat At Wendy's In Japan Aug 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: No, it's not because the french fries are more delicious than the ones at McDonald's. Wendy's restaurants in Japan have added two new luxe items to their menu, a Lobster Surf & Turf burger and a Premium Caviar & Lobster sandwich. Burger Business (yes, that's an actual website) reports that the sandwiches will go for about $16 USD. If you just cant choose, they're also offering a Garden...

I Can Barely Afford To Eat At Panera

I Can Barely Afford To Eat At Panera Jul 25th, 2012 at 11:00AM: A month ago, I was eating a terrific meal at a taverna right on a lovely beach on the Greek island of Patmos when a perverse thought occurred to me. "I bet this lunch is cheaper than we'd pay at a Panera, in some strip mall somewhere in the U.S.," I said to my wife, who was finishing up a carafe of the house red that cost the equivalent of $4. I made the comment somewhat in jest, but...

McDonald's France promo pairs "baguette" burgers with famous cheeses

McDonald's France promo pairs Feb 15th, 2012 at 4:30PM: In a move that's either sheer genius or...a sign of the Apocalypse, McDonald's France is giving their cheeseburgers a serious makeover. From February 15th through March 27th, customers will be able to get their burgers on a baguette, with a choice of four different French cheeses--three of which are prestigious Protected Designation of Origin (PDO; formerly known in France as Appellation d'origine...

Food poisoning! What to watch out for in 2012

Food poisoning! What to watch out for in 2012 Feb 2nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: For many people--myself included--one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel is experiencing how other cultures eat. Even if you're only traveling as far as the other end of the state, chances are there's a regional specialty, street food, farmers market, or restaurant that's a destination in its own right. Sometimes, however, the pickings are slim, or no matter how delicious the food, the...

Life in Japan, from sushi's perspective

Jan 17th, 2012 at 1:00PM: In Japan, conveyor belt sushi, or kaiten-zushi, is the equivalent of a burger joint or taco stand: a cheap, quick dining option for people from all walks of life. At kaiten-zushi establishments, small plates of sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese specialties are placed on a rotating conveyor belt. Diners select multiple plates to make themselves a meal, and the bill is tallied at the end...

5 best fast food chains around the world

5 best fast food chains around the world Oct 14th, 2011 at 1:00PM: While fast food often gets a bad rep, you can't expect to eat all of your meals sitting in down in slow food restaurants. And, when traveling abroad, you will sometimes find that fast food doesn't always necessarily mean greasy fries and fattening burgers. Travelers can make their quick dining experiences worthwhile by visiting these five delicious and budget-friendly fast food restaurants,...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

Gas stations: then and now

Gas stations: then and now Mar 1st, 2011 at 3:00PM: Once upon a time, gas stations gave away all kinds of cool stuff, most of it targeted at kids. As a child of the 70's, I clearly recall of our Exxon "NFL Helmets" drinking glass collection, and my miniature Noah's Ark collectible series (What genius ad team decided that was the perfect gas station promo?). The point is, these giveaways worked. My parents would bribe me not to annoy my older...

Should you eat at American chain restaurants when you travel?

Should you eat at American chain restaurants when you travel? Jan 26th, 2011 at 3:30PM: For people traveling the world in search of culture, adventure and, in a philosophical sense, themselves, it's probably discouraging to see so many signs of American consumerism all across the globe. Virtually anywhere you go, you're bound to see American restaurant chains serving variations on the "classics." Is that a bad thing? Should we be avoiding these establishments in favor of eating only...

White Collar Travel: Five step to healthier road warrior diets

White Collar Travel: Five step to healthier road warrior diets Jun 17th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Sometimes, it seems like the road warrior's diet is relegated to the extremes. When a company executive is in town for a meeting – you're taking your clients out – it's hefty steaks, heavy cabernets and always more appetizers than a third-world country could consume in a lifetime. When there's no occasion to shape the meal, on the other hand, you're looking at suburban Chinese food...

White Collar Travel: A Tale of Two Meals

White Collar Travel: A Tale of Two Meals Apr 22nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: Business travelers lead dual lives when they're on the road. One is nothing short of luxurious, and the other is nothing short of depressing. This isn't a case of good weeks and bad, and there is little they can do to engineer the frequency of the former over the latter. It all comes down to an uncertain mix of luck and timing. The contrast is most evident in the dining experience. Some meals are...

What German McDonald's thinks of New York City

What German McDonald's thinks of New York City Apr 6th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Apparently Germans really like to visit New York City. How else to explain a new Big Apple-inspired menu of cupcakes, now appearing at McDonald's restaurants across Germany? According to food website Eater, the new German cupcake campaign features sweet desserts named after New York's "tourist hot-spots," including Chelsea, Central Park, SoHo and the East Village. The campaign appears to be a...

Tip-Top: Nicaraguan fast food

Tip-Top: Nicaraguan fast food Feb 7th, 2010 at 11:00AM: If you're traveling to Nicaragua and have a city-sculpted Type A personality, you're probably bracing yourself for meals that can last hours. Occasional glimpses of the restaurant staff offer brief interludes scattered among hours of nothingness. It gets tough after a while, making it hard to resist the urge to dine 'n' dash. Tip-Top, Nicaragua's answer to Popeye's or KFC, will scratch your fast...

Four tips for staying healthy on a road trip

Four tips for staying healthy on a road trip Jan 30th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Finding the willpower to eat healthy while traveling is hard enough when you have access to fresh markets and cooking utensils. It becomes even more of a challenge when you're on a road trip, trapped in a car for hours on end, with nothing but fast food restaurants and greasy spoon diners for roadside dining options. But with a little planning, a little extra time, and a lot of self-control, you...

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