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In markets crowded with the freshest seafood, sweetest chilies, and spiciest tacos, JJ Goode eats his way to the heart of the metropolis.  Photographs by Javier Sirvent Eating in Mexico City liberates you. The sheer force of food, in its dizzying ubiquity and variety, frees visitors from the tyranny of “the best” that afflicts smaller, more provincial cities—you know, like Copenhagen, Paris,...Read more >

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Photo: Palolem Beach, Goa by Kristin Zibell  When you travel for business, it’s easy to let meetings and deadlines dominate. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Experience seekers—we count ourselves among them—aren’t always on vacation (in fact, we know that our readers travel for business many times a year), and aren’t looking to “escape.” Even when bouncing from conference calls to meeting...Read more >

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Photo courtesy of Intrepid Travel. Not long ago, we ran a sweepstakes along with our friends at Intrepid Travel. The grand prize: a culinary tour of Mexico, ranging from Mexico City, to Oaxaca, to Puebla, exploring the geography, culture, and of course the local cuisine. We received well over 2,000 entries before the sweeps closed, but there could be only one lucky winner—congrats Edgar James...Read more >

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Spend a few hours or a full day scouring the markets and sampling the best tacos in town. EAT MEXICO CULINARY TOURS Explore the nighttime street food scene in a small group with private transportation. Kick off the tour with drinks—mezcal or artisan Mexican microbrews—and then visit three taquerías for their unique tacos and tostadas. From $145. eatmexico.com MEXICO CITY MARKETS AND FOOD...Read more >

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The sommelier at New York City’s Le Bernardin regularly visits France to stock the restaurant and its new wine bar. “It’s important to bond with the winemakers and experience the culture,” he says. On a recent trip, he visited Burgundy, Provence, and the Rhône region. “It’s not a typical vacation,” he says. “I’m tasting at five wineries a day. If you don’t spit, you won’t survive lunch.” Here...Read more >

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Sommelier Richard Betts can’t sit still. He frequently travels to Mexico for his mezcal project, Sombra, and also produces wine in California, Provence, and Bordeaux. He says Bordeaux is often perceived as old and stodgy but the city has new energy to it. “Bordeaux is no longer the tweed-jacketed, Ascot-sporting provence of wealthy old guys,” he says.  “Actually, Bordeaux rocks.  In the shadow...Read more >

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Writer Tom Downey tracks down the sources of surprising culinary innovations in Australia’s second city. Photos by John Laurie I woke up at 6 a.m. in Melbourne jet-lagged and hungry. I made my way from my hotel to a nearby café called Silo by Joost. It was tiny, with just 15 counter seats built from recycled kegs. I expected little more than good espresso and decent chow. But then I saw the...Read more >

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Photo by Amalia Nita/AFAR.com. The scent of spring is finally in the air here in San Francisco, and we’ve been hard at work putting together travel guides for cities and countries around the world, and, well, it’s hard not to be tempted to put our work to good use. So, this week, we got to thinking—if we put together the ultimate guide to playing hooky in San Francisco, shared it to Pinterest,...Read more >

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As one of Switzerland’s best-known native chefs, Reto Mathis captains an empire of celebrated restaurants in his home country. (The most highly acclaimed of these, La Marmite, sits at the staggering height of 8,000 feet in the St. Moritz mountain resort of Corviglia.) In 2007, Chef Mathis took his refined-yet-traditional Swiss cuisine to new heights, when he was a featured chef in Swiss...Read more >

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