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7 Pairings to Elevate the Way You Cheese,” The Bold Italic
As a friend and AFAR Ambassador, Kristin Zibell and I have a lot in common. Though travel may have first brought us together, we have further bonded over our love of San Francisco, food and drinks. She is the curator of one of my favorite Wanderlists, There’s Always Time for a Cheese Plate, which I follow closely. I thank her for this list, for the many cheese plates and bottles of wine we have shared together, and now for this article she has shared with me. I will now be following Kristin Jackon’s blog and most likely reading her book. —Lauren Nicholl

Where a Poet’s Vision Lives on in India,” The New York Times
AFAR contributor and author Eric Weiner (The Geography of Bliss, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine) travels from Kolkata to Shantiniketan, India, a small town founded by poet Rabindranath Tagore more than a century ago, on the premise that “people do their best learning and thinking when they divorce themselves from the distractions of urban life and reconnect with their natural environment.” Is it still a place of contemplation and wonder? —Derk Richardson

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Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna,” Governing
Vienna is on my still-to-visit list. My plan has always been to eat sacher torte and find someone to play me some Mozart. But after reading this story, I’ve decided I also need to check out the city’s…public housing? —Jeremy Saum

Grand Central Terminal Turns 100,” The Atlantic
In honor of Grand Central’s 100th birthday, The Atlantic has published a stunning series of photographs—from laying the foundations through the war years and to the present day—celebrating one of the most important and iconic American architectural achievements in New York City.  —Bryan Kitch

In the Dairy Case, Ripe Prose,” The New York Times
I can spend an embarrassingly long time in cheese shops, mostly tasting unfamiliar, hard-to-pronounce varieties. So it’s no surprise that I loved reading about the time, energy, and literary prowess that New York’s most prominent cheesemongers put into the descriptions at their stores. —Julia Cosgrove

The Ghosts of Alamos,” Gadling
I had the privilege to hear writer Lavinia Spalding read this beautiful story at a travel writing event a couple weeks ago. I found myself entranced by imagery, moved by emotion, and surprised by the chance encounters that helped Lavinia discover life after death. —Serena Renner

Photos: The Best Things I Ate in Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing,” Condé Nast Traveler
Anything that can be prefaced by “So-and-so just got back from stuffing his face” is something I want to click on. Here, author Chaney Kwak shares memorable photos from memorable feasts throughout Asia. —Jessica Silber

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Best Dumplings In LA: Under-The-Radar Chinese Restaurants,” Huffington Post Travel
As a native of Northern California, I suppose it’s treasonous to say that I very much enjoy Los Angeles, not least because of the wide variety of excellent restaurants. Travel Photographer Dylan Ho has assembled a list of lesser known, but great options for Chinese Restaurants in LA, just in time for the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), which falls on February 10, 2013. —Bryan Kitch

Photo by Joan Wharton on AFAR

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