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In Brussels, Frites Are More Than Just Fries,” The New York Times
Seth Kugel, aka the Frugal Traveler, took on a mission that I would gladly volunteer for: Sample at least 10 of Belgium’s best friteries (stands serving fries). The indulgent task became more nuanced when he realized his evaluations couldn’t be based on the frites alone. “It’s about the ritual: Fries as destination,” Kugel writes. Isn’t that what all foodie travel experiences are about—the trek, the backstory, the interaction with locals? The food’s the reason you came, but it’s not always what you remember most. —Lara Takenaga

Around the World in Hand Gestures: A Video Guide,” The Atlantic
While language is sometimes an obvious barrier to understanding people from around the globe, your body language can get you into a whole other world of trouble. This little video will help you avoid suggesting death to someone you want to come closer in Singapore or telling someone in Turkey that you thought the meal they cooked you was homosexual. It will also prepare you for finding yourself amidst vulcans or color-coded robbers in an LA diner. You never know… —Sarah Zapiler

Learning Culture Through Candy in Banos, Ecuador,” Jessie on a Journey
If you’re like me and have a hankering for all things sugar, you’ll delight in this short but sweet piece on Ecuadorian melcocha, a specialty made from boiled raw cane syrup. The city of Banos handles most of the production, a handmade process depicted in a mesmerizing one-minute video embedded in the post. —Kim Fortson 

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A Hotel Life; A Tale of Three Cities; Suitcase
I recently attended the premiere LE Miami travel conference last week and was introduced to some inspiring new travel blogs and publications coming out of the UK. Hotel junkies should be sure to bookmark ahotellife.com. The site’s founder, Ben Pundole (the man behind Mountauk, New York’s Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s) was named LE Miami’s  Up-and-Coming Blogger of the Year. Pundole’s site smartly curates a mix of refreshingly honest hotel reviews written by in-the-known creative types, editorial content, and gorgeous photography. I was also introduced to A Tale of Three Cities, a gorgeous new literary/arts journal based in the UK that features emerging young writers, artists, and photographers. The first two issues focused on London, Paris, and Berlin but future issues will showcase different cities. My final great find was a new quarterly travel magazine called Suitcase which blends travel and fashion coverage. I love its fresh voice and great imagery. —Jen Murphy

On Prioritizing Travel,” Lisacongdon.com
The first rule of travel: It has to be a priority. So many other things can hinder your escape, but only if you let them. —Davina Baum

In the Oven,” Medium
When notable food writer (and AFAR contributor) John T. Edge asked Medium editor and author Charlotte Druckman to speak about women chefs in the South for an upcoming symposium, Druckman seized the opportunity to travel below the Mason-Dixon line. Each week she’ll feature profiles of the South’s leading culinary ladies in this new column for Medium, seasoned with beautiful photos from Melanie Dunea, her photographer and travel buddy for the expedition. Though the first piece is merely an introduction, Druckman’s account of navigating the TSA and finding the best coffee shop-slash-bakery in Raleigh (think Counter Culture with a side of housemade waffles and peanut butter) indicates tasteful features to come. —Kim Fortson 

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Photo courtesy of Kimberly Lovato/AFAR