It’s closer than you think. Tickling your taste buds and embracing regional produce when traveling is easy – when you know where to look. Start with these Bindu Trips itineraries to foodie trails and local specialities in the U.S., Caribbean and Italy. Consider them appetizers to the menu of choices here.
By Editor Alison Plummer
Binge on the Best Gelato in Florence, Italy
The art of gelato: smooth, cold, semi-cold, heavenly. Experts (and addicts) taste the best in Florence with this itinerary. It includes top tips for finding the best, and a rundown of different styles and flavors including tartufo (truffle) and Bacio, based on famous Perugia chocolates. Sicilian gelato, sorbet and ice cream sandwiches are also on the menu. Mangia with travel writer Leif Peterson.
Go Beyond the Red & Green in Santa Fe, New Mexico – in 5 Days
New Mexico’s capital boasts signature chile fare and fine dining at James Beard award-winning restaurants, farm-to-table eateries, hole-in-the-wall cafes and spots reflecting New Mexico’s historic love affair with chocolate. Drink your way through breweries, cocktail bars and gold standard margaritas on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail. Learn how to say ‘Christmas’ with local Ashley Biggers here.
Taste the Napa Valley, California, with Wine Expert Danny Mangin
Wine experts love the purity of single grape varieties. There’s no better place to taste Cabernet Sauvignon in the U.S. than the Napa Valley where 90 percent of 500-plus wineries produce that varietal, often called the “the king of grapes.” Danny Mangin suggests stops for straightforward tastings of three to five wines or in-depth experiences to talk soil, oak aging, blending, and food pairing. Drink up Danny’s details here.
Eat Me in St Louis, Missouri
If ever a city was known for its food specialities, it’s St Louis, Missouri. From toasted ravioli to gooey butter cake and thin-crust pizza with Provel cheese (a combo of Cheddar, Swiss, and Provolone cheeses), the city faves are washed down with a local beer or wine from vineyards established before Prohibition. Taste the town with longtime travel writer Diana Lambdin Meyer.
Bite into St Lucia’s Wicked Side in Chocolate Heritage Month
Chocoholics take note: August is a particularly wicked month for chocolate on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. The cocoa legacy here dates from the 18th century, but any time of year you’ll find chocolate on the spa treatment menu of many of the island’s top resorts as well as on the dining menu. Think coco-massage, choctails, chocolate sampler plates, cacao nibs. If you can do it with chocolate you’ll probably find it here, served up in the nicest possible way. Follow in Lynne Morgan Sullivan’s footsteps here.
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