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My Favorite DIY Culinary Experiences From Around The World

Food is powerful. It has the ability to bring people together, to nourish, to immerse you in other cultures, to teach you about foreign lands. It also has the power to seriously enhance your travel experience, such as with the […]

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Tasty Travels: Learning To Make Soba Noodles From Scratch In Japan

I love all carbs, but I’ve always had a special affinity for soba noodles. So you can imagine my excitement when in Izushi, a town known for its rich soba noodle culture and unique way of eating the dish, I […]

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Where To Go On Vacation In 2015 (Based On My Favorite Trips)

This past year has been a whirlwind of travel, and I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a number of great destinations. It’s been a year of triumph’s — from finding true love as a traveler (not an easy feat!) to […]

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An Enchanting Nara Deer Experience In Japan

In Nara, Japan‘s Nara Park, you’ll be truly immersed in a fantasy-like world — beginning with over 1,000 friendly deer. Being from Long Island where it’s forbidden to touch and feed wild deer, it was amazing to me that in […]

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Having A Shabushabu Experience In Gion, Kyoto, Japan

One of the most interesting restaurants I ate at during my trip to Kyoto, Japan, was at Gion Gyuzen (323 Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyamaku) and partaking in some traditional shabushabu. Upon entering the restaurant I was asked to remove my shoes and […]

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Finding True Love At Kiyomizu-dera Temple In Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan‘s Eastern Mountain Area was established during the eighth century. Made of wood, the structure has burned down numerous times, although the building we see today — created without nails and featuring a thatched roof — […]

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From Soba To Shabushabu: 8 Reasons Japan’s Kansai Region Should Be Your Next Trip

I recently took a trip to Japan, exploring the Kansai Region’s many food and cultural offerings. Aside for Kyoto, I had never really heard of the other places I went to, adding an element of excitement to the visit. After […]