Travel To Go | Culinary
Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

During a recent visit to Mexico City, there were several times when I thought to myself: Wow, I wish we had a dining experience like this in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find many locations where the ambience impressed me as much as the food. One such place was Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, considered by many to be Mexico City’s most “hipster” ‘hood.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.

Been There, Do This: Cheap Eats in Rosarito, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Cheap Eats in Rosarito, Mexico

If you aren’t looking carefully, you could easily pass Charly’s Place, a tiny eatery off the side of the Transpeninsular Highway in Rosarito, Mexico. Just a few miles from downtown, Charly’s is a simple, brightly decorated taqueria that offers delicious and inexpensive Baja-style Mexican food

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Now, I’m no barbecue expert by any means. But I do know that my heartbeat accelerates when I spot the words “pulled pork” on a menu. Plus, when I was a college student, my mom would unabashedly bribe me to visit by promising a plate piled high with ribs upon my arrival. (It worked.) Though Austin City Limits may have been the initial reason for my trip to Austin, Tex., satisfying my deep craving for authentic Texas barbecue was, in truth, my top priority.

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Been There, Do This: Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Seattle

Some novels are best read with a glass of whiskey, served neat, to assist in punctuating long chapters and sweeping narratives. Regrettably, I’ve found that most literary establishments do not follow this pleasure-mixed-with-more-pleasure tactic — that is, until my friends and I stumbled upon Bookstore Bar & Cafe while strolling around the streets of downtown Seattle.

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.