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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.

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Before 1592, the people of Munich had to import their beer from the town of Einbeck some 340 miles away. Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, simply would not stand for this, and ordered his royal court to come up with a solution. Their plan: build Munich’s own brewery.

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

When vacationing in Italy, particularly when by the sea, you are essentially obligated to order the classic dish of spaghetti ai frutti di mare at least once. The above photograph depicts one of the three spaghetti ai frutti de mare dishes I consumed, specifically while in the coastal Italian village of Positano.

A Breakfast to Remember at Hotel Cielo Rojo

A Breakfast to Remember at Hotel Cielo Rojo

Tucked away in a quiet street in San Pancho is Hotel Cielo Rojo and its restaurant, Bistro Organico. I visited during Mexico’s off-season, so only a handful of locals and expats were out and about on that warm June morning.