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50 Food and Travel Quotes That Speaks to a Foodie Traveler’s Soul

Looking for food and travel quotes that make your heart and stomach flutter? Food trip quotes that speak to your foodie traveler’s soul?

What are some good travel quotes? What are some famous sayings about food?

Travel and food. A ying and yang of life.

Food and travel bring us so much joy. They offer us experiences that stay with us for a lifetime. It’s what makes a Tasty Itinerary.

Do you try the local food when you travel?

There isn’t a travel experience that isn’t made better with a delicious meal. And no meal doesn’t have something from travel woven into it.

Even when you venture out to a local restaurant it isn’t just about having dinner. And when you explore a local farmers market, it’s not just about buying food. It’s a chance to explore food from other cultures and try something new.

Biting a drunken fish taco will take you to Matzalan, Mexico .

A slice of Key Lime Pie reminds us of Key West and the Florida Keys.

A cheeseburger reminds us that it was invented (adding cheese to the burger) in Pasadena, California .

Diving into that bowl of pasta probably makes you wish you were in Italy eating it, and sometimes, it’s so good that it transports you there.

Beignets are synonymous with New Orleans.

Even if it’s just for a few minutes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single bite.

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Food and travel are intertwined.

In this article, we share some travel and food quotes from famous authors, renowned chefs, and travelers to celebrate this amazing combination of foodie travel.

These food trip quotes will make you want to book your next foodie trip.

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Food and Travel Quotes

1. “if i’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. as far as you can, as much as you can. across the ocean, or simply across the river. walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. it’s a plus for everybody.” – anthony bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain has some of the best and the most food and travel quotes in the world. His passion for exploring the world through food was infectious, and his words of wisdom will never be forgotten.

2. “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

graphic for julia child quote "People who love to eat are always the best people.”

3. “Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience.” – Guy Fieri

We couldn’t agree more. Food isn’t just sustenance; it’s a chance to explore other cultures, and it gives us a connection to the world around us.

4. “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

5. “food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – alan d. wolfelt, 6. “food brings people together on many different levels. it’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” – giada de laurentiis, 7. “give me books, french wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody i do not know.” – john keats.

When you visit Europe and sit outside a piazza, whether it’s on the steps of an old monument or a cafe, this food and travel quote comes to life.

8. “People don’t take trips…  trips take people .” – John Steinbeck

9. “in both business and personal life, i’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else i do. evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that i discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.” – ivanka trump, 10. “it’s true: everything tastes best right out of the sea, the fields and the orchards.” – susan magsamen, 11. “a good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.” – phil rosenthal.

graphic for phil rosenthal quote “A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.” - Phil Rosenthal

12. “We live life in restaurants, its the center of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without traveling, and of course, eat.” – Phil Rosenthal

If you haven’t started watching Phil Rosenthal’s travel show Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, you should. His enthusiasm for food and travel is contagious.

13. “Eat dessert first because life is uncertain.” – Arthur Murray

15. “i am not a great cook, i am not a great artist, but i love art, and i love food, so i am the perfect traveler.” – michael palin, 14. “people will travel anywhere for good food – it’s crazy.” – rene redzepi.

graphic for foodie travel quote | “People will travel anywhere for good food - it's crazy.” - Rene Redzepi

Of all the travel and food quotes, this one hits home the most as we travel to eat delicious food all the time. Locally to abroad.

We recently traveled to Italy, and at the top of our list was trying some of the local favorites in Bologna , Modena , and Parma . They are part of Italy’s foodie capital, the Emilia Romagna region .

16. “We live life in restaurants, its the center of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without traveling, and of course, eat.” – Phil Rosenthal

17. “there comes a moment on a journey when something sweet, something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips, wells up in the traveler’s being.” – patrick macgill, 18. “in this life, you should read everything you can read. taste everything you can taste. meet everyone you can meet. travel everywhere you can travel. learn everything you can learn. experience everything you can experience.” – mario cuomo, 19. “with enough butter, anything is good.” – julia child.

Julia Child was definitely onto something with this food quote. There’s nothing like indulging in a delicious meal with some buttery goodness. Her love for Paris and French cuisine can’t go unnoticed.

20. “Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky

21. “travel is the spice of life.” – charley boorman, 22. “food makes travel so exceptional, because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. to eat the real pad thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing.” – meghan markle, 23. “there is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – george bernard shaw.

graphic image of food and travel quote | “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” - George Bernard Shaw

24. “I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy. I’m not sick of the road or sick of eating in good restaurants around the country. I like to travel.” – Levon Helm

25. “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – virgina woolf, 26. “you know, food is such – it’s a hug for people.” – rachel ray.

We could all use a hug right now, and what better way to get it than through food?

27. “You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it’s in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family.” – Adriana Trigiani

28. “if you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better,  i urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible . sleep on floors if you have to. find out how other people live and eat and cook. learn from them — wherever you go.” – anthony bourdain, 29. “feed is learning.” – bee wilson, 30. “all sorrows are less with bread. ” – miguel de cervantes saavedra, 31. “food is a gift and should be treated reverentially–romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.” – chris bohjalian,  secrets of eden, 32. “the best way to know a city is to eat it.” –   scott westerfeld.

graphic for quote “The best way to know a city is to eat it.” -  Scott Westerfeld

This is one of those travel and food quotes that is simple but to the point. Trying out local dishes, experiencing new flavors, learning about its history, and meeting people along the way are all part of the adventure. So the next time you travel, don’t forget to eat your way through the city.

33. “There are precious few problems a good taco won’t solve.” – Steve Multer

34. “food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – james beard, 35. “going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, i think is the core of what it means to live a civilized life.” – adam gopnik, 36. “if you reject the food,  ignore the customs,  fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – james michener ., 37. “a  hangover  suggests a great night, jet lag suggests a great adventure.” – j.d. andrews., 38. “if love is the food of life, travel is the dessert.” – amanda jane sturges, 39. “food should be fun.” – thomas keller.

Food is fun. Eating is fun.

40. “LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.” – Henry Fielding

41. “you can go anywhere in the world, and people’s faces light up when they put delicious food in their mouths.” – sandi toksvig.

graphic quote | “You can go anywhere in the world, and people's faces light up when they put delicious food in their mouths.” - Sandi Toksvig

42. “There is no conflict between a better meal and a better world.” – Rene Redzepi

43. “a great restaurant is one that just makes you feel like you’re not sure whether you went out or you came home and confuses you. if it can do both of those things at the same time, you’re hooked.” – danny meyer, 44. “travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.” – rick steves.

Rick Steves is one of the pioneers of travel. His advice is to explore, learn, and broaden your perspective.

45. “I take a cooking class everywhere I travel. I find it’s the best way to get to know a culture.” – Blake Lively

Cooking classes and food tours are always on the top of the list of travel experiences for foodies or anyone that wants to learn more about the local foods in the city or country they are visiting.

46. “Traveling is an experience, and you have to experience it as a whole.” – Zareen Khan

graphic quote | “Traveling is an experience, and you have to experience it as a whole.” - Zareen Khan

47. “I just couldn’t live without other cultures’ cuisines.” – Henry Golding

48. “most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.” – homaro cantu, 49. “where you are is who you are. the further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.” – frances mayes,  under the tuscan sun: at home in italy, 50. “great eats. great vacations.” – tasty itinerary.

Food and travel quotes can be a source of motivation to explore the world. From new cuisines, learning about local foods and cultures, or understanding how food connects us all, it helps remind us why we should never stop exploring.

Bookmark this page and use these amazing food trip quotes to inspire your next journey.

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Meet Kathy Ava, a food, travel, and cruise writer based in Los Angeles/Pasadena, and the owner and main writer of Tasty Itinerary. With over 20 years of experience planning trips and logistics at her full-time job and for herself, she's become a pro at crafting unforgettable tasty itineraries. She's always on the hunt for delicious, fun travel destinations and cruise itineraries. She firmly believes that life is short and we must make the most of it, so always say yes to dessert.

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Two Forks and a Passport

Great Food + Travel Shows and Documentaries To feed your wanderlust, hunger, and soul. Pun intended.

I haven’t seen all food + travel shows everywhere, but to celebrate World Food Travel Day, I thought I might as well share a roundup of my favorites so far (and why I think you’ll like them):

Keep in mind that not all the shows may be available in your country. A VPN should *usually* do the trick.

The Mind of a Chef

The Mind of a Chef combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey.

It’s crazy to think this show premiered ten years ago. The first show I ever watched while already having a conscious fondness for all things food and travel, it’s narrated by the late Anthony Bourdain (one more reason to watch), and each season focused on one or two specific chefs, giving you a full look into, well, their mind! Inspiration, personal stories, traveling, and a sprinkle of science for good measure. I like to think of this show as a precursor to Chef’s Table,  albeit a little less artsy and a little more informative. Best of all, it was produced by PBS, and I love public broadcasting and what it stands for. 

Seasons 1 through 5 are available on Amazon Prime via a PBS subscription here , and Season 6 is available on Facebook , of all places.

Chef’s Table 

In this Emmy-nominated series, meet culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts.

Ah, Chef’s Table. Perhaps Netflix’s best known (and most awarded?) food show, the inspiring instrumentals and detailed 360° shots seen here pair as well as cheese and wine do.

Every episode covers a specific chef, featuring old favorites like Massimo Bottura and Alain Passard. as well as new finds – at least for me – like Musa Dağdeviren and Bo Songvisava. Their life stories, inspiration, projects, and how they run their kitchen are all featured along with their most iconic dishes in a captivating, easily binge-able show.

Chef’s Table is available on Netflix here ,  France is available here ,  BBQ is available here , and Pizza is avaiable here.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father

Jovial comic  Jack Whitehall  and his stuffy  father , Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond.

I only ever knew Jack Whitehall as “the cute guy who does standup”, and had only seen his name around a couple of times, so suffice to say I was quite surprised to see this show pop up on my Netflix home screen as “Recommended for You”. Bloody algorithms. 

What starts as a father-son bonding trip ended up being a truly funny and often heartwarming (yes, really) journey around some amazing locations, complete with food, out-of-the-ordinary activities, and hilariously bizarre hijinks. 

Best watched with family, you can find it on Netflix here .

Street Food

Embark on a global cultural journey into street food and discover the stories of the people who create the flavorful dishes.

Originally named Street Food, but later renamed Street Food: Asia after the release of Street Food: Latin America, this production from the creators of Chef’s Table is focused on the local stars behind a destination’s cuisine, versus the big-name chefs we’ve seen in other shows. Not only are the location and food shots amazing, but seeing the locals’ unique perspectives and hearing their stories (often hardships and tragedies) is truly inspiring.

Hopefully, there’s more on the way, because there is street food for days on every corner of this planet. How does Street Food: Down Under sound?

Update: Street Food USA is now out! Find it here .

You can find Street Food: Asia on Netflix here , and Street Food: Latin America here.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Chef Gordon Ramsay journeys to some of the most incredible and remote locations on Earth in search of culinary inspiration, epic adventures, and cultural experiences he will never forget.

Not gonna lie, I don’t *love* Gordon Ramsay. I know it’s likely just a tv persona thing, and he’s probably lovely in person, but I just find him a little too rude and I didn’t previously like any of the shows he was on.

Well let me tell you, I loved this show. Seeing him so enthusiastic in his learning of new ingredients and techniques, and genuinely wanting to use them properly, as well as trying out new things that he seems truly unprepared for made me like him a little more. It’s a good bit of fun.

You can watch him on Disney+ here .

Restaurants on the Edge

A team of three experts — a restaurateur, a designer, and a chef — tap into a restaurant’s surroundings and community to remodel each business in a way that is uplifting, inspirational, and positive.

Interior design meets jaw-dropping views meets chef show, this is one of my most recent favorites. It has something for everyone and strikes me as a bit more honest than other makeover programs. It emphasizes the importance of showcasing local ingredients on your menus (which is always a great thing in my book), and as with most shows of this nature, seeing the before and after of both the restaurant and the menu is quite stunning. 

The stories that accompany each episode have made me cry more often than I care to admit, as well as the reveals. All in all, a feel-good show that happens to feature my two favorite things.

You can find both seasons on Netflix here . 

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world to explore four basic keys to wonderful cooking, serving up feasts, and helpful tips along the way.

If you’ve read the book, this one is a no-brainer. And if you haven’t read it, go do that and then come back.

This absolute gem is amazing for several reasons: Firstly, Samin Nosrat and her enthusiasm are precious and must be protected at all costs. To see a brown woman have her own food + travel show meant more to me than I can put into words, especially when the travelogue segment is largely filled with men hosting everything. Secondly, the concept of mastering those four elements as a way to improve your cooking is so simple, but nothing short of genius.

See Samin in all of her unabashed glory here .

Flavorful Origins

Embark on a delightful journey through the culinary traditions of China and uncover the stories of the people who create and cherish its dishes.

Each season of this Netflix original focuses on a specific cuisine, and each bite-sized (lol) video shines the spotlight on an ingredient that is of key importance to that specific cuisine.

Be ready to forget everything you thought you knew about Chinese food, with truly interesting glimpses into many aspects of their culture as well. 

Originally narrated in Mandarin, I highly suggest you watch it the way it was intended and turn on the subtitles for whatever your language preference is.

Watch it on Netflix here .

The Chef Show

Writer, director, and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi explore food in and out of the kitchen with accomplished chefs and celebrity friends.

A spin-off of the movie Chef, this show hosted by Jon Favreau (who I adore) and Roy Choi might be, in my opinion, the most chill, unpretentious, laid-back show on this list. So much so that it’s my go-to whenever I want to relax, and have seen it start to end more times than I can count. It’s not particularly structured, but that’s what makes it feel like a conversation you’d have with any friend – if your friends were famous Avengers.

For the recipes featured, there’s a cute animation that breaks down a dish into its ingredients, which is just one of the things I love about The Chef Show.

Stream on Netflix here .

Ugly Delicious

All the flavor. None of the BS. Star chef David Chang leads friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world’s most satisfying grub.

Each episode of Ugly Delicious focuses on a dish or idea, and how it’s done in different places around the world, which inevitably leads to interesting conversations surrounding cultural appropriation, heritage, immigration, elitism, and more subjects that, in other hands, might be a heavy topic. However, Chang and his guest stars – often comedians –  provide enough humor to keep these discussions light and offer no judgment, leaving you with food for thought long after the episode has ended. 

As the name might indicate, some of these dishes might not be the best plated, most Instagrammable ones, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave you hungry for more.

Catch the deliciousness here .

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Chef David Chang takes his insatiable curiosity about food, culture, and identity on the road, in the convivial company of fun-loving celebrity guests.

If Ugly Delicious was one dish in many places, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is one place and its many dishes. This follow-up of sorts sees Chang travel to four cities with more of his famous friends (seriously, how does one become friends with Kate McKinnon and Aziz Ansari?), and although still very off-the-cuff, does feel slightly more structured than its predecessor. This in turn makes it different enough to warrant its praise, even though at times it can feel very shenanigan-y (Episode 1 sees him smoking a blunt with Seth Rogen, FFS).

Best not taken too seriously, it’s a show you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Keep up with the mischief here .

Taco Chronicles

Many of the most popular taco styles have long, rich, little-known histories. Explore some of them in this eye-opening, mouth-watering food adventure.

Someone very wise once said, “Mexican culture is knowing that barbacoa and carnitas tacos are eaten in the morning, carne asada and guisado tacos in the afternoon, and pastor tacos at night.” Expand on that, and this show is what you get. A deep dive into what is likely Mexico’s most iconic, well-known dish, the show intertwines culinary history with the stories of those who make them. 

A reminder that there’s always more to things than we imagine, and there’s no right way to do things. Also, gatekeeping is bad and no one ever wins. 

Watch here .

Somebody Feed Phil

“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator  Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City, and more.

A show I could watch forever, I couldn’t help but wonder how the guy behind Everybody Love Raymond landed his own food travelogue. But from Episode 1, Phil will get to you with his infectious enthusiasm, infinite optimism, humor, and down-to-earth-ness. And even from the comfort of my couch, it’s hard not to feel welcomed and included in his world.

Once in an interview, he mentioned how he was “exactly like Anthony Bourdain if he was afraid of everything”, which is spot on and very self-aware. It’s what makes him so relatable; he knows he’s afraid and uncomfortable at times, but he really, really wants you to push ahead and try new things, because if he could, so can you.

Watch on, you guessed it, Netflix, here .

Heavenly Bites Mexico

Welcome to a food extravaganza, a visual poem to Mexico’s foodie ingenuity and the quirky and delicious flavors that are worth the stomach aches. 

Snacks and comfort foods are a world of their own, transcending tablecloth-laden restaurants and street food carts, and Mexican antojitos are no exception. May or may not feature a recurring theme of various forms of chile being added to just about everything.

Hopefully, they’ll do other countries because I would love to learn more about the food people keep coming back to; there’s something deeply personal and cultural about it.

Find it here .

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

Actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in a travel show that explores healthy, sustainable ways to live.

Part wellness, part food show, part travelogue, Zac Efron might have been the last person on earth I would have imagined doing something like this, but his genuine curiosity and frankly, good looks, make it very watchable. 

Fair warning though, lots of the facts given out are pseudoscience at best, so take them with a grain of salt and maybe consider reading this article after bingeing all 8 episodes.

Watch on Netflix here .

Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.

At the end of the day, this is a makeover show, so consider yourself warned. Nonetheless, the properties are certainly unique and the surroundings gorgeous. And as someone who occasionally deals with short-term rentals, it’s fun to a) give an informed opinion and b) learn a few new things here and there.

See the transformations on Netflix here .

Carmen Sandiego

A master thief who uses her skills for good, Carmen Sandiego travels the world foiling V.I.L.E.’s evil plans — with help from her savvy sidekicks.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, isn’t that a kid’s show? Strictly speaking, yes, yes it is. But hear me out.

Each episode takes place in a different city, and as part of her brief, Carmen receives interesting facts that resemble a geography lesson more than they do a spy intelligence report. The animation is fantastic, and the storyline is entertaining enough that if this weren’t a cartoon, no one would bat an eyelash.

Nostalgia is also a factor here, as I grew up playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?  so make of that what you will.

Indulge your inner curious child here .

Alice in Paris

An energetic young woman’s adventures through the streets of Paris to find the best food and places in a city she knows like the back of her hand, but can still easily get lost in.

Yes, Alice in Paris. Not Emily. This show centers around Alice, who has “absolute taste”, an ability that allows her to identify all the ingredients in a dish, and her day-to-day life in the French capital. The restaurants and shops featured are all real places that you will most certainly want to visit, and include a lot of true hidden gems.

The show has so much personality, heart, and charm, and although still a caricature of Parisian culture, it’s approached with a lot more sensibility and accuracy.

The series was originally made up of tiny, bite-size videos in French that you could watch on YouTube (here) , before being blended and (I think) rearranged into longer episodes with a more cohesive narrative – in English – which you can find on Hulu here . 

Emily in Paris

After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends, and romance.

Despite its ridiculous, ignorant, and often rude stereotypes of French (and sometimes American) people, Emily in Paris is a colorful, messy trainwreck that I can’t keep my eyes off of.

Unsurprisingly, the locations (which in addition to the titular Paris also include Champagne – in reality, filmed in Indre-et-Loire – and St. Tropez) are stunning, and with a chef as one of the main character’s love interests, there’s a good dose of delicious food and drink, making it a necessary – albeit reluctant – addition to this list.

You can find it on Netflix here .

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Jeff pulls the thread on deceptively familiar objects, unraveling a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a lot of surprising big ideas and insights.

To see everyday objects through Jeff’s eyes is captivating, what with his childlike curiosity and wonder and not taking a single thing for granted. You can almost see how his internal gears turn with every new bit of information he receives, and he’s not afraid to keep asking questions until he’s satisfied with the answers.

It’s also quite endearing to see how much attention and respect he pays to the people he interacts with, something I think we should all aspire to do.

Learn something new on Disney+ here .

Our Great National Parks

Narrated  by  former President Barack Obama , this  stunning docuseries  shines the spotlight on some of the planet’s most  spectacular  national parks.

Whoever thought of getting Obama to narrate this docuseries is a genius. His deep, soothing voice is perfect for narrating, especially during the more exciting moments where his voice is full of enthusiasm.

Similar to Our Planet, with the more dramatic moments resembling scenes out of Meerkat Manor, it is a generally chill but wonderful look into the conservation efforts of National Parks all around the world.

An Idiot Abroad

Ricky Gervais and longtime friend Stephen Merchant are sending their uncultured colleague, Karl Pilkington on various quests overseas. Not a man known for his taste or wisdom, Pilkington’s journeys are the stuff of legend and have to be seen to be believed. Join the adventure and discover what happens when they send An Idiot Abroad.

A bit unsurprisingly, this is probably the funniest show on here. Pilkington’s discomfort is palpable, and he often says things that most of us wouldn’t even dare to think about. Still, he pushes through the situations his friends keep putting him in.

It’s oddly inspiring at best, and something of a wake-up call for the likes of him at worst.

Watch on YouTube for free here or if you want to give your money over to Amazon for some reason, you can do so here .

Rick Steves’ Europe

Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent’s bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside.

Arguably the most comprehensive travel show on public television, Rick Steves’ Europe has been on tv since 2000. His gentle nature and push towards being a “temporary local” reminds me a little of an uncle or a grandpa who shares his insider secrets from years of travel. 

Although he does visit major cities, he also focuses on lesser-known towns and hidden gems, and I personally often refer to his work (he also has a multitude of podcasts and books) whenever I’m properly planning a trip in Europe (not something I’m especially known for).

You can watch all seasons on his website (with the exception of most of Season 1 and Season 2, which have been retired) for free (just scroll to the bottom and pick a season or special), or pay for them (again, why would you?) on Amazon Prime here .

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (+ No Reservations + The Layover + A Cook’s Tour)

Join world-renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known destinations and diverse cultures.

There is nothing I can say about Anthony Bourdain and his shows that hasn’t been said a million times already, so I won’t attempt much. He truly was a pioneer in the industry, and I personally adored his brand of diplomacy, humor, and straightforwardness.

Each one of his shows can be found on different platforms, which have unfortunately become less easily accessible since his passing. A Cook’s Tour can be found on GoTraveler and YouTube . The Layover is available on for purchase on Amazon Prime , streaming on Discovery+ , or Discovery+ through Prime . All seasons of No Reservations can be purchased on Prime , streamed on Discovery+ , and seasons 5-8 are available on Plex for free. Parts Unknown was going to be available on CNN+ (an absolute dumpster fire), but for now are up for purchase or rent on Prime , and supposedly on Netflix UK, although I haven’t been able to confirm that.

Haven’t watched but on my list

Europe From Above – Europe from Above takes to the air over Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK to showcase Europe’s finest cultural and geographical landmarks as you’ve never seen them before. We reveal how tradition, engineering and natural wonders have shaped this epic continent – a vibrant portrait of these regions and the people who keep their traditions alive.

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi – In Taste the Nation, award winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity and our history – ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.

Conan without Borders – Conan Without Borders takes late night host Conan O’Brien to different parts of the globe, proving O’Brien is television’s perfect traveling everyman, with an uncanny knack for diving into a local culture and infusing it with his trademark humor. 

James May: Our Man in Japan – James May embarks on a remarkable journey across Japan, from its icy north to its balmy south. He’ll see the sights, meet the locals, and eat the noodles in a bid to truly understand the Land of the Rising Sun. Season 2, Our Man in Italy coming 2023.

Gordon’s Great Escape – In this three-part series, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay embarks on a gastronomic quest, traveling to India for the first time to experience the stunning diversity of its culinary traditions and immersing himself in all aspects of Indian culture – no matter how challenging, unfamiliar or extreme.

High on the Hog – Food, community, culture, resiliency. Based on Jessica B. Harris’ award-winning book, High On The Hog traces the moving story of a people’s survival and triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American kitchen. From Gumbo to fried chicken, our culinary journey stretches from Africa to enslavement, to the Harlem Renaissance, up to our present-day; we celebrate the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people. This is not just an African American story; it’s an American story. A feast for all the senses.

Eater’s Guide to the World – Discover the most surprising culinary destinations in Eater’s Guide to the World. Join narrator Maya Rudolph on a quest to find the most unexpected places to score an epic meal, while drinking and dining with the locals along the way.

Fresh, Fried, and Crispy – Passionate about food and ready for fun, critic Daym Drops drops in on America’s smokin’ hot spots for the best, freshest takes on fried food.

Cooked – Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.

Midnight Asia – Night brings out the most playful side of Asia’s metropolises. This docuseries captures the food, drink, music — and night owls who shine in the dark.

Amazing Interiors – Meet eccentric homeowners whose seemingly ordinary spaces are full of surprises, from a backyard roller coaster to an indoor aquarium.

HOME – Discover the groundbreaking ideas and inspiring stories behind the world’s most imaginative dwellings. In this globe-spanning docuseries, meet the visionaries who are challenging conventional concepts of “home” and rethinking how we live.

Midnight Diner – A scarred man operates a midnight diner in the backstreets of Shinjuku. No one knows his name or his story, but his customers each bring him theirs.

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories – Patrons of an otherwise mundane Japanese diner find simple yet profound connections with one another based on the shared love of a particular dish.

Twourist – This entertaining original production comes to the TNT screen from the hand of content creator, author and actress Victoria Volkova, who will live interesting and exciting experiences in the unpredictable Mexico City. One destination, two trips. Thanks for the suggestion, Luza!

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin travel the world to tour unconventional homes in extreme places.

Food on the Go – Epicureans and experts trace the migration of Italian cuisine and its evolution in the Americas, delving into the ideas of origin, diaspora and heritage.

Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip – Gear up for a fast-paced journey as celebrity chef and avid auto enthusiast Paul Hollywood takes in the cars and culture of France, Italy and Germany.

F*ck, That’s Delicious – Rapper Action Bronson returns to his culinary roots to explore great food in the cities he has performed in while touring.

The Food That Built America – For generations of Americans, food titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers have literally been household names, but you don’t know their stories.

Worth It – Food lovers Steven Lim and Andrew, along with their cameraman Adam, embark on the ultimate food adventure in BuzzFeed’s hit series, Worth It, trying delicious foods at three price points: affordable, middle tier, and luxury. At the end of the episode, the gang decides which item is the most “worth it” at its given price.

Big Food Bucket List – In Big Food Bucket List, host and comedian John Catucci (You Gotta Eat Here!) eats his way across North America, checking the most mouth-watering dishes of his bucket list. From hamburgers to high end plates, he’s setting out to try them all – and you’re invited!

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern – Andrew Zimmern is on a quest to find the world’s most unique tastes on Bizarre Foods. As a chef and foodie, Andrew knows that one man’s poison is another man’s delicacy, but he isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the local fare or himself.

Sourced – From foraging in the wild to putting on dinner parties in exotic locales, experience life through Tastemade’s resident renaissance man, Guy Turland. Also on Hulu.

The Final Table – Teams of elite chefs vie to impress the world’s toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes from nine nations in this star-packed competition. Thanks to Jorge for the suggestion.

Other great recommendations 

  • Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street
  • Mexico: One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
  • Rick Stein’s Entire Collection
  • No Passport Required
  • Chef Driven
  • Great Ingredients
  • Chuck’s World
  • Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse 
  • Fluffy’s Food Adventures
  • Tales by Light
  • Night on Earth
  • Magical Andes
  • Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
  • Lost Cities With Albert Lin
  • Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around The World
  • Places to Love
  • Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
  • Waffles + Mochi
  • Ainsley Eats the Streets

If you want to take a look at everything that’s available on Netflix, these genres do a good job of rounding up most of these recommendations:

  • TV Shows About Food
  • Tasting History & Culture
  • Stay At Home, See The World

Another gem that I discovered while writing this is GoTraveler , a streaming platform with tons of full (and free!) episodes, all related to food and travel. They also have an app and a YouTube channel that are worth keeping in your favorites.

What’s your favorite food + travel show? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!

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Great selection, most I’ve watched and the rest already added to my list. Maybe, as an addition, I would suggest “The final table”, some episodes are worth watching.

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Heading out of my comfort zone and into the world, my favorite food & travel shows on netflix.

In these trying times, we have to do most of our traveling in our imagination. One of the best ways to do that is through TV and film. Because the next best thing to traveling the world is watching other people travel the world!

Check out my favorite travel movies as well!

For me, one of the most important parts of travel is trying new foods. Not only because it’s tasty, but also because food allows us to connect to people and have shared experiences. Local cuisines reflect the culture and history and offer a unique insight into the lives of people.

Luckily there is a great intersection of these two passions for all the traveling foodies out there. Netflix, as one of the world’s biggest streaming services, has lots of food & travel shows in their portfolio. But we all know that the huge offering can be a bit overwhelming. Where to start? What to watch?

I’ve done you the service of watching almost all of them (such a hard job :P) to provide with this list of the best travel & food shows on Netflix. So you know what to pick for your next binge!

Somebody Feed Phil

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This is my ultimate feel-good show. If I need a healthy dose of wholesome fun, this is where I turn. Somebody Feed Phil follows Phil Rosenthal, a Hollywood writer and producer who became successful with the 90s sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond .

Not surprisingly, Phil is a funny guy. He is also sweet, kind, goofy and a true foodie. He travels the world visiting amazing places and learning about the local culture and cuisine. Phil meets up with famous friends, world-renowned chefs and locals. On his trips, he tries everything from Michelin star meals to popular street food, giving you great tips for your own future travels.

His “Copenhagen” epsiode was the base for my own trip there last year .

And Phil isn’t a chef, just a food lover like us, which makes him so delightfully relatable. There is no pretence, just a man thoroughly enjoying himself and exploring the world. Phil’s face lighting up with pure joy when he takes a bite of something delicious can brighten up the darkest day. And the soundtrack always makes me giggle.

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Arguably the most touching part of every episode is when Phil video chats with his elderly parents to tell them about his day and the things he ate. Watching them interact with so much love will make you want to call your own parents right away.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Chef David Chang is building quite an empire for himself. With eight successful restaurants, two Michelin stars, a food magazine and two shows on Netflix, there is no denying his popularity.

Although he has another food show on Netflix, Ugly Delicious , Breakfast, Lunch & Diner is my favorite. In this show Chang travels to different cities with a celebrity to eat, you guessed it: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One of the best episodes is with Chrissy Teigen in Marrakech. Here are my Morocco food tips.

They explore the local food culture, try popular meals and talk about life, art and fame. The celebrities he invites are all very famous and very interesting people. The result is an entertaining mix of a travel show, food show and a talk show. I hope he makes a few more seasons!

More a movie buff than a series binger? Check out these great food & travel movies as well

Down to Earth

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So this one is only partly about food, but still very much worth watching. Down to Earth follows Zac Efron as he travels the world to explore different approaches to sustainability. The show is part environmental documentary, part travel shows and part food show. Because why do a travel show if you’re not going to try the local cuisine?

In one of their episodes, they visit Sardinia to explore the populations’ longevity. Sardinian food is definitely worth trying!

From Zac’s abs to gorgeous landscapes, the show is filled with eye candy. At first, I thought: great, another vanity project by a celebrity. But Down to Earth is more than a gratuitous travel show with nothing more than pretty scenery. It provides information and insight on climate change and sustainability issues. And it’s not all gloom and doom.

Instead, the show focuses on solutions rather than problems and shows interesting green grassroots and government initiatives. The show is a bit simplistic and I would take some of the health advice with a grain of salt, but it is a great introduction into environmentalism.

A must-see if you love this planet and good food.

Want to be a more responsible traveler? Check out my green travel tips

Restaurants on the Edge

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Unlike the other shows on this list Restaurants on the Edge has not one, but three hosts. Designer Karin Bohna, and chefs Nick Liberato and Dennis Prescott travel to restaurants around the world that are figuratively and literally “on the edge”.

Each restaurant has an incredible view but is struggling to get customers. Together, they assess all parts of the business, from style to menu. While they work to makeover the restaurant and the business, they explore the local culture, crafts and cuisine.

Sometimes it’s a bit too sappy for my taste and I think they occasionally miss the mark with their make-overs, but it’s a fun show. I like the combination of make-over, travel and food. Each host has their own expertise making it a bit like Queer Eye for restaurateurs.

Whether you think the final result is an improvement or not, you get to enjoy lots of beautiful views, cultural lessons and delicious looking food throughout the episode. Restaurants on the Edge is definitely great at triggering that wanderlust 😉

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Salt Fat Acid Heat

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Salt Fat Acid Heat is only four episodes long but each one is a gem. The show follows chef Samin Nosrat and it’s based on her 2017 cookbook of the same name. In the show, she travels the world to explore the four core ingredients of good food: salt, fat, acid and heat.

Samin, with her bubbly persona and generous smile, is a joy to watch. She clearly knows her stuff and loves her job. Her passion about food is infectious. It is also one of the most diverse travel and cooking shows, featuring female chefs and POC. A breath of fresh air in the otherwise rather white and male world of TV cooking shows.

In the first episode, Samin explores the use of fat in Italian cuisine. It’s my favorite cuisine, and I have written a comprehensive food guide about Italy .

There are so many food and travel shows on Netflix and more and more are added each month. If I find any new gems, I’ll definitely add them. But in the meantime, this should be enough to get you started. Enjoy exploring the world through food!

What are your favorite travel and food shows on Netflix? Let me know your recommendations in the comments.

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Great list. I also love Somebody Feed Phil and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. I own a copy of the Salt Fat Acid Heat cookbook as well – it’s a beautiful book and very educational.

I haven’t read the cook book yet, but I loved the show so I imagine it’s very good

I’ve watched at least one episode from all theses shows and you’re right, they are are sll binge worthy food fun.

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Somebody Interviewed Phil (and the Netflix Star was in Fine Form)

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Phil Rosenthal is a talker. And when you get him going on his two biggest passions, food and travel, the conversation can leave you laughing, endlessly curious about the world, and really, really hungry. As the inimitable host of the hit Netflix food and travel show, Somebody Feed Phil , Rosenthal has taken his ever-positive persona around the globe in search of the best things to eat, and with a mission to get you off your couch and to explore the planet.

As the pandemic (hopefully) winds down and the wanderlust kicks into high gear, not only should you watch Rosenthal’s show for travel inspiration, but also as a tool to get you into a mindset to truly enjoy life.

I’ve been fortunate to have numerous conversations with Rosenthal, and this latest, like the others, unveils new nuggets about the man, keeps you smiling, and of course, makes you want to eat.


Was there an ‘ah ha’ moment for you to want to do this kind of a show in the first place?

Yes, it happened on Everybody Loves Raymond . It was between season one and season two of the show, and I asked Ray where he was going to go on his hiatus. And he said, ‘I go to the Jersey Shore.’ I then asked him if he’s ever been to Europe? And he said ‘no.’ I said, why not? He answers, ‘because I'm not really interested in other cultures’. Even his own culture, which is Italian. 

So, a light bulb went off right there. Oh my god, we have to do an episode where we send them to Italy with that attitude that he's not interested. And he goes there as him and he comes back as me – someone very excited about travel. We wanted him to get woke during that episode. 

We finally get him over to Italy, and the best part of that was watching what happened to the character of Ray happening to the actual person of Ray. He got it. He was like, ‘Phil, have you tried this pizza? Have you had this gelato?’ He was just ricocheting around the room. It was so much fun, that I had my real ‘ah ha’ moment – someday, I want to do this for other people because I feel I can show you the stuff that I love. That Italy episode expressed everything I love, not just specifically about Italy, but in the larger sense, how I feel about travelling. And personally, there is no greater high than turning people on to stuff you like.

But I also have a mission. I'm trying to get you to travel so I'm going to show you the best stuff. I learned this from Jonathan Gold [the famous, now deceased, LA Times food critic]. He had a weekly column, and he didn't waste his time with the stuff that wasn't good. If you only have one column a week, and there's thousands of restaurants in the Los Angeles area, why not just focus on the stuff you want to turn people on to and help people in the restaurant industry. That's why he's championed by everyone who's ever worked in a restaurant because he was a friend of the restaurant.

In the course of making this show, what were some of the happy accidents that happened along the way?

The one that pops out immediately is when I met Ian Kittichai in Bangkok. He said, ‘I want to take you for Khao Soi.’ And I had never heard of Khao Soi. And he said, ‘we have to go to Chiang Mai.’ So, we went, and we drove these roads in the middle of nowhere and side streets and ended up in a shack, and I had one of the best bowls of anything I've ever had in my life. And that's not from our research that's not from googling it. It's from a chef who knows, who spends a lot of time in Thailand. 

Another one was in the Lisbon episode where I heard about this famous ice cream. So, we go to this ice cream shop and it's run by Italian immigrants who moved to Lisbon to open a gelato store. And they told me that across the street they have the best sausages, and the guy who works here in the ice cream shop, he's in love with the girl that makes the sausages and she’s from Austria. I say, let's go see her, and we just take the cameras and go because there’s this human-interest thing if he's in love with her, right? So, you've got Austria, you've got Italy, all on a half a block in Lisbon. And that, to me is the most beautiful kind of serendipity when the whole world mashes up together and they share each other's cultures and literally fall in love.

What were some of the most memorable fine-dining experiences on the show?

I went to Bangkok, and there's a guy named Gaggan Anand . I read about his restaurant and it was like the number one rated restaurant in all of Asia. And he's making a kind of hybrid food in Thailand, like a Thai/Indian cuisine. It's unlike anything you've ever had, and it's very artistic, and very fun. Now, he wanted us to be familiar with the food before we filmed, which I don’t really like because I want to be surprised on camera, but he insisted, and it was spectacular. But now it’s time to film – and I’m thinking, how can I make this fresh? So, our fixer in Thailand was a woman who would never, ever have the opportunity to eat in such a place. And we found out that it was her birthday that day. So, I said to my crew, ‘tell her to dress nice, because it's her birthday’ and maybe we’ll go for a drink with the crew after we shoot. Then I had them secretly film me asking her about her birthday. I then asked her to come over to me, and she’s very shy and looks like she’s going to cry, and I tell her that she’s going to eat with me today. And she says, ‘in the show?’ And I said yes. So, we sat at the counter, while Gaggan prepared the whole dinner right in front of us. We got to experience the meal through her, which was one of my favourite scenes we've ever done. Look, I'm the lucky slob who gets to eat everything in my stupidly privileged life all the time, but to see it through the eyes of a person, who has never even had sushi before, you get to see her first bite, and that was thrilling for me.


  What about Tokyo?

We go to Tokyo, and I don't know what to make of it, because it's like being in a pinball machine. I was at that Shibuya Crossing, with six lanes converging into one and I was like, I don't know, maybe I should just stay in my hotel like Lost in Translation because this is unnerving. And I didn’t get it until our very first shot in a restaurant called Narisawa . He uses nature in such a way that every course is an element of nature. It's an insanely beautiful, transporting meal. And you start to understand, not just the artistry of this guy, but the kind of nature of the Japanese people. How, yes, outside can be a cacophony of noise and uncertainty and chaos. But what he controls, he can make perfect, and that's beautiful. That seems to me to be a Japanese philosophy. It's a gorgeous culture to me, and I just really loved that feeling – it was spectacular. 

Narisawa was just so was artistic and beautiful and it was like a museum exploded on the table. The coolest dish ever is they give you like a cross section of a tree trunk – that’s the plate. And on the plate is a recreation of the forest floor with different elements of nature with little trees and bushes and whatnot and every bit of it is edible. Then, all of a sudden, you hear a running stream of water, and it’s coming from the wood and I'm like oh my god, you've recreated the forest in this wood. I’m thinking this is very clever, they must have a little speaker and it plays this sound. But no, it's a live transmission from the forest in northern Japan to your wood. How do you top this?

Of all the amazing places you’ve dined, where would you want to go back?

I think Narisawa because not only is it exquisite, it's also manageable and light enough to really enjoy without feeling like you were shot with an elephant tranquilliser. But, I've had a lot of these meals, and to be very honest, I prefer to eat way simpler now. Yes, if it's the best in the world, and I'm in that neighbourhood, and it’s a once in a lifetime place, then of course. But I'd rather go back for that Khao Soi That's what calls you back. Or the herring sandwich I had in Tel Aviv which is one of the best things I ever ate.

W hat's a real standout from the most recent season of Somebody Feed Phil ?

Well, if we’re talking about a fine-dining element, let’s take lobster. This guy at Jim & Samella’s in Memphis, chicken fries the tail. And when it came to the table after eating the greatest hits of southern soul food barbecue, here comes a chicken fried lobster tail. And I’m thinking, ‘people, do we have to chicken fry everything? Are we not fat enough? This seems completely unnecessary.’ That’s until I took a bite. First of all, it had the best fried chicken coating ever. But the other thing it does is it seals in that meat so that it steams underneath while picking up some of the seasoning. I'm telling you it was the most delicious lobster tail I’ve ever had in my life.


What is your current bucket list of places you want to visit?

I can't wait to go to India. I'd really like to eat at the best restaurant in India. I think that would be fun. I would like to go to Australia on the show. You know the great thing about the world, Covid aside, is that you can get a great meal practically anywhere. And I attribute that to the internet where the kid in Peoria can see what the chef in Paris is doing and emulate it and maybe even surpass it. We live in that world of possibilities, which is wonderful. So, no matter where you go on Earth, you can find it. I want to go back to Japan, because I've only scratched the surface there by going to Tokyo. I can't wait to go to Kyoto. I've never been there, but I'm sure there's a meal of a lifetime waiting for me there. And what about Oaxaca? I’ve never been there, and I love Mexican food. And that's like one of the great centres of cuisine in the world. 

When you’re thinking about dining at the higher end, what kind of places do you prefer?

Dan Barber ’s Stone Barns is my favourite restaurant in the United States. Why? Because you get up and you move. You start at your beautiful table and then you go out to the courtyard next to the fire, where they’re doing stuff. Then, they take you to the compost shed for your next course. And the compost has a lid on it, and it generates heat where they put eggs in there and they soft boil them because it’s the perfect temperature. And then it comes out and they put it over the greens that have been picked from the garden. Now we move to the kitchen. And you're going to have this course literally in the kitchen at one of the counters. It's not made for dining, but they put you there. And they want you to try this food right from the pot. Oh my god, how fun is that? 

You know as we get older, my back hurts, right? If I sit there for three hours, who wants that? And you better really like the people you're with because you're going to be there a long time. And if it's just like a white tablecloth with stuffy service, stuffy everything, with a long languid meal – I mean, I’m not Henry the Eighth. Let's go. 

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Danny Trejo on His Taco Empire, Restaurant Pet Peeves, and Feeding Los Angeles

"You have to have good food. My name was only going to get us so far."

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We’re dedicating our  September features  to food and drink. One of our favorite parts of travel is the joy of  trying a new cocktail , snagging a reservation at  a great restaurant , or supporting a  local wine region . Now, to celebrate the flavors that teach us about the world, we put together a collection of tasty features, including  chefs’ top tips for eating well on the road ,  how to choose an ethical food tour , the wonders of  ancient indigenous cooking traditions , and a chat with Hollywood taco impresario Danny Trejo. Some actors just have an unforgettable presence about them, and Danny Trejo certainly fits that bill. Even those who have only watched a handful of films or television series since the late ‘80s would instantly recognize Trejo's grisly mustachioed face, heavily tattooed frame, and long black hair. Especially if it was staring back at you from the other side of your peephole.

“Sometimes, when we get an order, and it’s close by, instead of sending Grubhub, I just take it myself in my ’65 Buick Riviera. I’ve had people slam the door on me. I guess I’ve played too many bad guys,” says the character actor known for "Spy Kids," "Machete," "Breaking Bad," "From Dusk Till Dawn," and "Sons of Anarchy," who, in 2016 at the age of 72, decided to reinvent himself as a restauranteur. “Mostly, they can’t believe it. They say, ‘Is it really you?’ When they finally open the door, I thank them for the business and find out what they like, what we can do better.” 

The personal touch doesn’t end with the occasional delivery, either. The enthusiastic frontman of what has become a well-respected food and drink empire in Los Angeles does far more than allow some suits to slap his name and likeness on the sides of buildings. 77 years old with no interest in retiring, Trejo has a reputation for dropping into the various locations of the fast-casual Trejo’s Tacos or the full-service Trejo’s Cantina in Hollywood once or twice a week if he isn’t on set or out of town. He's known to mingle with fans, work the door, dip into the kitchen to motivate the staff, and taste the food for quality. He meets with partners monthly to discuss new menu items, expansion plans (there are ghost kitchens in Northern California, Miami, and Chicago), and potential product lines. The dedication has certainly paid off: Trejo’s Cerveza launched a few years ago, a Trejo’s Hard Seltzer is expected to drop next month, and both an energy drink and a second cookbook are in the works. 

He especially enjoys days when he swings by Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts , where many pastries, including the Quinceañera, Margarita, Lowrider, and Abuelita, are inspired by his Mexican heritage and East LA upbringing. “Except now they know I’m only allowed one pineapple fritter," laughs Trejo. "I’ve tried to go at like seven in the morning and then again right before close to sneak another one, but they’re like, ‘You’ve already been here today.'"

“The good Lord has some sense of humor. He gives me a donut shop, and then they tell me I'm borderline diabetic," the sweet tooth-having Trejo jokes. "But I'm a lot closer to the end than the beginning, so I'm going to enjoy the hell out of it. I love good food. I love feeding people. I love being alive. That’s just the way it is.”

Trejo recently sat down with TripSavvy to talk about his second act, his go-to hometown spots, his favorite foodie destinations, the importance of being a role model, and the cardinal restaurant sin he won't forgive or forget.

Your story was already inspiring. You left a life of drugs, crime, and jail behind you only to score a steady, long, and fulfilling gig in Hollywood working with the likes of Robert Rodriguez, Michael Mann, Quentin Tarantino, and Mike Judge. You then made the decision late in life to jump into a notoriously risky industry. How? Why?

Everything good that has happened to me in life has happened as a direct result of helping someone else out. It’s true of acting and this. My agent Gloria wanted me to do this low-budget film, "Bad Ass," as a favor to a director. I thought I’d done my quota, and I was looking for a good payday. Not to be chauvinistic, but women have a way of telling you to go straight to hell without saying it when they know what’s right for you and you give them grief. So I caved. And she was right, of course, because it turned into a trilogy, and I made eight times the money. 

I also met producer Ash Shah on it. I was like 70 at the time. I wasn’t eating fast food or processed food. He asked about it, and I told him that I just really liked to eat. He said, “You should open a restaurant.” Jokingly, I said, “Sure. Trejo’s Tacos.” Two movies later, he brought me a business plan. There was no killing on the first page, so it didn’t feel like my kind of reading. I gave it to Gloria, and she gave me the look again. So I wouldn’t be in the restaurant business if we hadn't done that favor for that director. Listen to your agent.

But it’s one thing to say you’re going to do it and another to be open and still expanding five years later. What’s the secret?

You have to have good food. Or people won’t come back. My name was only going to get us so far. 

Did you always like to cook?

No, not always. When my kids were growing up, I would buy the Hungry Man pancakes, the kind you cook in the microwave. I’d make them sit in the living room. I’d throw flour in the air and bang the pans. Then I’d come out with this beautiful, perfect stack, and they thought I was the best chef in the world—until they found the box.

With the pandemic, the last year and a half has been notoriously challenging for restaurants, especially in L.A., where restaurants were closed for dining in. How did you get through it?

Honestly, I think the good lord let us stay open during this pandemic when so many places closed, some right next to us because we never stopped feeding the homeless or going to hospitals. I put my masks on and went to the communities I grew up in and tried to feed as many people as I could. And just talk to people. Thankfully people like our food, and we could afford to help. I know we are lucky. People who supported us and other restaurants and gave us a break when things weren’t perfect were a blessing. No one is out of the woods yet, so keep going to your favorite places. 

Is it important to you to be a role model?

Yes. It's a responsibility all of us should take seriously, especially if you are famous. I believe in second chances. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. The thing that is killing our community’s relationships, our families, our kids is machismo. I speak at prisons and juvenile halls and try to get them to realize the reason many of them are there is because somewhere along the line, somebody told them they’re supposed to be tough guys. I want to show them they can turn it around and [that they] can’t be afraid to ask for help. Or cry. Or like kittens. 

Is L.A. the best place outside of Mexico for Mexican food?

Mexican food is a way of life here. You find very few people that won't say it's their favorite food. First, we're so close to the border. Secondly, a lot of the chefs here are from Mexico, or their family is from Mexico. That’s true even outside of Mexican restaurants. I love to go into a sushi restaurant and see all Mexicans behind the bar. We have access to the best ingredients, and we also have a lot of chefs making Mexican in healthier ways, like without lard and using Beyond meat. 

What would you recommend people order the first time they go to Trejo’s?  

Nobody can match our nachos or our guacamole. We’ve got steak, carnitas, and shrimp. I get a half order because the plate is so big, and I put eggs over easy on top to have breakfast and lunch together. We take requests. Our standard answer is yes, we can. I like to make people feel like they are in my home. And we're dog friendly. People in L.A. love that.

Mexican food is a way of life here. You find very few people that won't say it's their favorite food.

Where do you take out-of-towners when they visit?

The first place is always  The Pantry  downtown. Big portions, it’s open 24 hours a day, great breakfast. Classic LA. If they want to dine, I take them to  Musso and Frank . It’s one of the oldest restaurants in town, and it’s where all the big movie guys met. You can still feel Marilyn Monroe in that place. 

Besides L.A., do you have other favorite food cities?  

Don't go to Italy and try to lose weight. That’s some of the best food in the world. And the portions. The hors d'oeuvres alone are a meal. Then comes pasta and bread and then the main. The bread is so good you forget the butter. The guy would say, “Dessert?” I was like, “No, give me a pillow and a couch.”

Mexico City is great for a lot of reasons, including the food. But also the culture and the buildings. Going there is like going back in history.

I love sushi. Wherever I am, I ask where the best sushi is in town. It’s funny that some of the best sushi I ever had was in Arizona, of all places. It came in daily, and they gave me big portions because they couldn’t save it.

Do you have a restaurant pet peeve, something that would make you never eat somewhere again?

I have to have a clean restroom. I will not ever go back to a place if the restroom was dirty because I can’t stop imagining the chef hanging out in there. If that is bad, what is going on in the kitchen? In my restaurants, someone goes in every 30 minutes to make sure it is spotless. And there better be soap.

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Eating food and going places: These are things we all do, or wish we could do more of. Netflix knows this, which explains the spike in food/travel programming in recent years. After all, when we're not eating food or going places, there's a good chance we're thinking about eating food or going places. The binge-watch model works wonderfully when indulging in such programming.

Whether an exciting history lesson is revealed or a new recipe is explored, Netflix has something for everyone. From the sardonic sensibilities of Anthony Bourdain to the awkward dad humor of Phil Rosenthal, here are 21 of the best food/travel shows available on Netflix right now.

21. Eat Your Words

21. Eat Your Words

Eat Your Words sounds like the perfect Yelp-themed revenge story. Instead of simply leaving the bad reviews untouched, the concept for the series puts contestants in the cook's shoes and challenges them to recreate the dish they didn't enjoy in the first place. What transpires is redemption on both sides--with the chefs sometimes receiving the vindication they seek, while the dissatisfied foodies sometimes prove they've got their own worthy culinary skills. After cooking up the negatively rated meal, the finished product is presented to a panel of judges--and then rated on their own Yelp-like star system.

20. Chef & My Fridge

20. Chef & My Fridge

Chef & My Fridge delivers a familiar cooking competition formula but through a South Korean reality show lens. The concept finds chefs teamed with regular people, with the goal of cooking up high-end dishes using only the ingredients contained in the guest star's fridge. Needless to say, the show's tone is lighthearted and a bit wacky, and gives American viewers insight into the country's reality food programming. Oh, and don't forget the emojis. There are lots of emojis.

19. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

19. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Unlike the majority of shows on this list, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories tackles food-themed voyeurism in a scripted format. The 10-episode series gives a peek into Tokyo's late night scene. It follows an assortment of characters--all of them diner regulars--as they partake in an assortment of Japanese comfort food. That's only the beginning, though, as the dishes in question spark different stories--full of heart, humor, and emotion. For those unfamiliar with Japanese culture, this show offers a lovely introduction to its food and people.

18. Testing the Menu

18. Testing the Menu

What's most interesting about Testing the Menu is the fact that it's a New Zealand cooking show focused on Asian fusion cuisine. Chef Nick Watt travels around Auckland and its surrounding area, testing out different recipes on the general public--which may or may not be added to the menu of the various Japanese restaurants he owns. Watt's nerdy presence offers a different dynamic for those needing a break from those shows that may take themselves a bit too seriously. As appetizing as things get, the show succeeds best when it highlights New Zealand culture.

17. A Cook Abroad

17. A Cook Abroad

If you're looking for an Anthony Bourdain-style show, but without all that Bourdain-iness, A Cook Abroad may quench your proverbial thirst. Each episode follows a different host as they traverse different parts of the world. From Sikh chef Tony Singh's trip to India to motorcycle enthusiast Dave Meyer's jaunt to Egypt to Rachel Khoo's inspiring look at Malaysia, it's easy to see the adventurous appeal of the series. There's only six episodes of the BBC 2 series--but that's surely enough to give viewers a taste of the show's unique worldly aesthetic.

16. The Wild Chef

16. The Wild Chef

Martin Picard is an award-winning chef that hails from Montreal. He's appeared as a guest on multiple food shows--the Canada episode of Parts Unknown comes to mind. And with The Wild Chef, he lets his adventurous food spirit free. Each episode finds the man and his sous chef Hugue Lafour hitting the road to brave the elements--hunting moose and trapping muskrats--only to create a delicious dish using what they find in the wilderness. While the show doesn't necessarily give you instructions on making these meals at home, The Wild Chef provides a survivalist angle to the food-travel show construct. And the result is quite entertaining.

15. Avec Eric

15. Avec Eric

Another series that has banked on the success of the Anthony Bourdain food/travel show formula is Avec Eric--which is not surprising since Eric Ripert is one of Bourdain's closest friends. The show follows the French chef as he travels the world, showcasing cultural highlights of whatever destination he's visiting. He may lack the charisma one would expect--there's no witty sarcasm here--but his show doesn't pander either. Staying true to his Buddhist sensibilities, Ripert keeps his focus on foods and locales of an exotic nature--and he does so without any pretension or judgment, which is delightful in its own right.

14. The Big Family Cooking Showdown

14. The Big Family Cooking Showdown

What's not to love about The Big Family Cooking Showdown? The host of the show, Nadiya Hussain, used her big win in Season 6 of The Great British Baking Show to launch this new competition series. Hailing from BBC Two, Hussain is joined by co-host Zoë Ball, and the two head to the British countryside to find the area's best home cooks. Rounding out the cast are judges Roseman Shrager and Michelin Star-winning chef Giorgio Locatelli. Cut from that feel-good Mary Berry cloth, the program succeeds at scratching the British Baking Show itch.

13. The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass

13. The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass

For those put off by the overhaul The Great British Baking Show went through, this show may be for you. While Mary Berry hasn't returned for the new season of the food competition series, this quaint spinoff reunites her with judge Paul Hollywood for an up-close-and-personal baking education. Instead of watching contestants struggle to keep up with each culinary challenge, Berry and Hollywood bring viewers into the kitchen to show how to make some of the toughest desserts featured on the popular series. Mary Berry may be gone from The Great British Baking Show, but her presence here is a treat for old and new fans alike.

12. Zumbo's Just Desserts

12. Zumbo's Just Desserts

With a name like Zumbo, you might expect something a bit clown-ish when tuning in to Zumbo's Just Desserts. While it’s not the circus sideshow the name implies,, the Australian series does come packed with plenty of spectacle. Each episode finds pastry chef Adriano Zumbo presenting two dessert-making challenges to a group of amateur bakers. What makes the series stand out from the pack are the out-of-this-world concoctions Zumbo whips up. Giant sugary sculptures and magical layered cakes abound in this series. Willy Wonka would be proud.

11. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father

11. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father

Jack Whitehall is pretty famous in the UK. The comedian and TV personality has earned himself a loyal following. And with his travel series, Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father, he's connected with a whole new audience. The program follows a Bourdain-like formula as Whitehall travels to South Asia, aiming to fulfill his gap year dreams. But things get interesting when he decides to bring his father and former producer and talent agent, Michael Whitehall, along for the ride. What transpires is a hilarious bonding session that plays out between a hesitant, fancy father and his brash, adventurous son.

10. Rotten

Rotten takes an in-depth look at the different aspects of the food business--and the fraud, crimes, and tragedies that come with it. From the "Honey" episode's focus on corruption and contamination plaguing America's honey industry to the "Peanut" episode's investigation into the drastic rise of food allergies, the six-part docuseries pulls no punches. It's not your typical feel-good food show, but the series does help to shine a light on lesser known, but quite critical, aspects of the food industry. Oh, and it's produced by Zero Point Zero--the Emmy-winning company behind a handful of hit food/travel shows, including Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

9. Cooked

Executive produced by author Michael Pollan, Cooked breaks down the familiar food docuseries format into four parts: "Fire," "Water," "Air," and "Earth." Each episode focuses on each of the planet's powerful elements to explore just how these resources are connected to sustenance, impacting the day-to-day foods we eat. The program peels back the curtain on the cultural history of global food practices, instead of just displaying food porn for food porn's sake. Ultimately, the Alex Gibney-directed (Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, The Looming Tower) series is informative without being pretentious--highlighting different perspectives the world over on topics from sustainable crops to food prep to the simple joy of enjoying dinner with family around a table.

8. The Mind of a Chef

8. The Mind of a Chef

Anthony Bourdain put his producer hat on for PBS's Mind of a Chef. Different celebrity chefs take the helm to host the series, with the assistance of Bourdain's familiar voice-over narration style. What audiences should expect here are similar components that make other Bourdain joints a success. You've got beautiful shots of food, travel tips, a peek into a town's history, an a handful of intriguing personalities. David Chang helms the first season--each episode is about 20 minutes long--which gives viewers that lovely Anthony Bourdain feel, without all the Bourdain.

7. Ugly Delicious

7. Ugly Delicious

Ugly Delicious takes the pretentiousness out of food programming, highlighting the importance of the ugly and delicious world of home cooking. Since David Chang disrupted the food world with his restaurant Momofuku, he's made a reputation of being one of the more vocal food personalities in the industry. As audiences have seen with his work from Vice's Munchies to Mind of a Chef, the man has interesting things to say. Chang isn't the only host of the series, though, giving a collection of unique voices a chance to shine. And that's great, especially for those out there who find his brash sensibilities an acquired taste.

6. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

6. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

From the man behind Seinfeld--the game-changing "show about nothing"--comes a simple show concept: Each episode follows the comedian as he drives some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry around the city in a classic car. Of course, they end up getting coffee, which is a selling point for any coffee fan, but the crux of the show finds Jerry chopping it up with his famous peers--from Jim Carrey to Barack Obama. It's like taking the best parts of a late night talk show on the road. And with Netflix's acquisition of the series, not only is every episode available to be viewed, it's delightfully bingeable.

5. The Great British Baking Show

5. The Great British Baking Show

In a world where loud judgmental hosts like Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain focus on the darker aspects of the culinary world, Mary Berry's The Great British Baking Show offers a different, pleasant perspective on things. As charming as it is beautiful, the show focuses on the delightful aspects of baking. And while this is a competition series, the programming formula sheds the expected reality show drama--there's no villain amongst the contestants--and focuses on the struggles and victories of the actual food-making process. It's a breath of fresh air, honestly.

4. Chef's Table

4. Chef's Table

When it comes to food programming, Chef's Table stands out from the pack with its epic production value. While this show provides a very high level of food porn for the senses, each episode adds an emotional component by delving into a famous chef's backstory. Without food, we'd surely die. But watching these stories unfold--exploring just how the culinary business not only saved, but changed lives for the better--shows just how important to the culture chefs are. Making meals may not always be pretty, but this heightened docuseries cuts through the fat, exposing the passion behind the meal.

3. Chef's Table: France

3. Chef's Table: France

Netflix one-upped itself with Chef's Table: France. Sure, Chef's Table changed the game when it comes to food porn. The cinematography alone in these episodes deserve all the awards. That said, bringing the series to France was a no-brainer. Not only do these episodes appeal to French locals, presenting the subject matter all in the country’s native tongue, the program opens things up to a global audience. Exploring these various dishes and culture is impactful here for the simple reason that French cuisine has--and continues to have--a monumental impact on food around the world. If Chef's Table dug into the stories and struggles behind the food, Chef's Table: France breaks the whole thing down to its basest id. And it'll leave your mouth watering for more.

2. Somebody Feed Phil/I'll Have What Phil's Having

2. Somebody Feed Phil/I'll Have What Phil's Having

Upon watching Somebody Feed Phil (The Netflix continuation of PBS's short-lived series I'll Have What Phil's Having) you instantly feel a stark difference from the grumpy host stylings that either Bourdain or Chang bring to the table. Phil Rosenthal--he's the guy who created Everybody Loves Raymond--has one goal in mind: To go to new places and try new things. As he travels around the world and puts local delicacies into his mouth, the man's joy becomes quite contagious. After all, he's not here to judge. He's here to encourage everyone to try new food. And if they like what they try, to have a little more!

1. Parts Unknown

1. Parts Unknown

Since he brought No Reservations to The Travel Channel over a decade ago, Anthony Bourdain's punk rock panache and sardonic sense of humor cut through the TV fluff and changed the food-travel show game. Now that he's taken his brand to CNN, Parts Unknown has built upon his familiar formula. Through the six seasons available on Netflix, Parts Unknown has brought viewers a plethora of food porn, travel show stories, insight from food personalities around the world, and a multitude of deep history lessons. In other words, this is Anthony Bourdain's world--we're just living in it.

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A new guard of chefs is getting specific about a cuisine that is often flattened into one large region.

Tavel Bristol-Joseph of Canje in Austin, Texas, is one of many chefs around the United States who are exploring their Caribbean heritage through the cooking of specific countries and islands. Credit... Montinique Monroe for The New York Times

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When the chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph was opening Canje in Austin, Texas, in 2021, he did something he had yet to do as a restaurant owner: He decided to tell his own story. Namely, the story of growing up in Georgetown, Guyana, a South American country with deep ties to the Caribbean through food and culture.

Ten years earlier, when Mr. Bristol-Joseph moved to Austin, he couldn’t find a single Caribbean restaurant. So for the Canje menu, he added pepperpot, a Guyanese dish of long-simmered beef with earthy spices like cinnamon and allspice, and heat from Guyanese wiri wiri peppers. The only problem was he didn’t have cassareep, a bitter cassava juice that the dish needed to truly taste of Guyana.

So, he called his cousin there, and “he put me in touch with another cousin who makes it, and they shipped it to me in Austin,” Mr. Bristol-Joseph said. “I wanted to showcase Caribbean food in the most respectful and authentic way I could’ve.”

On a tablecloth of bright, geometric patterns, a gray-brown ceramic bowl holds a beef stew with a vivid reddish-brown hue.

About 46 percent of Black immigrants in the United States — some two million people — are from the Caribbean, according to the Migration Policy Institute , a think tank that tracks immigration patterns. They come from 13 countries, over an area larger than Texas and Alaska combined, stretching from the Bahamas to South America. Despite that size and diversity, the Caribbean and its cooking are often talked about in broad, regional terms.

“The Caribbean is not a monolith. It’s beautifully different, and there’s unity in that diversity,” said Brigid Ransome-Washington, the author of “ Coconut. Ginger. Shrimp. Rum: Caribbean Flavors for Every Season .” But despite that variation, she said, the food is too often translated as “simple, fruit-forward or tourist-friendly fare.”

Mr. Bristol-Joseph is among a new guard of chefs around the United States who are exploring the cooking of the Caribbean through the cuisine of individual islands. These chefs, many of whom are first-generation Caribbean Americans with backgrounds in fine-dining kitchens, are getting specific about each island’s unique assemblages of culinary influences — and how all of that is evolving even further.

A region of vast cultural exchange, the Caribbean has for centuries been influenced by many groups, from the original Indigenous inhabitants like the Tainos, to colonizing European powers and the enslaved Africans brought to the area by the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the Asian and South Americans who have immigrated.

This history as a crossroads helped shape what we call Caribbean food today.

Much of the work of introducing these flavors and dishes to the United States was done in the 1970s and ’80s by immigrants who opened takeout restaurants selling plates of comforting fare in Caribbean enclaves in cities like Miami and New York, and by chefs and entrepreneurs like Norma Shirley and Lowell F. Hawthorne , the founder of the Golden Krust chain of Jamaican restaurants.

For the Haitian American chef Gregory Gourdet, the complexities of Caribbean history are best broached through food. At Kann in Portland, Ore., Mr. Gourdet showcases Haiti’s history and his memories of visits to the island and his grandmother’s home in New Jersey, where he first ate Haitian dishes. “With so few Haitian restaurants in this country we had to start from the beginning and tell the whole story,” he said.

Servers at Kann learn not only its menu of Haitian wood-fired cooking, with ingredients influenced by Oregon’s seasonal bounty, but also the history of the island. They can then walk diners through the importance of dishes like griyo, braised and fried pork pieces, or diri ak djon djon, a rice dish made with black mushrooms grown in northern Haiti.

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Through this approach, Mr. Gourdet has also learned about his own heritage, after years of working at European and Asian fine-dining restaurants in New York City and Portland. “I was spending so much time learning and cooking other people’s cultures, I wasn’t learning and sharing my own,” he said.

The pastry chef Paola Velez, an author and a founder of Bakers Against Racism , had a similar experience. “I use cooking as a way to find my own identity,” she said of her style, which she calls “Americana with Caribbean influences.”

When she was working at a Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C., Greek spoon sweets reminded her of Dominican desserts like dulce de cereza, Caribbean cherries in spiced syrup. At her next restaurant job, at Kith and Kin in Washington, she was able to embrace her heritage more fully, combining Dominican ingredients with classical French techniques in desserts like carrot cake with passion-fruit glaze or plantain sticky buns.

In Oakland, Calif., the chef Nelson German converted his restaurant alaMar to a fully Dominican kitchen in 2014. After years working in Eurocentric restaurants, he became passionate about Dominicans’ embracing the African influences on their cuisine.

His menu focuses on memories of growing up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and the Bronx, where his family often cooked dishes like slow-roasted pernil. The oxtail, stewed with butter beans and chile africano, is a tribute to a dish his mother often made. “That oxtail dish has saved me,” he said. “It’s that connection, it’s about storytelling and memory.”

Chris Viaud, the chef and owner of Northern Comfort Hospitality Group in Milford, N.H., enlisted his family to help bring Haitian food and stories to his community at their casual restaurant Ansanm , which means “together” in Haitian Creole. He said diners have been curious about these stories and dishes like chicken braised in Creole sauce and delicate baked pastries filled with spiced beef, vegetables or chicken.

“The response was overwhelming,” he said. “It really resonated with being true to myself.”

The chef Sebastián Martinez is going deep on Puerto Rican cuisine, in Puerto Rico. Since opening Celeste in San Juan in August 2022, he and his brother, Diego, have focused on ingredients from the island.

This often requires correcting diners’ beliefs about what is and what isn’t part of island cooking. “I’ve had people say, ‘There’s no way that yellowfin tuna comes from P.R.’ And it poses a nice challenge of showing what’s here and what’s been under their noses the whole time.”

The brothers have established a network of local fisherman, farmers and artisans who supply them with ingredients like rambutans, vinegar made of dark-purple sea grapes and even pig ears.

“So many people and places have had an impact on the Caribbean, we want to show all these beautiful things,” Mr. Martinez said.

This new group of chefs may not strictly adhere to traditional Caribbean recipes, but that adaptability is part of what makes the food of the region so special, Ms. Ransome-Washington said. “There should be an approachable and respectable amount of freedom because that’s how these foods were born.”

To her, the cuisine’s ability to “bend itself to breeze” is not an accident, but instead “the work of genius.”

Take the Trinidadian chef Lisa Nelson. At her New Orleans restaurant Queen Trini Lisa, she makes a localized riff on doubles, the quintessential Trinidadian flatbread influenced by the Indians who were indentured servants on the island.

“It’s so big on crawfish here that I started making doubles with them,” said Ms. Nelson. “The kitchen is a place where we can big-up our island.”

In that same spirit, Mr. Bristol-Joseph gave his pepperpot a local spin. He buys whole wild boar, an invasive species in Texas, and breaks them down to cubes of meat that are cooked until tender. The bones are used to make a stock scented with thyme, cinnamon, orange rinds and cassareep that Mr. Bristol-Joseph buys from a cousin in Guyana. The dish is garnished with fresh herbs that change with the season; right now it’s wild fennel and oxalis.

At Bridgetown Roti in Los Angeles, Rashida Holmes, the chef and a partner, serves the Bajan fare she remembers from her childhood. She is encouraged by the emergence of new Caribbean chefs across the country. “Historically the cuisines of brown and Black people are not celebrated in the culinary space,” she said. “But that’s changing in the last four or five years.”

There’s still a long way to go, Ms. Holmes added. “If there can be a thousand pizza places in each city, then there can be at least 10 different Caribbean places.”

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This article features some of the best travel food TV shows that TV has to offer.

Did you have a really long day? problems at work or in your love life? Need a break from reality? Take your mind off these pressing issues and cozy up on your couch with a tasty snack to watch your favorite travel food tv shows or find a new one that is binge-worthy. Dive in with your favorite travel food TV show hosts and explore the nation's culinary culture and history. Ranging from networks like the Food Network to Netflix to the  National Geographic Channel , find interesting travel food TV shows that entertain you. Let your favorite celebrity foodies show you the ropes of how to be a well-rounded, five-star chef in your own kitchen! Here are ten interesting travel food TV series you must see!

10 Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives or better known as "Triple D"  is a wildly entertaining travel food TV show. This Food Network show originated in April of 2007 and continues to air episodes on television today. Show host, Guy Fieri brings this travel food series to life with his spunky TV personality. Join him in his cross-country road trip to different hole-in-the-wall diners, drive-ins, and dives that have been doing things right in the kitchen for decades.

9 Ugly Delicious

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The Netflix series  Ugly Delicious starring David Chang should be at the top of your must-watch list. This series was first premiered in February 2018 and has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. This entertaining travel food TV series features a combination of travel, cooking, and history of the different places covered in each episode. Follow Chef Chang around the world on his cross-cultural hunt for the best dishes known to man.

8 Parts Unknown

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If you haven't seen it, then you probably should.  Parts Unknown on CNN  is an interesting travel food TV show starring host, Anthony Bourdain. This food TV series came out in April of 2013. Parts Unknown features episodes that dive deep into the culinary cultures of different groups of people. This show is so good it has won twelve Primetime Emmy Awards. Tune in to CNN and continue traveling with Bourdain to lesser-known places to find some travel food gems!

7 Street Food

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Netflix has been home to the popular travel food TV series Street Food since April of 2019. It is classified as an American Documentary where show creators David Gelb and Brian McGinn take you around the world in search of delicious street food everywhere. This travel food TV series is packed with entertainment!

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6 Bizarre Foods America

If you are looking for a little more entertainment and a little less cooking skills, then Bizarre Foods America is the TV series for you! Join the Food Network and follow culinary explorer, Chef Andrew Zimmerman as he explores the bizarre foods of the culinary world in America and now parts of Canada and South America.

5 Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

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Tag along with Chef Gordon Ramsay in his hit food travel TV show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. There isn't a single show that Chef Ramsay stars in that isn't a huge success! Join in his search for culinary inspiration around the world. This binge-worthy food TV series can be found on the National Geographic Channel .

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4 Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

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Take the time to learn about specific foods and diverse immigrant cultures around the United States with Padma on her popular Hulu docuseries Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi . Padma is widely known in the food industry for her stellar TV personality and her great taste in food. This is an interesting travel food TV show that you do not want to miss!

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I'm sure you have heard of the food god, Johnathan Cheban through his association with the Kardashians but have you watched his hit travel food TV show? Foodgod  was first aired in 2018. Tune in to see what travel food topics Cheban covers in his episodes!

2 View and Chew

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Get ready to view and chew with well-known foodie Mike Chen on his travel food series. Join Chen in his culinary exploration in seven major cities from the comfort of your couch.  View and Chew can be found on the streaming platform Peacock . Add it to your must-see list of food travel TV shows.

1 No Reservations

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No Reservations is another popular food travel TV show hosted by Anthony Bourdain. This show premiered in November of 2012 and focuses on Bourdain's travels as he explores wordly cultures and cuisines. Find this entertaining food travel TV series on the Travel Channel .

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Stanley Tucci Says He'd 'Never' Try to Take Anthony Bourdain's Place with His Food-Travel Series

"He made us all a lot happier," Searching for Italy host Stanley Tucci said of the late Anthony Bourdain

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Stanley Tucci has drawn comparisons to the late Anthony Bourdain with his acclaimed, award-winning CNN food and travel series, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy . But the Oscar-nominated actor says that while he's flattered by that, Bourdain is in another league.

"He was an amazing guy," Tucci, 61, tells PEOPLE, while opening up about his new collaboration with S.Pellegrino . "I knew him a little bit. He was a true talent, not only as a writer but certainly also as a guide through the world of food and people. He was hyper-intelligent and also hyper-cool, too. And I don't have that. I don't know if I have either of those things!"

Bourdain — the celebrated American chef who hosted his own CNN food-travel series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown — died in 2018 at the age of 61 .

"I would never try to take his place," Tucci adds. "He made us all a lot happier."

Searching for Italy follows Tucci exploring his Italian roots, putting the spotlight on the many little-known delights of Italy's diverse culinary culture . The six-episode first season premiered last February, and won an Emmy months later for outstanding hosted nonfiction series.

It's success that even Tucci didn't see coming.

"It became this thing that I don't think any of us really anticipated," Tucci recalls. "I was really flattered that CNN came to me and said, 'Hey, do you have any ideas?' And this was an idea I had for a very long time. And then they said, 'Yeah, okay, we'll make that,' " Tucci recalls. "It's a great production company in London, and we started making it, and we made it. But did we expect it to become a big hit? Honestly, no."

"Of course, the timing, we had a captive audience because people were locked down, and they couldn't travel. That, without question, helped a bit," Tucci adds. "But now that people are, for the most part, free to go out and about and they're still rewatching the show and loving it again? That's a great thing. I'm really happy about that."

With all its popularity, it's no surprise that Searching for Italy was renewed for a second season. After visiting Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Bologna, Milan, Tuscany, and Sicily in the first season, Tucci tells PEOPLE he'll be continuing to explore areas not yet traveled.

"Obviously, we're going to do the rest of the regions in Italy," he says. "We'll do five or six — people always say, 'Don't tell anybody what you're doing next,' but it's like, 'It's not that complicated to figure out! Look at the regions we did and look at the other regions. We'll do those!' In what order they'll come, I have no idea, but we will do them. Will we do every single region? Not necessarily, because some of them are so tiny. We might sort of combine some and all that. But at any rate, we're proceeding ahead and trying to cover as much as possible."

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Overall, Tucci says he's just happy to bring the Italian culture to the masses.

"I'm obviously obsessed and in love with Italy and its history and people," Tucci says. "It's a fascination that came from obviously my Italian heritage, from my parent's pride in that heritage, and a year that I spent in Italy when I was 12 and 13 years old which was really significant for me. Ever since then, I've become more and more interested in it and particularly the food, but also how the food and drink is connected to all the other aspects of Italian society, perhaps unlike any other society in the world."

And with his love for Italy, it only makes sense Tucci would partner with S.Pellegrino to support the brand's line of Italian sparkling mineral and flavored waters.

"It's the perfect water," Tucci says. "It's an amazing brand that I've been drinking for years, and it's been around for over a century. It's just great stuff, and I was really flattered when they came to me and asked me to help represent them."

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With the world of restaurant dining on indefinite pause, a food writer journeys into the past with Duncan Hines.

Duncan Hines

B efore I learned to love restaurants, I learned to love reading about them. My mom, a faithful Bon Appétit subscriber, meticulously kept a multiyear archive of back issues on a shelf in a closet near our kitchen. Every so often, we would go through them together, cutting out recipes to save on index cards before tossing the old magazines.

While doing that, I discovered RSVP, a regular column where readers would write in requesting recipes for favorite dishes at restaurants they’d visited. I can remember indexing the most delicious-sounding ones in my head, creating a mental atlas of places I dreamed of visiting someday. Soon interest grew into a fixation. By the time I was 7 years old, I had picked up the extremely normal hobby of reading restaurant reviews in the local paper each week. It surprised no one when I went on to become a food writer.

The pandemic has necessitated a significant shift in how restaurants are written about, and often the news that journalists have to share is difficult. For a brief hit of pleasure, I have turned instead to reading about restaurants of the past in order to avoid thinking about those of the present. And it is through this nostalgic exercise that I discovered Duncan Hines.

‘Adventures in Good Eating’

Yes, the Duncan Hines of boxed-cake-mix fame. It turns out he was a vital figure in food-writing history, having published more than 25 annual editions of a best-selling restaurant guidebook during the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. Adventures in Good Eating , as the compendiums were called, contained pithy recommendations for travelers to thumb through before making a pit stop for a meal.

The reviews were written in a no-nonsense Midwestern parlance that occasionally verged on corny. “If you’re against cruelty to vegetables and like your meats well treated too, try Keeney’s,” he wrote of a cafeteria in Wooster, Ohio, in the 1945 edition. Of a spot in Michigan called the Islington, he remarked, “In the pine-scented north where there is no hay fever and plenty of fun. Good food is an added attraction. Their whitefish is very good!” As his readership grew, he started selling seals of approval that the restaurants he had recommended could proudly display in their windows. He was, in some ways, America’s first food influencer.

Like fellow 20th-century epicures Julia Child (a diplomat’s wife) and James Beard (an actor), Hines didn’t set out to be a food writer. He and his wife, Florence, came to Chicago in 1905, and he took a job in advertising. Working out of an office in the Marquette Building in the Loop, he quickly became a top salesman, thanks in part to his willingness to hop in the car or on a train to attend to clients in, say, Ohio and then turn right back around once he was done.

During these business trips, he began keeping a journal of places he’d enjoyed dining at, noting their addresses, hours, and bills of fare. Before long, he started doing the same on weekend “motoring” vacations with Florence across the Midwest. From the early 1920s to the late ’30s, they covered between 40,000 and 60,000 miles together each year — this in addition to all of Hines’s business travel, which started to look more and more like culinary excursions. Once, Hines got embroiled in a conversation about lobster with a couple of friends who insisted that New England lobsters were the best. A few weeks later, Hines and his wife were in the back seat of these friends’ car on the road to Maine.

Hines’s travel notebooks became the stuff of legend, and soon enough any Chicago salesman who knew his stuff would call Hines before setting out on the road, asking for dining recommendations at his destination. By the mid-1930s, Hines was sick of fielding constant calls. So in 1936 he decided to publish the first edition of Adventures in Good Eating .

Though similar guides existed at the time, Hines believed he offered something unique. While other publications delivered favorable reviews in exchange for advertising dollars, Hines prided himself on never accepting a free meal, though he did apparently accept gifts — in one case, a Cadillac — from restaurateurs he’d already favorably reviewed. He loved showing up anonymously; he made reservations under fake names, and he purposefully chose an old photo of himself to accompany his author bio so restaurateurs couldn’t spot him in their dining rooms. The only company doing anything similar to his food-travel guides at the time was a tire manufacturer in France called Michelin.

Despite once claiming that he “would like to be food dictator of the U.S.A. just long enough to padlock two-thirds of the places that call themselves cafes or restaurants,” Hines was no gourmand. Even after years on the road, the man’s favorite cocktail was an unholy mixture of gin, grenadine, an egg, honey, and pickled-watermelon juice, and he often bragged of being able to drink a dozen of these in a sitting. Judging from the meals described in his books, his palate tended toward simple food, at both roadside spots and high-end hotels.

Indeed, far from considering himself an arbiter of gastronomic taste, he conceived of his project as a noble attempt at protecting the lives of his fellow salesmen. In an era when health inspections were less than rigorous, there were more than a few horror stories circulating among traveling types about unlucky diners getting a bad meal on the road and dying of food poisoning. So, basically, Hines was chronicling establishments that served decent-tasting food that wouldn’t kill you. He was so obsessed with the not-killing-you part that he insisted on inspecting the kitchen of any restaurant he was considering for his guide to ensure it was clean enough to recommend.

Hines became famous for Adventures in Good Eating  — so famous, in fact, that by the time he stopped actively writing reviews, sometime in the 1950s, he had licensed his name to several food products. Those products, in turn, became famous too, and now his legacy rests not on his restaurant reviewing but on boxes of devil’s food cake mix.

Hines saw going to restaurants as a particularly appealing kind of leisure sport, and I suppose I do too. The way some people get really into golf, I get really into dessert menus. Now, with COVID-19 keeping us indoors, I miss the act of recreational dining all the more, of setting forth on a couple of hours’ adventure with the hope of having something interesting and good to say about it afterward. And I miss reading about the similar adventures of others. These are stories that keep a certain promise alive: that the next great meal is just ahead.

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Taste Travels: Keith Lee Ranks Top Cities from His 2023 Food Tour

Keith Lee had a delicious 2023.

The viral TikTok food reviewer toured eight different cities during his " Keith Lee and Family Food Tour " and ranked each city based on his experience.

Keith Lee Rates Eight Cities He Visited On His 2023 Food Tour

Lee visited eight cities during the first leg of his food tour that began on August 4. He enjoyed five months of touring cities trying out different area delicacies and helping out small business owners in the process.

"This is my official list of the places that we went to on the Keith Lee and Family Food Tour," Lee said in his recap video on TikTok . "Ranked from least favorite to most favorite, in my personal opinion."

As Lee is explaining that he ranked the cities based on his own opinion, words across the screen explain it further: "My rankings are based on my probability of going back to each city strictly for their food scene."

He said that making the list was tough because a few cities could have been tied for a particular ranking. He then began his list starting with the number eight spot.

"And at number eight, Atlanta. My biggest issue with Atlanta is that it was hard for us to get food," he explained. "I'm a normal person but I understand that some people's perception is different. But if other people perceive me as a normal person, and I went to Atlanta just to get food, I wouldn't have ate nothing. I mean, nothing. And even with people perceiving me the way they perceive me, we still barely ate, but when we did eat, it was delicious."

Number seven on the list: New York City. For Lee , the issue with New York were the spots that were recommended for him to visit.

"I genuinely don't think we got the New York experience," he continued. "But I tried every avenue I possibly could try to get the New York experience."

Detroit came in at the number six spot on the list. Lee said he wanted Detroit to be in the top spot because he is from there, but as a team, they decided that the diversity at other spots "outshined Detroit."

He continued to explain that the food spots and customer service at the places he visited in Detroit were really good, but the lack of diversity is what set it lower on the list.

Los Angeles came in at number five.

"Now granted, we didn't do a full food tour there, but we went to L.A. like 20 times this year," he said. "And at the beginning, it was really hard for us to find really good authentic food spots. But towards the end, we really found some amazing spots that made L.A. go up on the list."

Lee even explained that while he went on record saying he wasn't a fan of the L.A. food scene, he now retracts that statement.

"After exploring and really going to L.A. spots, and we haven't even really went to all the L.A. spots, we just went to a few," he continued. "Delicious."

The number four spot goes to Lee 's hometown of Las Vegas. Diversity is something he said that stands out for Vegas.

"Vegas opened the door for me when it comes to different foods and different cultures, and hearing people's stories, and get out of my shell," he said. "When I got off the Strip and went to the neighborhoods and I went to the communities and I went to these mom-and-pop spots, it really opened my eyes, it opened my horizons, it opened doors."

Time For The Top 3 Cities On Keith Lee's Food Tour!

After revealing who made the number four through eight spots on the list, it's time for the top three cities.

Before moving on to the number three spot, Lee said Miami gets an honorable mention. Lee didn't do a full food tour stop there but was in Miami visiting family and felt it was worth mentioning.

"Number three: Chicago. Almost every time we got food, absolutely delicious," he said. "It's not much I even got to say about Chicago. It just was an amazing place for me to be in. I loved it there."

Houston came in at the number two spot on the list. Lee said that nearly every spot they visited was delicious, but one spot stands out the most.

"The Puddery. I've always been very picky on desserts cause I'm not really a huge sweets person," he said. "I like sweets, but they got to be very good in my opinion for me to really like them. And The Puddery, boy."

He also said he can't think of one spot in Houston that they didn't love.

Drum roll time! The number one spot belongs to New Orleans. Lee said that the customer service set New Orleans apart from the other cities, and not by much, but just enough to take the top spot.

"Everywhere we went, we felt like family. I'm talking about, it felt like I was going to my cousin's house. It didn't feel like I was going to a restaurant," he said. "It didn't feel like I was going to an establishment. It felt like I was going to auntie, mama, papa, whoever's house you wanna go to. That's what it felt like."

Lee said he left 15 pounds heavier and he would absolutely do it all over again.

"When I said New Orleans was a 'fo show your right on,' absolutely in every sense of the word," he said.

Lee concluded his video by saying he's just getting started and "2024 about to be crazy." He thanked everyone for being on this journey with him and revealed that the second leg of the tour will begin at the "top of the year."

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By the looks of his photos, i would say food will be better traveling through the towns then on resorts.. I enjoyed the way he wrote, and makes me want to return,, very soon ! :)


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You have to be built for cuba its not for all.

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An excellent story of what is possible. I did quite a bit of that on my earlier visits but farther reaching and extended stays. A highly recommended experience for those whose personality fits.

While the author used a guide everywhere, that is not necessary, just a personal choice. Some tourists prefer the observational role with someone explaining and interpreting for them. Other's prefer to do their own research and direct contact. Realize that having a guide will insure you will have no direct contact with locals as they will always communicate through your guide because of language.

What i read, i dont think he always had a guide, but did alot of walking tours. He used Strawberry Tours in particular, which is the group i always recommend.

I of course would of suggested the big three to not forget to bring with you, sunblock, , a small first aid kit, and mosquito spray.. looks like he was in need of all of these..

( his knees, ouch !!! Never stare at your phone while walking in Cuba streets.. LOL )

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Staring at your phone while walking is a bad idea anywhere but yeah, Cuban sidewalks can be particularly treacherous.

My left knee still remembers a brutal one in Trinidad with occasional steps at irregular intervals, and each step was always a different height from the last one. The direction I was going, most were up but there was also an occasional step down. Despite the obstacle-course nature of it, I preferred it to the cobbles, which my feet really dislike, but even paying attention I managed to face-plant and hurt not just a knee but my hands.

(I haven't had time to read this blog but will give it a look later, looks interesting.)

joann, I consider a guide and a walking tour to be the same thing. Both isolate from contact with Cuban people while puts you in the role of observer and not participant. Granted, not important to some.

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With a guide he would probably know that the faces on the buildings at Revolution Sq were not Che and Fidel 🤣

Gordon #7, you approach a key point, the need for each visitor to do some research before arrival so they will have some idea what they are looking at and it's significance.

It makes no difference if you think that outline of Camilo Cienfuegos was Fidel or if a guide told you it was Camilo if you have no clue who Camilo Cienfuegos was.

Not every traveler has a desire or need to know everything about the history of the place he is traveling to. You can tell by his blog he did plenty of research , and his blog also gives plenty of good examples and answers to the most frequently asked questions on here, like valuable Viazul info, colectivo ( shared taxi ) info, food availabilty , and the ease of changing money.

That is what most average tourists that come here want to know. imo..

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My Husband Is the Family Chef … With Terrible Food-Safety Habits

It makes me sick..

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Dear Care and Feeding,

My husband loves to cook. He finds it relaxing, enjoys trying new recipes, and uses food as a way to express love to our family. All of this is amazing, especially because I admittedly am not great at cooking and I find it tedious. The problem is that my husband is not exactly detail-oriented when it comes to food safety.

“Washing” his hands consists of briefly flicking them with water under a tap, he doesn’t seem to believe that fruits and vegetables need to be washed well, and he sometimes even uses expired ingredients without noticing. I’ve seen him use a dirty dishcloth to wipe down clean dishes or dry his hands. Worst of all, he will leave cooked food out for hours longer than recommended. I’ve got a sensitive stomach and have been sick a few times after meals, and we have young children! I want him to feel appreciated, but when I approach him about these things, he gets very defensive and upset and thinks I’m overreacting. How can I get him to take these concerns for our family’s safety seriously?

—Losing My Appetite

Dear Losing,

In my experience, trying to persuade someone to see things the way we do is rarely successful. He thinks what he’s doing in the kitchen is just fine (he’s wrong, of course, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to convince him of that). And honestly, even if you succeed in getting him to, say, use a clean cloth to dry clean dishes, he’s likely to do this only when you’re watching.

I get that you find cooking tedious, but what if you helped out in the kitchen? You wash the fruit and vegetables (or you could just wash them on the day they’re bought and put them into the fridge clean). You put away the food instead of leaving it to him to do. (And since he’s doing the cooking, why aren’t you the one doing the dishes? That’s only fair anyway.) The one thing it’s worth bugging him about and making nonnegotiable—because you can’t take over this task for him, and because it’s terribly important for all of your sakes—is washing his hands. Insist that he read this , on why hand-washing is so crucial.

If you make too many things nonnegotiable, though, you may lose your in-house cook. That would be a pity for everyone. So, take over as many of the food-related tasks as you can, including all of the food safety, and be sure to tell him often how much you love his meals and how appreciative you are. Anyone who does all the cooking wants to hear that. I know I do.

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Last month, my husband and I had the exact same fight we’ve been having for 10 years: How much Christmas can we celebrate? My husband was raised Reform Jewish. Before we were married, he asked if I would convert. I did. We went to conversion classes together, and there was even one class dedicated to whether or not you should still celebrate Christmas, and the rabbi said it was fine. Most of the other students in the class were going to do just that. This was the one class my husband missed!

I’d like to put an end to this decadelong fight. I wasn’t raised religious, but we did celebrate Christmas, which was always one of my favorite times of year. Now we have two children, whom we are raising Jewish for the most part, though neither one of us would consider ourselves religious. We go to the temple on the High Holidays, light the candles on Hanukkah, and do a half-assed Seder on Passover. That’s the extent of our Jewishness, which seems fine with my husband. He actually complains every time we go to temple. However, when Christmas comes around, he won’t let us have a tree. (He’ll allow a fake eucalyptus tree that lights up and that we decorate with a dreidel and Star of David ornaments.) We are not allowed to have stockings over the fireplace or pretend there is a Santa Claus.

Every year, we get together with my family on Christmas Eve, then my father comes to spend the night, and we open Christmas presents in the morning with the kids. My husband doesn’t love this, but he relented years ago, and I was happy he did so. This year, my father suggested he bring a ham over to make on Christmas Day. I said sure, not really thinking anything of it. My husband is in no way observant and eats his fair share of pig without thinking twice. But when I mentioned the Christmas ham, he said it made him “very uncomfortable.” This just beyond pissed me off. I’m not sure he even realizes how he sounds, but could you imagine if the tables were turned and we were going to my father’s for Hanukkah and said we were bringing over latkes and my father said that made him “very uncomfortable”? I don’t understand his hatred for Christmas, and I’m pretty much fed up with tiptoeing around him every December. I’m sure this has a lot to do with his parents, who probably weren’t happy that he married a shiksa. He doesn’t have a great relationship with them to begin with and has always been made to feel second-best to his brother, who is the golden child (and married a Jewish woman). My feeling on the subject is that we should celebrate and lean into these holidays equally. I go all out for Hanukkah and would like to do the same for Christmas as well. I have many friends who do that, and it always makes me jealous and resentful. Wondering if you have any advice to solve this issue.

—Jew for Christmas

Dear Christmas,

But he didn’t marry a shiksa. He married a Jew. If you didn’t want to convert to Judaism, you shouldn’t have. Reform Judaism has a considerably more liberal approach to conversion than Conservative Judaism does, but even so, the expectation is that one is sincere in their convictions.* It is certainly true that many Jews in interfaith marriages, in which neither spouse is particularly (or at all) religious, find a way to celebrate Christmas. In my house, we indeed celebrated all holidays—Hanukkah (with a menorah my daughter and I lit each of the eight nights), Christmas (with a tree, a festive meal, and presents), Passover (with a non-half-assed Seder), and Easter (with my husband and daughter dyeing eggs, our hiding them in the backyard, and her searching for them—plus a basketful of goodies); my Southern Baptist husband even built a Sukkot every autumn of our daughter’s childhood. I recently read a charming essay by the novelist Leigh McMullan Abramson about navigating the holidays when one parent is Jewish and the other isn’t, published right around the time you and your husband started fighting over Christmas.

Your situation is different. And I’m puzzled by what you report your rabbi said, because I’ve never heard of a rabbi saying that it was “fine” for a Jewish family to celebrate Christmas. I have to assume that you’re misremembering—or that you misheard or misunderstood—what was said. Some reform rabbis, it’s true, have given their blessings to interfaith families celebrating Christmas . Perhaps this was what the rabbi teaching your conversion classes was talking about.

But more to the point: This is something you and your husband should have talked about before you married and had children. Since you didn’t, I’ll take a moment to educate you now:

We Jews, who grew up surrounded by—bombarded with—a holiday that wasn’t, isn’t, our own, can be very sensitive to having Christmas (to having Christianity itself) forced on us. That some of us who are not religious, who think of ourselves as cultural and ethnic Jews, marry non-Jews and come to embrace multiple cultures and traditions doesn’t mean that all of us do. The fact that your husband asked you to convert (something it never occurred to me to ask my husband to do—nor did it cross his mind to ask me to renounce Judaism and convert to Christianity) should have told you how he felt. My guess is that you’re still fighting over Christmas trees and Santa because you weren’t straightforward and clear with each other from the start. You might as well have it out now. You’ll have to come clean: You converted without understanding what it meant, and he assumed you fully understood what he meant when he asked you to, and didn’t take the time to tell you. Perhaps he didn’t even know, before children entered the picture. Perhaps you didn’t know, until you had kids, how much you’d miss Christmas. Now he feels betrayed, and you feel he’s depriving you and your kids of something important.

I’m not sure you can resolve this on your own—or if it can be resolved at all. But I recommend counseling. This is a problem that is bigger than a Christmas Day ham.

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How do you find the balance between supporting an anxious spouse and not enabling the anxiety? My husband always had mild anxiety around a few specific situations, but it became more generalized and intense after we had a kid. (So much to worry about, so much to protect our child from!) He has gone to therapy, which I sometimes attended with him, but isn’t in therapy at the moment. I’m encouraging him to get back in, but there is a lengthy waitlist and a limited number of providers in our area. In an early session I attended with him, we agreed that my role when he was spiraling with anxiety would be to counter it and bring him back to reality with the common sense his anxiety wasn’t allowing him to see. I was to acknowledge that he was feeling anxious, tell him I understood why he could be feeling that way, but then bring up points against the worst-case scenario he was imagining and try to pull him back. At the time, he said he would find this helpful.

But I’ve come to feel like he is taking this response as unsupportive and lacking empathy. Lately, he’s been talking to his family more often than to me when he’s feeling anxious, which would be fine if his mother and sister didn’t have even more severe (and untreated) anxiety than he does! By the end of a conversation with them, his anxiety over whatever has been troubling him has been amplified 100 times. I understand that for him it must feel better (and easier) to have someone validate and agree with his feelings than to have me telling him all the reasons his feelings are “wrong.” I don’t want to lose him (physically or mentally), but I fear that’s what’s happening.

—Anxious Over Anxiety

Dear Anxious,

I don’t love the advice your husband’s former therapist gave you. (All therapists are not created equal, I’m afraid.) As an anxious person myself, I can assure you that when someone’s feeling seriously anxious, logic doesn’t help one bit. I think your instincts about what’s happening now (his feeling misunderstood, his turning to his family to “validate” his anxiety) are all exactly right. I’ll suggest a number of things. It would be most effective if all of them could be put into place at the same time.

First, see if you can persuade your husband to see a psychiatrist, or—if he recoils at this suggestion—his primary care physician, to discuss his worsening anxiety. He might benefit enormously from a low dose of anti-anxiety medication , which only a physician can prescribe. I realize that your bringing this up may be tricky if he’s already feeling that you don’t “get it.” (He may take offense; he may insist there’s nothing wrong with him; he may tell you you’re trying to pathologize his concern and worry.) Try to couch the idea in terms of your recognition of his suffering. Tell him you love him, you’re worried about him , you only want what’s good for him. Second, since he seems to be willing to see a therapist , expand the search for one. If he can’t see someone in person, it’s worth looking into therapy conducted by video chat (there’s some research that suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective when conducted in this way). Third, your role: Step away from the “affirm feelings, then hit him with reasoning” approach you’ve been using. Give him a hug instead, or sit beside him and hold his hand. Remind yourself that he is in pain, that you can’t take that pain away from him (you certainly can’t talk him out of it), but that you can be loving, sympathetic, and kind. That is really all you can do. When it comes to his family, stay out of it. Don’t comment on his frequent turning to them; don’t comment on their mental health issues. In the long run, it will help both of you to think of what he’s experiencing as a disorder that can be successfully treated; in the short run, it will help you to keep this in mind even if he can’t (yet). Once he begins to get better, he’ll stop calling his family of enablers so often.

How do I respond to my in-laws when they use their grief to justify negative behaviors? My husband passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly four months ago. If I didn’t have three young kids to take care of, I know I would still be drowning in grief right now, but they need me, so I have to be functional. Since his death, my in-laws have been expressing their grief in ways that make things harder for me. They stop by unannounced (at least once a week), though we schedule visits with them regularly because they “miss everyone so much [they] just had to” see us right now. They call and wake me up in the middle of the night to share memories. When they’re with us, they’ll make the kids stop playing to sit with them and “think about Daddy” (which involves a lot of crying by the adults).

I know they’ve lost their son, and I can’t imagine how that loss feels, but I hate that they’re using my children and me (but mostly my children) to try to work through their grief. The kids and I are grieving too! The last time they interrupted the kids, wanting them to sit and cry with them, when they were actually having a rare completely carefree moment, I sternly asked my in-laws to come help me in the kitchen, where I told them that the kids were having enough trouble dealing with the loss of their father—they don’t need their grandparents making it harder on them. Within two days, I was contacted by three different extended family members telling me that the way I treated my in-laws was cruel and that I obviously “don’t understand how huge a loss they’ve experienced.” I’m at the point where I don’t even want to see them anymore, but I know that will make me the bad guy for “taking away” their grandkids when they need them most. It’s clear that I can’t hold them accountable for their actions, even when they do us harm.

The kids see a counselor through the school district in a mix of group and individual sessions, and I sometimes join them. I’m on a waitlist for counseling as well. We talk about their father anytime they want to, bringing up happy memories and being sad that he’s gone. I’m doing the best I can, and I don’t think we should be on the hook for so much of my in-laws’ grief while also trying to process our own. Am I a monster for feeling this way?

—Hurting Multiple Ways

Dear Hurting,

Of course you’re not a monster. And neither are your husband’s parents, although they are unable right now to recognize that what is helping them is doing harm to you and their grandchildren. They’re not “using their grief to justify” what they’re doing. They’re doing whatever they can to ease their grief. I know it’s hard, but try not to take any of this as an attack on you and your kids. Think of it this way if you can: They are out of their minds with grief. (You say you can’t imagine how they must be feeling. Try. )

But empathizing with them doesn’t mean you have to put up with their behavior toward you and your kids. Tell them you understand what they’re going through (you might even say that you wish you could help them), but that you’re struggling too, and that some of their efforts to assuage their grief are making things harder for their grandchildren. (“I know you don’t mean to be doing this, but that’s what’s happening.”) Tell them you need to establish ground rules for the sake of your kids. And then lay out those rules. No more unannounced visits, no more middle-of-the-night phone calls, no demanding that the kids stop playing to come comfort them , and absolutely no enforced grieving for the children, ever. If this makes you the “bad guy,” so be it. And if you’ve spelled this all out for them and they ignore it, it is time to take a break from them. Don’t threaten to do this: Just be clear about what’s acceptable to you and what’s not, and if they can’t control themselves, then regretfully inform them that for the time being, you’re declaring a moratorium on visits—you have no choice, as their grandchildren’s well being is your first priority. You will almost certainly be the “bad guy” as far as your husband’s side of the family is concerned. It’s not the end of the world. Do get support elsewhere, wherever you can.

The fact is that people who are profoundly grieving the loss of someone they love may be in the worst possible position to help one another through it. You, your children, and your in-laws are all suffering different kinds of terrible, huge losses, even though you are all grieving for the same person.

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My question is extremely embarrassing to me, but here goes: I am a stay-at-home dad to a pair of 14-month-old twin girls. Most of their first year of life was happening during the pandemic quarantine, so my wife was working from home. This made my life easier since she was around to ask to watch our daughters whenever nature called. Now she is starting to go to the office a couple of times a week, since restrictions in our area are lifting. She asked me after her first day at the office how I handled bathroom breaks.

Correction, Jan. 22, 2024: This piece originally misstated that Orthodox Judaism does not allow conversion.

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Ukraine war latest: Putin 'secretly asking US for talks on ending war', report says - prompting Kremlin denial

Thousands line up across Russia to back an election challenger to Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, claims and counter-claims continue to be exchanged over the crashing of a military transport plane which Russia says killed 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war.

Friday 26 January 2024 13:51, UK

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Ukraine's general staff says troops on the frontlines near Bakhmut have been engaged in more fighting.

The area has been one of the most bitterly contested parts of the frontline in recent months. 

The general staff said eight Russian attacks had been repelled yesterday alone in its morning update today. 

These images show Ukrainian troops operating howitzer artillery batteries, firing towards Russian positions near the now-battered city.

Ukraine has invited Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, to participate in a peace summit alongside other world leaders, Volodymyr Zelenskyy's top adviser has said. 

Switzerland has agreed to hold the talks, but no venue or date has been set just yet. 

"We are definitely inviting China to participate in the summit, at the highest level, at the level of the president of the People's Republic of China," Igor Zhovkva said.

"China's participation will be very important to us. We involve our partners in the world so that they convey to the Chinese side how important it is to participate in such a summit."

Why is this significant?

Experts suggest Chinese involvement in peace talks could be instrumental in ending the war. 

Beijing has remained close to Vladimir Putin's government since the invasion of Ukraine in 2022, but has also said the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected - and has previously offered to mediate in the conflict.

The two governments declared a "no limits" partnership in Beijing three weeks before the invasion, and since then China has dramatically increased its Russian energy imports. 

Mr Xi remains one of Mr Putin's closest allies of the major powers, and his views on a potential peace plan could prove key for the future of the conflict in Ukraine.  

In our last post, we reported how the Kremlin has been forced to deny Vladimir Putin has been testing the waters on whether the US was ready to begin talks to end the war.

The comments came after a report by Bloomberg  that cited unnamed two people close to the Kremlin.

Here, we take a look at their report in more detail.

Sources told the news agency that the Russian president signalled to senior US officials he was open to discussions via an intermediary.

They said Mr Putin may drop two key positions: Neutral status for Ukraine and opposition to eventual NATO membership.

This is despite the Russian leader making the threat of NATO a central Russian justification for his invasion.

In return, Kyiv would have to accept Kremlin control of the 18% of Ukrainian territory the Russian army occupies - something Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rejected in the strongest terms.

US officials said they saw no indication Mr Putin was serious about ending the conflict, with National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson telling Bloomberg the council was "unaware of the shifts in Russia’s position described".

For the Kremlin's response to the report, see our previous post.

The Kremlin has denied reports that Vladimir Putin was "putting out feelers" to the United States for possible talks on ending the war in Ukraine.

Bloomberg reported the president was "testing the waters" on whether Washington was ready to engage in talks and might consider dropping key demands on Ukraine's security status. 

It cited two people close to the Kremlin as saying Mr Putin "may be willing to consider dropping an insistence on neutral status for Ukraine and even ultimately abandon opposition to eventual NATO membership - the threat of which has been a central Russian justification for the invasion".

But asked whether Moscow was ready to give up its demands on neutrality and NATO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "No, this is a wrong report. It absolutely does not correspond to reality."

Russian forces are increasingly attacking Ukrainian soldiers with a suffocation grenade, according to the Ukrainian defence ministry's information agency.

RG-Vo grenades, a form of tear gas, were used for the first time and on 81 occasions in December, Army Inform cited a weapons research centre spokesperson as saying.

It can kill a person within five minutes if launched into a room or dugout, according to the Centre for Research of Trophy and Prospective Weapons and Military Equipment of the Ukrainian General Staff.

Spokesperson Captain Andriy Rudyk told Army Inform: "This grenade contains chloroacetophenone, an asphyxiant substance prohibited by the Geneva Protocol [on chemical warfare]."

Russia has deployed chemical weapons 51 times this year, most often in the form of grenades dropped from drones, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

It said the first instance of an RG-Vo grenade being detected was on 14 December.

The research centre believed Russia was studying the reaction of the international community before expanding the use of chemical weapons further, reported Army Inform.

Sky News cannot independently verify these reports.

Thousands of Russians have lined up across the country in the bitter cold to sign petitions to support an unlikely challenger to Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press reports.

Many observers have suggested Boris Nadezhdin is merely a Kremlin stooge whose presence creates the illusion of competition.

However, significant support for the 60-year-old represents a dilemma for the Kremlin as he seeks a spot on the 17 March election ballot.

The local legislator and academic has openly called for a halt to the conflict in Ukraine, the end of mobilising Russian men for the military and for starting a dialogue with the West.

"The collection of signatures has gone, I would say, unexpectedly well for us," Mr Nadezhdin told The Associated Press.

He is highly unlikely to defeat Vladimir Putin, but the lines of people are a rare sign of defiance in a country that has seen a harsh crackdown on dissent.

Waiting to sign a petition in St Petersburg, local resident Alexander Rakityansky said he backed Mr Nadezhdin so his hometown in Belgorod "doesn't get bombed and people don't die on the streets."

Mr Nadezhdin is running as a candidate for the Civic Initiative Party. Because the party is not represented in parliament, he's not guaranteed a spot on the ballot and must collect over 100,000 signatures, with a limit of 2,500 from each of the dozens of the vast country's regions, not just the biggest, more progressive cities.

A Moscow court has extended the pre-trial detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich until the end of March - one year after his arrest, Russian news agencies report.

The decision was made at a hearing behind closed doors, with Russian authorities claiming details of the criminal case against the American journalist are classified.

Mr Gershkovich, the first American reporter to be charged with espionage since the Cold War, was shown standing in a court cage wearing a hooded top in a video shared by state news agency Ria Novosti.

He was detained in March last year while on a reporting trip to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, 1,200 miles east of Moscow.

Mr Gershkovich and the WSJ strongly deny allegations by Russia's Federal Security Service that the reporter "collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex".

The Russian foreign ministry has said it will consider a swap for Mr Gershkovich only after a verdict in his trial. In Russia, espionage trials can last for more than a year.

Ukraine's human rights ombudsman has demanded access to the Il-76 plane crash site for international experts.

Kyiv was ready to provide information to an international investigation, said Dmytro Lubinets, adding: "We definitely don't have anything to hide."

Russian military and security officials didn't allow emergency workers to inspect the site, said Ukraine's UN ambassador Khrystyna Hayovyshyn.

Russia claims Ukraine shot down the transport plane over Belgorod with a missile and the aircraft was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war.

But UN ambassador Khrystyna Hayovyshyn said that "only five bodies were sent to the local morgue in Belgorod" and no human remains are visible on footage from the site.

She said Ukraine fulfilled its obligations on Wednesday and transferred Russian prisoners safely to the agreed location for the swap.

The Russian side was supposed to ensure the safety of Ukrainian prisoners, but she said the Ukrainian side wasn't informed of the route and means of transportation of the captives, or told to secure the airspace in the vicinity of the city of Belgorod during a specified period. 

Ukraine has not confirmed whether it was involved in the crash.

Welcome back to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine, as the fallout from the Ilyushin Il-76 plane crash continues.

Claim and counter-counter claim have been exchanged by Russia and Ukraine following the incident, which saw a Russian military transport aircraft explode in a fireball in the Belgorod region.

Russian investigators released preliminary reports, claiming Ukraine fired a missile and downed the plane which it said was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war.

But Kyiv, while not definitively denying it was involved, has challenged Moscow's narrative and called for an international investigation.

Ukrainian authorities said the incident may have been a planned and deliberate Russian attempt to undermine Western support for Ukraine, adding there was not enough evidence to suggest 65 people were on board.

Kyiv claimed high-ranking Russian officials who were supposed to be on the plane did not board at the last minute under orders from Russia's security agency.

And some PoWs Russia claimed were on the Il-76 had already been swapped, Ukraine's military intelligence agency said.

Deputy foreign ministry spokesperson for France, which currently chairs the UN Security Council, said it was impossible to tell what had happened yet because "Russia has accustomed us to lying on these matters".

We'll be bringing you all the latest on this developing story as well as key updates from the battlefield and abroad throughout the day.

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