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Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes because nothing exhilarates me quite like adventure, a change in location and novel experiences I’ll always remember. When you’re traveling, there are few things more important than convenience and cost. You simply don’t want to spend an arm and a leg when deciding where to stay. Nor do you want your accommodations to be less than comfortable just because you’re on a budget. You often find yourself having to go the extra mile to make your vacation life a little easier. The key is to have great amenities, but not break the bank, especially if you’re planning an extended stay of three or more days. That’s where Airbnb comes in.

When you need peace and relaxation without the hassle, Airbnb is the perfect resource. It’s basically an online search tool that connects travelers with people who are opening up their homes for vacation rentals around the globe. Instead of staying in a stuffy hotel staring at white walls, you can get an authentic feel for your destination. I stayed in an Airbnb spot on a recent trip to Bali and loved it. It gives you the ultimate travel experience, unlike any other. Imagine being able to take in a new, unique culture? It’s everything.

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Many hosts provide amazing amenities such as small bedside gifts, homemade breakfast and treats, personalized cards, and much more. And luxury is right at your fingertips because you can search and book accommodations online or from a mobile phone or tablet. It’s just that simple. Adventures and time well-spent are invaluable. And traveling the world has never been easier with Airbnb.

Ready to try it? I’m offering a special $40 off credit that you can use to book your first stay. Click here to claim the discount or enter the link http://bit.ly/foodbnb in your search bar. Enjoy your stay!

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In light of recent celebrations for National Hamburger Day, we visited Whitman’s with our Burgers Before Love crew. I wanted to talk to you about how much I love burgers. Like really, really love burgers. As a result of that, #BurgersBeforeLove was created, visiting a new restaurant each month to try out the most decadent burger on the menu. Last month, I took my cravings over to Whitman’s in the East Village to try out their popular, Juicy Lucy.

This was my first time checking out Whitman’s but I had previously heard so many great things about it. It is a small burger joint with an all American nautical-hipster vibe. While I waited for the rest of the group, I treated myself to a glass of wine and sweet potato fries. As per their recommendation, I devoured my fries with a side of their house aioli. Seating is limited in their upstairs area but perfect if you’re just stopping in for a quick bite.

Whitmans Exterior

As soon as the crew arrived, we headed downstairs to our table and immediately ordered because we all were starving. There’s more room downstairs for groups but still an intimate vibe. There are tons of burger options, with something for everyone’s taste buds. I stayed focused as I remembered that I came for the Juicy Lucy. Upon ordering, the table dug into a bowl of fried pickles. Though they’re not what I chose to indulge in, I could see they were evenly fried which should make for a great pickle. I could even hear the extra crunch in each bite taken amongst the group. Then, the burgers came.

Whitmans Fries

The Juicy Lucy is deliciously stuffed with pimento cheese and topped with caramelized onions. From the first bite, the pimento cheese explodes from the center of the burger and adds tons of extra flavor. I was not surprised that this burger lived up to it’s name and if I could eat another, I would. It was just that good and I look forward to returning to Whitman’s soon. Before heading out, I ordered the brownie with ice cream but we also had warm cookies and milk at the table. Overall, we enjoyed our burgers and we were stuffed afterwards. I recommend checking Whitman’s out the next time you find yourself with an appetite for burgers.

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Common Foods Video with Danielle Fontus

If certain words such as chipotle, espresso and acai make you nervous, you are not alone. Some foods are admittedly easier to pronounce than others. And some make you pause every time you read them. But we are here to tell you that there is no shame in needing to take a minute and sound a word out before ordering. You shouldn’t let anything, let alone pronunciation, stop you from enjoying what otherwise could be an unforgettable dining experience filled with good food and laughter.

Have you ever decided to be fancy and hit up a restaurant you’ve never been to? You dress up, fully willing to broaden your food horizons. But the minute you get the menu and eyeball a few of the dishes, you regret it all. You don’t know how to say any of the selections or if you even want to eat any of them. All of a sudden you’re back in elementary school with beads of sweat on your forehead as you sound out syllables at the table. It’s not a good look, but it is a common dilemma we’ve all faced. However, it doesn’t have to be. Ordering delicious meals should truly be the time of your life.

And that’s why we’re here: to help guide you through those awkward restaurant encounters. There’s no better time than the present to improve your food vocabulary by learning the real way to pronounce common dishes. We continue our handy guide with the help of our friend Danielle, Creator of the She Dares community. The next time you see one of these items on a menu, you’ll impress your friends and bae by sounding like an expert.

  • Edamame – A boiled soy bean, which can be a snack or appetizer before the main dish

  • Lychee – A white fleshy fruit

  • Chipotle – A smoke-dried jalapeño

  • Espresso – A coffee brewed by boiling water under pressure

  • Acai – A reddish-purple fruit.

     

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Traveling While Hungry Facebook

Traveling is one of our favorite pastimes. Nothing is more exhilarating than a new adventure, a change of scenery and amazing experiences you will never forget. But what’s most thrilling? Exploring foods unlike any other we have experienced. That is where the idea for Traveling While Hungry came from.

Traveling While Hungry is a group travel series created for the millennial traveler who wants to take in a new city or country while embracing the native foods of the area. And while it isn’t possible to stop into every great restaurant in town on a one-day trip, it is possible to get a sampling of some of the best foods a city has to offer. Who wants to eat junk food on their entire vacation? Or spend unnecessary coins on hotel room service? Not us. And do not even think about finding a restaurant on your own. Searching for a place to eat via never-ending Yelp reviews is just plain time-consuming. 

Because the focus of this travel series is placed on good food, not just the destination, you can uncover hidden restaurants you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Hitting the road every once in a while to treat yourself to deliciously unique foods is the best. 

The plus is that you do not have to do it alone. During our trips, you can eat whatever your little heart desires with individuals who love food just as much as you do. You will be with people from all walks of life and a variety of interesting places. You can be as spontaneous as you want all while developing new friendships. It takes away the anxiety of traveling and dining alone. 

Want more information on our next stop? Be sure to head to our Facebook group for all the latest updates and discussion.

Watch a clip from our trip to Colombia here.

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Common Foods Video
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Believe it or not, there are tons of common (and not so common) foods that you have probably been pronouncing incorrectly for years. Is it see-tan or say-tan? Is the ‘g’ in gnocchi silent? Do you pronounce caipirinha like piranha? These are just a few questions you’ve probably had while out dining. Spelling can be a bit deceiving, so it makes sense that we have all fallen victim to butchering our food orders.

Let’s set the scene. You head out for a night on the town with your girls. You take a quick glance at the menu, feeling pretty confident as you ask the waiter for pho. Pronouncing it like a childhood enemy, he or she stares at you in confusion because they haven’t the slightest clue what you are talking about. We have all been there.

Mispronouncing the names of your favorite dishes is one of the biggest food faux pas a blossoming foodie can make. But you shouldn’t feel ashamed. And that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting with new menu items. You never want to be too timid to ask for a platter just because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. Life is all about giving anything a try at least once.

That’s why we have taken the guesswork out for you and tracked down a couple of those tricky foods you just can’t seem to say right. With the help of our friend Malandra, the Vegan Diva, you’ll be able to order any item off of the menu and not feel intimidated. Our common foods guide is setting the record straight once and for all.

Four Foods You’re Pronouncing Incorrectly:

  • Pho – A delicious Vietnamese soup with noodles, cilantro and meat

  • Seitan – A soy-bean based meat for vegetarians and vegans

  • Gnocchi – Soft balls of dough

  • Caipirinha – A sweet Brazilian drink you can order right along with your mojitos and margaritas.

     

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Traveling while hungry Philly
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When you think of Philadelphia, your mind probably goes to its infamous cheesesteak. And we don’t blame you; it is a mouth-watering staple. However, you’d be missing out if you thought the food adventure ends there. Philadelphia is also known for a bevy of delectable cuisine that is not only fun, eclectic and tasty, but it won’t break the bank either. We’re talking soft pretzels, hoagies, barbecue hot dogs, Italian rolls and so much more. Don’t want to simply take our word for it? Come and join us for the next installment of our Traveling While Hungry Series as we make a much-needed stop in the City of Brotherly Love.

Departing from Manhattan on April 8, attendees will travel via bus to enjoy all the food Philly has to offer. One ticket covers a full day at the Philly Farm and Food Fest, where you can devour Mid-Atlantic eats (and some boozy libations), share in great laughter and create authentic connections with fellow foodies. And trust us, you’ll have plenty of time to venture out of your taste bud comfort zone. In addition to a cheesesteak run (yum!), the day will include an opportunity to explore the tastiest brunch spots, hit up the Italian Market and take part in the prohibition mixology tour. But no worries! We’ll be hanging as group so you’ll never be alone. Food truly brings people together and you’re guaranteed a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.

Tickets are available for purchase for $147.00 per individual. Please visit link to RSVP and get more details here. Each attendee will also get a Must Eat Guide to help get the most out of their trip. Sound like fun? See you soon!

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