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January 11, 2017
11 Favorites I Discovered in 2016
I’ve been going out for dinner six nights a week. On...
December 14, 2015
It Isn’t Easy to Name the Best Dishes of 2015
After a longish mea culpa, I am now going to try to...
July 13, 2015
Where are you sending friends now?
Where do I eat when I’m not hustling to find something...
December 16, 2013
Feeding the Folks: Where to Go
May 14, 2012
Where can I take my 13-year-old to sample New York’s best food without breaking the bank?
Like his mother, my son loves to eat. I am trying to...


    My Travel pages feature articles from trips around the world with photographs by my inamorata Steven Richter. The two of us are almost always on the road in the winter -- Venice, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, India, Vietnam and Cambodia -- and we try to escape the New York summers by going somewhere cool. You’ll find articles I’ve written about these places here. Friends are constantly emailing me for lists of my favorites places to eat on their own travels. From time to time, I’ll post some of my current favorites in this Travel section.

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November 13, 2012 | Travel Feature
Inn at Little Washington
I expected sybaritic, nothing quite prepared me for the theatrical ebullience…

September 6, 2011 | Travel Feature
Hamptons: Eating Well Is the Guest’s Revenge
Luxuriously parked at The Maidstone, we scout Hamptons dining out for just two days. Here are my finds...

March 1, 2011 | Travel Feature
Quest for the Best in Tokyo
It’s my first visit and I want to eat well

June 28, 2010 | Travel Feature
How to Speak Sushi: Hot Tokyo Addresses
Tokyo is vast and astonishing and private. Expect to feel lost in translation, dizzy from culture shock unless you carry these addresses from Yukari Sakamoto.

December 29, 2009 | Travel Feature
Sri Lanka: Stalking the Big Blue
My passion for jewelry is intense, nearly as consuming as my passion for truffled Nantucket scallops, suckling pig or crusty and creamy macaroni-and-cheese.  Between meals as a restaurant critic, I collect vintage fakery and dream of real gems…now we are headed for a week in sapphire-rich Sri Lanka… 

October 9, 2009 | Travel Feature
Tuscany Without Brakes
Caesare Casella was planning a fast jaunt to Tuscany and Parma to capture the essence of how Italians eat. Or maybe it was how Tuscans eat. Casella being a consummate Tuscan and only coincidently, Italian...

January 14, 2008 | Travel Feature
Bologna Hot Tips
Obsessed foodie, that’s my guy’s cousin Mitch, aka weinoo on eGullet…just back from five days in Bologna with side trips to Padua and a visit to a friend’s restaurant in Umbria…

January 7, 2008 | Travel Feature
Miami Hot Tips
Miami at Christmas time? Fortunately, our Insatiable Reporter Sylvie Bigar can turn any nightmarish vacation into a winner…

September 3, 2007 | Travel Feature
My Buenos Aires Hot List
In search of fine dining, adventurous eats and flea market rituals with some help from local foodies...

May 7, 2007 | Travel Feature
My Barcelona Hot List
Here are Barcelona spots I send my friends.

January 1, 2006 | Travel Feature
Insatiable in New Delhi with Suvir Saran
The haunting smells of something cooking are everywhere in Chandri Chowk, the main street of old Delhi's sprawling bazaar. They make a confusion of scents calling out to foodie travelers like me from snack food stands, closet-sized food stalls and rudimentary restaurants tucked into the spice market, between pocket-size jewlery shops and along streets famous for their wedding saris and savory pancake-like parathas.

October 1, 2005 | Travel Feature
Eat Like a Venetian
In a city that often confounds food lovers, I hit the ground running and enlist the help of some trusted locals to find a dozen of Venice's…

October 1, 2005 | Travel Feature
Eating On Their Feet
Yes, Venetians have figured it out. It’s faster to walk in a city built on water. When it pours or grows icy, they may jump on and off the vaporetto (the floating bus) where they often huddle on deck or stand inside...When the vaporettos shift into late night mode, waits loom long and everyone walks. Does that somehow illuminate standup eating?...

May 2, 2005 | Travel Feature
Sicily, Italy
Innovative tasting menus, legendary pastries, and perfect pasta.

October 25, 2004 | Travel Feature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Crispy crab rolls, chicken-bone soup, and other tastes of the East.

September 1, 2004 | Travel Feature
Eating up Paris
Don't let the brawny euro get in the way of a great meal. Let me scour the French capital for restaurants that are high in style, substance—and…

July 31, 2004 | Travel Feature
Paris: Counter Revolution
Parisiens, famously blind chauvinists, have discovered the rest of the world and found it…delicious. Italian is the newest rage with proliferating trattorie in every neighborhood and even a gelato shop boldly planted just steps beyond the Ile St. Louis where Berthillon reigns. Back from a six weeks retreat to work on my memoir (even a hermit has to eat dinner), I can report that snails are having a rousing revival and frog's legs are dancing...

October 27, 2003 | Winter Travel
Paris Review
You've already done the museum-and-monument marathon. On your next trip to Paris, rent an apartment, and give yourself time to stop and smell the farmhouse cheeses.

January 1, 2002 | Travel Feature
Barcelona Dine-A-Thon
Jose Ramon Andres has two passions, well, actually the Barcelona-raised chef of Jaleo in Washington D.C. bristles with irrepressible enthusiasms. So let's say, two grand passions: America and Cataluyna (not necessarily in that order.) A mutual friend asks him to email me a list of his Barcelona favorites for my winter retreat there. “I wish I could go along and show her My Barcelona.” The email says.

December 1, 1999 | Travel Feature
A Critic’s Passage to India
Six weeks leapfrogging about India. My emotions are always churning, whipped by a cascade of color and beauty, the amazing hospitality everywhere, the haunting pain and poverty, filth and frustration.

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