What originally began as a celebration of Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when the French military nearly doubled the size of Mexico’s, is now a celebration of the culture and history of Mexico itself. In fact, there are more Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States than in Mexico – while most large cities in the States have their own parades and festivities, only one state in Mexico, Puebla, celebrates the victory. And what’s not to celebrate? These parades and parties all feature brightly colored traditional dress, festive music and dancing, excellent Mexican food and even Chihuahua races and green chili cook-offs. For the five best cities in the United States to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, just clock this list.
If you have a hankering for spicy foods, few dishes provide more satisfaction than chicken wings. At the best restaurants across the nation, wings are slathered in sauces with names such as “Armegeddon,” “Death” and “Suicide.” But there’s more to the story than sauce to make your eyes water; the best spots have also mastered more unusual sauces made with the likes of pineapple and sriracha. And of course, the highest-quality wings are also typically deep-fried to perfection using the finest, freshest meat. Whether bone-in, boneless, super-spicy or mild, the wings in these standout cities are all but guaranteed to deliver flavors that kick – especially when ordered up very hot.
The thistledown of Italian cuisine has been blown across the planet on the winds of globalization, and Italian restaurants have sprung up in almost every country in the world. But, as is so often the case, what has evolved in places like the United States or United Kingdom can look rather odd to native eyes. Italian cooking itself is so diverse, with each of its 20 regions having a distinct base of ingredients and typical dishes. A journey around Italy is a great way to experience the true breadth and diversity of Italian cooking, whether it involves savouring Adriatic seafood in watery Venice, or enjoying the stocks of game found in the Tuscan hills.
Few items in the food world are as controversial as BBQ ribs. Locals from the nation’s top cities for BBQ will debate at length about whether beef or pork provides a better base meat, or if dry rubs or sauce make for the superior dressing. And don’t even get people started on the best ingredients for that sauce, which can range from vinegar and mustard to molasses and tomato. One thing all the cities on our list of best rib spots share is a commitment to doing it the way they know best, whether it’s in a traditional style rooted in generations of preparation (Memphis, Kansas City, Austin, Charleston), or a melting-pot mix of various styles from around the world (Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago). In any case, the ribs promise to satisfy. Just make sure you don’t wear white.
Australia’s vast wilderness, relieved by a handful of vibrant modern metropolises, is one of the world’s great travel destinations, containing an immense diversity of cultures and climates, tastes and terrain for wanderers to explore. This two-week itinerary winds its way up the country’s east coast, taking in cities such as Sydney and Brisbane, sojourning in the sun-drenched Whitsunday Islands, and finishing in the great wild worlds of reef and rainforest that surround and enclose the city of Cairns. This is an unforgettable trip, encompassing almost 3000 km and some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
A lot of people have different associations with beer and what beer can represents. It is one of the oldest beverages in the history of the world, with roots that trace back to 9500 BC, but the sound of a tall can cracked open on a sweltering summer day seems like it doesn’t belong to a place or a time, only a moment. Some beers are better than others and some places are better for it – when the topography is right and a beer-swilling culture is cultivated, a collective taste for it is finessed. Beer is a golden relief and a field of academia; it’s also an expensive hobby and a bonding experience. Why not turn it into a trip? Check out these ten best American cities for beer.
Las Vegas is one of the top three entertainment districts in America, so, uh, yeah, it has comedy. From newbie performers to comedy legends, everybody hits the Strip at least once, and if the city approves, then they stay longer. Bad comedy is one of the most agonizing experiences to sit through, but luckily, with these Vegas mainstays, that won’t be necessary.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to see the world, to gain insight both into its different cultures and into its immense natural diversity. It enables travelers to get beneath the skin of a country, to see places and meet people far removed from the usual tourist routes. All this while putting their energies into something about which they are passionate, whether it’s supporting children, teaching languages or sport, educating on health, working on construction projects, or helping with the conservation of a country’s invaluable natural world. Here we’ve gathered together 10 countries which offer particularly incredible voluntary opportunities, criss-crossing the world from Peru to Thailand.
No trip is the same, but the most expensive travel destinations will not surprise: small Scandinavian cities like Copenhagen and Oslo are still more costly than almost anywhere; New York still costs an arm and a leg. There’s more: anywhere that has ever effectively colonized the world is probably going to cost a pretty ha’penny; anywhere Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Orwell have all been “down and out” around the same time that a global fine dining guide was being published is still going to draw tourists every month of the year; and anywhere that has built an entire economy around tourism is going to be competitive. For the ten most expensive travel destinations, read on.
On a map, the Acadian Peninsula kind of looks like an angel wing. Hanging off of the province of New Brunswick, there’s a tiny set of islands that form a slight curvature bordering the southern coast of Baie des Chaleurs. The municipalities that form the Acadian Peninsula include Tracadie-Sheila, Caraquet, Shippagan and Lamèque. Not only is the peninsula a fantastic place for food tourists (its coastline offers excellent, fresh seafood and the Canadian and regional culture inform a unique cuisine style), but it’s also just an interesting slice of Canadian culture.