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Janice Nieder

Janice Nieder
Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. Previously a specialty food consultant in NYC, Janice is currently a SF-based culinary tourism writer who has wined & dined her way through 80 countries

Indigo Pearl: 5-Star Luxurious Fun in Phuket, Thailand

After a ten minute drive from Phuket airport, heading towards Nai Yang Beach, down a dusty road lined with sleeping dogs and a few desultory shops and cafes, take a quick detour to enter the imaginative world of the Indigo Pearl, for a truly unique stay. If ever a hotel has earned bragging rights, this would be the one– racking …

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2,000 Tourism Delegates Visit 32nd ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vientiane, Laos

  The 32nd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Vientiane was held from 21st – 24th January 21-24, and it was standing room only. ATF is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, …

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Travel: Think Bellingham for the Best of the Pacific Northwest

Problem: When international visitors come to explore the incredible Pacific Northwest they usually run themselves ragged trying to fit in visits to Vancouver, Seattle, the beaches lining the Oregon coast and a few San Juan Islands. Solution: After spending an eye-opening week in Bellingham, WA. I was amazed to find that you could experience the very best of all the …

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A fab time in Macau – without stepping a foot in a casino

Bet you can have a FAB time in Macau without stepping foot in a casino. Don’t get me wrong. If you like to gamble then you’re absolutely in the right place. The gambling in Macau is simply off-the-hook. Macau’s 35th casino opened recently, the Sands Cotai Central, a mere $4.4 billion venture. Not really that shocking since Macau’s gambling revenues …

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Three Unforgettable Ecuadorian Experiences

Ecuador is an amazing country (about the size of Nevada) that proves the best things really do come in small packages. Its compact size means that in just a few hours you can be hiking on a snow-capped volcanic peak, exploring a rainforest with over 25,000 plant species and 1600 bird species or shopping for handicrafts in a colorful Inca …

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Cruising the Galapagos Islands Aboard the M/Y Grace

Since there are at least 60 other first-class ships cruising the Galapagos, selecting the right ship can be a daunting task. You can spend endless hour researching them all only to end up just crossing your fingers and hoping that you made the right pick. But having recently returned from what was truly was “the trip of a lifetime” may …

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Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and Krakow is constantly being touted as the “exciting new” Prague, Budapest and Berlin all rolled together… but for my zloty (Polish currency) the real darling of Poland is Wroclaw (loosely pronounced Vrote-Suave) the capital of Lower Silesia in southern Poland. Often referred to as the “Venice of Poland”, Wroclaw is made up of …

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24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

Normally I would be crazed trying to fit in all the restaurants I wanted to try in just one travel day, but that’s all the time I had to explore Warsaw’s culinary climate before heading back to the states. Thankfully, Poland must have been created with foodies in mind, since meals here consist of a very civilized: Breakfast Second Breakfast …

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Culture, Food and Adventure in Missoula, Montana, USA

I often get emails asking for suggestions on where to go for a foodie girlfriend trip or a fun-in-the-sun island getaway or a good destination spa for mother and daughters. My latest request was a toughie… where could four youngish single women go for their annual girlfriend getaway if half of them like culture, shopping and fine dining and the …

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Portland Provides the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Portland, Oregon, aka the “City of Roses” was in full bloom when my Mom, sister and I met up there last weekend…along with about 250,000 enthusiastic fans of their annual Rose Festival & Parade. It didn’t work so much for us. I think you have to be a local to really appreciate the endless number of floats or the Marching …

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