Are fresh Greek yogurt shops ready to spread across the U.S.?

I’m forever thankful to the writer of the Lonely Planet Athens guide for introducing us to Fresko, a fresh Greek yogurt shop located on Dionysiou Areopagitou between the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate, during our trip to Athens this winter. We had just left the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and, after being mesmerized by the history... Read more »

8 reasons to visit Athens, Greece in the winter

A lot of times, when you picture a Greek vacation, it’s easy to conjure up images of people soaking in the sun on the Greek Islands or seeing the sunlight glint off of the startling white domed roofs of homes in Santorini. I’d say you probably don’t think if people bundled up, eating at cozy... Read more »

Six ways to save cellular data during international travel

At the end of December, my family headed to Europe for a family holiday. Like usual, we switched to an international cellular data plan so we wouldn’t incur exorbitant data charges when using our iPhones there. Since we knew we’d be spending a few days driving through Greece, and glued to Google Maps and Waze... Read more »
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The popularity of licorice in Europe - Or, why I always stock up on it when I travel abroad

If I had to choose one European city to visit just to eat its local treats, it would have to be Amsterdam. Not for Dutch pancakes or even stroopwafel. No, it would be just for the licorice (or drop). For me, even a Dutch supermarket is a gourmet delight. All I need to do is... Read more »

Historic Route 66 starts and ends in Chicago - Find the landmark signs in the city's Loop neighborhood

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Afternoon snack times around the world - fika, goûter, merenda, la merienda and more

On a recent trip to New York City, I stopped dead in my tracks as I made my way past shop after shop and café after café on the Upper West Side. What caught my attention? One bold word hung at the top of the doorway of a café: FIKA. That’s all it took. One word... Read more »
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Wearing high heels through airport security: Why you still need to take off your shoes in TSA PreCheck

It’s hard for me to suppress the laughing smile on my face whenever I walk by the huge TSA PreCheck advertisement in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The sign hangs right along the path that beckons travelers towards the TSA PreCheck line at the far end of Terminal 1. It encourages travelers to sign up for... Read more »

Perfume in Rome: How one scent instantly transports me back to the Italian capital

Today, when I think of Rome, I think of one very distinctive, utterly forgettable scent. Not the scent of a steaming slice of pizza. Not the scent of a perfectly crafted macchiato. Not the scent of tourists traipsing over ruins. But, the scent of the perfume that wafted up the stairway of the apartment where... Read more »

Comfort foods around the world: As shared by moms from countries across the globe

Whenever I was sick as a child, my mom would make a big batch of matzo ball soup. And, she hasn’t stopped yet. I’ll never forget when I told my mom I wasn’t feeling well when I was pregnant with my first child. Hours later she was on my doorstep with a large metallic soup... Read more »
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French illustrator Yann Legendre sets artistic tone for Lycée French Market: Designs 8th Poster for the Annual Holiday Market

For more than a decade, Chicagoans have started their holiday shopping à la française with a trip to the Lycée French Market. The market’s mix of high quality French goods and foods, enjoyed while listening to the sounds of French music and conversation, is what makes it one of the most unique holiday shopping experiences... Read more »