The thread from last week about all of our favorite regional foods makes me smile SO BIG. It is incredible how diverse our cuisine is across the country thanks in large part to immigration patterns. If you haven’t checked it out and added your own, please do! It is such a fun read.
My husband George and I are headed to British Columbia for our ten year anniversary in a week, and I’ve been asking my Instagram followers for tips on where to eat and what to do. I’m so lucky to have thousands of people to ask for advice any time I travel… so I thought I’d open that up here and see if we can all help each other out! Crowd-sourced tips are the best!
Here’s what to do:
If you’re traveling some place new and need advice on where to eat / what to do, ask below!
Scroll through and see if you have any tips for any of the places people list!
If you have tips for a popular summer vacation spot, go ahead and list them below!
I’ll start by adding some of mine in the thread!
CARMEL, CA // eat at: The Bench at Pebble Beach for the views and good food, Stationaery for breakfast or lunch, La Balena (get a table on the back porch) for a romantic Italian meal, 7th and Dolores for something kinda fancy and great cocktails.
YOU GUYS LOOK WHAT NICOLE (a what to cooker!) MADE!!!!!
A document consolidating all recs!!!!!
BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC // I highly recommend getting a pass to one of the clubs for the week! BHI Club has an AMAZING pool and splash pad for the kid's -- like water park style! Shoals Club has a plain ole pool BUT it's right on the beach and they'll set up your beach chairs for you! BHI Club also has better food.
GREENVILLE, SC // a dreamy mountain town tucked in the foothills of the blue ridge mtns //
methodical coffee - best coffee in town
swamp rabbit grocery - local food cafe with coffee and pastries
asada - mission-style mexican
mekong - great vietnamese
community tap - wine and beer to go or to stay
auto taco - great chips and guac. get the VEGAN BRUSSLES (brussels with kimchi on top!)
bar margaret - great drink/snack spot
coastal crust - buzzy pizza joint in arts district
pita house - great middle eastern food, take to nearby grateful brew to enjoy with beer
tandem - great creperie with the best waffle of my life
sidewall pizza - thin-crust pizza and great salads
walk the swamp rabbit trail
visit the shop 'we took to the woods'
go to the free art museum downtown
visit the children's music
go to unity park (there's a splashpad!)
While in BC, if you’re going to Vancouver Island, check out Red Fish Blue Fish on the harbour in Victoria. A couple of converted shipping containers, no seating other than a few picnic benches and against the rails, great view and EXCELLENT food. Highly recommended to us and now highly recommended by us!
LAKE TAHOE (in August): work trip Tuesday - Thursday at the Ritz in Truckee. My husband may come out for the weekend, so looking for activities and restaurants!
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Turkey and the Wolf - quirky sandwiches don’t sleep on the collard green melt
Molly’s Rise & Shine - breakfast get the grand slam mcmuffin
Nor-Joe’s - muffelatas
Dian Xin - to die for Asian food in the French Quarter. No reservations first come first serve
Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco
Paladar 511 delicious Italian type food
Elysian Bar at Hotel Peter & Paul great drinks and food
Meril - Emeril restaurant. STAPLE for Saints games
Bar Marilou - eclectic lounge with great small plates and drinks
Josephine Estelle - homemade pastas
Cochon (sit down) & Cochon Butcher (sandwich counter)
Saffron - best Indian food
Nomiya - ramen
Tsunami or Rock n Sake - sushi
La Boca Steakhouse - Argentinian steakhouse. You get to choose your own knife so makes you feel fancy. Get the tasting menu. Best value for your dollar and you don’t leave hungry. Gnocchi are heavenly pillows!
Would love recommendations for Asheville NC. Going there this weekend for a quick getaway.
Tips for San Diego (by the airport)
We are spending 10 days in Ireland in September - road-tripping and in a different city/town each night… what should we eat and see?
Two lights lobster shack in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Steve and Cookies by the bay in Margate, NJ
PHILADELPHIA // Headed there for the first time this weekend. Staying in Center City. Looking for kid friendly recommendations while we do all the touristy stuff. We’re going with h vaxxed kiddos so we prefer outdoor dining but not sure if that’s too much to ask
Looking for recommendations in Barcelona and Madrid!
Tips for Seattle, WA in the summer
Old Town Alexandria just outside of DC.
Blackwall Hitch- crab cakes! And the sandwich version too. Other things are good too but I always get the crab cake sandwich. Cool location and decor
Pops for ice cream! They’re the best
Goodies for Wisconsin style custard- bring cash.
Haute Dog for easy lunch- hot dogs, various sausages, sliders
Barca- if you want to eat right along the river. Always busy so try for a reservation but you can also sit up by the wine bar and have a great view still! Small plates and delish
Sonoma Cellar- wine bar. Good food too! Cute back patio
Cafe 44- brunch! Sit outside for a cool view. Reservations recommended.
PHOENIX, AZ // heading to see my grandparents who are in their 80s and 90s - would love some current recs and kid friendly!
PORTUGAL (please) - Porto, Douro Valley, Nazare, Cascais and Lisbon!
WASHINGTON DC (by the conference center): Heading to DC later this month for a conference. I’ll be sticking close to the conference center and I’ve already got plans for Succotash, Nino’s Bakery, Le Diplomate, and Jaleo. Any other great spots or bakeries to check out?
BOZEMAN & LIVINGSTON MT /// Would so appreciate recommendations (food, hiking & activities)!! Spending a week at a rental house between the two towns!
Salzburg, Austria recs?!!
We’re getting a weekend away (kid free) in NYC for a weekend! We need an early dinner rec and some fun stuff to do in the city in August!
Going on a delayed honeymoon in September! Would LOVE any recs for Florence, Venice, or Tuscany/Wine country!
We'll be traveling to Milwaukee, Madison, Racine and La Crosse Wisconsin, as well as Minneapolis/St Paul later this summer and would appreciate ideas for places to eat.
Looking for fun restaurants For a 16 year old girl in paris this summer. Her first time there. Thinking cafe de Flore, LouLou, Christian Dior cafe ..
Would love recs for Miami!
Nashville - we have an Airbnb in downtown. Happy to provide our favorite places there.
Kauai anybody? Heading there for my honeymoon next week and have some resos, but looking for more casual spots. Food trucks, lunch places, breakfast etc. thank you!
Traveling to Idaho, just over the state line from Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2 weeks! Visiting the Tetons and hopefully Yellowstone if they reopen. any recs are welcome but especially any for good coffee!
Tips for East Bay please, the Oakland side of San Francisco . . . .
South of France/Provence: staying in Bonnieux, St Tropez and Antibes. Looking for recs for places to eat, wineries to visit, things to do. Etc.
I’m traveling to Boston, Nantucket, and Newport RI this summer! Would love recommendations for must-dos there!!!
Anyone have any recs for Montreal and/or Quebec City.
Anyone have any Santa Barbara dinner recommendations with a toddler?
Cleveland, Ohio, near Little Italy, anyone?
Ann Arbor, MI, anyone?
Tulsa, OK, anyone?
PORTLAND, OR // eat: Screen Door (brunch or dinner), Mucca Osteria, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Andina, Luce, Kachka, Coquine, Nostrana, Jacqueline, Bamboo Sushi, Matt's BBQ Tacos, Viking Soul Food (food cart). Snacks/Coffee/Lunch: Kure, Saint Honoré, Elephant's, Heart Coffee, Salt N' Straw and Fifty Licks for Ice Cream
Wine Country Near PORTLAND, OR// Rosmarino in Newberg and Cuvée in Carlton
Hi all! Any recs for Boise, ID? We are visiting my brother there, so he knows the area well, but wondering if there is anywhere we should definitely go. Thanks!
Would love any Hilton Head recs!! Going next week for work/play. Thanks so much!
Any Maine recs? Portland/Bar Harbor/Acadia or anywhere on the road in between. Could have sworn there was a feed on this earlier in the week but now I don't see it.
NASHVILLE! Give me your must-trys!!! Vacationing there next week!
BERKSHIRES/Pittsfield, MA area - going in July with kids.
Tips for Portugal please- Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, and Coimbra ! Heading there this weekend!🎉😍
Would love Berlin recommendations! Places to eat (ideally more casual/lunch — we already have some dinners planned!), places to drink great coffee, things to do :-)
Paris Recs- so many options...want to be where the locals are!!
If you’re in Boston or en route to Cape Cod, travel to Duxbury, MA to the Island Creek Oysters raw bar!!!
ST. PETERSBURG / TAMPA, FL
I am moving to St. Pete from NC and am not familiar with the area. Any recommendations for restaurants/bars/cool spots appreciated! Thanks!
Would love any recs for Paso Robles, CA, thanks!
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM AND BEAUNE, FRANCE: we are planning a trip in late summer and I would love restaurant recs. Also hitting up London and Paris, but those places have many more resources for good food!