Belgian Beer Tours: What’s It Like to Take One and Is It Worth It?

During my PlacePass beer tour of Brussels, my tour guide Simon had no qualms about telling us, a group of Americans, exactly what he thought of American beer. He was the leader of a two and a half hour long beer tasting tour in Brussels, and he was certainly proud of his country’s beer heritage. After being assured that American …

Classic Southern BBQ: Who Invented Barbecue?

Barbecue may have become an American favorite, but few people know the origins of this beloved national food. Some people claim the term BBQ arose when roadhouses and beer halls with pool tables advertised “bar, beer, and cues,” a phrase which was eventually shortened to BBCue and then BBQ. Others assert that the phrase came in to being when French …

Guide to Cajun Cooking: Eatin’ Well in N’awlins

Cajun country is well known for its fearsome alligators, endless bayous, and jovial music. Ask any Cajun, and he or she will tell you the key to the easygoing spirit of the region is the hearty enjoyment of good food. Here’s a quick guide to Cajun cooking to get you started: 1. Gumbo The most famous Cajun dish, gumbo, consists …

Da Vinci Vineyard: How to Take a Tour of La Vigna di Leonardo

  “Prego, prego,” my tour guide said, motioning for the group to follow her along the tour route of La Vigna di Leonardo. As the tour commenced, I noticed that our guide kept calling the great artist and former owner, Leonardo da Vinci, “Leonardo,” which threw me off. Maybe that’s what people call him here, but it felt to me …

Singapore Dishes: Top Five Dishes to Sample

Primarily recognized as a financial hub, Singapore is an incredibly diverse country. Its population is descended from a variety of regions, including China, Malaysia, India, and Eurasia — so its not surprising that such a rich mix of cultures gives rise to some great cuisine. In Singapore, you can find a vast array of flavors to satisfy any epicurean fancy. Below is a just …

The One Chocolate Festival Chocolate Lovers Can’t Miss

There are a lot of reasons to visit Paris. This picturesque city is full of impressive museums, famous cathedrals, beautiful gardens and countless other must-see attractions. However, one of the best reasons to visit any new city is for the food. For those of you with a sweet tooth, Paris is the place to be. It’s a well-known fact that crêpes, …

Meat Lovers, Meet Croatian Food

Meat lovers are spoiled for choice in Croatia. Although Croatian food varies by region, with strong Italian influences in Istria and an emphasis on seafood in Dalmatia, visitors to Zagreb and its surrounding areas will find most Croatian menus dominated by meat — from lamb to pork, and from duck to veal. Here’s a short list of our favorite meaty meals: …

The Grove Farmers Market: Everything You Need to Know

By: Caroline Tsai, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer Are you a die-hard farmers market aficionado? Do you love fresh fruits and veggies? Are you going to LA any time soon? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you must visit The Grove Farmers Market!  What’s so special about The Grove Farmers Market, anyway? The Grove is an upscale …

Downtown NYC: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Treasures of Greenwich Village

This piece on downtown NYC is part of the PlacePass Hometown series, where we feature the hometowns of our employees. Natalia from the PlacePass marketing team calls NYC home.  It’s hard to think of a more perfect place for an afternoon stroll in downtown NYC than Greenwich Village. A paragon of cosmopolitan diversity, the Village truly has something for everyone. It was …

Best of Hawaii

Learn to surf or just wipe out big time at Waikiki Beach, where the gentle rollers make every wave a party wave.