I love to explore a place through its cuisine. Food is both such a personal and cultural experience that can teach you as much about a place as it can the people. 

13 Traditional Christmas Dinners from Around the World

You thought you were bad at Thanksgiving? That feast is really just the amuse bouche to all the holiday eating that goes down at the end of the year. After all, the month of December is pretty much stuffed with events where we stuff our face. And let's face it, all the holiday parties, festive happy hours, appetizer-fueled functions and events, and awkward office parties with little plates full of sweet and savory treats all lead up to the main event -- Christmas dinner.
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That Time the Florida Keys Tried to Secede from the US by Dropping Conch Fritter Bombs

"We were the point of least resistance, or so they thought!" former Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow guffaws to me over the phone. "They didn't anticipate the publicity—or what was going to happen." In all fairness, neither had he. America's most famous food fight was a perfectly planned PR stunt with both national and international buzz—except it wasn't planned and there were no PR consultants. Wardlow had opened his mouth and the words had leapt out: The Florida Keys would secede from the United States of America in protest against the government.

7 Foods That Can Help Save the World

If you’ve kept your eye on the news since 45’s inauguration, it’s frighteningly obvious the environment needs our help more than ever. From calling climate change a hoax to massive budget cuts for environmental agencies and programs, green-lighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and asking the EPA to reconsider the Clean Water Act, we, as individuals, might just be the last line of defense. For those of us hungry for change, there’s a few ways we can eat our way to a better world—or at least try.

A Guide To Upstate New York's Cider Industry: Your (Year-Round) Alternative To Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest can be a lonely and green-eyed time for those of us who can’t enjoy most beer. It’s a yeasty, foamy, full-bodied celebration that usually comes with sides of brats, pretzels, and other gluten-containing bites. In the gluten-free world, there’s really no comparison. But, would you believe me if I said I found something better—and year-round? Photos and words by Katherine Alex Beaven

Aruba: Gem of the Caribbean

I’ll be honest with you: I am not a tropical island person. I am not one of those travelers who picks vacation destinations based on the number of palm trees dotting the landscape or how promising the UV index looks. I don’t enjoy tanning, sitting in a beach lounger all day, or never leaving the hotel (but if that’s your bag, you certainly can do all of those things in Aruba, and do them well).Photos and words by Katherine Alex Beaven

A Guide To the Yucatan Peninsula

If you’re going to celebrate anything this Cinco de Mayo, it should be that Mexican is a seriously gluten-free-friendly cuisine. With core ingredients like corn, meats, vegetables, and flourless sauces, we’ve finally got a solid selection to pick through on the menu! So, pack your sunglasses and SPF, and let’s head down to the Yucatan Peninsula where you can find your perfect party, swim with sea turtles, climb ancient ruins, and restore your mind, body, and tan. Photos and words by Katherine Alex Beaven

Things I Never Thought I'd Eat On My Travels -- But Did

We were on aviary duty, shoving our hands nearly elbow deep into plastic bags filled with large, frozen, winged termites. We grabbed the insects by the fistful, cupping them in our hands like snow, applying pressure to defrost them to feed to the birds. The delicate wings, and probably some legs, broke off and stuck to my fingers and palms; I was wearing defrosted termite gloves. And then, the volunteer named Erin told me to eat one of the frozen bugs. I thought she was joking until she popped one in her mouth, smiling.

13 Traditional Christmas Dinners from Around the World

You thought you were bad at Thanksgiving? That feast is really just the amuse bouche to all the holiday eating that goes down at the end of the year. After all, the month of December is pretty much stuffed with events where we stuff our face. And let's face it, all the holiday parties, festive happy hours, appetizer-fueled functions and events, and awkward office parties with little plates full of sweet and savory treats all lead up to the main event -- Christmas dinner.
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