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A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle
Porridge with a spash of Irish whiskey

A multi-gen foodie heaven at Ireland’s Ashford Castle

The great food at Ashford Castle in Ireland is inspired by Lord Ardilaun, a scion of the Guinness family, who insisted on only the freshest and most varied of local produce, a tradition continued by new executive chef Philippe Farineau

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A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper – last day in Mexico
Giovanni Arredondo with two freshly caught snappers

A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper – last day in Mexico

Giovanni Arredondo holds up two huge Pargos—a kind of snapper—that had just been caught this morning, more than enough to feed the 10 of us.

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Fish fit for a king, or a snorkeler, at Jumby Bay, Antigua
Roast pig served up at beach BBQ dinner at Jumby Bay

Fish fit for a king, or a snorkeler, at Jumby Bay, Antigua

We’re at Jumby Bay on its own island just off the coast of Antigua--an all inclusive where the food isn’t like any other all inclusive I’ve seen—of course this is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

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At the Farm Institute on Martha’s Vineyard with the kiddie farmers
They learn about locally sourced food at a young age on Martha's Vineyard

At the Farm Institute on Martha’s Vineyard with the kiddie farmers

Kids learning about food at the Farm Institute on Martha's Vineyard, MA. These 180 acres at the edge of Edgartown has been farmed since the first Europeans arrived in the 17th Century and before that by the local Wampanoag.

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Tinker til you drop at San Francisco’s Exploratorium

Step right into the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium where you can tinker until you make lights go on and buzzers sound, make music on a musical bench or create a toothpick sculpture, inspired by the giant toothpick sculpture “Rolling Through the Bay.”

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In Aspen, kids playing with their food is encouraged!
All hands for pasta-making

In Aspen, kids playing with their food is encouraged!

Never were two boys more unlike one another than mine when it comes to cooking. My elder son, Tanner, age 8, abhors anything remotely culinary, while my younger, Brady, age 5, was all but born with an apron wrapped around his waist, a wooden stirring spoon in his hand. The consummate chef and critic.

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An unexpected find in Indianapolis – a foodie’s paradise
At the Indianapolis City Market

An unexpected find in Indianapolis – a foodie’s paradise

But what I didn’t expect to find on my visit to Indianapolis was a place of second and third acts in life—successful second and third acts. Local farmers markets (there’s one just outside the door certain days of the week) and city markets like this give you a chance to meet locals wherever you are vacationing.

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Good news: hotel industry is waking up to healthier kids menus
Hyatt Top Your Own Taco for Kids

Good news: hotel industry is waking up to healthier kids menus

In the past year, a growing number of hotel chains have revamped their kids’ menus to make them healthier with less fat and sugar as well as prepared with locally sourced foods. It’s terrific to see a travel industry contest that actually focuses on something families care about—healthier and better children’s menus--rather than giving them another toy or backpack they don’t need or want.

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