PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Iceland

My Top 5 Bites in Iceland (described in 3 words)!

We spent my birthday week exploring southern Iceland, from the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon to the steaming geysers of the Golden Circle and Reykjavik’s charming downtown sprawl. We even stayed in a bubble tent one night and were lucky enough to catch the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Along the way, we ate exotic meats and local specialties, with our favorites highlighted below.

 

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#5 — Icelandic Cheese Platter: Diverse. Epic. Hyper-local.
at Lava Restaurant, Blue Lagoon

 

 

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#4 — Beef Tenderloin: Sumptuous. Hearty. Silky.
at Moss Restaurant, Blue Lagoon

 

 

 

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#3 — Rock Shrimp Tempura: Crispy. Spicy. Satisfying.
at FISH MRKT, Reykjavik

 

 

 

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#2 — Arctic Char Sushi: Fresh. Fatty. Light.
at Spa Restaurant, The Retreat Hotel

 

 

 

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#1 — Langoustine: Creamy. Garlicky. Succulent.
at ROK, Reykjavik

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PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Texas

 

My Top 5 Bites in Texas (described in 3 words)!

For our summer vacation this year we decided to take a road trip through Texas. We started in Dallas and ended in Austin, with stops in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco along the way. The heat was otherworldly, hitting a record 109 degrees during the Texas Rangers baseball game we attended. We met the owner of Vitek’s BBQ in Waco, and while we didn’t find a family connection to my husband’s Vitek side, we took some T-shirts back home to his family. We enjoyed wine tasting all over the state and filled up on plenty of the standard barbecue and Tex-Mex fare, but also leapt out of our comfort zone with a few local delicacies like antelope, elk, and a bacon-wrapped hot dog. Here are our favorite eats in the great state of Texas.

 

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#5 — Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage: Spicy. Herbaceous. Unique.
at Lonesome Dove Bistro, Fort Worth

 

 

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#4 — Famous Gut Pack: Hearty. Saucy. Flavorful.
at Vitek’s BBQ, Waco

 

 

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#3 — Pork Picoso Tamales: Sizeable. Fiery. Meaty.
at Mi Cocina, Fort Worth

 

 

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#2 — Green Chile Pork Taco: Well-constructed. Jam-packed. Fresh.
at Torchy’s Tacos, Austin

 

 

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#1 — Buffalo Filet Mignon: Crusted. Lean. Tender.
at Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Dallas

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Charleston

 

My Top 5 Bites in Charleston, South Carolina (described in 3 words)!

My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this year by road tripping around Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. With only one night in Savannah, we didn’t have too many opportunities to eat, but our favorite was dinner at the historic Olde Pink House. Along backroads we found local breweries, beach shacks serving Lowcountry cuisine, and much more. This list is dedicated to all the rich, sumptuous Southern food we savored in the lovely city of Charleston — and trust me, it was difficult narrowing it down to only five dishes!

 

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#5 — Frogmore Stew: Steamy. Succulent. Hands-on.
at Bowens Island Restaurant

 

 

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#4 — Local Clams Stuffed with Deviled Crab: Creamy. Juicy. Spicy.
at McCrady’s Tavern

 

 

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#3 — Chopped Brisket Sandwich: Tender. Smoky. Vinegary.
at Home Team BBQ

 

 

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#2 — Ricotta Gnocchi alla Bolognese: Pillowy. Meaty. Saucy.
at FIG

 

 

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#1 — Sunrise Shrimp & Grits: Packed. With. Flavor.
at Poogan’s Porch