Seven Instagram Accounts to Inspire Your Next Culinary Trip

Ever since we unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants earlier this week, we’ve been planning our summer vacations and staycations. From eating adventures domestically and abroad in exotic locales or our own backyards, deliciousness awaits in the coming months. To help plot our and yours, we’ve rounded up seven Instagram accounts to inspire your next culinary trip.

 

Andrew Zimmern Pasta Nomad blogThe chef: Andrew Zimmern
He may be best known for his work with the Bizarre Foods franchise, but Zimmern doesn’t dabble solely in the extreme. There’s plenty of accessible and delicious food on his plate, in addition to the ultra-exotic. The three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher takes exquisite shots of his meals, most recently from New York’s The NoMad and Heyday in Minneapolis. If you’re road tripping across the US and find yourself near Kauffman Stadium in Missouri or Target Field in Minnesota, check his IG to see if AZ Canteen, Zimmern’s food truck, is open for business.

 

Dana Cowin IG Butterbean Salad at Butcher and Bee blog

 

The editor: Dana Cowin
They don’t call Dana Cowin the Food & Wine scout for nothing. Despite her spritely appearance, Cowin can down dishes with gourmands several times her size. Her enviable job takes her to the most delicious places, as she discovers the best new chefs, emerging cuisines, and forgotten traditions in and well beyond her New York stomping grounds.

 

 

Life and Thyme Golden Temple's kitchen blog

 

The publication: Life & Thyme
The folks at Life & Thyme truly think – and eat – globally. The new publication’s coverage spans the world and will make you want to expand your horizons (and your waistline). From coverage of authentic, old-school deli food at Wexler’s in Los Angeles to a look inside the free kitchen at Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar that feeds 10,000 people a day, you’ll be cashing in your frequent flier miles and packing your bags after a few views.

 

Anthony Bourdain Laksa blog

 

The TV personality: Anthony Bourdain
You can’t help but have wanderlust when you tune in to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – and neither can we. Whether he’s highlighting the people and food of Las Vegas or Lyon, Bourdain and his self-deprecating wit will inspire you to fearlessly explore the world and its many cuisines, near and far.

 

 

 

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The ex-pat: David Lebovitz
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and living the ex-pat life in Paris? (Duh! Of course you have!) Pastry chef David Lebovitz did just that in 1999. Since then, he’s written extensively about his life in the City of Lights and his cooking and dining explorations. If you’re jonesing for a jaunt on the Champs-Élysées in the coming months, his IG stream is required seeing.Continue Reading

2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America + 10 Most Instagrammable Outdoor Seating Areas

Summer travel season is almost here! Fire up your Google Maps app. Hit up Priceline for travel deals. And get ready to make the most or your vacation or staycation dining with a meal at one of the OpenTable 2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America! These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Highlighting restaurants in some of the nation’s most coveted vacation destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 15 states, and includes Frida’s in Lahaina, Hawaii, Geoffrey’s in Malibu, and The Turtle Club in Naples, Florida. Many of the restaurants are associated with picturesque resorts conceived to highlight the natural splendor of their surroundings or situated on prime spots in some of the country’s most beautiful coastal states. Come armed with your appetite and your phone; these restaurants are ready for their close-ups on your summer travel stream. Don’t believe us? Check out 10 of the most Instagrammable outdoor seating settings from this year’s honorees below.

 

The sunny state of California has 45 winning restaurants, followed by Florida with 18 and Hawaii with 17. Arizona has seven winning restaurants. Nevada and South Carolina have two winning restaurants apiece. Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia are also represented. American fare proves most popular among the winners; however, regional Californian and Hawaiian cuisines are also common, as is seafood.Continue Reading

Tweet of the Week: Win a Supreme Trip for Six!

Do you want to win a trip for six? Of course you do! So does @BrassyLibrarian, who shared her Vacation Supremacy giveaway entry tweet. Here’s the deal: You and five friends fly out to the destination of your choice, stay three nights in swank digs, and indulge in delicious food and drink, all courtesy of AirBnB, UrbanDaddy, and OpenTable. Entering is as easy as sharing your email address and zip code; you can increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest with friends. This will also probably increase your chances of getting invited on the trip if one of those friends wins! Read more here. Then, enter here through July 29, 2013!

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Ahoy, Foodies: Set Sail for ‘Top Chef: The Cruise’ in Spring 2013!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to mix and mingle with a cast of Top Chef celebrities this April!

Don’t miss the launch of the first-ever Top Chef: The Cruise in April 2013. Brought to you by Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves, and Rose Tours, come aboard the modern, luxurious Celebrity Constellation to spend quality time with the show’s judges and chefs on this culinary voyage of a lifetime.

Hosted by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, and featuring Top Chef Masters and past chef’testants, including Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro), Richard Blais (The Spence), Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry (Private Social), Chris Hanmer, Angelo Sosa (Social Eatz), Yigit Pura, Paul Qui, Hosea Rosenberg, Casey Thompson (Shinsei Restaurant), Fabio Viviani (Cafe Firenze), among others, the April 11-15, 2013, cruise will sail round trip from Miami, Florida, with stops in Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to savor events, such as interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, Top Chef menus and Celebrity’s own award-winning cuisine.

Learn more and book your reservations now!