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TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Eva Baczynska from Travelle.

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Current city: New York City

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 42

What makes you interesting: I was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, by Polish parents, yet I was raised as an expat. I went to American and British schools before moving to London, Boston and Oxford to continue my education abroad. Many of my friends and I speak English to each other and are currently sprinkled across the world.

What brands do you love: I love Hermes for the incredible quality of craftsmanship. Apple for the innovation and trend setting in how we relate to everyday devices we can’t imagine living without. Saint Laurent for the way they manage to merge elegance with edge.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: My Mophie Powerstation Mini. It charges every device I own and saves me during long days away from my hotel room.

What is your favorite app to use during your travels: As simplistic as this sounds, Google Maps. This app helps me place myself in a new city, find a nearby coffee shop, and assess if my next meeting is walking distance or if I should order an Uber,  my second favorite app.

What is your most favorite travel memory: Horseback riding in Urubamba, Peru with two Quechua-speaking guides and not a trace of humanity in sight. I spent over 9 hours exploring the area on a beautiful stallion called Principe whose temperament and speed added to the adventure.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: There simply isn’t anything like taking a train. You get to relax, read, enjoy the view out the window and the café car is a short stroll away if you get the sudden munchies.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Amsterdam. I would say I’m orderly quirky, tend to think in a strategic and organized way, but I surprise people with how odd my sense of humor is and how much of a romantic I am. I feel like Amsterdam manages to combine good city planning and functionality with character. And if you take a random turn, you may be in for an adventure you didn’t expect!

Most magical place on earth: Your mind can transport you anywhere, real or imaginary. I think if you can absorb whatever place you find yourself in or a location you’d love to visit, and appreciate its magic, you always carry that with you. See, the romance comes out again!

Next travel destination: My next big trip will be to Cape Town in South Africa. I’m in the process of planning a New Year’s getaway with a group of friends. We will be arriving from Poland, Mexico, Portugal and several cities in the U.S. Between now and then, I will be visiting Miami, LA, London and Warsaw for business and pleasure, or what we commonly refer to as “bleisure” these days!

Travel Trends for the Epicurean: 5 of the Hottest Food Festivals to Visit Around the World

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By: Lauren Durden

Details on the best food festivals worldwide.

Epicurean Twippers are known for their love of all things culinary – from the pursuit of the next great bite to the search for that special ingredient. They wholeheartedly celebrate food holidays, seek out farmer’s markets when traveling and take snaps of their plates to add to their stacks of photos from their travels. Sound familiar? You may be an Epicurean Twipper yourself.

While celebrating food holidays may be fun enough, food festivals offer days of delectable treats, meet and greets with culinary celebrities and a peek into the culinary traditions of different cities and countries around the world. You may know of the New York City Wine and Food Festival or La Tomatina in Spain, but what about a festival dedicated to truffles, or one all about hot chicken? These five food related festivals are TWIP’s  picks for some of the best culinary celebrations our Epicurean Twippers can visit on their next travels. Don’t forget to mark your calendars!

LuckyRice Festivals

The LuckyRice Festival celebrates the cuisines and cultures of Asia through a gastronomic lens.Originally the festival began in New York City, but the tastings, dinners and culinary events surrounding the festival have also recently spread to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Toronto.

With big culinary names like Anita Lo, David Chang, Masaharu Morimoto and Sang Yoon on their culinary council, festival attendees know they are in for a treat. Guests of the festival can learn the proper slurping technique at LuckyRice’s ramen Slurpfest or enjoying a cocktail inspired by Asian ingredients at the Moon Festival Cocktail Feast, among other events. Events are now ongoing throughout each city.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

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While fried chicken has always been a much loved dish, hot chicken is a regional specialty of Nashville that has been steadily gaining national popularity. Hot chicken is made by frying chicken, then saucing it with a spicy paste made with cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic, brown sugar and paprika to give it a special kick and serving it over a slice of white bread with pickles atop the chicken.

The festival, which takes place every 4th of July in Nashville, is free to the public and offers festival attendees free samples of hot chicken, endless vendors of hot chicken, beer, a parade and even an amateur hot chicken cook off.

Acqualagna Truffle Festival

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Though Acqualagna is home to both a Black Truffle Festival and White Truffle Festival, it is the National Truffle Festival in late October through early November that the town is known for worldwide. For two weeks in fall, the luxurious and delicious tuber is celebrated for its importance to the Marche region surrounding Acqualagna. The Marche region produces two-thirds of Italy’s annual crop of truffles, with more than four varieties found throughout the area.

During the festival, the small town of Acqualanga bursts with visitors and vendors alike. Guests can peruse vendors offering truffle tastings, classes to learn more about the elusive treat, food stalls and art exhibitions. If travelers are a bit more adventurous, they can even tag along on a truffle hunt, for a fee.

Fête de Vendanges de Montmartre

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Many visitors of Paris visit the city without ever knowing their close proximity to a vineyard. The butte de Montmartre, where the beautiful Sacre Coeur cathedral sits, is surrounded by more than 1,200 grape vines and plays host to the Fête de Vendanges de Montmartre, or the harvest feast of Montmartre, during the first days of October each year.

The festival includes a week of events featuring visits to the vineyards on the sloping hillsides of Montmartre, a parade, talks on food sustainability and preservation of traditional methods of winemaking, and over 100 food and wine stalls for guests to taste the fares of the local Parisian vendors.

Tales of the Cocktail

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For those that are serious students of the bar, the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans offers cerebral, informative boozy events for attendees who are more obsessed with bitters than baking.

The five day festival began in 2003 as the art of crafting a cocktail had begun to sweep throughout the United States. Today, the festival brings together some of the best mixologists, bartenders, distillers and purveyors of all things related to liberal libations to show off their skills and fares. There are tastings, distillery and cocktail tours, and opportunities to learn more about everything from the latest garnish trends to the history of the daiquiri. The festival culminates with the Spirited Awards, which crowns the best mixologists, bars, brands, writers and spirits in the industry – and gives guests a sneak peek into upcoming trends and which bars and restaurants they should be visiting in the coming year.

 

Brittany Harris: Creator of VOYAGE Swimwear

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At the vibrant age of 10, Brittany was lucky enough to have seen some of the world’s most remote places alongside her grandparents during their 5-year voyage around the globe. This experience transformed her; leaving her full of wanderlust. Fast-forward some years later, Brittany was able to call many corners of the globe home – from Caracas, New York, Miami, Milan to Shanghai. In 2010, she established VOYAGE Swimwear in her hometown of Palm Beach, Florida. VOYAGE Swimwear is a luxury swimwear brand that embodies the spirit of adventure and traveling. VOYAGE aims to incorporate vibrant map prints and intricate details to accompany the trendy wanderers on their journey around the globe.

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Since 2010, Voyage Swimwear has made quite a splash in China’s very own fashion capital, Shanghai. The collection quickly became a staple in the Four Seasons Hotel, and was even mentioned in Forbes travel guide as a place to shop in Shanghai. Today, you can find the Voyage Swimwear collection in Four Seasons Hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Macao, and even Mumbai. Currently, Brittany has plans to further expand the brand as well as draw more inspiration from the empire state of mind that is New York City.

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