If there is one aroma that unifies Liguria—the region that arcs along Italy’s northwestern coast, joining France to Italy, Alps to sea—it’s Genovese basil.

In the “bean belt” looping Africa, Asia, and the Americas, coffee provides more than a jolt—it’s an economic lifeline and a cultural bedrock. Coffee buyer Kim Elena Ionescu’s hunt for the planet’s best beans has taken her from Bolivia to Ethiopia. Steeped in ritual, her adventures are anything but stale. Here are some of the highlights.

Hoping to witness democracy in action in D.C.? Head to Union Market, a new seat of culinary power northeast of the U.S. Capitol that’s as much of a throwback as it is progressive. Here in an up-and-coming neighborhood known as NoMA, what was once a gloomy warehouse has been transformed into a bright gathering place.

It’s fish boil time on Wisconsin’s scenic Door Peninsula. Like its cousin, the New England clambake, the tradition grew out of a community coming together to celebrate local bounty. Poaching the day’s catch with potatoes was a custom brought over by the region’s Scandinavian settlers and no doubt sustained many a soul on these rocky, wind-whipped shores. Here’s where to sample the best fish boil in Wisconsin.

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

Food and travel go together like, well, forks and knives. If you love good #TripLit as much as you enjoy good food, here are five delectable reads from around the world to add to your list.

Step into any tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, and you’ll know instantly: This isn’t Napa. While Northern California’s famous wine town has a reputation for aloofness and occasional haughtiness, Santa Barbara’s approach is distinctly SoCal.

As 20th-century jobs shifted from farms to factories in the American South, barbecue pit masters moved to cities like Memphis, Tennessee, where they worked more quickly, smoking smaller cuts of meat in handmade oil drum grills and brick barbecue pits. In the process, says Lolis Elie, author of SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, “the styles of barbecue now associated with Memphis emerged: shoulder sandwiches and rib racks.” Here are the best places to grab a taste.

Generations of “lobsta” families form the backbone of villages dotting Maine’s rugged coast, where they haul traps in the cold Atlantic waters. The good news? The Marine Stewardship Council has certified Maine lobster as among only 10 percent of fisheries worldwide that are sustainable.

Bordeaux, my French family’s hometown, revolves around the seasons of wine. Harvest. Dormancy. Budbreak. Ripening. And whatever the season, there’s always some wine-related party, festival, or “open house” event going on in and around town. Here’s my list of the top yearly wine events, all within an hour’s drive of the city.

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. With warm-weather wanderlust upon us, we asked our Facebook fans to give us the inside scoop on their city’s signature dish, and where to go if you want to try it for yourself. Here’s what they had to say.

On warm evenings, Rome’s locals stroll the cobblestoned streets, cones and cups in hand. About 2,000 gelaterias exist in Rome. Most use additives, thickeners, and synthetic flavors–yes, even those that call themselves artigianale (artisanal). Here’s where to get the good stuff.

Like a fine wine, Australia’s Barossa Valley is aged perfection. An hour north of Adelaide, wineries here are housed in sandstone cottages built circa 1860, and multigenerational families still use Old World techniques and fruit from century-old vines planted in the shadow of ancient gum trees.

When someone mentions ramen, you probably think of those store-bought dried noodles you bring to life with boiling water and a packet of spices.

In Tokyo, ramen noodle soup is not fast food; it’s an art form.

U.S. Highway 101 stretches 300 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara, roughly tracing a footpath of 1760s Spanish explorers and connecting the 21 missions they founded. You’ll want to set aside at least three days to do this region justice–especially if you’re a oenophile. Here’s some insider intel to help you navigate this fertile zone.

Whether you’re a traditionalist or in search of a modern take on Montreal’s culinary landscape this winter, here are seven ways to get a taste for this vibrant French-Canadian city.

As dawn breaks in Paris, doughy smells permeate the air, and locals line up at neighborhood boulangeries for freshly baked croissants to enjoy alongside their morning coffee–and as an afternoon goûter, or snack. These yeast-leavened pastries from Vienna—known there as viennoiseries—reportedly arrived in France in the 18th century when Queen Marie Antoinette, originally from Austria, introduced them…

From strolling around Fitzgerald Park to ringing the famous bells of Shandon, Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe found a great variety of diversions in Cork city–and never once felt like a stranger. “Corkonians are friendly and engaging,” Susan says. “They’re proud of their Celtic heritage and enjoy telling stories. Just pull up a chair at a pub and listen.” Here, she shares her discoveries in the city and beyond.

Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars. Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer.

Louisville’s whiskey revolution is making a splash.

Typical winter foods just aren’t my thing. I respect the fervor with which fans baste their roasts, whip their potatoes, and twirl their pasta. When the weather turns cold, I think about one thing: Tulum. This winter will be my fourth trip there, and each time I pull into this groovy Mexican beach town on the edge of the Riviera Maya, I find another restaurant that makes me swoon. Here are five musts.

As part of the necklace of isles making up St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia welcomes visitors at Port Elizabeth where they find a landscape worthy of a watercolor painting. Here are some of the highlights–including the best eats on the island, and where to find the perfect place for a picnic.

Looks can be deceiving. Take the case of dirty rice, the lumpy, scruffy one-pot dish eaten throughout Cajun country–and beyond–as a side or, occasionally, a main course.

Once the breadbasket of the Lesser Antilles—its arable land is a rarity in this corner of the Caribbean—St. Croix turned industrial in the 1960s and now relies almost entirely on imports. But last year’s closing of a large oil refinery here coincided with a back-to-the-land trend.

High on Wine in New Zealand

If Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were real it would still take place in New Zealand because no other place has so much natural enchantment. But the ring wraiths would be searching for grape clones instead of the gold ring, and Frodo would be uncorking a 2010 vintage Pinot Noir and not sweating the small stuff.