Mendoza’s Malbec Magic

Mendoza lies in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, a vast, lush land of grapevines stretching into the shadows of the majestic Andes. Here’s why you should book your ticket there now, when wine harvest festivals are in full swing.

Thursday Twitter Chat: Foodie Travel

Join Traveler contributing editor Andrew Nelson—and fellow foodies around the world—for @NatGeoTravel’s next Twitter chat at 1:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 12.

Culinary Quito: An Introduction

A great confluence of indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions, Ecuadorian cuisine is a true melting pot of flavors that has managed, in large part, to remain undiscovered. From its perch high in the Andes, Quito represents one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, offering up an abundance of intriguing fruits, vegetables, and spices. Here are seven things to know about the Ecuadorian capital’s unique culinary offerings.

Reader Recs: Best Beer Cities

Harvest season brings fresh hops, but not every city in the world can boast an overflowing offering of craft beers and homegrown breweries. That’s why we tapped our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite beer-drinking destinations. So crack open a cold one and find out which cities are tops for hops.

Where to Find Traditional Eats in Modern Macau

Traditional Macanese comfort foods like feijoada and minchi are reminders of a simpler time in Macau’s history, before international flights brought high rollers to the peninsula and high-speed ferries attracted travelers from nearby Hong Kong in droves. Here’s where to find them.

The Best American Ciders

Hard cider, a popular alcoholic beverage in colonial America, is on everyone’s lips again, thanks to the classic cocktail resurgence, the “slow food” movement, and even the gluten-free trend. Giant brewers have all gotten involved, and cider-only bars from Seattle to New York City are cropping up. Here’s where to savor the best adult apple juice across the United States.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Maine

I straddle two worlds as an organic blueberry farmer and a travel editor, but these two realities pleasantly meet in the realm of farm-to-fork adventures—and there is no better place to be than Maine during harvest season. There are more than 400 organic farms and roughly 130 farmers markets in this rugged state I call home.…

Chicago’s Polish Triangle

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the world’s second largest Polish population. The Polonia Triangle, center of the city’s original Polish Downtown, is its oldest, most prominent Polish settlement, full of local Polish shops and restaurants. Here’s where to get a taste of old Poland in the Windy City.

Instant Connoisseur: Raw Oysters

Oysters improve water quality by acting as filters. And, when coupled with the fact that they lack central nervous systems, the bivalves pass the test for even the most ethically minded eaters. Need more incentive? Scientists say Casanova, who allegedly downed 50 a day, was right about that aphrodisiac thing.

Local Favorites: Portland Microbreweries

Microbreweries are the antidote to every anemic, unsatisfying generic beer you’ve ever tasted. With a focus on quality and flavor, craft beer makers keep brewing traditions alive while constantly innovating and experimenting in their quest for the perfect taste. Portland, Oregon, is the epicenter of an American craft beer revolution, which began to take off…

The Scoop on L.A. Food Trucks

Before he kept the Traveler office on task, staffer Kevin Kunitake earned his chops on a Los Angeles, California, food truck. Here, he gives pro advice for these meals on wheels.

Local Flavor: Pho in Hanoi

Pho—Vietnam’s unofficial national dish—might look like a run-of-the-mill noodle soup. But the flavors and the history are as complex as the country itself.