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September 13, 2015
Footsteps: Where Dracula was Born, and It’s Not Transylvania
Bram Stoker spent just four weeks in peaceful Whitby, England — a fishing village on the Yorkshire coast — but it inspired his most famous book and creation.

September 13, 2015
On Europe’s Goth Trail, From the Brontës to Byron
Need more literary scares? Here are some other spots to follow in the footsteps of other Gothic writers.

March 1, 2015
Overnighter: Ravenna, Italy, Glittering Still
A few miles from the Adriatic Sea, the city has arcade-lined piazzas, wine bars brimming with locals and spectacular Byzantine mosaics.

August 24, 2014
Footsteps: Searching for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ on Prince Edward Island
More than 100 years after its publication, the book still pulls fans to its island setting.

May 25, 2014
Tasting France Through 5 Signature Dishes
Explore France through bouillabaisse, choucroute garnie, buckwheat galettes, quenelles de brochet, and cassoulet, in this cover story for New York Times Travel, a #1 most emailed article.

October 6, 2013
In Paris, A New Breed of Wine Bar
Forget formal and fussy. These spots pair snacks and sips in casual, approachable settings.

April 28, 2013
Heads Up: Giving Fast Food a Good Name in Washington DC
In a town where things often move at the speed of gridlock, diners can at least get vibrant food fast.

January 11, 2013
The 46 Places to Go in 2013
#44 Washington, DC

December 2, 2012
Restaurant Report: La Table d’Aki in Paris
At this intimate spot, the kitchen is staffed by a single person. The flavors, however, are not nearly so modest.

October 14, 2012
In Paris, Five Shops Where Artisanship Becomes Art
Not every cheese or flower store is created equal. Some are run by craftsmen officially deemed the best: les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.

May 6, 2012
Footsteps: Where Victor Hugo Found Freedom
In exile on Guernsey, off the coast of France, Hugo poured himself into Les Misérables and his home’s decoration. More than 150 years later, the writer’s Guernsey is still present.

October 2, 2011
In Europe, Cooking Classes for Every Palate
Cooking classes from London to Istanbul, focus on regional cuisines and seasonal ingredients.

April 17, 2011
Destination Dining in Department Stores
Review of Le Barouge at Galeries Lafayette.

June 13, 2010
Footsteps: Following Thomas Jefferson through the vineyards
Explore the celebrated vine-covered slopes of Burgundy as Thomas Jefferson did during a three-month journey in 1787.

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Posts on the travel blog of the New York Times.


March, 2015
Why you should visit Chantilly
Horses, whipped cream, and a glorious château—Chantilly is Paris’s most underrated neighbor

February, 2015
Favorite Paris Restaurants
Where I love to eat and drink in the City of Light.

September 5, 2013
Eat in Paris like a Local
Five authentic restaurants (post on

October 2007
Secrets of the Silk Road
The Silk Road’s most important cities–and where you can still see its effects today.

April 2007
Beijing Three Ways
The best bars, parks, noodle restaurants, and shopping from three of the capital city’s 12 million-plus residents.

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October 2015
The Best Parisian Pâtisseries Are All on One Delicious Street
Rue du Bac is arguably the sweetest street in all of Paris.

September 2015
Where to Drink Champagne Récoltant Manipulant in Paris
Artisanal Champagne RM is giving the big houses a run for their money.


Summer 2010
Top Chef exit interviews
Weekly Q&As with the departing contestant from Top Chef DC, season seven.

January 2009
Anatomy of a Dish: Dan Dan Mian at Joe’s Noodle House

Spring 2008
Top Chef recaps
Weekly episode recaps from Bravo’s fourth season.

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January 17, 2007
In China, status is a handbag
The shou bao, or men’s handbag, can be a sign of professional success.

September 12, 2006
Taking a culinary tour of China, without ever leaving Beijing
In the capital, it is possible to taste China’s panoply of regional cuisines without ever leaving the city.

April 19, 2006
Female artists in China get a room of their own
In a country where women often struggle to be heard, the Three Quarters gallery is a platform for China’s female artists, whose work often gets marginalized by their flashier and more famous male counterparts.

March 5, 2005
Japanese and Korean pop idols set trends for Chinese teens
Move over Hollywood. From soap operas to music, video games to fashion, Japanese and South Korean pop culture is defining the style of Chinese youth.

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July 22, 2007
The Last Empress
In this ponderous novel, author Anchee Min presents a revisionary look at Empress Tzu-Hsi’s years of power, her loneliness, sacrifices and strength.

May 29, 2005
Foreign Babes in Beijing
Rachel DeWoskin’s appealing and intelligent memoir about China, told from a refreshing perspective: a woman’s.

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