Side Yard to Table at Bedford’s Truck

Food miles—the distance food travels from farm to plate—seem to be kept to a minimum at Truck restaurant in Bedford, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

There is something blissful about sitting beneath the Truck sign in the dining room of the restaurant of the same name in Bedford, N.Y. and looking out the window at the garden where some of my lunch comes from. I…

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In-N-Out Burger: Real Food Fast Food

Curious about In-N-Out Burger, two travelers make an effort to eat at one.

Worth a Detour in Santa Rosa or Anywhere What inspires me to make an effort to find an In-N-Out Burger during our short stay in California is the penchant of actors to swing by on Oscars night. Who can’t relate…

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Trim: Saint Patrick Was Here

Trim Castle in Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Big Castle, Big Saint, Big History On the last leg of our roadtrip in Ireland, driving from Galway back to Dublin, we take a slight detour north to see what is billed as the largest Anglo-Norman fortress in the country.…

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Encountering the Titanic in Athlone

Passengers on the Titanic included a family headed by a single mom from Athlone.

Remembering Margaret Rice and Her Five Sons As ambivalent as I might feel about disaster tourism—is it really okay to go and look?—I am still drawn to all things Titanic. Of course, I loved the James Cameron movie, reenacted actor…

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Where to Stay in Danbury: Hotel Zero Degrees

Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sustainable, Affordable, Super Cool: What’s Not to Like? Travelers with reason to visit Danbury, Conn. (right on the border of both Westchester and Putnam counties in New York) might look into a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees, which opened in…

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Finding the Oldest Bar in Ireland

A series of unfortunate events lead us to the oldest bar in Ireland, which dates to the year 900 A.D. and possibly earlier. Athlone Castle is younger. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to Sean’s Bar in Athlone A series of unfortunate events lead us to Sean’s Bar in Athlone. Driving from Galway back to Dublin but willing to take detours should we see a reason to frolic and detour, we…

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