As you've probably noticed, a huge part of traveling for us is getting our eat on. What better way to experience other cultures than to taste all the deliciousness they have to offer? Give us some stretchy eating pants and we're good to go, yo. Below, some gifts for the traveler who loves to taste the rainbow.
1. Where Chefs Eat, Phaidon $19.95
This book is the ultimate restaurant guide with locations chosen by the real experts -- more than 400 of the world’s best chefs from Heston Blumenthal to René Redzepi and David Chang.
2. A Fork In The Road, Lonely Planet $15.99
As you know, we're big fans of the Lonely Planet guides to every city, and this book is a 2014 James Beard Award Nominee and 2014 Society of Travel Writers Foundation Thomas Lowell Travel Journalism Bronze Award Winner for travel book. Tales of food, pleasure, and discovery on the road await.
3. City Map Glass, Uncommon Goods $12.50
Knock one back for your favorite metropolis with a modern rock's glass etched with a snippet of a famous American city's distinct grid. The intricate city maps are interspersed with street names and sights worth seeing,and along the side of the glass are the geographic coordinates so you can toast to the memory of an unforgettable urban destination.
4. Food Box, Try The World, $33 per mo. for a year
This subscription-based service is for food from around the world what Birchbox is to beauty products. For $33 a month, you get a sample box of international food to try.
5. Coffees of the World, three samples per month $15
Similar to Try the World, Coffees of the World allows you to sample beans from around the globe for $15 a month. So if the traveler on your list scoffs at Starbucks in favor of rich Italian espresso, a subscription to Coffees of the World is the way to go.
6. Anthony Bourdain "No Reservations" DVD, Amazon $15-20
"No Reservations" is one of Staci's favorite Travel Channel shows, and Jen regularly scours Bourdain's lists for restaurant recommendations before going to a new city. Occasionally he tries foods that will turn your prude American stomach, but it's fascinating to watch him dish on the local cuisines of cities around the world, all with his trademark wit and snark.
7. Mexico the Cookbook, Amazon, $29.21
Don Pablos, no mas! Can't get to Cozumel for some homemade guacamole anytime soon? This cookbook has the recipes for you.
8. Gift Basket, Baltimore in a Box $35
Staci is getting this one for Jen because she just KNOWS she's homesick for some Big Boyz Bail Bond pens. (JK.) In addition to some sweet Baltimore sports decals, these gift boxes also include such Charm City delicacies as Old Bay seasoning, crab chips, and Berger cookies among others. Berger cookies....droooool.
-Staci + Jen