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Eric Barrier

A Crash Course in Polish Gastronomy in Poznan

  One of the unintended effects of Communism in Europe was that it preserved traditional cooking techniques for a lot longer than in many other places in Europe. The Iron Curtain acted as a culinary time capsule: While much of the West was moving forward with the industrialization of its food production, people from Bucharest to …

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The Insider’s Guide to Poznan, Poland

  I arrived in Poznan, Poland, armed with a bunch of historical facts, figures and questions: how, for example, was this area the cradle of the Polish nation, how was it that the Germans fortified the city but were, nonetheless,  overrun by the Red Army in 1945, and what promted the citizens to rise up in revolt in 1956. I …

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The Insider’s Guide to Vilnius, Lithuania

  If you visit Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city, make a point of visiting the Old Town as soon as possible upon arrival.  Your principal points of entry — the train station, the bus station, the airport — offer typical post-Soviet surroundings that just don’t do the city justice. But if you head a bit north …

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Where to Eat and Drink in Bilbao, Spain

If Basque cuisine needs any introduction at all, then let me quote Anthony Bourdain, who has called the Basque Country “the center of Western gastronomy.” With the chance to spend a week in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country, how could I not put such bold claims to the test? Now, I will never claim …

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Jurmala: Latvia’s New Wellness Paradise

Just a half hour west of Riga is Latvia’s new Wellness Paradise: Jurmala, the seaside resort town whose name translates to … seaside. What Jurmala may lack in creativity it makes up for in it’s refreshing, natural beauty. Stretching along the Baltic Sea’s east coast, Jurmala features 33 kilometers of white sand and a line …

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