Articles written by: Jessica Festa

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and volunteering in Ghana.

Photo courtesy of John Y Can and adapted by Jessica Festa.
Asia / Culture / Q&A / Tasty DM / Travel / Travel Guides

Everything You Need To Know About Exploring The Real Indonesia

Looking to visit Indonesia? While Bali has much to offer, there’s no denying tourism has taken over this beautiful destination in a way that can make it difficult to experience the country in an authentic manner. Luckily, there are many ways to immerse yourself in local culture if you just […]

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Caribbean / Food / Travel Guides / Yum

Tasty Trails: Delicious Culinary Experiences In Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a rich culinary history and culture. A blend of West Indian, African and French cuisine, as well as a landscape that features fertile soil and a tropical climate, visitors can enjoy spicy stews, fresh fruits and flavorful curries. That being said, visiting the island is more than […]

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Exploring The Largest Gin Collection At Sea (Tasting Guide Included!)
Drink / Experiences / Tasty DM / Trip Journal

Exploring The Largest Gin Collection At Sea (Tasting Guide Included!)

“Have you ever realized you could put a slice of ginger in a gin and tonic? Well, you can.” I’m currently in the Herrenzimmer aboard Hapag-Lloyd’s MS EUROPA 2 luxury cruise ship partaking in a gin tasting experience. Led by Erik Schutze, the ship’s Public Room Manager, the class allows […]

Green Design: An Alpine Wonderland Victoria Vacation Rental In Australia [Photos]
Accommodation / Art / Ecotourism / Green Design / Oceania / Photo Essays / Travel

Green Design: An Alpine Wonderland Victoria Vacation Rental In Australia [Photos]

Modscape is known for its innovative architectural projects that defy widely-known concepts of building and green design with sustainable modular architecture. Located in Bright, Victoria in Australia you’ll find one of their newest projects: Buckland’s Studio 5. A one-bedroom bed & breakfast retreat, Buckland is designed to allow guests a […]

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Drink / North America / Small Business

Brooklyn Oenology Winery Brings Local Drink, Food And Art To NYC

What do you get when you mix local artwork, New York wines, small-batch whiskeys, innovative pairings, sustainable cuisine and a lineup of community-enhancing programs? Brooklyn Oenology, or B.O.E., New York City’s first urban winery. Located in Brooklyn’s creativity hub of Williamsburg, this woman-owned establishment was started by Alie Shaper in […]

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