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 doing orphanage work in Ghana.

Ancient Grains: How A Makeshift Bakehouse And Experimental Garden Are Changing Our Perspective On Food
Europe / Food / Get Involved / Global Ethics / Projects

Ancient Grains: How A Makeshift Bakehouse And Experimental Garden Are Changing Our Perspective On Food

In 2007, a collective called Futurefarmers instigated a demonstration garden in front of San Francisco’s City Hall. This Victory Garden was a constellation of 10 different garden projects in the Bay Area, demonstrating the diversity of urban farming practices funded by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. Out of […]

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Cognac. Photo courtesy of Shaylor.
Drink / Sip / Sommelier Certification

Sommelier Certification: Exploring Spirits From Navy Gin To Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Fifteen tastings. Not wine, but spirits. Gins, vodkas, whiskies, rums, scotches, brandy, cognacs and liqueurs. While I thought blind tastings were a challenge, this would be my biggest feat yet. The life of a sommelier isn’t just about vino, but the hard stuff, too. They (and hopefully soon, myself) are […]

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Sweet Nectar's bread pudding. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa.
Food / North America / Restaurants / Tasty DM / Travel / Trip Journal / Yum

This Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Is Too Good Not To Mention

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when exploring the Las Olas restaurants scene, make sure to stop by an artisanal venue worth the trip in itself: Sweet Nectar Charcoal and Spirits. After walking along the beachfront and seeing so many chain restaurants, it was a joy to discover Las Olas, filled with […]

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Photo courtesy of ChrisRubber Dragon.
Culture / Europe / Tasty DM / Travel / Travel Guides

Food, Culture And Fun: Travel With A Blogger In Italy

Although there are hundreds of travel blogs and you are probably a reader of some of them it is not that often when you actually can join the bloggers themselves. They are telling beautiful stories about places they visited and the pictures of local food make you hungry. If you […]

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Why Our Stories Matter: A Look At Novelist Scott Bergstrom’s WWII-Era European Passport Collection
Connect / Europe / Interesting Locals / Q&A

Why Our Stories Matter: A Look At Novelist Scott Bergstrom’s WWII-Era European Passport Collection

It started with the passport of a young Polish woman named Zofja. Scott Bergstrom, author of the novel The Cruelty, discovered it in an antique store in Austria and bought it for a few euros. “I remember thinking it was odd and a little tragic to have something so personal […]