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.

There's no shortage of wine grapes in California's Temecula Valley Wine Country. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa.
Drink / North America / Tasty DM / Travel / Travel Guides / Trip Journal

How To Experience The Best Of California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country

“What’s the number one reason after Disneyland that visitors come to California?” asks Elizabeth, my host for the day. As I’m on a Grapeline Wine Tour of California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country, I think I can guess the answer. “Wine!” I belt out. Ding, ding, ding. That’s over 20 million […]

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A Taste Of Italy: 5 Best Bites In Tuscany
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A Taste Of Italy: 5 Best Bites In Tuscany

Tuscany, a region located in Central Italy,  is known as being one of the world’s culinary meccas — although to truly experience the best of the destination one must know where to eat. To help you plan a delicious itinerary, here is Epicure & Culture’s guide on where to get […]

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Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan
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Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan

Izushi, Japan, located in the Hyōgo Prefecture less than two hours from Osaka and about two-and-a-half hours from Kyoto, is known for many things: an ancient theater, castle ruins, a preserved old-time feel, and, the focus of this piece, soba noodles. Home to about 50 noodle shops, Izushi is known […]

Photo courtesy of John Y Can and adapted by Jessica Festa.
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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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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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