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.

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6 Of The Best Artisanal Ice Cream Shops In America

To most people, any ice cream qualifies as a tasty treat, but to the ice cream connoisseur, such an unexamined belief and practice is tantamount to blasphemy. Artisanal ice cream is usually made in smaller, more closely watched and cared-for batches, with higher quality ingredients that come from local farms […]

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From Bacon Flights To Candied Cherry Chocolate: Creative Restaurants In Southern California Worth The Trip

There are many reasons people choose to visit a certain destination. If you’re heading to Southern California, make it the food. A recent delicious road trip allowed me to savor some of the best restaurants of the megaregion, all focused on using local ingredients to make unique high-quality dishes. To […]

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Is Iran Safe? The Traveler’s Guide To This Often Misunderstood Country
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Is Iran Safe? The Traveler’s Guide To This Often Misunderstood Country

Think you can’t travel to Iran? Think again. Epicure & Culture caught up with intrepid traveler Shara Johnson, editor of SKJ Travel, who recently returned from a trip through the country. For those interested in going themselves — or just curious about what the experience is actually like and want […]

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Delicious cheeses abound at the Temecula Valley Cheese Company. Photo courtesy of Yellowj via Shutterstock.
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California Culture: An Artisanal Afternoon In Old Town Temecula

It seems you can’t travel anywhere nowadays without seeing McDonald’s, Subway and Chick-fil-A. Recently, I was invited to a wedding in a place known not only for its homegrown wines and beers, but an Old Town where by law only artisan vendors are allowed to open storefronts: Temecula, California. In […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Food In Dubai

If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, you need to make sure that you have a good grasp on Emirati cuisine. The food that you will find in the region will be unlike any food you’ve ever had, so you need to prepare yourself for an experience. Dubai is not […]

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