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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Global Ethics / Travel Tips / Volunteer

To Be Honest, I Just Want To Volunteer: Common Voluntourism Mistakes And How To Fix Them

That’s great – honesty is the best place to start – without honesty there are so many pitfalls – so many mistakes that well-meaning volunteers can make. My organization, People & Places, has been campaigning for better volunteer experiences for volunteers and the communities they seek to serve for over […]

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Conservation Issues / Ecotourism / Global Ethics / Travel Tips

Wildlife Experiences: A Humane Holiday Or Torturous Tourism?

Do you want to know more about responsible wildlife tourism? Epicure & Culture caught up with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, to learn more about what’s ethical and what’s not when it comes to animal experiences. In your travels, you may have encountered a photo opportunity with […]

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Caribbean / Food / Recipes

Have A Decadent Halloween With These Sweet & Savory Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate is deeply embedded into Saint Lucia’s culinary culture. It’s said that ancient Aztecs and Mayas were the first to grow cacao, touted as “The Food of the Gods“; however, when Spaniard explorers went to Mesoamerica they brought the cacao back to Spain, where it spread through Europe. The British […]

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Culinary Culture: A Delicious Guide To Turkish Food, From Past To Present
Asia / Europe / Food

Culinary Culture: A Delicious Guide To Turkish Food, From Past To Present

Turkey, described as the cradle where eastern and western civilizations connect, is located almost at the mid-point of where the European, Asian and African continents meet. Unsurprisingly therefore, Turkish cuisine is fusion food at its most extreme, with influences ranging from Middle-Eastern to Mediterranean to Balkan and even Central Asian. […]

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Horchata NYC: Where Modern Mexican Food Meets Authentic Design
Food / North America / Restaurants

Horchata NYC: Where Modern Mexican Food Meets Authentic Design

Horchata. A milky rice-based drink sweet spiced with cinnamon and chilled over ice. Horchata is also the name of one of New York City’s newest Mexican Restaurants, opened in Greenwich Village in May 2014 and serving a number of innovative horchata-based cocktails, among other interesting drinks and bites. Explains Manuel […]

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