Middle East

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 […]

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Big Impact: How Bikes Are Empowering Women In Afghanistan [Video]

Liv Beyond – Shannon Galpin as Liv Ambassador from LET MEDIA on Vimeo.“Riding in Afghanistan is like nothing else in the world. It’s hot, it’s dusty, you’re in layers and layers of clothing, and yet you’re surrounded by these epic […]

Do yoga in Peru's Sacred Valley. Photo courtesy of Yajra Sol Yoga Adventures.

Wellness Travel: Top 13 Culturally Immersive Yoga Retreats From Around The World

Most people think of yoga as a turning inward, a solitary practice aimed at developing self-awareness and reflection. People practice yoga to find peace and improveĀ wellness; but ultimately, to feel truly serene, you need to feel united and at home […]

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Middle Eastern Travel: 10 Surprising Discoveries On A Journey Through Jordan

To date, Jordan has been one of the most surprising destinations I’ve visited. I’ll admit before going my opinion of the country was clouded somewhat by typical Middle Eastern stereotypes; however, these were quickly shattered as I met the locals […]

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Sommelier Certification: Portuguese Wine Beyond Port (Plus Some Smaller Old World Standouts)

“Who drank wine yesterday?” asks Costas Mouzouras, the director of wines at New York City’s Gotham Wines and our teacher for today’s Sommelier Society of America class on Portugal. A few hands go up and he shakes his head, a […]

#FoodPorn: Crunchy Bamba In Israel

#FoodPorn: Crunchy Bamba In Israel

In Israel, Bamba refers to one of the country’s most popular snacks. Sold since 1964, it’s a soft yet crunchy treat made of puffed corn flavored like peanuts, almost like a nutty Cheez Doodle. Additionally, it’s 100% Kosher. No trip […]