Janice Nieder

Culinary Tourism Writer

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. She was a specialty food consultant in NYC with a client list that included Tavern on the Green and Dean & Deluca. A culinary trendsetter, Janice has visited over 90 countries in search of gastronomic adventures. She might be found sharing a smoked monkey dinner with Shuar Indians in the Amazon jungle or "running with the dogs" while truffle hunting in Marche, Italy. To keep things in balance, Janice also writes about her Girlfriend Getaways, including everything from luxurious city penthouses and Michelin starred meals to bespoke travel in remote destinations.

Having the
September 12, 2017
Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you're thinking, "But wait, aren't we in September now?" you'd be right. However, I'm giving you advance notice for 2018 because you're not the only one who's down for "having the time of your life". There are well over 1,000 other fans who want to relive Dirty Dancing alfresco on the big screen, humming, singing or dancing along to the timeless songs.
Wanderlust: Charlotte's All About Craft Beer, Cool Nabes, Creative Shops, Culinary Delights, and Culture Galore!
September 5, 2017
You know how people who've met President Bill Clinton often say he has a way of making you feel as though you're the only one in the room. I feel the same way about Charlotte, NC. Its Southern charm is palpable and whenever I visit I'm treated like royalty. I suspect it's not just me, but everyone who visits this hospitable town will leave slightly besotted by "The Queen City".
Smaller Can Be A Good Thing, Even In Texas! Part 3: Irving
September 7, 2016
Upscale Irving is all about upscale accommodations, Texas-sized shopping, and outdoor fun including championship golf courses, hiking the Campión Trails, a world-class greenbelt development or a gondola ride on Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas.
Smaller Can Be A Good Thing, Even In Texas! Part 2: Frisco
September 2, 2016
Frisco is considered Texas' rising star, with good cause. Art and history buffs will appreciate the unique sculpture garden and the many works of Public Art ranging from obelisks with western history to incredible bronze depictions of cattle drives from the Shawnee Trail days.
Inside tips for exploring Galveston Island, TX,
August 31, 2016
Recently named a "Destination on the Rise" by TripAdvisor, Galveston Island, Texas, with its 32-mile-long coast, is finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves. Granted, locals have always appreciated this year-round coastal spot, a stone's throw from the Gulf of Mexico, particularly since they added seven miles of brand new beaches in 2016. After a recent visit, I can attest that the luxury accommodations, well-preserved Victorian architecture, endless harbor front eateries, eclectic attractions, and a hopping Mardi Gras scene (third largest in the country) are just a few of the many reasons to plan a visit to this charming southern seaport.
Smaller Can Be A Good Thing, Even In Texas! Part 1: Grapevine
August 31, 2016
We've all heard that everything is bigger and better in Texas: big hair, big steaks, big ranches, big guns, and big cities. However, if you only visit the big Texas cities you'll miss out on discovering some real Lone Star heart and soul. Grapevine, Frisco, and Irving are three smaller, distinctly different, road-trip worthy getaways that are all just about a 30-minute drive from Dallas.
Visit B-Town: Now In Full Bloom (Part 1)
August 24, 2015
The lively college town of Bloomington, Indiana has blossomed into a huge bouquet of art, culture, sports and unique culinary offerings. It's easily explored on foot so you can burn off all those calories while you shop the quirky downtown stores, take in some live music, bike the B-Line path which is ingeniously built on an old rail line so you don't have to pedal uphill, or tour the gorgeous Indiana University campus. Afterwards, cross over to 4th Street's international Restaurant Row, lined with dozens of round-the-world dining options.
Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!
September 9, 2014
When most people travel to Louisiana it usually goes something like this: 1. head straight to New Orleans; 2. eat (at overpriced, touristy spots) and drink (way too many watered-down Hurricane cocktails) alongside swarms of other tourists on Bourbon Street; 3. stay wherever you can get reservations in the French Quarter and never leave the area.
The quirky movie set town of Woodstock, Il
September 10, 2013
Remember Groundhog Day, the 1993 critically acclaimed, feel-good movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? Film director, Harold Ramis, decided that the town square in Punxsatawney wasn't suitable for the film so he scoured neighboring states looking for the perfect town. Once he pulled into Woodstock, he knew he found the ideal "set", complete with a famous old courthouse, beautifully restored Opera house, brick-paved streets and charming Victorian buildings. What might have been Woodstock's 15 minutes of fame is still holding firm 20 years later "where everyday is Groundhog Day".
Chicago's West Loop filled with culinary gems
September 6, 2013
Thankfully I was on the low end of my five pound weight fluctuation when so I decided to take full advantage of my one day in Chicago to explore the fabulous food scene in the trendy, West Loop area. I laced up my comfiest sneaks and headed over to my designated brunch spot, Stephanie Izard's (the first female to win Top Chef) Little Goat Diner. Swarms of cool kids were chitchatting or sipping coffee as they waited for the hostess to text them that their table was ready.
Chicago's West Loop best explored on an empty stomach (Photos)
September 5, 2013
With only one day to explore the Chicago restaurant scene I decided to allocate my stomach space to the trendy, West Loop area, loaded with culinary delights. I laced up my comfiest sneaks and headed over to my designated brunch spot, Stephanie Izard's (the first female to win Top Chef) Little Goat Diner. Swarms of cool kids were chitchatting or sipping coffee as they waited for the hostess to text them that their table was ready.
Chicago's burbs filled with interesting sites
September 5, 2013
Next time you visit Chicago and feel like you've covered all the major attractions why not head for the hills (or in the case the suburbs) for some fascinating sites? Make use of the areas superb train system or if you decide to rent a car, be sure and save time for a drive along Sheridan Road leading up to North Shore and Lake County, to see how the rich and famous really live. I've got my house all picked out.
Wonders of Woodstock, Illinois (Video)
September 5, 2013
Woodstock, Illinois is such a perfect, small town USA (down to the bandshell and gazebo in town square) that you'd swear Disney had it built on their back lot. Actually, it's almost the reverse.
Seven suburban sites you won't want to miss in Chicagoland (Photos)
September 4, 2013
Although Chicago is filled with fascinating sights and neighborhoods it's also well worth hopping the rails or renting a car to explore the unique offerings scattered throughout the 'burbs. Although there is excellent public transportation, you might want to rent a car so you can see, ooh and ahh over the gracious, old mansions strung like pearls along Sheridan Road leading up to North Shore and Lake County.
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