Stephanie Wu is an editorial director specializing in food and travel and a media specialist with experience relaunching traditional publications and building new ones. She was previously an editorial director for the lifestyle channels at Mic and held editor roles at Travel + Leisure and Town & Country. She's also the co-founder of MochiMag.com, a website for young Asian American women. In 2014, she published The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters. Her writing has also appeared in publications like Marie ClaireConde Nast Traveller UK, and Gather Journal. Stephanie grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and now resides in New York City.

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The 27 best places to travel in 2019

This year’s list of 27 places spans the world, from an exciting new food city in Scandinavia to an upstate New York haven. There are adventures for every type of traveler, whether you get your thrills from hot tubs with views of the Rockies, white-sand beaches or partying on barges. The power of travel means not just going somewhere and opening your eyes to something new, but also spending your hard-earned money in the places that could use it the most.

Taiwanese food is finally having a moment in New York City’s crowded restaurant scene

I moved from Taipei, Taiwan, to New York City in 2005. Which means, despite living in a city that has just about the most diverse food scene in the world, I’ve been complaining about the lack of good Taiwanese food here for 13 years. It’s not impossible to find — I get asked about Taiwanese food in New York a lot, by both visitors from home who are in town and those who learned about Taiwanese food thanks to Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Taipei in 2013.

Why Sichuan food simply doesn’t taste the same in the US

First, you crack the jaw. That gets you access to the cheek meat and the tongue. Then you can freestyle it — if you break it open at the right part, you can get to the brain, which has a creamy texture not unlike tofu. Anita Lai, managing partner of Chengdu Food Tours, is walking our group through how to eat rabbit heads. The idea of eating any animal’s head — much less a cuddly looking rabbit — might be off-putting to some, but rabbit heads are a delicacy in Chengdu.

Pixar’s new short “Bao” celebrates the importance of food in Chinese communities

Domee Shi can talk about dumplings all day long — mostly because for the past four years, she’s been working on a short film for Pixar about a Chinese-Canadian mother who experiences empty nest syndrome until one of her painstakingly made dumplings turns into a little boy. Shi, who grew up in Toronto, has been eating dumplings for most of her life. “Dumplings hold a special place in my heart,” Shi said in an interview. “I would make them with my mom growing up."

Here's what the first-ever river cruise designed for millennials looks like

Cruises don’t exactly have a great reputation among young travelers. Common stereotypes — cruises are for older people, they’re boring, the food isn’t great — may have been true way back when. As a multibillion-dollar industry that moved more than 24 million passengers in 2016, cruise brands aren’t suffering from a lack of business. But given that millennials travel more than any other generation, these mega companies are reworking their strategies to capture their interest early on.

I partied with Bonnie Tyler at the most epic eclipse party on the high seas

It can be nearly impossible to find a moment of peace on a cruise ship. Unless you’re holed up in your room or blissfully lost in a massage, from the moment you step on board, you’re surrounded by people and the sounds of vacation — yelling, whooping, crying and cheering. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the world, was no different on Aug. 20, as it set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida — Mic attended as a guest to cover the eclipse.

Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum, a breathtaking stretch of sand along Mexico’s eastern coast, has a reputation as the ultimate place for an unplugged beach vacation for a good reason. In contrast to the mega-resorts of neighboring Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the places to stay in Tulum are all eco-friendly and laid-back. You'll spend your days here eating fresh fish tacos, doing yoga overlooking the water, and reading in a palapa on the beach. The main draw is Tulum's gorgeous beach, one of the best in Mexico, plus the casual vibe of downtown—these two distinct areas, about a 20-minute drive apart, are where you'll spend all your time. And unlike other beach getaways in Mexico, Tulum has several things to see, from historic ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to world-class shops and restaurants. Plan your weekend with Travel + Leisure’s guide to this stylish vacation spot.
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