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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.
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50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.

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.

Turks and Caicos Travel Guide

With more than 230 miles of white-sand beaches and some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, the Turks and Caicos islands are arguably the hidden gems of the Caribbean. They’re less than 90 minutes from Miami, and about a three-hour flight from New York City. Here, you'll find historic villages barely touched by tourism and crystal-clear waters full of marine life, plus pristine beaches perfect for spending long, relaxing days. The Turks and Caicos are also home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef. This translates to miles and miles of swimmable water until the breaker—when the depth suddenly drops to 7,000 feet.

Best Places to Travel in 2016

To compile our annual list of the best places to travel in the upcoming year, T+L editors thoroughly and meticulously consider a variety of factors. Which under-the-radar gems are most exciting to our network of contributing writers and global correspondents? Which destinations are our A-List travel specialists fielding requests for? Which classic vacation spots are starting to emerge—but for entirely new and compelling reasons? Which global events and changes in travel restrictions have made certain destinations easier to get to?

These Wedding Cakes Belong in The Louvre

Before Alexandria Pellegrino started attracting the attention of discerning brides and wed- ding planners with her Marie Antoinette–inspired cakes, the artist (who graduated from both art school and Le Cordon Bleu) dabbled in such fields as welding and car airbrushing. Now she focuses solely on her over-the-top cakes. "Every step is labor-intensive, but I love that," she says. The Toronto-based baker draws a line at more newfangled additions.

Pearl Jam

As the chef at Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert faces a serious occupational hazard: He eats a ton of caviar. "I've done it every day at work for the last 20 years," he says. His distributor (and close friend), Hossein Aimani of Paramount Caviar, has the same problem. "It's part of my job — I'm guilty of the crime of eating caviar every day. Someone has to do it." The two connoisseurs have come together to create Eric Ripert Imperial Select Caviar, which they believe is the best in the world.

Actress Jamie Chung on Her ‘Real World’ Past and Embracing Her Future

Not everyone can say they first discovered their true calling at Korean Catholic camp—but that’s where actress Jamie Chung first remembers catching the acting bug. “We’d break into groups, have a leader and put on these skits,” she says. “I had absolutely no fear. I loved the whole creative process and entertaining people and making them laugh.” But in high school, Chung tabled these passions to focus on her studies, not stopping until she graduated from college. “I could not see myself going into higher education, so I moved to L.A. and jumped right into things. I got a manager and started taking classes.” Sounds fearless, right? “I’m so ashamed of failure that I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, not even my parents,” she says. “I didn’t even tell them that I booked my first job on a soap opera.”

Glee’s Harry Shum, Jr. is Much More Than Just “The Other Asian”

No one wants to go through life known as “the Asian dude.” But for Harry Shum, Jr., it’s a dream come true. The 27-year-old plays football player and show-choir member Mike Chang on the hit show “Glee,” but he’s much better known for being “the other Asian,” a nickname dubbed by Jane Lynch’s scary cheerleading coach character, Sue Sylvester. Shum is no stranger to being a token Asian.

The Sweet Life of Brenda Song

For as long as she can remember, Brenda Song has wanted to be an actress. “My imagination, as a child, was huge,” she recalls. “It’s all I wanted to do.” With parents who were “supportive of anything,” Brenda got her first role at age five doing a commercial for Little Caesars. A few short years later, a manager introduced Brenda to Elizabeth Sung, who at the time was directing a short autobiographical film and looking to cast someone as her younger self. Sung had met with 20 girls when Brenda came along.

Everything You Need to Know About Global Entry and TSA Pre-check

I initially resisted the idea of Global Entry—I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d be paying $100 for, and I’d already resigned myself to long lines at my home airport, JFK, for the rest of my life. But as a travel editor, I was spurred to dig deeper. What exactly did the process entail? What were some not-so-evident benefits? Fast forward: I was approved for Global Entry last October, and I’ve never been happier with a purchase. Here’s what I learned.

Can a Full-Grown Adult Have Fun on a Disney Cruise?

We stood under the blazing sun, patiently waiting in line for the water slide with our eyes glued to the big screen over the pool, which was showing Ratatouille. The lady in front of us turned. “I hope you don’t mind my asking,” she said to my boyfriend and me. “Is it just the two of you here alone?” She had a good reason to ask. The two of us, sans children, were on a Disney Cruise, typically the voyage of choice for families looking for nonstop children’s entertainment in the form of mouse ears and sing-alongs. The short answer? Disney came highly recommended (T+L readers once again named it the World’s Best Mega Ship).

Harry Potter fans can relive the series in Edinburgh — with a side of Scotch

My family grew up with Harry Potter — my brother and I were voracious readers who raced our way through each book the night it was released. When the fourth book came out while I was stuck at summer camp, my father brought it to me as a gift when he came to pick me up (I took this as a sign that it was okay to ignore him on the drive home). When planning a family trip this summer, I was challenged with a list of limitations.

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.

Bonnie Tyler on her hit song, the solar eclipse and taking control of her career

Bonnie Tyler had no idea there was going to be a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 — until Royal Caribbean invited her to perform iconic hit onboard the ship during the eclipse. The Welsh singer had spent the better part of 2017 on tour, in countries like New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Mexico and Chile. But her schedule was open in the days surrounding the eclipse. “I flew from Lebanon to come here, via Dubai,” Tyler said in an interview on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship.
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