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Photo Courtesy of the Maine Lobster Festival

You’re looking for something to do during your summer vacation, and you happen to be in the beautiful state of Maine. Well, as luck would have it, not only is the Pine Tree State absolutely stunning in the summer (and slightly warmer than in winter!), it also is home to one of the more storied festivals in the Lower 48. The theme? Lobster, obviously. Why? Because Maine plus summer equals lobster. It’s like eating a beignet on Bourbon Street or Key lime pie in the Florida Keys — it just feels right.
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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

In the years since its inception, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has grown into one of the food world’s hottest events. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the celebration will take visitors on a culinary journey through the world’s cuisines and cultures.
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It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.

If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).

For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.

Bon appetit!

 

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Man Finds Food

Adam Richman returns to Travel Channel in search of the country’s best hidden, secret and off-the-menu eats in his all-new series, Man Finds Food.

The series kicks off tonight with back-to-back episodes, as Adam searches the back alleys of Chicago to find a monster mash-up sandwich that holds an entire menu on a roll, and then hits the streets of Los Angeles to track down a breakfast dish named after Godzilla.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

An overhead view of the atrium in Rose’s Luxury. (Photo by Kathleen Rellihan)

Where’s the best new restaurant in America? The answer might surprise you. It’s not in New York or San Francisco, 2 cities that boast award-winning restaurants on every block and attract flocks of foodies on pilgrimages. In its annual list, Bon Appétit magazine recently named Rose’s Luxury, an eclectic restaurant in Washington, DC, that mixes Southern hospitality with playful dishes, the Best New Restaurant in America. In the past, Washington might have been more associated with power lunches than a powerful restaurant scene, but with the bragging rights it has earned now, it might inspire a few foodie pilgrimages of its own.

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Looking for a table with a view for your next summer night out? OpenTable just released their 2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for Most Scenic Restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a sun-drenched table on a private Hawaiian beach or a panoramic vista of the New York City skyline, these restaurants serve up delectable cuisine paired with postcard-worthy views.  This year’s list of winning restaurants with breathtaking views is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews for more than 19,000 restaurants nationwide.

It’s no surprise that California, with its dramatic coastal views, dominates with 38 winning restaurants; Washington follows with 7 honorees, Hawaii with 5 and Florida with 4. Restaurants don’t need to be oceanfront to wow diners — desert backdrops and majestic mountains put Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming on the list, too.

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Tonight, on the all new-series American Grilled, we’re traveling across America to discover the best and boldest flavors competitors can fire up on their grills in this ultimate, outdoor cooking challenge.

Host David Guas is in Asheville, NC, as 4 rough-and-tumble grillers battle it out using local cuisine including scuppernongs, a large grape native to the Southern United States, and liver mush, for the opportunity to take home $10,000 and the honorary title of “Grill Master.”

In this episode, Will Smith, a self-proclaimed refined redneck caterer, Shawn “Tiny” Townsend, a part-time caterer and full-time grill lover, Jeff Banister, a process server who hunts and grills whole animals, and Dillon Black, the youngest in the group but perhaps the most experienced on the BBQ circuit, battle it out for grilling supremacy.

Who will take home the cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights of being the master griller of North Carolina? Find out in the all-new episode, You Hear That Sizzle?, tonight at 9|8c.

Pop the Kennebunk Festival (Photo Courtesy of Maine and Maine Home+Design Magazines)

The Dish
For 6 remarkably tasty days in June, food and travel lovers from across the US unite at the Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival, an annual event that has – hands down – become the hottest ticket in coastal Maine. Now in its 10th year, the festival draws Maine’s top chefs, as well as wine and beer makers to this charming waterfront town.

Rub elbows with an eclectic group of guests at nightly cocktail hours and after-parties, featuring live music and tasty artisan beverages made from local distilleries such as New England Distilling, but save your energy for the festival’s main events.

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Photo Courtesy of Fütbol Club Eatery & Tap

Do you know the best places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Here’s a list of some of the best soccer bars in the US — just in case you can’t make it to Brazil. A lively atmosphere, authentic soccer fans, good beer/cocktails and food were all criteria that helped us narrow down our list.

1. The Londoner  (Addison, TX) Head to The Londoner if you’re looking for an authentic British pub experience. England fans usually frequent the Addison bar, which is also the flagship location for the Dallas-Fort Worth pub chain. All 4 locations will host kick-off parties on June 12 with drink specials like $5 caipirinhas, and plans are already underway to show 48 World Cup games live.

Where: 14930 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001

2. Atlantic Beer Garden (Boston)
Go for the 29 HD TVs, 2 projection screens, 12 draft lines and list of more than 40 craft beers to wash down their tasty Mac n’ Cheeseburger or seafood scampi. Its South Boston waterfront location makes it the perfect spot to take a stroll if the soccer games gets too intense and you need a breath of fresh air.

Where: 146 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
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“Belo Horizonte” means beautiful horizon in Portuguese, which is fitting for its magnificent landscape. When the city was first built, it was planned to house only a few hundreds of residents. No one ever expected that it would grow to have more than 5 million inhabitants. Unlike São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, tourists often overlook Belo Horizonte as a travel destination. That means those who venture out to Belo Horizonte gain unique experiences that most visitors don’t know exist.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s “Bar Capital.”
Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais state, but it is also known as Brazil’s “bar capital.” The city has more than 14,000 bars for locals and tourists to choose from, which makes Belo Horizonte’s nightlife extremely animated. This is the ideal setting for people who don’t necessarily have tickets to the World Cup games in the Mineirão Stadium (Estádio do Mineirão), but want to celebrate with some of the world’s most spirited fans.
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