News & Features by Carolyn Galgano

  • Walt Disney World: Where to Stay Inside the Park

    With more than 20 Disney owned and operated properties offering similar amenities, how do you decide which hotel is perfect for you and your family? Here, we've highlighted some of the top Disney World lodgings to make your trip planning a bit easier.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on July 14, 2011 at 1:33:13 PM EDT Tagged: Disney, Resorts
  • José Andrés's Kid-Friendly Washington, DC: Restaurants, Museums, and More

    José Andrés is a busy man. When he's not opening restaurants, writing books, or guest lecturing at the prestigious Harvard University, you can find the affable chef spending time with his wife and three daughters at his home just outside of D.C. Fodor's recently caught up with Andrés and got the inside scoop on his favorite places to take the kids when eating and sightseeing in the nation's capital.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on February 28, 2011 at 10:18:57 AM EST Tagged: Museums, Restaurants, Washington DC
  • Mardi Gras Sweet Spotlight: The King Cake

    New Orleans is known for lots of local flavor, from pralines and po' boys to beignets and chicory coffee. But for a true taste of Mardi Gras, you can't beat a King Cake. If you aren't traveling to New Orleans soon, you can even order one today to have the celebration come to you before Fat Tuesday on March 8th.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on February 25, 2011 at 10:45:15 AM EST Tagged: New Orleans, Local Specialties, Mardi Gras, Food, Candy
  • Top Chef Travels: Momofuku's David Chang on NYC Restaurants

    Where does this chef-owner of some of Manhattan's most popular restaurants like to eat on his days off? That's what we wanted to know. Here, Chang shares his top restaurant picks (and dishes) in the city right now.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on October 21, 2009 at 3:59:07 PM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels, New York City
  • Top Chef Travels: Wolfgang Puck's Capri

    Although Wolfgang Puck's ever-expanding empire has taken him all over world, he recently sat down with Fodor's to discuss the Italian island of Capri, a destination that has special personal significance to him, as it is the place where he married Gelila Assefa in 2007. Puck reveals what he loves most about this island getaway, and lets us in on his favorite places to eat and stay when visiting.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on September 09, 2009 at 9:07:40 AM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • New in NYC: Two Affordable Boutique Hotels Open Their Doors

    Top-tier hotels are popping up throughout the city, despite the current economic woes, and they're offering affordable rates so guests no longer have to trade style for savings. Two recent openings are especially trendy--and especially affordable.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on August 26, 2009 at 12:57:25 PM EDT Tagged: Hotels
  • New Haven Pizza 101

    New Haven, most commonly known for its Ivy League citizens, has been on pizza-lovers' radar for decades (if quietly so) as a destination rivaling the best of the big cities. Apizza (pronounced "ah-beetz" by locals) is defined by its thin, chewy crust, which makes for a unique—and some would argue, superior—pizza experience. From white clam pies to mashed potato-topped concoctions, here are our picks for the best pizzas in the area.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on July 13, 2009 at 8:37:31 AM EDT
  • Top Chef Travels: Donald Link

    New Orleans chef Donald Link talks with Fodor's about some of his favorite local spots in the Big Easy, the city where he spends his days and nights. He reveals where to go for the tastiest crawfish, the sloppiest po' boy sandwich, and of course, where to drink (other than on Bourbon Street).

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on June 01, 2009 at 4:23:13 PM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • 4 Places to Eat Better for Less in NYC

    Restaurants around the country are reacting to the state of the economy by offering special deals and menus. Nowhere is this more relevant than in New York City, where high-end dining defines the city's culinary scene. Hoping that most people will still eat out if they don't have to worry about breaking the bank, some of the city's best upscale restaurants are offering great meals, but now at a discount price.

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on January 20, 2009 at 11:10:39 AM EST
  • New Non-Allergenic Hotel Rooms

    Ever wake up in a hotel room with swollen eyes and a stuffed-up nose? Whether dust mites or down comforters are the culprits, hotels are now responding to the need for "allergy friendly" rooms. Doubletree, Marriott, Sheraton, and Wyndham are among the major hotel brands to accommodate guests that suffer from allergies and asthma.... "Allergy friendly" rooms undergo a multistep cleaning and purifying process that's designed to improve the air quality and remove approximately 98% of allergens, according to the hotels. All surfaces including walls, carpeting, bedcovers, and fabrics are sanitized and treated with a microbial shield to make them resistant to bacteria and viruses. An advanced air purifying system is installed and air vents are deep cleaned and treated with a tea tree oil cartridge that serves as a disinfectant.... Although many hotel chains offer "allergy friendly" rooms in a selection of their hotels, Wyndham is the first national upscale lodging chain to ensure that at least 25 rooms...

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on January 08, 2009 at 4:23:52 PM EST
  • Top Chef Travels with Mario Batali

    As owner of acclaimed restaurants across the country—including the award-winning Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, in New York City, and his latest venture, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, in Las Vegas—Mario Batali has dedicated his career to perfecting and promoting the cuisine of his ancestors. Fodor's recently spoke with Batali about Bologna, his favorite Italian city, which he visits approximately two to three times a year. Here are a few of the things he loves about this top culinary destination, including the best places to eat, stay, and eat some more. Fodor's: Bologna is known for all types of great food. Do you have a favorite place to shop for cured meats? Mario Batali: Yes, Tamburini– without a doubt, the best deli in the city. It's a giant place filled with all kinds of cured meats, and they also have a beautiful cheese counter. I try to taste something called culatello, which is kind of the heart of the prosciutto. It's made in Zibello, which is right near there and

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on May 21, 2008 at 10:03:08 AM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • Top Chef Travels: Alice Waters

    It would be an understatement to call Alice Waters influential; more apt would be food revolutionary, or America's premier culinary icon. Indeed, no one has moved more earth in America's locally grown, organic food movement than the 63-year-old chef, author, and restaurateur. In 1971, decades before the local food movement took hold, she opened the now-legendary Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, serving exclusively organic and seasonal cuisine. As part of her Chez Panisse Foundation, Waters has focused in recent years on initiatives such as The Edible Schoolyard, a non-profit program teaching students about organic and seasonal gardening. Waters recently talked with Fodor's about her favorite places near her home in the Bay Area, where she spends most of her time. She reveals the area's best shops, what she does on a day off, and -- as one might expect -- her favorite farmers' markets. Fodor's: Tell us about Chez Panisse. What can people expect when dining there? AW: It's a house that was

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on March 13, 2008 at 11:59:59 PM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • Top Chef Travels -- Anthony Bourdain

    "Kitchen Confidential" author Anthony Bourdain talks about the pleasures of eating and living in New York City...

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on March 10, 2008 at 11:59:59 PM EDT Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • Top Chef Travels: Ming Tsai

    The Boston-based chef talks about life in Beantown, where to buy the best clothing, and more...

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on March 06, 2008 at 11:59:51 PM EST Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • Top Chef Travels -- Cat Cora

    The Food Network celeb talks about the pleasures of living in Santa Barbara...

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on February 28, 2008 at 11:59:51 PM EST Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • Top Chef Travels -- Suvir Saran

    Top Chef Suvir Saran on the culinary wonders of his native New Delhi....

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on December 31, 2007 at 11:59:57 PM EST Tagged: Top Chef Travels
  • D.C.'s Late-Night Bites

    Although it's never been a late-night kind of town, D.C. does have a handful of terrific after-hours eateries...

    Posted by Carolyn Galgano on November 28, 2007 at 11:59:56 PM EST