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A Day At The Minnesota State Fair

As I was saying, Labor Day is a good day. However, while it is great because it hints at the glories to come, Labor Day Weekend is also wonderful in its own right because it happens to fall during one of the single most important events of the year- The Minnesota State Fair.

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Kuromon Ichiba Market

There is nothing like the sensory overload and vibrant energy that one experiences while walking through one of these magical areas. Hordes of customers bustle about, bargaining with vendors for their wares of goods that are artfully arranged in piles around stalls and along aisles. The aromas of fresh and cooked food alike swirl around in the air while the sounds of live music and many languages being spoken all at once attack the ears.

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My First 24 Hours In Japan: The Start Of A Love Affair

After a very long and tiresome journey, I wanted nothing more but to curl up in bed, but I was cold and hungry so I stopped inside a brightly lit, yellow noodle shop down the street from my hostel. Japanese novellas played from a television on the wall and I could see the cooks eating through the open kitchen. Communication was futile for me, so I took a chance and merely pointed to the bowl of the man sitting next to me. What luck I have, It turned out I ordered ramen with pork belly!

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The Best Of New Orleans

From the French quarter to the Garden District, New Orleans is composed of many unique neighborhoods that each have their own personality but all of which offer amazing music, food, drinks, and company. I got the opportunity to sample everything from alligator jerky to chewy pralines. While most of the foods were great, there were a few places that stood out more than the rest.

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A Day At Borough Market In London

The main attraction of the day was a visit to an outdoor market by the London Bridge called Borough Market. All I can say is that this is magical place that will forever on hold a place in my heart. Borough Market is essentially my equivalent to a candy store for a small child.  The Market was composed of stalls and stands that spiraled around many blocks and I skipped around excitedly, the entire time feeling like my eyeballs were about to pop out of my head.

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Beerfest In Germany

Let the games begin. With each stein of beer, we ordered a meal to share. I was bent on ordering a plate of pork knuckle and with the help of some pantomiming to a German stranger, I was able to figure out which dish to order from the foreign menu. The meat came with a side of sauerkraut and a large polenta ball, similar to mashed potatoes in flavor but more gelatinous in texture. Next came the roast chicken. All around us, people swayed and sang arm in arm to the oohm-pa-pa music while Rian and I gorged ourselves on the crispy skinned chicken, ripping it apart with our fingers.

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Fresh Ingredients In Firenze

After months of anticipation I have finally made it to Florence, Italy!! This first week has been a whirlwind of non-stop activity and orientation to the winding roads, unfamiliar people and exciting marketplaces. One of my very first stops was the mercato centrale, a large indoor market that houses vendors selling everything from fresh fish and produce to dried herbs and fruit.

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