Janice Nieder

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. Previously a specialty food consultant in NYC, Janice is currently a San Francisco-based culinary tourism writer who has wined & dined her way through 80 countries. To keep things in balance, Janice also enjoys writing about her Girlfriend Getaways which include spa visits, soft-core adventure, cultural events, shopping, boutique hotels, and chef interviews.

Shreveport’s no slouch when it comes to tasty southern food

I admit I didn't expect to find sophisticated gourmet fare here but the Wine Country Bistro proved me oh-so-wrong. This bistro could hold it’s own against any upscale restaurant in rarified Napa.

Last month, when I was cruising the Galapagos Islands on Princess Grace’s yacht…

Join Janice on another Girlfriend Getaway: An eight-day cruise aboard the M/Y Grace. Departing from San Cristobal with visits to the Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Bartolome, Santa Cruz, the Charles Darwin Research Station, and Hood (Española) Island.

Girlfriend Getaway: Mi casa es su casa at Casa Gangotena – Quito, Ecuador

Mama sweetly reached up and took my hand, led me into the gleaming marble bathroom, stripped me down to nothing and then reached into her black bag for the first of many rubber-banded bundles of herbs she used for my rub down.

Get Your Zin On: ZAP Wine Festival coming to San Francisco

This is the 21st anniversary of this festival honoring said grape with three incredible days of wining, dining, tasting, and partying, starting January 27. Team Stark has the skippy on some of the main happenings, plus a preview video.

The Saguaro a shining example of Joie de Vivre hospitality

Saving the best for last, we had an incredible dinner at, Distrito. Chef Jose Garces, a James Beard Award winner had escaped my notice before dining here, but he’s on my short-list to watch out for now.

Greater Phoenix Phenom for Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway, part 3

Another appreciative nod to the Scotts happens at the Saturday Night Scotch Tastings, where for $35 you can enjoy a guided tasting of the premium labels, food pairings and a hand-rolled cigar.
Hot Air Ballooning in Pheonix

Greater Phoenix Phenom for Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway, part 2

Dick Erath, who was instrumental in creating Oregon's billion-dollar wine industry and is now growing grapes in Arizona, says that "We're just scratching the surface here."
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

Greater Phoenix Phenom for Gourmet Girlfriend Getaway

The Phoenix Phoodie scene is phenomenal. Amazingly talented chefs can be found cooking their toques off everywhere from funky food trucks to Kai, the only (well-deserved) 5 star restaurant in Arizona, with impeccably well-trained staff everywhere, which is always a bonus.

ABC’s of North Carolina Part 3: Blowing Rock

Unfortunately, we encountered some freaky cold weather with torrential downpours so all we could manage was a very slow and careful drive from Point A (Asheville) to point B (Blowing Rock). But the views were still fantastic.

ABC’s of North Carolina Part 2: Asheville

I always assumed that the estate was called Biltmore, because they just kept “building more” but it actually gets its name from combining two words: "Bildt" the region in Holland where the Vanderbilt family originated, and "more," an old English word meaning upland rolling hills