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.
North Carolina

ABC’s of North Carolina Part 1: Charlotte

Unlike other American cities, Charlotte's building boom is going strong with 8 of its tallest buildings completed within the last decade.

Polish Highlander Culinary Adventure – from Applecake to Zapiekanka

As I folded the crescent-shaped dough, I again heard that infernal "Nie, Nie, Nie." My personal, Polish version of Gordon Ramsay had snuck up behind me.

24 hours of glorious gluttony in Warsaw

A day in Warsaw, Poland starts at the Polonia Palace with an eye-opening shot of vodka.

Fishing and Hunting for real men – Missoula, MT

“Your confidence builds over the years, but you also realize how much can go wrong. Sure, it’s scary jumping into a 1,600 degree roaring fire, but it’s also a lot of fun-- being involved with a lot of like-minded guys in something bigger than you.”

S.W. Alabama Girlfriend Getaway feeds body and soul (part 2)

A trip to Monroeville (the epitome of a charming, hospitable Southern town complete with a picture-perfect town square) is a must for admirers of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

S.W. Alabama Girlfriend Getaway feeds body and soul (part 1)

“Do you like a good ghost story?” I enquired. Yes, ma’am, I sure do,” she replied earnestly. Next thing I knew, her daddy was right along side her, listening just as intently.

Tuscumbia’s 50th anniversary of the “Miracle Worker” still captivates audience, pt.2

The Fonz would be right at home in this nostalgic soda fountain.

Tuscumbia’s 50th anniversary of the “Miracle Worker” still captivates audience, pt.1

We sat in complete silence, collectively holding our breath like the moment before Ryan Seacrest announces who won American Idol, as Teacher ferociously pumps water over Helen's arm while spelling the letters into her hand, again and again. "W-a-t-e-r. It has a name!" This miraculous scene has been imprinted in my mind by numerous “Miracle...

Go West, Young Hipster: Zurich, Switzerland

Although they still make some mighty tasty chocolates, Zurich is now home to one of the hippest, coolest, designery nabes in Europe. The once-stodgy Swiss image has been shattered forever with the successful revitalization of Zurich West aka Kreis 4, easily accessible by a new tram line.
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Get Your Bearings: In Bern, Switzerland bears rule

This distinctly medieval town, which has been recognized as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site since 1983, also offers beautifully preserved sandstone buildings lining broad, cobblestone streets, historic towers and the longest covered shopping arcade in the world, six kilometers of shopaholic bliss.