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.

Hilton Head Health: The healthy getaway that keeps on giving

Yup, after my recent visit, I can see why Hilton Head Health was voted "America's #1 Weight Loss, Health, and Wellness Resort of 2019" by USA Today. H3 (as it is affectionately referred to by its guests) also scored "Best for Weight Loss" 7 Years in a Row by...

What’s Happening: Fun-filled 13th annual Food Film Festival coming to NYC

And lucky for me I just happen to be spending October in NYC so I finally get to go to this year’s Food Film Festival, which runs from October 24-27, 2019. Since I don't want to miss any of the fun, I’m jumping on one of those early bird-VIP...

Wanderlust: Plan your own island escape at Corfu’s Villa 1870

The unspoiled, peaceful paradise of the Greek island of Corfu, notable for its dense green vegetation, stunning cerulean coastline, and cosmopolitan, UNESCO heritage Old Town, is a fantastic destination in its own right. But when you’re staying at Villa 1870, you’ve raised the stakes from just another trip to...

Wanderlust: Eagles Palace Hotel & Resort — Halkidiki’s Heavenly Hideaway

The five-star Eagles Palace Hotel & Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, enjoys a spectacularly unique location near Mount Athos, "The Holy Mountain" and the picturesque fishing village of Ouranoupolis in Halkidiki. Let me put it this way, Mount Athos was mentioned by Homer as being...

Introducing Thessaloniki, Greece’s best kept secret

Move over Athens--there’s a new, 315 BC-year-old kid on the block! It’s Thessaloniki, the capital of Greek Macedonia and the second-largest city in Greece. It’s always been popular with European travelers who are drawn to its gorgeous beaches, lively college-town energy, and cosmopolitan character. Although the majority of the...
Santorini -- Travel Guide, Recommendations

Stark Insider Travel: Santorini quenched my wanderlust

A food and wine soaked adventure in Santorini, Greece. With tips and recommendations by travel writer Janice Nieder.

Quintessential Quebecois City Getaway: Charlevoix (Part 2)

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her getaway to Quebec. ICYMI: Part 1 began in the Epicurean Winter Wonderland of Quebec City. Part 2 continues with a visit to the picturesque county of Charlevoix... Driving through the countryside to Charlevoix was reminiscent of driving from San Francisco to wine county. An...
Peaceful retreat at Le Monastère des Augustines

Wanderlust: Quintessential Quebec City Getaway (Part 1)

Preamble: I was NOT looking forward to my Quebec trip. When I had booked it months ago, I was very excited, but now, in the tail end of winter, I was having serious doubts. First, the ten-day weather forecast showed I was in for: below freezing temperatures, torrential rain...

Rancho San Lucas, Los Cabos: If Greg Norman builds it, they will come

I recently returned from witnessing the launch event of Norman Estates At Rancho San Lucas, and to answer your next question, Yup, it's that Norman. Hall-of-Fame golfer, internationally renowned entrepreneur and just all-around cool guy, Greg Norman has partnered up with the Solmar Group to develop a residential enclave...

Best Of: 2019 Specialty Food Association Fancy Food Show (Wrap-up)

Travel writer Janice Nieder picks out some of her favorites from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Although I didn't get to try everything (which is understandable since this is the largest specialty foods and beverages trade show in North America, with over 80,000 edibles to sample;) I...