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.

Wanderlust: Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan: Narlai (Part 3)

Travel writer Janice Nieder concludes her journey across India in Narlai. ICYMI: Part 1 and Part 2. Far off the beaten track brings us to the tiny mountain-top hamlet of Narlai I fell in love with the atmospheric Rawla Narlai Hotel the instant I stepped through the massive wooden gates and...

Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan: Bundi, India (Part 2)

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her adventurous and colorful adventure across Bundi, India. ICYMI: Part 1. Leaving the big city lights for Bundi The colorful town of Bundi is known for its architecture, including the Star Fort, over 50 stepwells, which are walk-down reservoirs initially built as an art form by...

Wanderlust: Exploring the Exotic Beauty of Rajasthan with New Zealand’s Peta Mathias (Part 1)

Exploring Rajasthan, The Land of Kings, on one hand, is filled with lavish maharajas palaces, time-stood-still villages, tiger-dense forests, outrageously opulent hotels, humongous forts, sacred pilgrimage sites, luxurious spas, unique stepwells, traditional craftwork and surreal landscapes… super-imposed with chaotic masses of mankind swathed in brilliant kaleidoscope-colored textiles and jewels. There...

Wanderlust: Three days of road-trippin’ foodie fun in Vermont, pt. 2

Travel writer Janice Nieder continues her Vermont road trip. The journey began in Part 1, and now continues... Day 2: Shelburne Farms & Basin Harbor Shelburne Farms is the first farm I’ve ever visited that I actually felt a little under-dressed for. After exploring the stunningly gorgeous pastoral landscapes and historic...

Wanderlust: Three days of road-trippin’ foodie fun in Vermont, pt.1

Vermont could be the poster child for organic, farm-to-table, seasonal, artisanal, SCRUMPTIOUS food. Before my recent foodie foray there I was aware that they led the way when it came to cheddar cheese and maple syrup but I had no idea that was just the tip of the romaine! The...

Travel Getaway Guide: Rochester, New York – Where to stay and dine, things to see and do

Top must see & do’s in New York State's third largest city.

Why I chose Viking’s ‘Portugal River of Gold’ cruise for my 100th country trip (Part 2)

Picturesque Porto A few hours later we arrived in Gaia, a short-over-the-bridge walk away from Porto, where all the river cruise vessels tie up. Being on this side of the tracks meant that not only were we afforded stellar Porto city views, but we were also surrounded by famed port...

Why I chose Viking’s ‘Portugal River of Gold’ cruise for my 100th country trip (Part 1)

This year not only was Portugal voted “The Best European Travel Destination” but they also received 20 other awards at the 2018 World Travel Awards ceremony. Also, this year Viking River Cruises was voted the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers (for the third time running) and has been...

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 2: Orcas Island

Time to board the ferry for the scenic ride to Orcas Island, or as the locals call it “the Emerald Isle”. A diverse green playground, Orcas is known for having the highest mountain in the San Juan’s, the gorgeous 5,252-acre Moran State Park with 38 miles of trails for...

Best tripping, sipping and savoring around the San Juan Islands Pt. 1: Whidbey Island

There are approximately 172 islands in Washington State’s San Juan County, plus the popular neighboring islands of Whidbey and Camano, and once you start visiting them you’ll soon learn that the finest fresh caught, shucked, brewed, foraged and farmed food awaits you at every turn. The easiest, prettiest and most fun...