Brazil Getaway Challenge: Taking the Paths Less Traveled

Last year foreign travel to Brazil hit a record high. Meanwhile Brazilians themselves (those able to resist overnight shopping spree packages to Miami) are traveling throughout their country more than ever before. Add to this the rapid spread of urbanization and the frantic pace of infrastructure development, and it’s become more of a challenge to get off the beaten track in Brazil. And yet, it can be done.

Why Chowhounds Love Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s current culinary scene is a microcosm of the city itself, where innovation and creativity exists, as long as you’re willing to look for it. Dan Eldridge presents his top-three Pittsburgh restaurant picks for fine dining, as well as his top-three low-end picks for tasty (and cheap!) meals.

Cuba’s Best Beaches

Cuba boasts glorious beaches. Most are scattered along the north shore, with concentrations immediately east of Havana; in Varadero; Cayo Largo; the Jardines del Rey (Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey Provinces); and Holguín. Here’s a list of the top Cuban beaches.

Dim Sum and then Some: A Guide to AsiaTown

AsiaTown, an area just east of downtown is loosely bordered by East 30th and 40th Streets, and St. Clair and Payne Avenues. This vibrant, diverse neighborhood is teeming with Asian-owned shops, restaurants, and markets. A visit here is a must for ethnic-food fans, adventurous home cooks, and lovers of all things exotic.

Costa Rica’s Best Surf Spots

In Costa Rica, there are dozens of world-class venues and no shortage of surf camps, surf schools, and rental outlets. Christopher P. Baker discusses when and where to go to enjoy the best surf vacation.

Get Your Bay Area Hike On This Spring

Hikers who take advantage of Bay Area trails this spring will see rare wildflowers and centuries-old virgin redwoods, surf crashing against miles of coastal bluffs, waterfalls, summits, big-leaf maples, and more. Ann Marie Brown has compiled a list representing some of the best hikes for activities like wildlife-watching, backpacking, and exploring waterfalls in the San Francisco Bay Area.