Alex Schechter
Alex Schechter
Freelance writer, Out of Office

Salvador, Brazil, is home to turquoise beaches and spicy Bahian food

Spicy, rich Bahian cuisine is a heady blend of Portuguese, African and indigenous Brazilian influences.

Virginia Beach’s once-endangered oysters are thriving again — and so is its culinary scene

Local Lynnhaven oysters can be found on seafood menus throughout Virginia Beach.

After the California wildfires, a stunning floral phenomenon will bloom this spring

Fire follower seeds are activated by intense heat — and they'll be a "showstopper."

Hong Kong’s dessert subculture: Why young locals choose sweets over drinks

At night, you're more likely to find young locals bonding over dessert than drinking in nightclubs.

How to avoid eating like a tourist in Rome

The tips include the two little words that will prove you're only looking for the best of the best.

What’s driving Baltimore’s food awakening? The city’s past

The story of Baltimore has not always been a happy one — and these chefs want to make a difference with food.

11 things you need to know before going on your first safari

From investing in light-colored clothes to planning an off-season trip, these insider tips will help you plan your best safari ever.

How Chinese tea arrived — and flourished — on an island in Portugal

The Azores are one of the few places in Europe with a thriving tea farm.

The sweet remains of Arab culture in Sicily

You can still see the Arabian influence in the island's food, culture and architecture.