Shandana A. Durrani

Shandana A. Durrani

Shandana A. Durrani has been a magazine editor and travel writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and websites including Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Cigar Aficionado, Wine Spectator, Silverkris, Haute Living, SO/HO, Metro London, NYMag.com, Justluxe.com and Pursuitist.com. She is the author of "Day Trips from New York City" and the co-author of "Insiders' Guide to New York City." When she is not writing, she is gallivanting across the globe, finding choice spots to eat, drink and be merry. You can follow her on Instagram at missadvnture and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/missadvnture.
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Food & Drink

A Woman’s Work: Female Chefs Serve Up Culinary Delights

Cooking has traditionally been dominated by women but you wouldn't know that looking at restaurant kitchens. The list of Michelin-star chefs is long and is almost entirely made up of men. Female chefs have long been relegated to sous or…
Food & Drink

Pod People: Food Truck Purveyors Group Together for Great Cuisine

It's lunchtime and you want Middle Eastern food. Lucky for you, a Halal cart is not too far from the office. But what happens tomorrow when you want something different? You might have to scour twitter to see where the hot new food truck is…
Travel

Little Rooms: Tiny Houses Offer A Unique Hotel Experience

Many a visitor to the big city has had the same experience: tiny, sterile hotel rooms that make your bedroom at home look like a mansion. If you had the choice to stay in cozy accommodations, why not pick somewhere that offers a…
Food & Drink

Savor the Flavor: Whiskey Bars Take Over the Nation

Whiskey has long been a favorite spirit stateside but never has the drink been as popular as it is today. Myriad states lay claim to at least one distillery and bourbon and American whiskey sales have skyrocketed to $2.4 billion. Much of…
Travel

Sleeping Under the Stars: Tree House Hotels Around the World

As a child, you wanted a tree house. You'd spend hot summer nights at your lucky friend's house, climbing makeshift ladders to play in a wonderland under the stars. That dream doesn't have to die. As an adult, you can release your inner…
Food & Drink

Bartender’s Choice: Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Some say the cocktail is on the comeback but did it ever really go away? Yes, beer and wine are all the rage currently but what's better than a classic drink redefined using organic and local ingredients? In the fall and winter, drinks…
Travel

Farm Loops: Enjoying Oregon’s Summer Bounty

Oregon summers are known for their abundance of sunshine and warm, soft breezes. Residents and tourists alike often head to the countryside to take in the beautiful scenery and fresh food. Oregon farm loops offer a unique way to enjoy the…
Food & Drink

American Beer Gardens: Hip Summer Hangouts

Americans love summer and summer means heading outside to eat, drink and be merry. Instead of imbibing with friends in a dark and stuffy pub, why not drink your favorite brew at a beer garden? This quintessentially German institution…
Travel

Inn at the Market: Seattle’s Hotel with a View

Summer is almost here. And with it comes a surge of visitors to the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, many guests prefer to stay near the action in Pike Place. Inn at the Market, a chic boutique hotel, offers one of the best views of of…
Food & Drink

London’s Hottest Garden Bars

Rooftop bars have become synonymous with summer fun in the city. A place to unwind with a drink in hand. But many of these bars have become overrun with loudmouths and loud music. Not in London. The city's top summer destinations are…
Food & Drink

BBQ Trends Just in Time for Summer

Although summer is still officially a few weeks away, Memorial Day signifies the start of the season. Last Monday, people around the country dusted off their barbeque covers and lit up their grills, savoring juicy cuts of meat and fresh…
Food & Drink

Supper Clubs Hit the Culinary Mark

The lone diner. You sit in restaurants by yourself, savoring your wine and food, listening in on conversations but never being a part of one. It's a solitary experience that can sometimes become lonely. But loners need not suffer anymore…
Food & Drink

Q&A: The Yogurt Guru

Smári Ásmundsson is a native Icelander and the creator of Smári Organics, a brand of Icelandic-style yogurt made in the United States since 2013. Ásmundsson had a lucrative career as an advertising photographer but his love of food and…
Food & Drink

Best Chefs America Launches Regional Guides

Who are the best chefs in America? Everyone has their favorites and while names such as Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok are often bandied about by gourmands around the country, Best Chefs America used a more…
Food & Drink

The Rakish Gin Aficionado: David Piper

Gin has long been the clear spirit of choice for tipplers the world over. And Hendrick's Gin is one of the finest in the marketplace today. Crafted in Girvan, Scotland, Hendrick's uses an array of organic herbs and botanicals in its pricey…
Food & Drink

Wine Flights: The World’s Best Wine Bars

We've all experienced them: Airport delays. It happens more frequently than any of us would like, making travel a chore rather than a pleasure. So what does one do when he is stranded at the airport for hours on end? Drink wine, of course!…
Food & Drink

Artisanal Vermouth: A Drink That Can Stand Alone

  Thank the Italians. In the late 18th century, they were the first to create vermouth. The fortified wine was often drunk on its own but morphed into a key ingredient in many standard cocktails, from the Martini to the Manhattan to…
Fashion & Style

Q&A: George Esquivel of Tumi

Every traveler worth his weight in carry-ons needs a great weekend bag or wheeled suitcase. After all, if the paparazzi spy you at LAX do you really want to be carrying a beaten and threadbare duffel bag? One of the hottest luggage brands…
Food & Drink

A Family Affair: Lobel’s of New York Retains its Old-World Charm

Once upon a time, you'd head to a cheese monger for cheese, a fruit market for sundries and a butcher for your meat. The introduction of the supermarket in the 1920s changed all that and, for generations, Americans of every variety adhered…
Fashion & Style

Green is the New Black

Sustainability. It's a hot trend that doesn't seem to be dying down. But for travelers, it's sometimes daunting. The number of eco-friendly hotels grows every day but finding other eco-friendly products while on vacation can be challenging…
Travel

Hotel Zetta: San Francisco’s Modern Marvel

Chic, modern hotels are nothing new but when you add sustainable elements and high-class design, modern turns into marvel. San Francisco's Hotel Zetta, opened in the summer of 2013, is one such architectural wonder, thanks to Dawson Design…
Food & Drink

Move Over Sriracha! There’s a New Hot Sauce in Town

Sriracha has been the hottest hot sauce on the market for some time and with a recent "shutdown," lovers of spicy condiments have been left wanting. But fear not. Small-batch hot sauce purveyors across the country have answered the call of…
Travel

Top Spots Around the Nation to Ring in the New Year

Millions of Americans face a crisis of epic proportions every year: what shall I do on New Years Eve? You don't want to embarrass yourself in front of your work colleagues come January, especially that annoying frat boy who tries to top…