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The 10 best vacations for foodies

By The Hub team

Some people travel to see the sites. Others, like us, go pretty much exclusively for the food. But while the list of culinary destinations around the globe is endless, there are certain places that really are all about eating. Here are ten trips every foodie needs to have on her bucket list.

Colorful macarons in Paris

We Heart It

Paris

Freshly made crepes, flaky croissants and piping-hot baguettes--no trip to Paris is complete without a daily dose of treats from the city's spread of chic cafés, patisseries and bakeries. Order a buckwheat galette with andouillette, ham, cheese and egg from the crepe stand at the Marché Président Wilson. Next up, baguettes, which you'll take with you on your bike ride to the Tuileries. Atthe boulangerie Poilâne, the bread is still baked in an antique wood-fired oven just downstairs. For dinner, you don't want to miss the lamb shoulder--with a bottle of wine, of course--at Au Passage.

Sushi platter in Tokyo

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Tokyo

Fun fact: Tokyo restaurants have more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world. And we're talking so much more than sushi. Think steaming bowls of ramen, udon, soba and tonkatsu pork. Order the omakase menu from any stall at the Tsukiji fish market and pound sake with skewers of grilled meat at any izakaya. Queue up early (like, 3 a.m. early) for the best raw fish you've ever had at Sushi Dai. Then, for a taste of the upscale, be sure to score a reservation at the French-influenced Narisawa for nature-inspired dishes by visionary chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.

Marbled jamón ibérico and potatoes in Barcelona

T-Styled Me

Barcelona

This is the land of El Bulli. In the wake of the famous, and now closed, restaurant by chef Ferran Adrià, you'll find no shortage of fresh seafood, sizzling tapas, paella and sangria. See and be seen at Albert Adrià's upscale tapas joint Tickets. Then take an afternoon and sample marbled jamón ibérico, freshly pressed oil from Catalan olives and fresh fish from fourth-generation fishmongers at the stalls of La Boqueria.

Insalata Mista in Tuscany

Tuscany

We all know that Italians take their food and wine very seriously. And while gelato, risotto and Chianti should be part of any trip, for a truly authentic experience, it's best to dig deeper. In Florence, make a reservation at the stylish Michelin-starred Ora d'Aria, and order a heaping bowl of spaghetti with smoked buffalo mozzarella and panzanella. Head to the lively port city of Livorno for torta di ceci, a street food made from chickpea flour that's almost like a tortilla. A short trip to Vicchio lands you at Villa Campestri--the first olive-oil resort in the world, where you can partake in tastings, get an olive-oil massage and eat a multi-course, olive-oil-laden meal, all of which comes from olives grown on-site.

Typical cuisine in BangkokChasing a Plate

Bangkok

Scents of kaffir lime, lemongrass, chile, mint and coconut milk hang heavy in the air here, and the sound of sizzling woks rings louder than temple bells. In Bangkok, street food rivals haute cuisine for top billing, and at the trendy Taling Pling, beef massaman curry is king. For a meal that toes the line between street stalls and high-end eats, go to local favorite Supanniga Eating Room, where you'll drool over the best spicy crab you've ever tasted.

sugar-coated beignets in New Orleans

The Hungry Nomad

New Orleans

Fried-oyster po'boys, shrimp étouffée, spicy crawfish gumbo and jambalaya--these are just a few of the Cajun and Creole must-eats on any trip to NOLA. Go for French-Creole fusion in the French Quarter at Antoine's, Arnaud's or Galatoire's. And don't leave without a least a few (OK, a million) sugar-coated beignets from the world-famous Café Du Monde, which has been serving up these beloved deep-fried fritters since 1862.

 Steamed dumplings, dim sum, barbecued pork buns in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

The former British colony is beloved for its Eastern flavors tailored to a Western palate. Steamed dumplings, dim sum, barbecued pork buns--we're reaching for our glass of water just thinking about all the salty goodness. Tim Ho Wan is your answer for buns, and, oh yeah, it also has a Michelin star. Head to The Chairman for steamed flower crab and braised bean curd with Chinese mushrooms. Of note: The chef here has banned MSG from his kitchen, so you might as well make it a double order.

Open faced Danish sandwiches in Copenhagen

La Pitanza y Yo

Copenhagen

In 2014, Noma was named the best restaurant in the world, and its chef René Redzepi became something of a food god. You'll be hard-pressed to get a table here, but luckily, the Danish capital has much more to offer in the way of culinary treats. If pickled herring is too fishy for your taste, try a smørrebrød (the fancy Danish word for an open-faced sandwich) from Aamanns instead. We suggest the pork rillett with thyme, mustard, pickled squash and gooseberries. Wash it all down with a few brews from the world-famous Mikkeller Bar.

Classic Moroccan dishes, Harira soup

Plan-It Fez

Fez

With a mash-up of influences (France, Africa, the Middle East), the food in this Moroccan city is nothing short of eclectic. Less touristy and more authentic than Marrakech, the narrow alleys of Fez's medina are lined with colorful spices and clay pots. Learn to prepare classic Moroccan dishes--harira soup, Berber pancakes, tagines--at one of the many cooking classes on offer at Café Clock. Then reward yourself with a meal of salads, tagines and couscous at Maison Bleue.

Classic dish in Oaxaca

Restaurante Catedral

Oaxaca

Long known as a culinary destination, Oaxaca is much more than the fish tacos symbolic of Mexico. Instead, think complex moles, soups, tamales and giant tortillas (or tlayudas). Order the huitlacoche crepes in poblano sauce at the upscale Catedral, and try a pastry cone stuffed with hibiscus flower at the trendy La Biznaga. And OK, you have to at least try fried grasshoppers (or chapulines), a tradition that dates back to the 16th century.

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United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, April 22, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

  • 1
    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
  • 2
    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

  • 6
    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
  • 7
    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
  • 8
    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

  • 1
    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
  • 7
    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
  • 9
    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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