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G. Garvin’s Philadelphia Travel Tips

G. with Chef Mitch Prensky and his wife Jennifer at Supper

Philly gets a lot of flack for “not being as good as New York,” but it’s unique and special. Philadelphia has a lot of history and character and it shouldn’t be counted out in your search for a great vacation city. It’s filled with interesting treasures like the Magic Gardens: an artistic outdoor gallery made up of mosaic art by Isaiah Zagar.

Supper
Owner and chef Mitch Prensky has taken all of his great experiences and his background and applied them to his cozy but sophisticated restaurant. His red velvet waffles, made on an old hand-me-down waffle iron with naturally red Dutch cocoa and a luscious compote, sum up Supper: It’s simple, thoughtful, flavorful and loved by all.

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G. Garvin’s California Travel Tips

I found some amazing places to eat during the years I lived in Los Angeles. Now I love coming through to visit and checking out the new spots. The next time you’re in Cali, live like a local. Stray off the beaten path for a truly unique experience in one of the hip neighborhoods like Abbott Kinney, Silver Lake or Los Feliz.

Original Farmers Market
This farmers’ market is the ultimate L.A. destination because of the wide variety of places. You can have a craving for just about anything and find it here. I visited The Gumbo Pot for an authentic taste of the Cajun South. Fritzi Dog is a newer addition to the market that’s causing a stir with gourmet hot dogs I had to try for myself. Bennett’s Ice Cream has been around a while serving classic flavors, but the Cabernet Sauvignon Sorbet is the perfect California treat.

Woody’s Bar-B-Que
Sometimes you have a craving for real barbecue, no matter where you are in the country. Luckily Woody’s Bar-B-Que exists right in Inglewood. I love some good no-nonsense meat from the smoker with a homemade barbecue. When in doubt, this is the perfect go-to spot in Los Angeles.

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G. Garvin’s Las Vegas Travel Tips

Vegas is all about go big or go home. People imagine a crazy party on the strip, but it’s so much more than that. The culinary scene both in the resorts and off the beaten path can’t be missed. I had a great time seeing different sides to Vegas, and I encourage you all to do the same. Spend a day exploring outside of the strip and see why so many call it home.

Hash House a go go
I had a great time at Hash House a go go. The Twisted Farm Food concept brings big ideas and portions to the table. This place screams Vegas with the insane dishes and amazing presentations. It’s the perfect vacation spot where you’ll definitely bring some food home.

Sandy Valley Ranch
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought a place like this would be so close to Las Vegas. The team at Sandy Valley does an incredible job at taking guests back in time. I worked like a cowboy, I ate like a cowboy, and I completely forgot we were just an hour away from Vegas.

Pink Box Doughnuts
Pink Box Doughnuts is home to some of the best gourmet doughnuts I’ve ever had. The Fat Elvis really showcases Las Vegas with its big flavors, reminiscent of the King himself. The locals are lucky to have a doughnut spot like this to visit before work.

Russo’s Pizza Kitchen
In the event that you’re craving some New York-style pizza in Vegas, look no further than Russo’s Pizza Kitchen. This place has all of the classic Italian dishes, and kids can even make their own pizza, from kneading the dough to picking the toppings. It’s a truly authentic experience not too far from the strip.

Mundo
Mundo is a sexy, upscale spot in downtown Vegas. If you’re on vacation with someone you’re looking to impress, take a cab to the World Market Center. At Mundo they keep the glamour of Vegas with their chic decor and fancy plating, but the flavors are all Latin.

Sweet Addiction
Let’s face it — it gets hot in Las Vegas, especially on the strip. Sweet Addiction offers the best way to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth: cookies and ice cream. You’ll never look at an ice cream sandwich the same way again. The combinations are endless, so you’re bound to find something to beat the heat.

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G. Garvin’s Down-Home Travel Tips

G. at Hillbilly Tea

“Down-home” describes an unpretentious, laid-back Southern life. Food prepared with down-home style is simple, wholesome and delicious. The locations I visited on my down-home road trip truly represent everything great about the word. The best part about it? You bring the Southern life to wherever you live. Check out your local farmers’ market, grab some fresh ingredients and cook something special for your family and friends.

Noble Springs Dairy

I had a blast with the Nobles of Franklin, Tenn. Their farm is beautiful, and I loved hanging out with all of their goats. Goat cheese is tangy and versatile, and you can’t go wrong with it in a salad. I can see why the Nobles are popular with the local restaurants.

Hillbilly Tea

What makes Hillbilly Tea so amazing is its unique approach to tea and the dedication made to tea by putting it all over the menu. I never knew you could make so much with tea. While it’s inspirational and different, it’s still simple. Anyone can incorporate tea into sauces or baking at home.

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G. Garvin’s Louisville Travel Tips

There is much more to Louisville than you’d think. Besides college sports and the Kentucky Derby, this city is filled with locals who love their city. There are farms minutes from downtown, making the restaurant scene locally and seasonally driven. Give Louisville a shot in the summer or fall to avoid the crowds, and secure a spot at an upscale establishment that you’d miss during Derby Week.

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse

This spot is right next to Slugger Field. Against the Grain is great to visit after you’ve worked up an appetite. This gastropub boasts a gigantic beer menu that’s constantly changing and offering something you’ve never had before. The flavorful dishes complement the beer, cocktails and bourbon (of course).

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G. Garvin’s San Francisco Travel Tips

Hops and Hominy

San Francisco is one of those places in the country that’s just all-around incredible. The views, the weather, the people, the food: There are plenty of reasons why it attracts so many visitors. When you visit, be sure to embrace the active lifestyle. There are great places to hike inside the city and around it.

Banjara Bistro

Once you’ve picked up on the car-free lifestyle of the San Fran locals, stop by this food truck to eat like one. Banjara Bistro’s specialty is the crepes, and the Southern Soul can’t be beat: It includes pulled pork, braised greens, honey bacon and cheddar.

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G. Garvin’s Georgia Travel Tips


G. with chef Cristy Nolton of Yeah! Burger
I’m proud to call this state my home. Georgia is home to centuries of history, culture and great people. Whether you’re here to visit mountains, beaches, rivers or the busy city, there’s something for everyone. Georgia is one of those places you can visit any time of the year and you’ll find something going on.

Canoe

Being from Atlanta, I have some great memories of fishing along the Chattahoochee River. Canoe sits right along the river and offers up some incredible atmosphere to go with your delicious food. It’s a seriously upscale experience. Take my word: The rabbit is where it’s at!

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