The Travel Bite with Rachelle Lucas

The Travel Bite with Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle Lucas is a food and travel blogger that shares stories from her adventures around the world. From chatting with top chefs and winemakers, to talking with other travelers about unique eats and experiences, Rachelle will tempt your tastebuds and take your imagination on a culinary journey across the globe.

  • Thursday, May 26th
  • Episode 48: How To Keep A Healthy Vibe While On Vacation

    During this episode, Rachelle chats with Margaux Lushing, Founder of Well + Away, the first healthy-hip travel guidebook series. Their website is full of healthy travel hacks, weekender guides, and interviews with cool, healthy locals. Before launching Well + Away, Margaux wrote for Refinery 29, Well + Good, Brit + Co and has been featured in Mashable, Women's Health and Justluxe. She’s also a personal trainer, travel addict, and has lived in fun cities like LA, NY, Sydney, Florence, and Napa. Margaux is here today to share with us her travel tips, from staying motivated to keep your workout routine while traveling, to how to keep a healthy vibe throughout your vacation.
  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Episode 47: 10 Essential Packing Tips From Family Expert

    Today's guest, Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, is a longtime travel writer and the family vacations expert at In addition, she has contributed to numerous national outlets, including Travel + Leisure,, NBCNews/, Good Housekeeping, Parents, The Boston Globe, and many others. In this episode, she shares her top 10 packing tips for summer.
  • Thursday, May 12th
  • Episode 46: Family Travel Packing Tips With The Educational Tourist

    Planning a summer vacation with the family? You don't want to miss these great packing tips from family travel expert, Natalie Tanner with The Educational Tourist. From what electronics to pack, what to leave home, how to build a better first aid kit, and even ten creative uses for blue painters tape.
  • Thursday, May 5th
  • Episode 45: Summer Road Trips

    Looking for the perfect road trip idea? We've got several! During this episode, Rachelle chats with Natalie from about five unique summer road trips including: The Breaking Bad Journey, The Extraterrestrial Highway, Party Like It's 1776, The Bourbon Trail, and The Blues Highway. And if history, the great outdoors, and visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites are your thing, then you'll love listening to Rachelle's next guest, Brigitte, talk about a small town in Virginia that's was home to three U.S. Presidents and has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Grab your pen and paper and let the road trip planning begin!
  • Thursday, April 28th
  • Episode 44: Yountville: Taste Life Here

    Learn about a small town in Napa Valley, named for the first pioneer to plant vineyards there and now named one of the top food towns to visit by numerous magazines. From picturesque landscapes of rolling green vineyards, to the top restaurants in the world, and plenty of outdoor activies including hiking and cycling, hear why Rachelle absolutely fell in love with this town. For more information, visit
  • Thursday, April 21st
  • Episode 43: Travel Beauty Tips From A Celebrity Manicurist

    Today's guest is Mar y Soul, a celebrity make-up artist and manicurist that's work has been seen in over 300 fashion editorial covers including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Elle. She jetsets around the world from Paris, to New York, Miami, and LA perfecting manicures for celebritys like Lady Gaga and Jessica Biel. I'm excited to have her on the show today to share with us her best travel and beauty tips!
  • Thursday, April 14th
  • Episode 42: Farm-To-Table In the Cayman Islands

    When it comes to the Cayman Islands, you might think of stunning beaches, great diving, and fresh seafood. But there's actually quite a bit of farming too that puts them ahead of the curve in terms of the farm-to-table dining movement in the Caribbean. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Chef Thomas Tennant about what farming is like in the Caribbean, what local specialties you have to try when you visit, and why eating lionfish is good for the environment. From a spinach-like plant called callaloo, to breadfruit, cashew apples, guava, and soursop, your mouth will be watering to taste these flavors of the Caribbean
  • Thursday, April 7th
  • Episode 41: Taste Louisiana

    Love southern food? This episode will make you drool. Rachelle chats with Chris Jay of All Y'all about southern foods in Louisiana. From shrimp busters and craft beers, to peach ice box pies, drive-thru daiquiries with funny names, crawfish boils, and even a donut shop that Elvis once sang about. If you're ever visiting Louisiana, you'll want to add all of these to your must-try list.
  • Thursday, March 31st
  • Episode 40: French Kiss Life with Tonya Leigh

    During this episode, Rachelle chats with Tonya Leigh, the founder of French Kiss Life, a destination for women who want to inject more elegance, style and joie de vivre into their daily lives. Through a vibrant online community and immersive travel experiences, Tonya helps women embrace life like a Parisian by slowing down to enjoy everyday luxuries. She has some great stories about visiting Paris and some beauty travel tricks that can help you go from hot mess to first-class-act.
  • Thursday, March 24th
  • Episode 39: Lucky Rice with Danielle Chang

    During this episode, Rachelle chats with Danielle Chang, founder of LUCKYRICE festivals, host of Lucky Chow on PBS and author of Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables.
  • Thursday, March 17th
  • Episode 38: Southern Eats With Bryan Roof Of PBS's America's Test Kitchen

    Bryan Roof, star of the popular PBS show and Executive Food Editor for series of magazines, “Cook’s Country” an America’s Test Kitchen brand. As an ensemble star and Editor, Bryan travels all around the U.S. to find and taste truly local American dishes. He then brings his knowledge back to the test kitchen to try to perfect local recipes for inclusion on the show and within the magazine. He’s often hosted by local fans and families that want to show him the “real” hometown cuisine and Bryan has some great stories to share about his travels.

    He just returned from a trip to North Carolina in search of fried chicken (I’m super jealous) and other local fare like fish stew and cheese biscuits. He’ll take what he’s learned back to the America’s Test Kitchen team to create the perfect Carolina fried chicken recipe.
  • Thursday, March 10th
  • Episode 37: Tango And Breaking Bread In New Mexico

    Learning to dance tango in the middle of a bakery in Albuquerque is something I never thought I'd do, and it's just the tip of the ice berg of interesting stories shared at the Golden Crown Panaderia. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Chris Morales about what it was like growing up in a bakery, the challenges of success after appearing on the Food Network, their famous New Mexican Green Chili Bread, and of course, tango lessons.
  • Wednesday, March 2nd
  • Episode 36: 5 Tips To Be Better Organized When You Travel

    Whether you travel frequently for business, or are planning for your vacation, all of us could use a few good packing tips from a professional organzier. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Suzanna Kaye with about her tips for being better organized and stress free when you travel. Learn about the top travel and organizing apps, useful everyday household items you never thought to take with you, how to keep your important documents safe, and even a few tricks on how to pack less.
  • Thursday, February 25th
  • Episode 35: Mainland Miami Eats and Trendy Neighborhoods

    Get to know where the locals go on the mainland in MiamiBest Coffee In Miami. I'll give you a hint, it's not South Beach. From the trendy Wynwood Art District, to Coconut Grove, and Little Havana, learn some insider tips from Chef Concierge Fernando Pochulu and award-winning Executive Chef Aaron Brooks from the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. Get ready to take notes about where to find the best locally roasted coffee, a baker that's so popular he's blowing up on Instagram, and even a place making artisan bacon.
  • Thursday, February 18th
  • Episode 34: 9 Superfoods From Around The World

    The latest trend in superfoods is a global mix of aromatic spices, hearty legumes, and a few fruits too. Listen in as Rachelle chats with Colman Andrews, Editorial Director at The Daily Meal about 9 trending superfoods and where they're from.
  • Thursday, February 11th
  • Episode 33: The Lower 48 - A Road Trip Across The Continental U.S.

    Imagine taking a road trip from the southern most point in Key West to the northern most point accessible by roads in Alaska. That’s exactly what Kenin and his wife did. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Kenin with about practical tips for long-term affordable travel. He and his wife, Lauren, have traveled to all lower 48 states and Alaska, and are headed to Hawaii this year to accomplish visiting all 50 states.
  • Thursday, February 4th
  • Episode 32: Cuban Culinary Escape

    If Cuba has been on your list of destinations to see, now is definitley the perfect time to go! During this episode, Rachelle chats with Sonia Laguna about what to see and do on this island nation. From immersing yourself in the culture, to dining out at paladares, to meeting top chefs, visiting art gallaries, and even enjoying Cuba's famous rum and cigars.
  • Thursday, January 28th
  • Episode 31: Become A Fearless Cook

    Chef Candace Conley, presenter for eHow and author of The Girl Can Cook, chats with Rachelle about learning to have fun in the kitchen and becoming a fearless cook. From what the pho, to what to do with celeriac, this episode will inspire you to experiment and have fun cooking in your own kitchen.
  • Thursday, January 21st
  • Episode 30: Pairing Music To Food

    Ever wonder why food seems to taste better when you're listening to music? Turns out, there's a science to that. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Barbara Werner, book author and app developer, about how to pair your food to music using a simple mathematical formula. Her musical pairing dinners were recently named by Fodor's as one of the "Top Ten Can't Miss Pop Up Dinners." Barbara shares a few of her food-pairing secrets, funny stories, and a way for you to try this at home. 
  • Thursday, January 14th
  • Episode 29: Forage-To-Table

    Foraging for food is becoming an increasingly popular way to literally 'get a taste' of the outdoors. And with wild mushroom pizza and homemade sassafras root beer, it sounds pretty delicious too. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Alan Muskat with the internationally-known tour company, No Taste Like Home, about the top wild foods people can eat and his forage-to-table experience in Asheville.
  • Friday, January 8th
  • Episode 28: Food Trends For 2016

    From the veggie that's surpasing kale in popularity, to more ancient grains, a movement toward exotic spices, and even more food-on-demand and delivery options, here's a healthy and delicous outlook to food trends in the new year. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Leora Lanz, Professor of Marketing at the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration about what food trends to look for in 2016.
  • Thursday, December 17th, 2015
  • Episode 27: Kara On The Coast

    During this episode, Rachelle chats with travel blogger and coastal life expert, Kara Franker, about warm places to chill in 2016. They talk about everythign from from yacht parades, to where to eat in Miami, and the top beaches to visit in the new year.
  • Friday, December 11th, 2015
  • Episode 26: Seoul Food And A Fun Korean Lesson

    During this episode, learn more about South Korea's traditional tea houses, modern coffee shops, and the top things you should taste when visiting Korea! During our visit, we practically ate our way through Seoul trying everything from comforting bowls of bibimbap in Insa-dong, to fine dining with a view of the city at Seoul Tower, to rolling up our sleeves for traditional grilled Korean barbeque, and a whole lot street foods. Learn about what to eat, see, and do when visitng Seoul.
  • Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
  • Episode 25: Croatia Food & Wine

    Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy is a gem of a destination for food and wine lovers - Croatia.  With over 1,000 islands, epic waterfalls, and ancient Roman cities, there's plenty to see as well.  During this episode, Rachelle chats with her friend Mia Salazar about all there is to see, do, and taste in the small country of Croatia.
  • Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
  • Episode 24: Voluntourism And Finding Soul In Haiti

    If you've ever been interested in voluntourism, you'll be inspired by hearing Julie Colombino's story during this episode. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Julie flew down to the devastated Caribbean island to offer a helping hand and ended up starting a revolution. Hear her story in her own words during this episode, and for more information about her non-profit and voluntourism opportunities in Haiti, visit
  • Thursday, November 19th, 2015
  • Episode 23: New Zealand

    A trip to New Zealand might be closer than you think. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Adriena about the best routes to get there, the top five things to see, the longest place name in the world, and of course -- must-taste food and wine.
  • Thursday, November 12th, 2015
  • Episode 22: From Hadrian's Wall To Dubai

    From Hadrian's Wall to Dubai, Architectural Photographer, Jim Hobart of Macbeth Photo shares with us his adventures on the road including rustic hikes, oppulent cities, and doing good deeds in a developing nation.
  • Friday, November 6th, 2015
  • Episode 21: Paso Robles Wine

    Rachelle chats with Chris Taranto about one of California's fastest growing wine regions - Paso Robles. Located along California's Central Coast and in between the metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is luring visitors with it's wild countryside and care-free charm. In this episode, you'll learn about how to properly prounce this funky regionn (there are a few different ways) as well as what makes them such a great spot for Bordeaux varietals and a variety of Zinfandel.
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2015
  • Episode 20: Ecuadorian Chocolate Maker - Parcari

    The origin of cocoa is ... Ecuador? For the fine aromatic Arriba cocoa, indeed it is. During this episode, Rachelle chats with Francisco of the Internationally acclaimed award-winning Parcari Chocolate about the origin of chocolate, different types of cocoa, flavors of the Andes mountains, and the importance of sustainable biodynamic farming in the rain forest.
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
  • Episode 19: Behind The Scenes With Steady70 Photography

    World renowned food and lifestyle photographer, Steve Levine, travels to exotic locations throughout the year and has quite a few fascinating travel stories to share. From searching for sea urchins, to foraging for wild ingredients in Costa Rica, to a questionable fish treat in Russia -- he's seen and tasted it all. Listen in as he shares a bit of what it's like to be a professional food photographer.
  • Thursday, October 15th, 2015
  • Episode 18: The Oldest Wine Merchant In The World

    Can you imagine what buying coffee or wine must have been like in the late 1600s? In this episode, Rachelle chats with Amanda from Berry Bros & Rudd, the oldest wine and spirit merchant in the world. Located on St. James's Street in London, their original store and cellars still stand. They chat about the store's history as well as their signature London Dry Gin.
  • Friday, October 2nd, 2015
  • Episode 17: Jekyll Island

    Rachelle chats with Kevin Baker about life on Jekyll Island, the best Shrimp and Grits Festival in the world, the island's history, and the mysterious driftwood beach and how it was formed. From dining in the same restaurant that once hosted the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, to witnessing sea turtle rescues and releases, Kevin shares the rich history and eco-friendly culture preserved on this small Georgia island.
  • Thursday, September 24th, 2015
  • Episode 16: St. Andrews By-The-Sea

    This small town in New Brunswick was Canada's first seaside resort town and still packs plenty of coastal charm today. Their legendary tides from the Bay of Fundy, the highest tidal range in the world, leaves an exposed ocean floor offering some of the best scallops in North America. In this episode, I chat with Denise Bradbury about the abundance of seafood in the area that has led to a trend of sea-cuterie boards, the legendary Algonquin Resort and it's famous guests throughout history, as well as some fun outdoor adventures like hiking out to Ministers Island across the ocean floor during low tide.
  • Friday, September 11th, 2015
  • Episode 15: Atlanta Food Walks

    Akila McConnell, owner of Atlanta Food Walks, tells us the history of food in Atlanta. From learning the difference between soul food, southern food, and low-country food, to how a famous restaurant there ties in to the Civil Right's Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. She also dishes about all the delicious places to eat in downtown Atlanta, including a shop owned by an inspiring female entrepreneur that went from being a Hurricane Katrina evacuee with nothing but a single bag, a pot, and a spoon, to an award winning candy maker.
  • Friday, September 4th, 2015
  • Episode 14: Traveling Panties Tips For NYC

    From unusual ice cream flavors, to waterfalls in Central Park, to the top restaurants and bars in NYC, Katie Goldstein of dishes on all of her favorite places to dine and play in New York City.
  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015
  • Episode 13: Welsh Cuisine

    Rachelle chats with Welsh food expert, Sian Bassett Roberts, about deliciously comforting Welsh cuisine. Learn about the origin of Welsh cakes, how Welsh rarebit got its name, as well as Welsh words to know when visiting this welcoming country in Great Britain.
  • Thursday, August 13th, 2015
  • Episode 12: Handcrafted Small Batch Spirits At St. Augustine Distillery

    Handcrafted spirits are on the rise, and this small distillery located in Florida's oldest ice plant in St. Augustine is capturing the essence of Florida in their premium spirits using heirloom sugarcane, citrus, and other local ingredients. St. Augustine Distillery's philosophy is all about farm-to-glass production while maintaining the heritage of the community around them. Learn about their history, how they make gin, and a few cocktail recipes too.
  • Thursday, August 6th, 2015
  • Episode 11: Eating Internationally On Orlando's International Drive

    Food blogger, Julius Mayo Jr. of, convinces Rachelle that International Drive in Orlando is more than just chain restaurants. They meet for an Ethiopian meal (yes, Ethiopian) and coffee ceremony at a locally owned restaurant, Nile, while talking about the diverse variety of cuisine available in Orlando. Through their conversation, Julius teaches Rachelle about all of Orlando's hidden food gems -- from Ethiopian, Indian, Russian, and cultural fusions like Chinese Peruvian and Brazilian Japanese. They also chat about where to find Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread), Peruvian chaufa, and authentic ramen noodles.
  • Thursday, July 30th, 2015
  • Episode 10: Midlife Road Trip

    From road tripping across America, to driving across Asia for Mongol Rally, Rick and Sandi from Midlife Road Trip have conquered bucket list travel. Rachelle chats with them about their most memorable airline meals, where to find the best barbecue in Kansas City, and even how to get to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
  • Episode 9: Emilia Romagna's Treasure Of Foods

    Take a culinary journey through the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The capitol of the Emilia Romagna, Bologna, is nicknamed "the fat one" for a reason. Some of the most delicious Italian foods hail from the area. Mouthwatering treats like gelato, prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and pasta Bolognese are all from here. There's also known for wine, fast cars, and beautiful historic cities. During this episode, Rachelle chats with her friend Nick about what delicious gems you'll find in each city throughout the region.
  • Friday, July 17th, 2015
  • Episode 8: Italian Wines & Life In Reggio Emilia

    Rachelle visits one of the oldest wineries in the region and chats about life, fast cars, and bubbles with Gian Paolo Gavioli of Casali Wines in Reggio Emilia.
  • Thursday, July 9th, 2015
  • Episode 7: Growing Up In Bordeaux - An Chat With Chteau de Chantegrive

    During this episode, Rachelle visits the award-winning family-run Chteau de Chantegrive in the Grave region of Bordeaux where she chats with winemaker, Emma, about what it's like growing up in a winemaking family.
  • Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
  • Episode 6: Bordeaux's Urban Wine Trail

    Discover Bordeaux's new Urban Wine Trail, learn about the guy they call the "wine magician," and get a few tips about where to go to taste some of Bordeaux's best wines by the glass.
  • Thursday, June 11th, 2015
  • Episode 5: Coffee Flavor Profiles & Trends

    During this episode, Rachelle sits down with friends over at Barnie's CoffeeKitchen to chat about all things coffee -- from bean to cup. They discuss the history of coffee, roasting techniques, farming regions, how coffee is flavored, the intriguing peaberry bean, and even ways you can cook with coffee. We'll also talk about current coffee trends which includes cold brewed nitrogen infused coffee on tap, just like a beer keg.
  • Friday, June 5th, 2015
  • Episode 4: Irish Desserts & Gaelic Lessons

    During this episode, find out what it's like to enter a food competition and win! Rachelle chats with photographer and food blogger Aaron Van Swearingen about his winning dish for the Raglan Road Master Chef Competition. Rachelle also chats with Aileen, who works for Raglan Road Irish Pub, about some useful Gaelic phrases to know and some must-taste Irish desserts.
  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015
  • Episode 3: Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon Speaks About Modern Irish Foods

    During this episode, Rachelle sits down with celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon at his cooking school in Ireland, Dunbrody House, where his PBS show is filmed. They talk about everything from fishing in Ireland, to delicious Irish desserts, and even a few stories from behind the scenes of his cooking show. Rachelle and Kevin also talk about his new cookbook, Back To Basics, and the popularity of his Orlando-based Irish pub, Raglan Road.
  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • Episode 2: Wine Trends And Useful Afrikaans Phrases For Travelers Visiting South Africa

    During this episode, I meet up with Ken Forester at his wine estate in South Africa to chat about wine trends and the dynamics of organic farming and I also get a lesson in Afrikaans from a local guide where she teaches us a few useful phrases to know when visiting South Africa.
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015
  • Episode 1: South African BBQ and Winemaking History

    In this episode Rachelle interviews Natalie, a foodie and blogger from Cape Town, South Africa and Thea, a winemaker from Jordan Wines

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