Stories written by Kelly Phillips Badal
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Cafeoteca Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Coffee and Chocolate Cultural Revolution

The rich landscape of Costa Rica is famous for its high-quality coffee beans and cacao fruit, but until recent years, the country has been primarily an exporter—with the best of its raw materials roasted, brewed, and blended far from its borders. But the times, they are a-changin,’ and all for the better if you love […]

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The San José Restaurants Giving Costa Rica’s Traditional Food A Fresh New Twist 

Unlike culinary destinations like Mexico and Peru, Costa Rica’s food scene is considered a bit…bland. Visitors expect gallo pinto—the country’s quintessential beans-and-rice dish—as well as meat, fish, plantains, and little else. But all this is quickly changing as a new wave of ambitious eateries introduce global cuisines and reimagine traditional recipes. Costa Rica’s largest city and capital, […]

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Bangkok’s Hippest ‘Hoods and Hangouts, According To Thai Designer Nün Stannard

Thai fashion designer Nün Stannard is one of Bangkok’s up-and-coming style stars—she’s the driving force and namesake behind the athleisure-inspired indie clothing line Nün Bangkok. The four-year-old brand is making waves in Thailand and beyond: It already counts some of fashion’s international young it-girl crew like model-celeb Alexis Ren and actress Jade Chynoweth as fans. […]

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7 Malibu Mansions Worthy of an Epic Weekend Getaway

Ahh, Malibu. The Los Angeles-adjacent beachside hideaway of celebrities, Hollywood moguls, and other well-heeled homeowners boasts some truly incredible estates, mansions, and villas among its cliffs and coasts—places where living the good life is only the baseline. This is an area where the no-detail-spared home becomes reality. Ever wanted to serve an ace on your […]

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Hanging Bridge Costa Rica

7 Must-Trek Costa Rican Hiking Trails

Costa Rica’s landscape is diverse, teeming with wildlife, and best experienced on foot. In fact, the sheer amount of hiking opportunities in the country—of which 25% is federally protected land—is one of the major reasons to plan a visit…or at least, one of the best justifications for peeling yourself off the beach for a day. Whether […]