Angela Ballard

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I recently treated our older son, Zack, to a trip to New York for his 24th birthday. While there were lots of things we wanted to see during our visit, such as the Met Cloisters, what we wanted to do most was eat.

We returned to Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown…


I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon, to spend some time in the city’s lovely botanical gardens for an upcoming Morning Beats television segment. …


Having visited more than 100 countries on all seven continents at this point, it’s difficult to remember life before I was a . But our first trip to Morocco was my first trip anywhere outside North America and the Caribbean, and it happened just eight years ago.

Mr. Mike Ballard…


My favorite burger isn’t American.

My go-to burger is a Greek lamb burger that I first tasted while gazing at the Parthenon of the famous Acropolis in Athens, Greece. …


It’s amazing just how much your childhood shapes you. Even the things you might not consciously remember can play an important part in your love for them. Such is the case with my inordinate affection for classic cowboys.

My father loves Westerns.


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Timbuktu. Bora-Bora. Darjeeling. Kathmandu. .

I’ve been intrigued by these places my whole life, even though I didn’t know anything about them beyond their melodious and exotic-sounding names.

Home to humans for more than 20,000 years, Zanzibar was ruled by the British and Portuguese from 1498 until 1964…


When you’re in the Mediterranean, you can’t help but crave seafood. The smell of the ocean is in the air, the boats are in the harbor, and it’s difficult to imagine cows and pigs and goats. They’re there, but they seem out of place.

We were on the island of…


Did you know it’s possible to see a rainbow at night?

Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park is famous for them, particularly this time of year when the water is gushing from spring snowmelt and you can catch a full, or nearly full, moon that’s sitting low over the horizon…


Stroll the sidewalks of Europe in the summer, you’ll see café table after café table topped with glasses of bright orange liquid.

It’s the ubiquitous Aperol spritz, featuring the century-old bitter orange and rhubarb liqueur that gives the cocktail its distinctive color.

We spent the summer of 2018 in Europe…


My family wasn’t a camping family. We tried it once when I was little, and I believe we lasted one whole night before we turned around and drove home, never to attempt it again.

Mr. Mike Ballard’s family, on the other hand, are tried-and-true campers. Their hometown church has been…

Angela Ballard

Food and folklore from my travels to over 100 countries.

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