Janice Nieder

member for over 9 years

Member Since:
Feb 2008

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. She was a specialty food consultant for 12 years in New York, with a client list that included Tavern on the Green, Dean & Deluca and Sign of the Dove. After being bitten by the travel bug, her culinary adventures took her to almost 100 countries, where she shared a smoked monkey dinner with a generous Shuar Indian family deep in the Amazon Jungle; helped Ethiopian tribal woman bake injera bread on hot stones in 108 degree heat; and crashed a wedding feast in Pakistan, where she was wined and dined by over 200 men and no other women.Last year, she mistakenly bought camouflage clothes to participate in a week-long truffle hunting safari in Marche, Italy, never tiring of the decadently delicious fungi feasts. But her real passion is working with underdeveloped countries to protect their cultural identity by preserving their traditional foods and cooking methods. To this end, Janice has written numerous articles about her culinary discoveries, assisted local producers with bringing their products to market, and consulted with tourism and business leaders on developing and promoting local farmers markets, cooking classes, and culinary tours. Janice has received San Francisco's Community Leadership Award of Excellence for her on- going work as the Volunteer Coordinator for C.H.E.F.S. (Conquering Homelessness Through Employment in Food Service) a program she helped develop that provides culinary and job skill training for the homeless. She is also a proud of the Society of American Travel Writers, Bay Area Travel Writers, and Slow Food. To keep things in balance, Janice also enjoys writing about her worldwide Girlfriend Getaway which include reviewing new eateries, indie shopping, spas, hiking, chef interviews, arts and culture. 

Published Books

To Myanmar with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur

Janice Nieder has contributed to a ThingsAsian Press book, To Myanmar With Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur. The second in a new series of books that fall somewhere […]

Published Articles (39)

Warsaw, Poland’s Previously Stodgy Capital is Having a Moment

Sure, London, Paris, and Rome are totally wonderful, but if you’ve been there/done that and think you might like to try someplace a little rougher around the edges, yet you […]

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa: The Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Beach escapes offer a perfect girlfriend getaway choice and it simply doesn’t get much easier (or more pleasurable) than booking a stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & […]

Exploring Springfield – the poster child for Ozark Cool

Travel writer Janice Nieder explores Springfield, Missouri and discovers a place that oozes small town charm combined with the best big city offerings. Janice shares places to stay, things to […]

Savoring Tuscany With Hedonistic Hiking

I’ve always felt that the best way to appreciate another country is by traveling on foot while indulging in the local cuisine. As much as I like to hike, I […]

Experiencing the Waters of Tuscany’s Countryside Adler Thermae Spa Resort

I recently completed a marvelous one-week Tuscan trekking trip with Hedonistic Hiking, and a luxury stay in an exclusive spa-hotel was a much-needed break following the excursion.

Experiencing the Waters of Tuscany’s Countryside Adler Thermae Spa Resort

I recently completed a marvelous one-week Tuscan trekking trip with Hedonistic Hiking, and a luxury stay in an exclusive spa-hotel was a much-needed break following the excursion.

Wanderlust: Easy winter road tripping through Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Remember that old IMAX tag line “Think Big”? It also describes Montana, our 4th largest state, so unless you have a couple of weeks to explore it all you’re better […]

Wanderlust: 7 Irrefutable reasons to escape to Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts

The holidays are officially over and if all that remains is empty cookie tins, a pile of unwanted gifts to return and Christmas tree road kill lining slushy streets, then […]

Naples Wins Best U.S. Destination for Luxury Travelers, Here’s What to Experience While There

USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice poll recently voted Naples, Florida the nation’s top “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers,” leaving high-roller contenders such as Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, Maui, and Aspen […]

Forget El Niño, Chef Vincenzo Betulia is the Real Reason Florida’s Restaurant Scene is Heating Up

This was a very good year for Chef Vincenzo Betulia, who scored a double whammy when he was honored with two 2015 Naples Illustrated Dining Awards: one for Best Restaurant […]

Wanderlust: Quaint and quirky Carmel-by-the-Sea

Lace up your Vans! Join Janice as she takes a whimsical and inspiring foot tour of this charming, coastal town. StarkInsider.com

Taiwan’s Top 12 Taste Treats: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Taiwan is poised to nab the title of “Best Hidden Foodie Gem of 2015. LuxeBeatMag.com

My Continuing Love Affair with Viking River Cruises

Me: “I’ll take ‘Unforgettable Vacations’ for $2000 please, Alex.” Alex Trebek: “And the clue is: This cruise line recently received its 9th win as the Best Overall Cruise Line for […]

Visit Vitoria-Gasteiz, Queen of the Basque Country

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Vitoria-Gasteiz, founded in 1181, still hasn’t received the level of respect it so richly deserves.

Chef Gilberto Guidi On Honest Food, Olive Oil Farming and What it’s Like Running a Rustic Trattoria in the Heart of Northern Italy

I happened upon Cà Guidi, a little bite of Italian heaven tucked away in the captivating hill town of Longiano, while I was traveling through the virtually undiscovered part (by […]

The Best of San Sebastian

Grab your passport and read on for a local food expert’s tips on the favorite of San Sebastian gastronomical delights.

How Three Top Chefs Collaborate to Make Machneyuda One of Jerusalem’s Best Restaurants

Machneyuda, Jerusalem’s award-winning, wildly successful restaurant is definitely unusual since it’s owned by three highly accomplished (and opinionated) Israeli chefs: Asaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon.

Why Cooking is a Way of Life for “Jewel of the Desert” Executive Chef Gordon Maybury

When the historic Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix was looking for an executive chef early in 2013, one can only assume that the establishment—which is nicknamed “The Jewel of the […]

If river cruising is the new black, then Viking is the leading fashionista!

Ocean cruising is soooo last year, which is fine by me since I’ve never understood the appeal of endlessly popping Dramamine while bobbing around the high seas with nary a […]

Guide To Trendy Tallinn- Estonia’s newly cool capital

After last month’s visit, Tallinn gets my vote for “Best Makeover Ever”! It’s been magically transformed into one of the trendiest capitals in Europe, scoring the title of European Capital […]

Romance reigns at Cours des Loges, Lyon, France

As we entered the 5-star Cour des Loges hotel, a crown jewel in Lyon’s old town, we felt like we had wandered onto a theatrical set of some big budget […]

Four Seasons Executive Chef Andrea Accordi Reaches for Another Michelin Star

Last year the iconic Four Seasons opened the their first hotel in Russia, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, located in a historical palace.

Top 10 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Tallinn, Estonia

Featured in A Luxury Travel Blog, which is one of world’s top 25,000 websites. So far this article has received over 5,000 likes on Facebook!

New Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St. Petersburg, Fit For a Czar

When the iconic Four Seasons decided to open their first hotel in Russia, one might have expected them to head to the capital city of Moscow. But instead, they chose […]

Top 10 tips for visiting Newfoundland – the edge of the world

Featured in A Luxury Travel Blog,which is one of world’s top 25,000 websites. This article received 4.9K likes on Facebook and received 635 tweets. Per the CVB host, “you gave […]

Janice’s World of Travel: 8 Good Reasons to Choose Suriname for Your Next Exotic Getaway

Exotic Suriname is just a short flight from the East coast which is why they were thrilled with my feature in “Janice’s World” in New Jersey Newsroom with approx. 300,000 […]

A Fairy Tale Town Carved Out of History and Stone::Trogir, Croatia

A four-part love letter to the magical town of Trogir, Croatia.

Quintessentially English countryside escapes: Bath, pt.1

The first of a series of stories that cover quintessentially English countryside escapes, for adding on after a London visit.

ABC’s of North Carolina Part 1: Charlotte

The backstory: One Seattle mother, two daughters (one from SF and the other NYC-both can get lost crossing the street) converge in North Carolina for a week-long road trip exploring […]

Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and Krakow is constantly being touted as the exciting new Prague, Budapest and Berlin all rolled together but for my zloty (Polish currency) the […]

24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

Normally I would be crazed trying to fit in all the restaurants I wanted to try in just one travel day, but that’s all the time I had to explore […]

Fishing and Hunting for real men in Missoula, MT

Sure, the scenery is breathtaking, there are tons of fun outdoor activities (hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, snow and water sports galore) to choose from, and there is a surprising amount […]

S.W. Alabama Girlfriend Getaway feeds body and soul

It was love at first sight. It happened about ten years ago, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, when I first saw the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. […]

Stand Straighter, Sleep Sounder and Smile Sweeter at Rancho La Puerta

Sis, tired, hungry and totally disgruntled from her flight (plane was overbooked, no hot water was available ergo no coffee, endless delays at the airport, etc.) met me at Rancho […]

Following The Butcher, The Baker, and The Winemakers Trail :: Southern Oregon

This is the first of a 6 part article about Southern Oregon’s Culinary Trail. Scroll down to botton for links to the other 5 parts.

Battle of the Two Star Michelin Chefs :: Dublin, Ireland

Review of Top Two Michelin Starred Restaurants

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort: Bobcats to Beauty Treatments

Resort and Spa review.

The Other Cancun :: RIVIERA MAYA part 1

Exploring Mexico’s latest hotspot, Riviera Maya.

Visit Vitoria-Gasteiz, Queen of the Basque Country

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Vitoria-Gasteiz, founded in 1181, still hasn’t received the level of respect it so richly deserves. Admittedly, it doesn’t have famous museums to rival Bilbao’s Guggie (but really, […]

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Grand Dame, Arizona Biltmore is looking good after successful remodel

Since she first threw open her doors in 1929, the iconic Arizona Biltmore, has hosted countless world leaders, every U.S. president for the last 40 years, and copious celebs as well as just regular folks who are looking for some fun in the sun. I’ve always loved it there but if I […]

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Cruising the Galapagos Islands in High Style

Last month, when I was cruising the Galapagos Islands on Princess Grace’s yacht, the weather could not have been more delightful…“Oh, sorry. Was I name-dropping?” You’re darn right I was, because trust me, just about the only thing more incredible than exploring these “Enchanted Islands” is to be doing it […]

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