Whether or not you're staying at the luxurious Oxford Hotel, shimmy from the lobby to The Cruise Room, downtown Denver's first bar. We're not kidding. It opened in 1933 the day after Prohibition was repealed, so expect trendy art deco vibes as you sip handmade martinis and classic cocktails.
Chef Sean Brock prepares seasonal low country cuisine at this upscale Southern dinner spot. Try the chef’s tasting menu, which features a rotation of dishes such as local roast chicken with chow chow and morel mushrooms and South Carolina peaches dressed with creme fraiche, cinnamon and basil.
Visit this quintessential New England general store. Giada affirmed that "they've got a little bit of everything," but it's the "outrageous pizza" that drives Martha's Vineyard, Mass., residents wild. Chilmark General Store makes the dough fresh in-house before loading it with gourmet toppings.
Walk into one of Jackson’s handful of coffee shops and you’ll probably overhear a customer ordering a Wild Tribe. Sipping the blended frozen mocha drink at Pearl Street Bagels should help outsiders understand why it’s so addictive, especially on a warm summer day. The frothy sip is icy, caffeinated and, if you add a banana to it, a solid breakfast option. Plus, Pearl Street Bagels is home to the best bagels in the valley. Just know there’s a no-toasting policy because they’re so fresh.
When Giada ended her weekend getaway to Miami she finished at The Pelican Café. The café wows tourists with their diverse take on coastal fare from Italy to the Peruvian Coast. Make it a Pelican double by reserving one of their eclectic and funky decorated hotel rooms.
Todos Santos in Santa Fe is known both for its delicious handmade chocolates and its inventive Day of the Dead-inspired decor, making it a prime spot for Giada's Weekend Getaways. Giada helped herself to a variety of treats made with a special French dark chocolate known as Valrhona.
For the best fried seafood around, The Bite in Menemsha, Mass., is the crispy, fresh and piping hot answer. This cash-only, roadside shack is known for its fried fare, especially the belly clams; there are no clam strips here. A meal is best taken to go, on the beach with a side of "Bite" fries.
If the waterfront ocean view or the mahi mahi stuffed with lobster and crab in a macadamia nut crust doesn't impress you, maybe the lilikoi creme brulee will. Marc Summers calls the creme brulee the best thing ever, as you can taste the passion fruit flavor, aka lilikoi, in every bite.
Chef Jeff Drew of Snake River Grill, the quintessential fine-dining spot in Jackson since 1993, offers a small plate of morels in spring and sometimes early summer, depending on availability. When morels are in season in Teton Valley, you’ll find both locals and chefs out in the wild foraging the coveted wild mushrooms. Drew allows the morels to shine, serving them simply in a delectable bath of buttery and herbed sauce, salted to draw out the earthiness. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Giada raves about Snake River Grill's famous Eskimo Bars -- and it's no wonder why. They make these ice cream bars with artisanal Scharffen Berger chocolate and a rich caramel dipping sauce. For an equally dip-worthy dish, try the Branding Iron of Sweet Onion Ring
For the perfect Saturday morning breakfast, Giada heads to the L.A. farmers' market where they host more than 85 shops and sell everything from seasonal and year-round produce to farm-fresh eggs, local Dungeness crab and Giada's absolute favorite, Nutella crepes from The French Crepe Company.
At Laura's Candies & Creole Gourmet, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA, Giada De Laurentiis treats herself to the Creole pralines and hand-made chocolates, on Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways.
While on a weekend getaway in Los Angeles, Giada couldn't wait to treat herself to Pazzo Gelato. This popular family-owned gelato parlor makes its own 25 flavors on a daily basis. Giada declared her chocolate shake to be ''rich, decadent and perfect [for a] vacation.''
Since the first sushi bars in the country opened in LA, it seems LA has a sushi bar on every corner. But Hamasaku's modern sushi has been an instant crowd-pleaser. Giada customized her roll with ponzu sauce but for newcomers, try the crowd favorite: Charlize tacos made with fried wonton skin.