New French Riviera/Provence Guide Out

We have just released the 4th edition of author Andy Herbach’s Open Road’s Best of The French Riviera & Provence guide, $12.95, available at Barnes & Noble, other retailers, and of course online at amazon here or here.

9781593602185This time around though, given the growing popularity of Nice, Monaco and the rest of the beautiful French Riviera, we renamed the book and led with this region. Provence is fully covered just as it has always been in this book. The photo on the front cover above comes from the lovely beach town of Villefranches-sur-Mer.

Now that the holiday season is over, there are lots of bargains and discounts to be had across the region. If you come across a good deal, let us know! And enjoy your trip to southern France!

New Paris Guides Page at

We recently realized — well, my principal Paris author Andy Herbach realized it and I am simply taking credit for it — that we have four different kinds of guides to Paris now and they really deserve their own page at our website.  So take a look at our new Paris page and let us know what you think.

The four books are the forthcoming Wining & Dining in Paris; Open Road’s Best of Paris; Eating & Drinking in Paris; and Open Road’s Paris with Kids (update coming Fall 2014).  Here’s a screenshot of just the top part of the page:

Feedback requested — thanks!

Can I eat ‘Krapfen’ – and Do I Want To?

The answer to the question posed in the title of this post, in short, is absolutely yes.  For krapfen is an Austrian jelly donut or fritter. And this is just one of an amazing world of Teutonic culinary delights with which many Americans remain at best only slightly familiar.

If you are considering a trip to Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, where English is not spoken as much as in, say, the Low Countries or Northern Europe, consider our e-book only Eating & Drinking in Germany, Austria & Switzerland.  The book features thousands of German dining phrases and food terms translated into English, plus a guide to wurst, regional dining specialties, beer halls in Germany, the best Austrian coffeehouses, and much more.

Links to each of the three main e-book stores are provided below the cover image, below.

Click here to order from Kindle.

Click here to order from Nook.

Click here to order from Apple’s iBookstore.

Here’s author Andy Herbach’s introduction to this unique book:

“We know the panic of opening a menu without recognizing one
word on it and the disappointment of being served something other
than what you thought you’d ordered. On our first trip to Europe,
we were served a plate of cold brains; we thought we had ordered

Can you imagine a foreign traveler who speaks basic English
understanding what prime rib is? Or a porterhouse? Veggie platter
anyone? Buffalo wings? Sloppy joes?
Even people who speak passable German can have trouble reading a
menu. You might be surprised to see Himmel und Erde on a menu.
Although it means “heaven and earth,” it’s a dish of blood sausage
with mashed potatoes & apple sauce.
Experienced travelers know the importance of a good guide to get
the most out of vacationing in Europe. It’s the easiest way to maximize
their time abroad, while minimizing unwanted “surprises.”
The same is true for eating in a foreign country. This little dining
and food guide will acquaint you with the wonderful local and
regional specialties that Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have to
offer, while the menu-translator section will help you make sense
out of German menus.
All in all, it’s a handy reference tool that’s specifically designed to
help you avoid culinary catastrophes during your travels, and dine
deliciously in German.”