Alex Van Buren, Travel + Leisure

Alex Van Buren

Travel + Leisure

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Alex:

10 Perfect All-Isnclusive Resorts on St. Lucia

Discover our guide to some of St. Lucia's top luxury all-inclusive resorts. From snorkeling to spa treatments and delicious food, these resorts are doing it right. → Read More

Should I Tip My Airbnb Host?

If there's a cleaning fee associated with your rental, do you have to tip? We went to Lizzie Post and an Airbnb host for thoughts. → Read More

The Best National Parks in Arizona

Any list of the best national parks in Arizona includes the Grand Canyon, but other key natural and historic attractions are worth a visit, too. → Read More

Best Adults-only All-inclusive Resorts Around the World

The only thing more relaxing than an adults-only result? A truly worry-free, all-inclusive package. Read on for our favorites. → Read More

9 Tips for Better Farmers’ Market Manners

Some folks brave the farmers’ market all year-round, which is wonderful, but for others, the warm months are the ideal time for leisurely laps of local produce vendors. But how’s your etiquette? Read on. → Read More

15 Chef Secrets to Making Restaurant-Quality Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that—like a soufflé or seared duck—we might hem and haw about, and avoid making because it seems difficult, but once we try it we’re blown away by the results. Here’s one Italian chef’s tips and tricks for improving your risotto. → Read More

The Cajun Way to Celebrate Christmas

We got celebrity chef Isaac Toups to share his family’s holiday traditions and his mother’s crawfish cornbread dressing recipe. → Read More

This Doctor Says Her Baby Nearly Starved Because There's So Much Pressure on Moms to Breastfeed

The Fed Is Best movement is trying to change the messaging we give women about how to nourish their babies. → Read More

What This Mom Learned About Food Culture in America After Her Baby Stopped Eating

Virginia-Sole Smith’s new book, The Eating Instinct, asks the question, “What does it mean to learn to eat, in a world that’s telling us not to eat?” → Read More

Do Your Pregnancy Cravings Actually Mean Anything?

We asked a registered dietician about the pickles and ice cream, why cravings change from one trimester to the next, and more. → Read More

The 5 Best High-Protein Breakfast Ideas on Pinterest—That Aren’t Eggs

Craving some variation in your morning routine? Check out these protein-rich breakfast ideas from Pinterest. → Read More

I Asked a Chef How to Make Better Hummus—and Got 8 Game-Changing Tips

I reached out to Chef Michael Solomonov—whose new cookbook Israeli Soul comes out this month, and whose hummus is the best I’ve had—to find out how to make mine as good as his. → Read More

5 Things to Try at Trader Joe's This Fall

Our food writer tested a whole bunch of items from Trader Joe's that she'd never seen before. Here's what she loved, and what she wouldn't buy again. → Read More

9 Smart Ways to Use Up Your Leftovers (and Save Lots of Time in the Kitchen)

Here are a few tips I’ve gleaned from watching my mother—a leftovers savant—and interviewing chefs over the last decade. → Read More

11 Tips to Make Over Your Sad Desk Lunch

These simple tricks make healthy work lunches more appealing and exciting to eat. → Read More

The Instant Pot Hack That Can Get a Meal on the Table in 30 Minutes

If you have a pressure cooker, the "pot-in-pot" trick is a total game changer. → Read More

7 Easy Recipes That Will Make Anyone Obsessed With Eggplant

Make the most of eggplant season with these recipes for baba ghanouj, ratatouille, pasta alla Norma, and more. → Read More

It Sounds Gross But This Mayonnaise Ice Cream Recipe Is Creamy, Silky, and Totally Delicious

I know it sounds gross, but mayonnaise ice cream is actually a genius idea. Here's what it really tastes like. → Read More

5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Pregnancy

Here are some of the mind-blowing facts I learned in the buzzy new book "Like a Mother"—which is a must-read for any woman who wants to have kids. → Read More

5 Fresh Foods to Always Pick Up in the Produce Aisle

You can do so much with these kitchen staples: lemons, ginger, garlic, scallions, and shallots. → Read More