Say yes to the adventure!

Bucket list trips & recipes for fun-loving foodies

Welcome

to your destination for boutique culinary & culture trips, authentic recipes & insider travel tips

Hey, fun lover!

GROUP TRIPS

→ Skip the tourist traps and travel planning overwhelm on a done-for-you trip filled with delicious insider experiences.

→ Come solo to be in great company or grab a friend – either way you’ll enjoy SMALL GROUP, CHEF-LED adventures with fellow fun-seeking foodies just like you.

→ You’ll make memories for a lifetime and return home inspired by the chefs, winemakers, artisans, guides, and local makers you meet.

Life is short – it’s time for you to taste the world!

Private Trip Planning

→ Whether it’s just you two or a small group; Julie can create a custom trip JUST FOR YOU

→  Save endless hours scrolling Expedia and travel blogs trying to weed out the tourist traps, find the hidden gems, and put your own itinerary together

→ Get an expertly designed, soup-to-nuts trip with VIP bookings, perks, and access to Julie’s food & travel industry insider favorites

Skip the planning overwhelm and enjoy a personalized travel experience!

Free Guide

Bring a taste of Italy to your life!

La Dolce Vita at Home

This 37 page guide is filled with recipes and lifestyle tips so you can enjoy Italian vacation vibes wherever you are.

Sound like you?

→ You love travel, avoid tourist traps like the plague, and crave those incredible experiences you see on travel shows and Instagram

→ You LOVE trying new things, learning about food from around the world, and sharing food & wine experiences with others

→ You’re BUSY and don’t want to sift through 1000s of travel blogs and saved tik toks to plan your dream trip or find the insider spots

Let's Be Friends!

Hey, cutie! I'm Julie

I help fun-lovers like you enjoy incredible culinary & culture experiences through my small group trips, private trip planning services, recipes, videos, and tips!

 

After transitioning from a snooze-inducing tech career to the joyful world of food, I published 1000’s of recipes, became a regular on your favorite morning & lifestyle shows, and traveled the world to create my boutique culinary trips – I’m here to share the joy with you.

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Want a chef's kiss touch on and major exposure for your brand?

Get your winery, tourism board, hotel, restaurant, or travel brand in front of its ideal audience of travel lovers, foodies, and industry professionals!

 

Partner with an experienced Media Professional, Trained Chef, Content Creator, and Travel Leader.

 

From custom social media strategy and collaborations, to recipe and blog content, self produced video, on-air, or live appearances.

 

Whether you’re a brand manager, social media marketer, PR firm, or business owner – I’ll help your brand grow in reach and sales.

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Join my community of fellow fun-lovers for early trip invites, travel tips, & recipes!

Join the party on Instagram too @JulieHartigan

Come 🥳 on a DONE FOR YOU small group trip to Italy! Comment YES for info! xo Julie

#womenstravel #womenstour #italytour #italytrip #womensupportingwomen #italy_vacations #solotravel #solotraveler #solotravelerwoman #winetasting🍷 #foodtravel #foodtraveller #foodandwine #foodandtravel #foodandtravelblogger #italytravel #hobokengirl #jerseycity #nycwomen
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It’s YOUR time to travel now! Comment TRIP for info on my June Women’s Italy Tour ✈️ or go to JulieHartigan.com/travel for all the details!
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#emptynesters #emptynestmom #emptynest #womenstravel #womentravel #italytrip #italytour #italyvacations #emptynester #genx #genxers #midlifewomen #midlifefashion #midlifetravel #midlife #cheflife #foodtour #winetasting🍷 #foodtraveller #foodtravel #italiangirl🇮🇹 #jerseycity #jerseygirl #jerseygirls #jerseyshore
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Who’s ready for a SUNNY GIRLS TRIP to ITALY? 😎🇮🇹🍷

#womenstravel #womenstour #italytrip #italyvacations #italyvacation #tuscany #underthetuscansun #florenceitaly🇮🇹 #florenceitaly #solotravel #solowomentravel #cheflife #womenchefsofinstagram #solotraveler #solotravels #solotraveller #hobokengirl #jerseycityheights #jerseycity #refinery29 #womensupportingwomen❤️ #girlstrip #winetasting #singlegirls #italy_vacations
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Listen girlfriend! You’re TOO BUSY TO PLAN & organize a dreamy trip w friends? 🤷‍♀️ No problem! I’ve got your back…

Join me & fellow fun lovers for a small group Women’s Tuscany Tour this June! ✈️

Everything is DONE FOR YOU on this all inclusive, chef-led, food-wine-culture adventure 🇮🇹🍷❤️

I’ll bring you to all the coolest, insider spots in Florence & the Tuscan countryside - no tourist traps for you my love!

We’re talking:

🍷wine tasting & private winery visits

🍝pasta making, street food tours, Michelin starred dining

🥰 4 star hotels, massages, pampering spa visits

🎨 artisan visits, local shopping, beautiful vistas

😍 private walking tours thru tiny Medieval hill towns

🌳 picnics, pools, & time to unwind in the countryside

🥳 relaxation, fun, & girlfriends time!

Lots of women join solo & make life long travel friends or you can grab a girlfriend, your mom, or sister for quality time together!

DON’T WAIT! There are only a few spots left

& DOORS CLOSE NEXT WEEK!!!

Comment TRIP, send me a DM, or go to JulieHartigan.com/travel for info!

But no matter what girlfriend? The time is NOW to book your spring travel to Europe - don’t wait & let another year slip by where you’re liking everyone else’s dreamy trip posts & don’t get to take your own! XO Julie

#womenstravel #womenstour #italytour #italytrip #springbreak #solotravel #solotraveler #solotravelers #cheflife #cheflife #stanleytucci #italy_vacations #italytravel #winetasting #foodandwine #tuscany #tuscanytour #travelblogger #florenceitaly🇮🇹 #florenceitaly #pastapasta #pastalovers #italianfood #italianfoodporn #gelato🍦 #oliveoil #cheeselover #travellife #traveltheworld @lesdamesny @lesdamesintl
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Calling all travel hungry girlfriends! 🙋‍♀️ Ready for that incredible trip to ITALY you’ve always dreamed of? 😎

Well I’ve got GOOD news for you! Snag a spot in my small group women’s tour to FLORENCE & TUSCANY this June to see the sights in a welcoming group of women with me as your chef-host! ❤️

Come solo to make new friends or grab a girlfriend, your mom, or adult daughter for some quality time - either way you’ll be treated to an amazing DONE FOR YOU food, wine, & culture tour to all of Italy’s coolest under-the-radar spots (no tourist traps for you my friend!)

Comment ITALY or send me a message for all the details!

Let’s make 2024 the year when your travel dreams come true 🥰

#womenstravel #italytrip #italytour #womenstour #sicilytrip #tuscanytrip #sicilyvacation #sicily #tuscany #womenwhotravel #italyvacation #italytour #tuscanytour #solotravel #womensupportingwomen #travel #florenceitaly #sicilytour #travellover #hobokengirl #jerseycity #jerseygirl
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Your LAST CALL to join my Women’s Italy Trips 🇮🇹 this spring! Comment TRIP or message me for info ❤️ Julie

#womenstravel #italyvacations #italytour #sicily #sicilytrip #sicilytravel #tuscany #womenstour #italytravel #sicily🇮🇹 #sicilytour #sicilytours #womenwhotravel #womenforwanderlust #springtravel #italytrip #italyvacations #solotravel #solotraveler #solowomentravel #emptynesters
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THE BEST CACIO E PEPE w a goof-proof creamy sauce! ❤️

This classic Roman pasta dish 🇮🇹 has just 3 ingredients & gets its incredible flavor from sharp-tart-nutty imported Pecorino Cheese + a hefty dose of black pepper.

You’ll love this EASY method to get super creamy results every single time! 🥰

Get the recipe at ILoveImportedCheese.com ❤️

#cacioepepe #pastarecipe #pecorino #pastalovers #cheeselovers #bucatini #italianfood #italytravel #italytrip #cheeselover #italiancheese #importedcheese #pecorinocheese #foodandwine #howto #pasta #pastalovers #pastalovers🍝 #cheflife #cheflife🔪 #travelblogger
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Skip the crowds🎄& CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS in NYC from the water instead w @circlelinenyc so-festive Holiday Harbor Lights Cruises! Thank you @5wpr @iamalexachavarria for having me! ❤️ #nyc #nycholidays #nycblogger #traveltips #travelblogger #visitnyc #ilovenewyork #hobokengirl #cheflife #nycdatenight #nycnightlife #nycfoodie #nyctravel #nyctrip #circleline #christmaslights #christmasbreak #christmasinnewyork ...

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Comment YES if you’d ❤️ a trip to SUNNY SICILY to look forward to in 2024! 😎 Join me & fellow fun loving women for a DREAMY food & wine adventure on this beautiful island next year ✈️ Just 3 weeks left to sign up!

#womenstravel #sicilytrip #sicily #sicily🇮🇹 #sicilytravel #italyvacation #italyvacations #taorminasicily #taormina #italy🇮🇹 #cheflife🔪 #sicilia #sicilyitaly #sicilyinfood #sicilytourism #sicilytour #sicily❤️ #sicily_it #visitsicily
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Why SICILY is a MUST VISIT for foodies! 😻 as a trained chef who’s visited Italy multiple times I was blown away by the uniquely incredible Sicilian food & wine!

It’s like no Italian cuisine you’ve ever tried…

From the just-caught seafood, fresh pressed olive oil, incredible farm-fresh produce from the volcanic soil, unique pastas you’ve never tried before with things like bottarga, oysters, saffron & sea urchin, gooey stuffed arancini with so many options, centuries old tonno fisheries jarring the delicacy, the most delicate Bufala burrata made before your eyes…

Don’t even get me started on desserts! Many of your faves originate in Sicily - from Cannoli, granita with brioche, chewy almond cookies, & a uniquely crunchy chocolate made only in Modica

Plus unforgettable wine tasting at majestic Mt Etna & in the Sicilian countryside where some of Italy’s best Italian wines are being made in varietals you probably haven’t gotten to try yet! 🍷🍷🍷

Want to taste your way through Sicily with a chef? Join me for a small group Women’s Tour to Sicily in June! 🇮🇹

Spots are going fast and the doors close to sign up on Jan 5th so don’t wait!

Treat yourself to a fabulous foodie adventure in 2024 ✈️
Comment SICILY & I’ll send you the info! XO Julie

@macalleortigia @bonajuto @alesmileandfood @baglio_occhipinti @ariannaocchipinti @giuliamonteleone___ @ibanchiragusa
just a few of the places you’ll get to visit!

#chef #cheflife #sicily #sicilytourism #sicilytour #italytrip #sicilyfood #sicilianfood #sicilianwine #sicilian #winetasting🍷 #italianwine #italianfood #italytravel #travelblogger #foodtravel #foodandwine #winetravel #winelovers #winetrip #chefstable #pastrychef #chefstyle #cheftalk #cheflife🔪🔪 @lesdamesny @lesdamesintl @lesda_mesdescoffiertuscany
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KNOCK HER SOCKS OFF! 🥰 Comment or message ITALY for info ❤️🇮🇹🎄🍷 #womenstravel #italytrip #holidaygifts #sicily #tuscany #winetasting #pastalover #girlstrip #italy_vacations #italytravel #emptynesters #motherdaughter #foodtravel #cheflife #sicilytravel #sicilytour ...

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My Grandma & Grandpa would be BESIDE THEMSELVES if they saw this ❤️🇮🇹❤️

They helped raise me & gave me my love of cooking & Italian culture…but never got to see me career change from engineer to chef, recipe creator now & Women’s Italy Tour host! ✈️✈️✈️

Such an honor to get to share my childhood fave recipe for my late Grandma’s Pasta Fazool in the @stirringthepotny cookbook as a fundraiser for the @lesdamesny scholarship fund!

My sweet Grandma Marguerite would be beside herself to know her classic Italian cucina povera recipe is in this incredible collection of fellow members of Les Dames NY family recipes🥰.

You can get a copy of Stirring the Pot on Amazon for the perfect do-good holiday gift! 🎄🎄🎄

Kudos to @silviabaldinistrawberryandsage and @sharonfranke for all the work that went into producing this amazing cookbook & to @penny.stankiewicz for capturing this video!

#italianfood #italiangirl #womensupportingwomen #italytrip #womenstravel #tuscanytour #sicily #sicilytravel #winetasting #italytour #emptynest #emptynesters #midlifewomen @lesda_mesdescoffiertuscany @lesdamesintl #lesdamesdescoffier
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Here’s WHY Sicily is SO unique vs mainland Italy…& why you need to experience it! ❤️

This island off the “toe of the boot” of Italy has a magical vibe all its own …like no place you’ve ever been! 😍

Why? Over the centuries so many different cultural influences were left by everyone from the Greeks, the Moors, the Normans and the Romans…their food, their architecture, their customs!

You’ll be blown away by the flavors & the food…

Active Mt Etna & earthquakes shaped the landscape & caused constant rebuilding over different eras styles - & also volcanic soil leading to the best produce & amazing wine 🍷

Plus it has a more tropical Mediterranean island feel than you’d expect! 🌴🌴🌴

Don’t get me started on the crystal blue water, gorgeous grottoes, countryside farms & freshest seafood 🐟

But as with all places you visit - it’s the PEOPLE that make it and Sicilians are FUN, warm, beyond friendly, proud of their local heritage & customs, & excited to share it with you! 🥳

I fell madly in love w Sicily & you will too ❤️

PS: looking for a fun group to visit Sicily with? join me in June 2024 for my small group Women’s Sicily Tour! ✈️

DM or comment & I’ll send ya details ❤️

#womenstravel #italytrip #sicily #mtetna #noto #siracusa #sicilianwine #volcanicwine #sicilytour #sicily🇮🇹 #sicilytourism #sicilyfood #italy_vacations #traveltips #taormina #winetasting #foodtravel #cheflife🔪
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Experiences > Things! ❤️ JOY & MEMORY making gift ideas below! 🥂

Think back a few years - can you even REMEMBER what anyone gifted you? (Nope me neither 😹)

But think back on your HAPPIEST most vivid memories - they were probably things you did, people you spent time with, or places you visited right? 🤔

❤️ Give the gift of JOY & memories that last this year…instead of yet another sweater. Here are some easy ideas!

🌇 Play Staycation in your nearest city, treat them to a museum exhibit, posh dress up dinner, that over the top holiday bar, or the attraction all the tourists do that you never do!

Fact: I’ve lived in NYC Metro my whole life & only been to the Empire State Building ONCE

🥰 Gift them an experience they’d never gift themselves! A spa day all booked & planned (not a GC in a drawer!), an overnight unplugged getaway someplace pretty, an oil painting or baking class, a trip together to someplace DREAMY to look forward to. ✈️

What’s your fave experience gift memory? Comment below so we can all share ideas! XO Julie

#holidaygiftguide #holidaygifts #giftideas #travelblogger #nyc #holidayparty #giftidea #holidayshopping #cybermonday #womentraveladdicted #womenstravel #giftsforher #giftsforhim
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Your new go-to EASY app that WOWS! 😍 Antipasto Skewers or Minis for a pretty twist on an Italian fave 🇮🇹❤️🍷 #holidayrecipes #glutenfreerecipes #italianfood #freshmozzarella #appetizers #thanksgivingrecipes #holidayideas #nocook #easyappetizers #italytrip #cheeseboard #cheeseplate #cheeselover #charcuterie #charcuterieboard ...

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