Welcome to the site of award-winning travel and food writer Andrew Bender. Andrew covers travel and the business of travel for Forbes, Lonely Planet guide books, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications and appears as a public speaker on travel and food. He specializes California and Japan, but he’ll go pretty much anywhere for a good story.

Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour, May 16-29, 2019

I’m thrilled to announce the third edition of my Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour, offered through Esprit Travel. On this small-group tour, join me as we journey through culinary hot spots of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, explore famed public markets and restaurant supply districts, take cooking classes from noodle making to home-style cooking, get an exclusive tour of a green tea plantation, see the sake making – and tasting – process and sample delicacies from sushi to kaiseki and Kobe beef. All along the way, we’ll also experience Japan’s unique culture from spirituality to ceramics, textiles and natural beauty. Visit Esprit Travel for details and to register.

Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California Guide from Lonely Planet

Just published: Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern California guide from Lonely Planet. I covered the Orange County and Palm Springs and desert regions. Keep it handy as you explore the City of Angels and all of sunny Southern California. Buy it on Lonelyplanet.com or wherever books are sold.