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Happy Labor Day, everyone! While everyone’s favorite September holiday tips its hat to the economic and social contributions of American workers, it also also signifies the unofficial end of summer/beginning of fall. And of course, it is often celebrated with friends and family, and a variety of food-related festivities—from brunches and barbecues to potluck suppers and picnics.

As a traveler, you get to experience new beginnings every 13 weeks or so. You also have the opportunity to try regional fare and unique dining options in countless locations throughout the U.S. and beyond. Odds are you’ve discovered some pretty amazing and tasty treats along the way. You know, the kind of stuff you may never have stumbled upon if it weren’t for your mobile career.

We would love to hear about your picks for the best restaurants and takeout places in your assignment communities. We’d also like to learn about great eateries you’ve discovered en route to a contract destination.

To kick things off, I thought I’d tell you about one of my favorite haunts in New York City. If you find yourself in or close to the Big Apple during a travel assignment, consider a trip to Britain. No, that’s not a typo; I’m talking about Little Britain, the wonderfully Anglo-centric slice of the city’s West Village. It’s where you’ll find Tea & Sympathy.

Tea & Sympathy (right), situated in New York’s West Village.

For more than 20 years, owners Nicky Perry and Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett have provided New Yorkers and out-of-towners with the opportunity to enjoy a “proper cuppa” and traditional English fare. Once you set foot in this charming, authentic British café, you will be swiftly and happily transported to Dear Old Blighty. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy, the service impeccable, and all of the staff hail from the United Kingdom.

My recommendations? A proper bacon butty with HP brown sauce and of course, Tea & Sympathy’s famous scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream. As you may expect, there are a plethora of options for tea lovers, from black currant, to Chai, to my pick, Typhoo.

A delicious bacon butty!

Tea & Sympathy’s famous scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream. Yum!

A variety of teas in the sweetest little teapots.

Tea & Sympathy also serves spot on bangers and mash, and the best treacle pudding this side of Tooting Broadway. Located at 108 Greenwich Avenue, it is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Happy travels,

Bobbi

Bobbi Harrison is content channel manager for Healthcare Traveler and LocumLife.

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Like to recommend a great place for a bite? Contact Bobbi Harrison at bharrison@advanstar.com.

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Asian Cuisine

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As a self-proclaimed foodie, I cherish any opportunity to treat my taste buds to regional fare. From California cuisine to Southern comfort cooking, Tennessee BBQ to Midwest meat and potatoes, each region is known for a certain flavor palate.

As healthcare travelers, you’re the lucky one’s who get to eat your way through the country, one assignment at a time.

Of course, you could watch shows like “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” to get the low down on a city’s top places to eat; or use the many apps out there that suggest restaurants when you’re in a new community (try Urbanspoon, LocalEats, and Zagat); but the most surefire way to find good local grub is through word of mouth.

Surely your new co-workers, or even patients, have offered their two cents on where to find the best burgers, fine dining, and Asian cuisine. After all, who better to know where the tasty treasures lie than the people who eat there regularly?

However, not every town can be a gourmet destination. Some may be five star worthy, while others are more home style — both delicious depending on what you’re craving. Then again, some communities are known best for certain ingredients: think seafood in Seattle or New Orleans, ranch-fresh beef in Texas or Oklahoma, and juicy citrus in Florida and California.

It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

So here’s your chance to share your culinary POV. Are there certain restaurants that you go back to time and time again when returning somewhere on repeat assignments?

Where did you have the most unique dishes?

What cities were food-centric?

Tell us about your favorite on-the-road eats by sending your restaurant review to nikobuns@roadrunner.com, or simply leaving a comment below.

Be sure to include the establishment’s name, city, state, and why you think it ranks among the best around. Then check out the August issue of Healthcare Traveler to see if your favorites made the cut.

Bon Appétit!

Anne Baye Ericksen is a professional writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides with her family in Simi Valley, Calif.

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Photo: Jim Twardowski

During March, healthcare professionals visiting or living in San Antonio, Texas, should see an original play: “I’ll Remember for You (Yo Me Acuerdo Por Tí).”

The bilingual show is the story of a Mexican-American woman’s life as a caregiver to her mother who has Alzheimer’s.

The poignant story reveals the daughter’s experiences dealing with her mother’s dementia and memory loss. Lisa Suarez, who wrote the play, performs the role of her 85-year-old mother.

Despite the heart-breaking subject, the play is filled with humorous moments and the audience spends most of the 90 minute performance laughing. Told with compassion, respect, and love, “I’ll Remember for You” is a compelling look into one caregiver’s life.

The play is showing at the six-acre Blue Star Arts Complex, an innovative adaptation of historic warehouses on the southern edge of downtown. The arts-centered, multi-use development is home to four on-site galleries, performance spaces, retail shops, and eateries, as well as artists workspaces and apartments.

Before the curtain rises:

  • Visit the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center‘s current traveling exhibit, “Passage to the Future.” Curated by The Japan Foundation, the exhibit features work created at the beginning of the 21st century by eleven different artists.
  • Take a stroll and watch the sunset on the San Antonio River, which borders the complex.
  • Have dinner at the Blue Star Brewery, where the eclectic menu ranges from burgers and brisket tacos, to tortilla soup and homemade double chocolate cake.

General admission tickets to the show are $15. For more information about the nonprofit theater, visit their website or call (210) 227-5867. For more general information about San Antonio, visit the official San Antonio tourism website, which also includes maps and moneysaving coupons.

Jim Twardowski, RN, is a travel writer based in New Orleans.

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