Victoria Abbott Riccardi was born and raised in the Boston area and writes about travel, food, wine, and culture for such publications as Conde Nast Traveller, Hemispheres, and Fodor’s Travel Boston, where she is the dining/shopping writer. She also is the author of Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto (Broadway, 2003). Having traveled the globe and lived in Paris and Kyoto, New England still remains her favorite place to be.