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Julie Alvin
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Julie is a writer and editor living in New York City. She is currently working at Google, creating dining and travel content as a Senior Editor for Zagat. She has previously been on staff at Details, Cookie and Autoweek magazines, where she gained diverse experience reporting on food, travel, home, style and cars. On days off, Julie can be found eating dumplings in Chinatown or volunteering with the Lower East Side Girls Club. On weeks off, she can be found hostel hopping in Bolivia or Indonesia.

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Foodie Confession: Why I Eat McDonald's While Abroad

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:33 PM

I first turned to McDonald's for comfort in 2004. I was studying in Rome and yes, the food was delicious. The pasta was toothsome, the olive oil spicy, the wine weighty and fragrant. It was so good, in fact, that Romans at the time wouldn't deign to recognize another cuisine...

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An American Tourist in Seoul

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:01 AM

I have a history of incredibly bad timing in my travels. In 2010, I arrived in Quito, Ecuador mere hours before the police kidnapped the president and held him hostage in a coup attempt that ended in a dramatic standoff. We could hear the gunfire and see the tear gas...

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