A Day of Dining in Istanbul

Turkish pilaf

  Istanbul has a gourmet history that goes far beyond its famous beverages. Ottoman royalty demanded the best in their kitchens and devoted immense resources to developing a celebrated court cuisine. Istanbul was the hinge of the Spice Route, connecting caravans from Asia with European palates. Bridging the continents, Istanbul developed a cuisine that combines Mediterranean and Middle ... Read Full Article

Dining Al Fresco in Athens

al fresco in greece

It is said that the gods fought over Athens. Ocean god Poseidon and his niece Athena, goddess of wisdom, both desired patronage over the city. The residents of the metropolis asked each deity to give them a gift; whoever gave the best gift would gain the city. Poseidon struck his trident into the ground, and a salty spring bubbled up – an impressive feat.  Athena, however, merely planted a ... Read Full Article

Staying and Dining in Gallipoli, Italy


  A city of two parts; Gallipoli is part Italian main street, part Mediterranean island. The main street portion, Corso Roma, offers great shopping and a number of fine bars and gelaterias, but the island is where the magic is. Don’t worry about booking ferry tickets, however; a short walk on a pedestrian bridge delivers you to the exquisite island. My girlfriend, Kristin, and I ... Read Full Article

Decadent Dining at Paris’ Ladurée

Laduree on the Champs Elysees

  When I lived in France as a student, I would often peek through the windows of Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées and admire the mind-boggling array of flavors (like blackcurrant violet, caramel with salted butter, orange blossom and black licorice) of their airy macarons. However, since I knew buying a box of these little wonders would mean that, on my student budget, I’d have to forfeit ... Read Full Article

Reykjavik Dining and Drinking Guide

Grilled whale at Tapas Barinn

  For a small city of only about 200,000 people, Reykjavik has a disproportionately large number of restaurants and bars. You'll find the classics of Icelandic cuisines, new twists on local traditions, and international dishes from places like India, Nepal, Mexico, Spain, China, Japan, and Italy. Dining in Reykjavik can be expensive, with entrees at the trendier Icelandic cuisine ... Read Full Article

Dublin Dining Guide


Your first impression of Dublin might be somewhat beer and bar-focused; however, as a result of years of economic boom, the city has become a gastronomic capital.  From simple pub grub to more grandiose experiences, Dublin has something for all budgets and all palettes. Tip: Be sure to see our post for hotel suggestions, Where To Stay In Dublin - Editor's Picks. Key: $ = inexpensive, $$ = ... Read Full Article

Guide to Dining in Italy

DIning al Fresco in Taormina

  Here's a quick guide to dining  in Italy Traditional Italian meals are broken into four courses: antipasto, Primo, secondo, and dolce. Most classic ristoranti will expect you to order at least antipasto and secondo or primo and secondo courses. Pasta is usually served during the primo or "soup and pasta" course Since it precedes the secondo (or main course) portion sizes are much ... Read Full Article