Out and About in Paris – Part II: Le Restaurant

St Germain des Pres Cafe de Flore

As in any major metropolitan city, eating out in Paris can be pricey if you don’t know where to go or how to go about it. After sinking nearly sixteen Euros into my first morning’s breakfast, a barebones repast consisting of a café crème, a small orange juice, and two slices of charred toast, I smartened up. Le Petit Déjeuner (Breakfast) If you consider breakfast to be a mainstay meal, look ... Read Full Article

Follow Your Nose to These Food Streets in Paris

window display at Arnaud Delmonte in Paris

Paris has a myriad of restaurants, bars, and specialty shops clustered throughout the city’s twenty arrondissements. In need of a French comic book or two? Visit the row of comic book shops on rue Dante in the 5th Arrondissement. In Paris, restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisine are also found gathered together in concentrated areas. The following streets are where you'll find authentic ... Read Full Article

The Best Places to Eat (and Drink) in Edinburgh

One of the better lines from the movie, So I Married An Axe Murderer, is when Mike Myers’ character says, “I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.” While certainly not a universal truth, who could argue that the Deep Fried Mars Bar was not the result of a sober conversation.  But, overall, Scottish food gets a bad rap. Edinburgh is not short on culinary delights. Whether you are ... Read Full Article

An Insider’s View: Favorite Bars and Restaurants in Paris

We all know about Paris’ typical tourist haunts, but what aspects of the City of Lights appeal to locals? A few days ago, I was fortunate to interview Frédéric, a Parisian “insider.” We talked quite a bit about what this singular city has to offer, as well as his advice for tourists. Thank you for agreeing to share your thoughts about Paris. What brought you to the city? I arrived a year ago ... Read Full Article

Five of the Best Terrasses in Paris

the Terrass Hotel offers great views over Paris

There are few things in life more enjoyable than having a drink and delicious eats on a patio when the weather is divine. No matter if it is spring, summer or fall, you need to experience a terrace in Paris, so it’s time to don your lunettes de soleil (sunglasses) and grab a table at one of (or more) of the best terrasses in Paris. Here are our Picks for the Best Terrasses in Paris Le ... Read Full Article

Drinks in Paris’ Montmartre at L’été en pente douce

Last time I was in Paris, I met up with my good French friend and host sister (from my study abroad days in college) who had recently scored an amazing apartment in Paris’ coveted Montmartre neighborhood.  When she asked where my husband and I would like to go for a drink, I responded that I wanted to visit her place and then go to her favorite bar or terrasse (outside seating area).  So, we ... 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