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

Where to Eat and Drink in Bilbao, Spain

The inviting interior of Bascook

If Basque cuisine needs any introduction at all, then let me quote Anthony Bourdain, who has called the Basque Country "the center of Western gastronomy." With the chance to spend a week in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country, how could I not put such bold claims to the test? Now, I will never claim to be an expert gourmand. However, if you give me a week and a license to eat and drink, ... Read Full Article

The Best Places to Eat (and Drink) in Edinburgh

The Royal McGregor

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

Where to Eat in Dubrovnik

Dining by the Sea

  Dubrovnik teems with restaurants, but the city’s culinary reputation isn’t very good. Investors have opened sub-par restaurants beside classic restaurants, and, between the menu and the decor, it can be tough for the visitor to tell the two apart when deciding where to eat in Dubrovnik. To help weed out the bad from the good, I compiled this list of restaurant recommendations on my ... Read Full Article

Where (and What) To Eat in Athens

Platter Pikilia

Greek food can be bizarrely good; and following is a guide to some of the best restaurants in Athens, Greece. The flavors of Greek food have been shaped over thousands of years, and the history of Greek food includes Middle Eastern as well as Italian influences. Common cooking ingredients include feta cheese, olive oil, yogurt, olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and lamb. From breakfast ... Read Full Article

Where to Eat in Milan – the Heart of the Lombardy Region

Pasta

The Lombardy region is a culinary web, with porcini mushrooms from the Alps, braseola beef from Valtellina, frog legs from Mantua, Cantello asparagus from the Padana Plains valleys, and Luertis hops from Franciacorta. Milan is at the center of the web; its cuisine has been described in extremes, from avant-garde to rustic. Some have mistakenly assumed that it owes its advancement to nearby France, ... Read Full Article

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

La-Lettre-iVelib_visuel

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

Paris Museum Restaurants: A Delicious Pastime

Le Ombres

When visiting a museum in Paris, it is good to keep in mind that Paris cultural institutions are also home to restaurants that are as delicious as their exhibits. Paris Museum Restaurants Les Ombres at Quai Branly Muséum Any meal, be it steak and pommes frites or a canard à l’orange; accompanied with a view of the Eiffel Tower, tastes somewhat better. Located on the top floor of the museum ... Read Full Article

Magical Madrid’s Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants

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Madrid was a sleepy village until the Moors invaded back in the 9th century, but it's wide awake now with many unique attractions. Spain's capital city of 5 million people is a great place to visit for its rich culture, nonstop activity, and dazzling diversity. Madrid's Attractions Spring is lovely in Madrid, with flowering trees and dozens of parks, each a retreat from the noise and ... Read Full Article