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Chifa

Madrid
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Chifa: Chinese-Peruvian Fusion
“Owned by the same people who own Sudestada, Chifa serves a kind of fusion of Chinese and Peruvian, with more emphasis on the former. The food is delicious, with really big flavors.” - Alberto Fernández Modesto Lafuente 64, 34/(0) 91-534-7566. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Chifa: Chinese-Peruvian Fusion

Librería Liberespacio

Madrid
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Liber Espacio: Literary Fun for the Family
“Liber Espacio is a bookstore with something for everyone. There’s storytelling for kids, and Latin American realist fiction for me. I love literature and Liber Espacio is like a dealer catering to my vices.” - Alberto Fernández Joaquín María López 25, 34/(0) 91-544-7843. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Liber Espacio: Literary Fun for the Family
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Parque del Oeste

Madrid
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Parque del Oeste: Crowd-Free Green Space in Madrid
“Not as crowded as other city parks, Parque del Oeste has a beautiful rose garden and cafés where you can stop for ice cream. I’ve been coming here since I was 15. Now I bring my daughter for picnics.” Alberto Fernández Paseo de Moret 2, 34/(0) 91- 548-9512. Photo by Flickr user Martius. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Parque del Oeste: Crowd-Free Green Space in Madrid

Servi

Madrid
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Servi: Best for Spanish Delicacies
“Servi is at least 40 years old, and for me, it’s number one for preserved foods in Madrid. It stocks anchovies, tins of white asparagus, all the delicacies Spaniards love.” - Alberto Fernández Fernández de los Ríos 53, 34/(0) 91-544-1475. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Servi: Best for Spanish Delicacies

Mercado de Maravillas

Madrid
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Mercado de Maravillas: Madrid's Largest Market
“There’s an old saying: ‘If you’re looking for something, go to Maravillas. If you don’t find it, it doesn’t exist.’ This is Madrid’s biggest covered market, one of the biggest in Europe.” - Alberto Fernández Bravo Murillo 122, 34/(0) 91-533-4030. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Mercado de Maravillas: Madrid's Largest Market

Casa de las Flores

Madrid
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Casa de las Flores: Madrid's Hidden Green
“Conceived as a model apartment building in the 1930s rationalist style, this place doesn’t look like much from the outside. But in the center, a patio is filled with trees and plants, like a secret cloister.” - Alberto Fernández Hilarión Eslava 2. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Casa de las Flores: Madrid's Hidden Green

Sudestada

Madrid
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21st Century Edward Hopper Diner in Madrid
"Sudestada looks like an Edward Hopper diner transported to the 21st century. Two Argentine guys own it, but the food is Southeast Asian. The cooking is ambitious, fresh, and full of flavor.” - Alberto Fernández Ponzano 85, 34/(0) 91-533- 4154. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
21st Century Edward Hopper Diner in Madrid

Ivorypress

Madrid
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Ivory Press: Madrid's Artsy Publishing House
“Elena Ochoa, the wife of Norman Foster, founded this publishing house for art, photography, and design books. It’s also a gallery for photography and architecture exhibitions.” - Alberto Fernández Comandante Zorita 46-48, 34/(0) 91-449-0961. Photo by Ana Nance. This appeared in the May 2014 issue. Read more about Alberto Fernández's Madrid.
Ivory Press: Madrid's Artsy Publishing House

El Blok

Vieques
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El Blok: A Star Chef's New Beach Retreat
“Everything should be simple at the beach,” says Simon Baeyertz, co-owner of El Blok, a new hotel on the island of Vieques, just off the east coast of mainland Puerto Rico. A white concrete latticework exterior encircles 22 rooms, which feature brightly colored Spanish floor tiles. The restaurant serves as the hotel’s social center, and San Juan star chef José Enrique serves refined takes on Puerto Rican cuisine, such as bacon-and-egg empanadas, and lamb and pork cooked on an oversize rotisserie. “I like to say we’re a restaurant with rooms above,” Baeyertz says.
El Blok: A Star Chef's New Beach Retreat

Hotel Qualia

Hamilton Island
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Hotel Qualia: Australian Beach Paradise
“Two hours on a plane and I land in paradise,” says Peter Gilmore, chef at Sydney’s Quay. Guest pavilions at this over-the-top resort look out on the Coral Sea. From $882. Photo courtesy of Hotel Qualia. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Hotel Qualia: Australian Beach Paradise

Cabo Surf Hotel

Los Cabos
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Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa: A Beach Getaway for Chef David Kinch
David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, California, books surf getaways here: “What more do you need than comfortable rooms, an affordable spa, and great mezcal?” From $265. Photo courtesy of Cabo Surf Hotel. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa: A Beach Getaway for Chef David Kinch

Caneel Bay Resort

Virgin Islands National Park
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Caneel Bay: Chef David Chang's Favorite Beach Retreat
“I love that Caneel Bay Resort is part of a national park,” says David Chang, chef at New York City’s Momofuku. “I just relax, fish, and read on the beach.” From $459. Photo by Barbara Schoenfeld. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Caneel Bay: Chef David Chang's Favorite Beach Retreat

La Scalinatella

Naples
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La Scalinatella: Seaside Dining in Naples
“It’s not just the spectacular view or the bar’s perfectly executed Aperol spritz cocktail that makes this hotel so special,” says Nancy Silverton, chef at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. “It’s the attentive but not overbearing staff. You probably aren’t their most important guest, but they truly make you feel like you are.” The intimate hotel feels more like a private villa and books up quickly during summer months. Break- fasts are served on bedroom terraces that overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea. The poolside res- taurant serves local specialties such as seafood antipasti and grilled sea bass. Photo courtesy of La Scalinatella. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
La Scalinatella: Seaside Dining in Naples

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

Paris
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Parisian Luxury: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
Virgilio Martínez, the chef of Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru, stays at the Park Hyatt when he visits Paris. “The concierge here is incredible at getting tables at impossible-to-get-into restaurants,” he says. Located on Rue de la Paix, which runs from Opéra to Place Vendôme, the Park Hyatt is an ideal base for shopping and museum-hopping. The grand exterior leads to 196 rooms that have a stylish, comfortable pied-à-terre feel. Book a seat at the chef’s table of the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant for decadent dishes such as preserved duck foie gras shabu-shabu and scallops with seaweed butter. Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Parisian Luxury: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

The Singular Patagonia Hotel

Natales
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The Singular Patagonia: Chilean Adventure Hotel
When Rodolfo Guzmán forages ingredients to use in his Santiago restaurant, Boragó, he likes to stay at the Singular, an adventure lodge on the outskirts of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Once a sheep-processing factory, the 57-room Singular underwent a decade-long restoration that kept the original brickwork and boilers on dis- play. The tannery was turned into a restaurant that serves king crab and Patagonian hare, and last year, the blacksmith shop became a second restaurant, El Asador, with a wood-burning grill. During the day, guests fly-fish, trek, kayak, and ride horses. Photo by David Hertog. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
The Singular Patagonia: Chilean Adventure Hotel

1893 Gourmet

Santiago
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1893 Gourmet: Chilean Goodies for Foodies
Filled with gourmet Chilean goodies—tinned fish, jars of jam and honey, coffee, oils, wine, and dried avocado bites—the shop also stocks handmade Chilean ceramics to serve it all on. Photo courtesy of 1893 Gourmet. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
1893 Gourmet: Chilean Goodies for Foodies

Mandala Cueros

Santiago
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Mandala Cueros: Shop for Posh Leather Goods
In an indoor shopping center called Estación Italia, this colorful leather shop run by a charming gent named Tomás Jara sells Panama hats, belts, and rainbow-colored satchels. Photo courtesy of Mandala Cueros. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Mandala Cueros: Shop for Posh Leather Goods

Xoco Por Ti - Chocolate Bar

Santiago
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Xoco Por Ti: Santiago's Sweetest Chocolate Bar
The owners, a Swiss-Chilean couple, pour nothing but liquid chocolate. Simply choose the strength (70–85 percent cocoa), milk type, temperature (hot, frappe, or ice cream), and origin: Peruvian, Ecuadoran, Brazilian, or Bolivian. Photo courtesy of Xoco Por Ti. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Xoco Por Ti: Santiago's Sweetest Chocolate Bar

Isolda

Santiago
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Isolda: High-Style Local Fashion in Santiago
Inside the boutique, you’ll find well-cut dresses that hang just right, necklaces, gloves, hats, and Rcorrido shoes, made locally by hand with natural materials. Photo courtesy of Isolda. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Isolda: High-Style Local Fashion in Santiago

Bravo!

Santiago
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Bravo: A Hub for Modern Chilean Design
With a nod to the neighborhood’s tradition of carpentry, this furniture store sells chairs, tables, bowls, and wall hooks made of Chilean lenga wood, crafted with clean, modern lines and smooth finishes. Photo courtesy of Bravo! This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Bravo: A Hub for Modern Chilean Design

Casaluz

Santiago
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Casaluz: Rustic-Chic Chilean Dining
The menu here has a Spanish influence (the owners met in Barcelona), with dishes such as patatas bravas and crema catalana. The look is both chic and rustic: brick walls, leather studded sofas, and two patios for alfresco dining. Photo courtesy of Casaluz. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Casaluz: Rustic-Chic Chilean Dining

Ribelle

Brookline
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Table to Book Now: Ribelle
This neighborhood spot serves boundary-pushing Italian-inflected dishes such as pappardelle Bolognese with kale and pork skin, and lamb tartare. MUST-TRY DISHES: Smoky oysters with fennel, orange, pistachio, and buttermilk; Grandpa’s Whiskers, a cocktail of cold-brewed black tea, lemon, caramelized onion syrup, and Laphroaig scotch. HOW TO SCORE A TABLE: Pick up the phone; Ribelle doesn’t take online bookings. INSIDER TIP: Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays and often includes reinvented dinner items for breakfast. For example, the Bolognese becomes a sausage gravy served with a beef-fat biscuit and sunny-side-up egg. Photo by Jacqueline Dole. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Table to Book Now: Ribelle

Ordinary Oyster Bar

Charleston
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Table to Book Now: The Ordinary in Charleston
The Ordinary has a two-story dining room with an always-packed raw bar where Chef Mike Lata serves some of the South’s best seafood. MUST-TRY DISHES: Smoked oysters with saltines and hot sauce; razor clams with apples, jalapeño, and cilantro; seafood tower. BEST SEAT: Groups should request the downstairs booths. Solo diners should order the rum drink Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and wait for a seat at the raw bar. INSIDER TIP: The lobster roll is on the menu only as a Tuesday special, but if you ask for it any other day of the week, the chef will happily make it for you. Photo by Flickr user Punktoad. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Table to Book Now: The Ordinary in Charleston

Toby's Supper Club

Madison
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All-American Classic: Pan-Fried Walleye
Toby’s Supper Club in Madison, Wisconsin, serves a great version of this mild, flaky fish at its Friday night fish fry. Photo by Flickr user Jeffreyww. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
All-American Classic: Pan-Fried Walleye

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Kansas City
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All-American Classic: Kansas City BBQ
Midwest barbecue is sweeter than Southern ’cue. Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas, has a line out the door by 10 a.m. Photo by Flickr user Pasa. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
All-American Classic: Kansas City BBQ

Lunds Landing

Ray
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All-American Classic: Juneberry Pie
The juneberry is sweet like a blueberry but has a nutty bite and makes a darn good pie. Order a slice from Lund’s Landing in Ray, North Dakota. Photo by Steven Snodgrass. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
All-American Classic: Juneberry Pie

N Ave

Grundy Center
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All-American Classic: Iowa Corndog
The Iowa State Fair sells the original cornmeal-batter-coated hot dog that is deep-fried and served on a stick. Taste it August 7-17. Photo by Flickr user Andreanna. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
All-American Classic: Iowa Corndog
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