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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
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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

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison
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All-American Classic: Bratwurst
The German pork sausage, usually topped with sauerkraut, onions, and mustard, is a holy sacrament in Wisconsin. Taste the best at Madison’s Brat Fest from May 24–27. Photo by Flickr user Dominik. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
All-American Classic: Bratwurst

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Minneapolis
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Table to Book Now: Minnesota's Travail
Travail, a walk-in-only spot offers a 20-course tasting menu composed of 10 substantial dishes and 10 “amusements,” such as chorizo and goat cheese croquets, and soft scrambled egg with shaved truffle and English muffin. $90 for two people on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; $110 for two, Thursdays through Saturdays; $35 per person for wine pairings. COCKTAIL TO TRY: Chef-created cocktails, such as the Ron Burgundy (Cabin Still bourbon, Laphroaig scotch, and griotte cherries). INSIDER TIP: Travail reopened in new digs this February. For less of a commitment, try the adjacent space, the Rookery, which serves beef tongue sliders and other small plates; no dish costs more than $10. One block away is Pig Ate My Pizza, the team’s charcuterie and pizza joint. Photo courtesy of Travail. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Table to Book Now: Minnesota's Travail

OLIO

St. Louis
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My Favorite Cocktail Spot: Ted Kilgore on Olio
“The spirits list at Olio in St. Louis is incredible," says Ted Kilgore, bartender and owner of Planter's House, St. Louis. "The barman doesn’t get too fussy. He makes lesser-known, seasonally driven classic cocktails priced around $10 and uses a lot of vermouth and aromatized wines. The location is really cool— the bar is in a redone 1930s Standard Oil filling station that is connected to Elaia, a 30-seat fine dining restaurant.”
My Favorite Cocktail Spot: Ted Kilgore on Olio

Barista

Portland
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My Favorite Coffee Bar: Jesse Kahn on Portland's Barista
“Barista in Portland, Oregon, was one of the first shops in the country where you could taste coffee from a variety of roasters," says Jesse Kahn, of New York's Counter Culture Coffee. "Billy Wilson has created a culture of excellence in all of his shops. His talented baristas focus on giving customers a great experience and consistently well-prepared coffee.” Photo by Gregor Hofbauer. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
My Favorite Coffee Bar: Jesse Kahn on Portland's Barista

Forage

Salt Lake City
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Table to Book Now: Forage in Salt Lake City
At Forage, a two-plus-hour tasting menu is built around trout roe, wild mountain grass, Siberian elm seed pods, and other ingredients foraged within a 500-mile radius. $87, plus $45 for wine pairings. HOW TO SCORE A TABLE: The wait for reservations is around two months. Call on a weeknight and there’s a good chance you can fill a cancellation. INSIDER TIP: This summer, cofounder Viet Pham will open a more casual restaurant called Ember and Ash that he says will “use lots of fire and a very technical, refined cooking style.” Book now. Photo by Billy Yang. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Table to Book Now: Forage in Salt Lake City

Salmon River

Idaho
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Fine Dining on the Salmon River
The shores of Idaho’s Salmon River provide the perfect al fresco dining room. A six-day trip from Whole Journeys navigates class-III rapids by kayak or raft. As dusk approaches, guides set up camp while guests soak in hot springs or hike. A chef prepares dinners of pheasant confit and buffalo sirloin paired with local craft beers. From $2,495. Photo courtesy of Whole Journeys. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Fine Dining on the Salmon River

Husk

Nashville
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Stables at Husk: Private Dining, Nashville-Style
Book a customized dining experience at the Stables at Husk, a private dining space located in a historic carriage house. Or, check the restaurant’s web site in advance for chef Sean Brock’s collaborative guest chef dinners. Photo courtesy of Stables at Husk. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Stables at Husk: Private Dining, Nashville-Style

Shed

Healdsburg
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Healdsburg's Modern Shed
The new Healdsburg Shed is a hub for lovers of all things local, agrarian, and food-related. Stop by to shop the selection of locally made housewares, join a workshop, or just linger over a glass of the on-tap kombucha. It's an ideal breakfast spot for those staying in the nearby h2 Hotel; try the heirloom-grain waffles. Photo by Caitlyn McCaffrey.
Healdsburg's Modern Shed

The Barlow

Sebastopol
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The Barlow: A Food-Lover's Barn in Sebastopol
The Barlow, a former apple-packing warehouse in Sebastopol, houses a brewery, wine-tasting rooms, galleries, and of course, restaurants.
The Barlow: A Food-Lover's Barn in Sebastopol

Metes & Bounds - Table to Farm

Healdsburg
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Bus-to-Table Dining in California Wine Country
Metes & Bounds starts hosting farm-to-table dinners in Sonoma and Marin counties on May 1. The multi course meals are prepared in a yellow school bus retrofitted with a kitchen and grill. Photo courtesy of Metes & Bounds. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Bus-to-Table Dining in California Wine Country

Mercado de Coyoacán

Mexico City
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Mexico City's Idyllic Mercado de Coyoacán
Located in southwest Mexico City, Mercado de Coyoacán has an orderly beauty and a slightly sleepy country-market vibe. The produce stands exhibit ingredients you won't see at most restaurants: piles of mamey, which resemble oblong cantaloupes and have fire-orange flesh that tastes like a cross between sweet potato and date, and aguacates criollos, avocados the size of jalapeños with skin so thin it's edible. Before you fill up on crab tostadas or enfrijoladas (tortillas in creamy bean sauce), visit El Charro for Manuel Ortiz Mendoza’s carnitas (long-simmered pork) dished onto a fresh corn tortilla. The market is just two blocks from the Museo Frida Kahlo on Ignacio Allende between Xicoténcatl and Malintzin, near the Parque Allende. Photo by Javier Sirvent. This appeared in the May 2014 issue
Mexico City's Idyllic Mercado de Coyoacán

La Merced Market

Mexico City
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Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City's Largest Market
Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City’s largest traditional food market, is full of little neighborhoods. Wander the districts devoted to everything from nopales—sometimes stacked five feet high—to pyramids of limes and columns of banana leaves. For a quick snack, try tacos de guisado: tortillas topped with chicharrón prensado or mole verde. If you’re feeling more adventurous, sample the maguey worms or the ant eggs. Mercado de la Merced is located just east of the main zócalo, just a few blocks north of the boulevard Fray Servando Teresa de Mier. Photo by Javier Sirvent. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City's Largest Market
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