The Batali-Bastianich Italian marketplace Eataly is never empty, never quiet and never boring, but if you want to escape the din of shoppers, head to the rooftop Birreria, a restaurant and brewery formed in collaboration with Dogfish Head, Baladin and Birra Del Borgo. Perched above the Flatiron District, the airy, casual restaurant is the perfect place to grab an afternoon pint and chat with friends.
While food is served (a bon vivant's choice of charcuterie, housemade sausages, cheeses, salads and pickled vegetables), the draw of the Birreria is its incredible selection of house brewed, cask-conditioned ales. Though "brew" may not be the right word: these tipples are crafted. Using ingredients like chestnuts, thyme and Italian wheat, these ales ($10 a glass) are flavorful and easy drinking, though simultaneously deep and subtle. If it is on the menu, order the Etrusca Ancient Ale....
In the center of Andersonville, a trendy neighborhood on Chicago's far north side, you'll find a bar with 18 different Belgian beers on tap.
One of my favorite memories at The Hopleaf (and let me stress, these are blurry memories) involves teasing the bartender about one of the taps. The picture on the leaver was crumpled, crooked and black & white. I said, "That looks like it was made on a xerox machine." The bartender answered, "It was." He then explained that the owners had single-handedly imported an beer so obscure that the only branding they could find was printed on the keg. And let me tell you this beer - which tasted like licking a copper spoon - was specular.
If you go, make sure to order the mussels for two in the beer sauce.
The Delirium Café was my first stop after a long day of walking through Brussels, Belgium.
Don't miss this incredible selection of beers (over 500 just on tap!) with barrel tables, high wooden seats, warm lighting, great atmosphere. The ceiling is covered in all types of beer trays and the walls are covered with beer ads spanning different decades. It truly is a sight to see.
Be sure to ask the waiters their opinion, they are incredible beer connoisseurs and will not disappoint in giving you the best choices to satisfy your taste buds. I had the best beer of my life here, and I am picky with my beers.
Delirium Café is a must when visiting Brussels, Belgium. If you win the CATCH! Contest, you know where to go now!
Twice a week, Melbourne’s beloved Mountain Goat Brewery throws open its doors—and taps. Make friends by buying a round of the signature Hightale Ale or award-winning Surefoot Stout. In a town where half the men seem to make their own beer, this microbrewery’s recipes are among the best. A recent batch included a Belgian blonde ale aged for nine months in oak chardonnay barrels.
Corner of North and Clark Sts., Richmond, Wednesday and Friday starting at 5 p.m., 61/(0) 3-9428-1180, goatbeer.com.au. Photo courtesy of Valentyn Volkov/Alam. This appeared in the September/October 2010 issue.
by Maartje Van Den Noort, As Told To Gisela Williams
“Brouwerij ’t IJ is the only place in the city that brews its own organic beer. We like to come on summer evenings and sit on the terrace. Ruben, my husband, really enjoys the Zatte and Columbus beers.” Funenkade 7, 31/(0) 20-622-8325, brouwerijhetij.nl.
This story appeared in the May/June 2011 issue. Photo by Rene Mesman. See all of Maartje van den Noort’s favorite places in East Amsterdam.
Each fall, crowds of partygoers at Munich’s Oktoberfest lift steins of golden beer skyward and bellow “Prosit!” The German holiday began more than 200 years ago at the marriage celebration of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis and Princess Therese. Many of the locally brewed beers served at today’s festivities are also rooted in history. Lagers such as Hacker-Pschorr’s Oktoberfest Marzen adhere to traditional Bavarian purity laws that allow only water, barley, yeast, and hops. Revelers fortify themselves with grilled bratwurst, salt-dusted pretzels, and roast chicken while they watch men dressed in lederhosen (leather shorts) twirl ladies to the oompah of brass bands. The holiday has become wildly popular outside Germany, but the largest celebration, which attracted more than 5 million attendees in 2011, still occurs on the original wedding fields in Munich.
Oktoberfest will be held September...
Suppenküche serves delicious, traditional German cuisine in a cozy space lined by long wooden tables and constantly changing art. I highly recommend this restaurant to travelers looking for a undoubtedly good meal in a vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco. The quality of food and the prices are fantastic. Make sure to order the pretzels with cheese as I would go back just for that!
The restaurant tends to be packed every night so I recommend arriving before they open for dinner at 5:00 p.m. My boyfriend and I got there before opening and people were already lined up—if you do have to queue, the wait is worth it.
Buller is the first brewery in Buenos Aires. Ask for the beer sampler with 6 handmade beers. Very good!
Forget Paris. I'm convinced the best bread in the world comes from Copenhagen. Deeply flavored from specially-milled grains and kneaded when wet so the texture comes out satisfyingly chewy, this fantastic stuff threatens to ruin appetites at all of the city's great restaurants, including Noma and Relae. But there's perhaps no place better to try a loaf than warm out of the oven at Meyers Bageri.
One of my favorite places in Barcelona to wander with my camera is the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria just off La Rambla. It's a feast for the senses - unique smells, colorful sights, bustling noise. I love how each stall offers the freshest of products like this bread, straight out of the oven. It made my mouth water just looking at it. When visiting Barcelona the Boqueria is not a place to miss!
Strolling through Puno, Peru, on the banks of the fascinating Lake Titicaca, we passed many stores displaying produce and fish for sale, but nothing looked or smelled as tempting as this freshly-baked bread.
Curious to find out if it tasted as good as it looked, my husband and I bought a loaf and took it with us back to our hotel. Sure enough, the bread was even better than it looked: crisp and flaky on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. No matter what country you're in, nothing beats the taste and smell of fresh bread.
Bread & Cie is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, CA. Not only is Hillcrest one of the most vibrant and historical neighborhoods in San Diego, but you can find many great places to eat.
Bread & Cie makes their bread fresh every day in a huge hearth deck oven. Using natural starters, all natural ingredients and organic flour, the bread is absolutely delicious. And I'm not even much of a bread eater! They bake a wide variety of breads with rosemary, olives, peppers, walnuts, sourdough, onions, garlic, figs......
They also have wonderful pastries, salads, sandwiches and more. Breakfast here is absolutely delicious- the quiches are light and fluffy and good luck choosing a pastry. We like the 'apple lattice'- an apple pastry that has crunchy 'lattice' on the outside, but the inside is like baked bread with apples- delicious!
The interior of the bakery is Old World brick...
While farmers’ markets have sprung up all over Prague, the one that sprawls out near the Dejvická metro station is the most popular because of its location and size. On Saturday mornings, local vendors and farmers from the countryside set up their stands and offer a wide range of fruits, vegetables, juices, bread, pies, wines, and even fresh fish and oysters. Dejvická Station, Dejvice. Photo by João Canziani. This appeared in the October 2012 issue. Read "The New Bohemia."
The cinnamon buns are legendary, made with the same local organic flour the bakery uses in its pizza dough. The breads, such as spinach-feta and flax-almond, change daily, with vegan and gluten-free varieties on offer. Grilled cheese sandwiches and bagels stuffed with smoked trout make West End popular for breakfast and lunch.
757 Hayward Rd., (828) 252-9378, westendbakery.com.
My friend, who lives in Paris, told me about this Boulangerie, Du Pain et des Idees, so in my latest visit to Paris on June, I had to go there and try out by myself. We bought cheese in a local outdoor market and then got some bread and cakes and headed for a picnic linch on one of the benches near Canal St. Martin.
As I love boulangeries, don't skip this one. Highly recommended!
Get elbow deep in dough under the guidance of award–winning chef and author Richard Bertinet. During a five-day course at his eponymous cooking school in Bath, England, students learn how to ferment wild yeast in order to make sourdough bread, bake fruited loaf, and attain the ideal golden baguette crust. Each student also receives a signed copy of Bertinet’s cookbook CRUST to replicate the chef’s techniques at home.
From $1,374. Image courtesy of The Bertinet Kitchen.