From Wanderlist:Delicious Imbibements

Drinking Recommendations from AFAR Travelers

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Bakkerij Lekker Brood En Zo

Amsterdam
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Bakkerij Lekker Brood En Zo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Authentic bread by authentic people
Bakkerij Lekker Brood En Zo is located in a really cozy area in Keizergracht, one of my super favorite street in Amsterdam. The bakery sell a lot of authentic Dutch pastries, like the famous appelflappen or amandelflappen (the dutch just love appel and almond with cinnamon). Their cookie is also really tasty. The cafe is quite. A good place to get away from the amsterdam crowd.
Authentic bread by authentic people

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

Duran's Station

Albuquerque
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Duran's Station, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mex is Better Than Sex in New Mexico... Duran's
Nearly all the talk of New Mexico surrounds what? . . . Chile! Red or Green is the state motto and no one quite understands the difference between Mexican and New Mexican food (unless you're from New Mexico). It's my hometown so naturally my addition is still intact, and will remain intact wherever life takes me. The ultimate question remains, where's the best place to be asked the fateful question, "Red or green?" There's three places in Albuquerque. But my number one stop will always be Duran's. Burrito smothered, bowl of chile, enchiladas, steamed potatoes, homemade tortillas. Hands down the best.
Mex is Better Than Sex in New Mexico... Duran's

Oregon Garden

Silverton
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Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon
One Beautiful Pacific Northwest Garden
The Oregon Garden in Silverton Oregon is a beautiful destination, and only a 40 minute drive south from Portland in Marion county. The garden covers 80 acres that include 20 specialty gardens, a heritage oak tree that is more than 400 hundred years old and just about every type of native plant and tree that grows in the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Pet friendly (bring your leash) and featuring a children’s garden, this destination makes for a family outing that will be truly memorable and relaxing. If you’re a gardener, and you see something that you like, the garden’s visitors center a has a nursery that has some of the plants for sale that are on display in the garden. Is architecture is your passion ? there is also a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home adjacent to the garden that is open for tours http://www.thegordonhouse.org/ . The garden is open 365 days a year, and for the latest and most up to date information about festivals and events visit their website at the link below. Take the time to stop by, relax, and smell the roses and everything else too. This is truly a feast for all of your senses.
One Beautiful Pacific Northwest Garden

Grande

Zurich
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Grande, Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich's Best Coffee Plus a River View
This trendy apero spot with outdoor tables overlooking the Limmat River also doubles as a serious coffeehouse (inside, the gleaming La Marzocco provides a hint). Friendly baristas in bowties and newsboy caps pull what many consider to be Zurich’s best espresso from seasonally changing single origin beans. On a recent visit, a Sumatran variety yielded a rich, full-bodied brew with a fine layer of golden crema. A charmingly scuffed wooden bar, schoolhouse chairs, flowers in green beer bottles, and distressed walls add to the appeal.
Zurich's Best Coffee Plus a River View

Ashton Lane

Glasgow
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Ashton Lane, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Making Merry on Glasgow’s Ashton Lane
This charming cobblestoned back street, lined with restaurants and bars, is the place for lively nightlife in Glasgow’s West End. When darkness falls, festive strings of lights twinkle overhead, and the sounds of live music and laughter drift from pubs and cafes—some of which have been here for decades. The legendary Ubiquitous Chip has served up the finest Scottish produce in a magical courtyard dining room for over 40 years. There’s also the historic Grosvenor Cinema, which has screened films on the lane since 1921—and just underwent a multi-million-pound renovation. When was the last time you visited a movie theater with quirky double sofas for seats, and ordered a beer or glass of wine? For more information about the places and people who make Glasgow special, visit peoplemakeglasgow.us
Making Merry on Glasgow’s Ashton Lane

Comstock Saloon

San Francisco
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Comstock Saloon, San Francisco, California
Speakeasy Culture Is Alive and Well in San Francisco
It’s hard to imagine a time when alcohol was illegal in San Francisco, because it flows so freely now. But speakeasy culture—without the bathtub gin— still has a hold here. San Francisco’s speakeasy bars feel like a drinker’s theme park. They are dark, atmospheric places with small menus and serious, suspenders-wearing bartenders who make drinks that seem too good to be legal. Start with a reservation and a password at Bourbon and Branch in the Tenderloin. If you're near Market Street, keep an eye out for the entrance to the underground (literally) Local Edition, in the iconic Hearst building. In North Beach, the Comstock Saloon is modeled after the oldest bar in San Francisco and serves food too. Photo by Rie Yamaoka
Speakeasy Culture Is Alive and Well in San Francisco

Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Montego Bay
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Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Getting Your Groove Back
So legendary is this retreat, dating back to 1953, that it's synonymous with Jamaica. Mentioning Round Hill Hotel & Villas, sitting on a 110-acre peninsula just minutes outside Montego Bay, will also elicit references to glitterati who have escaped here over the decades, from Jackie and John Kennedy–they honeymooned in Villa 10–to Ralph Lauren and yes, Stella in the infamous movie, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," starring Angela Bassett (filmed in Villa 11, if you must know). For all its fame and status, the atmosphere at Round Hill–with white-stone floor rooms and plush villas enveloped by fragrant flowers, pineapple trees and 180-degree sea views–is as laid back as I've experienced. Families and couples make up the majority of the guests, who wander about all day in beach wear (ladies even receive courtesy sarongs). What you'll fall in love with, aside from the intimate grounds and friendly staff: the farm-to-table meals (be sure to sample the scotch bonnet ice cream) and the daily afternoon tea spread. When you manage to extract yourself from the multilevel infinity pool, walk along the beach and take the wooded trail toward the spa, past cave entrances and swimming coves. There, a sprawling 10-acre lawn with beds and hammocks offers panoramic views of Jamaica's aquamarine coastline and Round Hill's leafy bluffs.
Getting Your Groove Back

Country Club Lima Hotel

San Isidro District
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Sipping on Pisco Sours at the Bar Inglés
Settle into the clubby atmosphere of wood and leather and sip a perfectly balanced pisco sour—but insist that it be hand-shaken, not made in a blender. Country Club Hotel, Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro, 51/(0) 1611-9000. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Bar Inglés.
Sipping on Pisco Sours at the Bar Inglés

Bar Restaurant La Unión

Santiago
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A Lunch of Meat, Rice, and Pisco in Santiago
At noon in downtown Santiago, crowds of businessmen stand at La Union’s bar for a pisco sour and whet their appetites for a typical lunch—a plate of meat and rice topped with an egg. Nueva York 11, Santiago Centro, 56/(0) 2-696-1821 This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo by João Canziani.
A Lunch of Meat, Rice, and Pisco in Santiago

Via Cuccagna, 2

Milan
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Via Cuccagna, 2, Milan, Italy
Un Posto a Milano
Country kitchen and slow food oasis in the middle of Milan. This is the place where you will want to have your Sunday, especially if the weather is good and you can get an outdoor table. Cuisine plays homage to Lombardy's best and favorites, using only locally sourced products.
Un Posto a Milano

Deer Lodge

Lake Louise
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Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, Canada
Soaking at the Deer Lodge
Whether it’s after a long summer hike or a winter day on the ski slopes, there is no better place to relax than the Deer Lodge rooftop hot tub. It has a clear view of the Victoria Glacier across Lake Louise. The hotel is gorgeous in a rustic way. It's built of hand-hewn logs, and the rooms are decorated in a way best described as old-world grandeur. There are no TVs, but it isn’t totally disconnected. There is Wi-Fi. The Deer Lodge restaurant, named the Mount Fairview Dining Room, brings past Canadian Rockies staples to a modern menu. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Platter, which has air-dried buffalo, pepper duck breast, wild game pate, and elk salami. Rooms from $150. Contact 1-403-522-3991. Photo by PhotoJBartlett/The Adventure Freelancer.
Soaking at the Deer Lodge

Ristorante Stazione Da Agnese

Intragna
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Ristorante Stazione Da Agnese, Intragna, Switzerland
A Centovalli gourmet surprise
Restaurante di Stazione, in Intragna, Ticino, perches beside the Centovalli railway line between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy. Stop in when visiting Intragna, or as a getaway from nearby Locarno. The rather prosaically named restaurant is an elegant surprise. There, in the shadow of the highest clock tower in Ticino, a seasonal lunch menu offers such treats as Parmesan flan with fresh green asparagus, airy and soufflé-like, topped with creamy foam and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar. When I visited in spring, the chef did an extravagant turn on berries and chocolate: tiny forest strawberries with plump raspberries, lemon ice and a slice of dark chocolate cake. Choose from an outdoor table by the tracks or an indoor table with a panoramic view down the valley. A creative kitchen makes the restaurant a great place to sample Ticinese products, deftly prepared and elegantly served.
A Centovalli gourmet surprise

Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Paris
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Mandarin Oriental, Paris, Paris, France
A Gastronomic Brunch in Paris
Some travelers require lavish, luxe lodging while others would rather invest their budget in unforgettable dining experiences. The Mandarin Oriental caters to both, particularly since launching their brunch offering in October. Brunch as a concept has undergone countless interpretations in Paris, some more worthy of your time than others, but few transform the meal into a near gastronomic experience. With iconic chef Thierry Marx at the helm of the Camélia kitchen, MO's brunch levitates above the masses, featuring a fixed price menu (88€) that includes a robust buffet of cured meats, cheeses, salads, sushi and a variety of breakfast pastries, a hot drink, a main dish (which rotate each Sunday and adapt to the seasons) and one of Pierre Mathieu's deftly crafted sweets from the hotel's cake shop. The meal is a fantastic option both for deep-pocketed travelers and those looking to treat themselves to a gastronomic experience outside the confines of an evening meal. Reservations recommended Photo credit: Mathilde de l’Ecotais
A Gastronomic Brunch in Paris

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 Mariko Reed. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Healdsburg's Modern Shed

Kefi Restaurant

New York
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Kefi Restaurant, New York, New York
Greek brunch delight
Brunch at Kefi Restaurant is my new Greek indulgence. I was actually extremely full, but I made a commitment to finish everything on my plate because it was all so good. My friend had this wonderful breakfast that came in the iron skillet and her potatoes were seasoned perfectly. I also really recommend sitting at the bar or anywhere in that first amazing sunlit room when you walk into the restaurant. Tip: Wash it all down with the Greek martini. It’s half priced during brunch and has a splash of delicious pomegranate juice.
Greek brunch delight

Dutch Bike Co Seattle

Seattle
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Go for the Coffee, Stay for the Bikes
“This place sells big cruising bikes like you see in Amsterdam. I go for the coffee. They make really good espresso drinks, and on Fridays and Sundays they serve biscuits and gravy.” -Bill Frisell 4741 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1678. Photo by Ian Allen. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's Ballard neighborhood.
Go for the Coffee, Stay for the Bikes

wd~50

New York
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wd~50, New York, New York
Dinner created by a wizard
New York has more fine dining establishments than you can afford to visit at any one trip. But if you are the type who seeks out unique dishes and adventurous cuisine then wd~50 needs to be on top of your list. Wylie Dufresne employs techniques of molecular gastronomy, which quite simply put is like culinary wizardry. If you are able, then do have the tasting menu. It will be a ride for your palate and you'll have so much fun figuring out each dish. You'll find flavors you didn't think could be interpreted into food like pine needles and his use of texture, temperature, and the visual aspect of food is incredible. This is a meal that engages all of your senses. And it will be unforgettable. Pictures is his interpretation of the classic dessert s'mores. I practically licked the plate!
Dinner created by a wizard

7B

New York
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7B, New York, New York
An East Village Local
In the center of New York's coolest and most colorful neighborhood, 7B is a genuine East Village mecca. Surrounded by kitschy decor and unapologetic punk music, the bartenders sport a myriad of tattoos while serving cheap beers to weathered locals, trendy hipsters, and well-heeled yuppies. This dive welcomes everyone from Sid and Nancy wannabe's to diehard Yankee fans. 7B’s name announces its location, the corner of Avenue B and East 7th St. Although it’s also known as the Vazac’s Horseshoe Bar, nobody in the know uses that title. Directly across from Tompkins Square Park, 7B’s old-school pinball machine, celebrated jukebox, and popular photo booth are constantly in use. The Saturday night din can be overwhelming, but weekday evenings draw the true denizens of this storied community of artists and rebels. Whether you are looking for a wild night or a good story, this is the place to be. New York at its rock and roll finest.
An East Village Local

Hotel Palacio Astoreca

Valparaiso
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Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso, Chile
Hotel Palacio Astoreca: A Mansion for the 21st Century
While downing my second Pisco Sour on the terrace of the newly renovated Hotel Palacio Astoreca overlooking Valparaiso, I had a fabulous idea: I’d start a global chain called “Pisco Disco” (a combination bar and dance club). It was less a stroke of business genius than it was a testament to the mixologist’s bartending skills. The cocktail was not the only winner at this 1920s-era Victorian mansion turned hotel. From the moment we arrived on its doorstep we found ourselves caught between the past and present. The remodeled inn retains the charm of the iconic palace it once was; at the same time it’s a modern-day wonder with clean lines and spaces (signature elements of architect Mathias Klotz). Not to be missed is the hotel’s spa with a heated indoor pool and an authentic wood-burning hot tub, where you can relax after a day of hiking up and down Valparaiso’s narrow streets. The centrally located hotel is directly across from the Palacio Baburizza Fine Arts Museum (originally an Art Nouveau mansion), which features an eclectic collection of mostly European and Chilean paintings and is not far from the museum honoring Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda. While the hotel boasts of its membership in the Relais & Chateaux group, you’d be wise to hone your expectations a bit, as service needs to be bumped up a tad. But no worries about the mixologist -- he sure knows how to make one of Chile’s best Pisco Sours.
Hotel Palacio Astoreca: A Mansion for the 21st Century

Trattoria Il Marinaio

Milan
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Trattoria Il Marinaio, Milan, Italy
Fresh seafood and Italian wine
Swordfish, tuna, mussels, lobster, shrimp, octopus, lobster. This small fish tavern has the great advantage of offering very good seafood at really low prices. It is located in the Isola neighborhood, an old neighborhood in the center, now frequented by riders and hypster. This is a real gem. It 's always full and you need to book. Go there for lunch. Try it!
Fresh seafood and Italian wine

kleine Anna

Frankfurt
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kleine Anna, Frankfurt, Germany
Where less is more, a lot more!
Kleine Anna, on the corner of Mainzer Landstrasse and Ludwigstrasse offers bliss-on-toast to the Frankfurt breakfast and lunch crowd. Sticking to a single winning dish--Brot Belage, or warm bread with a choice of spreads--the place packs them in at noon. Go a little later, though, and you'll find a spot inside, or at one of the outdoor picnic tables. Options are virtually endless, with more than twenty luscious spreads plus the toppings of your choice, made to order. You can also split an order, to add even more variety to your meal. Choose your bread and the number of slices, a spread for each, then a topping--mint leaves, walnuts, veggies, a range of sliced meats. My picks from a whirlwind of layering: barlauch (wild garlic) on whole wheat, topped with a thin slice of herb-roasted ham and a round of roasted, marinated eggplant; and apple-wine chorizo, topped with a slice of Edamer cheese. Grab a drink from the cooler, or order from a range of coffees and teas, Schorles (spritzers) and Frankfurt's own apple wine. Add a freshly made salad, large or small. Lunch, sorted. Desserts are simple but yummy. Try a quark torte, or a chocolate chip cookie. Either one pairs perfectly with a cup of espresso or tea. Kleine Anna has friendly counter staff and a cozy atmosphere, and is just a five-minute walk from the culinary wasteland of Frankfurt's Main Station. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 09:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Where less is more, a lot more!

Tokyo

Ota
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Tokyo, Ota, Japan
Japan - Couchsurfing Culture
My first trip to Japan was made extra special because of the warmth and hospitality if Japanese people who generously shared their roof to us. The 2 weeks exploration consists of Tokyo, Kyoto, Shizuoka, Osaka, Nara and Kobe during the Golden Week holiday will have a special place in my heart. Will surely go back to explore more places in Japan. Read more of my trip report in the link provided.
Japan - Couchsurfing Culture

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

Redwood Treehouse

Warkworth
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Redwood Treehouse, Warkworth, New Zealand
The Treehouses Outside of Auckland, New Zealand
Redwood Treehouse, Warkworth, New Zealand: They only serve for major functions like weddings and receptions, but simply paying the tree-houses a visit outside of Auckland is surely worth it. They operate purely on an ask-and-receive basis so a picnic might not be out of the question. The architecture is purely unique and the service is notably impeccable.
The Treehouses Outside of Auckland, New Zealand

Poblado

Medellin
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Poblado, Medellin, Colombia
Explore local cuisine traditions
It's hard to miss the local cuisine scene in Medellín. Simple yet hearty food makes up the local gastronomy with most dishes symbolizing some part of the Antioquia region's history. Bandeja Paisa is a shining example of this, its plethora of ingredients having provided essential calories for field workers hundreds of years ago. While many restaurants vary ingredients, the dish usually consists of pork belly, beans, egg, ground beef, sausage, avocado, rice and sweet banana. The best places to gorge are at El Rancherito—close to the international airport at Rio Negro among other locations—and La Fonda del Pueblo in Pueblito Paisa. Make sure to sample Arepa-a cornbread which is close to every local’s heart.
Explore local cuisine traditions

Óbidos

Óbidos
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Óbidos, Óbidos, Portugal
Inside the fortified walls of Óbidos there is plenty to see
A former castle converted into a Pousada hotel, a Chocolate Festival and a Medieval Market plus a Literary Village and programs full of baroque music and opera...all to be found in Óbidos, an hours drive from Lisbon. This medieval town was built around the castle and has tremendous views, white washed painted houses and cobblestone pathways that lead you around the city. You can also go up and walk around the walls of this medieval village that is amazingly well preserved. In every café place, inside the walls, it is a tradition to have a chocolate cup of “ginjinha”, cherry liquor that you can drink with or without the cherries and then eat the chocolate cup. Taken back from the Arabs in 1148 by Portugal's first King D. Afonso Henriques, it has served as a palace for most of the Portuguese queens or as a strategic defense point for the Knights Templar. It is worth of a visit any time of year.
Inside the fortified walls of Óbidos there is plenty to see
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