Coimbra

Coimbra
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Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Best full vista of Coimbra
Coimbra seems to be one of my favorite cities in Portugal and in Europe thanks to its academic character. The University of Coimbra is built on a hill, overlooking the city and the students' fraternities, called 'Republicas' which are all situated around and down the hill of the university. Walking around the university streets, passing from one colorful republica house to another and watching the students, wearing the typical black robe, made me feel as I was walking on the set of Harry Potter. When I've heard that JK Rowling was married to a Portuguese man before and used to live in Porto and visit Coimbra very often, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. The city is also known for its Fado music. 'Coimbra Fado' was adopted by the university students performed with the traditional Guitarra de Coimbra (a kind of Portuguese guitar originating in Coimbra). The old city of Coimbra is not that big and it can be done on foot. To have the best vista of the city, better cross the Cecil Belmond Bridge to see the city in its glory
Best full vista of Coimbra

Staple & Fancy Mercantile

Seattle
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Family-Style Italian Fare in Seattle
“Order great Italian pasta and meat dishes or let chef Ethan Stowell’s kitchen invent a unique family-style meal.” -Bill Frisell 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1200. Photo by Ian Allen. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's Ballard neighborhood.
Family-Style Italian Fare in Seattle

Hotel Isla Verde

Sololá
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Hotel Isla Verde, Sololá, Guatemala
Paradise Nestled Lakeside
I came to Lake Atitlan for relaxation and peacefulness and I got just that and more! As a guest for 4 days, I couldn't get over how beautiful the grounds were and how quickly I felt at home. They did a great job decorating -- everything from the main entrance to the cabins. Just the right amount of Guatemalan flair at every turn to reel you in. What really drew me to Hotel Isla Verde was how secluded it was. Tucked in a little nook of Lake Atitlan, I felt miles away from everything. My favorite area was the open air deck with hammocks and pillows that over looked the lake and at just the right angle, you have a stunning view of one of the volcanoes. Definitely a happy place I can't wait to go back to!
Paradise Nestled Lakeside

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

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

Bitterroot BBQ

Seattle
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Northwest BBQ in the Heart of Seattle
“The smoked meats at Bitterroot are as close as you can get to something from Texas. The first time I walked in, they were playing Hank Williams. That always softens me up to like a place.” -Bill Frisell 5239 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 588-1577. Photo by Ian Allen. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's Ballard neighborhood.
Northwest BBQ in the Heart of Seattle

Uncle Bill's Pancake House

Manhattan Beach
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Uncle Bill's Pancake House, Manhattan Beach, California
Sunday Brunch with Uncle Bill
Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is a casual neighborhood diner that just so happens to have a million-dollar view. Indoors, a wraparound bar and a dozen or so wooden tables create a homespun setting that stands apart from the increasingly upscale scene of downtown Manhattan Beach. Sit inside on a rare cloudy day, or if you enjoy the clattering of the kitchen more than the chatting of people passing by. Outdoors, a patio shaded by variegated umbrellas is cooled by ocean breeze. Order a stack of blueberry pancakes or bacon waffles for brunch, and take it slow. This is a place where an easygoing Sunday gets all the attention it deserves.
Sunday Brunch with Uncle Bill

Quentin at Oakhurst

Cape Town
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Quentin at Oakhurst, Cape Town, South Africa
Fine Food In A Forest
Talented Cape Town chef Quentin Spickernell, has opened his own restaurant is a charmingly restored former barn between Constantia and Hout Bay, an atmospheric venue amidst trees and mountains yet in the city. Incorporating indoor and outdoor dining for all seasons, an attractive bar also a private dining area, delicious cuisine complemented by good wines and good service, make this tranquil romantic hideaway one to seek out for relaxed dining or any celebration.
Fine Food In A Forest

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

The Leopard at des Artistes

New York
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The Leopard at des Artistes, New York, New York
Romance is on the Menu Here
The Leopard at des Artistes is located near Lincoln Center in the Hotel des Artistes - a residential building for artists built in 1918, it was once home to dancer Isadora Duncan, artist Norman Rockwell and playwright Noel Coward. The original restaurant on the ground floor, Cafe des Artistes opened in 1975. Its most striking feature was Howard Chandler Christy's nine landmarked murals, “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties". Completed in 1935, these stunning oil paintings feature young nymphs frolicking in nature. The new Leopard at des Artistes opened after renovation in 2011. Chef Vito Gnazzo serves seasonal, modern Southern Italian cuisine. I could easily have ordered everything on the menu - homemade pastas, rustic salads, grilled fish, slow-braised meats and more. And one of the best dishes I have EVER eaten was a dessert - zabaione with fresh berries. As the waiter said, it doesn't sound exciting, but trust me - this dish will transport you! With beautiful murals, great service, and outstanding food, this is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion - the Old New York setting and scrumptious food will make it a night to remember.
Romance is on the Menu Here

Zubuchon

Cebu City
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Zubuchon, Cebu City, Philippines
One Half Kilo of Pig
Arriving alone and hungry in the Philippines, I checked into my hotel in Cebu and immediately asked for a dinner recommendation. After some thought by the staff, I was directed to Zubuchon for some authentic Filipino food; but not just any food: Lechon. And not even "just" lechon, but what Anthony Bourdain suggested is the "best pig...ever." This perfectly prepared lechon holds its moisture close with a generous layer of insulating pork belly fat. Unfortunately, for some reason, I was not able to purchase a piece of pork less than ½ kilo. So, that is what I ordered. Perhaps I should have given the menu a closer look and ordered from the selection of "Fast Meals" that appear to be better suited for one. Before I ran off with my ½ kilo of pig, the server suggested I also try a Kamias Shake which paired with the pork better than any wine pairing I have had with a meal! The tart, not quite sour beverage brought out all the nuances of the lechon. Back at my hotel, I was unable to stop myself from dipping the meat in Zubuchon's vinegar sauce and eating the entire ½ kilo; heading to bed that evening completely stuffed. Try lechon in the Philippines. And, have Zubuchon at least once!
One Half Kilo of Pig

Casas Do Côro

Marialva
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Casas Do Côro, Marialva, Portugal
The Eco Suite in Casas do Coro
This beautiful country-houses hotel is located in the historical village of Marialva, only steps away from the castle. (in fact, if you want to visit the castle one of the hotel staff can hand you the keys). The hotel is situated in the middle of a wall-nut orchard and vineyards. The hotel has different types of rooms and also complete apartments, suitable for a family vacation or a romantic get-away. All designed and furnished in very high standards. There is a swimming pool, a new spa which will be opened very soon, an outdoor dining area (perfect for warm summer nights) but the highlight of the hotel is the Eco Suite, which is located across the street and a bit remote from the hotel. The eco suite has a king size bed, a private bathtub, living area and a beautiful terrace and garden with the view over the Historical Village Marialva and the castle. I found this suite perfect for a romantic vacation and the hotel can be such a great place for a wedding destination in central Portugal.
The Eco Suite in Casas do Coro

The Roof

New York
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The Roof, New York, New York
Rooftop Treat in Midtown Manhattan: The Roof at Viceroy New York
I walk through the narrow, Italian marble lobby, give my name at the podium, then take the elevator to the 29th floor, where one of New York City's newest rooftop bars awaits for sunset. The 240-room hotel opened only in 2013 and The Roof at Viceroy New York debuted in March, 2014. The most remarkable feature of this bar poking its head above 57th St. is the north-facing view of Central Park, only a few blocks away. The small plates ($6–20) and creative cocktails ($16) are icing on the cake. I sip a Spicy Paloma, a mouth-warming blend of Casamigos Blanco tequila, Thai chile, Aperol, and grapefruit soda, as I watch the sun reflect off the buildings and blanket its fading light over the park. Then I head inside for a local cheese plate and a burger to wash down a few more cocktails. In warm weather, this is a perfect spot to begin a New York City evening. The Roof at Viceroy New York is open daily from 3 p.m. – 4 a.m. Tel. 212-707-8008, www.TheRoofNY.com, @TheRoofNY PHOTO by Joshua Berman
Rooftop Treat in Midtown Manhattan: The Roof at Viceroy New York

JR 東京駅 (JR Tokyo Sta.)

Tokyo
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JR 東京駅 (JR Tokyo Sta.), Tokyo, Japan
Golden Week in Tokyo
Exploring the capital city of Japan is such a delight. People watching, Food Trips, Anime, and wandering around to get lost amidst the bustling and generous people in the city of Tokyo. Read more of my travelogue at: http://saventravel.blogspot.sg/search/label/Tokyo
Golden Week in Tokyo

Museu de Arte Nova

Aveiro
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Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro, Portugal
Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro
Some museums, small as they can be, get their names from the building they are located in. The Art Nouveau Museum in Aveiro is a great example for that, thanks to its location in Casa Major Pessoa, a true icon of Art Nouveau architecture. Casa Major Pessoa was initiated by Mario Belmonte Person in 1907 and was designed by the architects Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha and Ernesto Korrodi . The building was purchase by the city of Aveiro in 2004 and in 2008 was converted to what it is now, a museum. On the first floor there is a charming little tea place to enjoy tea, coffees and local patisseries. The museum is closed on Monday Tuesday to Friday - 09:30 - 12:30 14:00 - 18:00 Weekend - 14:00 - 18:00 Definitely for Art Nouveau lovers
Museu de Arte Nova, Aveiro

Franklin Barbecue

Austin
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Best BBQ in Texas: Franklin Barbecue
"Franklin Barbecue in Austin may be the most popular barbecue joint in the world," says Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. "It actually made the local news when the line was short due to crazy cold temperatures. They make my favorite brisket in all of Texas." Photo by Caroline Hatchett/starchefs.com. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Best BBQ in Texas: Franklin Barbecue

Pescados Capitales

Pueblo Libre
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Pescados Capitales, Pueblo Libre, Peru
Eating in the cevicheria of the seven sins
This is one of the most famous cevicherias in Lima. The name is a joke with Pecados Capitales (the Seven Capital Sins) since it sounds like Pescados (fish) Capitales, and the entire menu is named according to the seven sins. Just reading the menu is a lot of fun! The restaurant is quite large, with a friendly atmosphere and large tables -- a good choice if you are traveling with family or friends. Of course, the food is delicious: it comes in large portions and the variety of ceviches and pescados is great. The desserts are well-known options with a twist: using local fruits, such as chirimoya mousse and lúcuma meringue. One of the seven sins you’re guaranteed to commit: Gluttony!
Eating in the cevicheria of the seven sins

Bi-Rite Market

San Francisco
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Bi-Rite Market, San Francisco, California
San Francisco's Seasonal Markets
San Francisco’s restaurants and markets take exception to the year-round availability of all food, all the time. Restaurants and markets bring visitors back to the natural rhythms of food production with seasonal offerings of produce, meats, and cheeses grown and made locally. The Ferry Building Farmers' Market on Saturdays showcases the region's finest food with over 50 vendors. Small grocery stories like Bi-Rite Market and Rainbow Foods display a colorful seasonal bounty. The beautiful restaurant AQ’s small menu changes with each season and nearby Radius sources food within 100 miles of the restaurant. Photo by Kristen Fortier
San Francisco's Seasonal Markets

Louie Mueller BBQ

Taylor
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Louie Mueller BBQ: The Only 'Cue You'll Ever Need
"This would be where I eat my last BBQ meal," says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "It's a beautiful old building without heat or A/C, and they're known for giant peppery beef ribs. It's like going to meat mass at a barbecue cathedral." Photo by Rebecca Fondren
Louie Mueller BBQ: The Only 'Cue You'll Ever Need

Piola

Istanbul
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Piola, Istanbul, Turkey
Mouth Watering Pizza
Piola originally from Treviso, has been in Istanbul for past three years stating as the best pizza in town; their original recipe and fresh ingredients used give me always to enjoy a slice of pizza as I'm at home in Italy. Ciao
Mouth Watering Pizza

Olivia te Cuida

Madrid
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Olivia te Cuida, Madrid, Spain
The Coziest Breakfast Spot in Madrid
Breakfasts in Madrid are taken quickly: a cup of coffee and a plate of churros before one dashes off: it is if everyone is late for that all important meeting. But when Madrileños seek a more relaxed start to the day, they head to Olivia Te Cuida, a small restaurant down a narrow balcony-lined street in the Justicia neighborhood. Olivia Te Cuida invites you to linger a while. A stack of Spanish and foreign periodicals await your perusal. Tea lights flicker as Miles Davis trumpets and Carla Bruni whispers. Olivia Te Cuida focuses on healthy fares: fresh pressed juices, yogurt, granola, and organic eggs. Patrons toast their whole-grained breads at the two Dualit toasters centered on the communal table. Olivia Te Cuida is the place to enjoy the company of others while eating the perfect breakfast. It is as if Olivia has opened up her simple, beautiful, cozy, whitewashed home for you to relax and gather your thoughts before you head off into the busy day.
The Coziest Breakfast Spot in Madrid

Cliff House

San Francisco
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Cliff House, San Francisco, California
San Francisco's Restaurants with a View
San Francisco's seven hills and extensive coastline offer plenty of impressive views; why not enjoy them with a delicious meal or bubbly drink? The Burger Bar on the top floor of Macy’s and the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus overlook Union Square. Bay-side eateries like Epic Roasthouse offer travelers water views, while the Cliff House (shown) and the Beach Chalet are right on top of Ocean Beach. To see the city glittering at night, visit the Top of the Mark bar at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel or the Americano at the Hotel Vitale, in full view of the Bay Bridge's Bay Lights. Photo courtesy of Scott Chernis/San Francisco Travel Association
San Francisco's Restaurants with a View

Adesso

Oakland
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Adesso, Oakland, California
Local spot for quick breakfast
Want a relaxing place to grab a pastry and café in the morning check out Adesso's new breakfast service. Open Mon. - Saturday from 8:00 - 11:30 am, Adesso is located on Oakland's popular Piedmont Avenue. In the evening locals frequent this place for charcuterie, cocktails and aperitivo. Come back in evening for a cocktail and salumi plate! Their sister restaurant, Dopo, is located down the street for full Italian-inspired lunches and dinners.
Local spot for quick breakfast

O Barrio Restaurant

Aveiro
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O Barrio Restaurant , Aveiro, Portugal
Creativity on the plate- O Barrio Restaurant
This young, trendy and hype restaurant gives the traditional Portuguese cuisine a fun twist. The owners of this place wanted to keep the roots and tradition of Aveiro, but also approach a younger crowd with less traditional palette. The result- O Barrio restaurant, just across the fish market in the old part of Aveiro. The menu is colorful and diverse; small fish dishes, grilled and stewed, small burgers, sea food soup and great desserts. I had to go their twice as I wanted to try as much as possible. The service is really good and friendly. The owners are around most of the time and enjoy a nice dinner with their families together with their customers.
Creativity on the plate- O Barrio Restaurant

Parador de Granada

Granada
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Parador de Granada, Granada, Spain
Yes, You Can Stay IN The Alhambra
Well not exactly, but pretty darn close. Paradors are government-run hotels in Spain, many located within historic buildings like monasteries and castles. The Granada Parador is the old monastery of the Alhambra Palace and is located within the complex. While it's a bit of a walk into town, there's no better location. Tip #1: sign up for both the day and night tours of the Alhambra Palace (in advance) and just walk outside your hotel to the entrance. Tip #2: make sure to stay onsite for a meal (or five) - the Parador Restaurant is exceptional.
Yes, You Can Stay IN The Alhambra

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

Via Giuseppe Meda, 4

Milan
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Via Giuseppe Meda, 4, Milan, Italy
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria
The newly opened Carlo e Camilla in Segheria is Michelin star chef Carlo Cracco adventure in family style chic cuisine. Everyone eats together on a long table in a former woodworking factory illuminated by Venetian chandeliers. The is a delicious interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine including dishes such as spaghetti alici, cipollotto, lime e caffè (spaghetti with anchovies, green onions, lime and coffee). Photo by Carlo e Camilla in Segheria
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria
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