Urlag

Ulaanbaatar
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Urlag, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Try out North Korean food
After a few days of Mongolian comfort food, you might want a little spice. And why not try out Ulaanbaatar's best (and possibly only) North Korean restaurant? Do not be deterred by the fact that the menu descriptions are a little vague and that many items are often not available--your server will point you in the right direction. The spicy chicken soup, something called "seasoned chicken," and the kimchee were all fabulous. No photos of Dear Leader but there was a Bollywood film from the 70s playing.
Try out North Korean food

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

Hotel Millennium

Tushemisht
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Hotel Millennium, Tushemisht, Albania
On the Shores of Lake Ohrid
My Bike Beyond Boundaries tour of Albania's World Heritage Sites began at the Millennium Hotel, at the base of the Gramoz Mountains in tiny Pogradec. Set directly on Lake Ohrid, the Balkans' deepest lake, the tiny town begs for fishermen to plumb its bounty, which stretches across eastern Albania's border to Macedonia. A successful catch teams with the local Koran fish, a tasty version of trout. Our cycling group devoured succulent morsels at dinner, alongside myriad organic salads and side dishes. The morning after our feast, I was up early. In the misty morning, I stepped out on my private balcony at the Millennium and gazed down on the empty boats peppering the lake's shores. Was I looking at the craft that had delivered last night's Koran to our evening meal?
On the Shores of Lake Ohrid

Helena Chocolates - Larcomar Mall

Miraflores
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Helena Chocolates - Larcomar Mall, Miraflores, Peru
Sweet Helena
Helena is an old lady from Ica, a city next to Lima, who always loved to cook. One day, 35 years ago, she decided to make a typical sweet from this area: tejas. She never stopped making them since. I discovered her sweets when a friend gave them to me as a gift. Traditionally, a teja is a creamy dulche de leche covered with a layer of walnuts and frosting, but these days you can find new flavors and toppings such as Teja de Limón (lemon) or Chocoteja de Pasas (with chocolate and raisins). They are still handmade and an unique Peruvian experience. Despite your flavor preference, tejas are delicious, try them all!
Sweet Helena

La Perla en La Concha

San Juan
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La Perla en La Concha, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Romantic Dinner at Perla
For our first trip together as a couple, my boyfriend and I headed to Puerto Rico for a winter getaway. San Juan is a perfect combination of beach destination, historical old town, and some nightlife fun. For our date night dinner, my boyfriend chose Perla at the La Concha resort. The restaurant is shaped like a shell and if you get a table along the windows you can dine with a view of the ocean. The service and the food was excellent. We drank champagne, feasted on seafood, and finished off with a chocolate soufflé. My entree, a pan roasted sea bass served on top of a lobster and truffle risotto was excellent. It's definitely perfect for a romantic date!
Romantic Dinner at Perla

Big Bottom Market

Guerneville
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Pack a Picnic at Big Bottom Market
Fuel up for a hike at the nearby Armstrong Redwoods reserve at the Big Bottom Market in Guerneville. You'll find snacks, such as cured meats, artisanal pickles, and local cheeses, to enjoy in the picnic area. For something heartier, order the Parson Jones sandwich (garlic-herb turkey, Havarti, arugula, and jalapeno jam). Photo by Kelly Puelio. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Pack a Picnic at Big Bottom Market

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

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

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

Loboc

Loboc
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Loboc, Loboc, Philippines
Loboc and the River
Despite the recent earthquake on the Island of Bohol in the Philippines, tour operators still indulge guests with brilliant day trips through the historic and natural wonders on the Island. However, damage from the earthquake juts out around many of the corners on the island from private homes, to some of the oldest cathedrals in the Philippines - the Island is still broken. A stop in Loboc provided both a beautiful lunchtime cruise aboard a riverboat and a brief tour of the town's earthquake damage. A lovely bridge over the river still stands structurally intact, but the tall guard house leans precariously over the river - rather than a tall and strong lookout over the town. To keep the structure from tumbling down, tension was applied with chains cinched around the building and anchored to the opposite side of the bridge. Workers tirelessly worked in the hot sun below to clear stones that fell from Loboc's long San Pedro Cathedral building. Once the clean up is complete, rebuilding will begin.
Loboc and the River

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

Hog Island Oyster

Marshall
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Oyster Tasting in Tomales Bay
Stop at Scribe Winery and pick up a bottle of their newly released rosé to pair with oysters at Hog Island in Marshall, CA. Picnic tables overlook Tomales Bay and must be reserved in advance. Throw the oysters on the grill or eat them raw and don’t hesitate to ask the staff to share shucking tips. Photo by Peden + Munk. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Oyster Tasting in Tomales Bay

Hazara Indian restaurant

Ulaanbaatar
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Hazara Indian restaurant, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Fantastic Northern Indian Food in Ulaanbaatar
This Northern Indian restaurant is just behind the giant wrestling stadium and has some of the best Indian food I've had outside of, well, India. The tandoori lamb is not to be missed and the naan is glorious.
Fantastic Northern Indian Food in Ulaanbaatar

Good Food, Good Feelings

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Good Food, Good Feelings, United Kingdom
Raw Food in Dundee
Dundee, and in fact Scotland, may seem an unlikely venue for a thriving raw food following, but it is just that - in the hills outside of Dundee, raw foodie, Caroline Allan runs Good Food, Good Feelings. Her mission? Quite simply, to help people find a healthier lifestyle through better food choices. Caroline is available for catering and personalised classes, but she also hosts wonderful monthly pot luck suppers in a great location just outside Dundee that benefits from the rolling Angus hills, Scots Pine trees, red squirrels, roe deer and the most amazing sunsets! Guests are required to bring their own dish, preferably raw, and everyone tucks in. There is always more than enough for everyone, and all Caroline asks is that you leave a £2.00 donation. You wouldn't find a supper this pocket friendly anywhere, and it's a great way to meet new people. Caroline also runs regular raw food workshops, and works with a local yoga teacher hosting day retreats.
Raw Food in Dundee

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Punta de Mita
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The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico
Escape, Explore, Recharge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Swim, surf, snorkel, fish, spa, golf, play.....in the beautiful setting of Punta Mita. Sip your favorite mango margarita by the pool as you watch the sun set slowly over the sea. Be as active as you wish, or rest and rejuvenate. Special package through AFAR for 3 nights, Oct 14 - 17, or Oct 21 - 24 includes 3 nights deluxe ocean view accommodations at the beautiful St Regis Punta Mita Resort, tax and service, airport transfers for two, daily full breakfast for two, marine safari to the Marietas Islands, full use of the Remede Spa and a $100 credit for a Remede Spa treatment, total $1855.
Escape, Explore, Recharge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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

Arola Restaurant

Barcelona
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Arola Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain
A Surprising Menu at Barcelona's Arola Restaurant
At Hotel Arts Barcelona there is a solution for all world traveling foodies, no matter how indecisive they are. The hotels’ restaurant Arola has introduced a new surprise menu with new dishes in honor of its 10th anniversary. The surprise menu, specially crafted by Michelin star winning chef Sergi Arola, offers a specialized sampling of various dishes that combine creative flair with a passion for local traditions and seasonal ingredients. Selected for guests by Arola’s well-educated staff, the surprise menu consists of a combination of four to six dishes and as the perfect finishing touch, Arola’s onsite mixologist will create a special cocktail to accompany the meal. Located at Hotel Arts Barcelona, Arola is a stylish space with an outdoor lounge terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that features live music in the summer and tapas style cuisine – perfect for trying something new and sharing!
A Surprising Menu at Barcelona's Arola Restaurant

Ippudo Westside

New York
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Ippudo Westside, New York, New York
Ramen for grown-ups
When it comes to noodle shops, I am partial to the hole-in-the-wall variety. The kind that seats you elbow-to-elbow with students speaking Japanese. The kind that is more memorable for its fare than its fanfare (see my Ramen Misoya highlight). With its calligraphy wall hangings, blond wood booths, and sleek styling, Ippudo is a more grown-up place to get in on New York's current ramen rage. I had the Shiromaru Hakata Classic with the recommended addition of mustard greens, and was not disappointed.
Ramen for grown-ups

South at SFJAZZ

San Francisco
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South at SFJAZZ, San Francisco, California
Mary's free range fried chicken with delta sauce
Whenever I've eaten at SOUTH I make two promises to myself: 1) I will return, and 2) next time I really ought to try something different from the menu for a change. Maybe someday I'll make progress on that second thing. The restaurant is open Tues-Sun. Less busy on non-performance nights at SFJazz Center.
Mary's free range fried chicken with delta sauce

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

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

Cholita Linda

Oakland
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Distinctive Latin American Fare in Oakland
Discover farmers' market, Baja-style fish taco favorite Cholita Linda, set to open its own brick-and-mortar joint soon. Owner Vanessa Chavez features Latin American favorites like Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and a flank steak version of the classic Cuban sandwich with the premise that fast casual can look, taste, and be good for you too. Photo courtesy of Cholita Linda.
Distinctive Latin American Fare in Oakland

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

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

Botanic Gardens

Singapore
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Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Singapore
Fall Foliage in Summer
You don't necessarily have to head to the Botanic Gardens to experience greenery in Singapore (she isn't called the Garden City for nothing!), but it's a gem to explore just beside town if you can. This was taken in April 2014, when a month-long drought followed by a few days of torrential rain seemed to give trees reason to do some beautiful mass flowering. Weekday mornings are perfect for a peaceful stroll. Picnic baskets & the Botanic Gardens go hand in hand! If not, Food for Thought provides decent comfort food & an even better ambience amidst the lush greenery. If you exit from the Tanglin Gate, you can continue your walk down to the Tanglin area - a stretch of quaint (if expensive) European-style shops & restaurants. If major retail therapy is what you have in mind, the (in)famous Orchard Road is further down.
Fall Foliage in Summer

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

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
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