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One of my favourite ways to experience a new culture or place is through its food. From street meat to fine dining, these are some of the places I have eaten, and would love to eat, around the world.
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Brussels, Belgium
A new company based in Belgium is promoting exactly what I love about travel—good food, meeting interesting people, and gaining insights into the city's culture through the people who live there. It's called Bookalokal. Bookalokal started in ...
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m.Mpotsari 6, Οία 847 02, Greece
For one of the best views and best meals in Santorini, try Red Bicycle. Located at the tip of Oia on the northern part of the island, the restaurant is housed in a 19th-century Santorini mansion with a 180-degree view of the famed sunset and the...
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8120 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
This past weekend I had one of the best brunches of my life at La Macarena. I ordered the Vegetarian Spanish Breakfast: sweet corn tamale, cheese pupusa, refried beans, sweet fried plantains & avocado. It was like a little bit of heaven...
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5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
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Frenchie (the restaurant) is nearly impossible to get into, but the wine bar across the street provides a taste of chef Gregory Marchand’s housemade charcuterie and pasta, as well as small plates such as homemade smoked trout and burrata cheese...
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10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, USA
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Upon first entering the famed blue doors of Per Se, located inside the Time Warner Center overlooking Central Park, the dining room has the air of a wake, filled stiff collars and hushed tones. But no matter the attitude, the fact is that everyone...
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1348 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 3A7, Canada
No visit to Montreal is complete without a good poutine, preferably late at night (it is well-known among Montrealers that poutine is the best cure for a hangover). But instead of hitting the touristy Old Port joints or the busy Banquise, why not...
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11 Place Antonin Poncet, 69002 Lyon, France
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How is it possible to combine the savoir-faire of a Michelin-starred chef, the conviviality of the typical French brasseries, and a check that won't require you to remortgage your house? While this would be called pretty much impossible anywhere...
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An Hội, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Lemongrass pork grilled to a smoky, caramelized perfection over charcoal and served with herbs, lettuce, cucumber and fresh rice papers, accompanied by two friendly hosts and their delectable peanut chili sauce. The sticks resemble tiny ship masts...
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián, or Donostia in the Basque language, is a Belle Époque resort town built around the Bay of La Concha. Stroll the cobblestone Old Town streets in search of cozy shops, the city’s oldest church (San Vicente) and celebrated restaurants...
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Via Baldassarre Galuppi, 221, 30142 Burano,Venezia VE, Italy
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Let the wind blow through your hair as you take a 30-minute vaporetto ride to Burano, an island in the lagoons of Venice. Known for its handmade lace and brightly-colored fishermen's homes, the island is free of the tourist crush of the rest of...
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Jan Breydelstraat 36, 9000 Gent, Belgium
As Canadian expat in Belgium, one thing I miss is the sea (and good lobster), so when I saw "Lobster Six Ways" on the menu at the House of Eliott in Ghent, I had to try it. Far from the traditional 'crack it open and dig in' style lobster I was...
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809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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West Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop has become a new home to the city’s culinary talents. Stephanie Izard first drew crowds cooking dishes like roasted pig face at Girl & the Goat (the restaurant pictured above)....
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Level 3, Nüwa Hotel, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Each course gets better than the one before. Fresh, pristine dishes of simple ingredients made luxurious with truffles, caviar - the French classic techniques come through in these contemporary dishes and they are a real party in the mouth!
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Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Flat 8, Ground Floor, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St, 廣華街2-20號翠園大樓2期地下8號舖, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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They are most famed for their mouth-watering BBQ pork buns and the queues of people that congregate outside their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it canteen. Welcome to Tim Ho Wan, the one of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurants. This is Yum Cha...
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Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Hong Kong cuisine matriarch Martha Sherpa instructs both culinary professionals and aspiring visitors how to prepare dim sum staples like traditional pork steamed buns and dumplings filled with homemade egg custard. Intimate classes of no more...

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Strada S. Rocco, 06089 Torgiano PG, Italy
Tuscany gets all of the press about wine but its sister Umbria is well worth a visit. Terre Margaritelli's chef not only provides locally-sourced, delicious food (I had this plate of meat but also a stinging nettle pesto that was fantastic), but...
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Calle Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, 11, 11688 Zahara, Cádiz, Spain
While on a road-trip through Andalusia, we spent a day exploring the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The twisting mountain roads took our breath away at regular intervals. The region is famous for its Peublos Blancos (or white villages). One was...
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27 Rue des Tonneliers, 67000 Strasbourg, France
I am a die-hard cheese fanatic, so when I heard Strasbourg, France had an entire restaurant dedicated to my favourite dairy product, I had to visit. La Cloche a Fromage, refers to the glass dome the French place over their cheese boards, and this...
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47 Charlotte St, Saint John, NB E2L 2H8, Canada
My hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick isn't exactly Canada's tourist hot-spot. But there's one great reason to visit, if your'e a foodie - The Saint John City Market. This is Canada's oldest incorporated farmers' market and it's always a...
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Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you venture to Mostar, and I recommend you do, and you’re up for some no-frills, delicious, Bosnian local specialties, this is the place to visit. It doesn’t look like much, and to be fair, we likely would have passed it by if it wasn’t so...
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Saint-Gilles, Belgium
Britxos opened its doors in the summer of 2012 to great fanfare among Brussels expat foodie community. We were already familiar with the team, from catering company La Britannique, for their incredible food and warm, friendly service. Britxos is a...
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Gospertstraße 22-24, 4700 Eupen, Belgium
It's hard to imagine a less likely spot for a fine-dining restaurant. But DUO's food far surpasses its unassuming exterior. Watch closely, as you drive towards the Hautes Fagnes National Park in Belgium's Eastern Cantons, or you'll miss the small...
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Grote Zavel, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
When Brussels Tourism announced the launch of the Tram Experience, the concept was met with some scepticism. Now, almost a year in, the tram is going strong, to great acclaim. The Tram Experience is a specially re-fitted classic tram that circles...
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Mali Ston, Croatia
If you're a seafood-lover visiting Dubrovnik, it's worthwhile making the short trip to Mali Stone for the freshest oysters you've ever tasted. We arrived in town, with our excellent guide, Zoran, from Vacation in Dubrovnik (link below), just as...
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6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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Oh, Bouchon! Don't let the long line out the door discourage you—these delicious pastries are well worth the wait and the outdoor café tables make for a lovely spot to dig in once you're handed your treats.
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119-121 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
If you're looking for the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Hong Kong, gather up your best friends and head over to Corner Kitchen for a friendly cooking competition. The chefs are ready on hand to teach and jump in when needed. We had a group...
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181 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G8, Canada
Poutine is the stuff of legends, much to the chagrin of many Canadians. It is the one food non-Canadians seem to know the most about, and a snack of this heavy dish is at the top of the list for most visitors to Montreal. Even though it can be...
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Knaackstraße 98, 10435 Berlin, Germany
A vast majority of Berliners will gladly stop for a good old currywurst on their way back home from a festive evening at the pub. The history of this mouthwatering dish goes back to the 1950s when a German woman was given ketchup, curry powder,...
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2A-2P Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
During my recent trip to Hong Kong I was on a quest for local culinary adventure, as I always do when traveling. After an exciting morning in the busy area of Mongkok, the smell of greatness took me to a little restaurant called D.i.F. The fact...
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Antoine Dansaertstraat 20, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
If you get tired of French-Belgian food and would like to try something a little different in Brussels, head to La Kasbah. Just a few minutes walk from Grand Place, on the trendy Rue Antoine Dansaet, La Kasbah will transport you all the way to...
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6 Rama 1 Rd Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

American entrepreneur Jim Thompson, who began his Thai silk business here in the 1940s, built himself a residence in 1959 by assembling six traditional teak houses brought from other parts of Thailand....

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33 ถนนสามเสน แขวงวัดสามพระยา เขตพระนคร ใกล้สี่แยกบางลำภู Bangkok 10200, Thailand
May Kaidee taught me to cook amazing vegetarian Thai food on this day. We spent half the day visiting a nearby market, learning about Thai ingredients, cooking our way through about six courses, and lots of taste testing, of course! After this...
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403 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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While I am not usually one to go for the see-and-be-seen kind of places, the Spice Market was definitely the highlight of my last trip to New York City. And it's the kind of place where Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez eat from time to time. Not...
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Bangkok, Thailand
Perhaps one of the greatest pleasure of exploring Bangkok is enjoying the amazing food on offer. Famous around the world, there is nothing quite like the Thai food experience in Bangkok itself. While an emerging middle class has led to an influx...
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Rašínovo nábř. 1981/80, 120 00 Praha-Nové Město, Czechia
Celeste is a must-see and must-dine location in Prague. Beautifully situated on the top floor of Frank Gehry's sensational "Dancing House," the glass windowed restaurant overlooks the Vltava River and the Royal Castle. Second course at lunch:...
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Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien, Austria
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What a sensational spot for the best gourmet lunch in Vienna -- Steirereck in Stadtpark. My second course is a warm artichoke salad poached in white wine, with coriander and lemon grass, diced artichoke sauted with thyme, topped with an herb salad...
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Chía, Chia, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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A week into my month long stay in Bogotá, everyone I had met wanted to know if I had been to Andres Carne de Res yet. For a restaurant that I assumed only tourists visited, I was surprised by how many locals had excitedly talking about it. Once I...
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6 Rue du Forez, 75003 Paris, France
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After ‘sans gluten’ found a place in the Parisian lexicon last year thanks to Helmut Newcake and more recently Noglu, vegan is the next buzzword to be embraced by locals in Paris. I still remember when dining out in the city was a daunting...
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Adarsh Nagar, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Last year the young restaurateurs behind the popular Pali Village Cafe opened a second restaurant just down the road. Pali Bhavan has a bar on the ground floor and a dining room upstairs. The menu features some unusual dishes from all over India,...
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37 Panton St, London SW1Y 4EA, UK
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There are lots of places to get Indian food in London, but it takes effort to find a good, authentic South Indian dosa. There are authentic dosas in Brick Lane, Wembley and Southall, London's best-known South Asian enclaves. But getting to those...
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6 Amagertorv København K, 1160 København, Denmark
The rainy or cold weather can make walking down the famous Strøget in Copenhagen, Denmark in the off-season a little tiring. There's a little bit of magic just off the main walking street in the form of the Royal Cafe. The high pink walls and...
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Vesterbrogade 39, 1620 København, Denmark
Singaporean food may not be the first cuisine that springs to mind when choosing where to dine in Copenhagen. But Namnam is well worth making an exception for. The small plates are perfect for sharing among a group of friends and with menu items...
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Østergade 61, 1100 København, Denmark
After a 5am flight from Brussels, we were ready for a hearty meal to kick-start our sight-seeing in Copenhagen. Luckily we stumbled on Cafe Norden's champagne brunch. This bustling cafe was already crowded with shoppers, businessmen and a few...
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Sankt Annæ Pl. 36, 1250 København, Denmark
Even if you don't have time to take in the theatre in Copenhagen, you should still stop by its modern, glass-fronted playhouse for a bite to eat. The Restaurant and Cafe Ofelia has a prime view of the busy Nyhavn habour. On sunny days you can...
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190 University Ave 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3, Canada
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The Toronto outpost of New York's noodle bar, Momofuku, is a bustling, friendly place serving many of David Chang's signature dishes. Weighing down our table were chicken-fried rice, okonomiyaki, roasted cauliflower, roasted rice cakes, and a cold...
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Húsavík, Iceland
Adorning the Húsavík harbour front, Restaurant Gamli Baukur specializes in food from local produce. The fish comes straight from boats landing their catch in Húsavík and from local fish farms. Meat and vegetable is from farms in the region....
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1 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Pepper Palace is home to more than 1,000 hot sauces, including the Hottest Sauce In The Universe: The 2nd Dimension. You can try the extremely spicy sauce for free as long as you're over 18 and sign a waiver. Moreover, Pepper Palace features a...
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Hong Kong, 尖沙咀廣東道30號306
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Before visiting Hong Kong, a foodie friend had warned me that the Michelin-starred restaurants weren't all that. Food just as good was to be had from the hole-in-the-wall joints, and splurging was pointless. I was on the hunt for something I had...
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Hong Kong, 九龍城龍崗道地下及閣樓
It's always a good idea to put yourself in the hands of a local foodie when you're new in town. That's exactly how I found myself in the outer reaches of Kowloon at a Halal restaurant sampling the 'juicy beef cake,' on my first visit to Hong Kong....
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Rue du Château, 62360 Hesdin-l'Abbé, France
Le Berthier is the fine-dining restaurant at the Hotel Chateau Cléry (see my review in another highlight). It's well worth a visit, whether you are staying at the hotel or not. If the weather permits, begin with a drink in the sunny garden, where...
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155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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There is not much more to say about Le Bernardin that hasn’t already been said. Three Michelin stars; a four star review in the New York Times; a top twenty ranking on S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants; an almost perfect rating...
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897 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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Blue Ribbon pizza is tucked away in a shopping center, called The Lumberyard, in Encinitas. It's right next door to my favorite chocolate shop, Chuao-...
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Chaussée d'Alsemberg 108, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium
I’ve had so many great dining experiences in Belgium, it’s hard to choose a favourite. I can say, without reservation, La Buvette is in my top five. La Buvette is warm and classy without feeling overly stuffy or formal. The concept is simple – one...