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Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize
John and Ellen left their home countries (Australia and the United States) to build a life in Belize and open a restaurant and hotel, thus giving them the time to connect with people in a meaningful way. Whether their passion for life...
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Placencia, Belize
On a sandy street, in a building with Victorian trim, near the Purple Monkey Bar and across from a tour company, there’s an unassuming storefront that guards what some people told me is the best gelato in the world. Tutti Frutti Gelateria serves...
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2287 Placencia Peninsula Road, Placencia 00000, Placencia, Belize
Splash Dive Center will help you discover “paradise above and below the water.” I was intrigued to learn to scuba, and after filling out the necessary paperwork, being fitted for a wetsuit and being assured of my safety, into a boat we departed...
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Placencia Sidewalk, Placencia, Belize
There’s a stretch of sand between the Placencia Boardwalk (the narrowest, smallest main street in the world), and the ocean where a white house and a stand of seagrape trees are almost all that would alert you to the presence of an informal café...
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Belize
Café Casita de Amor is inside a building that looks more like a home, albeit one of the most unusual you will find in Belize. Painted in striking shades of blue and orange with a metal roof that glints in the sunlight, it’s surrounded by a garden...
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Placencia, Belize
Turtle Inn is one of two upscale resort properties in Belize owned by American movie director Francis Ford Coppola. (The other is Blancaneaux.) This inn is in the town of Placencia, but despite its proximity to the town's services, the privacy...
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José Victorino Lastarria 70, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Although I recommend hitting up the wine country (I've heard amazing things), if you don't have the time to do so, Bocanariz is a great alternative. We were able to taste some really great Chilean wines while noshing of delicious fare. The...
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Avenida Italia, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
the Chilean capital (much like Toronto) doesn't immediately endear itself. Its ugly, flat, spread out and traffic is mad. Also like my hometown it takes some research and good old fashioned legwork to discover it's charms. For me the Barrio Italia...
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Isidora Goyenechea 3000 - Las Condes, Santiago, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The W Santiago is where the cool kids stay. Which other hotel would dare to have a sign reading “WHATEVER” at the entrance? Since opening in 2009, the hotel has earned a strong following, both from locals and visitors. Dimly lit with a...
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5509 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza Province, Argentina
I love the wines of Mendoza, Argentina, but I wanted to marry the wines of Catena Zapata when I had the chance to drink them whilst overlooking the green vineyards backdropped by the soaring, snowcapped Andes peaks. The wines of Catena are mostly...
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Mendoza, Capital Department, Mendoza Province, Argentina
Chef Vanina Chimeno recently debuted María Antonieta in downtown Mendoza. You’ll find grilled meat aplenty but also house-made pastas such as broccoli orecchiette Belgrano 1069, Ciudad, 54/(0) 261-420-4322. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
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"Don Mario is the quintessential Mendoza steak house," says winemaker Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer winery. "The ojo de bife rib-eye is grilled to perfection (when it’s available). The provoleta [provolone cheese cooked in cast iron] is my...
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Avenida Rivadavia 256, M5500GHF Mendoza, Argentina
We had a wonderful trip to Mendoza and found it absolutely divine. The highlight was lunch made by an adorable Korean Chef named Mun at his restaurant…the way he pairs asian food with the wines of argentina was simply magical…Not to be missed, my...
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Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza Province, Argentina
A 30-minute drive from Mendoza city center lies the only existing aroma room in the Americas. The aroma room at the modern winery Belasco de Baquedan is filled with 46 cylinders of Plexiglas, each featuring a different scent that can be discovered...
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Italia 5829, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Dantesco prides itself on a guest's sinfully indulgent gastronomic experience. They promise to have you lusting after their delicious wines and greedy for their mouthwatering menu of fresh cheeses, oven baked rabbit, and stewed osso buco. You’ll...
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RP94, M5663AHA Los Sauces, Mendoza, Argentina
The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room is owned by a private real estate group of the same name. It is not to be confused with The Vines Wine Bar & Vinoteca located in the Park Hyatt Mendoza hotel, which too is owned by The Vines of Mendoza. A pioneer...
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General Manuel Belgrano 1188, 5501 Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
1884, arguably the most famous restaurant in Mendoza, is owned by celebrated chef Francis Mallmann. Tucked into the Romanesque Bodega Escorihuela in Godoy Cruz, 1884 is an elegant endeavor for those with a hearty appetite. A master griller with...
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Sarmiento 647, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Ampora Wine Tours exclusively focuses on high-end tasting tours and also hosts regular wine and food events in their own wine lounge. Most tours are full-day experiences with gourmet lunches at some of Mendoza’s finest wineries. Groups are kept...
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Ruta de Los Patos, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
A refined yet rustic restaurant and guesthouse nestled into the rural landscape of Mendoza’s Uco Valley, Finca Blousson is a hidden treasure for wine lovers seeking life’s simplest pleasures. Pair the Bistro’s blend of Argentine and French...
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Av. Providencia 1353, Santiago, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Liguria is an institution in Santiago. It's the default for meeting friends and colleagues over chilled draft beers called schops, or dangerously loaded cocktails. The bar scene is animated and starts in the late afternoon around happy hour and...
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Isidora Goyenechea 2874, Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Región Metropolitana, Chile
If you have time, you could travel nearly two hours south of the capital into wine country to dine at the outstanding Miguel Torres restaurant near Curicó, part of this Spanish winery's headquarters--or you could dine at their outpost in the...
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Av. Pedro de Valdivia 210, Providencia, Santiago de Chile, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Ask any Santiaguino the best sandwich they've ever had and they will wax on about el lomito. Marinated pork slow-roasted, shaved, and piled high onto a sandwich with copious amounts of mashed avocado, homemade mayo, and tomato slices--beer on the...
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Av. El Cerro 722, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Located in the tranquil tree-shaded setting at the base of the San Cristóbal hill, this classic Chilean restaurant is a favorite with local families, particularly for the long Sunday lunches on their balmy terrace. Traditional Chilean fare such as...
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Avda Italia 805, Providencia, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
The menu here has a Spanish influence (the owners met in Barcelona), with dishes such as patatas bravas and crema catalana. The look is both chic and rustic: brick walls, leather studded sofas, and two patios for alfresco dining. This appeared in...
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Merced 391, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Ópera is the only gourmet, white tablecloth dining experience in the Lastarria neighborhood. Location, location, location. On an iconic corner with large picture glass windows, the hum of the city quietly blurs by with the illuminated...
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Antonio Bellet 201, Santiago, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Astrid & Gastón is the Santiago sister of the Lima-based restaurant belonging to celebrity chef Gastón Acurio. It was Acurio who many years ago brought the concept of fine (Peruvian) dining to Chile, quickly turning the restaurant into a reference...
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Rúa do Franco, 37, 15702 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Instead of perusing a menu at this well-lighted spot in Santiago de Compostela, point at what you want from the long bar where the tapas are laid out for the day. Offerings include fresh razor clams, stuffed squid, and glistening sheets of marbled...
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Bandera 347, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Every day 2,000 empanadas are freshly made at this historic food landmark on the corner of Bandera and Huérfanos in El Centro. Santiaguinos pop in for a gooey fried cheese empanada slathered in hot chili sauce, piping hot. Stand in at the counter...