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Borgo degli Albizi, 11r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
If you love gelato and chocolate, no place will romance you quite like Vestri. Before you know what's inside, you'll be drawn in by the antique and elegant exterior and by the shiny packages peeking out. Inside, the small shop's allure consists of...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
When I say "chocolate tourism", a large number of destinations come to mind. France, Belgium, Switzerland. Britain. South America. Chocolatiers from numerous places around the globe often lay claim to producing the best, the richest, the most...
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208 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010, USA
A year after someone suggested I try Potager (French for little vegetable garden) Cafe, I finally made it tonight and had one of the most fulfilling meals of my life. My boyfriend and I strolled by sunflowers and into a haven of natural light and...
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33025 Ovaro UD, Italy
Every summer, in the shadow of Carnia’s Monte Zoncolan, the town of Ovaro hosts a festival called Mondo delle Malghe. Meaning “world of the malghe,” this festival celebrates the small-scale dairy farms high up in the mountains of northern Italy...
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33020 Sauris di Sotto UD, Italy
Every July, visitors gather in the village of Sauris for the Festa del Prosciutto. Located in the remote mountains of Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Sauris consists of two towns: the upper Sauris di Sopra and the lower Sauris di Sotto. Home of the famed...
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Strada Statale 52bis, 62, 33026 Paluzza UD, Italy
Every summer, throughout the rural hills of northeast Italy, cows are herded from dairy farms in the valleys to mountain huts called “malghe.” All summer long, cows graze in tranquil Alpine pastures, providing their milk twice a day for the...
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33010 Venzone UD, Italy
Every October, the Festa della Zucca takes place in Venzone, a tiny, medieval-walled town in northeastern Italy. Although pumpkins may be the most familiar squash, gourds of all shapes, colors, and sizes are featured in this festival of food, art,...
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
The Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New York institution. Located in the lower concourse of Grand Central, it serves over 25 varieties of oysters daily. There is a huge menu of American...
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1427 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605, USA
Cali N Tito's is even more of a hot spot than the name suggests. (If you pronounce the words without pausing, you'll get "calientitos," the Spanish word for warm.) The trailer and its patio make a pastiche out of those nostalgia-inducing pieces of...
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Quai Perdonnet 25, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland
In 1875, Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate here in this tiny Lake Geneva hamlet. Today, there's a museum dedicated to the history of food—the Alimentarium, and a giant fork sticking conspicuously out of the lake commemorating its presence. Be...
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Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
On my first evening in Sokcho, on the east coast of South Korea, just south of the DMZ, I went along with my aunt to the seafood market downtown. For several blocks, the bounty of "The East Sea" (Koreans insist that "The Sea of Japan" is an...
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Aveiro, Portugal
The Troncalhada salt pans are located on one of the canals on Aveiro and Troncalhada is now an eco-museum. At one time, the area had many salt pans, but today there are just a few. Salt pans are very important environmental sites . Many types of...
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Waliców 13, 00-865 Warszawa, Poland
Gospoda means a traditional inn or restaurant, and Folk Gospoda is as traditional as they get, as well as consistently delicious. Here you'll find hearty plates of Polish food like stuffed cabbage rolls (golabki), pork roulades (zrazy), and...
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Km. 3.1, PR-102, Mayagüez, 00682, Puerto Rico
As I sipped my passion fruit mimosa by the beach while admiring my ceviche in plantain baskets, I knew mom had taken me to the new best restaurant in Puerto Rico. Costa has a fresh atmosphere no matter where you decide to sit (with paintings that...
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72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
The great macaron debate may forever wage on but from the first time I tucked into a small box of Pierre Hermé's dimunitive cookies, perfectly crisp on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside, I knew I'd remain loyal to his...
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900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
At the end of July each year, about 600 folks gather at Linfield College in McMinnville to celebrate the pinot noir grape at the IPNC. The event is always marked by amazing meals as well as outstanding wine tastings, but the evening of the Pacific...
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1121 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
We drive through this part of the Central Coast of California quite a bit and we always stop in at Big Sky Cafe for a meal. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner- the food is excellent and fairly priced. Most of their foods come from local...
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Chaussée de Dinant 1037, 5100 Namur, Belgium
Strawberry season in Belgium is a big deal, particularly in the town of Wépion, near Dinant in the Wallonia region. Wépion's berries are known throughout the country, as the best strawberry, and their arrival on store shelves is...
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220 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Delicious takoyaki.
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Calle 10 Nte. SN Local 7, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
This is a great little joint tucked away off a side street in Playa del Carmen. Owned by a Venezuelan family, they make great food with several vegetarian options. The sandwiches made with plantain bread are outstanding.
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86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Local is the operative word in the Portland, Maine food scene. Ask a waiter what Atlantic Day-Boat halibut is exactly, and he'll spin a story about the local captain who pulls in with the day's catch. At the height of summer, it seems that every...
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2726 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Sacramento has been called the Farm-to-Fork capital of the U.S. because of its location, surrounded by farmland that brims with high-quality produce, nuts, wine grapes, and livestock. Cafe Bernardo takes advantage of the area's bounty by using...
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3257 Ivanhoe Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139, USA
Farmhaus is a foodie's dream come true. Opened in 2010 by Chef Kevin Willmann, this intimate eatery is a crown jewel of St. Louis cuisine. The menu features food that is local, organic, and obtained through sustainable farming practices. The...
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167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
For a dining experience that emphasizes healthy eating from local, sustainable and organic sources, look no further than Lyfe Kitchen. Customers can often see sous-chefs running out from the kitchen to pick fresh herbs from their garden stationed...
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27 Whitcomb St, London WC2H 7EP, UK
One Sunday afternoon in London, I took the Context Travel Gastronomic London food tour. It was a two-hour tour that covered a very specific area of London—Paul Mall/Piccadilly. I was met by an extremely knowledgeable docent who took me on a...
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Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Myrtle Allen is Ireland’s answer to Alice Waters: The centenarian chef has lobbied the Irish parliament for better food policies, earned some Michelin stars, and, 50 years ago, opened a restaurant called the Yeats Room in the town of...
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First stop in Bali, just off the plane, just a few minutes from the (traffic-crazed) airport: a little restaurant called ACC Minang, because our friend Caroline, who knows how much we love the spicy beef dish called rendang, says this is now the...
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Otavalo, Ecuador
The first time I had these little potato pancakes at a street stand in Otavalo, I thought that llapingachos was just a pancake. But later I went to a restaurant and saw llapingachos under the comida tipica (typical food) menu. A llapingachos meal...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
My boyfriend and I had noticed this place mid-June while in Austin with my family, but the line extended for a block outside the restaurant and we couldn't put my mother through the wait. A few weeks later, back in Austin, the line was even...
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1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Salt & Time in Austin offers a variety of beautifully presented meats from Texas ranches, as well as fabulous baguettes. I was impressed with their proper Italian labeling of all the different parts of the pork, many of which aren't well known...
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2503 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
You can find Indy's best sandwich at this local butcher shop and wine cellar, located in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. The Batali—an homage to Mario Batali—is filled with various kinds of homemade salami, cheese, spicy giardinara, tomato jam,...
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Creating a winning bar, restaurant, or rooftop lounge is tough enough, but doing all three in one venue? Spanish operation Migas achieved this rare feat with a two-floor venue in Sanlitun. The rooftop is often the hottest ticket in town on summer...
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4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
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Mercado Central, Chimaltenango 04001, Guatemala
Mario Rene sells fresh jalapa cheese and quesadillas in In the Mercado Central of Guatemala City. Unlike the typical quesadillas you'd find in America, these are created using cornbread and Zacapa's regional cheese. An unexpected find, this shop...
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701 Warrendale Village Dr, Warrendale, PA 15086, USA
My boyfriend's greatest frustration with me is that I cannot make decisions. This happens most in two scenarios: when the decision will affect someone else and when it involves food. But never have I had such a difficult time deciding on what to...
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Rue Sainte-Catherine 36, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
If you’re searching for the best gourmet offerings from Europe’s forests and fields, don’t miss the Champigros shop near Place Saint Catherine, in Brussels. The shop’s name comes from a combination of the French words “champignons grossiste,” or...
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34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Situated a block from the Canal St.-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, Du Pain et des Idées is your favorite corner bakery—only better. The owner, Christophe Vasseur, was named best boulanger in Paris in 2008, and for good reason....
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5600 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340, USA
Need some boba for bubble tea? Done. Seafood that's alive and kicking? No problem. Fancy Russian chocolate? Easy. Dragon fruit? Cactus (edible cactus, of course)? Seven different kinds of eggplants? Frying cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano (not the...
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Jan Pieter Heijestraat 190, 1054 MN Amsterdam, Netherlands
It's kitschy Africana at its best in Amsterdam's non-touristy Oud-West. Named for the Ethiopian Empire that reigned from the 12th century until 1975, Abyssinia's interior seems to represent an old African hut. Vibrant colors and flavors assault...
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Chaussée de Louvain 896, 1140 Evere, Belgium
For years, my husband and I complained there was no one-stop shop in Brussels where you could buy all of the wonderful artisanal products from small, local, producers around Belgium. Recently we discovered Fraysse; the exact shop we had been...
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48291 Axpe, Bizkaia, Spain
Michelin-starred restaurants sometimes appear in the unlikeliest places and have the unlikeliest views. That's the case with Etxebarri, a gem of a Basque restaurant -- it received its first star a couple of years ago -- where grilled food takes...
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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
El Dia de los Reyes Magos celebrates the Three Kings that in the Bible bestowed gifts upon Baby Jesus. In Puerto Rican tradition, on the night of January 5th, the kings come to every household to leave presents for the children. As a child, I...
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144 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Despite the name (Noosa is a stunning surf town to the north), this confectionery is indeed based in Brisbane. Stop by to pick up some distinctively Down Under souvenirs: chocolate paired with such homegrown ingredients as Victorian strawberries,...

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Gallery Walk, 159-117 Long Rd, Eagle Heights QLD 4272, Australia
Everyone on the mountain will tell you that you can't leave Mt Tamborine without making a stop at Granny Mac's. She's locally famous for her soft, melt-in-your-mouth slabs of fudge. She's generous with her taste tests, don't miss the Pumpkin Pie -...
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56028 San Miniato PI, Italy
Some say that in 1954, in the woods of the Medieval town of San Miniato, someone found a 5.5 pound tartufo bianco (white truffle)—the largest truffle ever found. Regardless of whether or not this is true, the little Tuscan town set between the...
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Via Armando Diaz, 11, 34123 Trieste TS, Italy
It was a blustery February morning when I arrived at Pasticceria Penso, one of Trieste’s oldest bakeries. Before I realized what was happening, I had been whisked behind the counter and into the kitchen, where a couple dozen chocolate cakes were...
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Japan, 〒106-0032 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 3 Chome−14−7 アロービル 1F
Inakaya East is a high-end Japanese restaurant specializing in robatayaki (“fireside cooking”), which is a form of traditional Japanese barbeque that originated in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan hundreds of years ago. At Inakaya (which...
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Aachen, Germany
There are several Nobis bakeries/cafes in Aachen, Germany. They are very popular for their multitude of fresh breads they bake and delicious cakes and pastries. The list of hot drinks is pretty long and delicious looking. We had cappuccinos that...
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One 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
Would you like some pizza with your egg? In a city known for its pizzas, Otto is well-known for it's interesting (but delicious), and flavorful combinations. Although I haven't been, their happy hour specials draw large crowds...book early! This...
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200 W Washington St, Madison, GA 30650, USA
In downtown Madison, a historic town in Georgia, you'll find tons of antique shops, a number of coffee shops and restaurants, and—best of all—the Madison Tea Room. My boyfriend knows how much I love tea and we had sometimes tried to get...
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2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
No, not that CIA. This lunch feels a lot more pleasant and delicious, I'm sure. Make a reservation at the Greystone Restaurant and taste local, seasonal menus while looking out over Napa Valley vineyards.
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1050 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
I lived in Italy for a while and now that I'm in Georgia, Toscano and Sons Italian Market is an Italian mecca and my saving grace. It's owned by an Italian-American family who truly have a passion for Italian food. The walls are decorated with...
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PR-102, Mayagüez, 00682, Puerto Rico
El Mesón Español is locals’ go-to spot for real Spanish food in the southwest of Puerto Rico. Have them bring one of their 2005 Rioja wines as you peruse the menu. Last time, I went for the Spanish omelet, the Spanish pork sausage, the croquettes,...
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210 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Cacao beans’ scientific name is theobrama cacao, which translates into “drink of the gods.” Casa Cortés in Old San Juan will truly please any god with its Cortés chocolate concoctions. This welcoming café...
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Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico
Made in Puerto Rico is more than a restaurant—it’s a testament to Puerto Rican traditions, idioms, and other cultural aspects. Signs commemorating historical moments, dominoes, straw hats, kites, and Christmas lights are strewn around. Servers...
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Unnamed Road, Arecibo, Hatillo 00612, Puerto Rico
This woman-owned artisanal aged-cheese producer was on the front wave of what is an increasingly vibrant local food movement. Wanda Otero, a microbiologist, decided to start her business in part to offer Puerto Ricans an alternative to expensive...
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1 Calle Gonzalo Marin, Arecibo, 00612, Puerto Rico
The reason for the name of Mugs Restaurant remains a mystery to me, but I want its amazing food to be a mystery to no man. As soon as I entered, I was hooked at the sight of a wall filled with books about art, music, and literature. The menu...
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954, Taiwan, Taitung County, Beinan Township, 明峰村試驗場8號
The people of Taiwan's southeastern region of Taitung are known for their expertise with medicinal herbs, and the Yuan Sen Applied Botanical Garden combines the best ofthis tradition with biotechnology and ecotourism. After a day of sightseeing in...
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411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Oyster lovers will be spoiled for choice at Shuckers, where the seasonal oyster menu can be prepared nine different ways: Olympic, casino, Northwest oyster bennies, smoked citrus BBQ, Rockefeller, parmesan, house-smoked, pan-fried, and Provencal....
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2937 Bristol St A102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Tucked away by the Wine Bar at the Lab in Costa Mesa, Old Vine Cafe is one of those hidden gems in the Orange County dining circuit, with both tasting and a la carte menus. The service was excellent and our waiter's vast knowledge of wine was...
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6 Rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France
Context Travel offers history, architecture and culinary tours in various European cities. I went on the " foodie" tour that began on a beautiful fall Paris morning in the toney neighborhood of St. Germain- de- Pres by meeting our friendly English...
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Via Lando di Duccio, 5, 53040 Montefollonico SI, Italy
I stumbled upon 13 Gobbi quite by accident and, like so many other meals in Italy, left completely elated by the serendipity of it all. But, unlike some other Italian meals I've enjoyed in my travels, I left leaving a piece of my heart in the...
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If you’ve never had a Japanese hot dog, it’s not exactly ballpark fare. Unconventional and highly flavorful topping combos like wasabi mayo, nori, bonito flakes, and sukiyaki beef make for a completely different experience. It’s not for everyone,...
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Portichetti Fontanelle, 3, 37100 Verona VR, Italy
Up near the Teatro Romano and Castel San Pietro (great view of Verona!), my boyfriend and I found La Fontanina, "the little fountain." Now, I love fountains more than most people—but not as much as I love this restaurant. And the fact that it's...
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159 Rue Ordener, 75018 Paris, France
Enter this little corner boulangerie in the 18th Arrondissement to taste the same bread the French president eats every day. Choose from four types of baguettes—or, if you're like me, take one of each and eat nothing but bread slathered in cheese...
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Via Monte Grappa, 11, 40121 Bologna BO, Italy
When I travel, I visit places only once because I want to try everything. I went to Gelateria Gianni twice during my day and a half in Bologna. The map outside points out that all the ingredients used in their gelato come from the regions known...
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I did it. I cooked Udon noodles with my feet in Osaka. And it wasn't the least bit disgusting. It was, however, delicious. It was also one of three plates I made during a Japanese street food class that left me with five things: a full, happy...