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2931 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1X5, Canada
Madre restaurant is good at any time but their brunch is definitely one of the best in the city. The poached eggs and chorizo bubbles with caramelized onions and the french toast are delicious! Read more about my experience at Madre on my blog.
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1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl, Montreal, QC H2Z 1H5 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5, Canada
Montreal is a wonderful city and the Bixi bike sharing system (http://montreal.bixi.com/) allows one to venture further and see other parts of the city. As the sun set, the Palais comes alive at night providing a glowing example of modern...
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Koningin Astridplein 27, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
Traveling by train can be a wonderful way to explore Belgium. A few of the country's train stations are destinations in and of themselves. Antwerp's Centraal (or Central) Station is one of the prettiest. Renovations and expansion have restored the...
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292, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Make sure to sample some hot drinking chocolate in Barcelona. I chose a mug from Cacao Sampaka, a gourmet chocolate shop where you'll find all sorts of delightful dessert concoctions. The rich, velvety drink is nothing like American hot chocolate....
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Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH, UK
Why would an afternoon tea not offer... tea? Or cucumber sandwiches? Because this is London, the city where the only rule is originality. The OXO Brasserie, on the top floor of the iconic South Bank building, offers a one-of-a-kind afternoon tea...
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86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Tucked away in the hills south of San Francisco you'll find Filoli—16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, nature preserves and a fabulous mansion—a true hidden gem. The hundred-year-old property takes on new life with each season and a stroll...
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1133 Broadway suite 1107, New York, NY 10010, USA
Passing by squid ink tagliatelle and handcut pappardelle before meandering through an impressive salumi and formaggi display, I feel as if I’m lost deep in a market in Roma. As I salivate at the stunning arrangement of paninis––prosciutto cotto...
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205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Despite multiple trips over countless years going to New York City, it wasn't until a year ago today that I encountered this sandwich — the one that left me drooling until I could enjoy it again. Katz's quickly went from a one-stop place for...
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56 Auberge Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Our winery tour with friends started with a glass of wine followed by a tour of the property and wine making facility. The finale was sitting down in this beautiful room in their wine cellar to taste a flight of wines. Book your tasting in advance...
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Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg Rural, 7600, South Africa
From its inception, Waterford was determined to concentrate not just what is in their bottles, but what is outside of them as well. This means that a visit to Waterford is a true experience, with safari truck rides into the vineyards and a unique...
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Janskerkhof 10, 3512 BL Utrecht, Netherlands
Saturdays in Utrecht, stroll through rows and rows of potted plants and brightly colored blooms in Janskerkhof plaza, and then make your way to Oude Gracht (the old canal) and shop for a bouquet to brighten up your apartment or hotel room. Big...
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1 Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
When you're staying in Cape Town, be sure to get out to Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula to witness a sunset that I'm convinced is the most beautiful one I've ever seen. I love the Chapman's Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. Even if you're staying in Cape...
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Modena, Province of Modena, Italy
November 2011 ::: Meeting Alessandro Martini for the first time at 7.30 in the morning is like having a double espresso, twice in one go. He is as animated and bright as his jacket (in the photos). Only one other guest, an American lady by the...
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal is the no-brainer must-do Venice experience, and the best way to explore the city's main thoroughfare is on a vaporetto, or water bus. For a great introduction to the area, ride the vaporetto from the railway station, at the edge...
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SP94, 07021 Arzachena OT, Italy
There are few places that blend dramatic scenery, old-world history, and stellar food culture as beautifully as Sardinia. In early summer, wildflowers color the island, cherries are at their juiciest, and many regions are surprisingly tourist...
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Adelgade 5-7, 1304 København K, Denmark
What’s not to like? Modern buildings, central locations, variety of rooms, great nightlife and cheap dining options. Honestly, it doesn’t get better than that. The hostel is handily located between two of the city’s busiest...
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John Smith House, Walworth Rd, London SE17 1JL, UK
Located in the Elephant & Castle area on the south side of the Thames, Safestay hostel is chic and shiny new. It's also, budget-friendly! With beds beginning at just 18, Safestay is a great option for visitors to London who are on a strict...
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda 222, 4050-377 Porto, Portugal
Somehow this Northern Portuguese city has become home to dozens of fantastic hostels, better than most I’ve stayed at elsewhere throughout Europe. You are pretty safe with nearly every one, but Gallery Hostel is my pick because it’s much more than...
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Warschauer Pl. 6, 10245 Berlin, Germany
As someone who appreciates "champagne taste on a beer budget," PLUS Hostel Berlin was right up my alley. The hostel boasts amenities like an indoor pool, sauna, laundry room, courtyard, art gallery, full bar and restaurant and location next to...
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R. do Crucifixo 116, 2º, 04015-070 Lisboa, Portugal
This boutique hostel in Lisbon feels more like a design hotel and is a result of a collaboration between local artists, DJ’s & designers. They even offer up a nightly 3-course dinner including wine!
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273 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2, Canada
Montreal doesn't lack for atmospheric restaurants in which both the decor and the aromas entice anyone who walks by. But my favorite of them all is, without a doubt, the Usine de Spaghetti, nestled on the quiet side of the touristy St. Paul Street...
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Route Ras El Ma , Quartier El Onsar, Chefchaouen 19000, Morocco
I really don't think Morocco gets better than this: a comfortable riad, clad in all shades of blue (this is Chefchaouen after all) and other technicolors, a private terrace that not only has an enticing pool but also unparalleled views over the...
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3 Boulevard des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France
Trust me, I am not one to normally visit Starbucks when in a city like Paris (much less write about it all over the Interwebs). But what's a rule without its exception? And indeed, if there is one Starbucks in the world that's worth visiting...
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Arch 6, Apollo Business Park, St James's Rd, London SE16 4ET, UK
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is just about the quirkiest place in the neighborhood. Inaugurated int he 1600s by the architect Thomas Neale, who later went on and became a miner in Virginia and Maryland. He...
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Calle Poblado Marinero, s/n, 38683 Los Gigantes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Few things are more thrilling when travelling than exploring the vast waters of the ocean, and swimming along its colorful and surprising wildlife. And in Tenerife, the best place to live this experience is with the Los Gigantes Diving Centre,...
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60 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2P4, Canada
If you happen to be a cheese fanatic in Toronto, do yourself a favor and head to Cheesewerks, in the heart of the fashion district. Not only is this place entirely dedicated to cheese, it's also very much into homemade treats and quality foods....
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555 Jewell St, Rosedale, AB T0J 2V0, Canada
The Rosedeer Hotel is one of the first buildings you see in Wayne, sitting squat on a narrow piece of land between the railroad tracks and the hills behind. It looks like a movie set, and has been. Running Brave, Shanghai Noon, and In Cold Blood...
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75 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5J 0A1, Canada
The Germain group is on a mission to change the face of boutique hotels across Canada, and after staying at their Toronto property, I can say that are doing a very good job. The hotel lobby immediately sets the tone of your stay: staff members all...
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24 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
In an area filled from start to end with small, independent shops, all more interesting than the other, it can get pretty hard to find, excuse the term, a hidden gem. And indeed, it is quite hidden. Nestled in the back of the old Tank House, the...
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Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Canada's metropolis isn't just skyscrapers and multinationals, apparently. Welcome to Graffiti Alley, or as the locals call it, Rush Lane. Canada's largest outdoor art gallery (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) is located in the...
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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
When the Drake Hotel opened in 2004, it not only enhanced the Toronto hotel scene, it helped revitalize the West Queen West neighborhood. This was long before the rapper Drake (no relation) became known as a Toronto ambassador. The design-oriented...
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303 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
Whenever I book a hotel room, there are three things I seek: free wifi, buffet breakfast and fancy toiletries. Views are never on top of my list because, quite frankly, who spends enough time in their hotel room to fully appreciate the scenery?...
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74 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada
New York City vs Montreal. Oh, the debate. In the ongoing Great War of the Bagels between the two cities, Montreal has always been the favorite contender, both among the proud locals and the tourists. Let's be honest here—Montreal wins, and there...
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Cassis Monna & Filles is a great place to start exploring the Orleans Island, because it represents exactly what the people are all about: quality, fresh, local products and an immense pride. This blackcurrant wineyard truly is a pleasure for the...
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Easter Island is a strange, remote, and magical place. After a full day of wandering around this tiny island, we were fortunate enough to witness an absolutely breathtaking sunset over the Pacific. The "beach" here is made up of pitch black...
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2017 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J6, Canada
This Plateau Mont-Royal institution just celebrated its five-year anniversary with a bang, and it is with great pleasure that I joined in the festivities and ordered my favorite dish on the menu: the breakfast poutine. If you are not one for...
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1266 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y4, Canada
People who haven't heard of macarons by now probably live under a rock. Not just yet another French dessert to travel across the pond, macarons are a delightful bite-size sandwich-like treat, with a thin, crusty envelope and a flush, jam-like...
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222 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, USA
I stumbled into Sweet Lily's in TriBeCa with a friend on the kind of day that a good pampering session is really needed. It's not often I treat myself to a pedicure but I couldn't have been more happy that I did that day. (So happy in fact, I've...