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Calle del Payaso Fofó, 5, 28018 Madrid, Spain
Was hoping to get inside Estadio Vallecas, which is the home of Rayo Vallecano but alas, a stubborn gray haired man refused me passage, even after producing my international press pass. I did find some good food there however. I saw some nice...
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Calle de Velázquez, 136, 28006 Madrid, Spain
After arriving in Madrid and dropping the bag off at my daughter's, it was time for food and I was beyond hungry so we went to the closest place - a store called VIPS which was located just around the corner. Its a nice little store and in the...
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The Friterie Pitta de la Chapelle is located just outside the church and near the Chapelle train station, which is a short distance from the Sablon. This friterie is like most friteries but they did add "Pitta" to the name. If you're alive today...
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Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium
The Cantillon Brewery is one of the few that still makes the unique gueze and lambic beers. The brewery was started by a family and four generations later, that same family still runs the place and brews the beer. You can tour the place and even...
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Mons, 7000 Mons, Belgium
A friterie is to a Belgian is what McDonalds is to an American! Scattered around the country you often come across these friteries which sell as they main item "frites". They're also called "pommes frites" since they are made of potatoes. Just...
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Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
One of the "must visit" places in Brussels is A la Morte Subite, which is a cafe that dates back over a hundred years. It has that real "Brussels" & "Jacques Brel" feel to it. I remember the old days when there was lots of beer being poured and...
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598 Riverside Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, USA
Another of my favorite diners, which is close to Newark, NJ. This one is right next to the river and with a full bar you can have a bloody mary with your bacon and eggs at midnight!
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New Jersey is said to be the diner capital of the world and with more than just about any other place, you'd be foolish to argue. This diner, the Jefferson, is located in Lake Hopatcong in Morris County. I end up here just about every year when I...
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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
While in Cardiff over the weekend I visited the covered market in the city and my daugher (who goes to Cardiff University) insisted that I try a Welsh cake. This one had jam in it. We then found a cup of coffee and sat down to take a breather and...
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2 Chome-29-1 Dōgenzaka, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043, Japan
It was a hot day in Tokyo and what better thing to enjoy than a nice ice cream cone? I saw these giant (I think plastic) ice cream cones that looked very life like and tempting. So I said to myself, "Mike, why don't you get one of those delicious...
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Western Europe
A 'cuppa joe' in Mons Belgium. The thing I love about stopping for a coffee in Belgium is that you never just get a coffee but more times than not, a side of a cookie or a piece of chocolate. The little things make the difference.
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Berg 29, 5671 CA Nuenen, Netherlands
I had this cup of the almighty bean in the town of Neuen, Netherlands. Vincent van Gogh once lived here (1883-5) and there is even a nice museum dedicated to him and also a decent life sized (well, a little bit bigger) statue of him in the park....
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Via S. Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli, 48, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy
Face it, you haven't really had 'real' pizza unless you jumped on a plane or train or any other type of transportation and got yourself to Napoli, in southern Italy and ordered a PIZZA! As Carly Simon sang for the James Bond movie, "Nobody Does It...
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Leopoldlaan, 1930 Zaventem, Belgium
at the Brussels airport is a quasi-diner that I usually go to before my annual pilgrimage back to the USA. the Flying Tigers American Diner is a decent little place that does decent pancakes (not crepes), which are close to the American style. and...
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500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029, USA
A highly recommended stop for a cuppa joe is Tops Diner in Newark, NJ. The food is excellent and they have a giant selection of cakes as well.
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Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Rådhusstræde, København, Denmark
This was an excellent cup of cappuccino in Kaffeeslabberasen, which we found by accident, not too far from the central train station. Not only is there excellent coffee but also sandwiches and pastries in the cafe.
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Casteau, 7061 Soignies, Belgium
Nothing says Belgium more than "frites" or "french fries" as they're called in the USA. They should be renamed "belgian fries" because that's where they're from!
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21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK
Heading off the Royal Mile to find Greyfriar's Bobby, we passed this cafe that, by its name, I assumed was an Indian restaurant. But a closer look at the bottom of the main window stated that this was where the hero of Hogwarts was created. The...
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130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Had this cuppa with a Scottish breakfast in Garfunkel's. If its just coffee that you want however, just a few doors down, there is also a Garfunkel's cafe. I didn't get to try it though. Or if you want something more traditional and American,...
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Atletenstraat 80, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
At the Olympic Stadium in Antwerpen, where Beerschot AC plays, the fans love their beer. Although the Jupiler League and Jupiler being the best (marketed!) Belgian beer, it was great to NOT see it here but instead the Palm brand. The stadium is...
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Meir, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Antwerp, like the rest of Belgium, is full of friteries or frituurs. One of the best in this Flemish city is Frituur No. 1, located at #1 Hoogstraat, which is just a short walk from the main square.
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Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Enjoying a beer at the home of Standard Liege in Belgium. The league is called the Jupiler Pro League and is sponsored by the brewery that makes Jupiler.
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Grand Bazar Shopping Center, Beddenstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Every time I sit down anywhere on a trip for a cup of coffee is always considererd a "highlight" by me. One of the best things to do is to stop, breathe and have a "cuppa joe" when out and about. On one of those stops, I found this tiny cafe and...
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Baščaršija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cevapi is a simple snack or even full meal that is popular in Sarajevo . They're made of grilled sausages of beef or lamb and put into some pita bread along with lots of chopped onions.
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South Moravian Region, Czechia
Some of the best wine in the world, and I am talking about the WORLD(!), is from the Czech Republic region of Moravia. Of course it doesn't get the same press as the French, Italian or even California stuff but believe me, these wines are top...
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172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
Go for the scene, not the food, and enjoy the Art Deco décor and great people-watching at this buzzy Left Bank landmark. Despite a limited menu and steep prices, the place is packed day and night. Order a chocolat chaud and sit on the...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
Ollantaytambo’s namesake archaeological site is one of the best examples of Incan architecture in the region. It’s easy to spend a half day exploring the temples and other structures there, especially if you factor in time to hike...
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Via Ombrone, 1, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Where's the beef? Who cares - when you come to Orvieto the thing to eat is "porchetta" and they do it in so many different ways that you'll just have to try them all. Either hit a restaurant or just go to one of the butcher shops and try a bit of...
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Gran Vía, Madrid, Spain
(first of all ignore the address because that isn't it but the only option that I get) This small cafe is close to the metro stop Islas Filipinas and is my new favorite breakfast stop - two and a half euros for a cafe con leche, churros and a...
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Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
This has got to be my favorite train in the Madrid train museum - its so retro yet also looks futuristic.
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Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
I went by the san miguel market for a quick look around but that quick looked dragged on, especially when I found this one stand that sold different ports and sherries. This particular one was a kind of vermouth that reminded me of noilly prat...
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Plaza Emperador Carlos V, 10, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Sure, I hear you; what's so special about Dunkin Donuts?! Well look closely - the place is not Dunkin Donuts but Dunkin Coffee. Same thing, I know. And of course there is nothing special about Dunkin Donuts (or Coffee) except if you don't live in...
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Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
The landscape of Plaza Mayor's artists—performers and painters—is ever-changing. New life is breathed into the corners by dancing goats, mimes, pianists, and the occasional traveling circus, but you can count on one thing: Madari will be there,...
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Kloosterstraat 69, 1020 Brussel, Belgium
This truck, also a friterie/frituur was parked several blocks from the Belgian national stadium the other night during the Belgium - Macedonia game. As a matter of fact there were a few of these portable friteries and business was booming. The...
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Largo Miguel Bombarda 3, 4430-175 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Although it's called port wine, the port cellars are no actually in Porto but on the other side of the river in Nova de Gaia. Sandeman is one of the more popular companies who are in the port business and offer tours of their cellars, along with...
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Paço Real, 2510-999 Óbidos, Portugal
Up and down the streets in the shadow of Obidos Castle are shops and cafes. The city may be famous for its castle and the fact that it still retains its ancient city walls, but many also know it for its signature drink, a cherry-flavored liqueur...
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50 Rue Henri-Poincaré, 54000 Nancy, France
Stopped in the Excelsior after trekking around nancy because we needed a coffee. The place was getting crowded with people coming in for their lunch but the manager was happy to put a little round table next to the bar for us to enjoy a hot java....
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32 Rue Raymond Poincaré, 54000 Nancy, France
Stopped by this brasserie/restaurant that specialized in Alsatian food, which basically means lots of fatty pork! It was delicious and if you have a stomach that can handle lots of greasiness, this is the place for you.
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Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany
Germans, especially Bavarians (who are or are not Germans, depending on whom you talk to) love eating their meat and potatoes. While there, I went for a giant joint of pork with kartoffel (potato) salad. Nobody does fresh potato salad better....
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Konak Mahallesi, 902 Sok. No:8, 35250 Konak/İzmir, Turkey
One of the more interesting coffees in the world is Turkish coffee. It's like a stronger stronger Italian espresso with the coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup! I found Halis coffee in the grand bazaar in Izmir and enjoyed the coffee and...
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camikebir mahallesi, ismet inönü bulvarı yeni belediye binası no:13, Camikebir Mahallesi, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey
Not only is Efes Turkey's best beer but it is pretty much the country's only beer! You can find it everywhere in the country and to be honest, it isn't a bad lager. These were poured and drunk in Kusadasi, on the west coast of Turkey.
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3 Place du Parvis Gaultier de Mortagne, 02000 Laon, France
We drove down from Belgium and were headed to Reims, in the Champagne region, but decided to stop off in Laon for a look at their impressive cathedral and of course to have some lunch. Le Parvis was a great little restaurant located in the small...
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25 Place Drouet d'Erlon, 51100 Reims, France
While in Reims for my birthday, I was hoping to find a special restaurant to celebrate with my lovely lady. In one of the champagne shops, I asked a nice young lady for recommendations. She was a local and worked in a champagne shop so really,...
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Before a soccer game where I saw Dinamo Tbilisi beat up Torpedo, I had a basic Georgian snack - sausages. These babies were delicious and although expected the typical sausage taste, like the German styles, these were totally different. The very...
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Zeelaan 139, 8660 De Panne, Belgium
There are no shortages of places to eat and drink in the Belgian coastal town of De Panne. If you're looking for a snack and a good deal, head to Patisserie Antoine, just a couple blocks from the North Sea. You can get a couple of croissants with...
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Korte Putstraat 6, 5211 KP 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
The Dutch have a tradition of Asian food, and especially Indonesian due to their once upon a time empire when they had a lot of influence in Indonesia. In Den Bosch/'s-Hertogenbosch we found this little restaurant called Roels. It was located on...
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Batignolles, 75017 Paris, France
Stopped in a cafe for a well, cafe, in Paris the other day and thought it a good idea to plot my escape out of the city, hoping to avoid a peripherique traffic jam. I failed with the traffic and got home a half hour later than I should have. When...
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Rue d'Houdeng 20, 7070 Le Roeulx, Belgium
The St. Feuillien brewery that we can visit today was founded in 1873 by Stéphanie Friart. In the recent years they have been under constant renovation combining the restoration of a nineteenth-century industrial heritage with modern facilities....
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Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
Other than Brussels national airport, the other main one is deceptively called Brussels South although its located 45 minutes from the capital city around Charleroi. In this rather small airport is the well known PAUL coffee and pastry shop, which...
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Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
The best place at the aiport for a coffee is the PAUL cafe/patisserie. Enjoy a cuppa joe and a pastry or sandwhich while you wait for your plane to wherever.
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Newbury Rd, Kingsclere, Newbury RG20 4TA, UK
Nelson's Diner was a great place to stumble upon while heading from Belgium to Wales recently. The decor is very American and the milkshakes are just like back home! The location is a bit off the beaten bath if you're just doing the usual tourist...
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St David’s Shopping Centre, 1 Bridge St, Cardiff CF10 2EF, UK
In St. David's Shopping Center in the heart of the Welsh capital of Cardiff you can enjoy some really tasty American food - diner style! It isn't one of those sleek aluminum style diners on the outside (because its in a shopping mall) but the...
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20-21 Broad St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DB, UK
The best food in the UK, and this includes Wales, is the simple stuff such as meat pies, Cornish pasties, fish & chips and even a ploughman's lunch. I had a very good ploughman's at the Granary, needing a rest from visiting all the book shops in...
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Mons, Belgium
Mons' annual Tanks in Town invasion is an event not to be missed and a major highlight on the city's calendar.
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32 Rue Raymond Poincaré, 54000 Nancy, France
This restaurant is a "rotisseur" meaning that they specialize in Alsatian food, meaning lots of pork and fatty meat. Its OK if you like that and although I do, my stomach doesn't do well with all the fat. So, I trimmed it off and enjoyed the rest,...
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Rue du Cazier 80, 6001 Charleroi, Belgium
In the beginning of the last century the need for coal became great and in Wallonia mines were opened to extract the black gold from the ground. One such mine was located near the town of Marcinelle and was known as Le Bois du Cazier. The mine was...