The Bikini – A Quintessentially Catalan Sandwich

21 Apr , 2020  

In the world of food few dishes are more Catalan than the sandwich called the Bikini, named for the famed concert hall in Les Cortes where vendors have sold them as a snack to concert-goers since before anyone can remember. These days the tasty grilled sandwich has become a staple bar snack to fuel hungry […]

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The Magic of Mykonos

26 Jun , 2018  

If you’ve dreamed of a place where you can drift off for a nap on a terrace overlooking azure waters while the sound of a distant church bell tolls, or sitting at a cafe with the sea breeze blowing warmly around you while you nibble on incredible bites you need to discover magical Mykonos.

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Discovering Lisbon

13 May , 2018  

Cook Like a Local Clams Bulhão Palo Bifana Sandwich Cuttlefish Burgers with Pickled Carrot Tucked away near the mouth of the Targus River, Western Europe’s oldest city offers visitors an experience like no other in Europe. Just try to liken it to Europe’s more ‘European’ cities like Madrid or Vienna, or to the more International […]

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24 Hours of Jazz in New York

11 May , 2017  

There’s just something about the marriage of Jazz and New York that is perfect. Everyone knows that Jazz was born in New Orleans. Many also rightly associate it with Kansas City and Chicago. But New York played an important role in the story of Jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Sara Vaughn. These are […]

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Little Italy: Old and New

6 Apr , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations Rubirosa Il Cortile Peasant Recipes Lamb Bolognese Grilled Shrimp Puttanesca With Polenta Linguine Carbonara If you haven’t been to New York’s Little Italy the images the words conjure in your mind likely fall into one of two groups: Red sauce with gooey mozzarella, checkered tables clothes and strains of ‘That’s Amore’ wafting through […]

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Amsterdam: The Food

13 Feb , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations The Pancake Bakery – Pancakes Moeders – Traditional Brasserie de Groot – New Dutch Restaurant De Luwte – Modern Razzmatazz – Modern On my first trip to Amsterdam, I hadn’t done much research about the food scene beforehand, since it was a fairly last minute trip. And so it was that I arrived […]

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Aix Deux

9 Feb , 2017  

Restaurant Recommendations La Cintra – Brasserie Chez Laurette – Brasserie, Seafood Bistro des Philosophes – Modern French Just en Face – Modern French La Tomate Verte – Modern French Cafe l’Horloge – Café Recipes Gambas and Seared Scallops Provencal Endive Gratin With Ham My second visit to Aix-en-Provence has endeared me to it even further. […]

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An Eaters Guide to Barcelona

29 Nov , 2016  

Barcelona is a city of flavors – unmistakably Mediterranean, but with a cuisine all its own. Whether you’re planning to stay in a hotel and eat all of your meals out or rent an apartment to enjoy the pleasure of cooking in, the offerings at local restaurants and markets won’t disappoint. Restaurant Recommendations Cervezeria Vassa […]

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Spa Day: Iceland

28 Nov , 2016  

The plane landed in Keflavik in the pre-dawn darkness. The light rain spattered the plane window and fog hung over the airport. At this point, Iceland was nothing more to me than the light of the airport and a flat, dark horizon. I was here for a spa day and the weather and deep darkness […]