If you’re a serious foodie and Europe is on your mind, you might not be thinking of Prague
as your first choice. Let’s face it, Paris never disappoints (in my experience that is),
London will bowl you over if you know where to go, Rome has so many small and upscale family-run gems with to-die for pasta and sauce concoctions that you may want to move there by the end of your trip, and Berlin, Vienna and Zurich could keep you going for weeks, especially if beer and desserts is on your love list as well. My most recent trip to Prague wasn’t my first; in fact, my first trip was pre-wall it was so long ago. While none of Eastern Europe was a “go to”
region for food back then (if anything, you might find yourself hungry depending on when you went), I recall a special cafe experience in Prague and my recollection of both Prague and Budapest was much more positive than their more eastern neighbor Bucharest, which I had a hard time leaving because of countless train hiccups.
I returned six or so years ago and while Prague was even doing segway tours then, today I can…
How many of you knew that September 29th was National Coffee Day
in the United States? Considering so many of us practically pump the stuff through our veins on the regular, we thought it only appropriate to have a coffee themed week here, so let’s look at 6 unique coffee experiences you can find in the Big Apple.
Photo credit: Andre Kruger
1. The Butcher’s Daughter:
This is a popular place in New York for many a’ thing not just coffee and they have two locations: the West Village and Nolita. I see them posting on Instagram all the time. The ambiance is oh so chic and cool too with lots of plants and a good vibe.
Photo credit: LizaHerlands_ (on Instagram)
2. Cosmic Coffee
for their gelatinous coffee. I found these guys at a food fair in Long Island City, and when they asked if I wanted to see “the next big thing in coffee” of course I was like “yes, please!” So they pour in the coffee, and on top the cream, do a little mix, and the coffee turns solid…kinda like coffee jello! I don’t…
Ahhh yes, Prague
. Breathe it all in as the sun shines on your face on a lazy sunny afternoon. Feel her energy as a romantic flare oozes from the artists and couples strolling along Charles Bridge.
After spending a few hours making your way through old town, where it feels almost Disney-like, you begin to gaze at things as if you’re lost on a cloud, the way parts of Paris can make you feel, especially if you’re new to the city. Sure, there’s too many tourists, especially during prime travel months, but you can easily find an alley and get lost for an hour or so, or grab a seat in a cafe and stare out at the chaos of the crowds while taking in all the beauty that Prague has to offer.
There’s no better way to really process the Charles River
than from a quiet venue that overlooks it. It’s even better than a boat unless you’ve privately chartered one and have your own captain. Prague’s Kampa Park
, albeit on the ‘dear’ side for the value compared to some of my favorites in the city like Valoria
, is all about romance and that’s why you’re there. This…
Newport Rhode Island
was a place I hung my hat on many a’ weekend when I lived in Boston. In my twenties, we had a house-share in the area for those summer weekend getaways — days were spent on the beach and we ate pizza at 2 am; our nights went as long as we could extend them. With the number of pubs and harbor-side bars, it was a perfect vacation spot to go with friends, sit out on the many decks and outside patios that Newport offers and breathe in the lovely summer New England skies.
I have countless positive memories of this well known New England seasonal resort town, from swimming and lounging on Newport’s beautiful sandy beaches to dancing in the pubs, usually with an Aussie or Irish sailor. There was no shortage of handsome Irish men with stories to tell and it was the spot
for locals from Providence and Boston to go on summer and fall weekends. While we drank more beer and cocktails than we did wine or fine dine in our twenties, I recall plenty of mouthwatering experiences with creamy clam chowder, fresh raw oysters and Lobster.
After my six-month stint in New York City
, it’s time to share some highlights of my favorite meals, which include some very good recently opened restaurants. Below are my top 12 just to get you started….
A long-standing New York favorite, and for good reason (this was one of my favorite dinners during my time there
). Chef Ignacio Mattos
understands texture like a boss, and his flavor combinations are fascinating, unexpected, and will make you fight with your table mates for the last bite. The space is candlelit and you have to be a size 2 to squeeze in between the tables (guys, please get rid of that wood…
What I had in mind wasn’t quite the chic Valoria Castle & Garden Restaurant
when I first arrived in Prague, but my experience at this gem with breathtaking views was above and beyond what I expected. Quite frankly, it couldn’t have been a better choice for my first night in Prague. Thanks to the guys at Lindner
for the recommendation.
Located in the top section of Neruda Street in house No. 40, St. John’s Cellar, the restaurant is based on a Baroque cellar. It started as a town house with a terraced garden and it is uniquely based adjacent to the walls of Prague Castle, which ultimately provides for stunning views of the city and an even closer view of Lesser Town Square and Prague’s famous towers on both banks of the Vltava River. There’s a whole lotta WOW in this exquisite view, especially while dining outside on a warm summer or fall evening. You can vividly see the majestic dome of St. Nicholas Cathedral in nearby Lesser Town Square.
The food combines the best of Czech and French recipes and this is extended into their wine menu offerings as well. While it was hard to choose,…
While we have a few tried and trues up our sleeves, we like to venture out and try new places in New York as locals — both classic NYC restaurants that have been around forever for good reason, as well as trendy new spots that feature the season’s hip new food craze.
A few weeks ago, we were strolling along the beautiful tree lined blocks of the Upper West Side when the lunchtime stomach growls started. The sun was shining and it seemed like the kind of day you try something new, so we decided on Michelin-recommended TESSA
, and quickly discovered a new spot that will be moved from our list of “to try”
to “tried and true.”
We loved it so much that I wanted to share all the goodness with you!
A modern Mediterranean eatery, TESSA has a rustic and urban industrial vibe that is typically seen more in downtown dining (seriously, so cool! It’s like the Restoration Hardware of restaurants. Even if you’re not hungry for a full meal, it’s the perfect spot to sit at the bar for a craft cocktail, little nibbles, and all the good vibes.) As much as I appreciate a beautiful…
Truth be told, this foodie guide is based on a week’s tasting expedition across upstate New York’s Finger Lakes
region. Bear in mind that our parameters were limited; in other words, this guide only covers Ithaca, Owego, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, Trumansburg,
and Corning New York
. Let’s start with our two top picks from a pure foodie perspective: Coltivare in Ithaca
and Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg.
Located in the heart of Ithaca, this farm-to-fork New American restaurant offers fresh and creative dishes as well as local wines and beers in what can be best described as rustic-chic surroundings. Coltivare’s seasonal restaurant menu features fresh ingredients from the nearby TC3 Farm and other local sources combined with global flavors for a true “Farm-to-Bistro” experience.
While they offer a traditional Curried Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, a nice selection of pizza options and are known for making a delicious elk burger, we went straight for the meat and seafood mains given our low carb preferences.
A few great protein options include a Finger Lakes Chicken, which are chicken breasts stuffed with apples and brie, Faroe Island Salmon with citrus-sauce, local
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