In the heart of the home city of pesto lies this delightful, traditional trattoria that gives a truly authentic taste of Italian dining. No private tables, no pretentions, just amazing pasta alla genovese and other mouth-watering delights, particularly the fresh fish.
14 Vico Testadoro
Genoa, 16123, Italy
Wine buffs with a penchant for South Africa will need little introduction to Saxenberg, and this highly rated vineyard offers tastings and slightly reduced prices on its excellent wines. But the main reason for visiting is its excellent restaurant, the Guinea Fowl. Seriously impressive cooking is coupled with not-too-formal service. Three of us had 'the works' for a birthday lunch and somehow the bill came to less than 1,000 rand. In the summer it is hard to beat lunch on the terrace, with hazy views of the back of Table Mountain. It's also one of the closest vineyards to Cape Town and only 15 minutes by car to the main airport.
Its a emporium of everything ladies love. From unusual lingerie and nick nacks, to the most divine home made cup cakes ever. We had a decadent afternoon tea served in the cafe which was absolutely five-star.
15 William Street, at the West End. Lots of lovely speciality shop in the street too
An Asian restaurant that serves great food at a reasonable 'Western' price.
Situated on the top floor of a shopping complex in the embassy district of Beijing this was a real find. The aubergine curry was sublime, the chicken in the balti was tasty if not immediately recognisable. Friendly service and a welcome change from the local cuisine.
A cosy little cafe serving all manner of tarts (sweet and savoury), cakes, muffins, scones, and pastries, all home-made. Delicious, filling, and reasonably priced. Great for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.
Dame St, Dublin 2 - or there's another branch round the corner on Cows Lane
Located in an old fishing shack, complete with corrugated iron roof, next to a power plant, Phil's doesn't have the most select location on the California coastline. However, its reputation as one of the finest seafood restaurants in the area keeps it full throughout the week. Order at the counter and sit down at a table in the simple yet pleasant dining areas and before long a feast will be delivered to you. Massive portions of the highest quality fish and seafood (and a few other options) provide you with a meal that manages to be both subtle and hearty, and ensure before long you'll have forgotten the location and fallen in love with the food.
7600 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039. Off Highway 1 halfway between Santa Cruz & Monterey.
In the rural loveliness of the Shotley Peninsula is a marvellous find - the Queens Head. A delightful local with gorgeous views and fantastic, locally sourced gastro pub fare. The best wild mushroom risotto I've tasted outiside Italy, delectable fish pie and a Sunday lunch at criminally cheap prices. An hour and 45 minutes from London, with beautiful walks/bird watching or just gazing at the landscape this is an undiscovered gem.
Queens Head, Erwarton, Ipswich Suffolk, IP9 1LN 01473 787550
As the name indicates this is a restaurant. It actually only have one dish, the local Thali, but it was amazing. Several locals were eating there, and we were the only westerens
Meal for two was less than GBP3
There are many places to sample Iran's fine cuisine and even cheap kebab stalls are a huge step up from the greasy late-night kebab take-outs found in the west. Nayeb of Vozara is one of Tehran's most celebrated restaurants, famed for its chelo kebab but offering far more. It isn't cheap by Iranian standards at around 50,000 tomans for a meal for two (about £40) and you may have to wait for a seat but for quality Iranian cuisine in some of the capital's most opulent surroundings, this is the place to come.
On the Eastern side of Park-e-Saee, on Vozara St at 11th Avenue. A second branch on Val-e-Asr avenue does not share its prestigious reputation, but is still good.
A superb restaurant and bar, The crowd which frequent it are lively and friendly, the food is reasonably priced and very good, not to mention the authentic European tin bar. After finding it by accident it turns out that it's known city wide with the locals as THE place to hang out. Travelling alone? Then go and eat at the bar, you're bound to end up befriending some regulars.
80 Spring Street between Broadway and Lafeyette, Soho.
Infectious African beats bounce out of this warm, welcoming restaurant and bar in the historic Pelourinho district of Salvador. Inside the restaurant is bathed in rich hues and draped with native fabrics, masks, paintings and a slew of African masks. The beautiful original brick walls area a fitting canvas for the vibrant artworks. By night this is a bar/live music spot where salsa, zouk, kuduru, kizomba, semba, reggae, samba, axe and other beats hold sway. The propietor, DJ Sankofa is quite a character and when he plays he amps up the audience to great effect. By day this spot serves up sumptuous African and Bahian food. Here you can find jollof rice, pepper soup, peanut sauce, curry sauce, coconot sauce served with rice, yam, cassava or African rice and peas. Bahian Moqueqa and Africa Moqueqa stews are also served up. My favorite dishes were the jollof rice and plantains and the peanut sauce with fish. While waiting for your food you can head upstairs to relax in the hammock and watch a film on the audio visual system or check out the huge African map and see you if you recognize all the countries.
Rua 7, Frei Vicente
71 3321 7236
My wife and I stayed at Riad Al Moussika hotel for four nights in early January, and it was definitely one of the highlights of our journey to Morocco! Our choice of the hotel was made completely on the suggestion of Daniel Jacobs on The Observer, Sunday December 21 2008, and on Trip Advisor reviews: Before arriving, we were wondering if we have made the good choice, but the minute we walked in, we realized that Riyad Al Moussika was beyond all our expectations. We got an amazing room (the green one) with a private terrace and a beautiful loggia in front that overlooked the mature trees garden and the nice swimming pool, and all the Riad was done in very capturing style. The service of the boys was impeccable and the food served by the Chef Cordon bleu, to die for. The Riad itself is very beautiful and authentically Moroccan and we felt very much like home.
This could be quite possibly the plushest shopping center you may ever visit. Located on Florida Street and Cordoba Avenue, the exterior alludes to the amazing features inside, with its golden lighting and full length window displays. Enter through the doors and it’s almost like you have entered the halls of Grand Central station, with the superb bonus of having a stunning biblical mural painted upon the ceiling. The designer shops on offer are second to none in the city, as fashionista’s will find themselves in shopping heaven.
Corner of Florida Street and Cordoba Avenue
Tucked away on a narrow street just yards from the Ramblas and Placa Reial, Cullertes is not only one of Barcelona's finest restaurants, but one of its most historic, and best value. Its traditional Catalan interior of dark wood features is entirely authentic - Cullertes is over 200 years old, and remains atmospheric. The food is traditional catalonian fare, with a strong emphasis on game, pork and seafood, and despite what you might expect for the quality and location, the prices are extremely reasonable. The food is, it goes without saying, delicious. But it does get very busy and only has limited evening opening hours so booking is advisable at weekends and in summer.
Beautiful camping spots overlooking the Blue Flag beach, Wold Farm and Southcliff Caravan Park. Details can be found at www.beachcampsitesuk.co.uk under the 'Yorkshire' section. Close by is the wonderful Ship Inn, an eighteenth century coaching inn that serves great food and heart-warming ales, situated in the heart of Flamborough village, just a short walk away from the dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches of Flamborough Head.
The Hotel Riyad Al Moussika, where I spent with friends a long weekend at the beginning of our journey to the south of Morocco in early January, is a place that has stopped time, where the magical atmosphere, relives Morocco of Pasha of 1800, but with all the comfort of our century. Everything is perfect, authentic, calm, serene.
I recommend strongly this hotel for its central location, even for the excellent and very professional service provided by the young boys of the staff, always smiling and present without being intrusive.
The chef and owner, Khalid, a nice and helpful big boy, who speaks I do not know how many languages, but among them an excellent Italian that has enabled me to know a world of things about authentic Marrakech, thing impossible otherwise, due to my language limitations, and, most important, who cooks in divine way.
I conclude that the value for money is very good considering that the copious breakfast and the courses haute cuisine lunch, (by far the best of all restaurants in Marrakech and Morocco, where we ate), are included in rate.
Only one regret: Have stayed there for four nights only!
At the end of a tiny dead end lane in the very heart of the Medina, and looking distinctly unpromising with its collapsing and propped up buildings, is this painstakingly restored small and fabulous riad. With just three rooms available, the owners have lovingly brought every historic piece of timber, plaster and zelij tiling back to its original best. The house is intimate and beautifully furnished with an eclectic and stylish mix of period and contemporary pieces, bird cages, and fabrics including objects from Vietnam, Europe and elsewhere. the terrace looks out over the Medina and hills and is ideal to relax. The home made breakfast preserves, pancakes, juices and range of teas are the passion of the owners, as is the cooking if you have dinner in. The staff and Stephen and Bruno are helpful in the extreme, and will give you lots of honest advice on surviving and enjoying Fes. Rooms E100 to E200 with taxis to airport and that fantastic breakfast.
9 Djerb Lamsside, Souiket Ben Safi, Fes Medina
It pains me to reveal this secret spot but then it is on Main Street in Breckenridge so perhaps it's not that secret. Daylight Donuts is a fantastic place to go for breakfast before hitting the slopes. You can choose from a series of set platters - pancakes, bacon and hash browns or tortillas or sweeter options - plus endless coffee and some of the best donuts you'll ever munch. Good place to meet locals too and not expensive even taking the crashing exchange rate into account.
305 North Main Street, Breckenridge
Not as celebrated, as big or as central as San Francisco's Chinatown, Japan Town is still definitely one of the coolest places to visit in one of the world's coolest cities. Strung either side of Post St for a few blocks between Pacific Heights and the Fillmore, on the outside it is a largely unattractive, concrete-clad, easy to miss place, save for a few Japanese plants and the Japan Centre tower. However, enter the subterranean mall and you are transported into a kitsch Japanese fantasy world. Alongside numerous sushi houses and other restaurants (many of which do charge more than the city's huge range of other fantastic Japanese eateries) are supermarkets, gift shops, art and design stores, bookshops. All with a unique, quirky, Japanese flair (one stationery shop had a hilarious line of animal-innuendo notebooks). The kitsch pastiche decor only adds to the whole charm of the place, and despite it being obviously tourist-orientated, Japan Town remains fun and not overrun, perhaps by nature of its location. Definitely remember to sample some of the bobo drinks, they're one of the cheapest things there, and fantastic.
Post St, San Francisco, CA. Civic Center BART is maybe 20 minutes walk, or the 2, 3 and 4 muni buses run a block up on Sutter to downtown.
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