Escape the tourist hordes and take a short walk from Place Kleber, along Rue de l'Outre, to Brasserie Flo, a cousin of the famous Paris institution, ironically one of the original fin de sicle "Alsatian" Brasseries which transformed the eating habits in France's capital. It attracts Strasbourgers for lunch and dinner inside a faithful copy of the Paris original, from cafe chairs outside to leather booths, stained glass panels and ceiling inside. The main menu replicates the original too, and the changing seasonal menu is an attractive deal at two courses for under €20, or €26 for three, the starters include a slab of delicious foie gras served with sweet mango ‘chutney', or choose oysters, rillettes or goats cheese. The mains offer a freshly chopped steak tartar, spiked with shallots and capers, a substantial and tasty lump of raw beef, served with chips and salad. The choice runs to choucroute, bouillabaisse, lamb chops or salmon followed by - if you have room - a selection of traditional desserts and cheeses.
In the Oltrepo Pavese area, Lombardy, life is still authentically Italian, as is the food. Not spoiled by tourists, the mammas still cook as they did generations ago. Simple but delicious food with ingredients of their own "orti", of the season. Come to experience this at one of the best restaurants of the region, Bagarellum, or order a cookery class at B&B Villa I Due Padroni.
Very stylish restaurant, on a cafe/eating stretch in central Kuching which is likely, should you have any preconceptions about nightlife in Borneo, to blow them away. This place serves up local food with a modern edge, and despite the service sometime being a bit haphazard, on the whole its worth the trip. Prices by Kuching standards are high (around £8 for a main) and you may well get just as good quality somewhere round the corner for half the price. However, come here for the atmosphere, the ambience, the stepping stones over a fish pool to reach your table in the lush gardens - this place is unique!
Jalan Tabuan, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Google map: tinyurl.com/36w3w8e
We ate in the house of the owners Monsieur and Madame Chauvigné and the meal was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. They did say that we were the first of their English guests who had chosen to eat with them. The food and wine were of the highest quality.
The cost for 7 of us at La Fiouzaire was 290 euro. Not to be missed if we are ever back that way.
Dzyga is an arty cafe-bar at the northern end of Virmenska. You can't miss it as the street is a dead end and the bar is at the very end! It's only a stones throw from the Rynok and is quieter and has some nice views. It's a nice place to start or end the night sitting outside in the atmospheric old Armenian quarter. If it's not the weather to sit outside the inside was cool too with lots of local art on display. The beer was a good local wheatbeer and washed down the pork fat in chocolate perfectly - which is not as bad as it sounds - I had to give it a try. The rest of the food that we tried (the bar was located just below our apartment) was good - the breakfast and ice-cream mainly!
35, Virmenska street, Lviv, Ukraine
+38 32 276 7420, dzyga.com
Great eating place for carnivores and veggies. BBQ host cooks Buffalo Burgers and ribs, Wild Boar, Rabbit Rattlesnake Sausages and Rcoky Mountain oysters with beer on tap.
+1 435 648 2778, buffalobistro.net.
On Highway 89 at Glendale, Utah with Grand Canyon North Rim to the south, Zion National
Park to east and Bryce Canyon north
Held every January in the town of Fellsmere, Florida, The Frog Leg festival is a fantastic event to gain insight into the 'real Florida'.
There is music, entertainment and obviously, lots of frog legs – served fried with classic American sides of coleslaw and grits (skip the latter- tastes like wallpaper paste!).
As to what they taste like? Well, it's obvious really, tastes like chicken!
Padstow town and harbour. If you're down in Cornwall ... get yourself down to Padstow! It's a great little town full of little streets and shops to explore, and a great harbour in which to sit and watch the world go by. You'll not be disappointed.
There's also a great pizza restaurant overlooking the harbour. It's located in the first floor of a building above an ice-cream cafe.
Padstow is on the north Cornwall coast, across the estuary from Rock. For more info check out www.visitcornwall.com and search under Padstow.
Peebles is a market town in the Scottish Borders. Located approximately 25 miles south of Edinburgh it's a great place to visit for a leisurely day out.
Dander down the high street browsing the variety of shops and boutiques. Pop into the Tontine Hotel for a coffee or a bite of lunch. Walk by the river. Take your kids to the swing park or local swimming pool.
If you're feeling slightly more energetic put on your walking boots and take a walk up some of the surrounding hills ... or head to Glentress for a spot of mountain biking.
For more info check out www.visitscotland.com and search under Peebles.
Peebles is approximately 25 miles south of Edinburgh (45 mins by car).
It's also possible to get there by public transport with First Buses - No 65.
A beautiful tucked away riad in a central location, amazing hospitality, incredible food and the best service I have encountered. Peter (the owner) was a wonderful host along with Hassan who is adorable. Kabira (chef) is absolutely incredible, her food is to die for. This Riad is really worth a visit - if you are planning a trip to Marrakech you must stay here - we were 3 ladies travelling together and we were so well looked after - would definately re-visit.
29 Derb Bouelilou
Sidi Ben Slimane
40000 Marrakech Medina
tel: + 212 (0) 24 37 66 12
Palazzo Versace is a super swanky hotel at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast. While my budget won't stretch to their room rates, everyone is welcome to enjoy a drink in the hotel. We chose the Versace signature cake, which was served with tea or coffee from a vast selection. At $16 it was great value, with a whopping big piece of cake (no supermodel portions here!) and was served on beautiful china while we lounged on silk-cushioned chairs.
If you decide to holiday in Lindos, Medeast restaurant is a must. The views over Lindos bay and the ancient acropoils are breathtaking. The food is five star and always ask for a special bottle of local wine not on the menu. Manolis, the owner, is an excellent host and if you're lucky he may even play his guitar at the end of an evening.
On the right as you leave the main square in Lindos, heading uphill
The spiced crab is to die for. Good job, given the quantity of fat used in its preparation - the English pun on the name may be a happy accident but it's accurate all the same. It's quite cheap, too.
1, Lorong Awan 6, Kuala Ampang, Selangor
Google map: tinyurl.com/3a987pq
A Buddhist-run vegetarian restaurant, this is a lot more fun than it sounds. Stunningly good fake burgers, stir fry etc.
It's tricky to find but so, so worth it.
Unit 19-LG1, Level B1 Block D Jaya One,
No. 72A Jalan University,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603 7968 1818
Google map: tinyurl.com/366mmhc
It's in a dining 'complex', downstairs by the car park.
Lovely pizzas and friendly staff, on a well-patrolled street of secondhand bookshops and thrift stores - a rarity in the city. Cash only, so bring some with you, or go to the ATM up the street.
7th Avenue, Melville 2196, South Africa
011 726 2614
Google map: tinyurl.com/39epy4x
Lovely place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Find a spot on the gorgeous patio and tuck into treats such as banana french toast, English fry ups etc.
All food sourced onsite or from nearby farms.
Strictly Coffee is a specialist, boutique coffee house situated in Robertson valley in the Cape. The friendly owner Hanno Schwartz takes his coffee roasting very seriously and is always on hand for a chat and to share his infectious passion for coffee roasting. The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed. The selection of coffee is vast, with a bean for all tastes.
San Sebastian has fantastic beaches adjoining the city centre. It's a great city for food, not just at the Michelin starred restaurants. Cheaper restaurants offer fixed-price menus del dia, much cheaper at lunchtime than at night. Cafe Oquendo does an excellent three-course lunch, inc 1/2 bottle wine for €16pp. So fill up at a leisurely lunch, sleep it off on the beautiful Playa de Concho till 8 o'clock (Spanish style) then shower/change & hit the many excellent pintxos (tapas) bars in the adjoining old city (Parte Vieja).
A traditional restaurant (taverna) with a name kept alive since 1850. Dishes from all over Greece, large portions, house wine and a unique atmosphere. Experience a meal like a local.
Aisopou 4 – Psirri, Athens
Tel: 210 3211565
Send your feedback or queries to email@example.com