Since "Hats Off to Panama" was written in 2008 there seem to have been a lot of new places opening in the Old Quarter of Panama City. We ended up staying four nights and not leaving the area except to see the Canal. Our favorite places were an art cafe called "Diablo Rosso", the steakhouse "Puerta de Tierra", and a massive live music hall called something like "Music Bunker of Havana". The fish market is not to be missed.
Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
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This suburb, situated east of the Pretoria city centre, includes one of the largest student populations in South Africa, due to the presence of the University of Pretoria. The main strip Burnett Street, is a combination of bars, dance clubs and eateries of all sorts. I found the reggae themed Cool Runnings bar to be a highlight. Hatfield Plaza is the local shopping mall and a good place to stock up if you are touring/backpacking. The area feels safe to walk around in since it's always busy (especially on a weekend). The large student population means it can become a little rowdy, but it was one of the best samples I had of the South African nightlife. Looking ahead to World Cup 2010 Hatfield is only a mile from Loftus Stadium where some matches are to be played and should be great for post-match merry-making.
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Igbo dishes from the east: catfish, coconut rice, moi-moi, snails, drinks. Jeveniks is a favourite of mine when I have visitors - its good for having a taster, an introduction to Nigerian food. Nigerian menus are a maze - you select a starch, soup and meat. Pepper soup highly recommended.
494 Bangui Road (off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent), Wuse II - walking distance from Amigos Supermarket.
Try Duende Restaurant in Newcastle Street - Fresh ingredients, great atmosphere, and very talented chef make this the best kept secret in the area.
The staff are great, the menu changes with the season, the coffee sets a high standard, and the food is fresh and consistently well prepared.
Try their cakes - they make them on-site (rare for Perth).
It’s not easy finding a nice breakfast cafe in Playa de las Americas, but after some searching I found two: Cozy Café by Playa del Bobo and Café Henandez by Torviscas beach.
Cozy Café is located up some stairs on the pedestrian walkway leading down to Bobo and got panoramic views over the ocean. They serve all sorts of fresh bread, cakes etc.
Hernandez is just by Villa Adeje Beach hotel. It doesn’t have a nice view but a terrace with morning sun so still worth a visit for breakfast. Full of colourful expats and fiendly staff.
When you have been turned away from all the clubs along George Street ("No track shoes tonight, mate"), or it's 3am and you're not quite ready to take off your dancing shoes, the only place that's going to make you feel better on the walk home is the disco chippy, officially known as Cafe Piccante. Not only can you get a Bacardi Breezer with your fried pizza and chips, but a DJ is in situe to help you carry on the party. Order the 'Man's Special': burger, chips and a pint.
This gem of a restaurant is located in a 16th century fortification overlooking the charming lakeside town of Riva Del Garda, and it can be reached via a well lit footpath which gently climbs the Rocchetta mountain.
The Table d'hôte menu is well worth the walk.
I dined there in October 2009 and had an autumn-themed selection which started with a turnip soup with a drizzle of local olive oil, followed by a melt in your mouth morsel of polenta wrapped in a creamy sauce with cheeses and mushrooms.
The starters were followed by homemade egg and rosemary tagliatelle with a rabbit sauce, and by a mushroom risotto.
Then followed an array of main courses accompanied by polenta.
Among the various dishes, I particularly enjoyed the rabbit stew, a local sausage casserole and some tasty snails.
A local red Teroldego wine was served with the meal.
Dessert was a panna cotta with a red gooseberry coulis.
An excellent coffee and a selection of local grappas rounded off an unforgettable meal.
Next time you find yourself in the Lake Garda region, do not miss this!
Via Bastione, Riva Del Garda (TN).
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An Australian icon serving typically Aussie fast food, like its classic pie ‘n’ pea floaters, Harry’s Café de Wheels is a unique part of the city’s nightlife.
Musicians, streetwalkers, dancers, policemen and taxi drivers can be seen late at night devouring meat pies and hot dogs alongside judges, politicians and society's well-to-do.
Just a few wobbly steps downhill from the watering holes of Kings Cross, Harry’s is the place to get your post pub grub and to sample the personality of Sydney .
More than a pie cart, Harry’s is a unique piece of Sydney ’s history and the stuff of legend and myth.
An after-hours kebab/jazz bar, where you drink beer from a can and have a giggle with your mates. Lots of lovely evenings spent listening to jazz amidst the smell of meat fat. Buena onda.
A block away from the hurley burley of Beale St. When you're sick of burgers and steaks or fried salad, this is the place. Start with the gumbo or chowder. As a main the boiled shrimp or snow crab legs, served with boiled new potatoes and corn on the cob. No grease in sight, all washed down with an American beer or endless soda. Not to be missed!
105 S 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103-3009
Downtown, near Peabody Hotel
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For a truly fantastic French Bistro experience in Melbourne you could not do better than "France-Soir" on Toorak Road. It has great atmosphere, divine food and a very comprehensive wine list. I ate there two of the three nights I were in Melbourne. The third one was a Saturday so I couldn't get a booking and had to have dinner elsewhere. Highly recommended!
The food was creatively and skillfully prepared without being unnecessarily fussy; the ingredients were intensely flavorful; the kitchen in Mr. Bauer's hands was clearly superbly trained in the classics while not being afraid to exercise its creative flair! The service for our table of six was warm and very polite without being intrusive. The small restaurant (~ 30 seats) with its simple but warm decor provided for a very cozy ambience. I also ate very well at RieGi and Osterreicher im MAK, but Restaurant Bauer stands out and easily joins its rank among other one Michelin-starred restaurants I have dined at elsewhere in Europe. A truly memorable experience!
Walter Bauer Restaurant: Sonnenfelsgasse 17, +43 (1) 5129871
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Jackies is a local restaurant that serves some traditional take out Newfoundland food. You are piled high with the best stick to your ribs food on the island. In fact it was so good that we have coined a phrase. It started when we didn't have such great food experiences and would just look at each other and go "shoulda gone to Jackies" we now say it to each other when ever we have a bad experience with anything ... sorta fits and usually it's done in unison ... "shoulda gone to Jackies"!
PO Box 182, Rocky Harbour, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 4N0, Canada
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A great place if you would like to taste well prepared kebab. The restaurant is owned by people from Diyarbakir who can really make eastern dishes. Try also their sweet with ice cream. It seems their own invention.
It is in Unkapani. Itfaiye Caddedesi, a street full of eastern shops.
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Down the coast from Patong in Phuket is a much quieter and far more laid back resort called Kata. If you plan on heading there I would recommend a restaurant called Kata Mama at the southern end of Kata beach. The food is simply fantastic and amongst some more pricier restaurants certainly gives you more value for money. Fresh fish and the best curries.
Kata beach, Phuket
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The most central Mexican restaurant in Ljubljana, this is a great reasonable restaurant for vegetarians, with massively generous portions of great quality foods. Try the tortilla lasagne for the ultimate in fusion food.
Il Bacaro is an awesome restaurant about five minutes from the Pantheon. Like a lot of places in the area it's not exactly cheap, but it's also not astronomically expensive, and for sure less pretentious than many places in the center. One thing really separates it from the competition; the quality of the food. Prepared fresh daily by skilled, caring personnel, as much love as time and effort go into cooking these fabulous dishes and makes all the difference in taste. Seasonal menus are also a bonus, meaning you only get food REALLY in season at the time. The pumpkin sauce is to die for, the meat delectable, and leaving without dessert may just be a cardinal sin.
They even have a menu on their site. I also have to give props to those who recommended it to me, my apartment rental booking agency, Leisure in Rome. Their English was so good, and they were so helpful and informative, right down to tipping me off about this little gem and others. I'll paste a link to the apartment I stayed in too, a surprisingly quiet place in the heart of Trastevere (lovely) that I absolutely felt at home in: www.leisureinrome.com/_apartments_in_rome-in-trastevere/Trastevere_apartment,S,399.html
A modern twist on a tea-house that is also a restaurant. So far I have had brunch, afternoon tea and dinner there! I love it because it's a relaxed environment with great food and you can people watch everyone going past on Whiteladies Road. The staff are very friendly and helpful when trying to choose a tea which is a bit overwhelming at first.
Papaji's House of Teas
109 Whiteladies Road
opposite Clifton Down train station
In this small Austrian village, you'll find an exceptional restaurant with beautifully creative dishes. Mid-day meals very reasonably priced. Evenings are more expensive than other restaurants in the area. Great dining which retains a touch of its Austrian roots.
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