A fab, simple tapas bar at the lower end of the Barri Gotic quarter. It has a horseshoe-shaped bar, on top of which is displayed a wide array of tapas. If you're uncertain in the Spanish language you can easily just point. Very friendly owners and frequented mainly by locals. They serve cava by the glass or why not try the white wine served in the strange little ceramic dishes? There are tables but it's much more fun to perch high on stools around the bar. From here you can listen to the chat and watch the fun. Try it and I bet it will become a firm favourite.
c/de la Mercè 16. Lower end of the Barri Gotic. If you're at the bottom end of the Ramblas, strike off right from the Statue of Christopher Columbus as you look up the Ramblas.
Chips were invented in Belgium and this is the best place I've found in the country to get them.
It isn't somewhere to go if you're in a hurry; in true Belgian fashion the chips are part-cooked first, then refried when you order them for that perfect "soft inside, crisp outside" texture.
As you'd expect in Belgium, mayonnaise is the usual dressing for your chips, but they have a wide range of other sauces, some with "interesting" names, like "mammoth". Personally I don't like sauce on my chips so I just sprinkle some of the tasty salt/paprika mixture on them.
If only the suckers buying junkfood from the nearby McDonald's knew what they were missing.
Junior's cheesecake! Have eaten many different NYC cheesecakes, all purporting to be the 'best in the city'. But this is the one! Made in Brooklyn and shipped all over, don't miss it. The plain is to die for but they do Raspberry Swirl, Brownie Marble Swirl and others for your delight. If you CAN prise it from the roof of your mouth with your tongue, then you're a better woman than I am. Enjoy!
Brooklyn obviously, but on a short visit, there's no time. However, all is not lost. Head towards Grand Central Station, on 42nd St. and Park Ave., Restaurant, Takeout & Bakery Lower Level Dining Concourse Tel: 212-983-5257. Look for the telltale red and white sign.
Location - location - location. I haven't found a place in the Cape which feels so quiet and so yet close to the sea - it is so beautiful. The sea has a unique colour at this side of False Bay - just magical. The restaurant has great seafood. The 3 times I have been there the service has been really friendly. Almost the ideal lunch spot for those on trips to or from Cape Point or the penguins in Simonstown (3 miles away). The only warning is that it is quite exposed so if the wind is blowing you may need a sheltered outside spot. I really hope you go and enjoy it as much as we did.
The central part of the American politcal system is in Washington and a visit to Washington gives you a great insight into the political system of America. There is a great deal of history in the city as well, including beautiful memorial buildings to previous political leaders. These buildings are amazing and a must see, with fountains and green plants to add to the beauty. Moreover the city provides the traveller with a real feel of the USA.
Another charming old boozer tucked away off the main drag, The Bear is celebrated for its curious collection of old school ties. Mind your head - in this historic building the ceiling is rather low.
6 Alfred Street, off the corner of St Aldates and High Street
The all-year-round beer garden is warmed by the sun in summer and by scented braziers in winter. Some great ales too, all in a creaking, cellar-like building straight from the middle ages.
4 Bath Place just off Holywell Road Tel: 01865 243235
One of Paris' more renowned maisons de thé and always my first point of call. Head upstairs to the café for afternoon tea and patisserie, Parisian style or a light lunch where all the dishes have a definite tea influence. Don't be overwhelmed by the intimidatingly large selection of teas on offer, both in the restaurant and the shop downstairs.
There are 3 locations in Paris, my favourite is 13 rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris 6ieme Tél. : +33(0)1 40 51 82 50 www.mariagefreres.com/
Otherwise known as “soup dumplings”, these are a Shanghai speciality. They can be found sold cheaply on the street either fried or steamed, and also at some Shanghainese restaurants. Watch out on your first bite though: unfortunate first-timers often get a squirt of scalding liquid on their clothing and lose the lining from the roof of their mouths.
Street stalls and restaurants
Every major city has one: Chinatown in London and New York; Le Quartier Chinois in Paris; Berlin is actually building one. So it may surprise you to learn that even cities in China have Chinatowns too.
In Shanghai it’s the Yu Yuan area, a sealed-off district where development is not quite as rampant as elsewhere and the atmosphere of old China still pervades. At its centre is the famed Yu Yuan teahouse and classical gardens, plus the temple of the city god. Yu Yuan is pretty commercial these days – most of the area’s business is in selling tourist tat, but it’s still the place to go for Chinese arts and crafts.
A bit tricky to get to by Metro. Your best bet is a taxi.
This traditional Jewish deli is decked out fantastically and was used for Meg Ryan's fake orgasm scene. You have to have the pastrami sandwich (try and save some room for it!) and cream soda.
East village, on the corner of Houston & Ludlow Sts
A wonderful chance to enjoy a decandent (and cheap) brunch buffet and latte macchiatos at several restaurants and cafes. As a plus you can observe Berliners shopping at one of the nicest food markets in town, hipster mothers and their even hipper children have been spotted queuing next to the foreign minister and the atmosphere is good fun, with wurst stands and soup bars as well as fresh produce and cut flowers.
Walk up Kollwitzstrasse from Senefelder Platz U-Bahn stop, also walking distance from Eberswalder U-Bahn
This the place to come and feed yourself up on good old Romanian cooking. The tochitura - a traditional stew - is a treat. There's four of them altogether in the city - God knows how Mama copes with all that cooking.
Every city's got one; Shanghai has three. But this newly refurbished English pub currently has its Irish rivals beat on value at least. The Sheperd's Pie is great and they even have Cornish pasty (sometimes).
1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu (near Dong Ping Lu)
Most certainly THE place to be seen in Shanghai, this classy split bar and restaurant has magnificent views over the Bund and the Pudong skyline.
You can't be seen coming here by public transport. Taxi - find No.5 The Bund (at the corner of Guangdong Lu) and head up to the 7th floor. www.m-onthebund.com/
Cafe Popular and Cafe Tacuba are both intsitutions and deliver the authentic DF experience. Cafe Popular is great for good value breakfasts with tons of food and coffee. Can get very busy as it's (as the name suggests) very popular with the locals. Cafe de Tacuba is a bit more expensive but a real experience with waiting staff in pinnies and 50's style head-dresses. Very colourful decor and delicious food. I recommend the hot chocolate and sweet breads. Great to people watch, especially on a Sunday when clans of "chilangos" head out for food.
Cafe Popular - 5 de Mayo Street; Cafe de Tacuba - Tacuba Street nr Allende Metro.
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