Palaphita is a very pleasant restaurant with a splendid view of Lagoa (a big lagoon in the middle of the city). I suggest you go around dusk, for the view of the sun setting behing the hills is simply breathtaking!
Avenida Epitacio Pessoa 20, Lagoa
Phone: 55 21 22270837
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
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.
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
Brasov is a good base for accomodation, offering more than 200 places for budget level, a good nightlife special on weekends and good restaurants with affordable prices. A beer is 1 pound, a meal is less than 10 pounds, accomodation 10 pounds a night a person, a ski day 20 pounds, including equipment rental and lift passes.
Lyon may (perhaps justly) lay claim to be France's gastronomic capital but the mountain city of Grenoble has a clutch of fantastic restaurants. Perhaps the best, and certainly the most unusual, is Tete a l'Envers. Located on a dark street near the river and art museum, Tete a l'Envers looks like someone's dining room. With few tables and no concessions made to trendy decor, it is the kind of intimate place you dream of stumbling upon. The friendly proprietor-and-chef cooks only three dishes a day but uses the finest quality ingredients to create a meal you'll never forget. At Tete a l'Envers, you have to get all three courses (it isn't obligatory, but, trust me, you'd be missing out): the starter comes as a sharing platter and varies hugely from day to day. A range of unusual but extremely tasty flavour combinations are presented for your degustation (think small-scale Heston Blumenthal), ranging from curried gnocchi to aubergine chocolate brownies to salad with balsamic vinegar sorbet. Next is the main course, meat or fish with a range of innovatively spiced vegetables; and finally desert - five unusual takes on traditional cakes and puddings, if you can guess the ingredients then you get a free coffee (but in all honesty, it is highly unlikely that you will). This is a meal that should be savoured and may last several hours, accompanied by a stellar wine list and finished with complimentary gourmet rum. It is not the cheapest meal you will ever have but considering what you get it offers absolutely superb value for money.
Rue Chenoise, Grenoble, 38000 Isere, France. Nearest tram stop: Notre Dame-Musée, 30 seconds walk - line B from the main train station.
I stayed at the GLO in July 2007. I went to Helsinki with my husband for a wedding and most of our friends stayed at the Palace Kamp but we decided to stay at its sister hotel, the GLO. It’s next door to the Palace Kamp so probably the best location in Helsinki. Unlike the Palace Kamp, GLO is a modern hotel and we really liked the room: big room, brand new, very stylish and modern for an extremely reasonable price. Breakfast was also included - a big buffet with plenty of food. There’s a Spanish restaurant in the hotel where you can enjoy tapas.
If you are looking for a typical restaurant in Geneva, you should go to the Café du Soleil. I grew up in Geneva and I always go to Café du Soleil when I’m in town. It’s close to the UN so there are always lot of expats there. It’s the best fondue in town and the staff are extremely friendly. If you don’t like fondue, try the entrecote or the specials. If you’re in Geneva in the summer, they have a great terrace for a dinner al fresco.
6, place du Petit-Saconnex
+41 22 733 34 17
For general information on restaurants, events, bars, shows see:
- Chicago Magazine (a mostly medium-to-upscale monthly)
- Chicago Reader (a free edgier Friday weekly)
- Chowhound’s Chicago Board (individual reviews and comments, but generally on target)
- WTTW Public TV’s Check Please (see restaurant list)
You can eat well and with a lot of ethnic variety in Chicago. There are too many good restaurants of all kinds and nationalities to name here. If it were up to me, I’d buy a copy of Chicago Magazine, check out Chowhound (which, by the way covers other areas in the US) and check out WTTW’s Check Please site if I was interested in eating well and interestingly (and I am).
Jimmy Watson's is named after an icon of the Australian wine industry and is a wine bar, bistro and restaurant. Located in the Lygon St food and dining area of the inner city suburb of Carlton, it has been a meeting place for Melburnians to chat, imbibe and graze for more than 75 years (it was opened in the 1930s by Jimmy Watson himself).
As it's also located close to Melbourne University, countless generations of students have met there over the years to discuss politics and economics. Run today by Watson's grandsons, the original aura and atmosphere of Watson's has been retained.
It must also be said, that in addition to this eating place, Jimmy Watson is remembered by the memorial trophy under his name offered each year at the Royal Melbourne Wine show.
Watsons is a Melbourne institution.
Start off at Bill's Produce Store on North Road, where you can enjoy colourful platefuls of homemade pizza, quiche and salad in a huge room lined with delicious-looking preserves, pickles and other goodies. You'll be near North Laine now, so go for a post-lunch potter amongst the shops selling anything from vegetarian shoes to kooky sex toys.
If you have any space left after Bill's, a visit to the Bar du Chocolat on Middle Street is a must. Run by the iconic Brighton confectioners Choccywoccydoodah (Duke Street), the hot chocolate is top rate. For one last gastronomic treat, make sure you book a table at Terre a Terre, one of the top vegetarian restaurants in the country, and one of the few to serve up 'haute cuisine' vegetarian food. After all that indulgence, Sunday morning can be a bracing walk along the seafront towards Hove, past the dejected looking West Pier and towards the ice-cream coloured beach huts.
Greece is a wonderful place to visit over the Easter weekend - more specifically, Athens. Orthodox Easter is celebrated in Greece, meaning that shops and restaurants aren't closed in observance of western Easter. Athens is a surprising vibrant and cosmopolitan city. The seaside area of Glyfada is filled with fantastic cafes, bars, shops, restaurants and beach clubs. Psirri, an area in the center of Athens, has a booming nightlife and is full of a bohemian young crowd. There is, of course, also a wealth of historical and archeological sites to visit.
The average high temperature in April is 20.2 C/68.4 F and many locals swim in the sea year-round. There are low-cost flights available from the UK. It's a great place for a long weekend in Europe.
For those who love quality Japanese food, this is the place to go in Rio. I recommend it because of the great atmosphere and Benkei's fish which is always very fresh!
Rua Henrique Dumont, 71 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
(55) (21) 2540-4829
Casa Rosa is a great place to go in Rio. There you can try real Brazilian food and music. On Sundays they have feijoada (a traditional Brazilian plate). There are lots of beautiful and young people there too.
Rua Alice, 550 - Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
Phone: (55) (21) 2557-2562
Newport is a small Pembrokeshire coastal town located within Pembrokeshire National Park, Britain’s only coastal national park. The surrounding scenery is stunning and Newport is a great access point to the Pembrokeshire Coastal path. The town itself is very small but has enough restaurants and pubs to allow you to dine in a different place each evening on a week’s holiday. We particularly enjoyed Llys Meddyg and Mochyn Drwg - most towns of this size would struggle to have one restaurant of this quality. We stayed at a lovely comfortable cottage called Bury Bach just outside town.
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