Smith: Rustic Comfort in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Smith offers a fine dining experience in a comfortable rustic atmosphere. The restaurant’s name, Smith, is a nod to blacksmiths, with an abundance of black metal in the industrial exposed ceiling, around the bar, in the dining chairs, and light fixtures. Location: Smith located inside the Inn at the Forks at 75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg,…

May River Grill – Just Dinner in Bluffton, South Carolina

Can a fine dining restaurant survive being open six days a week for four hours each night?  Industry experts might say no, but Executive Chef Charlie Sternburgh of the May River Grill tried it in 2007 and he is still going strong. The secret?  Make it about the food.  If it is fresh, local and…

The Kitchen at Dôce 18 Concept House, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende has become famous worldwide as a mecca for foodies. Its street food, regional Mexican dishes, and high-end, chef-centric restaurants together are a huge draw. But for fast food? Well, yes, with The Kitchen at Dôce 18 Concept House part of the scene. The Kitchen is a food court. But don’t let…

The Hardware Store Restaurant: Great Food & Meeting Place on Vashon Island

A quick ferry ride from either Seattle or Tacoma, the Hardware Store Restaurant has become a local favorite on Vashon Island. The restaurant was created with a vision of providing great food and a community gathering place. Vision accomplished! Location:  17601 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, Washington Menu: The Hardware Store Restaurant provides typical northwest fare for…

Taberna Corrientes Madrid: Come For Brunch, Stay for Tapas

Situated just outside one of the arched entrances of the Plaza Mayor, you’ll find Taberna Corrientes. Located on a pedestrian-friendly passageway, the tall buildings that flank the taberna (complete with intricate wrought-iron balconies) will stop you in your tracks. The location is picture-perfect. This is one of Madrid’s oldest areas and Spain at its best….

Ports Café Along the Shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York

Ports Café began as a small grocery store when owners Jeff Ritter and David Harvey bought the lakeside property in 1990. It was a tiny operation at first, just offering provisions and an eatery that served ice cream and hamburgers to folks coming off the lake looking for a quick bite. By 2007, the pair…

Beachy Breakfast at Poipu’s Anuenue Cafe, Kauai

Before embarking on any surf adventure, the experts will tell you keeping your energy level up is essential. And, if you’re adventuring near Poipu, make sure it includes a stop at Anuenue Cafe. Their delicious surf-themed meals provide all the energy you need for a sweet day of wave riding. Location: Tucked inside the Poipu Shopping…

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing is a restaurant, brewery, and distillery all combined into one 40,000 square foot venue. A lot is going on here, appealing to all five senses: live music, games in the open-air courtyard, brewery, and distillery tours, shopping in the on-site store, and farm-to-fork food cooked in a wood-fired oven. Location:…

The Kitchen Cafe at the Galway City Museum, Ireland

Museum dining can truly be an expression of art and culture, adding to the tourism experience. The Kitchen Café at the Galway City Museum in Ireland offers fresh, local, quality food prepared with a variety of international flavors. Coinciding with museum hours, the restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch, and on…

De Koffieschenkerij: Coffee and Cake in Amsterdam’s Oldest Church

De Koffieschenkerij—meaning the Coffee Parlor—is a not-quite secret in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. You might think there are no secrets left in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. After all, everything’s right out there on display, for everyone to see and indulge in. But snugged up against an outer wall of the Oude Kerk, or…