Café Rama: Bistro, Bar, and Art Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Quirky, amusing, one-of-a-kind, best describes Café Rama. From the outside, the restaurant appears compact and unassuming, but once you step through the threshold, you’ve entered a sizable wonderland of whimsy. Original artwork covers the walls; unmatched chandeliers cascade from the ceiling, old-school cartoons grace the big screens; this is funk at its best. And the…

Toro Tapas: Lunch With a Royal View in Madrid, Spain

Situated on a busy pedestrian square, the terrace of Toro Tapas offers a spectacular view. The statue-lined paths of the Plaza de Oriente are straight ahead; adjacent is the Opera House. Look past the plaza; your reward is a sweeping view of the enormous east facade of the Royal Palace of Madrid. If location is…

Le Café Zephyr: A French Brasserie In Paris, France

Every time I’ve strolled past Le Café Zephyr, it’s jam-packed inside and out. A seat on its busy sidewalk terrace or covered patio offer a glimpse into everyday Parisian life. Folks scurry past carrying baskets from the market or bags from the trendy shops nearby. Families, couples, singles, everyone seems to end up here for…

Sunday Brunch At Real de Chapala Hotel – Ajijic, Mexico

If you should find yourself in Ajijic, Mexico, on a Sunday morning, make your way down the cobblestone streets to Real de Chapala for brunch with a capital B. Both locals and tourists flock here for what is described as “the best brunch in town.” While the food can’t be beaten, neither can the view…

Café Riche: Brasserie Dining In Montpellier, France

When you find a spot that is popular with the ‘locals’, you’re almost guaranteed a positive dining experience. The crowded Café Riche with its lively terrace and belle époque architecture has been serving the discriminating palettes of Montpellier since 1893. A favorite with the locals, Café Riche is a reasonably priced brasserie with a fun…

Café de Flore: A French Café With A Pedigree

Café de Flore has rightly earned the reputation of being one of the most famous cafés in the world. Since 1887, it has hosted numerous literary figures, movie stars, and celebs. proclaimed it his favorite café back in the day. Café de Flore has inspired books— and books have been written by authors using the…

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….

El Rana Verde: Riverside Dining in Aranjuez, Spain

Established in 1903, El Rana Verde has the best location in town – across the street from the  Royal Palace, adjacent to the Prince’s Garden, and on the banks of the Tagus River. With such impressive views, one might think the food wouldn’t live up to its prestigious location. You’d be wrong. The food is…