Prison City Brewery, Auburn New York

The craft brew scene in central New York State is hopping. In fact, the 200-mile long Finger Lakes Beer Trail boasts more than 100 craft breweries. One of them, right in the heart of downtown Auburn, is Prison City Brewery, which gets its name from the nearby Auburn Correctional Facility. And it’s not just the…

Departure Restaurant, at The Nines, Portland, Oregon

If you, like me, are a fan of TV cooking shows, especially Top Chef, then you really need to put the pan-Asian fusion restaurant Departure, in downtown Portland, Oregon, on your must-eat-at list. It’s helmed by Chef Gregory Gourdet, who was a Season 12 finalist. If you’re not a fan of the show, you still…

De Laatste Kruimel – Good to the Last Crumb in Amsterdam

When you’re in Amsterdam, and a friend recommends a bakery café with the name De Laatste Kruimel, meaning The Last Crumb, you go looking for it with a sense of anticipation. Then you see an old-fashioned shopfront—two big show windows on either side of the door. The one on the right is filled with huge…

Café La Blanca: Eating Retro in Central Mexico City

Mexico City today is hip. It’s a vibrant, buzzing, brilliant city with its face turned clearly toward the future. But…. In the Historic Centro, there’s an easy way to step back a bit and catch your breath. At Café La Blanca, one step in the door and you wonder what happened to the calendar. Here…

The WildWood Café, McMinnville, Oregon

You know a café is good when the locals are willing to line up at the door and wait for a table. When it’s breakfast time in McMinnville, Oregon, the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, the place they wait is The WildWood Café. And it’s been that way for the last twenty-plus years. Location:…

Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, Syracuse, NY – Sláinte!

From the green hills of County Kilkenny, Ireland, to the green hills of Syracuse, in Central New York, might seem a long way. But David Hoyne not only made the journey many years ago, he also brought some Ireland with him to New York State. And he’s happy to share it with you at Kitty…

Eat Like a Local: The Lighthouse Café & Deli–San Pedro, California

When the prime rib is tender and tasty, the chicken fried steak is obviously made from scratch, the whiteboard specials include Cajun snapper with a fresh tomato spinach salsa, the room is full of locals, and the staff laughs a lot… well, you know you’re where you ought to be eating. Add in an oceanside…