Great Apple Pie & more at Cafe Papeneiland, Amsterdam

The Dutch have a long-beloved tradition called bruine kroegs, or brown cafes. This is Dutch pub culture at its most traditional, and Cafe Papeneiland is one of the oldest and most typical of them all. In fact, it was first granted a liquor license in 1642, but was likely serving up drinks to patrons a…

Kryivka: The Most Secret (and Fun!) Restaurant in Ukraine

If you only go to one place for dinner in Lviv, Ukraine it should be Kryivka. Here, you get not only food but an entire World War II Insurgence Army experience. But first, you have to find it… Lviv is the prettiest European city that you’ve never heard of. Located in western Ukraine near its…

Deli in Èze, France: Casual Dining Near the Summit

Situated 430m (1,411 feet) above the Mediterranean, Èze (in my opinion) is the most picturesquely perched village in France, and if it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. This famous medieval village has been called an “eagle’s nest” due to its location. As you make your way from the base to the top, you ascend…

Castle Bled Restaurant Review: A Fairytale Experience in Slovenia

I have been fortunate to experience many outstanding restaurants throughout the world in my travels. My dinner at Castle Bled Restaurant may take the award for the most fantastic view. Perched atop a rocky outcrop 130 meters above glacial Lake Bled in , Castle Bled is the oldest medieval castle in Slovenia. Panoramic views of…

Zero Waste Dining at Instock Restaurant, Amsterdam

In Amsterdam (and now in two other Dutch cities), it’s easy and lovely to eat a fine meal and also help the planet. At Instock Restaurant in the Oosterpark neighborhood just outside the historic canal belt, food waste is turned into creative cuisine. Think ugly but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables, one-day-old bread, bycatch fish,…

A Rustic Feast at La Maison du Moulin, Coinsins, Switzerland

As you arrive at La Maison du Moulin, a working farm and vineyard that sits a half-hour outside of Geneva, Switzerland, the sights and smells of the fields rise up to greet you. This centuries-old winemaking region hugs Lake Geneva’s northern shore and boasts terraced vineyards recognized by as a . Far off-the-beaten-tourist-track, the experience…

Biglari Café: Port Side Dining in Saint-Tropez, France

It’s all about location, location, location, and delicious food. Biglari Café‘s location could not be better; this trendy café on the enchanting port of , offers dazzling views of the Mediterranean and the super yachts steps ahead. Barely sixteen months old, Biglari Café has won the hearts of both locals and tourists; the food, vibe,…

Cheap Eats in Paris at L’As du Fallafel

Rare comes the time when the image of cool cream enters your mind. Laid like a blanket over vegetables and vast balls of chickpeas, cradled between a soft pillowy pita. Delectable, mouth-watering thoughts as soon as you hear this restaurant’s name. It happens, my friend, once you’ve experienced wrapping your mouth around the famous falafel…

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…