Small Plates at Velia Bistro in Orvieto, Italy

Small plates, known in Italy as cicchetti, are the favorites of locals and tourists alike at Velia Drinks Food & Music. “Our guests will soon be eating the legs off the chairs!” exclaimed the owner and popular chef, Velia, as she frenetically prepared and served cicchetti from her tiny restaurant kitchen. This small bistro in…

Chilling at Sophie’s Steakhouse in Chelsea, London

Are you one of those that scoff at British food? Well, be prepared to change your mind when you visit the iconic Sophie’s Steakhouse, a Chelsea institution. The owners focus on serving top-quality British beef and food made with healthy ingredients to diners who love a good hearty meal. Location: Sophie’s Steakhouse is located at…

Restaurant Bouillon Chartier: a Paris Institution

Really Authentic Food, Really Affordable Prices Restaurant Bouillon Chartier is a Paris institution, and one visit will show you why. Ever since it was first opened in 1896 by the Chartier Brothers, through 122 years and over 50 million meals served by only four owners, the restaurant has strived to live up to the Chartiers’…

Gettó Gulyás – Homespun Comfort Food in Budapest, Hungary

Gettó Gulyás is relatively unique in terms of restaurants in Budapest. It is neither a high-end establishment or a food truck selling cheap eats on the street. It is, in a few words, casual comfort. The kitchen serves Hungarian dishes like goulash, stuffed cabbage, and stews in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. It can…

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,…