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…

Käfer An Enchanting Rooftop Restaurant, Berlin, Germany

They say location is everything in real estate and that saying rings equally true for restaurants. Käfer sits on top of the Bundestag (the current national parliament of Germany) in Berlin. The Reichstag, which refers to the parliament building, was completely renovated in 1992 and when completed in 1999, a gleaming, glass dome sat atop…

Lunch at The Ivy at Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland

“It’s a lavish experience that adds a pop of color to your life,” said my daughter when she insisted we go.  “It’s a trendy place.” A new restaurant, the Ivy at Dawson Street is the first Irish brasserie from its father company, The Ivy, West Street, London. The Ivy Collection, well-known in England for its…

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…