Bar Bitterbal: A Bar Snack Mecca in Amsterdam

Bar Bitterbal, in the heart of the historic canal ring of Amsterdam, bills itself as “The place with the world’s largest selection of the perfect bar snack.” And that snack, bitterballen, is as Dutch as it gets. For your average Dutch person, a “borrel”—a meet-up for drinks—unaccompanied by a plate of bitterballen, is hardly a…

CT Coffee & Coconuts, Amsterdam

I love it when beautiful old buildings no longer suitable for their original task are repurposed, with imagination and taste, into wonderful new uses. Such is the café/restaurant/bar CT Coffee & Coconuts in Amsterdam. The façade gives the game away; this was once a 1920s movie palace, with strong Art Deco elements in the streamlined…

La Azotea – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Psst, come close. I’m about to tell you about a “hidden gem.” Yes, I know that term is overused, but La Azotea Tapas Bar and Lounge really is hidden, in a sense. Since there is no sign, you have to know it’s there. Someone has to tell you about, like I am doing right now….

Tasty and Alder in Downtown Portland, Oregon

There are people, die-hard foodies, who will willingly stand in line for an hour or two for a table at a popular restaurant. And not because the place is hip, cool, the place to be seen, but because the food is that good. At Portland’s Tasty and Alder, the breakfast/brunch line starts forming half-an-hour before…

Cafe Murrayhill, Beaverton, Oregon

When you’ve been named one of the best brunch places in the Portland, Oregon area, you’ve got a pretty high bar to live up to. Cafe Murrayhill, in Beaverton, pulls it off with room to spare. You’ll find it in the beautiful Tualatin Valley, sometimes called Portland’s Back Yard, set beside a small man-made lake…

Bistro Spejle — “Skewers” in Prague, Czechia

“Spejle,”—the word means “skewer” in Czech. And that makes it the perfect name for Bistro Spejle, where everything does, in fact, come on a thin wooden skewer or two. It’s a fresh and fun concept for eating out in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Location:  Jindřišská 16, Nové Město, Prague, a 3-minute walk from Wenceslaus…

De Graslei Restaurant-Brasserie, in Ghent, Belgium

When you find yourself wandering around the stunning medieval center of the old port city of Ghent, in the Flanders part of Belgium, you may be so enchanted you forget everything else… including food. That would be a shame, because there is a wealth of great food to be found in the car-free city center…

Over Yonder Restaurant: Appalachian Style in NC

If you find yourself in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina, and hungry, head for the tiny village of Valle Crucis, about 6 miles from Boone. Then make a direct line to Over Yonder Restaurant, where you’ll find some of the finest food in this part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Owner-Chef Andy Lang…