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, OR

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…

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…