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…

The Butcher’s Cut: For the Meat Loving Cruiser

Steak so tender it melts in your mouth! The Butcher’s Cut, aboard the MSC Preziosa and a few other MSC ships, is a meat lover’s dream come true.  While the meat is the hero, other entries are delicious and the desserts are extraordinary. Location:  The Butcher’s Cut – Deck 7, MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruiseline.   Also…

Il Ritrovo Positano: Amalfi Coast Hillside Dining

Perched high on the clifftop above Positano, Montepertuso is the home of Il Ritrovo Ristorante. With windows open to the sea and the finest Italian cuisine on the table, Chef Salvatoré will treat you to unmatched Mediterranean style dishes and a memorable experience on the Amalfi Coast. Location: Via Montepertuso, 77 – 84017 Positano, Italy. Website…

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…

Panoramic Views at Clouds – Dining in Zurich’s Tallest Building

Imagine being seated 35 stories up and having unobstructed views of Zurich while indulging in gourmet dining. That’s what you get at Clouds – it’s a treat for all of your senses. This elegant eatery boasts impeccably dressed servers who ensure you feel well taken care of. They check on you just enough that you…

Restaurant Review: Kröst in Reykjavik

We had just had a terrific day tour outside Reykjavik, Iceland and were walking back to our hotel from the bus stop. Feeling rather exhausted we decided we would just pop into the food court for a quick meal. We stopped at the Hlemmur Food Hall. It didn’t take us long to realize that this…

Au Lamparo: Open Air Street Café in Marseille

Strolling the streets of Marseille, France, open-air cafés are many.  The delectable aroma of various foods fills the air.  In a picturesque city square, a few steps from the Old Port, we passed a sophisticated looking café serving seafood and decided to stop and enjoy.  Au Lamparo did not disappoint.  Location:  4 Place de Lenche,…

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…

Enjoy Slow Food at Llamber in Barcelona

Llamber means: Pass your tongue over something Snack between meals and continuously Eat something tasting it with the tongue and palate Savor something sweet It is the perfect name for the Llamber restaurant in Barcelona.  It is a gastronomic tavern.  A modern concept of Spanish food, Llamber offers creative and artisanal tapas in a unique…