Travel

La Taberna de Lucio, Madrid

by Janelle 03.05.2014
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I was in Madrid over the weekend and sampled some truly amazing Spanish food. On the day before we left, we checked out La Taberna de Lucio, a tapas bar on Cava Baja known for their to-die-for eggs. Taberna de Lucio is owned by the landmark restaurant Casa Lucio, which is located just across the street. [...]

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Pierre Hermé, Paris

by Janelle 02.20.2014
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During my visit to Paris last weekend, I was delighted to finally check out the famed pâtisserie Pierre Hermé on rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement. Pierre Hermé is an acclaimed French pastry chef who Vogue dubbed, “The Picasso of Pastry,” and upon entering his boutique it is not hard to see why. Rows upon rows of meticulously [...]

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Snickarbacken 7, Stockholm

by Janelle 02.13.2014
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On my first day in Stockholm, I quickly learned the café culture is huge part of life for people living in the city. We visited a few very good coffee shops during our visit, with one in particular really standing out and that was Snickarbacken 7. This hip little café rivalled some of my favourite spots in NYC’s [...]

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Östermalms Korvspecialist, Stockholm

by Janelle 02.10.2014
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On our last day in Stockholm, we made a visit to the famous Östermalms Korvspecialist, a gourmet “hot dog stand” that cooks up mouth-watering sandwiches a few steps away from the Östermalms food hall.  The stand has been featured on many food shows and makes an appearance in my trusty Where Chefs Eat book, so, [...]

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Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm

by Janelle 02.03.2014
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My husband and I spent a snowy weekend in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, where we enjoyed a memorable meal at 2-Michelin starred Restaurant Frantzén. Located on scenic Lilla Nygatan in the historic Gamla Stan district, Frantzén impressed us from the moment we were met by the dapper doorman standing outside the restaurant. We opted [...]

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Relais de l’Entrecôte Saint-Germain, Paris

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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At this classic Parisian brasserie, there is no menu and vegetarians are somewhat discouraged to attend. Relais de l’Entrecôte Saint-Germain is part of a group of  3 restaurants in Paris, all specializing in (exclusively) steak frites with their famous secret sauce. I was a bit weary of this place because it seemed gimmicky and appeared way [...]

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La Gazzetta, Paris

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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A Parisian friend of ours recommended we check out La Gazzetta, a bistro in the 12th near the March d’Aligre run by Swedish-born chef Petter Nilsson. La Gazzetta isn’t a traditional Parisian bistro per-se, but rather a hip eatery with an inventive Nordic-inspired menu featuring plenty of French influences. Nordic food is all the rage

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Blé Sucré, Paris

by Janelle 10.16.2013
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Every time I visit Paris I try a new bakery or pastry shop and this time it was Blé Sucré, an acclaimed pâtisserie and boulangerie in the edgy 12th arrondissement. I heard Blé Sucré (which translates to “sweet wheat”) had some of the best madeleines in Paris (which essentially amounts to the best madeleines in the world) as well as [...]

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Pub Crawling Oxford

by Janelle 10.02.2013
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I took a day trip to Oxford last weekend and had a lovely time pub crawling and sightseeing this historic university town. Oxford is a quick and easy 1 hour train ride from London’s Paddington Station. During this time, many of the students were just returning to university, so it was fun to see a [...]

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Panarea, Sicily

by Janelle 09.06.2013
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I just got back from a summer holiday on the tiny Sicilian island of Panarea. Panarea is part of Italy’s Aeolian Island chain, and thanks to the abundance of gourmet restaurants, buzzy euro nightlife, haute shopping, and stunning vistas, it has become a sort of “off the beaten path” celebrity hotspot. W recently published an article that [...]

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