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A Simple Sandwich in Amsterdam’s Nine Streets

A Simple Sandwich in Amsterdam’s Nine Streets

Amsterdam is a city for strolling. Especially along the nine streets district in early fall when the weather’s nice and the crowds are light. Small streets lined with boutiques, quirky, trendy, old and new, criss cross with the city’s peaceful canals. The canals’ water keeps the air crisp and cool, the pathways light and breezy. […]

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A Gothic Café in Barcelona

When hot and tired and walking in a strange city there is no better feeling than spotting, in the distance, an unexpected refuge. A spark of hope lights up inside and one either exclaims and points immediately or, more prudently perhaps, catches and then quiets oneself in the superstitious belief that he who names luck […]

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A Classic Gin Joint in Barcelona

Barcelona seems to have a special affinity for gin.  When one walks into any watering hole in the city, the liquor most represented behind the bar will undoubtedly be gin.  It’s no surprise since a gin cocktail of any sort helps beat back the balmy heat of Barcelona.  And if a martini is your gin […]

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A Rustic Fare in Barcelona

Just steps inside the main entrance of one of Barcelona’s busiest municipal food markets sits the small counter resto Bar Pinotxo where one can enjoy some of the best eats on offer in the city. Once you fight your way through the crowds of the cavernous Boqueria Market off Las Ramblas and score one of […]

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A Worthwhile Wait in Barcelona

After meandering through the narrow allies of Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, passing scores of nameless tapas bars, your Correspondent finally found Plaça de les Olles, home of the well-known Cal Pep.  Your Correspondent had been warned that there is always a line at Cal Pep and so he joined the queue and waited his turn.   Your […]

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Ottoman Meal Before Blue Waters in Istanbul

When visiting Istanbul your Correspondent makes a point of taking a meal at Tuğra, which offers a dining experience as wonderful and exquisite as the Bosphorous that the restaurant overlooks from the European part of the timeless city.  Located in the Ciragan Palace, a former seat of the Ottoman rulers, Tuğra provides a refuge for […]

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Hillside Dining in Zurich

When you find yourself in Zurich you must leave directly and drive a quarter of an hour south along the Seestrasse and five minutes up the Herrliburg hillside. At the top of the hill you’ll come upon a row of luxury automobiles (seems as if there is no other kind in Switzerland) highlighted by a […]

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Culinary Continuity in the Left Bank

Upon taking residence at The Ritz at the Place Vendôme, your correspondent chose to stroll around Tuileries’s charms on a hazy Parisian day before making his way down to the Île de France to cross the Pont Neuf and checking in with the latest left-bank English-centric literary scene at Shakespeare et Cie to see what […]

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Classic Stage Fare in Stockholm

When your correspondent finds himself visiting Stockholm for a personal or commercial project, he inevitably finds himself at some point enjoying the atmosphere of Operabaren (“The Opera Bar”).  Operabaren is one of the rooms in The Royal Opera House complex that serves lunch with the other being The Hip Pocket. Both have been visited by […]

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A Good Old-fashioned American Burger in London

Your Correspondent, in observance of the seasonal holidays, recently celebrated the end of the Lenten fasting period during which he abstained from some of his favorite foods:  grilled whale steak and creamed spinach with lardons, fried bald-eagle’s-egg-battered shark fin with tempura misto, rhino carpaccio with rocket and parmesan. OK, not really. But what your Correspondent […]

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