Europe

The Meal of a Lifetime: Helsinki’s OLO

Helsinki, Finland – Occasionally, I stumble onto a restaurant so extraordinary, a meal so transcendent, it changes the way I think about food. It happened to me recently in Finland. I took myself to dinner at Olo, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Helsinki for their multi-course tasting menu called The Journey, billed as a “gastronomic journey filled …

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Chasing the Northern Lights to Nellim, Finland

When I ask the other guests at the Wilderness Hotel how in the world they ended up here, the answer is always the same: “We wanted to go as far north as we could.” That (and the mysterious “Aurora Bubble”) is also my reason for journeying to Nellim, Finland, population 150 – Lapland’s final frontier. Tonight we are aurora chasers, …

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A London Food Adventure at Borough Market (PHOTOS)

LONDON, UK – Borough Market is the perfect place to eat and explore London’s local cuisine. Located in Southwark, the market is one of the city’s oldest. Wholesale and retail vendors sell an array of British and imported foods, from fruits and vegetables to foie gras. Besides the opportunity to snatch up farm-to-table favorites like organic cheese, fresh eggs and …

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Gastro-Eats: A Savory Weekend in London

The resurgence of classic British cuisine isn’t a new thing. The popularity of the “gastropub”– traditional pub serving high quality, gastronomic food – surged through the mid-1990s into the 2000s, inspiring the nose-to-tail movement and shedding diners’ inhibitions around the world. Today, there are hundreds of gastropubs in London, serving edgy, farm-to-table versions of old school classics like blood pudding, …

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Raclette: A Swiss Love Story

Oh Raclette, let me count the ways…and the days… The first time I ate raclette was in Mrs. Bishop’s second grade classroom, in Devon, Pennsylvania – as far away from the Swiss Alps as a seven-year old could get. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was a life-changing food moment, a taste memory that remains as sharp as 20-year …

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A Polish Food Adventure in Warsaw

Pierogi and zurek. These two dishes are my Warsaw foodie modi operandi, my Polish culinary obsessions. This is my third visit to Warsaw, Poland. I’m in the Eastern European capital for three short days and I’ve already mentally scribed my ideal menu plan. Lunch and dinner will revolve around either zurek, pierogi, or both. Zurek, a.k.a. The Best! Soup! Ever!, …

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A Taste of Turkish Berlin

I always arrive in Berlin, Germany with a craving for kebab. The city — boasting one of the world’s largest Turkish populations outside of Turkey — is known for its unique version of döner. I set out to explore two neighborhoods, Neukölln and Kreuzberg, both known for their Turkish communities, cheap multicultural cuisine and lately, gentrification – an influx of students, hipsters, …

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