restaurant review

Maxelâ: Rome’s Hot New Meat Restaurant

Rome’s newest restaurant is hot; sizzling, in fact – like fresh-ground hamburger hitting a grease-coated grill. This choose-your-own meatventure breaks from the traditional Roman culinary mold, appealing to a hip, carnivorous crowd. Maxelâ Ristorante Macelleria is a brand new meat-lovers paradise, a butcher shop-themed eatery helmed by Piero Fazi — a charismatic mad scientist of meat. Share This:

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Restaurant El Club Allard in Madrid, Spain

A Photo Journey through one of Madrid’s Most Imaginative Michelin-Starred Meals El Club Allard is rising through the international culinary ranks after receiving a two-star Michelin rating in 2011. This restaurant is helmed by illusionary genius Diego Guerrero, one of the most innovative chefs in contemporary cuisine. Eliminating the concept of menu choices, diners are only given three options: an …

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Discovering Smørrebrød: Sandwich Bliss in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, smørrebrød isn’t just an open-faced sandwich. This popular, traditional food is an integral part of Denmark’s culinary history. The word smørrebrød comes from the Danish for “bread and butter.” The sandwiches are prepared with an infinite variety of ingredients on a dark buttered rye called rugbrød. Locally-inspired toppings run the gamut from pickled herring to savory roast pork. Smørrebrød is served …

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Exploring the Local Flavor: Two Ukrainian Restaurants in Odessa

Perched on the edge of the Black Sea, Ukraine’s third largest city exudes a vibrant, resort-town atmosphere. Odessa is famous for its sandy beaches and European-style architecture. Summertime is clearly the best time to visit to soak up the holiday vibe. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea,” the city’s boulevards and parks are filled with street-side …

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Where to Eat the Best Local Food in Kiev, Ukraine

Visiting Kiev, Ukraine is like being immersed in a real-life fairy tale. As I explore, I marvel at the city’s famous, towering gold-domed cathedrals. I stare at a sculpted menagerie of frogs, mermaids and other beasts decorating the bizarre “House with Chimeras.” I cover my head and descend by candlelight into the holy Orthodox crypts of the Lavra monastery. I …

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Turkish Delight: Where Locals Eat in Istanbul

If there’s one thing I love most about Turkish food, it’s meze: small plates of hot and cold appetizers. Imagine garlicky dips, meat-filled pastries and endless combinations of fresh vegetables. Out of the traditional meze, I live for the combination of beyaz peynir (white cheese), green melon and raki. Raki is Turkey’s national drink, an anise-flavored liquor so popular that on a …

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The Best Turkish Breakfast in Istanbul: A Reason to Get Out of Bed

If you’re wondering where to eat breakfast in Istanbul, a terrific (some even say “the best”) traditional Turkish breakfast can be found at Çakmak Kahvaltı Salonu “Çakmak breakfast saloon.” Tucked into the buzzing streets of Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood, this tiny restaurant is continuously packed with a stream of satisfied customers. Apparently everyone comes here for weekend breakfast, including one local couple we …

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