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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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In Moscow, Georgian Food on my Mind

Georgian food might just take this year’s lead as my favorite international cuisine. I first experienced a taste of Georgia at Manhattan’s most authentic Moscovian restaurant, Mari Vanna. The American outpost of Moscow’s hot dining destination, Mari Vanna offers high-end Russian fare to smartly dressed expats in a vintage tearoom-meets-underground lounge. My Russian friend, Sage, brought me to Mari Vanna …

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Southern Tuscany’s Soul Food at Latte di Luna

A Small Restaurant in Pienza Makes Suckling Pig a Religious Experience   Located in the stunning hills of Val d’Orcia, between Montepulciano and Montalcino, Pienza is a charming Renaissance village that produces some of the best pecorino cheese in the country. Pienza also serves up Southern Tuscany’s best crispy-skinned suckling pig at family-run trattoria, Latte di Luna. The restaurant specializes …

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The Wildest Hill Town Festival in Tuscany

This is not a scene from “Animal House.” It’s supper time in Montisi, a tiny, walled hill town on the outskirts of Siena. Each year, the town’s four contrade, or neighborhoods compete in a medieval-style joust on the Sunday closest to the 5th of August (the Feast of Madonna della Neve, Montisi’s patron saint). What you see here are revelers at …

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Working and Eating at a Wine Festival in Italy

Throughout the summer in Italy, there’s a constant stream of sagre, festivals showcasing local food, drink and music. Each village celebrates their own specialty, often accompanied by historical reenactments, massive group dinners, and enthusiastic drinking. When visiting Italy during the summer months or harvest season, be sure to check for nearby sagre. Whether celebrating the latest vintage or a giant …

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