You only really get to know a place after you’ve tasted

the local food.

 

Girlfriends Getaway: Bainbridge Island

When was the last time you got away with the girls? Bainbridge Island, Washington is the perfect destination for a girlfriends weekend getaway. It's easy, it has luxurious amenities that feel like a special treat, beautiful outdoors for a rejuvenating dose of nature,...

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Rogue Ales Newport Brewpub & Headquarters

Rogue is one of my favorite breweries. Top five for sure. Their beer is consistently good, and I love all the different flavors, like Chocolate Stout, Hazelnut Brown, Marionberry Sour, Cold Brew--I could go on. Right now they have a Pumpkin Patch Ale that is out of...

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Pelican Brewing, Pacific City

Pelican Brewing in Pacific City sits on the most gorgeous real estate, you feast as much on the views as you do on the food and drink. The Haystack Rock is the focal point of these views, and the ocean, which changes form and light throughout your meal. It's stunning....

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Granville Island Foodie Guide: 4 Top Places to Eat

Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in the world, I visit often and enjoy it every single time, each time finding new things to get excited about, often food. It is a thrill to work up an appetite exploring, then cap it off with amazing food. Granville Island has a...

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Edible Canada, Vancouver BC

Edible Canada is a restaurant on Granville Island in Vancouver BC that serves only local, seasonal food in an effort to bring the freshest, highest possible quality food, deepest flavors and sustainability to the table. They do an excellent job of this. It's rare a...

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Granville Island Brewing, Vancouver BC

Back in 1984 when Granville Island Brewing first opened, they were only allowed to serve one pint of beer to any given person at a time. Meaning, you were only able to purchase one and then you were done. Since then, they've turned into a full-on brewpub with several...

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The Sandbar, Vancouver BC

For the last few years I've been trying to make it to The Sandbar in Vancouver for their famous sushi. Everyone raves about how great it is and it's a common recommendation I get from locals. Somehow, after three tries, I still haven't had the sushi! Either they were...

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Rogue Pearl Public House, Portland

I've been drinking Rogue as my special occasion beer for a couple of years now and it's become one of my favorite breweries. But I don't live near a physical pub, so to be able to visit the Rogue Pearl Public House in Portland was a thrill. It did not disappoint, in...

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8 Best Places to Eat & Drink in Lincoln City, Oregon Coast

Lincoln City has some of the best food on the Oregon Coast. I was not expecting to be so wowed by the food, it was a wonderful surprise and we will be talking about specific meals for years to come. We ate a lot of seafood there because it's a coastal town and it just...

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MeeT Vegan Restaurant Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Vancouver, especially in the evening during summer. The trees are all lit up with tiny twinkle lights, and it's magical. It's wonderful to take a leisurely walk through Gastown then settle down for a great meal. Meet is a...

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The Penrose Room, Colorado Springs

The Penrose Room is the only five star, five diamond restaurant in Colorado. It is located within the grounds of the iconic Broadmoor Hotel, on the top floor of The Broadmoor South building. A seasonal menu, decadent atmosphere, live music and amazing views of the...

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Snooze AM Eatery, Denver Union Station

Snooze AM Eatery at Denver Union Station is our favorite place get brunch when we're in Denver. My son is especially crazy about Snooze which is super kid friendly. There is something celebratory about Snooze. It's a little bit like a diner out of the Jetson's set in...

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Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise

Bosie has so many wonderful local food options that you better schedule a few days in the city to accommodate all the must-experience meals. I have a fondness for locally grown farm to fork restaurants, and I found plenty to enjoy. Bittercreek Alehouse is an...

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Guru Donuts, Boise

In keeping with the local farm to fork philosophy I was so pleased to find in Boise restaurants, Guru Donuts follows the locavore trend, sourcing ingredients from the Farmers' Market. Donuts are made fresh daily, from scratch using local eggs and flour, and organic...

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Basque Block, Boise

Did you know there is a strong Basque heritage in Idaho? Idaho is home to the largest Basque diaspora in the country, with a population of about 15,000. It's a tight community, rich with history and full of present-day participation in tradition.     Basque Museum The...

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Brunch: Modern Hotel and Bar, Boise

There are a lot of excellent brunch options in Boise, but brunch at the Modern Hotel and Bar is off the charts fantastic. Food and drink is transformed into art and though it's ultra casual, this brunch menu is a mind blowing, internationally inspired culinary...

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Fork, Boise

Boise has wonderful, locally owned restaurants that serve locally grown food. Fork is one such restaurant, with a fabulous patio with red umbrellas and bistro lights. It's a great atmosphere perfect for summer dining, and the food is phenomenal.     I loved it so much...

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Boise Brewing

Boise Brewing is an unassuming microbrewery that has the best beer I've ever tasted. As I write this, I have a coveted growler under my feet (I'm on the airport shuttle) that you'd have to wrestle from me to get to. It's probably the best, most interesting beer I've...

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Kachina Southwestern Grill, Denver

Denver's new kid on the Dairy Block, Kachina Southwestern Grill, serves up authentic southwestern cuisine in an energizing atmosphere. Located in lower downtown in the Dairy Block, not far from Union Station, Kachina presents itself like edible art inside Denver's...

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Venus Sophia Tea & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria

When you go to Victoria, British Columbia, you've got to have the Afternoon Tea experience. Venus Sophia is a quaint Vegetarian Eatery that serves up a lovely version of tea time, and I always get excited about a vegetarian-specific restaurant, especially when they...

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Stoic & Genuine, Denver Union Station

Situated within the fabulous Denver Union Station, Stoic & Genuine offers fresh sustainably sourced seafood flown in daily and served up beautifully. It's a gorgeous restaurant with an open kitchen and bar, outdoor seating and innovative menu. It's beautiful location...

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The Cooper Lounge, Denver Union Station

"Imbibe in Style," they say, and I can't imagine anything more stylish than The Cooper Lounge at Denver Union Station. This is a place to get swanky and chill out with some quality cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. As someone madly in love with train travel and completely...

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The Kitchen Next Door, Denver Union Station

The Kitchen Next Door, in Denver Union Station, offers organic farm to table food, a fun, energetic atmosphere and a super friendly welcoming staff. The "Community through Food" concept behind The Kitchen is that people connect through food, similar to how it is at...

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Mountain Standard, Vail

Mountain Standard is a relaxed and rustic fine dining restaurant with a creative menu and a wonderful creekside indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Flowers, the water, mountains and bistro lights create the perfect mood, and the food is fantastic. With quality ingredients,...

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Linger, Denver (and Little Man for Dessert)

Linger, in Denver's Lower Highlands district, is a fabulous place to grab a bite, and it has a fascinating backstory. When you're done, you can head outside to a 28 ft. milk creamery can for some delicious home made icecream at Little Man.   History Linger is situated...

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RiNo Art District, Denver

One of the wonderful things about Denver is all the distinctly different neighborhoods. It's a constantly evolving city with new stuff to explore each time I visit. One new-to-me neighborhood I really enjoyed was River North, or RiNo.   Colorful and full of street...

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Proof, an American Canteen in Scottsdale

Proof is one of those restaurants that I frequently think back to when I want a great food-memory. Any time a friend is heading to Arizona, I always bring it up. "You have to go here if you are in Scottsdale!"       Proof is located at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale...

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Vivo 53, Bellevue

Vivo 53 is a relatively new Italian restaurant in Bellevue, Washington. It's next to Bellevue Square and makes a great lunch spot for shoppers. It's a comfortable place where you could grab a quick bite, or have a longer, more drawn out meal, depending on how you...

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Virtù Honest Craft, Scottsdale

Virtù Honest Craft is a farm to table Mediterranean restaurant in Scottsdale. a cozy, intimate courtyard patio with a beautiful olive tree and bistro lights is inviting and creates a wonderful atmosphere for good conversation and great food.     Wherever I go, I seek...

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Four Seasons Orlando Fabulous Food Options

There were so many great food options at Four Seasons Orlando that I thought it best to dedicate a whole post to the food at this hotel. If you haven't read about my wonderful experience at this resort, you can do so here.   Capa Steak House Though I am...

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Cafe Paris, Reykjavik

I've said this on just about every Reykjavik post--the dairy in Iceland is spectacular. For this, I couldn't get enough coffee drinks and drank my weight in cappuccinos and lattes. Cafe Paris is across the street from the first hotel I stayed at, Hotel Borg. .    It...

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Clouds: Zurich’s Restaurant in the Sky

Clouds is a restaurant, bar, and bistro located in Zurich’s tallest building, the Prime Tower. It offers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city so you can enjoy food and cocktails while taking in the best views in town. It's a relatively new building, and...

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Glo: Healthy Food in Reykjavik

Glo is located right off Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavik. It's near the major hotels and the famous church, Hallgrímskirkja, and not at all hard to find. It's easy to get to on foot and a must for anyone looking for healthy and yummy (mostly...

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Albrecht Dürer Stube, Nuremberg

Nuremberg's superstar, at least one of them, is the Renaissance master artist Albrecht Dürer. I happen to love his work (especially the Rhinoceros) and was thrilled to visit his actual house. Right around the corner from the house is the quirky restaurant, Albrecht...

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Laundromat Cafe, Reykjavik

One of my favorite memories of Reykjavik was the time I spent at Laundromat Cafe. It's a bustling, vegetarian friendly cafe with smiling faces and rainbows. Literally rainbows. It's centrally located, so pretty much any hotel you're at downtown will give you easy...

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Vinaigrette, Santa Fe: Farm to Table Yum

Vinaigrette is my kind of place. Organic farm to table food. Salads, and outdoor seating on a pretty patio. This is what I like. It's a great place to take a break from delicious but heavy New Mexican food. You can load up on nutrient dense food at Vinny’s. Juice,...

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Nuremberg Organic Brewery: Hausbrauerei Altstadthof

Have you ever tasted warm spiced beer? If not, you are in for a treat at the Nuremberg organic brewery, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof. This is the first certified organic brewery in Germany. History Founded in 1984, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof is committed to preserving...

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Matt’s in the Market, Seattle

How surprised I was when I learned of Matt's in the Market and realized how many times I'd walked right by it all these years without knowing the culinary wonders I was missing. Located in Pikes Place Market in Seattle, in the Corner Market Building on the third...

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Ask For Luigi, Vancouver

I'm Italian. Therefore I rarely go to Italian restaurants. Not that other Italians don't eat at Italian restaurants, I know they do. But for me, it's never that great. Once in a while I am pleasantly surprised, but generally I find Americanized Italian food way too...

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Cafe Medina, Vancouver

Cafe Medina in Vancouver, BC is a must for brunch. Prepare to stand in line because it's so popular there is usually a wait. But it's worth it. This is Mediterranean soul food that makes you feel deeply satisfied. It's a bustling place, but somehow intimate.     On a...

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The Love Apple, Taos

Every now and then I come across a restaurant that I can't get out of my head for years.  The Love Apple is one of those. If I lived in Taos, this is where I would want to come for special occasions like birthdays and celebrations. Everything about it is divine. The...

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Atlantic Bar & Grill, Palm Beach

You've never tasted a fish sandwich until you've had the Talapia Plantain Fish Sandwiches at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in Palm Beach, Florida. Set outside amidst mangrove trees, bright orange umbrellas and salty sea air, the Atlantic Bar & Grill is casual and...

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Bear Street Tavern Pizza, Banff

Ask anyone in Banff where the best pizza in town is and they will all say the same thing: Bear Street Tavern. and they are Not Kidding. It's basically a big sports bar located on the main street that runs through town. Nothing that looks too amazing until you taste...

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