DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Portofino | Ristorante Puny | 22 July 2014

One of the (many) perks of working on “The Brian Boitano Project” for HGTV, was the opportunity to eat at some fabulous restaurants in Italy.  Brian, besides being an Olympic gold medal-winning skater, is a fantastic chef, with his finger on the pulse of the best restaurants.

Ristorante Puny is a Portofino landmark, and eating there, side by side with the locals, was one of my most memorable culinary experiences.

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DON’T MISS | Exceptional Eateries | London | Time for Tea at The Langham | 15 July 2014

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James (1843-1916) American expatriate writer

When in London, one (well, I) absolutely must have afternoon tea. 

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DON’T MISS | Exceptional Eateries | Seville | Redhouse Art & Food | 7 July 2014

Redhouse Art and Food_Seville_Spain

Behind a massive, graffiti-covered door in Seville, Spain is a café.  And a bar.  And an art gallery.  And an antique store. 

It’s all in one room, and it’s called Redhouse Art and Food.

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Paris | Café de Flore &/or Les Deux Magots | 30 June 2014

On Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sitting a short block away from each other, are rival cafés Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.  They became rivals in the Twenties and Thirties, when the intellectuals, writers, and artists of the period became loyal to one or the other. 

On one of my trips to Paris, I made it a mission to choose my own personal favorite of the two.

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DON’T MISS | Exceptional Eateries | Buenos Aires |Desnivel | 23 June 2014

In Buenos Aires, you must eat meat.  There’s beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it’s the best beef you’ll ever have. 

At Desnivel, you get the full monty.

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DON’T MISS | Exceptional Eateries | Vancouver | Nelson the Seagull | 16 June 2014

Nelson the Seagull_Vancouver_Canada

Bread and coffee are the mainstays of the menu at Nelson the Seagull, but that’s not all – and it’s not just any old bread and coffee…

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Vienna | Café Diglas | 9 June 2014

When I’m in a new city, I love to try out the local cuisine in as many different restaurants as I can fit in. 

The exception to the rule was in Vienna – I discovered a charming café where I wanted to try out each and every meal of the day.

Oh, I tried other restaurants – but none could measure up to Café Diglas. 

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DON’T MISS | EXCEPTIONAL EATERIES | Como | Pane e Tulipani | 2 June 2014


The first exceptional eatery is Pane e Tulipani (translation: Bread and Tulips), which can be found on a quiet street corner in Como, Italy. 

It is perfection, in both design and cuisine. 

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DON’T MISS | Dublin | The Little Museum | 23 May 2014

The LIttle Museum_Dublin_Ireland

There’s a Georgian townhouse on St. Stephen’s Green in which the history of twentieth century Dublin fills the rooms. It is called The Little Museum of Dublin.

It’s like being in the home of an elderly aunt that can’t get rid of anything – except that, in this case, each and every one of the objects has historical value.

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WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Cone Head | 19 May 2014

Duke of Wellington statue_Glasgow_Scotland

In front of the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art stands a statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti in 1844. 

For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a traffic cone on his head.

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