Global Dining

Grand Café | The Grandest in Minsk, Belarus

The Grand Café in Minsk, Belarus was so very grand! This luxurious and sumptuous restaurant was one of the most beautiful old world dining establishments of its kind, that I have been to in Eastern Europe. One of my other favorites was Gundel Restaurant in the heart of Budapest, Hungary. Minsk, Belarus - One of… Continue reading Grand Café | The Grandest in Minsk, Belarus

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The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

It's Christmas all year round in Captiva, Florida! This little coastal island located off the Gulf of Mexico is my favorite place in all of Florida to visit. There are only a few places in the United States that I can say I feel at home and relaxed in. Both Sanibel and Captiva, Florida have… Continue reading The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

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Lunch Break at Harry Potter’s “Birthplace” | The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland

The majestic and magical city of Edinburgh has been a favorite of mine for several years. Old Town was just as I had pictured it, the alluring medieval buildings paired with the haunting vibe of the Royal Mile, created many stirring stores in my mind. It was no wonder that Edinburgh became the "Birthplace" of… Continue reading Lunch Break at Harry Potter’s “Birthplace” | The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Farewell to the long running 21 Club | Manhattan, New York

There were many moments when I traveled to a country or dined at a notable restaurant, and I made it just in time. I had either missed a natural disaster, an act of violence, or in this case the closure of a legendary restaurant prior to the pandemic. My father and others who know me,… Continue reading Farewell to the long running 21 Club | Manhattan, New York

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Historische Wurstküche zu Regensburg | The World’s Oldest Sausage House

Regensburg, Germany - I am a full fledged jetsetting gastronome and will travel for food. I must confess that I decided to take a day trip to Regensburg just so I could eat at one of the world's oldest restaurants, The Historic Sausage Kitchen. I was not expecting this old world Bavarian town to be… Continue reading Historische Wurstküche zu Regensburg | The World’s Oldest Sausage House

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Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

Over the couple decades of my gastronomical travels, I have been to many of the oldest eateries in Europe and the UK, including Rules of London, the Historic Sausage House in Regensburg and Botin in Madrid. All have been unique dining experiences, considering they were all the oldest in one way or another. On my… Continue reading Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

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Zlata Ribica | One of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Oldest Restaurants

The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana As a traveling gastronome, one of my goals is to taste many traditional dishes in the country or city that I am visiting. Slovenia had several regional dishes that I was curious on trying and I found three of them under one roof. Restaurant Zlata Ribica, is considered one of… Continue reading Zlata Ribica | One of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Oldest Restaurants

Global Dining, Jetsetting

London’s Portobello Road Market | Beyond Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Portobello road, Portobello roadStreet where the riches of ages are stowed.Anything and everything a chap can unloadIs sold off the barrow in Portobello road.You'll find what you want in the Portobello road.- 'Portobello Road' Bedknobs and Broomsticks Soundtrack When I first told a friend that I wanted to visit Portobello Road Market, he asked "That's… Continue reading London’s Portobello Road Market | Beyond Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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MOVIA Wine Bar and the Orange Wines of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The charming little country of Slovenia rests comfortably in-between the more tourist centric countries of Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. I try not to be biased with any country that I have visited but Slovenia was one of my favorite Balkan countries. It was steeped in old world charm, the people were friendly, and the… Continue reading MOVIA Wine Bar and the Orange Wines of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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A Swanky Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet | Biblioteka No 1 in Riga, Latvia

Vērmane Gardens is one of the prettiest public parks in the Baltics States and is located in the center of Riga, Latvia. It was one of my favorite places in the city and it made for a day of relaxing strolls, a canal boat ride and plenty of people watching while eating my bag of… Continue reading A Swanky Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet | Biblioteka No 1 in Riga, Latvia

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Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

Riga, Latvia- It is not a secret that I always gravitate towards food or an eating establishment with history. It could be the oldest restaurant, the oldest bar or in this case- the oldest candy company. Laima Confections is based out of Riga, Latvia and became one of the largest candy manufacturers in the Baltic… Continue reading Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

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Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade and after numerous trips to England, I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that… Continue reading Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

Global Dining, UNESCO

CONTE Restaurant | Perfection in Perast, Montenegro

There are a few moments in life when the world seems perfect and one of those moments for me, was in Montenegro. Not just during this seaside lunch in Perast but my entire visit to the Balkan State of Montenegro, was extraordinary. The Region of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is lined with well-preserved… Continue reading CONTE Restaurant | Perfection in Perast, Montenegro

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Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

San Diego, California- Since 2006, Osetra Seafood & Steaks has been providing a sophisticated wining and dining experience in the heart of the Gaslamp District. This fine restaurant is perfect for those who enjoy the gastronomy facets of wine, craft cocktails, exceptional seafood and steakhouse quality beef. Additionally, Osetra has the only wine tower and… Continue reading Osetra Seafood & Steaks | San Diego, California

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Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Crossing into Tallinn, Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia marked a huge travel milestone for me. It was the moment that I had accomplished one of my big travel goals; to visit every Baltic State, Eastern European and Balkan country.  I did it in four years from the time that I fell in love with… Continue reading Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

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The Swanky STK Steakhouse | Las Vegas, Nevada

STK inside the Cosmopolitan is a swanky on The Strip steakhouse, with a club like vibe to it. One would think that the draw into STK would be that party feel with a live DJ in the house, but the food and cocktails are just as big of a draw. We had come in for… Continue reading The Swanky STK Steakhouse | Las Vegas, Nevada

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A Perfect Lunch at Kolonade Wine Restaurant | Riga, Latvia

I had the most perfect chicken meatballs while lunching at Kolonade Restaurant in Riga, Latvia and it was totally unexpected. I was in the capital of Latvia and on my way to the city park, when I spotted a darling one-story columned house across the LAIMA clock. I thought the building looked interesting and realized that… Continue reading A Perfect Lunch at Kolonade Wine Restaurant | Riga, Latvia

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Al Solito Posto | Las Vegas, Nevada

"I have been waiting for this!" That was the message I had received from a serious fine dining friend in Las Vegas. She then sent me an article about Al Solito Posto opening in Tivoli Village and I responded, "I have my calendar out, when are we going?" You see, I am fortunate to have… Continue reading Al Solito Posto | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode Baar | Tallinn, Estonia

Being a New Waver turned Goth Girl back in the 80s and 90s, running into the Depeche Mode Baar in Old Town Tallinn was a double take moment. DM was a huge part of my youth as well into my adulthood. I have seen these Brits in concert more than any band in my repertoire,… Continue reading Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode Baar | Tallinn, Estonia