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Portugal: Restaurants list

May 6, 2009 // 0 Comments

Best Dining Bets Clara (Lisbon; tel. 21/885-30-53): This elegant citadel, with a refined dining room playing soft piano music and serving a remarkable Portuguese and international cuisine, is a favorite among serious palates. The chefs take special care with all their ingredients, and we sing …

# Pop a Herring: Amsterdam folk like their herring fresh and raw from a neighborhood fish stall. The best in the business is Van Altena, Stadhouderskade at Jan Luijkenstraat (tel. 020/676-9139). Eat your fish in the approved Dutch manner — whole, holding the fish by …

Experiencing Feijoada, the National Dish: It’s impossible to single out one restaurant in all of Brazil for its feijoada. Just try it and try it right. Start with a caipirinha (that potent, delicious lime and sugar-cane drink) and some caldo (soup), followed by steaming hot …

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India: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

Cuisine by Niloufer Venkatraman — Anthropologist, writer, and dedicated foodie Indian cooking is one of the great cuisines of the world. Like the country itself, however, it varies greatly from region to region, and you’ll discover a great deal more to savor than the ubiquitous …

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India: Restaurants

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

# Bumping into a Bollywood Idol (Mumbai): Nowhere in India is dining more rewarding than in Mumbai, where the streets are filled with literally thousands of restaurants representing every kind of Indian cuisine. But if it’s star-gazing you’re after, head for places like the Olive …

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Bulgaria: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’re expecting stodgy East European stews, think again: While the pretentious may brand it essentially as “peasant” cuisine, Bulgarian food is the best-kept secret this side of the Balkans, with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce, and healthy, unfussy preparation methods. Influenced by the …

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Japan: Restaurants

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Experiencing a Kaiseki Feast: The ultimate in Japanese cuisine, kaiseki is a feast for the senses and the spirit. Consisting of a variety of exquisitely prepared and arranged dishes, a kaiseki meal is a multicourse event to be savored slowly. Both the ingredients and the …

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Japan: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Japanese Cuisine Altogether, there are more than a dozen different and distinct types of Japanese cuisine, plus countless regional specialties. A good deal of what you eat may be completely new to you as well as completely unidentifiable. Sometimes Japanese themselves don’t even know what …

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Thailand: Food & Drink

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Food is one of the true joys of Thailand. If you are not familiar with Thai cooking, imagine the best of Asian food ingredients combined with the sophistication of fragrant spices, sweet coconut or citrus, and topped off with ripe red and green chilies. You …

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Cuba: Food & Drink

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Local Cuisine Cuban, or criolla, cuisine is a mix of European (predominantly Spanish) and Afro-Caribbean influences. The staples of the cuisine include roasted and fried pork, beef, and chicken, usually accompanied by rice, beans, plantains, and yucca. Oddly, Cubans do not eat large amounts of …