Pastilla

Learning the Art of Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech

Pastilla, or meat pies encased in puff pastry and covered with powdered sugar and cinnamon, savory lamb tajines, and hot mint tea don’t even begin to scratch the surface of this complex culinary culture. Moroccan cooking is an exciting mix of exotic spices and flavorful meats layered upon a foundation that pays homage to the French culinary arts.

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tea sandwiches

Panzano: Denver’s Gourmet Italian Hot Spot

Panzano's Cavolini di Bruxelles is an unforgettable dish. Featuring fried brussels sprouts tossed with apple cider reduction, pistachios, rosemary salt and sliced green apples, this dish embodies unbelievable layers of contrast. The light flavor of the leafy brussels sprouts offer a crispy texture and welcoming bitter bite, while caramelized pistachios gleam like hidden gems.

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hakarl

Iceland's Wild Culinary Traditions: Hákarl and Brennivín

Hákarl (or kćstur hákarl) is perhaps Iceland's most infamous traditional delicacy. This eye-popping blast to the palate will drive tears to your eyes, and likely cause your gag reflex to flare up at first bite. Most commonly served with toothpicks as bite-sized cubes resembling cheese, these harmless looking babies reveal no hint of the overpowering aroma that awaits adventurous foodies.

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Stockholm

Getting Icy: Stockholm’s Ice Menu & Icebar

A couple of the coolest things to do in Stockholm are enjoy a gourmet meal served on ice dishes, followed by wintery cocktails next door in the Icebar. The Ice Menu, which features set dishes inspired by the flavors of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, is served on plates and bowls made of pure ice from the Torne river in Northern Sweden!

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tea sandwiches

Afternoon tea, Angelino style

Best picks for afternoon tea throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.

"At the Ritz, you'll sip your tea with the ocean breeze in your hair, gazing at the lovely panoramas of the marina from your table. The Ritz Royal Afternoon Tea is a swanky occasion, where classic fare is transformed with a contemporary twist."

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Botin

Chasing Hemingway in Madrid: Dinner at Botín

It seems everywhere you go in Spain, you're chasing Ernest Hemingway's shadow. Plenty of restaurants and bars, in Madrid especially, lay claim to the fact that the ever-traveling writer once ate or drank there. But Botín has written proof to back up their claims: in the last scene of Hemingway's famous novel "The Sun Also Rises," the main character, Jake, dines at none other than Botín.

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Grande Dane: Danish Delights in Solvang, California

For sweet aficionados this side of the pond, European confectionery delight can be sampled just a hop, skip and a jaunt from Los Angeles. Without having to fly to Denmark to embark on this culinary journey, one can get their pastry fix in Solvang, California, a Danish village located in Santa Barbara county.

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Mangiamo! Florence, Italy

Mangiamo! Great Places to Eat in Florence Italy

Italy, the land of pizza, pasta and gelato, is a culinary paradise. Every region has its own distinct flavors, and among the best is Tuscany. Here are a few delicious spots to savor la dolce vita in Florence.

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Seattle

Seattle Culinary Vacations: Top Hotels for Foodies

It's no secret that Seattle is a gourmet wonderland for foodies. Emphasizing fresh local ingredients, Pacific Northwest chefs are constantly seeking creative combinations of ingredients. Although you'll fare pretty well in Seattle eating wherever you happen to be once your stomach rumbles, there is definitely something wonderful about staying at a hotel with a restaurant good enough to be a destination itself.

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pizza

Santa Barbara's True Taste of Italy: Olio Pizzeria

Just an hour drive from Los Angeles, you'll find great Italian cuisine well worth the jaunt out of town. At Olio Pizzeria, which translates to (olive) oil pizzeria, you'll encounter deliciously authentic thin crust pies prepared with abundant portions of olive oil and cooked in traditional wood-burning ovens just like they do back in Italy.

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Beijing Duck

Baleen: An Oceanic Dining Odyssey

Located among the lapping waves and pelicans in Redondo Beach, California is one of South Bay’s best kept dining secrets. Lined with palm trees and overlooking a quiet stretch of the marina, Baleen, named for a type of whale, feels miles apart from the bustle of Los Angeles, but chic enough to be a major player on the foodie scene.

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Beijing Duck

Beijing Kitchen: Northern Chinese Cuisine by Way of Macau

Located inside the lobby of the Grand Hyatt, Beijing Kitchen is dedicated to Northern Chinese cuisine, outfitted with sleek, modern design. Not only do the chefs all hail from the northern capital, but the must-try Beijing duck is served three ways here, with the extra special treat of a chef outfitted in a white hat who personally carves your duck in front of you.

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Spanish Ham

Spain's Love Affair with Ham: Museo del Jamon

How Spaniards love their ham! Everywhere you go in Spain you'll encounter windows and ceilings filled with ham hocks and restaurants showcasing full pig legs on a chopping block. In Madrid the Museo del Jamon (Museum of Ham) food chain is the quick and easy place to go for breakfast, bocadillos, cervezas, or a much needed snack after a long day of walking.

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Tapas @ Catal

Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar: Spanish Cuisine at Downtown Disney

Catal is a must try restaurant serving up Spanish cuisine just steps from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Chef Nicholas Weber has been creating mouth-watering meals for Catal, a member of Patina Restaurant Group, since 1997. The menu varies seasonally, but always begins with tapas like Marinated Spanish Olives with pickled guindilla peppers, or Crispy Pork Chicharrónes dusted with chili-limon.

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Portos Bakery

Cuban Desserts in Los Angeles: Porto's Bakery and Cafe

Seeking delicious baked goods with a Cuban twist? Then Porto's Bakery and Cafe in Burbank has you covered. This busy shop is always hopping, a result of its famous pastries, savory lunch specialities, and reasonable prices.

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Lola

Lola: Unique Greek and North African Eats in Seattle

In Seattle hungry eaters in search of gourmet Mediterranean and North African fusion fare swarm to Lola, where Greek cuisine is reinterpreted with zesty inventiveness. Dishing up sophisticated takes on classic Mediterranean staples, dishes are prepared with fresh local produce, the cornerstone of Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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Royal/T

Royal/T: A taste of Japan in Culver City

A purple neon crown glows among the fake ivy that blankets the entire facade of Royal/T, a cafe, shop, and art gallery located steps from downtown Culver City. Royal/T is a Japanese-style cosplay (costume play) café, so the staff wear Japanese lolita maid costumes. Inspired by the meido kissa (maid cafes) of Tokyo, this eclectic art space has an equally eclectic menu that includes great dessert items.

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