The Best Solo Dining Spots Around the World

The tasting bar at Juliet offers great views of the open kitchen.
The tasting bar at Juliet offers great views of the open kitchen.

Being a travel writer means I travel alone quite frequently. My husband accompanies me when he can but unfortunately he has to work sometimes…so this means I’ve done solo road trips in Southern Spain, Portugal and France and found myself alone in bustling cities like London, Paris and Madrid. Unwilling to compromise when it comes to eating great food, I make a lot of dinner reservations for one. It’s really not as bad as you might think. I find dining alone to be quite liberating. Continue reading “The Best Solo Dining Spots Around the World”

5 Things to Know About San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market is located in Point Loma.
Liberty Public Market is located in Point Loma.
I believe public markets should be a permanent fixture in every city in the US so I was incredibly excited when I heard San Diego would be getting its own public market concept. Liberty Public Market opened in March in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, a Naval Training Center turned mixed-use development with restaurants, art galleries, and green space. The project was spearheaded by David Spatafore of Blue Bridge Hospitality, a group that operates a number of successful restaurants on Coronado. Continue reading “5 Things to Know About San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market”

The Ultimate San Sebastián Tapas Crawl

San Telmo Tapas Bar

If you love trying different things, tapas is the most fun meal on earth and there’s no better place to indulge than San Sebastián, Spain. The pintxos bars in this Basque coastal city are the best in the world and there are so many good ones close together in Old Town, you can easily make an entire day, or night of it. While many serve similar things almost each one has a specialty, standout dish. Here are the best bars and what to order at each one. Remember, don’t go too big at any one spot. This is a marathon not a sprint. Continue reading “The Ultimate San Sebastián Tapas Crawl”

My 10 Favorite Restaurants Around the World

Family style dining at Officinal della Bistecca.
Family style dining at Officinal della Bistecca.

I love to travel for a variety of reasons, but if I had to pick one it would definitely be for the food. I love scouring the globe for life-changing or simply incredibly fun meals. For me dining out is the ultimate form of entertainment. Here are ten of my favorites in no particular order. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Restaurants Around the World”

The 16 Best Things I Ate This Year

Jamon Iberico, the best jam in the world.
Jamon Iberico, the best ham in the world.

It’s true my husband Justin and I travel largely for the food. We make it our absolute mission to reserve tables at the restaurants we’ve read about and to seek out incredible, authentic meals in all the destinations we visit. As a result, we ate quite well in 2015. I always say the best meals are the ones that stick with you. Here are the restaurants and dishes I can’t stop thinking about. Continue reading “The 16 Best Things I Ate This Year”

Coffee Alfresco in Paris

Honor Coffee Bar is located next to Comme des Garcons.
Honor Coffee Bar is located next to Comme des Garcons.

Tucked in a courtyard off fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré lies a welcome addition to Paris’s thriving coffee scene. Honor is an outdoor coffee bar owned by Angelle Boucher and Daniel Warburton. The couple, she’s English, he’s Australian, are serious about coffee and both have years of experience in the specialty coffee industry. Boucher was a barista at the Espresso Room in London and Warburton worked at Climpson & Sons Roastery. Continue reading “Coffee Alfresco in Paris”

La Grenouillère

La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.
La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.

In a quite corner of Northern France lies a magical place called La Grenouillère. Located in a rambling white farmhouse, the small inn features uneven black and white floors and a storybook-like lounge decorated with a frog mural from the 1920’s (the name of the inn means the froggery), worn-in vintage rugs and a 100-year old fireplace. Continue reading “La Grenouillère”

Best Poulet Rôti in Paris

Blue-footed chickens stuffed with herbs at Marché Raspail.
Blue-footed chickens stuffed with herbs at Marché Raspail.

From crêpes to croissants, there are no shortage of treats to crave in Paris, but one of the most truly addictive dishes is the poulet rôti, or roast chicken, that churns on rotisseries outside most butchers and in Paris’ outdoor markets. I’ve tried my fare share of these birds and wrote about the best ones for HIP Paris. You can read my story here.

Breakfast at Le Royal Monceau

Breakfast pastries at Le Royal Monceau.
Breakfast pastries at Le Royal Monceau.

The word buffet makes me shutter. Not because of the quality of the food, infact many buffets these days are stocked with delicious, fresh, healthy food, but because I find all of the choices overwhelming. I tend to short circuit and end up with a pile of things that don’t go together. We’ll, I had no such trouble when I visited Le Royal Monceau to sample their much celebrated breakfast. Continue reading “Breakfast at Le Royal Monceau”

America’s Best Food Halls

Courtesy Gotham West
Courtesy Gotham West Market

I’ve been pretty obsessed with food halls ever since I visited the Oxbow Public Market in Napa in 2010. Sure I grew up going to farmers’ markets and  I loved the Pikes Place Market in Seattle, but this felt different. Every gourmet food item imaginable– fresh shucked oysters, crepes, charcuterie all under one roof, ready to eat there or take away. For a foodie like me, it was absolutely overwhelming, in the best possible way. I’ve been delighted to see more and more food halls like this popping up across the country. The United States has many historic food halls as well and markets like the Grand Central Market in Los Angles have recently been given spiffy makeovers. I wrote about the country’s best foods halls for Travel & Leisure and you can read my story here.