Category Archives: Food & Drink

Local’s Guide: Best Places To Eat, Drink And Stay In Dubrovnik, South Croatia

There are a lot of tourist traps in Dubrovnik, but there are a few gems. I go by what I believe is truly local; for example, Lady Pi-Pi in the Old Town. All its vegetables are from the Konavle valley, and the food is mainly grilled – very simple, good and tasty. It doesn’t have a website or Instagram, and doesn’t take reservations. There’s also Kopun in a wonderful setting by the Jesuit church, with a great wine list picked by its sommelier, Ana Bitanga. Its pašticada (braised beef) is a killer, and the truffle gnocchi is really good. I love the food markets in the old town and the much larger one in Gruž. It’s best to go early, about 8am, and you get to see all the seasonal changes in the produce.

Dubrovnik Old Town

Reviews: Top New England Road Trip Foodie Places

14 Great New England Road Trip Food Spots

The Green Spot | Oakland, Maine

Expect killer pies and great lobster rolls at this beloved gourmet grocery and café.

Sunny Day Diner | Lincoln, NH

This cute-as-a-button spot makes superb banana bread French toast and a road trip–worthy Reuben.

Red Hen Baking | Middlesex, VT

Some of the best breads in New England are baked here. Don’t miss the egg sandwiches and tartines.

King Arthur Baking Café, Bakery & Store | Norwich, VT

From bread, jam, and porridge to a perfect grilled cheese, this café has day-trippers covered.

Four Aces Diner | West Lebanon, NH

There’s a 1952 Worcester diner car hidden in this non-descript building, and its eggs Benedict and poutine are terrific.

Bob’s Clam Hut | Kittery, ME

While the menu is vast, it’s really all about the fried clams (ask for them “Bob’s style”).

Puritan Backroom | Manchester, NH

They claim to have invented chicken tenders, so you have to try them — either straight up or baked parmigiana-style.

The Farm Table | Bernardston, MA

Several restaurants inside Kringle Candle serve brunch through dinner (hit the more casual Tavern for excellent flatbreads).

Publick House | Sturbridge, MA

The bread basket, with its cornbread and sticky buns, is the stuff of legend. So is the classic turkey dinner.

Modern Diner | Pawtucket, RI

You can’t miss with any of the many daily specials here, but we love the chouriço special and yummy custard French toast.

Rein’s Deli | Vernon, CT

Of course the main route between NYC and Boston has a terrific deli. Love the matzo ball soup and corned beef.

Dottie’s Diner | Woodbury, CT

The doughnuts here are so beloved, their recipes are held like state secrets. Same with the plump, buttery chicken pies.

The Lunch Box | Meriden, CT

This is the best place to try Connecticut’s signature steamed cheeseburgers, full stop.

Clam Castle | Madison, CT

Come for fried fish and hot butter lobster rolls, then — if you time it right — catch a beach sunset at Hammonasset State Park.

Where are your favorite spots in New England to get road trip food?

These “Editors’ Picks for Food Lovers” originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Yankee

Interviews: Austrian Chef Wolfgang Puck At Spago In Budapest, Hungary

Meet Wolfgang Puck, world-renowned master chef and restaurateur, from his Budapest restaurant outpost Spago. Here he answers our burning questions on all things travel and foodie related – from growing up in Austria and learning to cook in France, to the five-course white truffle meal he cooked recently for Justin Beiber. We hear about what he does when he arrives somewhere new (aperitifs on a sidewalk is top of his list) and why he loves living in California so much – ‘it’s like living a dream for a chef’.

Infographic: America’s Top Drinks & Beverages

Local’s Guide: Top Things To Do In Málaga, Spain

Málaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt. 

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Travel: Top Places To Visit In Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It’s known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.

Dining: Opening Up New Restaurants In London

The coronavirus pandemic has been catastrophic for the hospitality industry and the delay to the June 21 unlocking has led to more uncertainty. The FT’s Daniel Garrahan and food critic Tim Hayward meet Harts Group, the business behind Soho institution Quo Vadis and tapas chain Barrafina, as it opens a new Soho branch of its El Pastor taquerias

Analysis: How Coca-Cola Leads Beverage Market

With more than 1.9 billion drinks served every day Coca-Cola is one of the world’s largest beverage companies. From its humble beginnings selling a single product at a drugstore for 5 cents a glass, the company now has a roster of 200 brands that includes Coke, Fanta, and Sprite. But with health and wellness trends on the rise, the company has been forced to pivot. So after 135-years in business, can the soft drink giant stay on top? And what will the secular decline of sugar-sweetened beverages in the U.S. mean for the future of Coca-Cola?

Views: An Afternoon Tea At Greywalls Country House, Scotland (Video)

For today’s episode I am at Greywalls – an Edwardian Country House Hotel in Scotland, for Afternoon Tea. Join me for a tour of the house and garden, followed by Afternoon Tea. At the end of the video I share how to make a delicious lemon & poppyseed cake.

Overlooking Muirfield golf course, this posh hotel in an Edwardian country house dating from 1901 is 2 miles from Dirleton Castle.

Full Scottish breakfast is included. A haute French restaurant includes a whisky room, and a lounge bar offers pub fare and afternoon tea. A 6-acre walled garden features tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a putting green; massages are also available.