When people visit an island like Aruba, they come into the experience with expectations. Let’s say these ideals look like this: Mojitos on the beach, kettle drum musicians and tiki torches lining moonlit paths, and dinner beside the sea. But most of these cliches are over-priced and had at establishments more concerned with turnover than quality. When I travel (or dine out at home), I look for restaurants along dusty roads and in desolate parking lots because that’s where you typically find quality. In these less opulent areas one tends to find locals eating delicious food that can be enjoyed at fair prices. To find the best restaurants in Aruba, you need rid yourself of that image of dining with your feet in the sand and the tink-tink of the tin drum in the air. Instead supplant it with the sounds of drive-by radios and views of asphalt. Here are…
You have to understand two things about eating in Gothenburg: Firstly, it’s expensive–dinner for two will cost about one hundred dollars (that is if you skimp on drinks, appetizers, and desserts). Secondly, the best restaurants in Gothenburg do not charge much more than the bad ones. (But if you stick with me, I’ll also point you toward the cheapest restaurants in Gothenburg, too, where taste is not compromised.)
But first, as the title denotes, here are… Read more
At food festivals, I’m always drawn to the vendors that supply cuisine that doesn’t appear on display in the grocery store or listed on a menu. At the Lampeter Food Festival in Central Wales, the tent serving rare breed meat reeled me in. The pork was presented in a familiar style: stuffed into sausage casings, though mixed with unexpected complements like apples and leeks, and jabbed with toothpicks. Read more
When I arrived at the breakfast table in Swansea’s Morgan’s Hotel, I perused the menu and came across a combination that I had never tried before. Laver bread and cockles.
“How is that?” I asked the waiter.
“I would never eat that,” said the waiter taking my order. “But it is a tradition.” He shrugged.
“I’ll go with tradition,” I told him. Read more
While I love everything to do with the Cape Cod’s stretch ocean and the vibe of New England beach towns, the one thing that I seem to plot out each time I visit is how many clam shacks I’ll be able to squeeze into one trip. After a recent visit to the Upper Cape, where the best clam shacks in Cape Cod are arguably located, I was able to map out four seafood experiences that are worth a visit. Read more