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Eating Through Downtown Portland

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The Best Food in Downtown PortlandDowntown Portland is not Portlandia. It even seems to have ditched the adage “Keep Portland Weird,” unlike the odder Eastside of the city. But like most downtowns, a visit is necessary or inevitable, and still wholly worthwhile. The area is a strange mix of scrubbed modernity and human scrums. (I can’t even count how many literal piles of people I saw stacked up on the sidewalk. Addicts, I suppose. Or perhaps there is a pastime in Portland–People Piling?–that I’m unaware of.)

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The Wineries of Vienna and Drinking at the Heuriger

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Wineries of Vienna and Dining at the HeurigerThe first time that I had traveled to Austria was 2010 and my plan was to visit the wineries of Vienna. My then-girlfriend, now-wife, and I took the subway to the end of the U4 line, Heligenstadt, hopped on the 38A bus that journeyed uphill, and then disembarked at Armbrustergasse, where the road split. For the vineyards, we were told that we had to continue from there on foot. Read more

Where Stars are Born

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Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Scotland
When considering what makes a restaurant great, it comes down to more than quality food. But at the best restaurants, there is often a narrative threaded through the courses, and certain intangibilities that stay with a person even after the meal is done. Two of the best Michelin star restaurants in Scotland, in a country that has only thirteen establishments with this distinction, have that story and stay power. And while the chefs are culinary raconteurs, that latent magic is produced by having these dining rooms housed in five-star boutique hotels. Read more

Drinking Apple Wine in Frankfurt

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Drinking Apple Wine in Frankfurt
At the Lorsbucher Thal, in the city of Frankfurt, I walked through the underground cellar that houses both an impressive collection of apple wine and a small museum to the craft. Wooden barrels six feet in diameter and fiberglass tanks that look like miniature submarines take up most of the space, while the world’s largest collection of apple wine, according to the owner, takes up only a few shelves along one wall.

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Tracking Down the Grill in Curacao

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The Grill in Curacao
In my soup, letters from the alphabet floated next to an iguana’s foot. I ate the prefix and the toes; flesh and noodles were soft like that of a chicken boiled to destruction. Following that first bite of blue-gray skin and foot–after I had used my tongue to segregate the little bones from the meat–I took a sip of my Amstel Bright. Read more

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