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London‘s restaurants are well known for being diverse. But there are some eateries that stick to what they do best. Here are my picks for the best specialist restaurants. You just need to pick your favourite food and go.

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St. John

Like your meat, but want something a little bit more interesting. Then head here. They do unusual cuts and interesting parts of the pig that you wouldn’t think of trying at home. Never tried duck hearts or chitterlings? Now is your chance. This is fine British food at it’s best. read full article

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Whenever you think about Italian cuisine, there are a number of dishes that frequently come to mind, especially lasagna. Where the international traveler is concerned, most of them feel that the allure of Italy is found in the cuisine, culture, Renaissance architecture, shopping opportunities, and the wines. However, with Christmas just around the corner, thoughts often turn to preparing a traditional Italian meal for the holidays to serve up to your family and friends.

Italian Christmas Recipes

Here are the top 3 Italian Christmas recipes that you should consider for the holidays if you want to have a delightful feast and the perfect meal to please your guests with: read full article

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Madrid, as every cosmopolitan city in the world, offers its visitors a large variety of good restaurants where they can enjoy a great meal. Eating tapas is the most commonly known practice in Madrid but if you are looking for a traditional Spanish meal there are numerous dishes you must try.

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Most of them consist of meat, but you can also find some dishes based on seafood and vegetables. read full article

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Oftentimes called the Las Vegas of South Africa, Sun City is probably the continent’s primary gambling mecca and a great place for international visitors to enjoy some of their favorite games. In addition to the huge casino, the city also features a golfing estate and an outstanding theme park.

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Additionally, it has all the amenities of any major city such as a cinema complex, a concert arena, numerous restaurants, and a waterpark known as the Valley of the Waves. read full article

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Great food is a travel essential, often making or breaking your experience. But discriminating between the tourist traps and authentic cuisine is often enough to make one just give up and reach for a candy bar. For the savvy traveler however, a city’s street-food vendors and sidewalk Tavernas can easily provide a delicious bite of culture.

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In a pinch, walk two blocks in Athens in any direction and I promise the familiar red sign of an Everest- fast-food Greek style – will be in sight. I never leave Greece without at least one triangular slice of spanakopita and a freshly squeezed orange juice. Enjoy it at the airport, fountain-side at Syntagma square, by the Acropolis metro exit… seriously, everywhere. It’s my ideal quick-bite breakfast on the go, keeping my energy high while museum lines are still short. read full article

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Berlin is a dream for devoted foodies. Above all, this culturally mixed city has an outstanding number of Asian restaurants to choose from, ranging from fresh Vietnamese to spicy Thai, to crisp Japanese and sweet-and-sour Chinese. After two immigration waves of Vietnamese, this nationality now makes up the second largest immigration group in Germany and around 10,000 live in Berlin. This is the reason why equally good and cheap Vietnamese food is so easy to come by.

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A touristy, but well-deservedly loved favorite is Monsieur Vuong, the hyped restaurant on Alte Schönhauser Straße. The interior design is modern yet personal, the clientel is cool, but it is the amazing food which makes people cue on the streets for a much-coveted table on the sidewalk. Naturally, the hype has pushed up the prices a little, but all in all, Monsieur Vuong is well worth a few euros extra. read full article

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Renowned for its architecture, art, culture, history, and yes, those “coffee shops”, the city of Amsterdam offers something for every type of tourist, hence the city’s growing popularity as a targeted European vacation destination. However, international and local connoisseurs of beer and wine respect the city for producing some of the finest alcoholic beverages in the world.
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The following is a list of our top picks for breweries in Amsterdam. read full article

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The legacy of the hippy movement is strong in Amsterdam for obvious reasons, and this means that the city has some great and varied veggie restaurants. These are some of the best and most interesting options.

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MKZ on Eerste Schinkelstraat is a cooperative run restaurant where it is possible to get fantastic European style food at incredible prices. It is only open in the evenings three days a week, at the time of writing this is Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday although this sometimes changes. read full article

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The variety and quality of Helsinki restaurants has increased in recent years and there are now several restaurants in Helsinki with Michelin Stars. Helsinki restaurants include traditional Finnish and Russian restaurants, as well as excellent seafood restaurants and surprisingly good international cuisine.

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Fine Dining in Finland

Chez Dominique is the only restaurant in Finland to receive two precious Michelin stars. read full article

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A tapa, the miniature cuisine from Spain, is a finger food eaten between the meals. In Spanish, tapa means “cover or appetizer”. The Real Academia Española de la Lengua defines a tapa as “any portion of solid food able to accompany a drink”. You can choose from four types of tapas: cold, fried, sauce based and warm. The fried tapas, such as boquerones, calamaries, croquets, fritters, sausages and torreznos, are the most popular.
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The tapas served with salads can even replace a complete lunch. Tapas are made from both animal-based and agricultural products: anchovies, beef, cheeses, cocktail onions, dry nuts, meat, mackerel, sardines, squid, tuna, and vegetables. However, no tapa will be complete without olives. read full article

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about London‘s Coffee. Caffeine haven Penny University has recently opened, which is certainly giving people something to talk about.

Cup of coffee

But there are still some London folk who reckon their very best coffee comes from out the back of a cart. And actually, they’d be right. The little coffee carts that pop up over the place are doing a roaring trade (or should that be roasting?) at the moment. People will always need coffee, won’t they? read full article

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tomato and mozzarella saladSwitzerland is more famous for cheese than for vegetarian specialities, but Zurich has some excellent veggie restaurants. The most famous is the Hiltl, founded over a hundred years ago. Most of the vegetarian restaurants in Zurich serve mainly lacto-ovo-vegetarian food, so vegans should check with the staff for vegan options. read full article

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Seems like everywhere you turn, everyone is feeling the crunch. With tough times like these, people are trying to pinch those pennies wherever they can, especially on vacation. Certainly in a city like Miami, that attracts millions of tourists year round because of its warm weather, beaches and non-stop nightlife; you can definitely burn a hole in your wallet if you’re not careful.

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Luckily, Miami has a wide array of restaurants for travellers of all price ranges. read full article

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For the traveler that focuses on international cuisine, there is nothing better than venturing off to Paris and experiencing the numerous dining venues that are literally available around every corner.

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It has been estimated that there are over 2,000 cafés and restaurants in the city of Copenhagen, most of which are situated near the Central Railroad Station, in Nyhavn, the Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen as it is known to the locals) and in the Tivoli Gardens. The following is a list of our top 6 picks for the best restaurants in Copenhagen

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