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Al Capriolo

Ski season in Europe has almost come to an end – spend your last snow-filled days at the exclusive ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy. Outside the town of Cortina you will find the amazing wild game restaurant Al Capriolo, which is definitely worth a visit. The interior is warm and inviting, with hunting trophies, roe deer (capriolo) antlers and wine bottles throughout the space. The restaurant has been managed by the same family for over a century and they really set the standard for quality regional cuisine. There is a great selection of wines to complement the awesome game dishes; treat yourself Italian style!

Al Capriolo Vodo di Cadore / Cortina Al Capriolo Michelin

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Grace Hotel

Get ready for a blast from the past at the Grace Hotel in Dharamsala! This family-run hotel perfectly captures Indian heritage with colorful decorations in a peaceful environment. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Why visit the North of India, you might wonder?  – cool mountain air, lush green forests and scenic beauty. The best part about the Grace Hotel is that you are very close to the travellers’ Mecca McLeodganj without being stuck in the loud, touristy center. The hotel manager’s brother is more than happy to drive you up the hill to visit the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Bhagsu waterfall or to hang with the backpackers at Moonpeak Espresso. At the end of the day, return to the Grace Hotel for some peace and quiet while watching the sunset from the balcony. Be sure to request a room with a view – we promise it will take your breath away!

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Olives

Even if you’re not lucky at the Vegas gaming tables, you’ll always have access to a million dollar view at Tod English’s Olives. This Mediterranean restaurant is located in the famous Bellagio Hotel & Casino and offers you amazing vistas of one of the top attractions of Las Vegas: the Bellagio fountains. Reserve your table after 9pm, when the worst heat is over, to be seated outside and have front row access to this jaw-dropping spectacle. Unlike the flashy dining scene you usually find on the Strip, Olives falls into the slightly more classy category. The food is good, with a nice selection of affordable flatbreads and pastas, and wines to pair them with. The waiters can be a little arrogant but the gorgeous views and entertainment will ensure a great night out. It’s extravagant, it’s fun; it’s Vegas at its best!

  

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Hotel Teatro Pace

Swimming pools, spa’s and ultra luxurious penthouses are not supposed to be your first concern when hitting the city of Rome for the weekend. If not mistaking, you will be indulging yourself with fine wining and dining, espresso sipping and of course loads of culture and history. So what’s most important is an ideally centrally located hotel, that has fresh linen on the beds, a clean shower and a good breakfast (not the greasy muffin they try to get away with at most of southern European hotels). Here’s your best bet: Hotel Teatro Pace. The interior is nothing but modern. But hey, who wants modern when visiting one of the most historical cities in the world? The warm woods and romantic details in the rooms are cosy but stylish at the same time. The hotel is situated around the corner of Rome’s cosiest square Piazza Navona. Of course Rome has a lot more to offer when it comes to good locations. To be honest: almost every location in the city centre of Rome is a great location. But the area around Piazza Navona just has a special charme that makes you smile every time you set foot out the door. Just walk around enjoying Italian gelati and wine and forget about the 21st century for a while.

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Magique

The Garden of Five Senses is a park in South Delhi, which claims to stimulate all five senses with its beauty and attractions. A visit to restaurant Magique is where taste is put to the test. The larger (and more interesting) part of this dinner-only restaurant is located outdoors. Lush greenery, candles everywhere and comfy eco-chic seating areas: Magique is the perfect escape from the busy and noisy Delhi. Indulge your pre-dinner cocktail cravings with one of their creative mixtures, such as one of the dozen different flavored Martini’s. The food menu has a good selection of dishes with European, Asian or (modern) local flavors. After dinner, you walk through the garden to The Zoo (one of Delhi’s current hotspots) for some more drinks before heading back into the crowded city. Magique is a well-kept secret in Delhi; hardly any taxi driver knows how to get there, so be sure to get (and give) precise directions. And yes, please bring insect repellent. Mosquitoes seem to love this tropical little garden too.

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Cecconi’s

Inspired by the original Cecconi’s in London, Cecconi’s Miami Beach opened its doors in 2010 in the members only Soho Beach House. This classical Italian restaurant offers Venetian inspired food and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Besides delicious dishes such as beef tartare with pecorino, quail egg and black truffle, Cecconi’s offers an amazing setting in the hotel’s ground floor courtyard. The 150-seats dining area is outside, but the carefully chosen furniture and the pergolas with overhanging greenery make it feel protected and cosy.  The trees are wrapped in white lights that create a magical effect when the sun sets. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful restaurants in Miami to dine al fresco, just steps away from the ocean. Even though the interior and food make you feel like you’re in Europe, a little people watching will take you right back to SoBe. A colorful crowd of attractive models, surgically enhanced has-beens and a celebrity or two seem to love Cecconi’s too.

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Il Tempio del Gusto

Located in the heart of Italy’s Umbria region, Spoleto is often chosen as a base to explore the area. It’s a charming, quiet little city located on a hill’s slide with its own ancient Roman acquaduct. But most of all…Spoleto houses one of Umbria’s best restaurants, Il Tempio del Gusto. This family owned restaurant is small and intimate inside but also offers outdoor seating. As Umbria is known for its mushrooms, black truffles and wild game, many of the dishes at Il Tempio del Gusto contain just that. Pair it with a glass of local Sagrantino wine to fully embrace the Umbrian experience. Owner Eros Patrizi is a passionate chef and carefully prepares the tasty and beautifully presented dishes while his wife Manuella cares for her guests in the most attentive way. An evening at Il Tempio del Gusto feels warm, welcoming and will prove to be the ultimate gastronomic experience at a reasonable price. Reservations are advisable, especially during weekends and/or in summertime. Do you want to take some Il Tempio home with you? They also offer classes from the Master himself.

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Cookie’s

Even though its name is a little misleading and its location is almost impossible to find, Cookie’s is by far the most welcoming, quaint and romantic little cafe in Bruges…once you found it. Locals love to recommend this place for the great atmosphere and tasty food. The dishes are tapas-size and made with a mix of Spanish, Italian and Belgium ingredients. You can’t go wrong with these three countries! Next to that, they offer a large range of wines, whiskeys and – of course – beers. The restaurant is small and cosy and perfect for a romantic night out or dinner with friends. Avoid the restaurants on the “Markt” where most tourists get trapped; Cookie’s is within 2 minutes walking distance (but hard to find). Reserve in advance as this small place fills up quickly and make sure you get detailed directions before you go.

 

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Perry St

New York’s far West Village has been rapidly changing for the past decade – famous architects are bringing luxury residential buildings to this neighbourhood along the Hudson River. Culinary guru Jean-Georges Vongerichten chose the right moment in 2005 to open up a sleek restaurant in one of the modern glass buildings overlooking the river. Perry St draws both its upscale “neighbours” from the surrounding buildings and food lovers willing to take the cab ride down to this westernmost fringe of the West Village. Perry St has a serene and elegant atmosphere and it’s one of the few restaurants in NYC where you can actually have a quiet conversation. It’s classy and upscale, but not stuffy. The interior is cool, with soft whites and modern, simplistic furniture. The New American food is absolutely delicious (as we expected…) but prices are reasonable (surprise!). Check out the website for any special deals they might have, such as the current Autumn promotion: a prix fixe dinner menu for $38. Perry St is the ultimate place to impress your date, out-of-towners, or anyone else you wish to share the Hudson views with while enjoying quality food. Make a reservation now.

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Naia Bistro

Naia is an enjoyable bistro that is highly recommended by locals but fortunately not (yet) overly mentioned in tourist guides. It’s located on a charming cobblestone square in the Latin Quarter of Madrid. The outside terrace is very inviting and most groups tend to linger until late in the evening. Inside seating is just as delightful, with wooden floorboards and mismatched chairs to create a cosy, rustic ambiance. The menu boasts wonderful Mediterranean dishes such as foie shavings with Ruby port reduction, red tuna tartare with avocado ceviche and monkfish over truffle and egg risotto. Portions are generous and the food is presented beautifully – definitely not what you would expect for main courses that are all under € 20! These people definitely know their foods, which might explain the periodic table of food on the window… Make a reservation to avoid disappointment. You don’t want to miss out on that Cheesecake de “Oreo” now, do you?

  

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