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The View From Down Under

The View From Down Under

The move to Australia has been a long time coming but now that I’m here it all feels very abrupt. The Englishman got wind of a potential Sydney posting months ago so we’ve had plenty of time to get used to the idea. But no matter how organized the packing job, or how much advance … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Rotenberg – Naharayim, Israel

Top Travel Tip: Rotenberg – Naharayim, Israel

Today’s Tip: Rotenburg restaurant – Naharayim, Israel This out of the way spot takes “hidden gem” to a new level. About an hour and 45 minutes northwest of Tel Aviv, what is now a welcoming, rustic restaurant is housed in what was an old border inspection center for the defunct Valley train line that crossed from Israel … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Boundary Roof top – London

Top Travel Tip: The Boundary Roof top – London

Today’s Tip: The boundary Roof top, Shoreditch London is known for its grey, drizzly weather, but when the sun does come out the city  is dazzling and a peaceful rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a balmy evening. The Boundary, one of  Terence Conran’s projects, is a beautiful boutique hotel with three restaurants … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Yalta Restaurant – Jaffa

Top Travel Tip: Yalta Restaurant – Jaffa

Today’s Tip: Yalta restaurant – Jaffa, Israel Jaffa in Southern Tel Aviv is the city’s hip, bohemian center, with a huge sprawling flea market, and cool restaurants, bars, and shops down every street. The flea market (open every day except Saturday) extends through the the bustling little area with old timers hawking all manner of … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Fernandez and Wells – London

Top Travel Tip: Fernandez and Wells – London

Today’s Tip: Fernandez and Wells, St Annes Court London is rammed with fabulous restaurants and the five Fernandez and Wells locations are welcome additions to the city’s culinary landscape. Each spot has slightly different offerings, focusing on espresso, cured meats, cheeses and delicious wines. The St. Annes location is a tiny welcoming space tucked in … Continue reading

Subtle is good too

Subtle is good too

Spring is slowly emerging here, but there is not much springing taking place yet.  My local friends tell me it will be another month or so before the warm weather is here to stay. I’ve been longing for summer with its sultry heat, rich, saturated colors and seemingly endless hot, still, nights. Spring is more fleeting, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Les Distilleries Ideales is my favorite bar in Nice.  It’s in the old city with prime real estate on a busy corner with delightful early evening sun. They have a full drinks menu complete with cocktails and whiskey, but most people come here for the beer.  There is a good selection of imported beers on draught … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Today’s Tip: Arlequin Gelati – Nice, France One could be forgiven for mistaking gelato as a local delicacy in Nice. While there are no Starbucks to be found here, It’s hard to walk a block without passing a gelato spot. I am of the firm belief that Arlequin is the best in town.  Roberto, the proud proprietor of the shop, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Today’s Tip: Chez Palmyre – Nice, France If you only eat at one restaurant in Nice, it should be Chez Palmyre.  This place is the whole package; the atmosphere is perfect, the food is amazing, the service is great and the price is right. The tiny hole in the wall is absolutely adorable, and its … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s Tip: Restaurant A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica Restaurant A. Rotta is understated, casual, and welcoming with outrageously beautiful views just like the Ile de Beaute itself. All the way at the far end of Algajola’s powdery white sand beach there is a no frills sign alerting passers by of something called “Snack A. Rotta” Truth be told, it … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said – Nice, France This seemingly ordinary storefront in one of Nice’s grittier neighborhoods is a diamond in the rough.  Save for the delicate blue and green Middle Eastern tiles around the door frame, this place blends in with the discount clothing and light bulb shops around it , but the humble doorway … Continue reading

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

I am fascinated by what makes a city tick.  Every place has its own pace and style and I always want to go behind the scenes and see how things work. While out walking one day in Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian territories, I came across a store front that housed an ancient looking machine … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Today’s tip: La Part des Anges, Nice France Finding a good place to eat in Nice can be a challenge.  While there are an incredible number of cafe’s, brasseries and restaurants in this city it’s hard to separate the tourist traps and rip offs from the gems. This cosy wine bar is definitely the latter. … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Todays tip: La Brioche, Yafet Street Hamra This little French Patisserie is amazing.  The small storefront is smack dab in the middle of the chaotic Hamra neighborhood of Beirut.  It sits across the street from a grocery store and next to a hotel and it seems out of place packed in with all of the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Baker Street Bistro

Top Travel Tip: Baker Street Bistro

Today’s Tip: Baker Street Bistro, San Francisco One thing I miss living in Nice is going out for brunch.  Yes there are plenty of cafes  serving cafe au lait and tartines here but it’s just not quite the same. One of my favorite spots for brunch in San Francisco is Baker Street Bistro in the … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Tabesh Restaurant

Top Travel Tip: Tabesh Restaurant

Today’s Tip: Tabesh Restaurant and Park Jifna, Palestine Tabesh is a family friendly restaurant just outside of Ramallah in Jifna.  I say family friendly because there is a park with little playground in the restaurant’s outdoor area that proves to be very popular with the little ones. But it’s the chicken that brings most people … Continue reading