Topaz Restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey

Topaz Restaurant has something spectacular awaiting its guests upon entry. Its floor to ceiling glass wall frames a picturesque view of Istanbul. The Bosphorus Strait and its bridge, the whole city with some of its grandest sites and the Dolmabahçe Palace create a breathtaking scene. At night time, the restaurant’s lights are kept low (pardon…

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The Square Restaurant in Square Nine Hotel – Belgrade, Serbia

Asked where I can dine while in Belgrade, all my Serbian friends say The Square Restaurant. I got the impression that it’s not to be missed while in the city and when I finally walked through the the doors and the lobby of the hotel where it is located, I understood why. The Square is…

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Vila Podvin Restaurant in Radovljica, Slovenia (Near Bled)

Slovenia, such a small country yet so extensive in natural beauty. Starting with its lakes, towns, mountains, caves, vineyards then traversing on to another corner which is an equally enticing aspect of this amazing country – gastronomy. I am a beginner with Slovene cuisine and after a little bit of research, I found out that…

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Vogue Restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul makes every inch of the food lover in me soar with anticipation. My first trip there had been a discovery of its food and wine culture with a group of press people. Even if Istanbul was the shortest stay on our way to another part of Turkey, the Northern Thrace, the markets, shops and…

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JB Restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia

My stop in Ljubljana had been short but enough for me to gather some great first impressions. I didn’t expect it to be so charming and so busy on a weekday. The old town was a lovely walk where outdoor cafès, restaurants and shops housed in colorful Baroque and Vienna Secession style buildings line up…

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Iris New Balkan Cuisine Restaurant in Belgrade, Serbia

It’s not everyday that I encounter Serbian restaurants and on a recent trip to Serbia for a wine event, not only was I looking forward to discovering their wines but also the food. As soon as my plane landed in Belgrade, I was immediately off to one of the capital’s finest restaurants, Iris New Balkan…

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Wolfshöhle Restaurant in Freiburg im Bresgau, Germany

On the days I was in Freiburg at the beginning of summer, the heat was uncomfortably intense. Waiting for the sun to go down for the temperature to decrease a few degrees, I took on the lovely streets of Freiburg before my dinner reservation. It’s a beautiful city at the edge of the Black Forest…

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L’Atelier du Peintre in Colmar (Alsace), France

Entering the town of Colmar is like opening a book of a fairy tales.The intensely colorful half-timbered houses line the cobblestone streets while the well-tended flower boxes filled with gaily-colored flowers give the final touch of perfection. It’s alive with architecture, art and history that dates back to the time it was first written in…

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