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O CURRO DA PARRA, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN

 

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My family and I had a delicious, dreamy meal at O Curro da Parra. We didn’t have a lunch reservation so we wandered up late morning and seeing that there was a small light on at the back of the restaurant, we tapped on the door. The place was warm and festive; it was December 24th, Christmas Eve in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The guys inside welcomed us and said “We’ll get a nice table ready for you. Come back when we open.” We returned on time and were led upstairs to a small stone and timber beamed room to a table next to the window. It was a blur from then on. We listened (to recommendations and stories about the food), selected, sipped and savored Galicia’s hand picked best: cheese, seafood, pork, wine… We talked and we laughed. By the time coffee was served our waiter was our new best friend… Read More

 

BEST PLACES : MISSION DISTRICT, SAN FRANCISCO

 

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I love San Francisco. I enjoy late mornings in North Beach, aimlessly crisscrossing the steep, leafy green lanes of Telegraph Hill. I hit the Ferry Building at least once a week and I have a soft spot for the highest point in Lafayette Park (Pacific Heights); the boys climb trees while I gaze across the city, across the bay. But the place I spend most of my time: The Mission … Read More

 

BEST PLACES : RU NAM CAFE, HO CHI MINH CITY


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My favorite café in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon is call Ru Nam Cafe (96 Mac Thi Buoi Street, District 1, Saigon). Even though it’s primarily a coffee shop serving delicious brewed coffee, it’s their Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches that I particularly love. They divide up the baguette into manageable sizes and the traditional meats, pâté, pickles, chili and fresh vegetables inside don’t feel too heavy or too light. Perfect for a snack. The location is about as central as you can get … Read More

 

BEST PLACES : PLOW, SAN FRANCISCO

 

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Best place for breakfast in San Francisco? Plow. Have a look at this fabulous menu or just walk in, take a seat and order their namesake like I do. Everything about it is perfect. I recently squeezed into a seat at the bar next to a friendly Spanish guy and we spent half of the meal laughing at our gluttony … Read More