02/10/2015

The Alsatian specialties : Strasbourg cuisine

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The gastronomic reputation of the region is largely based. Side restaurants offer highly refined foods such as foie gras. The food is good in quality and quantity. The area is rich in local produce. The production mainly concerns drinks: beer and wine.

Flourishing, Alsatian brasserie uses hops and barley from the plain of Lower Alsace. Its production corresponds to more than half of French sales.

Well served by the products of its soil, Alsatian cuisine is original and of great flavor, as made of pure goose fat or pork. Ham and sausage Strasbourg are the classic Alsatian delicatessen. The meats are often used in hotpot. Indeed, in this pot-au-feu, beef is replaced with salt pork and sausages. A white cabbage is added to other vegetables.

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Sauerkraut is the Alsatian dish par excellence, the most famous being that of Strasbourg cooked in Alsace wine.

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The essentials are baeckoffe, pork, mutton, beef and potatoes, and soaring pie with cream, onions and bacon. Besides this kitchen “family”, Alsace produced numerous delicacies, such as foie gras, renowned or zander, succulent fish.

As for pastry, Alsace has a surprising number of pies, kougelhopf being the traditional cake. December and January, so greedy festive months are rich in pastry specialties.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Strasbourg:
1- Carvi – Hilton Strasbourg
2- Buerehiesel
3- Louis XIII
4- L’Atable 77
5- Chez Yvonne

 

01/10/2015

Rotterdam cuisine : a wide choice between delicious dishes

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Rotterdam, the only city in Holland with a real scene skyscraper is under the sign of modernity and trends. Many developments in the culinary field appear regularly and especially in the stylish and trendy restaurants that are well represented in this city.

It is recommended that visitors to the city to walk in local restaurants and cafes, many institutions can be rightly considered true gastronomic attractions.

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Rotterdam Cuisine

Gourmets are more than spoiled in Rotterdam, which offers a wide choice of restaurants and cuisines, from pubs and small restaus reasonably priced to high-end restaurants, traditional Dutch cuisine with French, Chinese, Moroccan and Turkish.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Rotterdam:
1- Carvi – Hilton Strasbourg
2- Buerehiesel
3- Louis XIII
4- L’Atable 77
5- Chez Yvonne

29/09/2015

Restaurants in Manchester : Excellent local cuisine

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Manchester is a very cosmopolitan city, it offers restaurants of all nationalities. The two most concentrated restaurant places is Chinatowns and, further south, near the university, Rusholme, nicknamed “curry mile” for many Indian restaurants that s’ found there. Northern Quarter itself as a culinary quality alternative with small sympatiques signs. A few blocks west, Deansgate is a succession of restaurants for all tastes.

Excellent local cuisine, celebrity chefs, award-winning restaurants, international cuisine make up the Manchester restaurant scene, which in recent years has a very special dynamism. Only in the city center, there are 300 restaurants and other very good in the suburbs as Didsbury and Chorlton West. In the Chinatown of the city, one of the largest in Europe, enjoy incredible varieties of dishes, dim sum but also a delicious Thai, Korean and Indonesian food. The Rusholme district contains the largest and best selection of Asian restaurants

The 5 Best Restaurants in Manchester:
1-Zinc Bar & Grill
2-The Bar & Grill
3-Opus One – Radisson Edwardian
4-Gaucho Grill
5-Bem Brasil

22/09/2015

Berlin restaurants : From music to sightseeing and food

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From music to sightseeing and food, one simply cannot go wrong with Berlin. If you can’t decide when to visit Berlin, now is the answer. As the leaves fall upon autumn, Berlin transforms into the city of light. Guaranteed to put you under its magical spell ‘The Festival of Light’ also known as ‘Berlin illuminate’ is one of the most spectacular events in October. This Artistic festival encompasses all of Berlin’s key landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Cathedral and the impressive skyline of Potsdamer Platz.  The festival of light is a unique and vibrant experience with artists from all over the world, what better way to see the city than during this period. (9–18 October)

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If you want to further indulge into the history and culture then purchase a three-day pass (Museum Pass Berlin). It gives you entry into 60 museums in Berlin, including all state museums, at a reasonable costs €24.

If you plan on staying out late then Berlin is probably the best clubbing city in Europe. You have plenty of choice from ‘Sisyphos’ an outdoor club, beach and bar to ‘Salon Zur Wilden Renate’ an indoor club, if you’ve ever dreamed about clubbing in a circus then this is the place to be.

If you’re looking for a more quiet night then visit the “Kreuzberg institution” a converted cinema that plays live Jazz music with all types of acts. For something more symphonic attend the ‘Philharmonie’, Berlin’s most famous concert hall and home to the world-renowned orchestra. Arrive early though because the box office strictly operates from 9am-6pm daily.

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Lastly, what is berlin without food? Famous for its worldly cuisine ranging from Italian, Japanese to African you will be spoilt for choice. Maasai is a warm and friendly restaurant decked out in traditional Eritrean colours and serving exquisite East African dishes using palm nut oil, peanut sauce, paprika, and berber sauce made from hot cayenne pepper, sweet paprika and ginger. If you go further east you land yourself in Sasaya an authentic menu serving Japanese dishes in a bustling atmosphere making it a long-term favorite. In all totality Berlin is a melting pot of so many cultures that you are deemed to find your desired cuisine.

21/09/2015

Strasbourg and its surroundings have an impressive number of restaurants

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Alsace is famous for its wine, beer and sauerkraut, but other specialties reminiscent of the good dishes of yesteryear. These dishes are served in winstubs, typically Alsatian restaurants, the intimate and warm atmosphere.

The gastronomic reputation of the region is largely based. Side restaurants offer highly refined foods such as foie gras. The food is good in quality and quantity. The area is rich in local produce. The production mainly concerns drinks: beer and wine. Flourishing, Alsatian brasserie uses hops and barley from the plain of Lower Alsace. Its production corresponds to more than half of French sales.

Well served by the products of its soil, Alsatian cuisine is original and of great flavor, as made of pure goose fat or pork. Ham and sausage Strasbourg are the classic Alsatian delicatessen. The meats are often used in hotpot. Indeed, in this pot-au-feu, beef is replaced with salt pork and sausages. A white cabbage is added to other vegetables.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Strasbourg :
1- Au Renard Prêchant
2- L’Atelier du Goût
3- Maison Kammerzell
4- Gandhi
5- Brasserie Au Dauphin

18/09/2015

Places to eat in venice : City of delicious dishes

Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy and sunny day

The traditional Venetian cuisine is really basic. Local products are mainly crustaceans and fish lagoons, fresh vegetables from neighboring islands and the local livestock meat. Most dishes are made with fresh ingredients and flavors, the result of the links between Venice and the East, which is revealed through the spices that you will taste in Venetian dishes.

You will see every day in the market a variety of vegetables, especially artichokes, pumpkins, radicchio (cabbage) and mushrooms in season. There are other basic dishes on a table as Venetian polenta with cornmeal, risotto with a variety of vegetables shrimp and mushrooms.

Crustaceans – shrimp, clams, crabs, mussels, squid, cuttlefish (‘seppie’) and octopi – are local favorites, as well as other kinds of fish like branzino (bar) or orata (sea bream ). If you try to go to market of fish, you will be impressed by the variety of fish.

Traditional dishes to taste absolutely

The most common traditional dishes in Venice local restaurants are:

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1- Baccala mantecato – dry foam and salt cod, soaked in water, then mixed with oil until the consistency of the flesh of tuna, served on a non-spicy polenta layer. As starter, it can be served on a crostini (toasted bread) or a small rectangle of grilled polenta.

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2- Bigoli in salsa – the bigoli, whole wheat pasta traditional Veneto, are longer and fatter spaghetti. This dish is served with a unique sauce with anchovies and onions.

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3- Sarde in saor – layers fried sardines and pickled onions, pine nuts and raisins that give this dish a sweet and sour taste. You can also find this recipe ‘saor’ with shrimp instead of sardines.

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4- Spaghetti con vongole – small local clams sautéed in white wine with garlic and parsley, mixed with spaghetti.

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5- Seppia nero – cuttlefish cooked in a sauce made from black ink of the cuttlefish. Accompanied with spaghetti or polenta. Although flat seem is not appetizing, it’s delicious. It’s really a dish to taste.

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6- Fritto misto – lightly fried mixture of sardines, shrimp, calamari and St. Jacques shells passed in the flour and seasoned salt. Once, street vendors were selling fritto misto in a cone, like British fish and chips .

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7- Fegato alla Veneziana –  Veal liver cut into pieces, fried with onions, oil and butter, served on polenta. Fegato is the preferred meat dish in Venice.

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8- Pesce al forno o alla piastra (Branzino gold Orata) – grilled or baked, the sea bream is often served with roasted potatoes, tomatoes and capers.

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9- Risi e bisi – rice with fried bacon and peas, onions, chopped parsley and cheese, almost like a risotto. This is a traditional dish of spring.

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10- Tiramisu – the favorite local dessert of Venice. Layers of biscuits slathered spoon of coffee and mascarpone.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Genève:
1- Ai Gondolieri
2- La Porta d’Acqua
3- Osteria Al Ponte
4- Vecchia Favorita – Verde Ouro Brasil
5- Al Graspo de Ua Restaurant Lounge

17/09/2015

Geneva : Culinary specialties not to be missed

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Geneva is Switzerland’s second city in terms of population, with around 200,000 inhabitants. Situated in the extreme west, it shares a hundred kilometer border with France. The water jet, Lake Geneva, St Peter’s Cathedral or the flower clock are part of its must-see attractions.

Embedded between Alpine peaks and the hills of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. UN European headquarters and headquarters of the Red Cross, the city is nicknamed the “capital of peace” with its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair.

Imagine a gastronomic capital that invites you to a world festival of flavors. Geneva welcomes the finest gourmets with a quality and exceptional culinary diversity. A world of fun awaits you at the best restaurants, distinguished by the most prestigious guides.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Genève:
1- Le Bistrot du Rhône
2- Le Portugais
3- L’Envers du Décor
4- La Cantine Des Commercants
5- Brasserie La Bâloise

16/09/2015

Gourmet restaurant Brussels

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Brussels is full of gourmet treasures that will appeal to lovers of sweets as well as connoisseurs. Who does not know the famous Belgian chocolate and no less famous Geuze lambic Brussels? And if you throw your sights on other typical specialties? They do not miss!

Of course, Brussels also has a large number of restaurants of Belgian and Brussels specialties.
The fried-green mussels and eels are two internationally renowned Belgian dishes. Although less known, black pudding Brussels, US (raw meat decorated with eggs and spices) and fries “stoemp” (mashed potatoes and vegetables) with a good slice of bacon or sausage campaign are none the less delicious.

Brussels sprouts almost never on the menu. It’s strange, but true. However, chicory (“Belgian endive” in English (EN)) are found in many preparations: in salads, entry, au gratin, etc.
And for snacks, there is the slice of plattekeis (kind of cottage cheese) or a slice of pressed head (pork terrine).

The 5 Best Restaurants in Brussels:
1- SELECTO bistronomique et comptoir
2- La Maison du Cygne
3- Cambrils
4- JB
5- La Marée

15/09/2015

Some suggestions to eat and drink during your stay in Rome

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During your stay, there is one thing you will not have to worry about: find a nice place for a taste of Roman cuisine. The family inn (called in Italy “trattoria”) and the famous pizzerias, restaurants fashionable, it is undeniable that Rome is the city where you can feast on you and discover delicious Italian specialties. Roman cuisine is popular and actually quite simple. It is not what can be called developed or sophisticated but hearty, typical, rich flavors. Many dishes will whet your mouth was. Who knows, the kitchen in Rome will make you almost forget the French cuisine!

We can’t conclude this section on Roman cuisine without mentioning the Famous Pasta, inevitable and indispensable for any Italian and Roman respectable! Carbonara spaghetti “ajo e ojo” (simple but effective: a spicy sauce from a mixture of olive oil, garlic and chilli) through rigatoni (large fluted macaroni) “con pajata” fragrant and hearty soups such as “pasta e ceci”.

There are few typical Roman desserts, these latter being prepared mostly on the occasion of festivities such as Carnival, Easter or Christmas. They deserve the detour like the ricotta cake, made of fresh ricotta (kind of cheese that can be associated to the salty cottage cheese) mixed with sugar, lemon, vanilla, candied fruit , pine nuts and raisins.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Rome:
1- Il Pagliaccio
2- Aroma
3- Marco G
4- La Perla Calabra
5- Il Ciocco

15/09/2015

Lyon: world capital of gastronomy

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One of the most famous traditions of Lyon is undoubtedly its gastronomy. Since 1935 and through Curnonsky famous food critic, the city has the title of “world capital of gastronomy”. From the nineteenth century, when it comes to Lyon, you want to “eat” first among mothers, those of excellence cooks who have made the Lyon kitchen an institution; Today in traffic, the typical restaurants where they serve you, in conviviality, these dishes so typical Lyon, we love … or not … The history of Lyon cuisine has long been characterized by both trends: the first issue of the bourgeois tradition, the second born of popular culture. But today, even though Lyon has preserved and highlight its traditions, Lyon’s gastronomic landscape diversifies and opens willingly to new trends.

Beyond its old port, its creeks and its extraordinary geographical location, Marseille is not characterized its gastronomic specialties directly inspired by the Mediterranean and cuisines from elsewhere. La Bastide du Roucas, guest house in the center of Marseille, celebrates its culinary heritage.

Olive oil and garlic are the most loyal partners in this sunny and spicy cuisine.

The 3 Best Lyon Restaurants:
1- Fabrice Moya
2- Le Grain de Folie
3- Place Des Sens