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Cafeoteca-Kalu: Family Eating in San José

by Jane Wangersky October 8th, 2015| Family, Restaurant Destination
Cafeoteca -- a “space for the diffusion of coffee as culture” may not seem, at first glance, to be the most family-friendly place to eat. However, this space is also home to Kalu, a restaurant with something for everyone in the family, even those too young for
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El Jardin: Quiet, Low-Priced Eating in San José

by Jane Wangersky October 1st, 2015| Budget, Restaurant Destination
El Jardin means “the garden”, and the owners of the San José restaurant by that name say they want it to be “a garden for all.” It offers not only a quiet haven in the city and good food in a garden setting, it does this without
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Bateaux Dubai: Dinner for Two on the Water

by Jane Wangersky September 24th, 2015| Restaurant Destination, Romantic
In the search for a romantic restaurant in Dubai, I came across many that were proud of their beautiful ocean views. Then it occurred to me -- why not go a step further and enjoy an ocean view that’s always changing? Dubai has many dinner cruises to choose from
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Mamma Mia Ristorante: Italian and Arabic Food

by Jane Wangersky September 10th, 2015| Family, Restaurant Destination
You probably feel you didn’t go to Dubai to eat pizza and pasta that you can get any time at home, but the kids are with you and they want something familiar to eat. Where to go? Try Mamma Mia Ristorante, where there’s both Italian and Arabic
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The Dubai Fish Hut Serves Local Fish at Low Cost

by Jane Wangersky September 3rd, 2015| Budget, Restaurant Destination
The name of the Dubai Fish Hut says it all. (That’s not always true of restaurant names; I once ate at a café that had the word “poor” in its name but turned out to be fairly expensive.) This is an unpretentious place with prices to match,
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Taberna del Chato for Girls’ Night in Madrid

by Jane Wangersky August 20th, 2015| Girls' Trip, Restaurant Destination
Tapas are just the thing for girls’ night -- everyone can eat as much or as little as she wants. If you can all indulge in some fancy cocktails meanwhile, maybe finishing up with a classic dessert, so much the better. One place you can do all this in
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La Excéntrica for Family Dining in Madrid

by Jane Wangersky August 13th, 2015| Family, Restaurant Destination
Family friendly restaurants, like cheap restaurants, are not hard to find in Spain, where there’s somewhat more acceptance for kids acting like kids. Maybe it has something to do with lower expectations for peace and quiet -- James Michener wrote in Iberia: “I doubt if there is any country
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Dax Restaurant: Romantic Dining in Dublin

by Jane Wangersky June 26th, 2015| Restaurant Destination, Romantic
Dax Restaurant bills itself as “one of the best fine dining restaurants in Dublin city centre”, and it’s also the perfect place for a couple to enjoy an evening meal to themselves. No matter what your tastes are -- or if they’re very different from each other’s -- you’ll
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HonesTea Café in Dublin

by Jane Wangersky June 5th, 2015| Budget, Restaurant Destination
The wordplay in this little restaurant’s name inspires reviewers to write things like “Honest-lea, it's good”, but more importantly, the food and prices inspire them to give it consistently good ratings (it averages five stars on TripAdvisor). With the name, you might expect a specialty tea shop, but, after
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Vienna’s Chilai Landstrasse: Affordable Food

by Jane Wangersky May 1st, 2015| Budget, Restaurant Destination
As I’ve learned writing these articles, in any city, the hardest places to find an affordable restaurant are the popular tourist areas and the downtown business district.  But here's one in Good Life Review's destination highlight city. Vienna’s Chilai Landstrasse sits in the business district, next to the Rennweg
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Pizza Pino: Pizza and More for the Family in Paris

by Jane Wangersky April 24th, 2015| Family, Restaurant Destination
If you go to Paris with children, you should know about Pizza Pino. It’s a restaurant chain with four locations in the city and one out in the suburb of Vélizy, plus four in other cities across France. Before you say you’re not going to Paris to eat at
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Becoming A Chef

by Elizabeth Skipper December 11th, 2013| Ask the Chef
How many years does it take to become a chef?

How many years does it take to become a parent? Or a musician? There's no magic number. It depends on what kind of a chef you're talking about and the person who's desiring to attain that status, but the answer
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