Archives for Restaurant Destination

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PiCNiC Deli and Café

by Jane Wangersky October 29th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
This week, instead of hunting down a restaurant for a specific occasion (girls’ night, couple time, family dinner with wound-up kids), I get to go completely random. And I’ve ended up, as I often do in real life, at a little neighborhood sandwich shop. This one is
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La Terrasse in San José for Romantic Dining

by Jane Wangersky October 22nd, 2015| Restaurant Destination
La Terrasse in San José is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two during a trip to Costa Rica. This upscale French restaurant, located in the chef’s own home, is not only known for its fine cuisine, it’s been visited by high level Costa Rican
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Le Chandelier for Girls’ Night in San José

by Jane Wangersky October 15th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
Le Chandelier may have a gourmet reputation, but that’s not the only reason you should think of it for your girls’ night dinner in San José, Costa Rica. This restaurant also specializes in weddings and other milestone celebrations (even bachelor/bachelorette parties and baby showers), so it knows
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Cafeoteca-Kalu: Family Eating in San José

by Jane Wangersky October 8th, 2015| 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| 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
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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Ladies’ Night at The Observatory, Dubai

by Jane Wangersky September 17th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
Like Shanghai, Dubai has a thriving ladies’ night culture, with over 100 businesses participating, according to ladiesnightdubai.com, a site with lots of useful info. I’ll pass on just one little bit of what they say: Ladies’ nights in Dubai give freebies to females in order to draw
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Mamma Mia Ristorante: Italian and Arabic Food

by Jane Wangersky September 10th, 2015| 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| 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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Restaurante Algóra: Romantic Dining in Madrid

by Jane Wangersky August 27th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
An old railway station canteen may not sound like the place for a romantic dinner, except maybe in a war movie kind of way, but Madrid’s Restaurante Algóra, which started out as “la Cantina de la Estacion”, is now a softly lit haven that specializes in elegance
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Taberna del Chato for Girls’ Night in Madrid

by Jane Wangersky August 20th, 2015| 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| 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