Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

We loved Porto Portugal. Having traveled to Lisbon many times, and ventured to Alentejo, Minho, and the Douro Valley, we realized how much we love Portuguese food. But, we had limited time in Porto. In our list of foods to eat in Porto, and our recommendations for the best restaurants in Porto, we sought some help. Included in our ultimate Porto food guide are recommendations from top travel bloggers on where to eat in Porto. Some of whom are very adamant when it comes to their views on Portuguese food! >>> Book a Portugal Food Tour With Viator Let the Experts Find the Best Portugal Food Experiences <<< In this Porto guide, we run down the top Porto foods you must eat when visiting Porto. And one of these includes the most famous Portuguese food to track down in Porto! Then, in our Porto Portugal restaurant guide, we include a few different Porto restaurant recommendations. First, we include some of our personal recommendations for some of the top restaurants in Porto. Yes, these include some of the fancier Porto restaurants. Then, we include some recommendations for where to find some more traditional Portuguese food.  Top Porto Foods to Eat Regardless of which Porto restaurants you choose, keep an eye open for these Porto dishes. Some of these are Porto-specific. Others are typical Portuguese foods. And, each of these dishes can be found in some of the best restaurants in Portugal. That includes contemporary versions of traditional dishes. Bacalau – Portuguese Salted Cod It’s hard to find a Portuguese restaurant that doesn’t serve bacalau! It is served as a starter...
Eat in Modena: Italian Restaurants in Modena

Eat in Modena: Italian Restaurants in Modena

Travelers to Emilia Romagna Italy often focus on Bologna, and with good cause. It’s one of the top cities for food in Italy. Emilia’s restaurant scene shouldn’t be limited to Bologna. It only takes 30 minutes to travel from Bologna to Modena. One of our favorite cities in Italy, it’s worth the trip just to eat in Modena! The little province of Modena covers less than 3,000 square kilometers. But there are so many good places to eat that it’s worth making a trip to visit Modena. Here are our recommendations for some of the must-eat Modena restaurants. Where to Eat in Modena Modena is home to some of the best foods to eat in Italy, including prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano. There is an amazing local market, the Mercato Albinelli. And, Modena is the heart of Lambrusco territory. Because when it comes to putting together a list of what to eat in Italy, the food in Modena has to be on the top of the list. It’s home to amazing fresh Italian pasta and more! Trattoria Aldina Stinco. One word describes why a visit to Trattoria Aldina is required. It’s stinco. Just across the pedestrian-friendly road from the Mercato Albinelli, there’s an apartment building. Head upstairs to visit Trattoria Aldina. It’s almost like stepping inside someone’s home, or a speakeasy, for lunch. With an emphasis on typical Modenese cuisine and handmade pastas, there is no real menu at Trattoria Aldina. The server will simply describes the  options, usually in Italian. If the server mentions the stinco, don’t pass it up. A slow roasted pork shin, it’s fabulous. Trattoria Aldina Via Luigi...
Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

A trip to explore Parma should be less focused on the geographical differences between the towns that surround the city, and more focused on where to find food experiences. Perhaps they have their priorities right. After all, UNESCO recently named Parma a Creative City for Gastronomy. But, even if your focus is on eating, you need some place to stay in Parma, right? Parma, famous for its cheeses and hams, is a popular spot among food travelers to Emilia Romagna. Parma lies along the Parma River, offering riverside walks or lazy afternoons spent lounging in the Parco Ducale, or window shopping along Strada Luigi Carlo Farini. There are also churches, monasteries, and theaters to keep culture hounds busy. There is a cathedral, several beautiful squares, and a famous pink-hued baptistery. And, we have some recommendations of where to stay in Parma so that you can enjoy the culinary delights of this portion of Emilia Romagna. Where to Stay in Parma – Central Staying within the city offers some obvious perks, including the ability to explore the city itself. And, it’s nice to walk around before dinner, enjoy an Aperol Spritz for aperitivo, and slowly stroll back. But, the historic center of Parma is pedestrian only. Many hotels offer parking for a fee, but if you have a rental car, check your parking options ahead of time. There are no free parking lots in Parma, as there are in Modena. Hotel Palace Maria Luigi This four-star hotel in the heart of Parma features over a hundred rooms, in an historic building. During the day, walk to the most famous attractions of Parma,...
What To Eat in Edinburgh – 7 Traditional Scottish Foods

What To Eat in Edinburgh – 7 Traditional Scottish Foods

After a work trip to London, we trained on up to Edinburgh for another meeting. And, we were in need of a little city break. So, we stayed a few days more to explore all of the tasty traditional Scottish foods Edinburg offers. Here are our food travel tips on what to eat in Edinburgh. I haven’t been to Edinburgh since 1993 (!) and Scotland is one of the countries I had been to, that Eric hadn’t. This seemed like a perfect chance for Eric to tick a new country off of his list, all while eating at some tasty Edinburgh restaurants. We love the food we eat living in Girona, but we miss traditional pub grub, like the kind we get when we visit Limerick, Ireland. We were in search of some traditional Scottish foods and some great places to eat in Edinburgh. 7 Dishes You Must Eat in Edinburgh Now, I am not entirely sure how “Scottish” versus British a few of these dishes are. Some of them were on almost every pub menu we saw, regardless of origin. And, I will include some links to recommendations on where to find some of these dishes. I am not an expert on the best places to eat in Edinburgh, but I did a lot of research on where to eat in Edinburgh, and most of these pubs were on every list I saw. That must be for a reason. And, I am not including any recommendations on where to eat in Edinburgh that we did not thoroughly enjoy. Scotch Eggs You can’t get more traditional Scottish than a...
Stay in Bologna: The Best Accommodations in the Region

Stay in Bologna: The Best Accommodations in the Region

Pellegrino Artusi, the father of the national cuisine of Italy supposedly said “When you hear speak of Bologna cuisine make a bow, for it deserves it.” The food of Bologna is known throughout the world—from tagliatelle, to ragù, to mortadella. And, in order to fully explore the cuisine of Bologna, it helps to find a comfortable, and unique place to stay in Bologna. One thing to note when choosing a place to stay in Bologna. Most of the hotels are within the old city walls. But, most of the city center is a restricted driving zone. There are no real signs that tell you this. You just sort of need to know. Even if the hotel offers parking nearby, this can be a problem. When staying at a city center hotel, you are exempt from these driving restrictions, but the cameras that monitor the cars in the city don’t seem to know that. We’ve been caught at least once with a ticket mailed to us months later because we were driving to our hotel. Where to Stay in Bologna: Central Almost every food traveler in Emilia Romagna ends up in Bologna at some point. And, most likely, that traveler is staying in the center of the city. There is no shortage of hotels within the city center, but these are our recommendations of where to stay in Bologna. Casa Bertagni Amongst a sea of typical European-style hotels, Casa Bertagni stands apart from the rest. The accommodations are within a luxury guest house with a focus on art and architecture. Enjoy rooms with themes such as Justice, The Force, and...
10 Best Pintxos in San Sebastian – San Sebastian Food Guide

10 Best Pintxos in San Sebastian – San Sebastian Food Guide

We traipsed all over San Sebastian Spain, in and out of pintxos bars, to learn everything we possible could about the most well known, and least understood, Spanish cuisine. It was a sacrifice, trust me. By the end of our trip to San Sebastian I was so full all I wanted to do was crawl into bed. But, it was worth it to provide travelers to the Basque Country the 10 best pintxos in San Sebastian. Plus we recommend the San Sebastian restaurants and bars where you can find these tasty treat. San Sebastian Tapas or Pintxos? First, a little lesson on what you even call these plates of goodness. First, tapas, which you can find all over Spain, traditionally started as a small bit of food that places on top of a glass to keep the bugs out. Currently, tapas tend to be slightly larger portions than they once were. They can include plates of jamon, croquettes, or patatas bravas, for example. But, San Sebastian is not known for tapas, it’s known for pinchos, or pintxos in the local San Sebastian Basque language. For the most part, pintxos are small portions, normally served on a stick or skewer. When ordering, you order one pintxo per person. But, look around, occasionally pintxos can be slightly larger portions, at least large enough to share. And, the slightly larger ones should be shared to help you last longer on a tour of San Sebastian restaurants. The moral of the story here is that as a traveler, instead of asking for the best tapas in San Sebastian, you are really looking for...