This is a list of places in the past year we have traveled to where the experience of food left an unforgettable impression on us. Some places are approachable reserving months in advance and others were spur of the moment decisions, but what they all have in common is that they have elevated our experience of food to lasting travel memories.
Furca. San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose Costa Rica has really stepped up its culinary offerings to a whole new level with the arrival of Furca. It is an upscale farm to table concept. Costa Rica has a rich tradition of homey types of foods: vegetables, meats and cheeses which are often found most authentically in roadside “sodas” or homes. Now Furca brings a world class presentation, combining innovative techniques on farm fresh favorites in an atmosphere that is nothing short of elegant.
Li Beirut. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dubai certainly gets the lionshare of attention when it comes to hotels, restaurants and attractions in the UAE. Abu Dhabi has some of the country’s best venues for food and hospitality too and its just two hours from Dubai. We love Arabic food, especially the Lebanese presentation of it which Li Beirut specializes in. Like us if you go, you can enjoy savory dishes with beautiful marina views and top notch service.
Braz. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It may come as a shock, but the best pizza in the world is not found in Italy, but in Rio de Janeiro! People here and in Sao Paolo Brazil eat pizza with passion. Braz is an upscale restaurant with a few locations in Brazil that deserves the attention of any pizza lover. It is hard to put into words, but the atmosphere of the place is exciting, the ingredients are divine and its hands down the best pizza we’ve ever had and yes we’ve had lots, everywhere.
Situated in the town of Monroe in upstate New York sits a restaurant that bite by bite is the envy of many Italian restaurants in the city. This is a place for Italian food enthusiasts. The menu has a perfect balance of simplicity and extravagance, food is perfectly fresh and delightfully similar to dishes we have had in the heartwarming Italian heartland.
Al Amar. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This is a Lebanese Restaurant we discovered in Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It’s one of the best Lebanese meals we have ever enjoyed and in fact it is very easy to forget you are inside of a large mall with the fantastic décor and savory aromas of fresh pita bread, saffron and spice. The hummus is exquisite and the experience is one we enjoy every time we get to Kuala Lumpur.
Chicha. Cuzco, Peru
This restaurant in Cusco, Peru is named for the famous Peruvian corn liquor and is the project of the famous chef Gaston Arcurio. Peru is the foodie capital of the world and this unassuming place inspires all of the secrets of the Andes mixed with a delightful smattering of some international favorites. There are great vegetarian options and the prices are very approachable. Try the potato appetizer for a tour of potatoes that is out of this world.
Farfalle. Miami, Florida
Sometimes the best restaurants aren’t on the main drag and this is certainly the case for Italian food in Miami Florida. Farfalle sits in an unassuming spot in the heart of busy downtown Miami. Step inside however and you will find a majority of the clients are Italians living and working in Miami who come here for an authentic style meal. We were delighted by the quality and style of the food. The chef can adapt any menu item to suit a request and the prices are excellent for the quality and authenticity.
La Pecora Nera. Buenos Aires, Argentina
When we stepped into this Italian restaurant in Buenos Aires Argentina, it felt as if we walked into a Parisian palace. It is a small place, but wonderfully ornate and the food and service were of the best caliber. The fixed menu lunch offered pizza appetizers, a succulent pasta and a delightful dessert, all capped off with red wine and limoncello. It’s a slice of Italy in a city that loves good food and long meal conversations.
The St. Regis Bar. Chengdu. China
Everytime we get to China we are a bit hesitant to go all in with cuisine. Some of the offerings are just unknown to us and we try a little bit by bit. Our best immersion so far has been at the lounge at the St. Regis during evening drinks. We were served spicy Sichuan noodles which seemed like a big risk, but we were assured we’d love them and we did. The flavors and spice were wonderfully balanced and it emboldened us to be more inquisitive to the local style. We can say the St. Regis chefs are a great starting point for an introduction to Sichuan spicy foods.
Caseficio Cugusi Silvana. Tuscany, Italy
This is the type of meal that dreams are made of. Tuscany is so beautiful, why not to have your lunch or dinner right out in the middle of golden and green fields? This homestead allows you to build a picnic basket with all sorts of local meats, cheeses, breads, wines and accessories and to use one of the picnic tables with 360 degree views of the countryside. It was an unforgettable meal with views of nearby Montepulciano, a one of a kind dining experience in Italy.