• pastéis de nata from Pastéis de Belém in Belém, Portugal
    food,  travel

    Pastel de Nata Battle: Pastéis de Belém vs. Manteigaria

    You can’t visit Portugal without sampling at least one pastel de nata (and believe me, you’ll quickly learn that one will not be enough). These flaky tarts filled with a creamy egg custard are a staple of Portuguese cuisine. Your mouth will start salivating as soon as you smell the eggy, vanilla custard and see the golden brown tart with the slight char on top. To me, a fresh-out-of-the-oven pastel de nata is the culinary equivalent to a warm hug. Some background on this ubiquitous pastry of Portugal: A group of Catholic monks in Lisbon came up with the pastel de nata more than 300 years ago. Their monastery closed…

  • Spring tart from Osteria Francescana
    food

    Osteria Francescana Reservation Tips

    If you’re traveling to the Emilia-Romagna region and you’re really into food, you probably know of a little place called Osteria Francescana. Rated the top restaurant in the world in 2016 and 2018, this restaurant is one of the toughest places in the world to score a booking. We went for lunch in May 2018, and here are some reservation tips that worked for us: Reservations are accepted online at Osteria Francescana’s website at 10 a.m. Italy time on the first of every month, exactly three months prior to the month you want to dine. So if you want to dine there on any date in October, you need to…

  • wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano
    food,  travel

    Explore: Day Trip to Modena, Italy

    During our trip to the Emilia-Romagna region, we ventured to Modena for a day trip. We were lucky enough to snag a lunch reservation at Osteria Francescana, so we decided to spend all morning and afternoon in this charming city. Perhaps most famously known worldwide as the home of Ferrari and Pavarotti, Modena is also familiar to food enthusiasts; it claims balsamic vinegar, Lambrusco, and one of the world’s top-rated restaurants (the aforementioned Osteria Francescana) as their own. Here’s a Modena day trip guide on what to eat and see. Food Bar Schiavoni If you’re all caught up on Master of None, you’ll already be familiar with Modena, the backdrop…

  • Foie gras pavé with plum, pistachio, and rose at Forest & Marcy
    dublin dishes,  food

    Dublin Dishes: Forest & Marcy

    Dublin Dishes explores our dining experiences throughout the city.  To celebrate our third wedding anniversary yesterday, Steve made dinner reservations at Forest & Marcy in Dublin 4. I had previously interviewed the owners, John and Sandy Wyer, for Eats Abroad, and critics have been raving about this cozy wine bar and kitchen since its opening in 2016. The food was, in a word, impeccable. Plates are available a la carte or you can go for a five-course chef’s tasting menu; we opted for the latter. It was so much food; we were surprised to receive nearly every item on the a la carte menu. Funny enough, the starters stole the…