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Best Place for Hot Dogs in Orlando: Hot Dog Heaven

May 10th, 2010

Hot Dog Heaven sign

Located in the middle of the I-4, 408, and 426 on East Colonial (a short distance from the Orlando Executive Airport) is one of The Beautiful City’s food treasures. Keep an eye out for Hot Dog Heaven’s iconic hot dog on a pitchfork sign and get your photo taken with the “Big Frank” hot dog truck.

Hot Dog Heaven (facebook) specializes in Chicago style hot dogs. To be a Chicago dog you have to be 100% pure beef, smoked to perfection, and then served on a freshly steamed poppy seed bun. Choose your Chicago-sourced toppings, which can include Nuclear Green Relish, Hot Peppers, Slaw, Kraut, Chili, or even 1000 Island Dressing, and enjoy a classic. You really haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed a Reuben Dog from Hot Dog Heaven. Prices range from the affordable to the very affordable. Be prepared to wait as word has gotten out about this foodie find.

Hot Dog Heaven proves there’s more to do in Orlando than just the theme parks. Where’s the best place to get a hot dog fix where you live?

Photo Credit: Flickr User: ferret111/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Mastro’s Steakhouse

August 11th, 2008

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Located at 246 N Canon Dr in Beverly Hills, the ambiance of this place is an experience all in itself. With a dining room downstairs and a piano bar upstairs, expect good food and entertainment from this place. For the food, the portions are HUGE and the prices justify the size with a la carte items above the $30 mark.

Mastro’s Steakhouse Recommendations:

  • Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer
  • The Porterhouse
  • Bone-in Fillet
  • Kansas City Strip

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Dresden Room

August 8th, 2008

Dresden Room

The Dresden Room is a lounge that serves Italian food, has a night club with live music and has been featured in many movies. Motion pictures Swingers and That Thing You Do were filmed in the Dresden Room along with many others. The bar’s blue glasses hold the house classic, Blood and Sand which is a space age Margarita, a must try. All of the Martinis and Manhattans are also good. The most recommended wine can be found on Dresden’s 33-bin wine list. Owners and founders Marty and Elayne perform Monday through Saturday from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Tips

  • There is no street parking so you will need to pull into the alley behind the club and valet your vehicle for $3.50
  • THE Hollywood place to be seen
  • There is never a cover charge, if the place is absolutely packed there might be a two drink minimum
  • More affordable than Perino’s or Chasen’s

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Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles

August 4th, 2008

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles was founded by Herb Hudson in 1976. Roscoe’s is a soul food restaurant chain famous for serving chicken and waffles. Aside from the chicken and waffles you can also find a large assortment of other soul foods such as chicken sausage, giblets, livers, biscuits and gravy, potato salad, smothered potatoes with gravy, french fires, corn bread, red beans, mac and cheese, grits, greens corn bread, red beans and sweet potato pie.

Today you can find a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in 5 different California locations:

  • Hollywood
  • West L.A.
  • Los Angeles
  • Pasadena
  • Long Beach

Chicken and Waffles

Tips:

Customers say aside from the Chicken and Waffles or Chicken Omlette that you have to try the Sunrise drink (Lemonade and OJ).

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Pink’s Hot Dogs

July 30th, 2008

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Founded in 1939, Pink’s Hot Dogs is one of the most famous hot dog stands in the country. Located on the corner of Melrose and La Bera Ave in Los Angeles, local hot dog lovers and celebrities gather a Pink’s regularly for their famous chili dogs.

Pink’s Hot Dog Menu

  • Chili Dog
  • 10″ Stretch Chili Dog
  • Chili Cheese Dog
  • Bacon Chili Cheese Dog
  • Guadalajara Dog
  • Chili Dog with Suaerkraut
  • Mild or Spicy Polish Dog
  • Chicago Polish Dog
  • New York Dog
  • Coleslaw Dog
  • Polish Pastrami - Swiss Cheese Dog
  • Nacho Cheese Dog
  • Turkey Dog

To see pictures of celebrities who have visited Pink’s Hot Dogs before click here to go to the Official Pink’s Hot Dogs website.

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Chocolate in Brussels for chocoholics!

June 3rd, 2008

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. It is also a fantastic place to visit if you are vacationing in Europe and are a chocolate aficionado as Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate each year and has 2,000 chocolate shops.

 

Brussels Chocolate

 

One of the most popular attractions in the city is to visit the chocolate factories and even do a special chocolate tour! A museum dedicate to chocolate is also recommended. You will learn everything about the origins of the chocolate and enjoy a good ‘’ hot chocolate’’ or a choice of chocolate treats:

 

 


Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

Rue de la Tête d’Or, 9/11
1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Tel.: +32 (0)2 514 20 48

 

Other things that you can do on your chocolate visit tour is to visit ‘’La Maison du chocolat Aritsanal’’. Located in a typical 12th century house, 35 meters from the Grand Place, its aim is to offer the best chocolates from the master chocolate makers of Belgium. Since 1958, it has become the inescapable stop for the finest gourmets of the world!


Maison du Chocolat Artisanal

Rue du Marche aux Herbes 67 Grasmarkt

Brussels

 

 

Tel: 0032 25137892

 

A famous Belgian event is Aroma Festival, a display including chocolate, coffee and tea exhibits and samples. The highest-quality product brands can be found here. .

 

Impossible to get back home without any presents. The best chocolate isn’t cheap but it is exceptionally good. A various choice of chocolate shops will be around the famous ”Grand Place” (Godiva, Leonidas, Neuhaus, Chocolat Manon) and do not forget to visit as well the fabulous ”Galeries St Hubert” where the most well known factories have their own shop. Chocolate is delicious!!!

Beside chocolate, the vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life.

Enjoy!

Orna

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Experience the True America: Travel ‘off the beaten path’

May 8th, 2008

Having a few international friends, I often consider where I would recommend they travel to have a TRUE American experience. With the current economic situation, some of these off-the-beaten-path destinations are looking better than ever. Here’s proof that the Mid-West should no longer be called the ‘fly-over-states.’


Madison, Wisconsin:

A gorgeous college town of 200,000+ situated between 2 lakes. Imagine a white capitol building and 5 blocks from its 3 and 9 o’clock positions are lakes and at the 6 o’clock position is State Street: a pedestrian-only street with bohemian shops (and the Gap), local bars and international restaurants (E. African, Afghani, etc). These 10 blocks lead straight to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Experience America in Madison:

  1. Go in the Fall for colorful leaves and the amazingly large farmers market around the capitol square every Saturday.
  2. Madison Wisconsin

    Madison Wisconsin

  3. Get there in time for the Halloween bash (Saturday before the holiday). Voted the #1 Halloween party by Playboy several years, it’s not really a family-friendly event.
  4. Madison Wisconsin Halloween Bash

    Madison Wisconsin Halloween Bash

  5. In the summer, the capitol square hosts Concert on the Square (free) every Wednesday night, bring a blanket, picnic and wine.
  6. Check out the Kohl center for concerts and sporting events
  7. Eat and Drink! Around the capitol is typically more upscale then on State Street.
  1. State Street and Campus

i. The Memorial Union – that’s right, the student union. Sit on the famous Terrace and have a beer (you might have to have a student order for you from the Ratskeller as you need to be a member or student!)

ii. Himal Chuli – Great Nepalese food

iii. Chautra – Hole in the wall Himalayan food, don’t get scared off by the wild plants in the entrance.

iv. State Street Brats – so wisco! Have a brat and stay for the bar atmosphere. Be sure to try a ‘Spotted Cow,’ a great local brew.

Now drive around Madison:

  1. Visit the many wineries and breweries such as Capital Brewery (www.capital-brewery.com or www.wollersheim.com).
  2. Head to the American Players Theatre in Spring Green for Shakespeare under the stars! (www.americanplayers.org)
  3. Also in Spring Green is Frank Llyod Wright’s famed home and studio, Taliesin (www.taliesinpreservation.org).

Budget Travel (www.budgettravel.com) had an article about Wisconsin in their May issue. Before you go, learn more about the Wisco-basics: http://www.youmightbe.com/pages/wisconsin.html


Chicago, Illinois

This is the city I recommend all foreigners visit (over New York) if they really want to experience the America not found in movies. Stay a few nights in the downtown area and a few in one of the neighborhoods like Wrigleyville or Lakeside. I will only add 2 notes about downtown as the sites are quite well known: try it before Christmas; cold yes, but also beautiful and, second, music lovers check out: www.lollapalooza.com. Now, more on the neighborhoods:

  1. Go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field (Wrigleyville)
  2. Before the game, have a few at one of the designated ‘Cubs bars’ near the stadium. (Wrigleyville)
  3. Every neighborhood has unique, local bars and restaurants. Some worth mentioning: Sheffield’s just off Belmont for a drink, Orange for amazing brunch, Joey’s Brickhouse for a great burger (all in Lakeshore)
  4. Go to the Weiner’s Circle late night (post bars), the busty lady behind the counter will verbally abuse you like its going out of style. (Lincoln Park)
  5. The shopping is great down town, but check out the boutique stores tucked inside the neighborhoods.

Louisville & Lexington, Kentucky

Known as the blue grass state, Kentucky is rich in history, beauty and Southern hospitality. All of Kentucky can get behind a 2 things – horses and basketball (if you are in Louisville cheer for the Cardinals, in Lexington, you are a UK fan!). The two cities are only 1.5 hours away by car.

  1. Lexington
    1. Keeneland – this small but beautiful horse track is only open in April and October. Although all walks of life are in attendance, I suggest dressing up (no hat required) and bringing $2 for a bet and $4 for a drink. www.keeneland.com.
    2. Keeneland Horse Track

    3. Afterwards head to Murray’s (www.murrays-merrick.com) for a drink on the patio and the food is great too (upscale southern food in an old Horse Manor). Go to Dudley’s downtown for brunch. www.dudleysrestaurant.com
    4. Wineries – have lunch and a tasting at Chrisman Mill, then at night, head to Talon Winery for its Summer Concert Series (tickets in advance for dinner and a concert: 859-971-3214).
    5. Bourbon! You can order a glass anywhere or tour the many distilleries such as Makers Mark. Dip your own bottle in the famous red wax.
    6. Right outside of Lexington you can’t miss the Shaker Village.
    7. Visit the Liquor Barn (I would live there if I could) the only thing to rival its selection of booze is the selection of amazing foods.
    8. Liquor Barn

  2. Louisville
    1. The Kentucky Derby – start with Keeneland then finish with the Derby. Unless you are young and stupid (and drunk), don’t opt for the infield. Be sure to wear a hat and order a mint julep.
    2. Don’t miss the Mohammed Ali Center, is interactive and really more about life and about a boxer. www.alicenter.org. There is also a Children’s museum in the area.
    3. Mohammed Ali Center

    1. 21c Museum Hotel – whether you stay here or just visit for an hour the art is too cool, and free. Visit the bathroom before you leave. www.21cmuseumhotel.com
    2. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a must for any sports fan. All these museums are within walking distance too each other too. www.sluggermuseum.org
    3. Fourth Street Live – This is a street of bars and restaurants that is a lot of fun to eat during the day and drink during the night.

Before you leave this great state, be sure to ask someone what ‘corn hole’ is. Don’t worry, its not dirty. Your kids will even like it!

Traveling is all about your experiences, so whether you head off-the-beaten-path in Wisconsin, Illinois or Kentucky, you will be able to experience the beauty, culture, tradition . . . and various accents of the TRUE America.

i. Great Dane Pub- the best and most eclectic bar food and great beer! Get the beer sampler and sit in the outdoor beer garden. (www.greatdanepub.com)

ii. Restaurant Muramoto is a favorite – atypical Asian fusion with a very unassuming entrance.

iii. Marigold for breakfast or brunch. Café Continental is solid too.

iv. Harvest and L’Etoile are fine dining but worth it - the seasonal menus use local foods from local farms.

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More reasons to visit Sanremo, Italy……

April 22nd, 2008

Spring’s lush colors on the Italian Riviera are worth a visit to literally smell the roses. This Casino town is the heart of the Riviera dei Fiori, flowering coast. Brilliant magenta bougainvilleas cascades down rocky slopes, barely stopping for spiny cactus, as trumpets of morning glories clamber through oleander bushes dense with blossoms.

Sanremo, Italy

On Tuesday and Saturday morning is very famous the central Market hall in Sanremo’s old quarter – full of narrow streets with open shops. This is time for you to fill in your basket with soft and fragrant olive oil, tasty pesto and Sanremo’s Baci (cookies)

At noon, the cathedral’s bell announced “pranzo” pause for lunch and all menus are posted on the street. You can not leave Sanremo without stopping for a meal at “Ristorante Le Quattro Stagioni”. Tiny ravioli filled with borage in an herb sauce, a typical Lugurian marriage of herbs, fresh greens and pasta…..just delicious, tender, perfect. You can sipped a soft red wine with your meal, the local Rossese di Dolceaqua recommended by the restaurant owner. Wines served at the restaurant are supplied by “Per Bacco” , his wine bar next door where they sell more then 400 wine labels.

On the door announcing musicians lined up for the spring and summer evenings. Live music, good wine, more summer flavors to explore….more reasons to visit Sanremo.

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Café Tortoni

April 9th, 2008

Café Tortoni is the oldest coffee shop in the country of Argentina it was founded in 1858.

A must for tourists as well as locals. You can go there to have coffee to meet a friend or the even have events that take place there. This is the perfect place for a coffee or a light snack when wondering along Avenida de Mayo.

There is a small stage where tango shows are held. Since the place is so small the performers usually walk in between the people. Below is a video clip of a performance at the Café Tortoni.

Some of Argentina’s greatest writers used to go to this cafe. It’s still a meeting point for intellectuals.

It’s true that Buenos Aires has tons of great cafes but this one is worth it from a historical sense. If you are downtown and walking on Avenida de Mayo, Cafe Tortoni is a must stop. It is the social institution on an important avenue that was there as countless demonstrations have passed on their way to the Plaza de Congreso. Stained glass, yellowing marble, and bronzes, the place tells more about its history by simply existing than pictures can describe.

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Where to go out in Paris?

April 7th, 2008

Although I am not from Paris but still French and since you know food is everything for the us, below are places that will help you to remember the City of Lights!

The ones who Love their food , Love Life :)

Some places might be a little bit pricey, but you’ll keep a lovely memory forever, may it be for the food or the atmosphere.

Le Paradis Du Fruit

 

Le paradis du fruit http://www.leparadisdufruit.fr/

Unique by its concept, combined in the same place a restaurant, a fruit room and a glacier and offers you a light, fresh, healthy, tasty and original range of products around a specialty: the fruit.

You will be able to try something original, tasty and a pleasure to the eyes as well as your stomach without feeling guilty about your waistline!

Location:In several locations but I recommend the one on the Champs Elysees.

47 avenbue George V 75008 Paris

Prices: Around EUR 20-30 per person for a drink-main course-dessert

Must try: The raspberry smoothy, their amazing salads,melted fruits with a chocolate fondu

Buddha Bar

(This is a screen shot taken from the Budda-Bar’s website)

The Buddha bar: www.buddha-bar.com

The decoration and ambiance are amazing with a giant Buddha sitting right in the Middle, subdued lights and chilling out music (that’s where the album ‘Buddha bar comes from.)

You can eat in the restaurant or simply chill out for a drink upstairs, and just for the settings, it is worth a try!

The place belongs to the George V restauration group( other places : Barfly, Barrio Latino…)

Location: Few around the World but if you are in Paris you have to do this one!

8/12 Rue Boissy d’Anglas 75008 Paris

Prices: Lunch around EUR 30 for starter+main course+dessert+ 1 drink, otherwise ‘a la carte’ and be ready to break the bank!!

Cocktails from EUR 5 to 20

Must try: The Lunch menue and the coktails

Duc Des Lombards

Jazz Club and restaurant ‘Le Duc des Lombards”: www.ducdeslombards.com

One of the best if not the best Jazz Club in Paris. Amazing Jazz Players and the ambiance is very old Parisian which gives it all the feeling and atmosphere, a must see if you are into Jazz of course!

Location: 40 rue des Lombards 75001 Paris

Prices: midnight to 3 am, entrance free and snacks around EUR 8.00

Must: Just go for the best Jazz Players coming from all over the world!!

C’est mon plaisir

Real typical French cuisine, not the ‘nouvelle cuisine where you end with 2 green peas fighting together in your plate but the one offering consistent dishes reflecting the different regions of France.

Location: 300 meters from the RER B ‘Port Royal’

Prices: Week days: around EUR 17 for Lunch and EUR 20.00 for Dinner for Main course + dessert or starters W/E is ‘a la carte’ only.

Must: The menu changes constantly but if you are lucky, try the ‘Ravioles au foie gras’

Panoramic Bar at the “Condorde Lafayette hotel”

If you want to relax and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Paris, this is the place. The cocktails are very expensive so make sure it last your whole evening!! The view is breath taking and the Eiffel Tower lightens in the evening.

location: 3 place du general Koening, 75011 Paris

Prices: Cocktails around EUR 20.00

Must: Just try it for the Panoramic View because if you don’t feel in Paris there, you won t feel it anywhere !!

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