Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Venice, Italy

There’s no shortage of restaurants in Venice but it’s easy to get trapped in one that caters exclusively to tourists who do not want to savor the true flavors of Italy. My criteria for a good restaurant in Italy are: it should have customers who are locals (and preferably who are regulars) it should not […]

Fish La Boissonerie: informal seafood restaurant in Paris (6th arrondissement)

I stumbled upon Fish La Boissonerie, a tiny seafood restaurant, in the 6th arrondissement after hunger began to claw at me following a long morning walking around the Left Bank. The restaurant was crowded but there was still one table available so in I went. I opted for the lunch menu (starter, main dish and […]

Youpi et Voila: modern southwest French cuisine in Paris 10th arrondissement

CLOSED Youpi & Voila is a newcomer on the Paris dining scene. A tiny restaurant tucked away in a very quiet side street in the 10th arrondissement, it is difficult to find but worth it. I had dinner at Youpi with friends who are from the Tarn et Garonne area in southwest France and they […]

Hartweizen: terrific Italian restaurant in Berlin

When you stay in Berlin for three weeks as I did, and you love Italian food, the first thing you realize after visits to several so-called Italian restaurants, is that they cater to what Germans mistaken believe to be Italian food. So it was such a delightful surprise to find Hartweizen, which was recommended to […]

Long weekend in Vienna, Austria: where to stay, what to do, where to eat

If you are planning to spend three days in Vienna (a long weekend or a mid-week trip), here are suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I spent three days in Vienna last week and loved it! The city exudes Old World charm and grandeur but it’s not a fusty […]

Vashti: fresh Mediterranean cuisine by the Jaffa Clock Tower, Tel Aviv

CLOSED: This restaurant has shut down.  Vashti is a recently opened restaurant in Tel Aviv, close to the Jaffa Clock Tower, an area that has seen a renaissance in the last five years. The kitchen is in the hands of Merav Davidson, one of Tel Aviv’s youngest chefs, a woman who began cooking at the […]

Elba restaurant: imaginative Mediterranean food in Tel Aviv

If you are looking for new interpretations of classic Israeli and Mediterranean dishes, check out Elba, a restaurant that opened in Tel Aviv in February 2012, on the lively Ibn Gvirol, an avenue lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The restaurant is a long rectangular space with minimalist contemporary interiors bounded on the street side […]