Fabulous boutique hotel in Tel Aviv: Nina Cafe Suites Hotel

There’s only really one place to stay in Tel Aviv if you don’t want the concrete tower-block chain hotel experience: Nina Suites, a boutique hotel in heart of trendy Neve Tzedek, a neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants, artisanal jewelry shops and clothing stores. Nina Suites has rooms and studio apartments for longer stays. The decor […]

Best Italian restaurant in Amsterdam: Quattro Gatti

There’s no reason why anyone should have to spend a lot of money eating great Italian food in Amsterdam and put up with snobby personnel or overdesigned “trendy” spaces. Quattro Gatti, a tiny Italian restaurant in my neighborhood (the Negen Straatjes or Nine Streets), is absolutely the best in town. Prices are reasonable and the […]

Lunch cafe in Tel Aviv: Orna and Ella serves up delicious salads and more

In a city full of wonderful places to eat, Orna and Ella, a cafe restaurant, stands out not only because it serves absolutely delicious salads, soups, pastas and desserts, but also because it is located in the trendy Sheinkin street neighborhood which is home to small boutiques, bookstores and cafes. On warm days, Sheinkin Street […]

Food in Tel Aviv: tapas at Herbert Samuel

This is my second time in Tel Aviv and I am happy to report that the quality of the food in restaurants and farmers markets is outstanding. Fruit and vegetables taste much better here than in Europe which is ironic since a large amount of produce in Dutch supermarkets comes from Israel (but sadly put […]

Recent additions to the Amsterdam dining scene: Looks and Kinnaree

I think I’ve found the best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. It’s a new place called Kinnaree, located in the heart of the Jordaan. Unlike other Thai places in town, the interior decor departs from the traditional features of bamboo and loud colors. Instead the space is airy (it’s in a 19th century building with high […]

Munich’s cool places: great Italian food, champagne in the afternoon, walks in the Englischer Garten

I just got back from DLD, a conference organized by Dr. Hubert Burda, in Munich every January. This is my second DLD and like the first one, it was a lot of fun. This time around, I flew into Munich one day early to enjoy the Englischer Garten, one of my favorite parks in the […]