Sip and Slurp – Beijing’s Best Noodles

In China, noodles are associated with longevity and are therefore often eaten on birthdays. It doesn’t have to be your birthday for you to enjoy a big bowl of 面 in Beijing, luckily! Check out Glutton Guide Beijing‘s list of Beijing’s best boodles for a fun and satisfying meal.

Bei 27 Hao 27


This small, hip eatery tucked into a quiet street at the edge Beijing’s busiest shopping and nightlife neighborhood only sells a handful of dishes. But what Bei 27 Hao lacks in variety, it makes up for in a definitively stellar bowl of noodles. The two-room shop specializes in Lanzhou province’s niangpi – fat coils of smooth chewy noodle draped in mianjin (porous wheat gluten) and drizzled with sesame-chili sauce. The other main option is the soupy “Grandma’s house” saozi mian, delightful though lacking the same one-two punch as the niangpi. Don’t miss splitting a serving of fragrant rechao liangfen, stir-fried starch jelly that is both spicy and sour.

Order: Lanzhou niangpi noodles (兰州酿皮 lánzhōu niàngpí)l “Grandma’s house” saozi noodle soup (姥姥家臊子面 lǎolaojiā sàozi miàn); stir-fried starch jelly (热炒凉粉 rèchǎo liángfěn); glutinous rice with red date (香糯年糕xiāng nuò niángāo)

Chuanren Xiang 川仁巷

For a whirlwind tour of Chengdu’s noodles, this is your stop. Though Sichuanese restaurants and Chengdu snack shops abound in Beijing, Chuanren Xiang is one of the few spots to try harder-to-find specialties like tianshui mian (“sweet water noodles” – thick noodles coated in a sweet-spicy sauce) or yibin ranmian (“burning noodles” – tossed with chili oil, toasted peanuts and pickled vegetables). Sampling a few of the 17 noodle varieties Chuanren Xiang offers is a must, but the other regional specialty dishes are equally stunning and shouldn’t be missed.

Order: sweet water noodles (甜水面 tiánshuǐ miàn); burning noodles (宜宾燃面 yíbīn ránmiàn); mapo tofu (麻婆豆腐mápó dòufu); chicken with offal (肥肠鸡 féicháng jī); twice-cooked pork (回锅肉huíguō ròu)

Ling’er Jiu  

This Shaanxi noodle shack dishes out what are colloquially known as “crack noodles” by anyone who has ever tried a bowl of its youpo chemian. Available with or without pork, the He family’s secret recipe tosses together broad ribbons of handmade wheat noodles and an exceptional house-blend of chili sauce with a splash of vinegar and soy sauce to make a dish you’ll be obsessing about for days after. Pair it with a “double-sauced” roujiamo, one of the best renditions of the fatty pork sandwich that the city has to offer. Several branches exist, but the original noticeably eclipses the others. If you only eat noodles once in Beijing, it should be here.

Order: noodles with spicy oil (贺氏秘制油泼扯面 Hèshì mìzhì yóupō chěmiàn), double sauced pork burger (双份肉夹馍 shuāngfèn ròujiāmó).

Pingwa Sanbao 平娃三宝 

From seafood to roasted lamb leg, this raucous 24-hour joint seems to serve a bit of just about everything. Focus in on the noodles dishes as the foundation to your meal then round it out with half a dozen yangrou chuanr (lamb skewers) and some grilled oysters. The signature Shanxi province hand-cut noodles are not to be missed, nor are the Qishan-style dry-mixed saozi mian, which are a beguiling blend of spicy and sour.

Order: signature hand-cut noodles (招牌刀削面 zhāopái dāoxiāomiàn); dry-mixed Qishan-style noodles (干拌臊子面 gānbàn sàozi miàn); Inner Mongolia lamb skewers (内蒙古羔羊肉串 nèiménggǔ gāoyáng ròuchuàn); grilled oysters (考生蚝 kǎoshēng háo)

Old Beijing Noodle King 老北京炸面大王

Zhajiang mian is the iconic old Beijing noodle dish. From low-rent versions made with instant ramen and gloopy sauce squeezed from a packet to high-end ‘molecular’ riffs, you can find variations of all sorts sprinkled all around town. Old Beijing Noodle King turns out a fine, traditional example of these ‘fried sauce noodles’. Chunky wheat noodles topped with julienned watermelon radish and cucumber, chopped scallions, beansprouts, and fresh soybeans are mixed with an intoxicatingly earthy sauce of salty fermented soybean paste and fried ground pork. The dish arrives unassembled, with small saucers for each ingredient, to be thrown together with a bang at the table.

Order: Beijing fried pork sauce noodles (炸酱面zhá jiàng miàn)

 

Looking for something fried or some green veggies to complement your noodle-fest? Check out Glutton Guide Beijing for unforgettably delicious destinations!

The New Edition of Glutton Guide Melbourne is Out Now!

Melbourne, June 2017 – Glutton Guide Melbourne: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook is on a mission to help tourists eat like locals. Are you searching out the best avocado toast in town? Want to try a ‘roo burger? Looking for the best laneway bar? Or do you just need some advice about the top wine tours to Yarra Valley? Glutton Guide Melbourne has you covered.

The second edition of Glutton Guide Melbourne includes brand new sections on the best places to eat and drink in St Kilda and Richmond (we’re looking at you, Minamishima). The new edition also dives deeper into day and weekend trips around the region. This section includes wineries, gin distilleries, dairy farms and some of the best restaurants in the country. This edition keeps the best parts of Glutton Guide, offering a curated collection of dining experiences by one of the city’s foremost foodie experts.

About the Author

The author of Glutton Guide Melbourne is Monique Bayer. A Melbourne native and the owner of Walk Melbourne, she is also the author of Devouring Melbourne. Monique knows how much research is necessary to create a delicious meal-based itinerary, and she believes there is nothing worse than a mouthful wasted on mediocre guidebook recommendations when exploring a new country.

“Designed by a Melbourne foodie for foodies, Glutton Guide is all you’ll need to plan a memorable meal-based trip. The book highlights the city’s most delicious foods,” Monique says. “Glutton Guide is more than just a book of listings. It is an overview of the best food experiences in Melbourne and her surrounds. Most noteworthy are the respected coffee roasters the city is famous for. Get off the tourist trail and eat the best dishes, shoulder to shoulder with local diners.”

By concentrating just on the F&B offerings of a city, Glutton Guide Melbourne’s focus is narrower than broad-strokes guidebooks. As a result, Glutton Guide picks up where these books fall short by using locally-based author-eaters, like Monique, who know the city’s dining scene inside and out. Unlike travel writers who come and go, these locals bring their knowledge of the city to each edition. Moreover, the authors update the books regularly as the dining scene evolves.

Glutton Guide Melbourne is available for download from our website.

Burlington’s Best Creemee – Soft Serve At Its Finest

If summers make you crave ice cream, then creemee is made with you in mind! Check out this list of the best places to get Vermont’s signature treat. If you want a taste of more local specialties, consult Glutton Guide Burlington, aka the holy grail of food knowledge.

Burlington Bay Café

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There’s nothing special about the ice cream at this waterfront café, but it is fun to watch the action by the lake as you stand in the long, convivial line.

Scout & Co


If you’d like your creemee with a bit of class and caffeine, get it affogato, with a shot of espresso on top. Scout offers a latter-day version of the classic creamy experience, with flavors like smoked maple and sea salt made with local ingredients.

Charlotte Berry Farm

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Head into the green, rolling country to the south of Burlington, and you’ll find farms, orchards, and the best strawberry creemees around. The berry farm blends fresh fruit into their ice cream, which you can also order with shortcake and berries. Charlotte Berry Farm also does U-Pick, so call ahead to see what’s picking. 

Joe’s Snack Bar

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It’s worth making the trek out of town to this dinky roadside snack bar for a burger and a creemee. The food is unremarkable, but it’s a quintessential summer experience, especially if you go for a dip in the nearby river, which is pocked with swimming holes.

Now that you’ve crossed that icy treat off of your list, warm up with some homemade food or fresh veggies! Check out Glutton Guide Burlington, which will pave the way to your next culinary delight.

 

The Best Al Fresco Restaurants in Prague

It’s finally summer, and that means one thing: patio dining season. Check out our seven favorite al fresco restaurants in Prague. Enjoy the terraces!

Creperie U Kajetana 

At other times of year, you can find trdelníky (traditional pastries) at some cafes and stalls in the Old Town and Lesser Quarter. One place that does them well is Creperie U Kajetana, a good place for a stop after visiting Prague Castle. Unlike at many cafes in this area, prices here are reasonable and service is usually friendly. Don’t sit outside on the teeny tiny front patio; walk through to the quiet little courtyard out back.

Nerudova 17, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 773 011 031. Hours: 10am-8pm. Non-smoking throughout.

Hergetova Cihelna

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A table on their large, outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for gazing out over the river towards Charles Bridge and the Old Town while enjoying their signature Asian-fusion dishes. There are tables inside, too, but only a few have a good view over the river. The restaurant is in the same complex as the Franz Kafka museum and a famous sculpture by Czech “bad boy” artist David Černý, affectionately titled “Piss”. Hergetova Cihelna has similar river views to more famous nearby restaurant Kampa Park, and is part of the same restaurant group. Kampa Park, which has attracted celebrities like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, has become less popular with locals after hiking up the prices.

Cihelná 2b, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 296 826 103. Hours: 11:30am-1am. Non-smoking throughout. Web: kampagroup.com/en/restaurants.

Las Adelitas 

Take a walk from the square along leafy Americka Street towards the park at Havlíčkovy sady and you’ll find this popular local hangout. Owned and run by a group of friends from Mexico, it serves up the most authentic traditional and contemporary Mexican food in the city, and has a friendly, lively atmosphere. Try the crunchy flautas (rolled taco) or the sopa Azteca (tortilla soup), which the owners are particularly proud of, and the mango margaritas – plus the outdoor terrace in summer. Reservations recommended for evenings or weekends.

Americká 8, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Náměstí Míru. Tel: +420 222 542 031. Hours: Weekdays 11am-1am, Weekends noon-1am. Non-smoking throughout. Web: lasadelitas.cz.

Mood 

Known for its top-notch burgers, Mood delivers a dining experience that reflects its pop art decor. The most enticing aspect of this restaurant is the the decking out back facing into the trees of a nearby park providing a tranquil area, and the perfect place to spend a summer evening.

Konevova 28/29, Prague 130 00, Czech Republic. Metro:?? Tel: +420 222 517 615. Hours: 12-11 pm. Web: restaurantmood.cz.

Mlynec

Overlooking the Charles Bridge, Mlynec serves up more than just a fantastic view and great food. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the terrace sprawls all the way into the dining room, and there’s no better way to enjoy their live jazz night than with the breeze from the Vitava River blowing in your hair.

Novotného lávka 199/9, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic. Metro: ?? Tel: +420 277 000 777. Hours: 12pm-3 pm; 5:30pm-10 pm. Web: mlynec.cz/menu-en.htm.

Sansho 

A firm local favorite, Sansho is owned and run by British chef and butcher Paul Day, who simply cooks with whatever high-quality ingredients are freshest that day as part of a six-course tasting menu. The culinary flair and relaxed atmosphere keep locals coming back for more – and the streetside dining spills out on the sidewalk come summer. The menu may be ever-changing, but you can expect to taste Southeast Asian, Czech, British and other international influences. Signature dishes include soft shell crab sliders, mackerel ceviche tacos and their famous sticky toffee pudding. Reservations essential.

Petrská 25, Prague 1. Metro: Line B – Florenc. Tel: +420 222 317 425. Hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat 6-11pm. Non-smoking throughout. Web: sansho.cz.

Villa Richter 

Set among vineyards on the hill beneath Prague Castle, the atmosphere at this renovated villa is nothing short of magical. It is divided into three parts: an Italian restaurant Terra; a casual, outdoor summer terrace, serving wines grown right here in the castle vineyard; and a traditional Czech restaurant Piano Nobile. The latter is the most expensive (but very much worth it), serving high-quality versions of local specialties in a beautiful space, with views over the city below. It is a popular place for weddings, and it is easy to see why. Book ahead and ask for a table by the window.

Map. Staré zámecké schody 6, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Malostranská. Tel: +420 702 205 108. Hours: 11am-11pm. Non-smoking throughout. Web: villarichter.cz.

Or if prefer picnicking (the original al fresco dining), here’s some handy tips:

Havlickovy Sady Park

 

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Known by locals as “Grebovka” park, this large but peaceful park is set in an upscale residential neighborhood. Not only are there plenty of shady spots where you can picnic on the grass, but this unusual park, once the estate of a wealthy family, is well worth exploring thoroughly. Seek out the grand chateau, children’s playpark, glass-sided cafe, unusual water features, and expanse of vineyards clinging to the steep hillside. There are also great views over the south of the city – you’ll spot Prague’s handful of tower blocks in the tiny business district, intentionally placed away from the Old Town by communist-era city planners.

If you’re planning a picnic, stock up at these local stores to round out your al fresco meal:

Javanka & Co 

 

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Just a a three minute walk from the park, this laid-back Indonesian bistro is a local treasure. For an introduction to Indonesian cuisine you can try one of the mixed plates, called Nasi Rames. The sweet turkey semur (stew) and fragrant beef rendang (spicy slow-cooked dish) are highly rated. Order at the counter and find a seat at the eclectic collection of tables. Make sure you leave some room for a slice of salted caramel apple pie – Javanka & Co is one of just a couple of places in Prague to sell delicious pies made by small but popular American baking company: The Prague Pie Hole.

Máchova 22, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Náměstí Míru. Tel: +420 222 515 107. Hours: Weekdays 11am-9pm, Sun noon-8pm. Non-smoking throughout.

Sklizeno

 

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As well as stocking locally-produced treats like Jordi’s chocolate, Doubleshot coffee and naturally-made wines by Autentiste, Sklizeno (meaning ‘harvested’) has a small selection of locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, dairy, baked goods and a meat counter, making it perfect if you want to pick up everything for a picnic in one stop. They have several locations around Prague (and in other Czech cities), but the one in the Karlín district is especially popular with local foodies thanks to its bigger selection. It is also a good place to look for unusual types of flour and other baking ingredients. See their website for a full list of store locations.

Sokolovská 79, Prague 8-Karlín. Metro: Line B – Křižíkova. Tel: +420 212 241 362. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm. Web: sklizeno.cz.

Looking for more delicious tips to help you win at eating in Prague? Download Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.

Satisfying Salads – Where to Eat Healthy in Shanghai

Sure, eating your weight in xiaolongbao is a rite of a passage for any visitor to Shanghai, but sometimes you just need a salad. Don’t worry: Glutton Guide  knows just where you should go to eat healthy in Shanghai. 

Hunter Gatherer 


This fast casual restaurant serves seed-to-table salads, soups, smoothies and paninis – most of it from their own organic farms, making it on the the best places to eat healthy in Shanghai. Both locations also have a grocery shop with imported staples like fair-trade chocolate and Sir Kensington’s ketchup, as well as nut butters ground to order and their own line of bottled cold-pressed juices. The second location in Xintiandi is even larger and offers a meat carvery as well as a “Chef of the Season” station featuring another one of Shanghai’s favorite cooks every time the weather changes.

Lizzy’s All Naturals


If you’re into nut butters, superfood smoothies, acai bowls and detox programs, Lizzy’s has you covered. Founded by a blonde haired, blue-eyed expat who is a walking advertisement for healthy living, Lizzy’s serves up their healthy eats on Kate & Kimi, Z&B Fitness or their WeChat store.

Sproutworks 


A Chinese maxim declares, “Only barbarians eat salad”, but Sproutworks, a salad emporium, is changing the local mindset with delicious options that span the globe. Try couscous with raisins and apples, mixed mushroom quinoa or kale & cranberry with parmesan from their mix-and-match menu.

It’s easy to eat healthy in Shanghai! Now that you’ve finished your salad, perhaps you’re feeling like something sweet? Glutton Guide Shanghai can give you recommendations for everything from Hong Kong desserts to fancy imported bakeries. 

The Facts about Facturas – Buenos Aires Desserts’ Double Meanings

The only thing that comes close to being as satisfying as desserts are facts about desserts! Want to know why Buenos Aire’s facturas have evocative names like nun’s sigh or friar’s balls? If you’re keen to hear about the cultural context of Argentinian desserts, this informative post by Glutton Guide Buenos Aires will satisfy your cravings.

Ever thought of eating a friar’s balls (bolas del fraile) for breakfast? In typical lunfardo fashion, words have an often-ironic double meaning. In the late 19th century, Italian anarchists (some of whom also happened to be bakers) hiding out in Argentina started organizing anarchist resistance groups and published the newsletter El Obrero Panadero (The Bakery Worker). As a form of resistance against the government, police and Catholic Church, they started giving sarcastic names to their baked goods to taunt the powers they protested. Which is why no porteño will think twice about asking the baker for a nun’s sigh (suspiro de monja) to accompany his café. Facturas tend to be quite heavy and sweet – many are sugar glazed and/or filled with pastry cream, dulce de leche or membrillo (quince paste). The rebellious bakers have long since gone but the names have stayed.

Some of the most common factura names include:

Bolas del fraile (friar’s balls): pastry balls filled with dulce de leche or pastry cream

Cañoncitos (little cannons): puff pastry tubes filled with dulce de leche

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Medialunas (half moons): small, dense croissants (but don’t call them that!) that come in two varieties (medialunas de manteca, a flakier version made with lard, and medialunas de grasa, made with butter and topped with a sweet glaze), which are sold plain, made into sandwiches or stuffed with dulce de leche or pastry cream

Moño con membrillo y crema pastelera: “bow ties” with quince paste and pastry cream

Pañuelitos de grasa (fat wipes): layers of puff pastry

Suspiro de monja (nun’s sigh): pastry balls filled with pastry cream and covered with sugar

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Tortita negra (small black pastry): small round pastry covered with dark brown sugar vigilantes: long, thin puff pastry with a sweet glaze


The thought of anarchist bakers is simply intriguing (as are the pastries themselves.) If you want to find out for yourself what they taste like, or if you want something savory beforehand, check out Glutton Guide Buenos Aires! It will steer you in the right direct and ensure that you’re having only the best friar’s balls. 

Montreal’s Best Food Trucks

After a 66-year ban on street food was lifted in 2013, Montreal’s food truck industry took off. Many food trucks opened brick-and-mortar locations after the success of their trucks, while others were restaurants first and food trucks second.

Now street food vendors are required to work out of a certified sanitary production kitchen, emphasize local products and keep processed foods off the menu. They are even given points in the application process for green initiatives like compostable containers or solar-powered trucks.Street food is available year round, but most trucks stop their regular schedule between October and May. In high season, their hours are usually between 11am-2pm or 4-7pm. Check out Glutton Guide Montreal to hear about all the hot spots!

Landry et Filles

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The eponymous chef of this bright blue food truck is Marc-André Landry, who draws on his childhood growing up on the Acadian peninsula to create a magical menu featuring memorable takeaway eats. Lunches are relatively fresh and light, and he utilizes local, seasonal produce to create dishes like buckwheat crêpes with gravlax, cream cheese, fennel and caviar or seasonal popsicles. When the truck closes for winter, head to the Landry et Filles storefront for the filling down-east fare.

 

Pas d’Cochon Dans Mon Salon


This food truck is famous for its pulled pork sandwich, slowly smoked with hickory, then served spicy and not too sweet with fresh crunchy cabbage. Also coming out of the window are oysters, salads and dessert (don’t skip the rhubarb & cheese turnovers). The owners are four long-time friends who have cooked their way through many of Montreal’s fine dining restaurants. With the success of the truck, they’ve now opened a year-round restaurant, Les Fillettes, where you can pick up their book on low-and-slow barbecuing.

Pied de Cochon the Truck


The Pied de Cochon is definitely the fanciest food truck around in terms of ingredients, but like the restaurant of the same name (and the seasonal sugar/apple shack), the truck serves fine food in a low-key way. Here you will find their famous foie gras poutine – twice-fried French fries topped with cheese curds and a foie gras sauce – and oversized duck wings with a maple glaze. Look for the camo-green truck and know that the wait will be worth it.

Pizza Napolitana no. 900


Following hot on the heels of their successful brick & mortar restaurant of the same name, Pizza Napolitana no. 900’s truck also has a ceramic-tiled 900°F oven where pies cook every 90 seconds. Quality is key in both the San Marzano tomato sauce and Quebec-made mozzarella. Order a slice from the daily menu of pizzas (although you cannot go wrong with the basic: basil, oregano, arugula and garlic) and wash it down with an Italian soda.

Zoe’s

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One of the city’s food truck pioneers, Zoe Dalakas is a spunky redhead and the daughter of Greek immigrants, and that heritage is reflected in her Mediterranean-influenced sandwich truck. Start with a small spanakopita – phyllo pastry stuffed with cheese and spinach – and move on to a fried halloumi sandwich on fluffy bread with the namesake melted salty cheese, sweet figs, crunchy lettuce and fresh dill.

Still hungry? Check out Glutton Guide Montreal for a host of sit-down restaurants, bars, and more! 

 

Prague’s Best Traditional Cafes

We love our coffee third wave as much as the next guy, but the few pre-war cafes that made it through Communism and the Velvet Revolution are worth an afternoon of people watching. More than 160 existed in the early 1900s, but only a handful remain. Here’s our pick for Prague’s best traditional cafes, steeped in history and caffeine.

Cafe Imperial

 

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A popular brasserie-style café with a long history, upscale vibe and remarkable art deco interior. Whether you go for a three-course dinner or a cup of coffee, you can expect it to be classy. Their seasonal menu has lots of international influences, but is still regarded by many locals as one of the best places to go for the Czech classics. Reservations recommended.

Map. Na Porící 15, Prague 1. Metro: Line A – Staromestska. Tel: +420 222 221 155. Hours: 7am-11pm. Non-smoking section. Web: http://cafeimperial.cz/

Cafe Louvre

Steeped in history, this former hangout of Prague’s intelligentsia is firmly on the tourist trail, but somehow, it hasn’t lost any of its old-world charm. Locals and visitors alike gather in the high-ceilinged rooms, while smart waiters ferry everything from coffee to three-course dinners to the tables. Avoid the rather dull cake selection and go straight for the Czech classics. Svickova na smetane never disappoints, and Café Louvre’s version tops the beef sirloin in a thick, velvety cream sauce and plenty of it. Don’t give in to the food coma – energize yourself with a game of post-lunch billiards in their old-school games parlor.

Map. Národní 22, Prague 1. Metro: Line B – Národní třída. Tram 6, 9, 18 & 22 to Národní třída. Tel: +420 224 930 949. Hours: 8am-11.30pm. Non-smoking section. Web: http://cafelouvre.cz/

Cafe Savoy

A big part of Prague’s historic café culture since the 19th century, Café Savoy is now an elegantly restored, modern spot, popular with everyone from Czech celebrities to families with kids for its well-executed classic dishes. The café is best known for its breakfasts and traditional desserts, and it is a great place for lunch or weekend brunch, but make sure you book ahead. Order: Domácí ovocné knedlíky (homemade fruit dumplings), filled with seasonal fruit and topped with sugar, butter and your choice of curd cheese, grated gingerbread, chocolate or cinnamon – no one will mind if you ask to try them all!

Map. Vítězná 5, Prague 5. Tram: 6, 9, 12, 20 & 22 to Újezd. Tel: +420 257 311 562. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10:30pm. Non-smoking section. Web: http://cafesavoy.ambi.cz/en/

Cafe Slavia

 

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This spot on Národní street, the scene of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, is probably the most famous of Prague’s historic cafés. Slavia was a popular meeting place for poets, writers and anti-Communist dissidents, attracting the likes of Václav Havel in the 70s and 80s. Today there’s a very mixed crowd, with everyone from local politicians to students from the film school next door. Take a seat by one of the large plate glass windows, from where you can look out over the Vltava River at Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle – though the most coveted table, beneath a painting called The Absinthe Drinker, is permanently ‘reserved’.

Map. Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1. Tram: 17, 18, 20 & 22 to Národní divadlo. Tel: +420 224 218 493. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-midnight. Non-smoking section. Web: cafeslavia.cz

Kavarna Obecni Dum

 

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As it is housed in one of the most opulent buildings in the city center, it is not surprising that everything in this historic café, dating from 1912, is so sparkly and ornate. It is accessed through the Municipal House itself, which is a popular classical concert venue. Admire the chandeliers and Art Nouveau décor, or people-watch through the large windows, as you sip a coffee and make your choice from the cake trolley. If you can resist the decadent-looking whipped cream and fruittopped creations you’ll find they usually have the plainer-looking, original Medovnik and Marlenka cakes, too.
Map. Náměstí Republiky 5, Prague 1. Metro: Line B – Náměstí Republiky. Tel: +420 222 002 763. Hours: 7:30am-11pm. Non-smoking section. Web: kavarnaod.cz

For more information about the traditional coffeeshops in Prague, and so much more on how to start eating with locals, download our Glutton Guide: Prague 2017

Walking Through A Dream – Beijing’s Best Food Streets

Looking for a place to try Beijing’s most exciting street foods all at once and for low prices? Look no further than this list of Beijing’s best food streets for recommendations, and check out Glutton Guides Beijing for more sit-down restaurants, bars, desserts, and more!

Beijing may not boast picturesque lanes lined with vendors hawking snacks from their stalls in the open air, but still there are a couple culinary streets to cruise.

Huguosi Snack Street 国寺小吃街 

 

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From Changsha-style stinky tofu to Hangzhou soup dumplings, this pedestrian street in Beijing’s west offers a selection of regional snack foods. It is hands-down the best place to sample Beijing snacks, with the flagship outlet of Huguosi Xiaochidian (护国寺小吃店, 93 Huguosi Dajie) that serves up the whole range of ancient and contemporary treats.

Try traditional dishes like a millet and rice flour porridge topped with sesame paste (面茶 miàn chá) or even boiled tripe (爆肚 bàodǔ) – possibly an acquired taste but certainly a straight-up classic. Down the road, you’ll also find an outlet from donkey sandwich shop Wang Pangzi (113 Huguosi Dajie). The new Xintiandi mall (85 Huguosi Dajie) might be a bit of a blight on the traditional aesthetic of the street, but if you’ve had enough of Chinese food for the moment, head inside the mall to local pub Nbeer where you can try a massive variety of microbrews from around China. Also check out the decent Mexican restaurant Xalapa opened by an Argentinian expat.

Guijie 簋街 

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Known in English as ‘Ghost Street’ (pronounced guǐjiē), the ‘gui’ in the Chinese name for this two-block strip of street refers to an ancient bronze vessel for holding food. Apparently, in the Qing Dynasty, the deceased were transported out of town for burial via a nearby city gate (Dongzhimen); the street was lined with funeral shops and locals began referring to it colloquially as ‘Ghost Street’.

Only recently did the government change the name to characters with the same pronunciation but a different, more auspicious meaning. Now the street is jam-packed with Sichuan restaurants, which are open until the early morning or even 24 hours. The scene really gets going from around 8pm onwards, with crowds of young locals getting together for Chongqing-style roast fish (烤鱼 kǎo yú) and spicy crayfish (麻辣小龙虾 málà xiǎolóngxiā). Huda Restaurant (胡大饭店; 233 Dongzhimen Dajie) is a very popular choice for crayfish, but you can’t go wrong anywhere with a long line of customers waiting for a seat.

Touristy Food Streets

Wangfujing Snack Street 王府井小吃街

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This food street located east of the Forbidden City is one of the best-known food streets in Beijing. Here you’ll find yourself fighting crowds of selfie-stick wielding tourists for overpriced, tasteless and often downright questionable street foods. The main attraction is deep-fried skewers of scorpions, silkworm cocoons and even seahorses. If you’re into eating Fear Factor style, this busy, touristy market will provide some kicks. If you’re curious, use it as a reference for the huge variety of traditional snacks available in Beijing, but please, sample at other locations in the city provided in this guide. Prices are high, crowds are thick and the snack quality is very low, but it is a unique and curious scene. Donghuamen Night Market used to be nearby, another very popular snack street, however the government recently ordered it closed.

Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷

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Nanluoguxiang is another well-known pedestrian street filled with souvenir shops and small snack stalls. It’s an adventure into modern China’s characteristic chaos and not for the faint of heart, as it tops domestic tourists’ lists. On weekends and temperate days, visitors regularly jam the narrow street and the occasional car pushes its way through. Snacks are more contemporary-style – churros, foot-and-a-half tall soft-serve swirls – but give an insight into mainstream Chinese youths’ tastes.

Can’t get enough of the delicious Beijing food you tried on the street? Why not take a look at Glutton Guide Beijing for more scrumptious suggestions? 

Hansel and Gretel, Vermont-style – How to Follow the Middlebury Tasting Trail

There are few things better than the variety of eating at a ton of different locations! But if you’re tired and want to sit down for a bit longer, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some relaxing suggestions.

This compact college town – just an hour drive from Burlington – is the social hub of Addison County. The lush expanse of farmland, forests and apple orchards roll all the way to the edge of Lake Champlain. It is one of Vermont’s most vibrant food communities, with more than its fair share of growers, dairies, vineyards, brewers and distillers.

A handful of these have grouped together to create the Middlebury Tasting Trail, a boozy pilgrimage that takes in the best drinks in the area (don’t forget to bring a designated driver), and almost all of them offer free samples or at least a deal on tastings. The following venues are listed from North to South.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery 


This family-owned vineyard produces some of the state’s finest wines; don’t miss the La Crescent, a semi-dry white wine with unusual depth for this area or the dry, red Marquette. And even if you generally steer clear of dessert wine “stickies”, try a sip of Lincoln Peak’s Firelight, a rich-tasting wine with a bit of spice to balance the sugary fruit. You can taste five wines for $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

Woodchuck Hard Cider 


The behemoth of Vermont cider is now owned by an international corporation, but if you prefer hard ciders that lean sweet, it is still an enjoyable stop with guided tours.

Stonecutter Spirits 


A husband-and-wife team started this distillery to make their own perfect drink: a highly aromatic, barrel aged gin that is a cocktail unto itself. Stop by on Thursday for cocktails designed by some of Vermont’s most talented bartenders, or just enjoy free samples of gin in the über-stylish, Instagram-baiting tasting room.

Appalachian Gap Distillery 


This tiny, creative distillery offers an entire bar’s worth of spirits: a recent visit included whiskey (aged and white), gin, rum, and a pair of coffee-based bottles. Their most distinctive product might be the Papilio, a tequila-like drink that is distilled from blue agave and maple syrup.

Otter Creek Brewing 


Sample hoppy favorites, seasonal offerings and small-batch one-offs at this large brewery’s onsite pub. The Citra Mantra IPL is an excellent, single-hopped beer with a classic Vermont flavor, but the knowledgeable bartenders can guide to you your perfect beer. Six four-ounce tasting pours will run you just $8. The brewery serves a clutch of sandwiches, salads and nachos to help soak up the beer.

Drop-In Brewing 

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You can find this brewery’s beers on tap around the state, but for the full Drop-In experience, you’ll just have to… well, drop in. Their year-round Heart of Lothian is a remarkable Scottish ale with enormous flavor, while Sunshine and Hoppiness is a bright, crisp golden ale. The brewmaster rotates in new brews by whim and season, and they’re consistently very high quality. $7 will net you a sample of all beers on tap (usually seven total).

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If you’re visiting Middlebury in apple season (summer & fall), or if you’re a hard cider aficionado,
consider adding a trip to Champlain Orchards, an apple orchard and cidery that’s 16 miles (27 km)
southwest of town. Nibble cider donuts and heirloom fruits in the orchard store and explore the tidy
rows of trees, then visit the beverage cooler. Pick up a bottle of their excellent ice cider, an ice wine-
like product that’s rarely found outside of Vermont and Québec, and don’t miss the honey plum cider.
One of the best hard ciders in the state, it starts fruity and ends dry. If you don’t want to make the trek
to Shoreham, many of Champlain Orchard’s ciders are available in local liquor stores.

If you’re not solidly tipsy by the end of this tour, then I reckon you aren’t human. Solidly tipsy people often want food, and this is where Glutton Guide Burlington steps in to save the day! Check out this delicious dictionary for all of Burlington’s classics, whether you’re drunk or not!