Apples and Oranges – Where to Pick Your Own Produce in Burlington

If you’re enjoying Burlington’s healthy fruit and veggies, but you are craving something sweet or savory afterward, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some suggestions! Desserts are healthy for the soul, after all.

Summer and fall bring waves of bright fruits and vegetables that pile up in roadside stands and farmers’ markets, but the sweetest way to enjoy the season’s bounty is to pick it yourself. Here are some favorite farms and orchards near Burlington.

Adam’s Berry Farm


Stain lips red and fingers blue with organic raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from this beautiful farm. The seasons stretch from early June to the first frost, but call first to find what’s picking. Adam’s is located 14 miles (22km) south of Burlington.

Chapin Orchard

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This friendly orchard just 12 miles (19km) north of Burlington grows piles of apples, from the classics — Macintosh, Cortland, Empire and Macoun — to more esoteric varietals. Different apples ripen at different times, so ask the staff for suggestions about what to pick, but be sure to try their heirloom fruit, like Duchess, Tolman Sweet, and Fameuse. Chapin Orchard also sells excellent fresh apple cider.

Shelburne Orchards


At this pretty orchard, undulating rows of trees roll toward perfect views of Lake Champlain just 10 miles (16km) south of Burlington. Pick all kinds of apples, as well as sour cherries, peaches and table grapes (the seasons on non-apple fruits are short, so call ahead), and there’s fresh cider, cider vinegar and cider donuts available at the farm store. The orchardist distills brandy in the winter in a copper still heated by a wood fire. The next run of eight-year aged brandy won’t be released until 2017, but you can spot the aging cellar built into a gentle hillside.

If you enjoyed this list of Burlington’s best spots to pick your own produce, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for a few more sure-fire winners! From bars to burgers to the sweetest of sweets, these pages hold everything worth eating.

 

The Art of the Grape – Where to Find the Best Wine in Buenos Aires

If you’re one of those fancy wine connoisseurs, you’ll probably be interested in Glutton Guide Buenos Aires‘ list of the best wine in Buenos Aires! In a city full of culinary delights, your tongue is sure to be tickled.  

Aldo’s

 

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With over 600 wines on offer, this modern vinoteca in the center of the city is a great starting point to discover Argentine wines from the moment you walk in the door. Daily happy hour specials last from 5-9pm, and different wineries are featured every month. Whether it’s red, white or rosé, if you see something that strikes your fancy, take a bottle or two for later as prices are reasonable.

Anuva Wine Tastings


Oenophiles in Buenos Aires don’t want for chances to try local wine, but Anuva stands out as a complete wine tasting with generous pours. Guests taste five wines from boutique Argentine wineries paired with five traditional Argentine tapas (local cheeses, empanadas, etc). In a beautiful Palermo loft, a sommelier leads a chat on the wines, the vinification process and the history of wine in Argentina. As a bonus, wine is available for purchase and guests from the USA can have cases shipped back home. Or they can join Anuva’s wine club to receive small production Argentine wines every month. While pricier than some other tastings, guests always leave happy.

Bar du Marché

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On one of Palermo’s prettiest tree-lined blocks is this cozy café/wine bar whose mirrored walls, wicker chairs and wine list feel decidedly more parisien than porteño. With over 50 wines available by the glass, some of them imported, this is a great spot for a leisurely lunch, afternoon aperitif or wine and cheese flight paired by the sommelier. Behind the bar and up a flight of stairs is closed-door sushi bar, Omakase. It shares certain dishes and a wine menu, so you won’t need to venture far for an amazing meal. As a bonus, next door is Siete Spirits, a local gem of a wine shop specializing in New World wines. The shop even holds Thursday tastings on their latest acquisitions!

Casa Coupage

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Part closed-door restaurant, part tasting club, this innovative oenogastronomic space was founded on an appreciation for local wine and cuisine. Owners and staff are all sommeliers who make each experience memorable down to the last detail. From the décor of the beautifully renovated Palermo home to sensory surprises between courses, Casa Coupage impresses. The owner curates blind tastings with food pairings monthly, but space is limited to 20 people and spots go quickly. It is easier to secure a table for dinner, where the menu evolves according to the season and inspiration of the chef. Diners can choose from a wine flight of three, five or seven wines to accompany a prix fixe menu or order à la carte.

Gran Bar Danzón


By now a staple in the city, this bar/lounge/restaurant seems to do it all with plenty of panache, as is evidenced by the crowds who turn out night after night. The wine list is impressive, the cocktails are creative and the food is tasty, with an emphasis on seafood and sushi. Arrive early to beat the crowd and take advantage of happy hour specials (which last for the first two hours after opening). With so many options, you may rack up a hefty tab otherwise.

Pain et Vin

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The lovechild of an Argento-Israeli couple, Pain et Vin is a simple yet soulful wine bar and bakery. Eleonora is a sommelier who curates an eclectic wall of wine. Meanwhile, Ohad prefers to remain in the back, churning out homemade sourdough bread from the oven they built from scratch. For lunch or dinner, they have sandwiches, salads and snacks that perfectly accompany the vino. In addition to tasting wine by the glass or taking a bottle to go, they also frequently hold wine tastings from some of the best wineries around. If your Spanish is not up to snuff, don’t let that hold you back! Pain et Vin will always accommodate an English-speaking audience. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Are you craving some nice local snacks to go along with your wine? Be sure to check out Glutton Guide Buenos Aires for a list of surefire winners! 

A Nice Meal and a Roll in the Hay – Best Farmhouse Dinners in Burlington

After your farmhouse dinners, check out Glutton Guide Burlington to continue the festivities! This foodie almanac will tell you about all of the best destinations.

Many of Vermont’s farmers are gourmet savvy, and the most celebrated chefs seem to spend their off hours hanging around green houses, orchards and sugarshacks. On-farm dinners, held throughout the summer, range from relaxed affairs with paper plates and bluegrass to all-out galas with softly lit white tablecloths.

To find the one-off events that take place around the state, check with Vermont Fresh Network, an organization of food professionals that partners farmers with chefs. Or join a monthly event at Agricola Farm in Panton, a family-style feast in a rustic farmhouse. Another useful resource is Slow Food Vermont, a local chapter of the Italy-based food organization whose regular potlucks are open to the public and are an excellent way to meet local farmers, chefs and foodies.

But summertime also brings a pair of weekly dinners that are a wonderful taste of agricultural life:

Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne


Dancing toddlers and fresh, local music make this weekly barbecue a beloved summer event. Pile a plate with a burger made from the farm’s herd of grassfed cows, alongside greens, sauerkraut and housemade pickles. Bread and Butter Farm also makes grass-fed beef hot dogs and serves locally-made black bean burgers. Bring your own picnic blanket, folding chairs and beer or wine.

Summervale, Burlington


The Intervale is a swath of low-lying farmland in the crook of the Winooski river, where a dozen small, organic farms produce vegetables, fruit, chickens and honey. Every Thursday in July and August, the Intervale hosts a lively picnic celebration with pizza, beer and live music, as well as artisanal food from some of the Burlington’s most beloved producers and chefs. The event starts at 5:30pm, but arrive early to explore the Intervale. The Abenaki Heritage Garden contains the indigenous varieties of corn and beans. The Intervale Center also has maps of the property’s walking trails.

 

There’s nothing like hearty home-cooking, especially when the food is made with love like it is at these destinations! If you’re looking for more delicious local treats, check out Glutton Guide Burlington.

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. 

Plenty of Plants – Shanghai’s Best Local Vegetarian Restaurants

If you’re keen to travel to Shanghai but worried about how to maintain your vegetarian diet, Glutton Guide Shanghai has got you covered! You’ll get a healthy, delicious experience at these vegetarian restaurants. (And you might just find a cool bar or café afterward.)

East Asian Buddhists do not follow a vegetarian diet as strictly as other practitioners, but when they do, they do it well. Some restaurants offer meat substitutes, made from gluten, tofu and mushrooms, while others let the vegetables speak for themselves.

Fu He Hui 福和慧 

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A member of the Fu family of restaurants by Shanghainese celebrity chef Tony Lu, Fu He Hui is the only one that doesn’t serve meat. Choose from three set menus of eight courses (priced at RMB 380, 680 or 880 per person) and expect an elegant and luxurious meal that even omnivores will swoon over. The inspiration is Buddhist (eight is the religion’s luckiest number, thus the pricing and number of courses), and the heavenly dishes change with the seasons. The restaurant – made up mostly of baofang (private rooms) – is decorated with local antiques from the restaurateur’s private collection. Some are allegedly worth millions! In 2017, it was ranked 48th on San Pellegrino’s Best Restaurants in Asia list. In 2015, it earned the prized Highest New Entry title.

Godly Vegetarian 

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This vegan restaurant has been catering to the herbivore crowd since 1922, but this is their lower-priced noodle & wonton shop in the former French Concession. The stripped down menu is a plus – the other shops make meat substitutes that underwhelm.

Lucky Zen 吉祥草

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This Buddhist restaurant doubles as a grocer, bookstore and crystals vendor. The menu lists all the ingredients in English, so you’ll have a good idea of what you’re ordering. Don’t skip the excellent teas – their drink list is as extensive and innovative as the main menu. More info.

Wu Guan Tang 五观堂


Don’t be surprised if the diners at the table next to you are monks dressed in robes with shaved heads. This vegetarian restaurant strictly adheres to the Buddhist tenets regarding food. This includes the Four Withouts: no MSG, no products designed to look or taste like meat, no fried food and no carbonated beverages. Thankfully the food is so good, you won’t miss any of those. 

Wu Jie 大蔬无界

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This contemporary Chinese vegetarian restaurant has expanded to neighboring Suzhou and Hangzhou with its local, organic food and focus on a plant-based lifestyle. (Plus it created Miss Ma, a macaroon brand that uses vegetables for flavors – it’s way better than it sounds.) There’s nothing homestyle about this eatery, so you can expect playful, avante garde Chinese dishes that are a pleasure for omnivores and vegetarians alike. The Bund location is extra fancy, so pick that one for a night out and trust the seasonal set menus.

If you enjoyed these restaurants and want to find out more about culinary traditions in Shanghai, check out Glutton Guide Shanghai for all of the best treats! From cool desserts to spicy Sichuan food and more, this food guide has it all!

 

Montreal’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Looking for an upscale establishment for your anniversary or considering pampering yourself with the very best of Montreal’s culinary offerings? You’ll definitely want to check out this list of Montreal’s best fine dining restaurants, as well a wealth of everyday options in Glutton Guide Montreal!

Au Pied de Cochon

 

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Montreal’s most famous chef, Martin Picard is known for over-the-top decadence and a complete disregard for the merits of healthy eating at Au Pied de Cochon (as well as his seasonal sugarshack and food truck). He redefined Quebecois food, exaggerating its sweet, caloric and meaty character while simultaneously refining it – see the restaurant’s famous foie gras poutine. One bite and you’ll agree that it is worth a game of pacemaker roulette. Many of the city’s young chefs cut their teeth in Picard’s kitchen, so you’ll taste his influence even if you don’t score a reservation here.

Club Chasse et Pêche, Le Filet & Le Serpent

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Chef Claude Pelletier’s fine dining empire is a trio, and all three of the restaurants manage to stay full regardless of economic downturns, seasonal tourist droughts and shifting tides of taste. The original, Club Chasse et Pêche, uses French cooking as its base, incorporating in the finest in-season and local ingredients for subtle, delicate dishes served with an elaborate wine list in posh surroundings. Le Filet came next, overwhelming Chasse’s feminine touch with dark, masculine design. The kitchen, though, is all about finesse, borrowing from Japanese and Italian culinary traditions. The baby of the family is Le Serpent. The décor is industrial and the dishes are Italian-inspired.

Europea


As much art and theatre as it is a restaurant, Europea serves a multi-course tasting. The elegant affair, book-ended by amuse bouche and mignardises, includes house-cured meats, perfectly poached or seared seafood, braised game and claypot guinea hen. The menu changes daily, but hope for homemade cotton candy and passionfruit marshmallows to end. It is worth every penny.

Joe Beef


David McMillan and Fred Morin’s first restaurant turned the southwest neighborhood into a dining destination long before the condos came. Now, there are design boutiques and brunch spots galore, but Joe Beef still reigns supreme. Order anything with pig, laugh at the bathroom décor and finish with soft serve.

La Salle à Manger


Where else in Montreal offers homemade charcuterie platters and equally impressive pulled rabbit Asian-style steamed buns? Throw in some pig head and currywurst sauce and it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but rest assured, the bistro-turned-bizarre concept has something for everybody. Steak-frites and tartare never knew such refined whimsy.

Le Bremner

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Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes has two successful Old Montreal restaurants. Go to Garde-Manger for the supperclub feel; come to Le Bremner for seafood, cocktails, the summer terrasse and a more relaxed vibe. The menu changes regularly, but think beurre blanc and lamb’s neck cavatelli meets kimchi crab – it all goes down smooth with dark ‘n’ stormies.

Les 400 Coups


Les 400 Coups has seen some kitchen turnover since it opened, but now with Jonathan Rassi at the helm, it is once again going strong. Pastry sous chef Brian Verstraten also got a well-earned promotion, which means that desserts with names like “apple” and “lemon cream” are flights of fancy involving sunflower, honey jelly and Thai basil. Chef Rassi holds his own with variations on bistro classics like veal tartare and mouthwatering suckling pig.

 

Manitoba

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A gem of a restaurant, Manitoba uses the most local ingredients possible, including many of Quebec’s seasonal wild edibles that you’ve probably never heard of. The menu is always changing according to what’s available, but if you see it, don’t miss the smoked mackerel with fennel and wild caraway the housemade spruce beer, which comes with a branch in each bottle. Out back is the al fresco seating under the stars, right next to the beehives that produce their urban honey.

Mercuri


Joe Mercuri’s newest outpost is modern Italian meets molecular market cuisine. Fish carpaccio comes with garnishes like soy gels and powdered cilantro, while dishes of charred leek ravioli and braised octopus on smashed potatoes echo with old-school refinement. The next-door, casual rotisserie is owned by the same people and is open for lunch.

Toqué!

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Chef Normand Laprise’s ode to locavore fine dining, Toqué! has a menu of seasonal ingredients – think heritage lamb and biodynamic ice cider – sourced from farmers, who often enjoy a meal at the wraparound bar after making their deliveries. Get the tasting menu with wine pairings and enjoy Quebec Princess scallops and Nordic shrimp artfully strewn with strawberries and mint in July, or duck breast slow-cooked in maple in winter. Don’t skip the local, raw milk, unpasteurized cheeses.

Looking for a nice after-dinner drink or a delicious dessert? Check out Glutton Guide Montreal all this and more!

Meet the Author: Glutton Guide Beijing’s Jonathan White

Jonathan White arrived in Beijing at the start of 2007 (before the Olympics changed the city forever) and spent those first 18 months sampling street food that would make his mother turn up her nose. After several years at the helm of the Beijinger – where he expanded the dining coverage to include more Chinese cuisine – he founded The Cleaver Quarterly, a print-only magazine dedicated to telling the story of Chinese food all over the world. His work has also appeared in Lucky Peach and Roads & Kingdoms.  Now Jonathan is the co-author of Glutton Guide Beijing: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.

Where Are You From? Manchester, England.

How Long Have You Lived in Beijing? I lived in Beijing for 9 years

Favorite food? Ever since I was a kid I have loved Peking duck.

Favorite restaurant in Beijing? Li Qun Roast Duck.

Favorite chef in Beijing? Everyone at Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu

Street cred? Founded The Cleaver Quarterly, written about Chinese food for Lucky Peach and Roads & Kingdoms

What’s the one dish visitors cannot miss if they come to your city? Peking duck. The big clue is in the name.

Favorite piece of food writing? Bread: The Story of Greggs by Ian Gregg

Guilty pleasure/embarrassing food obsession? Greggs

Favorite destination for eating? New Orleans

What should you always make from scratch? Pancakes

To read more of Jonathan White’s writing, download your copy of Glutton Guide Beijing: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook. You can also check out our other cities: Shanghai, Prague, Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Burlington

Best Breakfasts in Beijing

Looking for the best breakfasts in Beijing? You may have heard that you absolutely cannot miss jianbing while visiting the capital, but there’s plenty more to eat during the morning rush. Check out Glutton Guide Beijing: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and more in Beijing, as well as bilingual ordering instructions and taxi directions for all the below spots.

Café Zarah

 

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Smack in the heart of one of Beijing’s hippest neighborhoods, Café Zarah’s wood beam ceilings, open airy rooms and intimate courtyard see a daily pilgrimage of Herschel backpack-toting freelancers and best pals catching up over coffee. They have a solid breakfast menu too.

Dahua Jianbing 大华煎饼


Located across from another neighborhood breakfast hot spot, Daxing Miancha, the owners of this early morning cart turn out countless jianbing in the short space of four hours. Plump, crispy and filling, standard jianbing start at RMB 5 and you can add extra ingredients (standard at all carts), like a second egg (+RMB 1) or snack hot dog (+RMB 2). Pair up your crepe with a bowl of miànchá (面茶 – porridge made of millet & rice flour topped with a thick layer of sesame paste and a sprinkle of sesame seeds) across the road for the ultimate street food breakfast set.

 

Feast (Food by East)

 

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Most five-star hotels offer a boozy brunch, but the buffet food fades in comparison to the all-you-can-drink champagne. Feast at EAST Hotel is one of the finer options, thanks to its focus on simple things done well and an airy, no fuss dining space serving pan-Asian and Western dishes, including a fry-up. Dig into the normal buffet spread but order mains cooked-to-order and served a la carte as part of the deal. And the booze still flows freely, of course.

Nanlaishun Xiaochi 南来顺小吃

With a history that stretches back to 1937, Muslim restaurant and ‘time-honored brand’ Nanlaishun offers the ultimate crash course in Beijing snack foods. The first floor where all the small bites are sold should be your stop; upstairs are cooked dishes. Ordering is simple – just point at what you want in the display case and pay at the counter. Supplement your youtiao and douzhi with any of the traditional treats that catch your eye. And if the idea of fermentation freaks you out, swap out the fermented mung bean (豆汁 dòuzhī) for the standard soy version (豆浆 dòujiāng). This location is a bit out of the way, so pair it with a visit to Daguan Park – the setting of much of the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, to make it worth the trip.

Qingfeng Baozi 庆丰包子铺

 

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The city is covered in Qingfeng Steamed Dumpling shops, and massive chain or not, they’re a great bet. With six options, the selection is narrow and fillings are overridingly meat-based, like pork & onion (猪肉大葱 zhūròu dàcōng) or pork with pickled vegetable (猪肉梅干菜 zhūròu méigāncài), with only one vegetarian option (素三鲜 sù sānxiān). But Qingfeng is an extremely popular local choice and worth a breakfast away from the  hotel buffet. It is where Xi Jinping chose to mingle with the proletariat, have a few baozi and prove how down-to-earth he is. Go early.

Xuji Shaobingpu 徐记烧饼铺

Open since 1993, this small takeaway window makes the city’s best shaobing. Xuji offers a handful of sweet and savory baked goods for only RMB 1 or 2 a pop. Load up on the brown sugar-sesame paste swirl (糖火烧 táng huoˇshāo) and the sesame seed-topped option (芝麻烧饼 zhīma shāobǐng).

UnTour Beijing’s Hutong Breakfast Tour

 

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Overwhelmed by the best breakfasts in Beijing and don’t know where to start? Want to sample more than 12 breakfast dishes in one go? UnTour’s top-ranked food tours take guests on a roving breakfast party. Over 3 hours, guests sample classic Beijing breakfast dishes from the hawker stalls and hole-in-the-wall shops that make them best. No research necessary – just bring your appetite and fill up on the best of what the city has to offer.

Looking for more delicious tidbits about Beijing’s amazing dining scene? Download Glutton Guide Beijing and start eating like a local today!

Where to Eat Peking Duck in Beijing

The dish named after the city is so good that the city might well be named after the dish. Peking duck is iconic and enjoyed around the world, but you have not lived until you have eaten it in its hometown. Food fit for an emperor at prices to suit every wallet mean you have no excuse not to indulge.­ Here’s our picks of where to eat Peking duck in Beijing. To find out more about Beijing’s best food, download your copy of Glutton Guide Beijing: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook

Da Dong 大董 Da dong Beijing Peking Duck

 

Arguably the most famous man behind Peking duck in Beijing, the huge (in personality, fame and stature) Chef Dong Zhenxiang has built a small empire of roast duck restaurants. The original branch opened in the mid-90s and is a small affair smack on the Third Ring Road. Since then, locations have popped up throughout the city. Chef Dong built his name on the excellent duck, but the creativity and modernist Chinese cuisine found on the rest of the menu really pushed him to the top.

Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂

Duck roasted over Chinese red date wood, a fantastic tour through the cuisines of China and excellent cocktails in a space designed by restaurateur Alan Yau of Hakkasan fame – what more could we ever want? The chefs fry up the remains of the duck carcass. Eat them in lettuce wraps. You can also opt for the more common option of duck soup. Run by boutique hotel The Opposite House, this has nothing of the feel of a ‘hotel restaurant’, but all of the perks, like excellent service and a great wine list – plus dim sum every day.

Li Qun 利群烤鸭店

This hutong duck shack survived the redevelopment that razed its neighbors. But at least it is easier to find than before Roasting for well over a century, Li Qun is a Peking duck institution in Beijing. It has accommodated many heads of state over the years, as you can see from the fascinating photos that litter the walls. This dining experience begins when you step past the heat of the outdoor duck ovens and into the restaurant.

To find out more about the best Peking duck in Beijing (including what to order and the bilingual addresses), as well as the capital’s other great eats, download your copy of Glutton Guide Beijing: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook

Prague’s Best Teahouses

Legend has it that tea first came to Prague in the mid-1800s, after a Russian requested tea in a coffeeshop. When the owner explained they had none, he made his own, to everyone’s delight. Over the next 80 years, čajovny (teahouses) became popular. Prague’s teahouses died out during the Communist regime. Post-Velvet Revolution, čajovny made a comeback. If you want to learn more about Prague’s best teahouses, download Glutton Guide Prague.

Cajovna Jedna Basen

While away an afternoon in this peaceful, cozy cafe. Wooden platforms covered in pillows offer great lounging, and it’s a Czech take on a cat cafe, so you can also enjoy some feline affection with your tea and pastry.

Cajovna Ve Vezi

 

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The name here translates to “Tearoom in the Tower”, thanks to its location in a former water tower originally built in 1888. Slip out of your shoes and into a booth, where you can play board games and sip one of almost 100 varietals of tea.

Dobra Cajovna

 

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This teahouse-cum-shop played a major role in the čajovny renaissance of the early 1990s. Originally opened in Wenceslas Square in 1993, this charming teahouse now has many locations around the world. Sample teas from all over Asia in the original location for the best experience.

Tea Mountain

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This teahouse is a more modern take on the čajovny. Expect a laidback vibe that welcomes educating tea drinkers about the leaves on offer. The menu includes teas from India, Japan, Taiwan and Nepal.

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