Peppery Pleasantries – Beijing’s Best Sichuan Restaurants

Are you looking for a way to challenge and entertain your tastebuds? Look no further than this list of Beijing’s best Sichuan restaurants, which specialize in making your tongue tingle! If you need something sweet to cool yourself down afterward, check out Glutton Guide Beijing for suggestions!

Sichuan’s cuisine is becoming famous all over the world and rightly so. It can be spelled in many ways (Szechuan, anyone?), but comes down to two types of heats “ma” and “la”, or Sichuan peppercorn and chili pepper, respectively. These two ingredients are used to masterful effect, creating dishes that reverberate as a lip-tingling delight. There’s also a sense of adventure, like gnawing on spicy rabbit heads, and an eye for the dramatic, such as the ‘three big cannonshots’ (san da pao) – a traditional Chengdu street snack involving flinging three balls of sweet, sticky rice against a metal tray dusted with ground peanut and toasted soy. Sichuan cuisine: you have to see it to believe it.

Chuanjingban Canting 川京办餐厅


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This eatery run by Sichuan Provincial Government Of ce, known to all as Chuanban, is always busy and for good reason. Firstly, the location is one of the most accessible for locals and tourists alike of such provincial of ces in the city. Secondly, Sichuan food with its numbing spice have become one of the nation’s best culinary exports – no matter how it is spelled – and this restaurant serves some of the most authentic (read: spicy) dishes in the capital.

Haidilao 海底捞


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Open 24-hours a day, Sichuan-bred chain Haidilao is the ultimate contemporary Chinese dining experience. Waits can be long during peak times, but free manicures, shoe shines and snacks while you wait are almost as much of the attraction as the spicy hotpot. Bonus points for the massive DIY dipping sauce bars and the option of half portions for smaller parties of two or three.

Sanyangcai 三样菜


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Sichuan cuisine that people from Sichuan don’t complain about is a rare thing outside of the province, but San Yang Cai keeps everyone quiet. Satisfactorily spicy, the diverse menu touches on every aspect of the cuisine and you get free beer to wash it all down if you spend over RMB 100. 

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

Zhang Mama 张妈妈

The original location of this hole-in-the-wall Sichuan joint often has waits of over an hour spilling out into the hutong. It’s one of the cheapest, but best, meals you can get in the capital – if you’re into spice. Their no-frills attitude extends to service, and patrons are required to handwrite their order so keep the recommended ordering info on hand or ask a friendly dining neighbor.

Excited yet? Check out Glutton Guide Beijing for more delicious food! Let’s be honest: eating four or five meals a day while traveling is completely justified. 

Southern and Spiced – Melbourne’s Best Southeast Asian Restaurants

If you’re itching for a taste of the varied and bright flavors of Southeast Asia, never fear: you have plenty of opportunities to do so in Australia! Glutton Guides Melbourne has anticipated your needs and has compiled a list of Melbourne’s best Southeast Asian restaurants! How kind, how thoughtful. 

Gingerboy – Southeast Asian 

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Teage Ezard is a top chef who has restaurants in Melbourne, but has also worked in Asia. Here, he created a more casual experience featuring Southeast Asian style street food in a buzzing, market-like environment.

Uncle – Vietnamese 

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This is refined Vietnamese food in very funky surroundings. Head upstairs for one of the most beautiful dining spaces around. 

Jinda Thai – Thai 

Could this be the best budget Thai restaurant in Melbourne? It’s super popular – please book ahead. It’s best not to drive your own car – parking is non-existent.

Quan 88 – Vietnamese-Chinese

Victoria Street is known to many people as Little Vietnam, and Quan 88 is Vietnamese-Chinese. It’s not fancy – but its great value and is the true spirit of Victoria Street before the fancy cafes and bars moved in.

Chin Chin – Southeast Asian

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Get your party on with these loud, raucous and in-your-face flavors of Southeast Asia. Since opening in 2011 (and renovating in 2016), it remains one of Melbourne’s favorites. The wine list is Australian only, but watch out – their no reservations policy can mean long queues. You can always wait at the custom built ‘waiting bar’ Go-Go, just around the corner.

Laksa Bar – Malaysian 

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These bowls of coconut-based curry laska are bursting with flavor. A bustling and energetic place full of city workers during the lunch rush, Laksa Bar serves tasty, inexpensive dishes that will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Pho Nom – Vietnamese 

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Want the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam? People will tell you to go to Footscray or Richmond, but they are missing out on Jerry Mai’s exceptional offering. Jerry and her brother David have done fine dining over the years and have now elected to serve good honest pho (noodle soup), banh mi (baguette sandwiches) and nem (rice paper rolls) in a cafeteria. Everything is ethically sourced and under AUD 15. It’s not glamorous, but the food is excellent.

After all those bright, warm flavors, some dessert is probably in order. Whether a nice cafe or some delicious ice cream floats your boat, check out Glutton Guide Melbourne for some recommendations.

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.  



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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! 

Shaken, not Stirred – Montreal’s Best Cocktail Bars

On the hunt for new and creative drinks to spice up your night out? Check out this list and Glutton Guide Montreal for a comprehensive compilation of Montreal’s best cocktail bars!

Big in Japan Bar

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Not to be confused with Big in Japan the restaurant (just down the block), this easy-to-miss cocktail bar is the perfect first-date spot (and a late night haunt of many of chefs). Bottles of whisky hang from the ceiling, waiting for drinkers to return for their next session. If you’re there with a group, get the punch before settling in with a classic Manhattan or negroni. The small bar menu is mostly Asian-influenced options like tuna tataki and crispy pork rice, but if you’re really hungry, stumble down the road to the restaurant, which serves its full menu until 3am.

La Distillerie

Le Distillerie is the home of the city’s most famous CA$17 mason jar – and it is worth it. The menu is divided by adjectives – powerful, fresh, delicate, fruity, tart and tropical – and changes monthly. You can’t go wrong with a mojito, but you can go much more right with a monk-y town (white tequila, Chartreuse, passion fruit syrup, mint, lime, agave and vanilla bitters).

Le Lab

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The original flair bar in Montreal, its owners started it as a place where bartenders could learn to make beautiful creations. Now the monthly menu is a work of art. It starts with happy hour specials like the ‘bang-banger’ (Cazadores Blanco tequila, Meletti anisette and orange) available from 5-8pm (and 5-10pm Thurs), and moves on to sections called ‘gentleman’s choice’, tiki drinks and the most popular creations in the Lab’s history. Pace yourself, though – those CA$14 cocktails add up.

 Le Mal Nécessaire

The owner of Montreal’s only tiki bar has a flair and classic cocktails background, having worked at Dominion Square Tavern and Barocco. He makes ones of the best old fashioneds in the city (and trained half the city’s bartenders to do it too), but he’s also a rum punch pro. Order anything than comes in a pineapple or coconut, and some dumplings from the restaurant next door. Don’t miss Barrio Chino Sundays – industry days, where local bartenders come hang out– and the monthly Drunken Masters competition, a contest for the city’s top mixologists who concoct five pre-selected cocktails as cleanly and quickly as possible – think two bottles per hand and some serious mixer shaking.

Le Slang

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Expect creative molecular options involving centrifuged orange juice and sous vide infused syrups here. If the smoker is in action, try a ‘smoked bloody Caesar’ with caramelized bacon. If not, there’s always a maple syrup bourbon old fashioned. The multi-cultural menu includes mountainous baby back ribs glazed in sticky Vietnamese caramel with fish sauce. The AAA Angus beef burger is pure comfort.

N Sur Mackay

You’ll walk past this speakeasy-style cocktail bar at least twice before finding the entrance, but once you’re in, you’ll love the multi-page menu of seasonal, classic, unique and delicious drinkables. Start with the cocktail of the week at the bar or nestle up to a ‘campfire’ (spiced rum, Galiano vanilla liqueur, pumpkin purée, lemon and a toasted marshmallow) in a cozy nook in the back. Wednesday is the weekly quiz night and a great way to meet some locals.

For more delicious sips and bites, be sure to check out Glutton Guide Montreal!


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!

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.


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.


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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! 


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!


Montreal’s Best Jewish Delis

If you and Bubbe are looking for a place to kibbutz, look no further! Glutton Guide Montreal has plenty of suggestions for Montreal’s best Jewish delis and restaurants.

Lester’s Deli

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Opened in 1951, Lester’s is a family-run institution that supplies Cirque de Soleil and the Montreal Canadiens hockey team. The Outremont establishment sells spiced and salted smoked meat – thinly-sliced, delicate and moist, just like it should be. Lester’s offers more than just smoked meat; the owner Billy, his sister Sybil and his daughters Liana & Candice also make their own smoked salmon, kernatzel (spicy beef sausage) and a mean chopped liver sandwich with fried onions.

Moishe’s Steakhouse

Since 1938, this well-known Jewish steakhouse has been for the who’s-who of Outremont, and those who respect well-cooked meat still come for perfectly seared, aged rib-eyes with pickles and coleslaw, as well as lobster and Caesar salad. While the shrimp cocktail isn’t kosher, Moishe’s does have Jewish classics like latkes and chopped liver. Modern touches come in the form of filet mignon poutine – yum!

Schwartz’s Deli

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Opened in 1928, this deli was Jewish-owned until Celine Dion bought it for CAD 10 million in 2012. Expect a line, but your wait time is nothing compared to how long it takes to make the signature dish: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat. Premium Alberta beef brisket is cured for 10 days with Schwartz’s special spice blend, smoked for eight hours then steamed for another three. The meat is finally served on soft rye bread with mustard. Don’t forget the half-sour pickle and a cherry coke. The meat is drier, spicier and fattier than Lester’s, but when asked how fatty you want it, order the medium or the staff will scoff at you.

Wilensky’s Light Lunch

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For the past 80 years, Wilensky’s has been serving the Wilensky Special, an all-beef salami and bologna sandwich heated in an iron, served with mustard and never cut in two. Make sure to order a homemade egg cream soda (with milk) to wash it down, and don’t skip the half-sour pickle.

Still looking for some food after all that smoked meat? Be sure to check out Glutton Guide Montreal for all the best suggestions!

Steamy and Southern – Beijing’s Best Yunnan Restaurants

Looking to try the exciting flavors of Yunnan without leaving the east coast? Never fear — Glutton Guide’s list of Beijing’s best Yunnan restaurants will satisfy your tastebuds without the expensive plane ticket!

Yunnan can comfortably make a stake for being China’s most interesting region, and it has the cuisine to match. While you won’t get ferns as fresh as if they were picked from the mountainside, you will get to experience the most biodiverse food in China and mounds of mushrooms. Yunnan cuisine has a distinct Southeast Asian flavor thanks to its borders with Thailand, Burma and Vietnam.

Dianke Dianlai 滇客滇来 

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Lying in the shadows of the space-age Galaxy Soho building, this unforgettable courtyard restaurant hides away behind a red door marked by a lone number 8. Choose from three price points (RMB 128, 198 and 298) and prepare yourself for a delicious onslaught in the intimate, sun-dappled dining room. The kitchen serves up whatever is freshest that day, but happily accommodates dietary restrictions.

Little Yunnan 小云南 

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Just north of the Forbidden City on a leafy road, Little Yunnan is dropping big flavors from the southwest. The atmosphere is intimate and the menu limited – but curated – so you can’t choose wrong. Go for floral, tropical tastes like tea and pineapple wherever possible – and don’t miss out on the house-made rice wine.

If your palette seeks further excitement, check out Glutton Guide Beijing for a comprehensive list of Beijing’s best places to eat just about everything.