The Best Hostel Food Around the World

Tapas at the Oasis Granada Hostel

Tapas at the Oasis Granada Hostel – Lisbon, Portugal

Our friends at The Daily Meal love to keep us informed on the best of the best when it comes to food around the world. This time, they’ve done a great 20 best hostels around the world for food (since we know hostels can get a bad rap, and most of the time, that reputation isn’t unfounded). If a hostel serves any food at all, the best most backpackers can expect to find is some cheap white bread and bad coffee. For many travelers, this lack of decent food is hardly a point of contention. After all, eating pricey gourmet meals often isn’t an option for those traveling on a budget, and as long as the hostel is well located, safe, and free of bedbug sightings, what more could a backpacker ask for? A lot more, apparently, according to recent research.

Plus Berlin

Plus Berlin All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

A hostel meal will likely never reach the ranks of Michelin-starred dining or compare to the breakfast buffet at the St. Regis. However, some establishments are offering culinary delights such as barbecue, ceviche, poutine, and a burger that even the locals clamor over, and these are just a sampling of some of the excellent dishes found in hostel dining rooms around the world.  

Ceviche at La Hamaca Hostel - San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Ceviche at La Hamaca Hostel – San Pedro Sula, Honduras

For a minimal fee, guests at PLUS Berlin Hostel can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and dinner in the hostel restaurant.  The restaurant’s manager, Diego, is Italian and takes pride in the quality of the food. Options range from pizza and pasta dishes to German specialties. The hostel’s well-stocked bar also serves cocktails to get you ready for a night exploring the neighborhood’s nightclubs.

The Green Tortoise

The Green Tortoise – San Francisco, CA

So what makes a hostel’s food stand above the fray? “Food is part of the cultural experience you get when you visit a foreign country,” explains Andres Poveda Solano, co-owner of Hostel Pangea in Costa Rica, while Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco provides hearty and healthy free breakfast every day of organic oatmeal and fresh fruit, and free dinner three times per week including dishes like pasta primavera and Thai curry.

The Menaggio Youth Hostel's Cooking Classes - Lake Como, Italy

The Menaggio Youth Hostel’s Cooking Classes – Lake Como, Italy

Good food at a hostel enhances the backpacker’s experience. One of the charms of staying in a hostel is the opportunity it offers to meet people from all over the world, and for these hostels, the dining room is one place where the magic happens. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty breakfast on a terrace overlooking the scenic French countryside or participating in a free tour with fellow travelers of a Spanish city’s tapas bars, the food at these top 20 hostels will create memories you won’t quickly forget.

The 20 Best Hotels Around the World For Food

What hostels have you stayed in that had great food?

By Michelle Kiefer

Springtime in Napa

Meadowood Napa Valley

Meadowood Napa Valley

Spring and Summer in the Napa Valley:  the air is fresh and fragrant with blooming wildflowers, vineyards are awash with green buds signaling another growing season, and afternoons are filled with bright abundant sunshine. We can’t wait to hit up our favorite part of California in the coming weeks! From hikes and golf clinics to a new bar at The Restaurant at Meadowood, this season’s happenings are a refreshing spring awakening. 

See

  • The Napa Valley Collects exhibition will showcase work from the region’s private art collectors at The Napa Valley Museum now through the end of May. The exhibition includes significant works sourced from throughout the Napa Valley, many never shown in public including pieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso. 
Golf Digest's Napa Valley Golf School

Golf Digest’s Napa Valley Golf School

Sweat

  • The Land Trust of Napa County offers hikes each weekend now through June. Ranging from low impact observation hikes to more strenuous hikes like Maggies Peak, which offers 360 valley views at the summit. Hikes are complimentary and are based upon availability.
  • The Chardonnay Golf Club has partnered with the Meritage Resort and Spa to offer Golf Digest’s Napa Valley Golf School. The one- or three-day intensive lessons are with a Golf Digest-certified instructor and are available starting at $1,499 per person.

Savor

  • The Restaurant at Meadowood’s new lounge and bar now offers a three-course menu for $90 per person, and “snacks from Chef Christopher Kostow”, a light tasting menu for $20 per person.
Delectable Dining at the Meadowood

Delectable Dining at the Meadowood

Sing (along)

  • The inaugural BottleRock Napa Valley music festival was May 8th-16th and featured over 60 artists and bands, including The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and Zac Brown Band. Over a dozen comedians, including Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Wyatt Cenak, and Kristen Schaal will provide laughs in between musical sets. Day passes started at $139, multi-day passes at $329. Make a note to put this on your calendar next year.
A room at the Harvest Inn

A room at the Harvest Inn

Stay

  • Embark on a hot air balloon ride with Harvest Inn’s “Up, Up & Away” package.
  • Channel the inner artist at The Meritage Resort and Spa with the “Art of Relaxation” package, which includes an easel, paint, and brushes.  
  • Unwind at the Villagio Inn and Spa with the “Arts in April” package with a VIP Wine Tasting at V Wine Cellar, spa treatments, and a Champagne sabering session.                                                           

For more information about travel to the Napa Valley, including special offers and a full calendar of spring and early summer season events, visit www.visitnapavalley.com

The Claremont Hotel Berkeley’s Spirited Four Course Dinner

The Claremont Hotel at Night

The Claremont Hotel at Night

Oh, we sure love the Bay Area… who doesn’t?? So, we wanted to fill our Bay Area friends and travelers in on The Claremont‘s new four course spirit dinner. A bit about this awesome property: it opened all the way back in 1915 and is located in California’s Berkeley Hills. Like a castle nestled in the hills, the hotel has almost 300 rooms and suites, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a pool, tennis courts, an incomparable 32 treatment room spa, and an award-winning food & beverage program. Sold yet? Here’s more. In addition to The Meritage restaurant specializing in bringing the wine and food experience together with a menu of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, The Paragon Restaurant & Bar offers hand-shaken libations complementing a menu of relaxed contemporary American cuisine.

The Paragon

Outside Dining at The Paragon Restaurant

With this in mind, you don’t want to miss out on The Paragon Restaurant & Bar’s celebration of craft distillation on Tuesday, March 26 with a four-course dinner featuring a range of St. George Spirits. Established by Jörg Rupf in 1982 as an eau de vie distillery, St. George Spirits has now grown into a diverse operation that makes a range of craft spirits.

St. George Distillery

St. George Distillery  (this is where spirits are transformed, guys)

 

The St. George team takes an artisanal approach to all of their spirits by working on copper pot stills that give them tremendous command over the distillation process. The artisanal approach results in high-end products that are some of the most well-respected and highly praised on the market today. Why does this matter? Because dishes will be paired with carefully crafted St. George bourbon, absinthe, gin and eau de vie.

How about a date?

A room at The Claremont... in case you want to sleep it off

A room at The Claremont… in case you want to sleep it off

The St. George reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with an East Bay Ti Punch entrance cocktail followed by dinner starting at 7:00 p.m. of select spirits paired with a menu prepared by Chef Marcos Sanchez. The four-course menu includes:

  • The California Waldorf Salad - Apple, Thai basil, fennel, toasted pine nuts, arugula and lemon-champagne vinaigrette with a ‘Hemingway’ (Absinthe Verte, Sparkling Wine)
  • The Jail Bird - Smoked quail, pecan-cornbread stuffing, wild mushrooms and ‘Breaking & Entering’ BBQ sauce accompanied by Breaking & Entering Bourbon and Claremont Cobbler (Breaking & Entering Bourbon, orange slice, Luxardo Cherry, Luxardo Liquer)
  • Trifecta – ‘Dry rye’ grilled salmon, ‘Botanivore’ pickled cucumber and ‘Terrior’ Crème Fraiche with a choice of a traditional gin martini three ways (Dry Rye Martini, Botanivore Martini, Terroir Martini)
  • Perfect Pound Cake - Lemon-orange pound cake, drunken ‘Aqua Perfecta’ raspberries and vanilla mascarpone with a ‘Raspberry Fountain’ (Raspberry Eau de Vie)

The St. George dinner is priced at a reasonable $69 per person and is available for patrons 21+ only.

Sorry, kiddos, but this one is for adults only!

http://www.Claremont-Hotel.com

 

 

Palm Springs Best Brunch & Lunch Spots

Jiao Tea Smoked Pork Belly with shaved fennel, cilantro, pink grapefruit, and black vinegar

Jiao’s Tea Smoked Pork Belly with shaved fennel, cilantro, pink grapefruit, and black vinegar

We’re huge fans of Palm Springs. We can’t get enough of the warm desert wind, the dates, the architecture (for those who missed it this February, try Modernism Week next year) and, of course, the margaritas. With that in mind, we want to tell our cronies to be sure to try out the restaurants owned by design-savvy couple, Tara Lazar and Marco Rossetti of the Cheeky’s group. Their restaurants include Cheeky’s (perfect for brunch/lunch), Jiao (asian), and Birba (delicious cocktails… try the Heated Snake or the Hello Nancy or both). All restaurants are either next door to one another or a stone’s throw away on Palm Canyon Drive.

Blondie`s Eggs Benedict w/ real bacon, sauteed arugula, Deb`s Cheddar Scone

Blondie`s Eggs Benedict w/ real bacon, sauteed arugula on Deb`s Cheddar Scone 

Organic, delicious, crowded (so grab a drink next door at Birba), and reasonably priced, I’d drive two hours just to have Cheeky’s bacon flight which includes spicy jalapeno, sweet maple vanilla, smoky applewood, and roasted garlic ($4). They change their menu weekly according to what’s fresh, but there’s always a kickass Huevos Rancheros, a Bloody Mary that comes in a campy little boot glass, and, dios mio, I just saw Cochinita Pibil on this week’s menu… nom nom nom.

Cheeky’s/Birba

622 North Palm Canyon Drive

www.cheekysps.com

Your Cheat Sheet: The Best Restaurants in Europe

Selene - Santorini Greece

Selene – Santorini Greece

The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in Europe list is out! While other Best of Europe lists have covered similar territory, no one else has covered 31 countries and enlisted the assistance of European food and dining experts to whittle down the continent’s thousands of restaurants (beginning with 1,450) into a more manageable 101 – leaving only the essential restaurants that discerning diners must try. The Daily Meal covers all things food and drink, creating a complete epicurean experience for cooks, food lovers, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between. Comprised of original content and video from Award winning editors, industry insiders, tastemakers and the user community, The Daily Meal is one of the largest food sites on the Web and the first property of Spanfeller Media Group, founded by Jim Spanfeller.

Syr Moscow

Syr – Moscow

The list, which took seven months to curate, runs the gamut from French to fusion and traditional to molecular gastronomy, with all price points covered. No island, hamlet, principality, or city was overlooked. The list includes the most exemplary epicurean endeavors in Europe’s capital cities but also in far-flung locales.

Consulting with Michelin Guide and other trusted sources, The Daily Meal gathered hundreds of recommendations from The Daily Meal’s editors, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world. They reached out to a panel of more than 200 knowledgeable judges, comprised of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers with wide restaurant-going experience. Then, they curated a separate panels by region so only experts on the UK voted for UK restaurants, Italy experts voted for Italy and so on.

VOTING CRITERIA

Panelists voted in two categories: cuisine and style/décor/service.

Cuisine: From innovative menu options to plating and presentation to freshness, quality, and taste, panelists evaluated each restaurant’s cuisine and only voted for the restaurants which they believe are extraordinary.

Style/décor/service: panelists evaluated the dining experience, from the restaurant’s interior and dining room ambiance to the service, voting for the restaurants which they believe offer an unrivaled experience.

Csalogány 26 - Budapest, Hungary

Csalogány 26 – Budapest, Hungary

101 BEST RESTAURANTS IN EUROPE

1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)

2. Arzak, San Sebastian (Spain)

3. Noma (Copenhagen)

4. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester (London)

5. Guy Savoy (Paris)

6. Aqua (Wolfsburg, Germany)

7. Varvary (Moscow)

8. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

9. L’Arpege (Paris)

10. JB (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

11. Can Fabes (Sant Celoni, Spain)

12. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

13. Dal Pescatore (Canneto sull’Oglio, Italy)

14. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London)

15. Taillevent (Paris)

16. Epicure at Le Bristol (Paris)

17. Le Meurice (Paris)

18. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee (Paris)

19. Louis XV at Hotel de Paris (Monte Carlo)

20. The Fat Duck (Bray, England)

21. Bras (Laguiole, France)

22. Benoit Violier (Crissier, Switzerland)

23. Maison Troisgros (Roanne, France)

24. St. John Bar & Restaurant (London)

25. Chapter One (Dublin)

26. Pierre Gagnaire (Paris)

27. Les Pres d’Eugenie (Eugenie-les-Bains, France)

28. Bruneau (Brussels)

29. Le Calandre (Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy)

30. El Motel Restaurant (Figueres, Spain)

31. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

32. Moments, Mandarin Oriental (Barcelona)

33. Tickets/41º (Barcelona)

34. Oud Sluis (Sluis, Netherlands)

35. De Karmeliet (Bruges, Belgium)

36. Anne-Sophie Pic at Beau-Rivage (Lausanne, Switzerland)

37. Waterside Inn (Bray, England)

38. Le Cinq, George V (Paris)

39. Gordon Ramsay (London)

40. Quique Dacosta (Denia, Spain)

41. Sant Pau (Sant Pol de Mar, Spain)

42. The Witchery (Edinburgh)

43. Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel (Arles, France)

44. Die Schwarzwaldstube (Baiersbronn, Germany)

45. Le Carre des Feuillants (Paris)

46. Geranium (Copenhagen)

47. Anna Sacher (Vienna)

48. Patrick Guilbaud (Dublin)

49. Mugaritz (San Sebastian)

50. Les Ambassadeurs (Paris)

51. Vendome (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)

52. Le Comptoir at Hotel Relais Saint-Germain (Paris)

53. Paolo e Barbara (San Remo, Italy)

54. Sonnora (Dreis, Germany)

55. Ca l’Enric (La Vall de Bianya, Spain)

56. Da Fiore (Venice)

57. Soelleroed Kro (Holte, Denmark)

58. Alexander (Muhu Island, Estonia)

59. Maaemo (Oslo)

60. La Vie (Osnabrueck, Germany)

61. The Three Chimneys (Isle of Skye, Scotland)

62. Enoteca Pinchiorri (Florence)

63. Faeviken Magasinet (Jarpen, Sweden)

64. Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia (Milan)

65. Relae (Copenhagen)

66. La Ciau del Tornavento (Treiso, Italy)

67. Mathias Dahlgren (Stockholm)

68. Chez Dominique (Helsinki)

69. Trussardi Alla Scala (Milan)

70. Don Alfonso 1890 (Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi, Italy)

71. AOC (Copenhagen)

72. Hakkasan, Mayfair

73. Clairefontaine (Luxembourg)

74. Chaika (Moscow)

75. Ca l’Isidre (Barcelona)

76. Via Veneto (Barcelona)

77. Madonnina del Pescatore (Senigallia, Italy)

78. River Cafe (London)

79. Cheval Blanc (Basel, Switzerland)

80. Liviano Restaurant (Bratislava, Slovakia)

81. Steirereck (Vienna)

82. Fishy Fishy (Kinsale, Ireland)

83. Ballymaloe House (Shanagarry, Ireland)

84. Ribe (Tallinn, Estonia)

85. Vila Joya (Albufeira, Portugal)

86. Ikarus (Salzburg, Austria)

87. Csalogany 26 (Budapest)

88. Aniar Restaurant (Galway, Ireland)

89. Syr (Moscow)

90. Le Mandrac (Volosko, Croatia)

91. Spondi (Athens)

92. Quo Vadis (London)

93. Alle Testiere (Venice, Italy)

94. Selene (Pyrgos, Greece)

95. Ristorante Del Cambio (Turin, Italy)

96. miX (St Petersburg)

97. Fish Market (Reykjavik)

98. Onyx (Budapest)

99. Plavi Podrum (Volosko, Croatia)

100. Mavrikos (Lindos, Greece)

101. Figlmueller (Vienna)

So get your grub on – Euro style!

 

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