Strike Gold from Drinks to Desserts at Oro | SoMa, San Francisco

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

The salted date ice cream with cardamom marshmallow and sesame chocolate granola from Oro in San Francisco is a must order. Spicy, herbal, citrus flavor of the soft marshmallow with the crunchy sweet granola is heavenly.

Chefs from SF favorites Commonwealth and Foreign Cinema bring you California/Mediterranean cuisine in industrial but warm space with concrete walls, marble bar, Edison lights and brightly colored local art. Be sure to check out the cocktails, blind tasting menu and the crispy, juicy roasted chicken – great for a group or a date.

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Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

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Galician Home Cooking at Cera 23 – Barcelona, Spain

Cera 23 Barcelona Sign

Make your way down the narrow streets of Barcelona and take in the beautiful sounds and smells from the various Southeast Asian, African, South American, Pakistani and Spanish stores, restaurants and homes that make up El Raval neighborhood.

Cera 23 is a cozy spot in the middle of El Raval serving Galician and Mediterranean home cooking. Reservations recommended but you can kill time waiting for your table by trying the famous  blackberry mojito at the small bar in front. Continue reading

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VW Bulli T1 at Weingalerie und Café NÖ! – Berlin, Germany

Weingalerie Cafe No VW Berlin

If you didn’t know to look for the VW Bulli T1 that sits in front of the impossibly cute Weingalerie und Café NÖ! you might pass it by as the building is covered in vines. It’s a gem of a wine bar serving German and Mediterranean food near Unter Den Linden in the Mitte neighborhood. The VW is available to rent and gaze upon if you are lucky enough to snag a table outside.

 

Love Letter To The Perfect Hotel: Sa Pedrissa, Deià Mallorca

Sa Pedrissa View From BBQ Area

Sa Pedrissa will ruin you. It will raise the bar so high that other hotels and travel destinations pale in comparison.  Located in the small town Deià known for its famous resident Robert Graves, Se Pedrissa is steps from the Mediterranean with a unforgettable view of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Absolute perfection.

I was in Spain for a family vacation and my wedding so expectations were high. I chose Sa Pedrissa because of its location, size and commitment to organic food as an agrotourism hotel. After a scenic thirty-minute winding drive from the Palma de Mallorca Airport we arrived to a warm greeting from the manager Carlos with champagne in hand.

The first thing I noticed was Continue reading