Oyster Bar: Hidden gem inside Durango Resort in Las Vegas

A split portion of the Combination Pan Roast with a side of rice, Oyster Bar, Durango Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

When a new Oyster Bar location opened at the recently launched Durango Resort in southwest Las Vegas, I knew I had to try it out for myself. As they recently opened this new location, and it was a Saturday afternoon, I knew I would have to wait. But the wait is worth it. I can remember the first time I tried Oyster Bar. It was at Palace Station, a nearby hotel and casino located west of the Las Vegas Strip …

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China Mama: Popular Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas Chinatown

Mama's Special Pan Fried Pork Buns, China Mama's, Las Vegas, Nevada

China Mama is a well-known and popular Chinese restaurant located in Las Vegas Chinatown, just a short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip. Loved by both locals and visitors, the neighborhood eatery is renowned for its extensive menu featuring dumplings, steamed buns, and other authentic Chinese dishes. I’ve wanted to try China Mama for a while, but I’ve never had the chance until now. Since it was a busy Friday night, I knew I would have to wait for …

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El Rum Rum de la Habana in Havana, Cuba

Pollo Salteado con Piña en Aroma de Cúrcuma y Jengibre, El Rum Rum de la Habana in Havana, Cuba

El Rum Rum de la Habana is a typical Cuban restaurant and paladar located in the heart of La Habana Vieja, Havana’s old town. Managed by owner Osiris Oramas Oliver, El Rum Rum has become popular for its large menu featuring meat dishes, seafood, pastas, cocktails, and more. You might be wondering what a paladar is. A paladar in Cuba refers to a family-operated eatery that offers traditional local dishes. While prohibited until the 1990s, these privately-owned establishments have since …

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Antojos: Lunch in Havana, Cuba

Grilled Chicken (Pollo Grillé), Antojos, Havana, Cuba

Antojos is a hip and trendy restaurant serving classic Cuban fare, located on the edge of Habana Vieja, Havana’s old town. This area, located near the Museum of the Revolution, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Havana to explore. Here, you will find narrow alleyways lined with historic buildings housing small restaurants and bars. One of these alleyways, Espada Alley, is where you will find Antojos. It’s hard to miss the restaurant with red parasols lining its exterior and …

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Mojito Mojito: Lunch near Plaza Vieja in Havana, Cuba

Fresh Chicken with Shrimp and Fruits (Pollo Fresco con Camarones y Frutas)

When I travel to new destinations, I rarely walk into a restaurant without doing some prior research or reading reviews. Additionally, even though I am a tourist myself, I tend to avoid eating at establishments that cater mainly to tourists. Therefore, when I came across Mojito Mojito, located near Plaza Vieja in Old Havana, Cuba, I had my reservations about the place. While I don’t consider myself a foodie who enjoys fancy or costly cuisine, I tend to assume that …

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Bia Mara: Sustainable fish and chips in Brussels, Belgium

The Classic Panko Fish n Chips with ling, Bia Mira, Brussels, Belgium

Bia Mara, meaning seafood in Irish, is a small sustainable fish and chips restaurant located in Brussels, Belgium. The focus here is on quality, uncommon in central Brussels, where expensive, low-quality restaurants catered to tourists are typical. The restaurant, owned by two Irishmen, differs from your typical fish and chips shop in London or Dublin. Fish here is fresh, with availability changing daily, whether cod, ling, salmon, or halibut. You will only find it on the menu if it’s fresh. …

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Noordzee – Mer Du Nord: Fresh seafood in Brussels, Belgium

Grilled Shrimp (Scampi a la Plancha), Noordzee - Mer du Nord, Brussels, Belgium

Noordzee – Mer Du Nord, located in Brussels, Belgium, is popular with locals and visitors for inexpensive, tapas-like seafood plates. The restaurant in the Sainte Catherine area of Brussels is only minutes by foot from the Grand Palace. Many centuries ago, the city’s main fish market stood in the small square in front of the restaurant. And, the old fish canals survive to this day. Over the years, many excellent seafood restaurants have opened in this area. One of those …

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Torikizoku: Popular yakitori chain found across Japan

Momo Kizokuyaki Tare (Chicken Thigh and Leek Skewer), Torikizoku, Osaka, Japan

Founded in 1986, Torikizoku has established itself as one of Japan’s most popular izakaya chains, with almost 700 locations nationwide. Today, the chain is well known for its affordable prices, cozy atmosphere, and freshly prepared yakitori skewers. You can find Torikizoku locations in major cities including Tokyo (Shinjuku and Shibuya), Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Kobe, and Hiroshima. There are many reasons to visit Torikizoku. First, they offer various yakitori skewers, including chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables. Second, their prices are affordable, …

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O’Reilly 304: Trendy restaurant in Havana, Cuba

O'Reilly Tacos (Tacos Mixtos), O'Reilly 304, Havana, Cuba

In 2016, I took my first trip to Havana, a city that was entirely unfamiliar to me at the time. Havana felt like a whole new world. As I walked around the city, everything seemed exotic, from the busy streets to the colorful buildings and vibrant culture. While exploring the charming streets of Havana, I stumbled upon O’Reilly 304. This trendy but casual restaurant was located in the heart of Habana Vieja, Havana’s historic Old Town. Despite its small size, …

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Kura Sushi: Popular conveyor belt sushi chain in Osaka, Japan

Tuna and Green Onion, Kura Sushi, Osaka, Japan

Kura Sushi is a popular Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain known for its affordable sushi dishes. Founded in 1995, Kura Sushi today has over 450 locations in Japan along with 22 in Taiwan and 47 in the United States. On my recent visit to Osaka, I stopped by the Kura Sushi Shinsekai Tsutenkaku location in the popular Shinsekai district. As mentioned before, Kura Sushi is known for its affordable sushi. Everything from salmon to tuna to shrimp starts at …

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