Milkbar Tomasza: Modern Polish Milk Bar in Kraków, Poland

If you are hungry, go for the Irish Breakfast

Located in the heart of Kraków’s Old Town is Milkbar Tomasza, a modern interpretation of a Soviet-style milk bar or self-serve cafeteria serving traditional Polish dishes at affordable prices. A milk bar or bar mleczny is a Polish form of a cafeteria ubiquitous across all of Poland. After World War I, these self-service milk bars started to pop up all across the country. The main purpose of these milk bars was to serve cheap meals to poor citizens, especially after …

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Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) in Kraków, Poland

The iconic Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) in Kraków, Poland

For over 25 years, the Blue Nysa Van (Kiełbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski) has been serving the best kielbasa in Kraków, Poland. This street food institution of Kraków, operated by two gentlemen dressed in white coats, has been serving wood-fired Polish sausages (kielbasa) out of their iconic PRL-era blue Nysa van parked in front of Unitarg Market Hall (Unitarg Hala Targowa). In recent years, food trucks have become popular in Kraków. These food trucks, which serve a wide variety of delicious …

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Tek Sen Restaurant: Best Chinese food in Penang, Malaysia

An order of the Stir-Fried Kang Kung with Sambal Sauce and Prawns

Since opening in 1965, Tek Sen Restaurant has evolved into one of the best Chinese restaurants in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. For over 50 years, the restaurant has been serving a wide variety of authentic Chinese dishes including Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka, and Peranakan. When Tek Sen Restaurant first opened back in 1965, it operated out of a small stall known as Teik Seng Rice Stall. Even though they have moved their business into a renovated heritage building located in the …

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Nando’s PERi-PERi: Best flame grilled chicken in Baltimore, Maryland

The Half Chicken Combo with PERi Chips

Nando’s PERi-PERi, with a location in Baltimore, is part of a South African restaurant chain famous for their peri-peri style chicken dishes. Nando’s, which was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987, now has over 1,000 locations in 35 countries. So what is PERi-PERi? PERi-PERi, or piri piri, is a type of chili pepper known as the African Bird’s Eye Chili. Nando’s sources their peppers from Southern Africa, including Mozambique. These peppers are the key to Nando’s fire grilled PERi-PERi …

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Faidley’s Seafood: Crabcakes at Lexington Market in Baltimore

The specialty of the house, the Jumbo Lump Crabcake Platter

Faidley’s Seafood, located inside historic Lexington Market, is a Baltimore institution famous for their jumbo lump crabcakes and fresh seafood. Faidley’s Seafood, which was founded all the way back in 1886, is one of the most well known purveyors of fresh seafood in the Chesapeake Bay region. Crabcakes, which are a symbol of Baltimore cuisine, are balls of crab which are deep fried until golden brown. If Faidley’s Seafood is known for one dish, it would have to be their …

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Mediterranean Halal Food Cart in Baltimore, Maryland

The massive Combo Rice Platter, Mediterranean Halal Food, Baltimore, Maryland

On my visit to Baltimore, I discovered the Mediterranean Halal Food Cart, a small halal food stand selling wraps, rice, and salads topped with chicken and lamb. The only reason I stumbled upon this hidden gem was because of its location on the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Plaza, directly across the street from my hotel There were a few things that stood out about this food cart. First, everyone who was ordering food from the cart appeared to …

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Nakiryu: Michelin Star Tantanmen Ramen in Tokyo, Japan

Tantanmen, a dish of thin noodles in a red pepper soup, Nakiryu, Tokyo, Japan

In 2017, Nakiryu became only the second ramen restaurant in Tokyo, Japan to be awarded a Michelin star. When you think of Michelin star restaurants, you probably think of fancy, expensive places where you have to dress in a coat and tie. And then there is Nakiryu, a small shop with ten seats located in a nondescript gray building in northern Tokyo. Nakiryu is famous for their affordable bowl of tantanmen ramen, also known as dandan noodles or dandanmian. This …

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Australia Dairy Company: Best scrambled eggs in Hong Kong

Breakfast Set, Australia Dairy Company, Hong Kong

Ask any local for their favorite Hong Kong-style breakfast (cha chaan teng) and odds are their answer will be Australia Dairy Company. Since opening in 1970, this iconic Hong Kong institution has gained a reputation for its steamed pudding, scrambled eggs, and chicken soup. Dim sum, roast goose, and wonton noodles might be the kings of Hong Kong cuisine, but at any hour of the day, you’ll find a line of hungry people outside Australia Dairy Company, patiently waiting to …

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Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten: Pork Cutlet in Tokyo, Japan

Kurobuta Loin Pork Cutlet Set, Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten, Tokyo, Japan

Out of all the foods I have encountered while traveling in Japan, none might be more comforting and delicious than tonkatsu, a Japanese-style pork cutlet which is breaded and deep-fried to perfection. While there are many great options in Tokyo to sample tonkatsu, none might be more famous than Maisen. Founded in 1965, Maisen now has locations across Japan and a few international locations. On my recent visit to Tokyo, I stopped by their main store, Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten. …

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Ippudo Ginza: Popular ramen chain in Tokyo, Japan

The Ippudo Karaka

It was my last night in Tokyo and I was looking for a place to eat near my Airbnb that wouldn’t break the bank. Unfortunately, I was staying in Ginza, one of the most expensive areas in all of Tokyo. Enter any restaurant in Ginza and you can easily walk out with a 20,000 ($179.91) yen bill. While wandering the area, I happened to stumble upon Ippudo Ginza, a chain of ramen restaurants with locations found all across Japan and …

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