La Parrilla de Maria Bonita in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Complementary bean dip with chips, La Parrilla de Maria Bonita

When I read that La Parrilla de Maria Bonita was the number one rated TripAdvisor restaurant in all of La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I seriously had my doubts. Don’t get me wrong, TripAdvisor has great travel information and tips, but I have never been impressed with top-ranked restaurants for international destinations. For example, nothing against PaulyBee’s American Burger, but how on earth is it ranked number 3 out of all the amazing restaurants in Bangkok? Anyways, it was late at …

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Copper Top BBQ off Highway 395 in Big Pine, California

When I read that Copper Top BBQ off Highway 395 in Big Pine, California was first in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015, I was surprised. Out of all the places in the world, I would least expect a restaurant in the tiny town of Big Pine to be ranked one of the top in the country. I am quite familiar with Big Pine as I often find myself driving along Highway 395 on the …

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Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio

Roasted Pork Belly Sandwich, Lolita, Cleveland

In 2016, a fire destroyed much of Lolita. Michael Symon plans to reopen a new restaurant at the location, Sherla’s Chicken & Oysters. Being a Food Network nerd, I was excited to learn about Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita restaurant in the Tremont neighborhood near downtown Cleveland. Tremont is the “go to” place for food in Cleveland. The historic area is trendy and hipster with a small town feeling thanks to many open green spaces, large trees, and more churches …

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Brunch at Gastown’s Tuc Craft Kitchen in downtown Vancouver

Irish Stew Skillet with lamb and grass fed beef at Tuc Craft Kitchen, Vancouver

If you are looking for a casual place in downtown Vancouver’s Gastown to have weekend brunch and great drinks, then you should stop by Tuc Craft Kitchen. The restaurant is located on West Cordova Street, just south of Water Street. If you aren’t familiar with Gastown, the neighborhood is one of the oldest and quirkiest in Vancouver. Gastown is home to more restaurants and bars than you can count. Tuc Craft Kitchen has it all from lunch, dinner, brunch on …

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Brunch at Jack Flaps in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood

This colorful and beautifully presented dish is the Cuyahoga Benedict

While on my flight to Cleveland, a local recommended that I eat breakfast at Jack Flaps, located in the historic Ohio City neighborhood. On the way to my hotel, my Uber driver once again recommended me to Jack Flaps. Being new to the Cleveland breakfast scene, I decided to trust the wisdom of the locals. After dropping my bags off at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel I headed over to Jack Flaps, located about ten minutes southwest of downtown Cleveland. The …

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My first poutine at Fritz European Fry House in Vancouver

Medium poutine topped with MTL smoked meat

Vancouver may not be as well known for poutine as Montreal, but places like Fritz European Fry House off Granville Street still know how to make a poutine. If you don’t know what poutine is, take some fries, gravy, and cheese and mix it together. Where I live in California, poutine is the new and cool thing to eat. You can find it on the menu of almost every gastropub. Even with its popularity, I still never tried it. I’ve …

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French food at Mon Ami Gabi on the Las Vegas Strip

The Petite Salad Maison with a side of lemon-dijon vinaigreette

In Las Vegas? Are you craving casual but delicious French food with a cool patio? Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is the place to go. I would have never visited Mon Ami Gabi had it not been for my friend that raved about the place for its food and relaxed environment. He told me that Mon Ami Gabi was different and that it was not like the other pretentious and overpriced restaurants found on …

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Ocean views at Cafe Agua Azul in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Tuna tostadas piled high with ahi tuna, avocado, and cream sauce

After a long day of hiking at Manuel Antonio National Park, I stopped by Cafe Agua Azul for drinks and food without knowing anything about the place. From the road, the building looked like it hung off a cliff with just air, jungle, and ocean below. After I parked out front, I walked up the set of stairs into a wonderful open air dining room. I was right, the views were amazing. This is why I decided to stop here …

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Scallops and shredded duck confit at Twisted Fork, Vancouver

This beautiful creation is made up of marinated scallops and bacon, Twisted Fork, Vancouver

Vancouver. Day one. Hungry after a long day of traveling and willing to eat anything that is within walking distance. Next to my hotel was Twisted Fork. The restaurant, which features a fusion of French and Candian dishes, opened in 2008 in the touristy and always interesting Granville Entertainment District of downtown Vancouver. Twisted Fork is a no fuss, non pretentious bistro that prides themselves on making everything in-house from scratch which ensures quality food. As you will notice in …

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