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Feb 27 2017

Escaping the all-inclusive: Delicious dining elsewhere in Punta Cana

If you get tired of the all-inclusive menu at your resort while in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, there are plenty of options to shake things up, from traditional Dominican fare to stunning restaurants right on the beach; these are a few if our favorites.

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                                       Jellyfish's deck faces the ocean; photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Sitting right on the edge of the waves of Bavaro Beach, Jellyfish serves exquisite, freshly caught seafood. It's truly an experience just for the views, and the food matches in excellence. For a perfectly charming lunch or dinner spot outside of the resort complex, this place can't be beat.


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Oct 20 2016

Exquisite dining experiences—and views—in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a place for adventure, with a slew of exciting—and often exhausting—activities, from hiking and skiing to hang gliding and parasailing. If a little fatigue sets in, you don't have to give up the great outdoors in order to relax: Of Jackson Hole's many restaurants, there are several with absolutely stunning views, and food to match. These are some of our favorite places to unwind while still feeling in touch with the natural beauty of the area.


                                    All of the good things at The Granary; photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Granary is top-notch fine dining with incredible views of the valley to match. The food is exceptional—try something local and fresh, like the salmon or elk. No other spot in Jackson Hole has quite the same ambience as The Granary, or the same views. There's patio seating in warm months, but the vistas from the windows in the winter are nothing short of breathtaking. This is one of the best places in town to relax amidst the scenery.


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May 2 2016

A first peek into The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, the restaurant at Kimpton's latest hotel, The Cardinal

Category: Christine Norris @ 06:31

Last Thursday, I had the great privilege of attending the soft opening of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, the restaurant that lies within The Cardinal, Kimpton Hotels' most newly opened property, located in Winston-Salem, NC. The hotel itself is, at a glance, gorgeous, with updated and restored art-deco accents everywhere in the lobby, and the facade of the historic R.J. Reynolds building (the model, on a much smaller scale, for the Empire State Building) has never looked better; but the restaurant is sure to be the standout here, since it combines those lovely details with excellent French-meets-Southern cuisine and serious date-night vibes. The Katharine celebrates its grand opening today; while you wait for dinner service to start, here are a few highlights from my first trip.



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Jun 30 2015

Inspiring Dining Experiences in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Category: Destinations | Dining | GeneralChristine Norris @ 05:10

Zanzibar, Tanzania, an island off the east coast of Africa, has a wealth of dining experiences worthy of a city with so much history and beauty, not to mention its infamous wealth of spices. Wandering the winding streets of Stone Town, you can easily find cafes and restaurants, and any hotel restaurant is certainly a safe bet, but here are a few stand-out eats that we think you should try when in Zanzibar.

The Rock Restaurant is more a dream than a dining experience. Located on a coral island just off the coast, it serves a variety of cocktails and a menu of mainly seafood and house-made pasta. It's pricey for African cuisine, and the food can be hit-or-miss, but the open-air balcony supplies surreal, gorgeous views. Go to The Rock for the experience and the good wine list, and try to catch the sunset. There are only twelve tables, so reservations are a must.


      The Rock Restaurant, situated on a tiny coral island in the Indian Ocean. Photo courtesy of Travelettes.


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