Three places on San Francisco’s Divisadero

La Urbana – most excellent Mexican
661 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

Nopa – culinary Californication
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

The Mill – a Four Barrel location
736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

The one that got away:

4505 Burgers & BBQ
705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States

Four places in Prague worth a visit


EMA espresso bar – top tier espresso
Na Florenci 1420/3
110 00 Praha 1

ART&FOOD – live music and lovely atmosphere
Had Plaská 617/4
150 00 Praha 5

Hemingway Bar – nice little speakeasy
Karoliny Světlé 26
110 00 Praha 1

…but you might of course have come for the beer – can’t blame you. The Czech have a lot to answer for on that front. Here’s a brewery tap:

U Medvídků
Na Perštýně 345/7
110 01 Praha 1

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Three unexpected espresso stops in Frankfurt


Kaffeerösterei Stern Wissmüller – roasting since ‘48 – and a nice backyard to sit and enjoy in
Leipziger Str. 39
60487 Frankfurt am Main

Augenblick Kaffee & Co – excellent espresso – and fried egg sandwiches
Mainzer Landstraße 65
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Klein und Main – nice spot to watch the world go by 
Moselstraße 10
60329 Frankfurt

…and a few further culinary stops:

Café Hauptwache – if you are going to have a Frankfurter then why not here
An der Hauptwache 15
60313 Frankfurt am Main

moriki – good spot to sit on the terrace – and have some miso
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main

da Cimino – a decent wood-fired pizza at a fair price (cash only)
Adalbertstraße 29
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Five fab culinary spots in Florence


Signorvino – ravioli with a view… and try the Brunello flight
Via de Bardi, 46R
50125 Firenze

La Divina Enoteca – well assorted spot for the oenophile near the old market
Via Panicale, 19/R
50123 Firenze

Lo Sverso – local craft brews and biodynamic wine – near La Divina…
Via Panicale 7-9
50123 Firenze

Icche c’e c’e – a traditional back-street trattoria
Via dei Magalotti
50122 Firenze

Sandwichic – small local deli in an old tailor’s shop – have one of their charcuterie boards, a glass of house red for next to nothing – and grab a stool outside and take it all in
Via S. Gallo, 3
50129 Firenze

…and the ones that got away this time:

accà ristopizzaperitivo – closed for the holidays (alas)
Via Pisana, 120R
50124 Firenze

Le Volpi e l’Uva – for one more bicchiere…
Piazza dei Rossi
50125 Firenze

+ more of the many interesting places on Piazza Santo Spirito – a squareful of less touristy – and seemingly worthwhile establishments. Also, an Eataly, whichever city it is in, is generally worth a brief visit. The Firenze one is here.

…and last but not least, here’s a wortwhile culinary app for you:

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Three culinary spots in Milano

Ratanà – the home of larger-than-life chef Cesare Battisti (and some worthhile photography too)
Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28,
IT-20124 Milano

Fonderie Milanesi – *literally* a hidden gem (keep going through the courtyard)

Via Giovenale
IT-720136 Milano

Il Mercato del Duomo – giving Eataly a run for its money? 
Piazza del Duomo
IT-20121 Milano

Also, if you are attending EXPO2015, be sure to stop by the Slow Food Pavillion. Enjoy. 

A short list of espresso spots near #IABC15

Blue Bottle Coffee – these folk are of the reliable kind
66 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94103

Elite Audio Systems & Coffee – dual purpose outfit, but why not?
893 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Special Xtra – Blue Bottle Coffee Retailer – Mon-Fri hole in the wall 
46 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94108 

Enjoy. If you’re looking for something a bit further afield, check out this longer list from earlier.

A quick list of worthwhile espresso spots in Toronto

There’s more good coffee in Toronto than this perhaps, but this is not a bad set of places to start…

Dineen Coffee Co. – beautiful building, amazing espresso
140 Yonge StToronto, ON M5C 2L7


Caffé Artigiano – service with a smile and free WiFi
67 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1J8

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters – a useful back-up – more than one location
10 Market St
Toronto, ON M5E 1M6

Fairgrounds Cafe – OK, so it isn’t in Toronto per-se – quirky, worth a visit 
1106 Ogden Ave
Mississauga, ON L5E 1K3


The ones I didn’t manage to visit on this occasion but I’d like to check out next time I’m in town:

Apparently a no can do for hand luggage – and I thought I was on a roll… (at George Washington’s Gristmill)

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