Five Iconic Views While Dining

By Kevin Yeung

We know you love to enjoy the finest foods around the world, but what if we told you that you can enjoy those finest foods around the world with a stunning view included? Here is my list for unforgettable experiences while you enjoy the local seasonal seafood or classic recipes infused with a touch of modern elegance; all paired with fine wine.


the Felix, in Hong Kong

The View: Located in the swank Peninsula Hotel, this 28th-floor restaurant offers floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of Hong Kong’s light filled skyline across Victoria Harbour.

The Food: Features fresh seasonal dishes such as slow-cooked sea bass with black shrimp mousse, crab salad and tuna tartar with dandelion salad.

Tip: Don’t miss the Symphony of Lights show- Hong Kong’s nightly laser and light show at 8pm every evening shown across the harbour


the Ithaa, in Maldives

The View: With 180-degree views, visitors are literally surrounded by fish, sharks, and coral reef- this is a truly unique dining experience that’s intimate yet totally immersed in an underwater world.

The Food: A contemporary, European menu in a six course dinner or four course lunch- each paired with expertly selected Champagnes. Special indulgences include caviar for dinner.

Tip: Make a reservation early- especially the 6:30pm seating to see the sea life in day light, change colours at sunset, and then at night.


the Le Jules Verne, in Paris

The View: Perched high above on the Eiffel Tower’s second level, 410 feet above the ground; it offers expansive views of the City of Light. Go in the Evening to see Paris’ twinkling lights.

The Food: Enjoy the revered culinary traditions of France with a modern touch to classic recipes.  Each dish is a taste of intense flavour with a 100 percent French wine list.

Tip: Make your reservations 3 months in advance and ask for the a window table to truly enjoy the spectacular views.


the Above and Beyond Restaurant, in Santorini

The View: While marveling at the breathtaking sea views and the celebrated Santorini sunset, in the dramatic backdrop of spectacular volcanic beauty is the ideal setting for an unforgettable culinary experience.

The Food: Authentically Greek, simple and delicious dishes are prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients from small producers of Santorini and the nearby islands.

Tip: Stop by for lunch during your port visit to Santorini with Oceania Cruises.


the Daphne’s, in Barbados

The View: For beach-side dining at its finest, it’s hard to match with Daphne’s; especially with the Caribbean’s sun and sand destinations.  Cool breezes from the sea is as refreshing as the sunset, as you enjoy a candlelit dinner once the sun has set.

The Food:  This luxurious beach-side establishment serves an infusion of modern Italian with the local tropical seafood that blends well with home cooked elements.

Tip: For lunch, try the buffalo-milk burrata with prosciutto di Parma, and for dinner, try the jerk pork chops with pickled green banana, roasted pepper, and pumpkin.

What are the top 5 spices used in Turkey?

Turkish cuisine is the perfect juxtaposition of east meets west— a fusion of Central Asian,Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 1.50.29 PM Caucasian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisine.

The spices that are prevalent in their dishes are unique, bold and bursting with flavour.

The top 5 spices used in Istanbul are:

Red Pepper Flakes

If you like your food a little bit spicy, try adding red pepper flakes. Made by drying and crushing red chili peppers, usually cayenne, red pepper flakes adds a perfect addition to a flavourful meal.

Health Benefits:

  • An excellent source of beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A— promotes healthy vision, particularly night vision.
  • A potent antioxidant

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Urfa Biber
Also known as Isot Pepper, Urfa Biber is a dried Turkish chili pepper that often is described by its smoky, raisin-like taste with hints of chocolate and tobacco.  Use this in rice, stews and any dish that you wnt to have a deep, dark flavour with a touch of heat.

Health Benefits:
Peppers are filled with capsaicin, which has a lot of health benefits. It helps to burn calories, helps heartburn, has pain-relieving properties and also helps to curb your appetite.

This is one of the worlds most widely used spice. The warm, balsamic and aromatic flavour of oregano makes the perfect addition to Mediterranean cuisine.

Health Benefits:

  • Used to help respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders.
  • Applied topically, oil of oregano can help skin conditions such as acne and dandruff.
  • Contains fiber, iron, magnese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids and more.

In Turkish cuisine, Mint is used fresh and dried in many salad recipes as well as meat, poultry and fish. Since Mint has an extremely strong flavour, use a small amount at first until you get used to it.

Health Benefits:
Promotes digestion and soothes stomach aches and indigestion
The strong aroma of mint can help with nausea and headaches
It is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose throat and lungs
Cumin packs a big punch. It’s nutty, peppery flavour brings the perfect spice to any dish. It is great for fish dishes, curries, couscous and much more.

Health Benefits:

  • Controls diabetes
  • Contains essential minerals. A tablespoon of cumin will give you 6 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium
  • Because of it’s high antioxidant content, some studies have shown it to play a role in fighting cancer

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Top 5 Places to Eat in Thessaloniki

I’ve been traveling to Greece almost every year since 1974 and the city that’s near and dear to me is Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. This gateway to the Balkans has had a history marked by Romans, Venetians, Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, Armenians, Turks and the ever-present Greek influence.

Nowhere is the multicultural tapestry more evident than in the cuisine of Thessaloniki. Although very Greek, once can taste and smell the these other cultures in the food of the city, from breakfast to night caps, meze to meat, seafood to syrupy desserts.

I have compiled a Top 5 of places to eat in Thessaloniki, perhaps Greece’s food city boasting of more eateries per square metre than anywhere else in Greece.

1. Begin your day with a Greek breakfast at Bantis Bougatsa near the church of Panagia Faneromeni. This family-run business makes all their phyllo by hand, throwing sheets of dough in the air until transparent and thin then folded to envelope fillings like custard, cheese, spinach and cheese and ground beef. No trip to Thessaloniki can be complete without trying some Bougatsa. 

2. Nea Folia taverna. Located in a small alley on the north side of Kassandrou just west of Agia Sophia Street is this little eatery that reminds me of the old days in Thessaloniki, complete with old juke box. The young, friendly cooking staff and servers serve up unique dishes using Greek products from around the country and present with a simple panache that marries tradition with modern twists.

3. Imbros Fish and Seafood. Thessaloniki boasts of having some of Greece’s best fish and seafood and Imbros in the suburb of Kalamaria delivers freshness and quality for reasonable prices. Fresh fish and seafood are brought in daily to the restaurant from their exclusive sources and you may head into the kitchen to inspect the catch of the day yourself!

4. Duo Xoirous or “Two Pigs” is a small shop located just west of the Arch of Galerius on Egnatia Road. These guys specialize in rotisseries meats like beef and pork kontosouvli but the star is their Ellasonitiko – pork belly on the spit.

5. Patisserie Hatzi. This family has been serving Thessaloniki (now locations in Athens as well) Constantinople style sweets and treats at their many locations throughout the city. I recommend traveling out to Nea Epivates and taking in the view of the city whilst sipping on a Greek coffee and nibbling on an array of some Greece’s best desserts.

By: Peter Minaki

5 Fun Things to Do in Torino

  1. Catch a Juventus soccer match – one of the best ways to experience true Italian passion.
  2. Join the locals for Aperitif and Stuzzichini between 6:30-7:00 pm.  Head to a bar, order a chilled glass of Vermouth and enjoy the complimentary platters of cold cuts, olives and sample sandwiches.
  3. Go treasure hunting for books among the stalls that line Via Roma and Via Po.
  4. Check out the deals at the open air markets in Porta Palazzo and Balon.
  5. Have a Bicerin at ‘Al Bicerin’. Since 1763, Café Al Bicerin has been serving this delicious concoction of Espresso, chocolate and cream. It’s worth every single calorie.

Happy touring!