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L. E. Travel Tips: Restaurante Volta, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

L. E. Travel Tips: Restaurante Volta, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

Rio's Restaurante Volta: Genuine Brazilian gastronomy, amazing space and service with great drinks.

L. E. Travel Tip: Caravela Gourmet - Beautiful Portuguese Wine Bar in Barcelona

L. E. Travel Tip: Caravela Gourmet - Beautiful Portuguese Wine Bar in Barcelona

Portuguese establishments in Barcelona reveal the rise of the Latin within the Latin and bonding the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

L. E. Travel Tips: XXIII Guitarras in Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona

L. E. Travel Tips: XXIII Guitarras in Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona

A locals' spot for amazing and interesting live music in the Sants-Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona.

L. E. Travel Tips: LIC Market in Long Island City

L. E. Travel Tips: LIC Market in Long Island City

The Cheers of Queens 'where everyone knows your name.' Friendly staff and amazing fresh seasonal food.

L. E. Travel Tips: Bar Olivia Vermutería in Poble Sec

L. E. Travel Tips: Bar Olivia Vermutería in Poble Sec

This locals' spot in Barcelona offers live music, DJ's and guest chefs. 

L. E. Travel Tips: Borough Market in London's Southwark District

L. E. Travel Tips: Borough Market in London's Southwark District

A food mecca and locals' favorite near London Bridge.

L. E. Travel Tips: La Font De La Cervesa in Sant Antoni

L. E. Travel Tips: La Font De La Cervesa in Sant Antoni

A locals spot in the Sant Antoni neighborhood of Barcelona where the casa de la vermut comes highly recommended.

L.E. Travel Tip: The Lobby Bar & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

L.E. Travel Tip: The Lobby Bar & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

Chic, comfortable, and intimate setting with indoor and garden seating. A great meeting spot before or after brunch or dinner.

L. E. Travel Tip: Navy in Soho

L. E. Travel Tip: Navy in Soho

The team that brought us Smith & Mills opens this local's gem.

L. E. Travel Tips: Amazing Homestyle cooking at Casa Enrique

L. E. Travel Tips: Amazing Homestyle cooking at Casa Enrique

Great food, service, and cocktails in a friendly, neighborhood spot in LIC.

L. E. Travel Tips: London’s Secret Canal Walks – Regent’s Canal

L. E. Travel Tips: London’s Secret Canal Walks – Regent’s Canal

A perfect spot for a Sunday Stroll in Central North London!

L. E. Travel Tips: Rio’s Calabouço Rock & Roll Bar

L. E. Travel Tips: Rio’s Calabouço Rock & Roll Bar

A great rock & roll bar, locals spot in the neighborhood of Tijuca

L. E. Travel Tips: Cocotte - A Lovely Slice of France in Soho

I first stopped in Cocotte while shopping in Soho two years ago. At the time, I had never heard of the restaurant, however I was drawn by the look and feel of the place. More importantly, they had a good crowd which is always a great sign when selecting a restaurant.

Shortly after being seated, I noticed that the busy staff was speaking almost entirely in French. As it turns out, the chef and owner, Sebastien Pourrat, is from Paris where he previously owned a restaurant in Le Marais. The staff is almost entire French, though don't let any previously conceived notions about the French stop you from visiting Cocotte as everyone is extremely friendly and helpful.

The menu is ideal in length with a good selection of traditional French basque dishes and some modern french bistro plates as well. The Cocotte Burger is quite simply one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Perfectly juicy, fresh, and served uniquely on focaccia bread.

I've been back on a number of occasions for lunch and dinner and the food is always delicious. Their cocotte of sautéd potatoes with duck fat is a perfect compliment to any meal. The duck confit rustic pate is out of this world. I've tried many of their specials as well and I've never been anything but pleased. They also have pulled together an impressive list of craft beers mostly from Spain. 

Stop by and give this place a try. You will feel like you stepped out of NYC and into a great French bistro in Paris!

L. E. Travel Tips: Muretinha da Urca - A Locals Favorite

L. E. Travel Tips: Muretinha da Urca - A Locals Favorite

A great spot to experience Rio like a local with cold beers and breathtaking views!