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Assaggiare

Gourmet Italian In Cancun – Assaggiare

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I have a deep-rooted passion for Italian food. Especially pastas. And when it comes to pizza I’m a prickly beast who is very specific in my requirements for what I consider the “perfect” pizza. Thin crust, crunchy, hand-picked vegetables, good cheese and none of that “drench the pizza in tomato sauce” bullshit that Americans call “pizza”.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to me when Cris and I began a new initiative recently to start adding more mainland Cancun content for the website, YouTube and social media channels that we stumbled across an out-of-the-way family-owned Italian restaurant by the name of Assaggiare here on the outskirts of Centro. Read More

Los Aguachiles, Cancun, Mexico

Tacos In Cancun – Los Aguachiles

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Welcome to the Tacos in Cancun series from Marginal Boundaries. We explore some of the best taquerías throughout the city, ranging from street vendors to taco stands to restaurants and delivery places. You can’t visit the heart of the Mexican Caribbean without sampling some of the real food, and we’re here to take you to our favorite restaurants in the heart of the Riviera Maya, far away from the Americanized Hotel Zone with its watered-down salsa, steak and hamburgers.

This week’s installment focuses on one of the best marisquerias in the city, Los Aguachiles Read More

Tacos Rigo

Tacos In Cancun – Tacos Rigo

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Welcome to the Tacos in Cancun series from Marginal Boundaries. We explore some of the best taco eateries throughout the city, ranging from street vendors to taco stands to restaurants and delivery places. You can’t visit the heart of the Mexican Caribbean without sampling some of the real food, and we’re here to take you to our favorite restaurants in the heart of the Riviera Maya, far away from the Americanized Hotel Zone with its watered-down salsa, steak and hamburgers.

This week’s installment focuses on one of our favorite taco restaurants in the city, Tacos Rigo.  Read More

Amsterdam Grachtenbrucken

Coffee really means just coffee

Posted by | Food, Guest Spot, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, The Netherlands, Traveling Tips | 2 Comments

Amsterdam has everything a tourist could want, whether you’re going there to enjoy a relaxing afternoon coffee or see historic places like Anne Frank’s house or the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. There are multiple things to do in Amsterdam ranging from site-seeing and viewing its impressive architecture filled with canals crisscrossing the city to kicking back alongside one of the canals and just enjoying the afternoon. This is also a world-class shopping destination, not to mention Amsterdam is known for its nightlife a.k.a. the red light district where  prostitution is legal and some of the local coffee shops sell small quantities of high grade marijuana (although the current laws are cutting back on tourists being able to purchase bud, since the city is tired of its reputation as a drug haven). Between the coffee shops, the pubs, famous museums and places to go shopping there’ll never be a dull moment during your trip here.

Amsterdam Bike

Amsterdam has been renowned for its liberal drug policy in the past, but as of 2012 the laws have changed so that you are only allowed to frequent the special coffee shops if you are a Dutch resident over the age of 18 who is registered with the club. If you are one to visit one of these coffee shops be sure not to get confused with a normal cafe. The policies are still being rolled into place across the country and a lot of tourists don’t know about the new laws yet, so you may find yourself barred from entry into certain places.

amsterdam coffee shopYou also have your so-called smart shops where they sell dietary supplements and herbal ecstasy and other forms of feel-good pills and plants which are completely natural. It is for this reason that the government has started to ban foreigners from accessing the special coffee shops, because their reputation as a drug haven was starting to attract the wrong type of travelers.

But Amsterdam is also known for having plenty of sick jams, with music venues like Muziekgebouw aaan ‘t IJ which is one of the largest complexes in Europe for all different types of art and music. Although music isn’t the only art showcased at the complex, there are tons of actual art shops ranging from digital snaps to gelatin prints. Plus, this is one of the greenest cities in the world in terms of manual means of getting around, not to mention it’s just better for you as well as the environment. Bicycles are so popular you can actually rent your own bike at places like Rent a Bike, or you can book a guided tour via bicycle through the Yellow Bike Company. (Try finding someone using a bicycle in my part of the world, much less rental shops!)

There is a lot more to Amsterdam than just the liberal views on drugs and prostitution, but the unfortunate reality is that those have been the trendy reasons to go there for so long that they have come to overshadow the beauty of the city, the museums, the food, the culture and the people. With the new policies against foreigners entering the special shops, this trend should start to reverse and Amsterdam can once again emerge as a culture capital of the world, rather than just a haven for potheads and sex addicts.

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Overlooking Montreal

Culinary surprises in Montreal, Canada

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For those who have never visited Canada, it is a place filled with gorgeous architecture, good food and a nearby border. On account of these factors, it was not entirely clear that I was in another country during my first visit to Montreal in the fall of 2011. At first glance,  it resembled a number of other large cities, like Denver for example, with a large number of shopping areas, parks, and roads. I had the chance to visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral, situated up in the mountains, which has an astounding view of the city of Montreal from the top of their stairs. I did not think, however, that I would end up experiencing some of the best meals of my life in Montreal, especially a few that are dishes I have enjoyed in the U.S.

It was ironically my first meal in Canada which was by far the most memorable, and still possibly the best meal I have ever had to this day. I enjoyed a three-course lunch at the restaurant inside the Hilton Garden Inn where I was staying; this included a light vegetable-beef broth soup, a duck confit salad, and a coffee cake desert (of course not without a Bloody Mary for good measure). It has been ages since I have had any multiple-course meal, and clearly this Montreal restaurant knew what they were doing. The soup was perfectly portioned and light, which was pleasing especially for myself, since I often over-consumes appetizers and ruin the main dish. And the dessert of coffee crumble cake was particularly delightful, considering I had not had a crumble cake since I was a child. But it was the main course of duck confit that truly was an experience. I had never had duck before then, and it was soft, juicy and sweet. It went perfectly with the leafy greens it was placed next to, and I took the time to enjoy every morsel of this previously unknown dish.

I did get the chance to try a dish that is unique to Montreal, called Poutine, which consists of French fries covered in brown gravy, ground beef, and onions (if ordered traditionally), but there are a million other ways to order Poutine. I found it to be a greasy, heavy and very filling specialty, but I was determined to try some local cuisine, and I am glad I did. But I will never forget my lunch experience at the hotel, and it just goes to show you that you never know where you will have the best meal of your life.

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