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ENJOY The Tranquility of Rural Belgium


A regal Limburg farmstead has been reimagined. Discover Kamerijck B&B, a modern day bastion of organic agro-tourism in the heart of Belgium. Call it home as you discover your more playful side: picking apples, frolicking through fields, and indulging poolside.

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ENJOY The Tranquility of Rural Belgium


A regal Limburg farmstead has been reimagined. Discover Kamerijck B&B, a modern day bastion of organic agro-tourism in the heart of Belgium. Call it home as you discover your more playful side: picking apples, frolicking through fields, and indulging poolside.

Peaceful. Elegant. ENDURING.

Welcome to a 17th century Belgian Hesbaye square farmhouse.

Aside from the working farm, the surrounding landscape, fields, and parks are full of character and open to guests for leisurely strolls. Fancy a picnic? Of course you do.

Aside from the working farm, the surrounding landscape, fields, and parks are full of character and open to guests for leisurely strolls. Fancy a picnic? Of course you do.

main dining room at kamerijck

Kamerijck B&B, in the easternmost portion of Belgian Flanders, is a peaceful-historical haven just outside of the nearby towns. The centuries-old brick-and-ivy facade, barn-wood floors, and regal bed-treatments leave guests in awe. High-cielinged rooms have been designed with both a nod to tradition and the comforts of modern luxuries in mind. Full baths, oversized-glass-showers, and plush towels can be expected. Not to mention the farm-fresh produce that defines the breakfast offerings each morning.

Click on the photo below for a sneak-peek of life at Kamerijck.

Once belonging to the Prince Regent, Baron de Chokier, lodging ranges from Standard to Comfort rooms: each sporting a unique style and luxurious decor. The French oak boards and panelling along with the minimalistic single tapestry of the Standard rooms are elegant and understand. In contrast, a pair of rain boots can often be found steps from the entrance to these first-floor lodgings. The antique painting-and lantern-adorned walls of the oversized Comfort rooms above allude help fill the generously-portioned quarters; further defining a country residence that the royals would be proud to call their own, even to this day.

kamerijck in Belgium is a fully functional farm and tastefully decorated bed and breakfast

Guests of the farm's bed and breakfast are treated to an array of farm-fresh products in the mint-green and fireplace-clad dining room. In warmer months many opt to take breakfast on the adjoining patio by the rose bushes. Aged, salty cheeses, home-made preserves, airy bread, and a variety of preserves are onto the beginning. In the evening, you'll often find this nook outside the dining hall made all the more cozy as guests lounge in light sweaters, taking in the last rays of sunlight whilst sipping on the farms own Belgian Ale, Baron de Chokier (pictured to the bottom right). 

apples on a tree ready for picking in rural Belgium (Limburg)

Snuggled in the midst of pear farms and apple orchards by the hamlet of Gingelom (South Limburg); Brussels, Liege, and Maastricht are all within reach (45 minutes or less drive). The Kamerijck farmstead also boasts proximity to the humble Bink Brewery, numerous bike paths, and the farm's De Chokier ale house. Visitors can take advantage of the farm in the spring by joining in on harvest activities and tours as well, an educational endeavour suitable for friends and family, young, and old alike.

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belgian craft beer from organic farm and bed and breakfast kamerijck
Travlr Blog's Matty relaxes poolside at Kamerijck taking in the last of the warm winds before Autumn was in full force. Serenity is top of mind here, in an area that looks more like an Alex Coleville paining   

Travlr Blog's Matty relaxes poolside at Kamerijck taking in the last of the warm winds before Autumn was in full force. Serenity is top of mind here, in an area that looks more like an Alex Coleville paining 

 

farm fields of Belgium

Photography and Styling Jamie @HotelBlogr

To reveal more off the beaten path destinations near Belgian Limburg, check out “Discover Holland” here.

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48 Hours in Wien:a Gourmand'S Trip


In the city of cities known more for champagne and schnitzel than seafood and vegan cupcakes, there's a new age of restauranteur, baker, and brewer emerging. Each of whom is fighting tradition to make their mark - and it's a wonderful thing if you happen to be a foodie... 

48 Hours in Wien:a Gourmand'S Trip


In the city of cities known more for champagne and schnitzel than seafood and vegan cupcakes, there's a new age of restauranteur, baker, and brewer emerging. Each of whom is fighting tradition to make their mark - and it's a wonderful thing if you happen to be a foodie... 

Vienna's rich culture and imperial history is the stuff of legend. For centuries, decisive battles were fought on her soil. Consequently, the West's fascination with coffee began at her doorstep during the siege of the city in the 1500s. Conventional politics have continually been challenged in Vienna ever since, and rebellious ideas given flight. With each event, the Viennese and their food became increasingly savoir-faire. But, the grand balls, coffee houses, champagne and schnitzel halls that she's known for were just the beginning. Now, Vienna remains a rebellious hotbed of culture and civility through its micro-gastro scene. And, it's a wonderful thing. Fresh caught seafood from Spain is flown in daily, the vegetarian and vegan movement has finally taken root here, and craft beers are turning heads while the best of American food is but meters from the US embassy, for both Viennese and American ex-pat to enjoy. But can tradition and modernity live in harmony? Sacher seems to think so.

Join us on our 48 hours through Vienna and experience each bite, sip, and lip smacking conquest with us, taking note for your next culinary adventure.

FRIDAY EVENING - 6 PM - DINNER IN VIENNA

Pulpo. Chorizos and. Melanzani. Kartoffel: Leo Gabriel's (manager) favourite main dish..

Pulpo. Chorizos and. Melanzani. Kartoffel: Leo Gabriel's (manager) favourite main dish..

EL HANS - where spain and austria meet

Tucked neatly into an unassuming residential corner of a quaint, gentrifying neighbourhood, El Hans is breathing new life into Vienna.

A spritely re-interpretation of Spainish cuisine, the cooks, guided by Executive Chef Oche Aranda, have one mission: achieve great taste through the best ingredients.  Here, the chefs delicately prepare each amuse bouche and main platter to showcase the naturally present flavours of Spain while challenging the status quo of daily dietary practices in the old world. The results? Delicate yet impactful flavours, smartly complimented by signature cocktails, full-bodied wines, and unique aperitifs.  This is the kind of place you dedicate your entire evening to. Just relax, put yourself in the hands of the waitstaff and enjoy each bite. Hungry? Read our full restaurant review here.

SATURDAY MORNING - 10 AM - A TO-DIE-FOR VEGAN BREAKFAST 

bakers and helpers from Vienna's top vegan bakery simply raw

SAVORY CAN'T-BELIEVE-IT'S-VEGAN TREATS HIT HE SPOT

With grumbling bellies, seeking fulfilment from vegan-driven cuisine doesn't come naturally to most; let alone after an evening of imbibing in the land of Zwickl. Unless, that is, you're in the know. We met up with the bake team behind Vienna's acclaimed Simply Raw Bakery to discover the magic of vegan baked goods and savories for ourselves. Not only will you leave contented, but you'll be better for it. No hard-to-digest meals here. Instead, in sticking to their mantra  of: raw, high-quality bio-ingredients free of lactose, gluten, soy, and sugar but served with love, the team is able to be all that more creative with their dishes. Full-fat milk for the perfect latte? They switch that out for made-in-house cashew milk. And, not only is the taste richer for it, you're tummy's better off too. Read our full review here.

THE meet up: MEL'S CRAFT BEER & DINER

We met Paul and Helmut from Intersport Lillehammer, resulting in shared insider tips for the ultimate mountain biking trips through nature - stay tuned to the blog for updates.

We met Paul and Helmut from Intersport Lillehammer, resulting in shared insider tips for the ultimate mountain biking trips through nature - stay tuned to the blog for updates.

Mel's Craft Beer & Diner is located in the heart of downtown Vienna. Highlighting a variety of little-know yet impressive craft beers from Vienna and established micro-brands from around the world, there's something for every craft-beer addict at Mel's. This is the kind of place that's perfect for what Brits are all to familiar with - the sessional.  One pour easily gives way to the next - so plan your day first before thinking you can just 'pop in for a pint'. With a relaxed atmosphere, it attracts an equally down-to-earth and curious beer loving crowd, so unexpected friendships are easily formed here.

But the craft beer scene is just celebrated here. Mel's doesn't brew, rather it introduces patrons to a variety of its favourite suds. For the real deal, head out of the Old Town and take a walk through the tranquil Baroque outskirts along Liechtensteinstraße to Beaver Brewing Company's micro-brewery and restaurant. You'll be in for a uniquely American experience.

SATURDAY EVENING - 7 PM - SINK YOUR TEETH INTO JUICY, OVERSIZED, OOEY-GOOEY CHEESEBURGERS

enjoy a pint or a flight at beaver brewing company in Vienna
Ultimately, the perfect meal is when those things come together - circumstance, the food, ambiance, and you’re with the person that you want to be with.
— Renown American Chef, Grant Achatz

Hailing from Michigan, Dave Beaver, owner of Beaver Brewing is on a mission to provide Vienna with real American food and craft brews. The burgers and beer must be exceptional in his hometown because he's hit the nail on the head in here. His micro-brewery provides the perfect balance between tradition and experimentation when it comes to their brewing practices. 

What makes it incredibly American, you ask?

Dave maintains that the devil is in the details. The cheese for his burgers has to be cheddar. And the wings? They come with a side of blue cheese dressing and veggie sticks - don't you worry. He's not afraid to try new things either, which means he's empowered staff to follow their passions by testing clever hop profiles and experimental brewing techniques. 

Croquetas:  ideal for those craving savoury - each is filled with Jamón Ibérico & chicken. 

Croquetas:  ideal for those craving savoury - each is filled with Jamón Ibérico & chicken. 

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Apple Muesli: from the three-tiered platter, highly Instagrammable, signature Sisi & Franzi Breakfast

Apple Muesli: from the three-tiered platter, highly Instagrammable, signature Sisi & Franzi Breakfast

The interior is one part feel-good bakery, and two-parts vintage chic. Perfectly situated just a moment's walk from the old town of central Vienna, Simply Raw is a must-visit for lunch. Thirsty after? Several choice meeting places are just steps away...

The interior is one part feel-good bakery, and two-parts vintage chic. Perfectly situated just a moment's walk from the old town of central Vienna, Simply Raw is a must-visit for lunch. Thirsty after? Several choice meeting places are just steps away...

SATURDAY AFTERNOON - 2 PM - A CRAFT BEER SESSIONAL BEGINS

men's dine in sienna has over 250 beers available
Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon.
— Mary Pettibone Poole 'A Glass Eye at a Keyhole' (1938)

BEAVER BREWING COMPANY: MICRO BREW & BURGERS 

The patio at Beavering Brewing Company makes it easy to settle in for the afternoon.

The patio at Beavering Brewing Company makes it easy to settle in for the afternoon.

If you get a chance, get cosy in the corner near the over-sized windows and pick up their copy of the Bier Guide for an entertaining evening read before your burgers arrive.

If you get a chance, get cosy in the corner near the over-sized windows and pick up their copy of the Bier Guide for an entertaining evening read before your burgers arrive.

As such, the beer list is constantly evolving. The food is equally impressive. Always striving for authenticity, Dave religiously taste-tests the meals to achieve a final result akin to the American classics he's come to love back home. This dedication to quality has landed Beaver Brewing Company with a reputation for the best burger in town. As for the beer? They can barely keep up with demand. It's that good! Get the full review here. 

burger from beaver brewing company is one of Vienna's best

Full, and so incredibly satisfied, it was time to wonder on, relax and rest up. Because  the next morning would naturally mean more rich Viennese tastes. Sunday's in Vienna present the perfect time to embrace the Germanic coffee and cake culture. A tradition being brought to the forefront of the global guest experience in Vienna.

SUNDAY IS FOR SACHER

SUNDAY MORNING - 11 AM - KAFFEE UND KÜCHEN

The entrance to Cafe Sacher is unmistakable as much as it is synonymous with Viennese foodie culture and tradition, but it's in the midst of a massive update for 2017.

The entrance to Cafe Sacher is unmistakable as much as it is synonymous with Viennese foodie culture and tradition, but it's in the midst of a massive update for 2017.

Sacher torte, the original chocolate cake is famously from Vienna

Sunday's are one of the best days of the week in Europe because the emphasis is placed on relaxing with friends and family over hustling to prep for the week ahead. Many stores are closed but the coffee houses and restaurants are in full swing in Vienna. As such, many people head to their favorite spot for Kaffee und Küchen . Naturally, we had to go to Old Town to enjoy fine cake, coffee, and conversation ourselves to see if this tradition was all it's hyped up to be. Where better to do this than at the Sacher Cafe itself, the founder of which was the man who brought us the modern chocolate cake as we know it.

And, though it's been a staple for regal and regular, local and foreigner; the Sacher, Cafe like the rest of Vienna is busy reinventing itself. While it pays close attention to the tenacity and innovation that helped it solidify its position in the high-society of Imperial Europe, it's no stranger to taking risks to evolve for the modern audience. Full review coming soon to the New & Reviews section of this blog.

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CORFU MEETS CZECH...


Tucked into the hillside of north-western Corfu, beer connoisseurs will notice a modest, organic microbrewery. And, should they find themselves in its midst come late September/early October, they'll be treated to a festival quite unlike any other.

CORFU MEETS CZECH...


Tucked into the hillside of north-western Corfu, beer connoisseurs will notice a modest, organic microbrewery. And, should they find themselves in its midst come late September/early October, they'll be treated to a festival quite unlike any other.

Jamie the Hotel Blogr at Travlr Blog gets to know the mayor of Corfu and his fellow beer aficionado at the Corfu Beer Festival in Arillas. Her beverage of choice? The 'Real Ale'.

Jamie the Hotel Blogr at Travlr Blog gets to know the mayor of Corfu and his fellow beer aficionado at the Corfu Beer Festival in Arillas. Her beverage of choice? The 'Real Ale'.

Something incredible happens in Corfu during the fall. In a quaint, all but forgotten beach town to the north-east corner of the island, a small brewery with a big mission celebrates all things Corfu. The Corfu Beer Fest inspires young and old, local and foreigner, host (Corfu Beer) and guest (brewers from the Czech in 2017) alike by celebrating the finer things in life.

What's that you ask?  It's that all things organic and sustainable. It's tradition meets craft. And it all comes together to make for an integral, pride-filled pint.

trivago has a blog for travel in greece called room 5

This year we paired up with our buddies from trivago's Room5 inspirational digi-mag. In the evenings we talked travel, hotel search, and the best of Greece. Read their Corfu Beer Fest coverage here (in Greek).

bartender fills a pitcher of corfu beer at coprfu beer fest

Corfu Beer is a microbrewery delivering a million liters of beer per year through the use of high-quality, locally sourced ingredients that are organic and handeled with care. So much so, that the beer need not be, nor is it, filtered or pasteurized. In fact, the active yeasts are left to do their thing, making it all the more enjoyable to drink. 

greek food at corfu beer fest
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traditional corfiot dancers at the corfu beer fest
Greek girls don’t twerk, they Tsifteteli ;)
— Greek Gateway
bartender at corfu beer fest

The Corfu Beer Fest celebrates all of Corfu, and the island's businesses work together in the name of sustainability, demonstrating a cohesion quite unlike anything we've seen before.

Attend and you're likely to notice that the guest brewers also come from a different country each year, typically those with a rich-beer culture.

Joining their ranks are master chefs, bartenders, and tradesmen; making for a rich multi-cultural experience that delivers a sense of solidarity among serious gastronomes pan-europe. In 2017 Corfu paired with Czechia. In 2018, the emerald island will open its mash tuns to a select bunch of English micro-brewers.

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With a movement in favour of sustainability, Corfu Beer doesn't just want to bring fine suds to the people, rather they want to impart a new way of life on the Grecians of today, their friends, and visitors of tomorrow.

The festival is further characterised by its numerous pre-parties, symposiums, and competitions.

Not to mention, the after-parties which continue to impress guests with a penchant for fine ale and a heaping helping of European culture. 

To do this, they've teamed up with some of the biggest organizations, personalities, and musicians to make the festival bigger and better each year.

 

jamie patterson von richtofen and matt chojnacki in traditional corfiot dress

This year we were able to sport traditional Corfiot dress thanks to the island's Cultural Institute: embracing corfu in mind, body, and soul.

dancers at corfu beer fest in arillas

Come in the early evening (8:00-9:00 PM) to witness the traditional dances of Corfiots and their guests. A favourite among the local collection of Yaiyas (grandmothers), though many foreigners deem this to be a must see as well.

czech traditional dancers at corfu beer fest

In 2017, men and women from Czechia joined Corfu as the honoured guests. Performances began with dancing, and concluded with traditional music playing from the brewery's rooftop into the wee hours (invite only). Throughout the festival food tastings, handywork, and travel tips on the best of Czechia were provided by their cultural ambassadors steps from the main tent.

czech woman makes traditional dolls at corfu beer fest

Falling even more in love with this Ionian island? We don't blame you, it can't be helped. Check out the unique restaurants, hotels, and attractions that further define the island here (click link and scroll down).

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Discover Holland


At the intersection of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands lay this mystical metropolis known for its hospitality, lively celebrations, and rich cultural tradition. Welcome to Holland's Maastricht.

Discover Holland


At the intersection of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands lay this mystical metropolis known for its hospitality, lively celebrations, and rich cultural tradition. Welcome to Holland's Maastricht.

With the increasing trend towards domestic tourism, travelers are starved for unique close-to-home destinations. At the same time, foreigners crave boutique travel experiences that empower them to live-life-like-a-local in otherwise unfamiliar lands. Maastricht, arguably Holland's most alluring city, is captivating the hearts of these out-of-towners with their particular sense of charm, cuisine, and aptitude for living the high life. As such, the city is primed to receive local and global visitors alike. Here are the places we've unearthed by chatting to those who call this hub of urbanity home. We hope you find inspiration among them as much as we did. 

Jamie, the HotelBlogr, sips champagne in design hotel BE41's Deluxe Kamer, steps from the main square.

Jamie, the HotelBlogr, sips champagne in design hotel BE41's Deluxe Kamer, steps from the main square.

Got a sweet-tooth?  Taart can help with that. Who can say no to unicorn cakes and lattes? They're also a hotspot among locals seeking scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and high tea dates - with icing on top. Don't want to spend a sunny afternoon inside? Take your goodies to-go and head home to Hotel BE41, just minutes away on foot. Staying in the Superior Kamer? Enjoy your private patio and sink your teeth into those delectables while soaking up the sun. More must-do tips on Instagram @HotelBlogr and @TravlrBlog #ThisIsMyMaastricht 

Maybe savory is your thing. Cross the bridge to Wyck and pop into Harry's.  Over a century in the making, Wycher Brugstraat 2  is one of the city's best known foodie-addresses. Unpretentious albeit refined, this is the place you go when top-end bar snacks, salt-water seafood, and cocktails are in order. It's timeless.

Petit Café Moriaan is known for its' coffee as much as its' wine list. A favorite of locals; they don't sit inside. They head to the romantic, somewhat concealed patio on Op de Themen square instead. We suggest you do the same.

the dutch take their coffee seriously
As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?
— Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
maastricht is surrounded by vineyards

The southern portion of Holland is characterized by vast vineyards, the fruits of which are typified by their subtle mineral-notes from surrounding limestone.

oysters from harry's bar in maastricht

Inside-scoop @ Bottom of POST

At Maastricht design hotel, BE41, guests are treated to breakfast in bed every morning.

At Maastricht design hotel, BE41, guests are treated to breakfast in bed every morning.

A standard room on the top floor of BE41, acts as a creative refuge to many a traveler seeking a new muse in Maastricht. The best time to come? Midweek, when the locals come out to play.

A standard room on the top floor of BE41, acts as a creative refuge to many a traveler seeking a new muse in Maastricht. The best time to come? Midweek, when the locals come out to play.

The Dutch don't settle. In cosmopolitan Maastricht, you need only glance around for a moment and you'll notice the highly Instagrammable shops, design hotels, and their well-dressed patrons. This tendency towards high-quality and natural good taste gives the open-eyed traveler a sense of comfort not otherwise afforded by regions previously unexplored. Here the foodie in you is free to experiment. Try local delicacies and fusion menus - because you'll always be getting the best. Eetcafé Il y a is a great place to start with specialty tapas and wine.

popular dutch beer company brand makes unfiltered beer

Fancy a cold one? Holland's best bar, as voted by the Dutch nation-wide, lay in the heart of Maastricht: In de Karkol.  It's a crimson-painted-brick meets bespoke-decor-hovel carved out of Maastricht's historical heart - and it lives up to its' title. Vested barmen serve Brand, an almost 700-year-old Netherlander brew tradition. With over a dozen beer types available, heed our advice.  Start with a pint of the 'ongefilterd' an unfiltered pilsner with a special, mild body and light refreshing aftertaste. Perfect for summer. Then, stay for another: from Porters to Radlers they have something to satiate any palette. By this point, dusk can easily give way to the blackness of night but you wouldn't know it. The quaint courtyard patio with its combination of playful locals and twinkling lights is full of life - often in to the wee hours of the morning. 

Beer lover? Head to De Gouverneur and further immerse yourself in the Limburgish lifestyle that revolves around fine beers and even finer company. Sporting 250+ brews and a unmistakably local vibe, this is a must-visit for hop aficionados and novices alike.

A table set before the dinner rush begins. Eetcafe Il ya a is one of Maastrcht's most sought-after restaurants. In the heart of the Latin-quarter, the menu is Mediterranean-inspired with a wine list that would make a somm blush. 

A table set before the dinner rush begins. Eetcafe Il ya a is one of Maastrcht's most sought-after restaurants. In the heart of the Latin-quarter, the menu is Mediterranean-inspired with a wine list that would make a somm blush. 

The private courtyard-patio is available to guests staying in Hotel BE41's Superior Kamer.

The private courtyard-patio is available to guests staying in Hotel BE41's Superior Kamer.

Cheers to the nights that turned into morning and the friends who turned into family.
— Earl Dibbles Jr.
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marcel doggan of maastricht hotel BE41 and mateusz chojnacki from travlrblog talk hotel business

Maastricht is the kind of place that encourages you to be yourself, and feel at home. Especially at BE41, where coming-and-going as you please is un-official motto. Sporting 7 unique rooms; 24-hour self-service check-in, spearmint water on tap, and breakfast-in-bed it's easy to see why it's got guests raving online. It's affordable luxury without the pomp and circumstance. And the Dutchies wouldn't have it any other way. This is a place where you come as you are and enjoy the finer things in life - at your own pace. No schedule need be set, and everything is within walking distance. Thanks to Marcel Doggen, for hosting us at his award-winning design hotel. Otherwise, we may have missed what may just be one of our new favorite cities. 

breakfast in bed at hotel be41 maastricht

Insider Tip

Skip work and head to Maastricht Sunday - Thursday and experience the city like a Dutchie & with exclusive perks to boot! Not only are the locals out to play, but there's a unique 'Midweekend' fervor with exclusive offers and experiences available to you when you do. The whole city seems to be in on it. Here's how it works. Hotel BE41, in the heart of the old city center will shower you with goodies. Late check-out comes standard (you can stay 'til noon). Then, they'll give you a pass to the city, known as the Midweekend Card, with a free city-guide full of insider-info from locals. Not to mention breakie in bed is available for a steal and a specially arranged goodie-bag will await you in your room.

Give Marcel @be41 a hello from travlrblog when you play hooky and book yourself in ;)

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Avli Corfu


Looking for the island's most authentic restaurants near the old town? Why not try Avli? The chef is a genius and the seafood is noteworthy.

Avli Corfu


Looking for the island's most authentic restaurants near the old town? Why not try Avli? The chef is a genius and the seafood is noteworthy.

Discover one of Corfu's best restaurants - Avli. Located in Garitsa Bay, in view of Corfu Town, Avli offers diners an authentic local culinary experience presented through a mezedes-based menu. Our recommendation? The seafood of course! 

the brothers behind corfu family-run restaurant Avli corfu

Introducing the Pappas brothers who run Avli  Corfu. This dynamite duo of hospitality-meets-culinary-prowess invited us to lunch in their garden and enjoy the quieter side of Corfu Town - like a local. The video of our seafood-and-tsipouro drenched fare above barely does their mouth watering cuisine justice!

grilled octopus with herbs and grains on white plate from avli restaurant in corfu

Go for the mezedes and stay for the fun-loving atmosphere. It's casual-chic attire here, and the crowd is as enchanting as the edibles. Not sure what to order? We recommend the the Octopus. It's tender, juicy, and savory. Paired with fresh herbs and grains, it's an absolute delight on a hot summers' day.

mussels taste like the sea at avli restaurant corfu
an after dinner drink homemade at avli restaurant in corfu from flowering garden herbs
seabass from avli corfu
mezedes or meze from avli one of corfu town's best restaurants

Avli, Corfu is located within a stone's throw of Corfu Town - and it's picturesque in every way...

Whether you sit out in the Avli (garden), at the bar, or inside at the nook graced with plush seats, you're in for a treat. The interior and external facade has been intuitively planned, laid out, and renovated: right down to the last detail.

From the gas lanterns outside, to the stunning custom wallpaper showcasing Corfu Town, nothing has been left to chance. The best part? It's a family affair. Yaiya (grandma) still makes her Spanikopita (spinach pie), phyllo pastry and all, by scratch- even at 93. Dad created the wallpaper, and the Pappas brothers, Christos and Vasilis, run the show together.

Chef Christos Pappas moves like a savant in the kitchen, designing menus from an array of tastes that present themselves to him in his dreams. The woodwork, iron castings, and restored sky-blue scooter that sit out front (see right) are fruits of his labor as well. Needless to say he's good with his hands. But he's got some help though from his equally gifted brother, Vasilis, who, between 12 hour shifts, brings the family together, goes spear fishing without gear, and takes care of the restaurant's digital strategy. Learn more about them in our video above.

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TUSCANY & UMBRIA: BEATY IN BOUNTIFUL HARVEST


TUSCANY & UMBRIA: BEATY IN BOUNTIFUL HARVEST


Tuscany and Umbria very much endure, each a testament to the Italy of old; kingdoms defined by Etruscan and Roman alike. Oozing with culture and dripping in medieval history, their unique personality and charm shines through to this day.

For these provinces, the Fall Equinox presents an opportunity to truly reveal themselves. Once September hits, wine production is in full swing across the agricultural lands that make up Italy’s core. Not long after the festivities of the vine, comes the Saffron boom. Each lilac-colored flower houses but a few rust-red stamen to be coveted by the nation’s prime pickers.  And, before winter can reel its head, the summer winds still delight the villages in the valleys beyond Sienna’s grasp. Just about to conclude in late October, but often not until the olive trees have started to shed their fruit.

All the while, leaves change from green to radiant red and glistening gold.

As an autumnal guest in this millennia-old breadbasket, ambling through the old brick-laden lanes of its towns, it’s easy to lose yourself to a land all but forgotten.

Time moves a little slower here, and that’s a good thing. Welcome to Il Fontanaro’s on-the-border-of-tuscany-and-umbria, Paciano.

The only hustle and bustle occurs at the farmer’s markets from dawn until Siesta. Here, producers showcase their goods, often fashioned according to family customs shaped by decades past.

 
montepulicano medieval city in Tuscany Italy

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It’s here that we got to know Alina (and baby Stella) from il Fontanaro Organic Farm. Though known for producing the Best Italian Olive Oil, and despite the sensational Sangiovese wine that comes from her estate, she’s on the other side of the stands with us as a patron.

She comes here, very much like her mother did years ago when the family purchased the farm. Today Alina follows in her mother’s footsteps, smelling the aged pecorino and handling the white truffles in order to source the last few missing ingredients for our luncheon occurring the following day.

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Feature 3

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Feature 4

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