One of the best reasons for travel is eating. It could be food from the market, a small bistro, or a luxuious restaurant. What really matters is the uniqueness of the food, the relaxation rating, and the survivability of the memories. Here are a few from our travels:

La Casa Recha, Rome, Italy
Just around the corner from St Peter’s; I survived a week in Rome eating their fettucine cardinale and pizza fungi.

Choo Choo Willie’s, Canyonville, Oregon
The biggest jumbo shrimp I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I can’t find a reference that determines this establishment is still around.

Nick’s Fish Market, Honolulu, Hawaii
Classy, great menu, a real experience. Will always remember their cocunut shrimp and  mahi mahi.

But ‘n’ Ben, Arbroath, Scotland
The greatest cullen skink and clootie dumplings one could imagine.I do believe it was raining every time I went there.

Santorini, Christchurch, New Zealand
Not fancy, but memorable Greek food and wine, and almost always has live music. The Christchurch earthquakes have forced the owners to raze the building, but at last report Costa is planning on re-building.

George’s Paragon, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia
Perfect setting on a marina. They claim to be the best seafood restaurant on the Gold Coast; this is a gross understatement. Try the baroutti with its generous portions of Moreton Bay bugs.

Northern Lights, Sherwood, North Dakota
Hometown restaurant that is no longer there after burning down three times. The only restaurant I have found that served torsk.

Papagayo’s, Olongapo City, Philippines
I first went to Papagayo’s in 1972, and it is still there; can still remember the lumpia and pancit canton, and the soups with vegetables I couldn’t identify.

St James Hotel, Cimarron, New Mexico
Cimarron was the first road trip with Paula; restaurant had great steaks, bullet holes in the ceiling, and a surprisingly good wine list.

Restaurant du Parc, Dieulefit, France
Such a great, relaxing atmosphere, only a 5 minute walk from our gites, tremendous house wine, and the best brochettes de gambas one could hope for.
Jaja’s Bistro, Littleton, Colorado
Our favorite little restaurant: unpretentious, small but excellent menu, and one of those places where the food is so great it can literally take the words right out of your mouth. Try the stuffed dates.

Bouchon, The Venetian, Las Vegas
On the high side, but oh it is worth it. From the bread rolls to the espresso and all in between, just great food and a relaxing atmosphere. Tremendous service, wine that is worth every cent. Paula tells me, “No Bouchon, no Las Vegas.”