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Foodie Week: Hidden Gems

In this Part 2 of Foodie Week, we have found you THE places to eat during your travels so that you’re not stuck going to the same old touristy stuff! The best places to eat while traveling are always the small secret places known only to the locals. So…we’ve asked our partners for the inside scoop so that YOU can be a part of the action as well (sorry to the locals for intruding…but sharing is caring! )

In case you missed Part 1 of Foodie Week, take a look at these Edible Events!


Portugal Deluxe

A Tasquinha D’Oliveira is a small traditional Alentejo restaurant in Évora that will make you a fan of this particular type of cuisine. Although very small (it has about 8 tables for up to 16/20), it has a very cozy atmosphere. Run by Sr. Oliveira and his wife, they excel with their starters, main dishes and desserts, with great Alentejo wines available at hand. The pictures online taken by patrons of this gem are drool worthy (and Instagram worthy too, of course!) Cheese, meat, fresh bread, what more could you want! Do go with an open mind and lots of appetite, as you’ll be in for a fantastic treat of flavors and taste experiences.


Castiglion del Bosco

La Salumeria Il Cencio is located in the renowned Piazza del Campo in Siena (where the Palio Horse Race takes place). This small Bottega is an eatery that reflects the Tuscan traditions. Here you can find authentic and genuine local products, ranging from typical salumi, cheeses, homemade vegetables and sauces that can be combined into mouth-watering fresh panini, prepared upon request. The pictures online taken by patrons of this gem are drool worthy (and Instagram worthy too, of course!) Cheese, meat, fresh bread, what more could you want! Guests can sit in the upstairs terrace and enjoy their snack by the spectacular view over Piazza del Campo. This local treat is located only 35 km from Castiglion del Bosco. (Definitely worth the trip!)


The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt is a hidden gem in itself! Discerning foodies with a penchant for cheese and wine should head to The Chedi Andermatt. The hotel’s acclaimed dining experiences promise understated elegance and culinary excellence throughout, but for a real hidden gem, the dedicated Wine and Cheese Cellar is a must-visit.  At the centre of The Restaurant, diners can be seen marvelling at the five-meter high, glass encased, cheese cellar that is home to a myriad of specialty local cheeses from the Urner Alps and San Gottardo. The hotel’s dedicated wine collection offers staggering selection of some of the world’s finest wines, including a remarkable Chateau Mouton Rothschild collection, with vintages ranging from 1947 to 2009 (how fancy!!)


Now you can wine and dine where the locals do! Stay tuned for part 3 of Foodie week on Friday featuring the Global Cookbook!


– The JG Black Book Team