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Local Tips: Where Hotel Employees Eat

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What hotel employees crave during their shifts.

Chicago: Hearty rib-eye sukiyaki and shoyu ramen from Cocoro are go-to orders for the staff at the Peninsula, seven blocks away. 668 N. Wells St. $$

Hoi An, Vietnam: The bell desk at the Nam Hai swears by the pork-and-pâté bánh mì from beloved Hoi An stallkeeper Phuong, who recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop. 2 Phan Chau Trinh St.; no phone. $

Mexico City: Around the corner from the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F., Tacos de Fabiruchis fills fresh-made tortillas with chorizo in salsa verde or home-style chicharrón prensado (pressed and shredded pork rinds). Calle Burdeos; no phone. $

Mumbai: Just behind the landmark Taj Mahal Palace is the equally iconic Bademiya, where Mumbaikars have come since 1942 for their late-night smoky, spicy kebab fix. Tulloch Rd.; 91-22/2284-8038. $

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: Staff Meals” in T+L Magazine

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Photo by Jonny Valiant

Food Face-Off: Shanghai vs. Hong Kong

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How do China’s rival food capitals stack up?

The Noodle Joints

Shanghai: Wei Xiang Zhai (pictured)
Join a communal table and order ma jiang mian, thick wheat noodles covered in a peanut-sesame sauce and spiked with chili oil. 14 Yandang Lu; 86-21/5383-9032. $

Hong Kong: Kau Kee
Beef brisket on noodles (flat, egg, or vermicelli) in a clear, flavor-packed broth is the ultimate Cantonese comfort food. Taste it at this tried-and-true spot. 21 Gough St., Central; 852/2850-5967. $

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Best Desserts to Try Around the World

Best Desserts: Flour Bakery's sticky bun

Your unofficial fourth meal awaits.

Flour Bakery, Boston: Call ahead to reserve your sticky bun—these caramel-smothered, pecan-studded brioche rolls are among the best you’ll ever have. No wonder they sell out in mere hours.

Charly’s Bakery, Cape Town: Where to find Cape Town’s premier buttercream-frosted everythings? Behind a pastel-pink-and-white façade resembling a giant layer cake, of course. Our preferred pairing: the “wicked” chocolate cake, topped with a layer of dark ganache. 38 Canterbury St.

Gion Kinana, Kyoto, Japan: With a taste akin to peanut butter, kinako, or roasted soybean flour, is as quintessentially Japanese as matcha. It’s the signature ingredient at this tiny ice cream shop, inside a traditional wooden merchant’s house in the Gion geisha district. 570-119 Gion-machi Minami-gawa.

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Classic Restaurants You Need to Eat at Now

Classic Restaurants: Brittania & Co.

Where every order comes with a side of history.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor, Dania Beach, FL: Alongside an endless array of vintage kitsch (turn-of-the-20th-century license plates; displays of retro candy) are 45-plus flavors of south Florida’s favorite ice cream, handmade daily for 58 years. 128 S. Federal Hwy. $$

Fountain Coffee Room, Beverly Hills: The luncheonette at the Beverly Hills Hotel has served local starlets and studio heads since 1949. While the banana-leaf wallpaper remains, there are nods to today’s tastes: cold-pressed juices and a decadent caramel pumpkin pie named for Mary J. Blige. 9641 Sunset Blvd. $$$

Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, Melbourne: Melbourne’s reputation as a coffee capital began here, where the city’s first-ever espresso was made in 1954. The look is pretty much unchanged, as is our order: a short black. 66 Bourke St.; 61-3/9662-1885. $

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Locals’ Favorite Hometown Foods

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Food-obsessed Instagrammers share their top local meals of the year.

Seattle: “This chanterelle, apple, and egg dish at Sitka & Spruce ($$) is the ultimate winter brunch.” —Aran Goyoaga (@Cannellevanille), Food Blogger and Stylist

Los Angeles: Kang Hodong Baekjeong (3465 W. Sixth St.; $$) has the best Korean BBQ in town right now, if you’re willing to wait in line.” —Zach Brooks (@Midtownlunchla), Founder of the Midtown Lunch Blog

New York City: “Harold Dieterle creates delicious Thai-inspired dishes at Kin Shop (469 Sixth Ave.; $$$). This house special is braised cobia fish with sawtooth herb, mini bok choy, and rambutan curry.” —Daniel Krieger (@Danielkrieger), Photographer

Asheville, NC: “I love the bánh mì and spicy sriracha chicken-fry sandwiches at Asheville Sandwich Co. (202 State St.; $). They put fries in the sandwich.” —Tim Robison (@Timrobisonjr), Photographer/Illustrator

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: The Hometown Dish” in T+L Magazine

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Clockwise from top left: photos by Aran Goyoaga, Zach Brooks, Tim Robison, and Daniel Krieger

Best Breakfast Spots to Eat Like a Local

Best Breakfast: Van Kahvalti Evi

Seven indulgent reasons to get out of the hotel early.

Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam: Bacon-, cheese-, or apple-topped pannenkoeken (larger and thinner than American flapjacks) are the items to order at this intimate canal-side space. 191 Prinsengracht. $$

Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen: In a land obsessed with morning pastries (Danish, anyone?), Lauras takes the cake. Expect rows of kanelsnegle (intensely spiced cinnamon rolls) and Pop-Tart-like hindbærsnitters, all in the culinary mecca that is Torvehallerne Market. 17 Linnesgade. $

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Fun Weekend Getaways from New Orleans

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In honor of Mardi Gras (Tuesday, March 4th), Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from New Orleans on the Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al. 

1. Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama has the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the U.S.; it dates back to 1703. But these days, this destination just two hours northeast of New Orleans is blissfully under-the-radar, with 19th-century mansions, Spanish moss, and a beautiful waterfront. Where to Stay: The Victorian mansion Fort Conde Inn (above) puts you in a bygone era with in-room fireplaces and claw-foot tubs; you’ll still get modern day comforts like free WiFi and L’Occitane bath products. Visit the Mobile Museum of Art, which is hosting a Mardi Gras exhibit this fall. Price: from $157 a night, including breakfast. Book now.

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How to Solve Your Travel Nightmares

Whether you’re flight was cancelled, you didn’t get the room you paid for, or an airline lost your luggage, we have the solutions to your travel nightmares.

The Situation: Your plane has to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue and lands in a city that’s not your destination. Instead of finding another plane for the flight, the airline instead asks you to call an 800 number to rebook. What do you do?

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Three Easy Weekend Getaways from Savannah

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Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Savannah on the Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al. Check out the video here.

1. Small Town Charms: Beaufort, South Carolina

On lists that rank the best small towns in America, Beaufort is always close to the top. Just 40 minutes north of Savannah, the enclave attracts former New Yorkers who love the relaxed vibe and Gothic architecture. Where to Stay Try the Rhett House Inn, set in a 190-year-old mansion, for the outdoor terrace where a complimentary southern breakfast (pictured) is served. Price $189 night, including breakfast, afternoon tea, bike rentals, pies for dessert, and more. Book Now www.rhetthouseinn.com

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Four Affordable Winter Getaways for February

Snowfall shouldn't stop you from getting away for the weekend. Whether you'd rather be lounging along Florida's coastline or skiing the slopes of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, T+L's Mark Orwoll has a set of affordable getaways perfect for February. Read on for where to go and stay during your visit.

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