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“Take the free boat ride to Sunset Key for breakfast right on the beach at Latitudes (boat docks on mainland at 245 Front St.).” —Karin Kruger, via Facebook

“Have dinner at dusk at Sunset Pier, in Ocean Key Resort & Spa. The guava pork empanadas—and views—are incredible.” —@snp105

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Rihanna's Barbados Video, Plus Some T+L Recommendations

On February 10th, “We Found Love” earned R&B superstar Rihanna her sixth Grammy, this time for best short form music video. That’s nice, but the songstress has another video that T+L readers may find even nicer. It’s a tourism promotional video for Barbados, Rihanna’s home country, and one of the Caribbean’s top destinations.

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Okay, so now that we all officially want to go to Barbados but know nothing about it, T+L can help. Here are some things the video didn’t tell us that make a visit to this Caribbean isle more enticing:

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On the Menu: Treats and Tarts at Paris Brunch Spot

Colorova

Paris is mixing up their brunch scene with pastry shop and tearoom, Colorova in the Saint-Germain neighborhood. Eclectic, cultural pieces such as African masks contrast Colorova’s contemporary furniture. Compotes are homemade and all food is organic. To satisfy a morning sweet tooth, try a caramel, peanut, or speculoos tart. For a heavier meal to get you through the day, order a salmon and grilled eggplant sandwich or ratatouille and fresh spinach tart.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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7 Essential New York Eats

Eat Like a Local: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Seven perfect bites of the Big Apple.

Roast Chicken at Calliope: Try the East Village’s Calliope for some of the city’s best roast chicken: a pan-seared breast served in chicken stock with cabbage stuffed with confit leg and vegetables. $$$

Oysters at Maison Premiere: Craving oysters in New York? Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere has excellent Caraquet oysters on the half shell. $$$

Soup Dumplings at Café China: Head to Midtown for Shanghainese xiao long bao with soy-vinegar-ginger sauce. $$

Bagel Sandwich at Russ & Daughters: Try a classic bagel sandwich that comes with Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese, and red onion on a poppy-seed bagel at this Lower East Side institution. $$

Sushi at Sushi Yasuda: There are many sushi restaurants in New York, but try Midtown’s Sushi Yasuda for Arctic char, ebi (shrimp), uni (sea urchin), and ikura (salmon roe). $$$$

Pizza at Paulie Gee’s: For some of New York’s best pizza, head to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the Regina pizza that comes topped with fior di latte, Italian tomatoes, Pecorino Romano, olive oil, and fresh basil. $$

Pasta at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (pictured): If you’re looking for good pasta, skip Little Italy and try NoHo for Il Buco’s carbonara (pasta tossed with house-cured pancetta, eggs, Parmesan, and black pepper). $$$

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Danny Meyer’s Favorite Burger in St. Louis

Danny Meyer's Favorite Burger: O'Connell's Pub

O’Connell’s Pub, St. Louis: No less an authority than Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer gives this his vote for “one of the juiciest, most satisfying cheeseburgers you’ll ever have.” Bonus points for the Cardinals game blaring above the bar. 314/773-6600. $

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4 Cool Supper Clubs

Supper Clubs: Settimio

Da Ping Huo, Hong Kong: The under-the-radar private restaurant has a 12-course set menu featuring Sichuan classics such as fiery pork ma po dofu and chile-laced braised beef. At the end of the evening, co-owner Ms. Wang, a classically trained soprano, sings a charming Chinese folk song. $$$

Chez Wong, Lima, Peru: Culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out this diminutive dining room—tucked inside a residential building in working-class Santa Catalina—for the city’s finest ceviche, sliced and seasoned by chef Javier Wong. It’s only open for lunch; reserve a spot well in advance. $$$

El Pozole de Moctezuma, Mexico City: On a gritty block near Metro Garibaldi, this closed-door restaurant has no sign—just a buzzer that reads pozole. Order the spicy, fortifying hominy stew, which tastes best with tostadas slathered in Mexican crema. 52-55/5526-7448. $

Settimio, Rome (pictured): Come without a reservation and you’re rolling the dice—the quirky owners will decide with a glance whether you deserve a seat at their trattoria. If you do make the cut, you’ll find quintessential Roman classics like house-made fettuccine. 39-06/6880-1978. $$$

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3 All-American Enclaves for Ethnic Food

Eat Like a Local: Papo Llega y Pon

Thiên Thanh, Houston: Catering to one of the nation’s largest Vietnamese communities, Bellaire Boulevard is lined with countless pho and bánh xèo joints—but everyone comes here for bánh cuón: dainty, ravioli-like crêpes filled with ground shrimp or barbecued pork and drizzled with a pungent nuoc cham sauce. 281/564-0419. $

Attari Sandwiches, Los Angeles: The city nicknamed “Tehrangeles” is home to hundreds of thousands of Iranian Americans, many of whom live or work in Westwood. On Fridays they flock to Attari’s courtyard for the special abgoosht, a nourishing lamb-and-bean stew that’s mashed into a paste and served with lamb broth and piquant torshi (pickles). $$

Papo Llega y Pon, Miami (pictured): Roast pig was never as glorious as at this bare-bones pit stop in Allapattah, a historically Cuban enclave west of the city’s Design District. At lunchtime, line up with the cops for a superlative pan con lechón (chopped-pork sandwich) served on warm Cuban bread. 305/635-0137. $

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5 Restaurants for Classic American Food

Classic American Food: Fargo's Pit BBQ

Five very different reasons to love the U.S.A.

Chase’s Daily, Belfast, Maine: This bakery/luncheonette/farm stand is the unofficial canteen for the harbor city of Belfast. The Chase family crafts hearty vegetarian dishes—savory onion crêpes; velvety leek soup—from ingredients grown on their farm in nearby Freedom (yes, Freedom). $

Fargo’s Pit BBQ, Bryan, Texas (pictured): Superb pork spare ribs, tender brisket, and juicy smoked chickens (with skin as crackly as potato chips) draw the faithful to the newest location of Fargo’s, just up the road from its former takeout shack in the Brazos Valley town of Bryan. 979/778-3662. $

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5 Cool Restaurant Scenes

Cool Restaurant Scenes: Juvia

Where the people are just as pretty as the food.

Southern Barbarian, Beijing: In Baochang Hutong, an up-and-coming nightlife destination, this slick spot focuses on the cuisine of the Yunnan province of southwestern China (home to many of the country’s ethnic minorities). Ditch your preconceived notions of Chinese food and order the pan-fried goat cheese, mashed potatoes with pickled vegetables, and mint salad. $

Republika, Kigali, Rwanda: One of the best restaurants in the Rwandan capital—not to mention the top place for drinks at sundown—attracts a chic clientele with great music, friendly service, and dishes like the superbly salty, deep-fried sambaza (a sardine-like freshwater fish) from Lake Kivu. $$

Juvia, Miami Beach (pictured): A showstopping “living wall” by horticultural artist Patrick Blanc forms the backdrop for the equally photogenic array of models and scenesters nibbling daintily on crudi at the penthouse atop 1111 Lincoln Road—perhaps the trendiest parking garage in the world. $$$$

Bar Strelka, Moscow: On warm nights, the roof deck atop the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture & Design is the stomping ground for the city’s freethinking intellectuals and cultural elite. An eclectic menu ranges from shareable snacks (jamón ibérico) to hearty classics (oxtail ragù with polenta). $$

Da Cesare, Rome: On the ground floor of a 1970’s building in the residential Monteverde neighborhood, this nondescript space is touted by food lovers as the best trattoria in town. The standouts on the menu are fried meatballs in a basil sauce, tiny cuttlefish, and gnocchi that are nothing short of revelatory. 39-06/536-015. $$$

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4 Restaurants Worth the Trip

Eat Like a Local: Els Pescadors

Trust us—you’ll be glad you made the trek.

Abu Gosh Restaurant, Abu Ghosh, Israel: In the Judean Hills west of Jerusalem, this simple restaurant is devoted to the art of making hummus from chickpeas ground by hand daily. (The entire Arab village of Abu Ghosh is famous for it.) Baskets of warm pita and the tenderest lamb, beef, and chicken kebabs complete the meal. $$

Els Pescadors, Llançà, Spain (pictured): Beside the harbor in a tiny Costa Brava town, Els Pescadors serves up the day’s tastiest catch—prawns, John Dory, sea bass, turbot—brought in by the fishing boats bobbing just a stone’s throw from your table. $$$$

Ardigna Ristorante Rustico, Salemi, Italy: The most charming restaurant in western Sicily sits an hour’s drive inland from Marsala, on a remote hilltop. Nearly everything is made in-house: tangy ricotta, fragrant wildflower honey, garlicky salumi, silky tagliatelle, even the bittersweet amaro digestif. $$

Restaurant Ziegelhütte, Zurich, Switzerland: Take a tram from downtown, then walk up a trail to this traditional country restaurant and beer garden, where regulars gather over plates of schnitzel and Älplermagronen (creamy macaroni with cheese and potatoes). $$$

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