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This Internet-Famous Toddler Is Eating His Way Around the Trendiest New York Restaurants for Free

This Internet-Famous Toddler Is Eating His Way Around the Trendiest New York Restaurants for Free


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The Instagram and Twitter account Food Baby NY chronicles the endearing edible adventures of toddler Matthew Chau

We wouldn’t be surprised if little Matthew grew up to be a well-known restaurant critic.

Introducing the tiniest food critic in the entire city of New York: 2-year-old Matthew Chau.Matthew is the subject of the Instagram account Food Baby NY, which chronicles the toddler’s adventures at the most famous food spots in the city. His dad is known for taking photos of him napping, giggling, crying, and generally being a baby around some of the most coveted dishes in the Big Apple.

With more than 55,000 followers, the hungry half-pint has gotten quite a taste for Internet fame. In fact, dad Mike Chau, a developer at Goldman Sachs, says restaurants constantly contact him with offers of free meals so that photos of their food will show up on the trending Instagram account.

But the biggest perk, he said, is seeing people interact with the adorable toddler. Usually, Matthew is much more interested in running around and playing than in truly focusing on the everything bagel from Black Seed Bagel or the nachos from Hill Country Barbecue — although one of his favorite things to eat is chocolate ice cream.

“It gives us the chance to more easily interact with business owners and even fans that get excited to meet Matt and hear our story,” Chau told People Magazine. “We have made new friends purely through interactions on Instagram that have translated to meeting in person.”


The Best Food Shows on Hulu to Binge Right Now

If you’re a television fanatic who streams most of your nightly entertainment (or daily, we don’t judge if you need a break at your computer come 2 p.m.), you probably already know by now that Netflix is killing it when it comes to original programming that focuses on food. But don’t forget that some of the most consumable, food-focused episodes are also streaming on Hulu . From Food Network’s best cooking competition show out there to a seriously entertaining docu-series from a chef-turned-rapper, each of these television shows is totally worth devouring. (Trust us when we say “The Handmaid’s Tale” shouldn’t be the only reason you head over to Hulu .)

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Below, the best shows to binge watch on Hulu right now:

“Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi”

This brand new series follows “Top Chef” host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi as she travels across the country to uncover what American food really is. As a nation of immigrants (Lakshmi herself came to the U.S. from India at four years old), our cuisine is incredibly multifaceted—and inherently tangled up with politics and cultural identity. Those complex relationships and histories are just as important to explore as all the delicious dishes themselves, and this series does just that, from the mainstream (a deep dive into “all-American” hot dogs) to less widely known food traditions (like Gullah Geechee cuisine in coastal South Carolina and indigenous ingredients in Arizona). It couldn’t come at a better time, and even while it makes you think, it definitely still makes you hungry too. Plus, it vicariously scratches a travel itch while we’re staying safe at home.

“F*ck That’s Delicious”

Before he was a rapper, Action Bronson was a chef in New York City , his hometown—and so suddenly the idea of a guy who raps lyrics like, “As Bocelli sings the celly rings,” also hosting an original series suddenly becomes way less random. Viewers can see Bronson really does know his way around a kitchen (and has an incredibly fun time navigating it), and his docuseries often highlights his food pilgrimages while he’s on tour, like in the episode when his crew stopped by Rose’s Luxury in Washington, D.C., a favorite of the Obamas. (Check out his book too.)

“Beat Bobby Flay”

Think you can cook better than Bobby Flay? That’s the premise behind this Food Network show, where other chefs go up against the master—with other Food Network faves like Sunny Anderson and Giada De Laurentiis judging the (sometimes tasty) results. Come for the cooking inspiration and stay for the drama, like on the episode when Cooking Channel’s Debi Mazar and “Chopped” host Ted Allen compete against Flay for the top prize.

“Bong Appetit”

These aren’t your stoner friend’s pot brownies. On this high-minded cooking-with-pot television series, host Abdullah Saeed, a VICE veteran and weed rights advocate, and his buddies, like chef Cat Cora, take edibles to the next level, cooking the green stuff into barbeque, Thai food, and pizza . They even make a Mother’s Day brunch with it. Yeah, man.

“Tasty 101”

Instead of watching a cinnamon roll tutorial from the tiny screen of your phone before you go to bed, stream one of Tasty’s tutorials on your small screen and get cooking. There are loads of must-have recipes , from the perfect roast chicken to the creamiest cheesecake. See? So much more useful than a binge of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

“Chopped”

You already know how addictive this one Food Network show can be, and Hulu has 12 seasons (that’s 154 episodes) of the hit elimination show ready for your streaming pleasure, including Teen Tournaments and most deliciously, Worst Cooks challenge. *chef’s kiss*

“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”

Getty Images / Issac Brekken

The late Anthony Bourdain’s culinary prowess changed the scope of food and travel television with his documentary series, “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” In “No Reservations,” Bourdain travels the world, discovering the cuisine and culture of places like Mozambique, Kansas City, and Rio de Janiero, bringing with him his charming self, his unparalleled wit, and an appetite for adventure.

“MasterChef Junior”

Courtesy of MasterChef Junior

There is perhaps nothing as tender and pure as a group of children competing in a cooking competition. “MasterChef Junior” is the child spin-off of the hit Fox series “MasterChef,” but instead of grown people starting drama and botching mac and cheese, we see a group of ragtag children whose cooking skills are superior to our own. And we root for them the entire way.

“Top Chef”

Looking for a multi-season binge? “Top Chef” boasts 16 seasons on Hulu, replete with fiery culinary competition as 17 chefs duke it out for the title of Top Chef.

“Barefoot Contessa”

Currently, only two episodes from domestic goddess Ina Garten are available, but if you want to learn to make perfect pie crust, or get a rundown on baking and cocktail making, they’re always worth another watch.

“Worth It”

BuzzFeed producers Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj, teamed up with their fearless cameraman Adam Bianchi, travel the world, determining whether foods are worth it at three price points: affordable, middle tier, and luxury. These bite-sized episodes might highlight a $32 burrito, a $95 salad, or $1,000 dollar bagel after tasting each food at all three tiers, the three vote to determine which one is truly worth it.

“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”

Courtesy of the Travel Channel

The fearless Andrew Zimmern commences a culinary quest to showcase some of the most interesting and unique foods out there on this Travel Channel show. He travels the world, trying everything from charred beef ankle in Senegal to smoked sperm in Stockholm.

“Basic Skills Challenge”

Condé Nast’s Epicurious tasks team members in perfecting basic skills in these quick episodes, asking regular people to test out basic skills like cutting pineapple rings, peeling a carrot, and slicing an avocado, hoping that they (and you) will learn a thing or do about their cooking skills.

“Hell’s Kitchen”

Chef Gordon Ramsey whips aspiring chefs into shape in this culinary boot camp series, replete with plenty of hilarious escapades, entertaining zingers, and a whole lot of Gordon Ramsey screaming at uninitiated chefs. Two teams are pitted against each other, tasked with generating the same menu for a group of judges to try and rate. Ramsey is there with them the entire way, providing juicy feedback and actually useful tips.

Check out our favorite Netflix food shows too! And if you like to listen up, see our list of the best food podcasts.


During the Great Depression, ‘Penny Restaurants’ Fed the Unemployed

Cracked wheat, anyone? Library of Congress/2016890050

New York’s 107 West 44th Street had been home to Bill Duffy’s Olde English Tavern. But with the Great Depression emptying wallets and Prohibition yet to be repealed, it was difficult for upscale establishments to stay open. In place of the old restaurant’s “merriment,” the New York Herald Tribune reported, a new restaurant was opening at the same address. It could accommodate crowds that would have swamped Duffy’s: 9,000 customers a day. The cuisine was humble: Pea soup and whole-wheat bread featured prominently on the menu. But it was dirt cheap, an aspect reflected by the establishments’s name. The Penny Restaurant was a place for the downtrodden and not-quite penniless to have a bite to eat.

The establishment was not without precedent. So-called “penny restaurants” were in operation in the late 19th century in cities across the United States. Though popular with teenagers hankering to eat on a shoestring, the restaurants were usually run as charitable projects. T.M. Finney, who managed a St. Louis penny restaurant run by the local Provident Association, laid out the enduring modus operandi of charitable restaurants. “The aim of the scheme is to afford poor people to maintain their self-respect and reduce the number of beggars,” Finney stated.

At his establishment, every item cost a penny: A meal of half a pound of bread, soup, potatoes, pork and beans, and coffee only cost hungry customers five cents. Breadlines, where miserable hundreds waited hours for free food, were an all-too-common sight during the Depression. Penny restaurants were the dignified alternative.

The world’s first and most famous breadline, at Fleischman’s Restaurant in New York, started long before the Depression. Library of Congress/2016648967

Penny restaurants always appeared during times of financial trouble, but they reached their greatest prominence during the Great Depression. In 1933, unemployment was at 25 percent nationwide. A whole new cuisine of make-do was developing across the country, from starchy slugburgers to pork masquerading as higher-end chicken. At penny restaurants, food was simple and often meatless.

In New York, the best known penny restaurants were run by Bernarr (yes, Bernarr) MacFadden, an unlikely charitable pioneer. Most people knew MacFadden for his muscles. One of the founding fathers of American fitness culture, MacFadden lifted weights and was vegetarian. He’d run penny restaurants at the turn of the century.

Bernarr MacFadden, in his younger days. Library of Congress/97510672

His 1933 restaurant on West 44th Street had four stories, one for fine dining, two where customers could sit at shining white tables, and one floor for eaters to stand and eat simple food. MacFadden ran a massive publishing empire, and many of his magazines raised eyebrows for their radical diet ideas, out-there moralizing, and numerous photos of fit young people. But he also used the proceeds to open several more penny restaurants, where customers paid a pittance for prunes, soup, and healthful whole-wheat bread (MacFadden considered white flour poison). Even presidential daughter Anna Roosevelt dined at his establishment.

But the eccentric MacFadden was outdone by a Californian restaurateur. Most penny restaurants were ephemeral, lasting a few months or a few years. But one Depression-era eating establishment still exists and is still churning out jello: Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles.

Clifton’s now contains several restaurants and bars. Difference engine/(CC BY-SA 4.0)

Started during the Depression, the Cafeteria was part of an 11-restaurant chain that spanned California. They were launched in 1931 by Clifford Clinton, the scion of a successful restaurant family. But the Clintons were also pious: Clifford and his parents spent years in China feeding the hungry with the Salvation Army. With this eponymous chain of cafeterias, named by combining his first and last names, Clinton hoped to attract the masses with his massive, wildly decorated eateries. But he and his wife, Nelda, also wanted to feed those who couldn’t pay. His eateries boasted the slogan “Dine free unless delighted.”

In the original restaurant’s first three months of business, ten thousand customers took him up on the offer. But the Clifton’s cafeterias were some of the largest in the world, and enough customers paid their bills to make them a success. The eat-free policy, Nelda later said, was meant to lend dignity to hungry people in precarious positions.

The same year that Clinton opened his first cafeteria on South Olive Street, the soon-to-be-named Clifton’s Pacific Seas, he also opened a penny cafeteria serving soup and bread. It made him unpopular with some locals, who believed Clinton was feeding the lazy and “undeserving.” (Clinton rebutted this with a printed pamphlet that asked why the deserving should also go hungry.) His most famous and still-existing cafeteria, in Brookdale, opened in 1935, under the same “Golden Rule” policy as the first. Four years later, it got a makeover with flowing streams, redwood trees, and grottoes.

Clifton’s cafeterias were wonderlands during wartime and depression. Boston Public Library/(CC BY 2.0)

With its rustic woodland surroundings, it became a popular dining spot for rich and poor alike. Later cafeterias around the state had their own themes: The Olive Street establishment gained a South Seas veneer, with a “Rain Hut” where guests could experience a tropical shower every 20 minutes. Later cafeterias featured decor riffing on Mediterranean design and Charles Dickens. While running his restaurants, Clinton kept busy. When he started a citizen campaign to investigate corruption in the city, his house was bombed and his cafeterias targeted. Suspecting that the graft went all the way to the top, Clinton waged a successful campaign to recall the mayor.

During the depths of the depression, penny restaurants were lauded for giving Americans the strength to keep searching for jobs. But by 1935, the economic clouds were lifting. Daniel W. Delano, the proprietor of one penny cafe in Washington D.C., told a reporter that the number of customers both paying and eating gratis had plummeted, and those that did come seeking meals were mostly children.

When the Depression ended and the post-war American economy boomed, many penny restaurants shut down. But Clifton’s fate was entirely different. The restaurants entered their glory days, and lines to enter the Brookdale location stretched down the block. That cafeteria remains open today: The Brookdale location was expensively renovated to much fanfare in 2015. Though customers can no longer dine free, it’s a relic of a time when a free restaurant meal was an alternative to a night in the breadline.

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38 Standout Dining Destinations Around Philly

There’s no denying that the past year has been an extremely challenging one for restaurants in Philadelphia and beyond. For a solid 12 months and counting, restaurant owners and restaurant employees have had to make a constant and ever-changing calculus about what’s safe, what’s not, and what will keep businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. Indoor dining in Philadelphia ceased, restarted, stopped again, then started again as coronavirus cases fluctuated, and as a result, many restaurants were forced to close.

In the past, the Eater 38 has been an elite list that aims to show off the best, most alluring dining destinations Philly has to offer its residents and visitors alike. For this first refresh in 2021, Eater Philly is continuing to focus on places that offer stellar outdoor dining and takeout, at least until food service workers are fully vaccinated and indoor dining is deemed completely safe again.

From places selling frozen versions of menu favorites to keep diners’ freezers stocked to restaurants that have found ways to maintain a commitment to hospitality during this incredibly difficult time, these are the places the community has come to depend on for joy, solace, and sustenance during the pandemic. Safety, creativity, and comfort are more important than luxury these days, though there are still special occasion places to transport diners, even if just for a few hours.

The four recent additions include newish places — Huda, Mina’s World, and Fudena — and a not-as-new local spot that stays on point. (Lookin’ at you, White Yak.)

Restaurants on this map have been open for at least six months. For the most exciting new restaurants in town, go here.

Takeout is widely considered to be the lowest-risk option during the pandemic. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors versus indoors (which is available only at maximum 50 percent capacity in Philly right now), but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Masks should be worn whenever you aren’t eating. Tip your servers well, as they are risking their health to serve you and vaccinations for food service workers are still ongoing. For updated information on coronavirus cases locally, visit the City of Philadelphia website.


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You can uncover more fascinating food history on Tori’s website: The History Kitchen.


4. Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer

Considered the definitive guide to American cooking, Joy of Cooking is more than a collection of recipes it is a work of American history and one that is telling of regional distinctions in how Americans eat. It was one of the first books of home cooking written by a home cook and as such, it took off immediately. But it's the tome's extensive collection of recipes and its specific instructions that help it to continue to be one of the most popular cookbooks more than 75 years later. The current edition has updated many of the originals for modern tastes and has even added a few new recipes for dishes like enchiladas and sushi. But the homey flavor still remains with recipes like brined, roast turkey, beef fondue and chocolate cake with seven-minute frosting.


6 new restaurants offering flavors from around the world, and more new Philly spots

Philadelphia's dining scene continues to get better with the arrivals of Pizzata Pizzeria and Mari BYO.

Mari BYO offers a Sicilian menu featuring fresh seafood. This is the second restaurant for chef and owner Kevin Addis, who also owns Entree BYO.

The open kitchen is the centerpiece of the restaurant and it also teases the appetite as whiffs of garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs spread across the Queen Village neighborhood.

Each pasta dish is served in the pan it is cooked in to provide extra flavor at the table.

In Fitler Square, Pizzata Pizzeria is the brainchild of two self-proclaimed pizza nerds, Vinny Gallagher and Davide Lubrano.

They met at an international pizza competition that Vinny won and decided to team up. Gallagher is the mastermind behind the naturally-leavened dough and Lubranois the creative force behind their assortment of specialty pies.

Mari BYO | Facebook | Instagram
795 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Pizzata Pizzeria | Facebook | Instagram
240 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Mokja brings modern Korean to the table, SET NoLibs is a sports bar with Asian-fusion comfort food and The Breakfast Den has a menu for daytime delights.

New spots for Asian cuisine that will have you wanting to try them all
We found a few new spots for Asian cuisine - from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to a neighborhood sports bar, we've got you covered.

Mokja in Ambler brings modern Korean to the table, SET NoLibs is a sports bar with Asian-fusion comfort food while you watch the game, and The Breakfast Den has a menu for daytime delights from both American and Vietnamese cuisines.

Mokja | Facebook | Instagram
9 N. Main Street, Ambler, PA 19002
215-220-4411
Closed Mon. & Tues.

The Breakfast Den | Facebook | Instagram
1500 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19146
267-758-6008
Open 8-4 daily, except Monday

SET NoLibs | Facebook | Instagram
1030 N. 2nd Street (in Liberties Walk), Philadelphia, PA 19123
267-761-9480

Philadelphia is home to two new Mexican restaurants, Izzy's 33 in South Philly and Anejo in Northern Liberties.

Izzy's 33, Anejo are two new Philly spots for Mexican food
Two new restaurants featuring different styles of Mexican cuisine have recently opened in Philadelphia.

Izzy's 33 is the first restaurant for Israel Romero, who has spent the last 15 years honing his craft in kitchens around Philadelphia.

Izzy is his nickname and the 33 represents his 33 favorite recipes he has come across in his career, each featured on the menu.

They serve brunch seven days a week and dinner every night except Monday. The menu is a diverse collection featuring Mexican dishes from Izzy's youth to American brunch staples like French toast.

Northern Liberties is the first location for Anejo outside of New York City.

The upscale Mexican menu features authentic dishes with a twist.

A huge outdoor seating area provides a neighborhood setting or the cavernous inside offers a more elegant experience.

Izzy's 33 | Facebook | Instagram
1703 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Anejo Philadelphia | Facebook | Instagram
1001 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

What do you get when you combine a pie with a cake? A 'pake', of course. And the owners of New Freedom Pie are serving up their goods all over the region.

Part pie, part cake, meet the family behind the hybrid dessert 'pake'
What do you get when you combine a pie with a cake? A 'pake', of course.

Deen and Hasiynah Mohammed are the parents of four young children and the owners of New Freedom Pie.

They make and sell the hybrid dessert called 'pake'. It's part bean pie, and part cheesecake, The Original BeanCheese Pake pays homage to the quintessential Muslim staple of the bean pie.

Bean pies originated in the urban centers of America in the mid-to-late-fifties, and Deen's father had a route where he sold the pies.

The recipe has been handed down in his family, and now Deen and his family sell their baked goods all around the region via online pre-orders and local pop-ups.

With the pandemic and colder months ahead, one local business owner decided to switch gears on his wholesale coffee business to offer the café experience at home.

Port Richmond coffee company switches gears amid pandemic to offer café experience at home
Coffee is often the drink that brings people together to socialize, but with the pandemic and colder months ahead, one local business owner decided to switch gears on his wholesale business to offer the café experience at home.

Obel Hernandez Senior founded Bean2Bean Coffee Company in 2013. His business, based out of the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, fulfilled a passion that started after he took a job roasting coffee samples in 1985 with Maxwell House. Now, Bean2Bean deals in just specialty coffee.

"We offer 10 different roasts. Those are between single origins, espressos, decafs and our in-house blends," says Obel Hernandez Jr.

All the product names are Philly centric - such as Franklin Reserve, Old City Decaf and the fan favorite, Schuylkill Select.

To order Bean2Bean Coffee Company online, visit: https://www.bean2bean.com/

Boyds, the luxury women's and menswear retailer is setting up a pop-up shop at Suburban Square for the season, with the hope of becoming a permanent spot for fashion.

Boyd's is coming to the burbs, bringing trendy staples in time for the holiday season
Boyds, the luxury women's and menswear retailer is setting up a pop-up shop at Suburban Square for the season, with the hope of becoming permanent.

The fourth-generation company is known for its iconic boutique in Center City, which has experienced some setbacks during the pandemic. They recently reopened their Center City location in September and launched the pop-up in October.
The store, in its 83rd year, is adapting merchandise to meet today's needs, focusing more on casual wear.

Trending in their curated collection is especially coats, everyday jeans, Autumn cashmere sweaters, hiking boots and sneakers. There are additional services on-site including tailoring, personal shopping. and a genius bar - where you can connect to the flagship shop for even more options. They've also brought in Boyd's Beauty, a curated skincare line, with available beauty experts on the ready.
Boyd's Pop-up at Suburban Square | Instagram

117 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Hours: M-F 11am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm

She can create dresses for the entire bridal party from the bridesmaids to the flower girl and mothers of the bride and groom.

Madelange Laroche Bridal Salon creating dreams and fulfilling them
Madelange Laroche has been sewing since she was a little girl in Haiti.

She moved to the United States with dreams of becoming a fashion designer, but she ran into challenges along the way.
After deciding to become a nurse she realized it was "like being married to someone she didn't love."

So engaged in her dreams, she enrolled at Moore College of Art & Design and fulfilled her dream of becoming a designer.

Her new Elkins Park studio is where she designs custom-made dresses for brides.

She can create dresses for the entire bridal party from the bridesmaids to the flower girl and mothers of the bride and groom. She specializes in custom-made but also offers a collection of ready-to-wear gowns.

Carpenters Hall has old posters promoting tourism during the Great Depression. And another exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum that turns the world upside down.

FYI Loves the Arts: Places for the People, Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve's
Places for the People: WPA Travel Posters is a collection of works created by artists in the 1930s as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration.

The federal agency funded infrastructure projects to help spur economic activity during the Great Depression, and as part of that, out-of-work artists from all over the country were hired to create tens of thousands of posters that would encourage people to travel.

In Philadelphia, posters were made to celebrate some of the city's most iconic historic landmarks from Independence Hall and The Betsy Ross House to the Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park.

The posters are mostly from the print collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia and some of them have never been exhibited before.
You can also see a never-before-exhibited painting, depicting Carpenters Hall during the Continental Congress. It was also created by a WPA artist.

Places for the People at Carpenters' Hall: WPA Travel Posters : Tickets
Through Dec. 20. Both Carpenter's Hall and the exhibition are free
320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
215-925-0167
At the Fabric Workshop and Museum, there's an immersive installation created by artist Samara Golden whose works are designed to transport viewers.

The title of the work is Upstairs at Steve's. It's a tribute to the artist's brother-in-law who passed away from complications of ALS.

The piece fills the Fabric Workshop and Museum's eighth floor gallery.

The curator says it's for "curious people who are ready to have their minds expanded a little bit and really start to wonder and reflect about themselves and the state of the world."

Fabric Workshop & Museum: Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve's I Website
Through Jan. 31. Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of time.
1214 Arch Street. Philadelphia, Pa. 19107


The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona

OCTOBER 2019: We value what&rsquos older, established, experienced, and we praise what&rsquos new, modern, exciting. So with this season&rsquos update of the &lsquobest restaurants in Barcelona&rsquo, we&rsquove kept our favourite, Agut, in the top spot, as it never fails us, and you&rsquoll also find we&rsquove added the likes of Casa Agustí and Windsor, the alpha and omega of traditional Catalan cuisine. But the winds out of south-east Asia are blowing with force in Barcelona, and this is evidenced by the addition of the phenomenal Last Monkey (which is well worth the prices). We haven&rsquot forgotten the new major players in Catalan haute cuisine, either &ndash the tiny Direkte Boqueria and the majestic Aürt are our latest faves, and they&rsquore about to be yours too.

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked &lsquobest of&rsquo Barcelona&rsquos food scene. Tucking into Catalan cuisine is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, itself one of the world&rsquos best cities when it comes to eating and drinking. The locals already know that, and so do the gastronomy pros who, year after year, award Barcelona restaurants with distinctions that must put the city among the world&rsquos great gourmet capitals. The offer is varied, high-quality, monumental &ndash from the neighbourhood tapas bar that&rsquos been around for ever to the more than 20 restaurants boasting Michelin stars, as well as some stellar street food. Though it&rsquos been quite the task, we&rsquove risen to the challenge and come up with a list of the 50 best restaurants in Barcelona, those with the most trusted menus among the multitude of hot tables in town. Pull up a chair, order a nice vintage, and enjoy!

Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews restaurants here.


Harvest Against Hunger

In Seattle, Harvest Against Hunger feeds people suffering from hunger with nutritious, lightly blemished produce that would otherwise get thrown away. "Our core belief is that providing healthy food to people in need builds healthier communities," says executive director David Bobanick. He and his staff forge connections between large-scale growers, produce-packing facilities, volunteer truckers, and distribution warehouses to cull and distribute perfectly imperfect fruits and vegetables. They also link small growers with local hunger-relief programs.

Here&aposs how you can help: COVID-19 has put a hold on large-scale volunteer efforts, but online donations aid in developing new programs and expanding existing ones.


The Best Food Shows to Watch Right Now

For bite-size entertainment or bingeing, as you please.

“The Great British Baking Show” (Netflix)

It is incredibly soothing to watch these friendly home cooks as they bake their pastries, cakes, and breads in this gentle competition set in a tent on an English country estate. (Fans of Nadiya Hussein from season six of “The Great British Baking Show” will want to check out her new Netflix show “Nadiya’s Time to Eat,” focused on time-saving tips and recipes, too.)


Watch the video: Best Places to Eat in Times Square From a Local (May 2022).