Join Rachael Ray on her international odyssey!
Dublin, Ireland is no longer the stodgy old-fashioned city of legend. Nowadays, a weekend in Dublin is one of the hottest destinations in Europe. First, Rachael takes viewers shopping at Cleo, for traditional Irish sweaters and caps at real bargain prices. Then, it's off to The Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest and most legendary pub. Next up, Rachael climbs to the top of the stories-tall Guinness Brewery for a free pint! After that, she ventures away from the traditional meat and potatoes fare for Dublin's own take on Indian food at Jaipur. She rounds out her trip at the hip pub Oliver St. John Gogarty's for a hard cider and lively Gaelic tunes.
Join Rachael as she explores the cuisine, culture and history of southern France. She starts her vacation in Provence at the Aix Farmers' Market, which is known throughout the world for its amazing array of fresh produce and regional products. She samples some locally made tapenade, and checks out an assortment of delicious artisanal cheese. Next up is a stop at Le Clos de la Violette, a beautiful restaurant located in the residential part of Aix. Rachael enjoys a crisp glass of wine and a light lunch in the courtyard. With her appetite quenched, she heads over to the ancient city of Arles to check out its historic ruins. After she has a little shopping under her belt at Ici et La, which specializes in locally made soaps and lotions, she travels outside the city limits for a dinner at La Chassagnette. At this picturesque countryside restaurant, Rachael samples some deliciously fresh produce, grown right on the premises.
Rachael vacations in beautiful Bordeaux, France, one of the world's most famous wine producing regions. She starts her day off at Le Chapon Fin, the city's oldest restaurant. She takes in the rock grotto décor and enjoys lobster topped with caviar, a decadent yet affordable treat, prepared by owner/chef Nicholas Frion. Rachael then visits one of her all-time favorite restaurants: La Tupina. She digs in to a plate of roasted chicken and potatoes cooked in - that's right - duck fat. According to Rachael, "Ya gotta try it to believe it and you will love it!" With her appetite satiated, she makes a quick stop at Au Comestible, which is a sister market of La Tupina. She then ventures outside the city limits to the quaint town of Saint Emilion to visit her friend Christian Gombaud, owner of the winery Clos de Madeleine. As the sun sets, she's back in Bordeaux and Le Bistro du Vingt, a hip wine bar where she grabs a glass of - yep, you guessed it - Bordeaux. To end her trip, Rachael stops off at Dame de Shanghai for a nightcap, which is one of the city's hottest restaurant/ bars. What a vacation!
Rachael's on vacation in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city. She starts her day in this coastal town at the Royal Café, where she enjoys a zesty apple smoothie and a freshly baked scone. She then hops on a sky bucket at famous Expo Park for a panoramic view of the city. Next, its time to head under the sea at Lisbon's Oceanarium, Europe's largest aquarium. Penguins and otters entertain the public, while Rachael, the camera bug, snaps away. She then explores historic Casa Alentejo and enjoys cod, the national dish, with several delicious sides, all for a nominal fee. What better way to spend the rest of the afternoon than in a horse-drawn carriage in the beautiful town of Sintra, just a short drive from downtown Lisbon? Her carriage ride ends at the Panoramico Restaurant in the expansive and historic Hotel Tivoli, where she indulges in a hearty dish of pasta with fresh tuna. And no trip to Lisbon would be complete without a taste of the country's most famous wine - Port! Rachael toasts the city at Solar do Vinho do Porto.
Rachael and hubby John are vacationing in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, known for its unique architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, and exciting nightlife. First up is a trip through La Boqueria Market, where fresh seafood and produce abounds. In the midst of this cacophony rests El Quim de la Boqueria, where a counter-side seat gives you quite the show. It's here that Rachael samples some freshly made tortillas, the Spanish version of a Frittata. She enjoys tapas at Comerc 24, where she has a light snack of Ceviche. Dinner finds Rachael and John at Suquet de l'Almiral in the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta, where she tries egg noodles with seafood. She rounds out the night at Santa Maria in the hip El Born neighborhood, a restaurant that serves designer tapas.