Inspirations: best-of guides
With its golden afternoon sunshine, cypress-lined hills and postcard perfect panoramas, Tuscany is a land of dreams. It is also the region that makes some of Italy’s most important fine wines cherished by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Wine has a special place in Slovenian culture. For proof of this, you need look no further than St Martin's Day, an annual folk festival that celebrates the arrival of new wines on 11 November, when wine fever gives rise to festivities in vineyards across the country, from the Mediterranean to the Hungarian border. Around this date, most restaurants are fully booked and serve specific menus, in which wine plays the starring role. This is just one example of the close ties between gastronomy and viticulture in a country that has a very strong food-loving culture.
When thinking of Hungarian cuisine, the names of paprika, stuffed peppers and goulash instantly bring water to one’s mouth—but there’s much more to discover about the rich and sometimes unusual traditions of this beautiful Central European country.
Over the past few years, the capital city of Hungary has seen the emergence of a new and dynamic culinary scene. Young chefs and prestigious names of the international gastronomy have brought change into the kitchens of this metropolis. Hungarian traditions are being revived, appealing to a younger generation of foodies who praise local, sustainable and artisanal products. Today, it is possible to experience Budapest as a real gourmet, from a starry breakfast to an intimate dinner in one of the hippest districts of the city.
Through its green stars and its partnership with illycaffè, the MICHELIN Guide highlights restaurants that have a strong connection to the environment, places such as Auberge du Père Bise, where you can literally "taste" the landscape. With deep roots in the Savoyard land, chef Jean Sulpice gives a lesson in sustainability, in which coffee has found its place.