Casa Wagner – Sighisoara, Romania

Casa Wagner

026 550 6014
Piata Cetatii 7, Citadel
Sighisoara Romania

When you are lucky enough to find yourself located on the center square of the UNESCO World Heritage citadel of Sighisoara, and you direct your gaze at the myridad of gothic buildings; your eyes will fall upon the very charming and comfortable Casa Wagner.

Do try to get a deluxe or double room; as they have wonderful details like wrought-iron candle holders, looming armoires, chests that have held warm blankets for 100’s of years and antique benches polished smooth by countless seatings.  On top of the lovely interiors, these rooms also have the prettiest views to the main square.  The other quarters, while clean and comfortable, are rather common.

There is a back terrace to contemplate and downstairs a restaurant that is only open during high season (spring-summer)

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Blue Ribbon Bakery Market – NYC

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Blue Ribbon Bakery Market

14 Bedford Street ( 6Ave. – Downing St. )
New York, NY 10014

11:00am – 8:00pm  Monday – Friday
9:00am – 6:00pm  Saturday and Sunday


The Blue Ribbon Market, not the cafe, is a little place in the west village where you can find some of the best breads this city has to offer; including flavored ciabattas (arugula, rosemary…), country breads, baguettes, rye, 9 grains…. some of them with organic alternatives.

They also have a wonderful selection of Mexican raw honey, with flavors like: Mesquite Blossom, Autumn Flower, Veracruz Orange, MT Mexteca and Golden Reserve

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Seasoned salts, flavored sugars, cheese and eggs from local farms, pickles, smoked fish olive oil , the best baklava ever with made real honey…. and now the selection really begins to fill out.

Prepared open toasts with all sort of toppings like honey and manchego cheese,  or  herring and pickled onions are just a bonus – try  to have with one of their daily soups.

But beyond all the tantalizing foods and top quality ingredients, once again we find service is king.  The staff here is ALWAYS on top of their game and easy with a smile.  This is one of the places that makes you feel great about spending your money there.


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‘ino – NYC


(212) 989-5769
21 Bedford Street (6th Ave & Downing)
New York, NY 10012

Unfortunately closed on 2013

If you like perfect paninis, like the scrumptious ricotta, pesto, and roasted vegetables, a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, efficient and friendly service, delicious wine, ‘Ino is the place for you; and then there is  the truffle egg toast.

The tiny kitchen is very flexible when it comes to changes and requests off the menu.   This makes it very attractive for people with a vegetarian diet. There is also have the option of half a Panini with soup/salad, or the quatro panini wich is each quarter with a different flavour.  ‘Ino is one of the places where the quality of food and wine far outway the pricetag; for what you get it is surprisingly easy on the wallet.

I think the sum synergy of this lovely establishment can be summed up as follows:  One day we were enjoying our Truffle Egg Toasts and wine at the end of the bar.  The waiter came back to the bartender and mentioned that someone at a table had asked for a white wine recommendation.  The two waiters and the bartender then proceeded to have an in-depth discussion (about 3-4 minutes) bout which wine was the best to pair with the particular panini  ordered.  At no point was price mentioned – it was all about the right flavors to achieve maximum enjoyment!

Other Items of note on the menu are Bruschettes, a favorite is the fennel and rucola salad with goat cheese, cheese plates, daily soup, good coffee and fresh orange juice.  And then there’s the Truffle Egg Toast … Enjoy!!!






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