15 Things I Learned from ROTE, and Reasons Why I want to Explore These Six Travel Destinations

15 Things I Learned from ROTE, and Reasons Why I want to Explore These Six Travel Destinations
Sometimes a great location is not enough to drive business in.




Restaurants on the Edge (ROTE) is a Canadian makeover show where culinary establishments get help before they go bust, but the stricken businesses share another quality. They are all on the edge … of a spectacular view! They are seaside, lakeside, mountainside, or in some other precipitous location that ought to give them plenty of buzz. Their drab decor and bland food are a blot on a beautiful landscape.





Things that I learned watching Restaurants on the Edge (Season 1)

• Sometimes restaurants are not just a place to dine in when you are hungry (or bored). It is a place that is personal to the owner, so visiting a restaurant is like dining at someone’s home, where you will see the owner’s personality and even his heart.

• In the business, you must carry a thick skin. Do not take it emotionally but take it personally and use these criticisms as your guide for necessary change.

• If you need help, seek help. Acknowledge that we cannot just rely solely on our own judgment and expertise. Seek consultation from other experts to help amplify your business.

• Go local with a heart. Check what local produce and ingredients available in your community and bring it to your table. This will attract customers, servings good food that reminds them of a good story of the community. In this way, you are also helping small businesses of your local community.

• Declutter. Try to maximize the available space of your restaurant but do not place unnecessary clutter.

• Consult with a feng shui consultant. They could help you guide on maximizing your space to bring good energy and an inviting vibe.

• Connect with locals using social media marketing. Maximize the use of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and video content platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo.

• In Restaurant of the Edge (ROTE) also shares food photography techniques that you can incorporate into your food blogging.

• You can learn how to redecorate your space, and gain ideas especially if you want your own restaurant or café in the future.

• Delegate of work is important. You do not want to feel tired and exhausted because of doing everything which results in giving a downside impact on your business. In order for your business to grow, you must learn how to let go, trust your teamwork. Teamwork makes your dream work!

• Make your customers have a unique and memorable experience that would keep them coming back (and tag their friends!), using sounds, and visual presentation in food and drink preparation. Something that would make customers take some pictures and flaunt it with their friends.

• ROTE will encourage you to eat fresh local, and sustainable foods.

• In business, we might not be able to question tradition, but you should incorporate your own personality and identity in your business.

• Always serve at least one or two local cuisines and tells the story why it is unique from the rest. Do not alienate your customers by not serving local-inspired cuisine.

• To give additional flair, do not be afraid to upcycle what you already have.






People do travel to eat, and here are the next destinations that we should consider next time we can able to travel.


Marsaxlokk, Malta

As a tourist destination, Marsaxlokk is popular for a daily open-air market, offering a selection of the finest fish restaurants on the island, for the peaceful walks around the coast and harbor, as well as for its secluded and untainted swimming zones. Locals enjoy the nightlife especially in Summer when you can walk the promenade, grabbing an ice cream as you go and letting the sea breeze cool off the typical Summer heat.

Marsaxlokk, Malta
Photo credits: @wonders_of_malta / @visitmaltauk / @simoes_claudia / @24.pn


In this episode, a soccer star’s Malta fish café is fading until the experts give it color with cuisine and design reflecting the island’s eclectic culture.


Hong Kong

Hong Kong's enchanting neighborhoods and islands offer a sensory feast. You may find yourself swaying along on a historic double-decker tram, cheering with the hordes at the city-center horse races, or simply gazing out at the glorious harbor. What most visitors don't immediately realize is that over 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and sprawling country parks, some also home to geological and historical gems. Escape the city limits on one of the world’s smoothest transport systems and spend your day wandering in a Song-dynasty village, hiking on a deserted island or kayaking among volcanic sea arches.

Hong Kong
Photo credits: @picsofhk / @vijayverghese / @lauraluppolo_ / @shazzaperry


In this episode, a cafe in a scenic Hong Kong fishing village Tai O resembles a gift shop without shoppers. The solution: rebranding, a taster menu, and a lot of feng shui.

Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisherfolk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise.

The manually operated drawbridge that spans the narrow creek dividing the town replaced a rope-drawn ‘ferry’ that operated for over 85 years.





Tobermory, Canada

Tobermory is almost surrounded by water - Lake Huron on one side and Georgian Bay on the other. It is a naturalist haven, having 2 national parks - Fathom Five National Marine Park and the Bruce Peninsula National Park - close by.

Tobermory is renowned for its natural setting, it is a photographer’s paradise. There are miles of forest - with tall pines and cedars. The majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment carve its way into Tobermory along the Georgian Bay coast - there is nothing more breath-taking than standing on a rock outcropping - towering 200' above the sea green waters of Georgian Bay!

Tobermory, Canada
Photo credits: @canadaparadise / @luan_canaj / @srmcbean / @greatlakesloving


In his episode, the team takes a harborside bar and grill from foundering to fabulous with a fresh Caribbean menu and a sleek tiki patio style.


Costa Rica

If marketing experts could draw up an ideal destination, Costa Rica might be it. The 'rich coast' has earned its name and stands apart from its Central American neighbors on the cutting edge of so many trends: surfing, farm-to-table restaurants, and sustainable tourism. Developing infrastructure is balanced by green energy such as wind and hydro. One of the world's most biodiverse countries, with half a million species – from insects to the giant anteaters that devour them – it also protects one-quarter of its wildlands through law.

Costa Rica
Photo credits: @capitrips / @travel_with_jennats / @levartravel.pt / @creative.travel.guide


In this episode, the experts resuscitate a flailing seafood restaurant (located in Playas del Coco) by turning up the vibrance with healthy local flavors.





Austria

Over centuries, the Habsburgs channeled immense wealth into the fine arts and music, collecting palaces the way others do stamps. You’ll still feel their cultural reverberations in Austria today – be it watching Lipizzaner stallions prance at the Spanish Riding School or crossing the Hofburg to eyeball Rubens masterpieces in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, or Klimt and Schiele at the Museums Quartier. The work of classical pop stars such as Mozart, Strauss, Mahler, Haydn, and Schubert echo as loudly as ever at lavishly gilded concert halls, and music festivals like Salzburg Festival and Bregenzer Festspiele are staged against uplifting lakeside or mountain backdrops

Austria
Photo credits: @thelischka / @marcuslejonkamp / @travel4eternity / @viennatraveltour


In this episode, an empty restaurant in the Austrian Alps features a global menu that's all over the place. To survive, it needs more regional fare — and more cowbell.


St. Lucia

St Lucia is in the business of creating lasting first impressions: visitors to the island are greeted by the unforgettable sight of the Piton Mountains, which are fringed by coral reefs, sandy shores, and swaying palms as they rise majestically from the rolling surf. 

St. Lucia
Photo credits: @mzoomstudio / @winged_boots / @frenzslu / @maudytravels


In this last episode, a unique regional dish and a thoughtful rebuild elevate a bereft St. Lucia bolt-hole into a chic shack with an ambiance to match its idyllic view.



Aside from restaurant and business makeover, ROTE also features local artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, and local creators during each episode.

The restaurateur Nick Liberato generally refocusing each establishment and chef Dennis Prescott revitalizing their menus, designer Karin Bohn is on hand to overhaul them aesthetically. Their energetic positivity, relentlessly supporting and affirming each other and everyone they met.

The trio might not be Gordon Ramsay, however sometimes three heads are better than one.

Be warn and prepare some tissue papers as most of the tears are simple gratitude as owners walk back into a restaurant that has been completely redecorated for free.

Nowadays, people travel to eat. But due to the global pandemic, this passion is now put on hold.

Don’t worry!


Watch Restaurants on the Edge on Netflix and dream on your next destination with great mouth-watering food.

Season 2 is coming soon!


Rating: 9/10



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179 comments :

  1. I binged the whole season in a few days and I'm so happy there will be a second season! The show combines three things I love: travel, food and make-overs. I love your list of lessons from the show, I think a lot of their advice is universally applicable. But the best thing were the amazing landscapes, views and food porn ;)

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  2. Very interesting. I almost started watching the series last night. It was the first time I had heard of it. I just might give it a watch tonight.

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  3. That's quite a review-- an interesting one at that. Nice.

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  4. Damnn Tobermory looks so beautiful! I moved to Canada almost three years ago and barely left Ontario haha

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  5. I’ve been to a few of these places. Love it! I live close to tobermory. It gets really crowded!

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  6. I haven't heard about that show before. It looks like such a interesting watch. I definitelly need to give it a go.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. Oh you should! It is very informative, and a good way to catch up travel while indoors.

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  7. How interesting! I haven't seen these series yet - so thanks for the recommendation. And yes to all the places on your list to travel :) Hong Kong is amazing!

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    1. This kind of travel shows keeps me company and feds ng travel soul.

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  8. these all look like such amazing places! I woud love to see them all!

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    1. I already added them all to my dream travel list!

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  9. The series does sound very promising, will sure watch this one.

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  10. I have never heard of this show. I'll have to check it out now.

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  11. Interesting post.thanos for sharing

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  12. Half of these places, I've been as a cruise line chef here so I must say that they are all good. Listed this as must watch in Netflix

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  13. This must be an interesting show to watch!Thank you very much for sharing. Hong Kong is a wonderful place, and hope to visit other places soon, when it's safe and when I have the budget. ;)

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    1. For the mean time, let's travel virtually through Netflix!

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  14. nice blog, i also want to go to costa rica. If only i have money lol

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    1. Time to save up, coz travel will be more expensive for the next couple of years.

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  15. Thanks for making me see more of the world with this blog. I need to watch that show. I'll surely learn a lot.

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  16. This looks interesting! Wish we could have shows like this in the Ph, too! But not just for restaurateurs but for small business owners, too :)

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    1. True! It is awesome that the show also features small business, and bring their products in renovating the restaurants!

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  17. I've seen parts of this though I haven't checked it out fully (still binge watching Narcos)! And Austria looks breathtaking and it is definitely on the bucket list!

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    1. Narcos is good too but I haven't pickup useful ideas.

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  18. How fascinating! I have not seen this series yet, thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely watch it

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    1. Check it, and hope it is available in your country (coz sometimes Netflix shows are regional).

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  19. I'm trying to go to Costa Rica within the year!

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  20. I haven’t heard about the show. But this is really interesting! I fell in love with the photos and include them to my bucketlist!

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  21. wow i never see this in netflix siguro kasi hindi ko interest kaya di lumalabas haha but now that I read it, ill search for it and try to watch. ang gaganda ng place, kaya lalo nakakagana kumain and know their local treats!

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    1. Check it coz it is a very inspiring show. This show also helps me what to look for during my next travel (which will help for my blog!).

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  22. Haven't seen it in Netflix yet, puro kdrama kase recommended sa account ko, but I will check this out, may napanood na din naman kaming show like this so I think this would be a nice show to watch for us :)

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    1. Search mo keyword na Restaurant. I'm waiting for its Season 2!

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  23. I've never even heard of ROTE but now I want to watch and continue to feed my travel bug. Thanks for all the great info!

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  24. I haven't heard of this show! Looks good! Especially now that we can't travel, shows like this will make us get excited to see the world again after the lockdown. :) It's true dining in a restaurant - especially local small ones - is like being invited in their homes. :)

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    1. Tis show is very heartwarming, especially when owners sees their newly makeover restaurants.. tears flowing!

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  25. Love this! I traveled to Costa Rica when I was younger and it was truly one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I would love to go back some day.

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    1. That is wonderful! I bet Costa Rica is now different since your last visit.

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  26. Your pictures are stunning. I would love to visit all those lovely places.

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  27. I have never heard of Restaurants on the Edge, I am definitely going to check it out. These look like such amazing places to go.

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  28. Wow! Wow! Wow! Love your blog! So much resources!

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  29. You picked some amazing spots. I'd love to get to Costa Rica one day. It certainly is gorgeous.

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    1. Same here! Plus I don't need a travel visa to visit Costa Rica, yey!

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  30. I haven't watched ROTE yet. I just finished the some documentaries about houses. It's equally inspiring to travel.

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  31. Haven't explored Netflix lately but this show really looks interesting! Would put this on the list! Gotta keep myself inspired to traveling ����❤️

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog! This will give you amazing ideas too.

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  32. Thanks for sharing..... i haven't ever heard of this show.....but it seems much interesting.....(World in Eyes)

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    1. Maybe this show is available in your country. I noticed the Netflix is regional.

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  33. If you ask me where I would like to visit, it's Malta, I love the landscape and the scenic view as well.

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    1. Same here! Hope I could explore it soon when the travel becomes affordable again.

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  34. Oh my goodness, this post has made me hungry and given me itchy feet! I've not actually seen the show, but I'll add it to my 'to watch' list, it looks really interesting!

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  35. I surprisingly haven't heard of this series yet. I'll definitely check it out though, thanks for sharing!

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  36. It sounds like this show combines two of my favorite things - travel and food! I am thankful for shows like this that allow us mental vacations from our current situation and to learn from other's experiences. I can't wait to check it out!

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  37. I've never heard of this show, but seeeing all these wonderful places makes me feel I'd love to give it a try. Can't wait to watch it! :)

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  38. Firstly, to be honest I have never seen it. I'm mostly a horror and thriller genre person but surely the lessons are good enough. I guess I know who to forward it. 😉

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    1. My Netflix here shows boring horror movies (I love Japanese horror movies, they could wet your pants!).

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  39. Never heard of the show but those photos are beautiful.i would love to visit.

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  40. Such pretty pictures. I do want to travel soon but I know I have to wait

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    1. Same here. In Australia, the govt assumes it needs two years of international travel pause.

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  41. I have not even heard of this show but I plan to watch it tonight once I get my work done!

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  42. I have never heard of this show but I love watching cooking shows and seeing restaurants transform. I love that this is not just a show based in the US but I will be able to see styles of eating from all over the world. Sounds fun!

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    1. It is very different the way Ramsey did. At least no cursing!

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  43. I love watching restaurant makeover shows. I will have to check this show out. Those pictures look amazing I want to travel to all those places, haha.

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  44. This post is incredibe i really do need to travel more and i loved the imagery you used it is just so beautiful i really enjoyed reading this post thankyou

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  45. It's my first time learning all about ROTE from you. Maybe I should really get my Netflix subscription back.

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    1. You will definitely enjoy this show. I watch it while I'm writing :)

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  46. "I think we need more ... cowbell". I'll have to give this show some more of my time so I can see some of these beautiful places. The one in Canada looks like it has some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen.

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  47. I've been to Austria and I would love to go to Thailand and Greece.

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    1. Oh Thailand is like a different world! You will love it!

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  48. hi
    never knew that there is a show by this name on netflix. reading your post has ignited the interest to watch it. thanks for that. I do agree that a chunk of a successful restaurant is how the own infuses the local decor and vibes into each aspect of the restaurant be it the cuisines or the decor or the theme or the story telling or the employment of the local people . this aspect does pay a very vital rome indeed.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating my blog. I got so immersed in this show and helps me feel motivate a lot.

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  49. the list is so international! unrealistic to get to them all hahaha.. lalo na this time of covid:-( siguro virtual na lang muna.

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    1. Yes, that why I recommend you watch ROTE for the mean time :)

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  50. Now I know what to watch in Netflix! I like that it's not only entertaining but also educational. Dining in restaurants will never be the same. You might start wondering what's the concept behind it.

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    1. That is true. Plus, those travel bloggers will gain more valuable insights from this show.

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  51. would agree on your thoughts, specially on delegating tasks and seeking help. Even as sole proprietor and most experience restaurateur, they don't monopolize the skills and techniques of running the place, new emerging best practices are just out there.

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  52. Mukhang interesting yung show di man ako interesado sa ganyan klaseng palabas pero i-rerecommend ko sa friend ko kasi mga ganyan ang trip niya panuorin. Yun nga lang need na niya mag subscribe sa Netflix.

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    1. Interesting ba talaga or hindi? I AM CONFUSED!

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  53. you have a good list. i would LOVE to visit Austria. for me, it is because of my love of history and that of Sissi and Prince Rudolf.

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    1. I heard many things about Austria. Good food and wine too!

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  54. I didn't watch it because I am not sure if it would make me feel good. I am very passionate about traveling and being unable to do that makes me feel so sad!

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    1. I love watching shows that will give me more educational and valuable insights from the pro. I find a feeling of luxury, hahaha.

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  55. wow, an interesting show to watch... will seach this show and add on my list except for Kseries

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    1. If you use Netflix via online then this should be available in your location.

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  56. This post is a welcome relief from Masterchef that people fondly talk about and although that show is great but I would always wonder what about other shows which are amazing from FnB point of view. The bullet points mentioned at the start of the blog post are very informative and they summarise the learnings from the show very well. Many a times, the hesitation and problems faced by bed and Breakfast owners are quite similar to the points addressed early on. So I guess your blog post is relevant to wider audience and deserves appreciation! Kudos!!

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    1. Thank you Ambuj for appreciating our insights :)

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  57. I love that show! Ryan and I watched it recently and it was so eye opening.

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    1. I like it so much, and learning tips from the designer.

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  58. I need to start watching this series right away, sounds so interesting and traveling is something I love to the core, infact Costa Rica is on top of my bucket list :)

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    1. That is cool! Let us know if you like the show after you watch it.

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  59. I haven't watched this show on Netflix. I will look or find this later and watch this. Looks like something that would interested me specially it's all about the food!

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    1. You will find appreciation from the owners' stories.

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  60. I haven't heard about this show but it looks interesting. Sad we don't have Netflix, I want to try watching the series.

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    1. Awww hope they can release it in other streaming site. Maybe time to get your subscription :)

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  61. Omg! These photos are amazing! Ill try to watch this show too! Looks very interesting. Cannot believe how beautiful those places are

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    1. I am excite for the Season 2 and know where they go this time.

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  62. I have seen the first two episodes of this series and it was really interesting. It was like connecting with the owners. I even Googled their restaurants after watching the episodes to see how they are doing.

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    1. Same I did! And added to my travel bucket list :)

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  63. Haven't heard of this show til now. Will check this out, it has very interesting content based on your review.

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  64. Kristine Nicole AlessandraMay 8, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    This is the first time I have heard about the show, and so I'd like to thank you for letting me know about it. I am sure this show will feed my wanderlust for travel, and of course, to know more about my favorite thing in the world - food!

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    1. If you are the kind of traveller who loves an immersive experience, then this show is for you!

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  65. Restaurants on the Edge is a dope show if you want to see the inderworkings of different type restaurants all around the world. Some of the seaory around the world is so amazing and makes such a cool backdrop for this foodie show.

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  66. Not familiar with the show but I like the concept. Their lessons in business are really helpful too. I especially like the first telling us on a more deeper story of the restaurant's owner's life.

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    1. I love genuine stories. That makes the food and travel unique.

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  67. I loved watching this show! I can't even decide which of the episodes was my favourite, probably the one in Austria. It was nice to see that they always encourage the restaurant owners to source food locally. Great to read your views about the show.

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    1. I think my favorite is the last episode in St. Lucia. The owner loves her Momma so much, and he learns to cook from her. I hope that his children will inherit that cooking skills. and the restaurant, of course.

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  68. What an incredible show to watch. I love the fact that it combines travel, food and business tips to turn around business. Having a restaurant in a location which offers great views is such an advantage in itself. But unless that uniqueness is cashed on by driving in revenue it is useless and difficult to sustain.Taking the right decisions and understanding customer needs is the key and hence I find this show such a great idea.The locations showcased here are so pretty.

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    1. I am actually feeling jealous that they own a prefect location, but having lack of experience in cashing it big. Those locations are considered golden goose.

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  69. I'm curious to go watch this now. I'm super into reality shows in netflix and this sounds like my next obsession!!

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  70. I've never watched the series but the concept and idea you gave about running a restaurant is everything.

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  71. wow!! love all the beautiful captures, gonna check this out to watch myself too. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  72. These are some nice places to visit. I would love to visit few of them.

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  73. Very interesting, I had not heard of this show before but will have to look it up. I agree with buying local,I think it benefits everyone. It will help out the community and also brings in some unique aspects of the community. I haven't heard of Tobermory, but it looks like a great destination. I would love to enjoy a meal on the tiki patio.

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  74. This looks really interesting! You've also pulled some really great lessons from this show. Who knew you could get so much from a show like this.

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    1. I usually stay away on watching too much dramas that I can't get anything in return.

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  75. I haven't seen this show yet. I hope to see it soon after my graduate school requirements. Seems interesting!

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  76. Looks like the show encourages patriotism. I am in awe how they produce cooking shows to a higher level nowadays.

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    1. Travel and food related contents are evolving!

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  77. This is super cool. I hadn't known about this show. I've known of a similar show where Gordon Ramsay revamps restaurants. But I love this concept, where the view and location of the restaurant is taken into consideration.
    Malta was indeed gorgeous. We never ate out in Malta though. We stayed in an Airbnb with kitchen & cooked our food. Of your list, Tobermury and Costarica are very inviting. I'm hoping to visit Austria soon, hopefully soon after lockdown. I'll check out this episode before I go.

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    1. Thank you dear! Oh yes, we hope to continue our travel lifestyle after this pandemic.

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  78. It makes me want to travel so much! And it's great idea finding inspiration for your future plans with educational programms

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  79. I am not a netflix person so I have no idea about all these restaurants and serials, ROTE including. However, reading your post I totally understand why you want to travel this way and I would join you too! These destiantions are totally stunning and worth visitng. I have seen some of them already and craving to see the others. THanks for this post, I have learnt something new.

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  80. Wow this looks like a fab show and yes I could also love to visit Costa Rica too. A beautiful place for sure xx

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  81. I haven't watched this one but after reading this, I am going to look it up and get started. It would be amazing to figure how they take up the challenge and get things around. And yes,those destinations are definitely stunning

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  82. I am not Netflix Person and never heard about this show. This looks awesome about restaurants series.These Places are stunning but as a budget traveler I usually don't opt for such Places but the concept is lovely. Tobermory of Canada looks so inviting.

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    1. sometimes you need to level-up to experience more amazing things. You might be missing out :)

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  83. I watched the Hong Kong episode and I was so shocked on how cluttered the place was! Also, I didn't think they were satisfied with how the girl cooks but the couple seemed to be eager and enthusiastic in growing their business. It's really admirable! As for the Malta episode, I think the guy was a famous, well-off goalkeeper so I'd love if they'd feature more struggling restaurants in the future.

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    1. Yeah, the good thing about this show is they featured different status of owners. There's one who is a famous goalkeeper but (quite a loser) in restaurant business, there's a family who owns a (almost) a shack restaurant (St. Lucia episode) but situated in a gorgeous location. And the experts helped them fairly.

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  84. Wow! Loved this post. You have mentioned some really important point in the learning’s. Actually the place can be quite personal and going local is the best thing. We too live on that principal. Costa Rica and Austria are super high on our list. Hopefully the Covid thing ends soon and we are back to travel. Till then I am gonna enjoy this series.

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    1. I can't wait to visit these places and the restaurants too!

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  85. OMG! I adore this Netflix series! They have flipped a couple of awesome restaurants in Malta including the one owned by a Spanish football player if I remember correctly. As a food fanatic and also a design junkie, I learn a lot from that show that in turn lures me to discover more about the area! That said, I definitely wanna visit those places! I hope they come to the Philippines too :)

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    1. That's amazing right?! Hope they will have more seasons :)

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  86. Oh no... This is the worst... I am hungry now! And I am locked in my country! How dare you induce desire that I cant satisfy. Hahah. This is fantastic! Hits all the rights spots!

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  87. Very cool! I am a big foodie but hadn't yet heard of this show! Love that it ties the destination in with an exploration in the local cuisine. Adding it to my list to watch next!

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    1. Hope you'll like this show and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  88. I really liked restaurants on the Edge. Restaurant industry is also bleeding currently and we still don't know what will be the #newnormal norms in the post Corona World. I wish everything get settles down soon!

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    1. That's true. Hope we the vaccine will be available soon!

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  89. This is cool! Love those kind of restaurants!

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  90. That sounds pretty cool, just the idea of it. These restaurants sound amazing in terms of their setting (I love places with a view) but its a pity that they are failing because of bland food or some missing ingredient of success. So happy that the show helps them identify the change required and pick their business up. Restaurants business can be hard, and asking for expert help or even feedback from your customers can go a long way and making improvements and turning things around!

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