Most of you are familiar with TripAdvisor; the travel directory which provides ratings for restaurants, accommodations and tourist attractions. For the past 5 years I thought that maybe I was missing something on my annual one-week vacations as I would research restaurants on TripAdvisor; venture to one of the top 5 ranked restaurants only to be disappointed about 50-60% of the time. I find that failure rate high and a waste of money as many of the top ranked restaurants fall into the $$$/$$$$ threshold. For a foodie, when you only have a week or two of vacation a bad meal can make it or break it. I figured my year in Europe would be the perfect opportunity to get down to the bottom of it.