The World's Best Meals, According to Jane the Virgin's Yael Grobglas

My love for food started at a very young age, being born to two fabulous cooks with extreme love for the art of food. At my parents’ house, eating together is a ritual: breakfast, lunch, and dinner are special, respected occasions. We sit, talk, and discuss what we are eating.

I was born in France to a French father and an Austrian mother (the debate of which culture invented the “choucroute” is everlasting and will probably never be resolved). We moved to Israel when I was 2 years old. My parents have proud stories of me eating a chicken leg as a tiny baby and shoveling in the caviar at the IKEA restaurant in Paris as a toddler. Life was good.

As much as I’ve always known about my great love for eating, I didn’t discover my love for cooking until I moved out and realized that I could actually make anything I wanted to eat right there at home! So I did. Since then, inviting friends over to try exciting experiments has become almost a daily event.

A few years ago, my conscience overcame my taste for meat (and it was a great love indeed), so I decided to become a pescatarian. I won’t pretend this was an easy or natural thing for me to do—it’s been four years, and I still have meat dreams—but it was worth it for me.

Giving up meat actually strengthened my resolve to cook and eat even better than before, and this is what I’ve been trying to do ever since. Today, I live in Los Angeles and travel quite often, allowing me to discover new amazing restaurants. From the most eclectic hidden treasures to my go-to sushi spot, these are my favorites places to eat around the world.