ST. HELENA, Calif.
I’ve never dined at a three Michelin-star restaurant, which is the highest honor bestowed by the annual Michelin Guide to dining from France. So I figured there’s no better time than now.
Everyone knows The French Laundry in Napa Valley, which is why it’s still one of the hardest [...]Read the full post →
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
The L.A. restaurant Red Medicine has gotten a lot of attention lately, but not necessarily for its food.
The stylish spot in Beverly Hills recently started tweeting the names of guests who don’t show up for their reservations. The public shaming has garnered debate and attention, which Red Medicine’s GM [...]Read the full post →
When looking for good Chinese food in Southern California, people often point visitors to the San Gabriel Valley area.
The valley is more than an hour east of the coast, which is where I was staying when I recently visited my sister in Marina Del Ray. So it was an inconvenience to [...]Read the full post →
Michael Voltaggio’s signature restaurant Ink doesn’t look like something one would think came from a previous Top Chef winner, and thus, a celebrity chef (I expected a lot of glamour and celebrity friends). But if you’re familiar with Voltaggio from his time on the Bravo reality show, Ink is exactly the [...]
The tiny strip of Abbot Kinney is a hipster epicenter in Southern California’s Venice Beach, with cute boutiques, artsy bars, an Intelligentsia coffee bar, and fashionable restaurants.
But the hipster anchor has got to be Gjelina, a neighborhood restaurant serving up California-Mediterranean food to celebrities and out-of-towners since opening in 2008.
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For my last meal on my recent trip to Portland, it worked out to be another brunch.
Tired of making all the decisions, I left it up to my sister and brother-in-law, who guided me to Clyde Common on the edge of downtown Portland not too far from the hip Pearl District.
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Every cupcake at Saint Cupcake Galore is like a vision, perfectly frosted swirls or shimmering ganache. The large bakery makes decision-making a tough task, but one most willingly take on.
I checked out the bakery – on the edge of the Pearl District and downtown – because it was my brother-in-law’s birthday [...]Read the full post →
In a city gaining national attention for its food, it’s not too surprising to find global influences on the plate. At Ox in Portland’s Northeast area, I’m talking specifically about the South American flavors of Argentina.
Ox, opened in April by the husband-and-wife chef team Greg and Gabrielle Denton, is described on [...]Read the full post →
It rained all week during my Portland trip, so I had to break one of my rules of eating – never eat ice cream on a cold day. I knew that come rain or come shine, I had to try the artisan ice cream at Salt & Straw.
The boutique-like premium ice [...]Read the full post →
Brunch is a major sport in Portland, with several venues offering up breakfast dishes to hungry crowds throughout the weekend. One of the more popular spots, Tasty n Sons, serves up brunch to a thankful crowd every day of the week.
The two-year-old restaurant from Chef John Gorham is so popular that [...]Read the full post →
If Portland is a town that celebrates its quirkiness, it’s no wonder that Voodoo Doughnut is such a big hit.
The doughnut shop, which started off as just a window selling doughnut treats to late-night bar crawlers in Old Town, is a worldwide sensation, featured in various food media from New York [...]Read the full post →
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