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NEW YORK
A trend among restaurants that I can really get behind is unpretentious, casual spaces that become the backdrop for sophisticated and highly conceptualized dishes.

That’s clearly what’s happening at High Street on Hudson, a nine-month-old restaurant in the West Village that’s opened all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the outside, […]

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NEW YORK
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.

Why I went: While vacationing in New […]

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NEW YORK
In a nod to the U.S. Open tennis tournament currently playing out in town, I dare to say that Chef Liz Johnson — the young chef of the tiny Mimi restaurant in the Village — hits aces down the line dish after dish after dish.

OK, so she might not be a Serena […]

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BROOKLYN, New York
I’m in New York for the Labor Day weekend, and one of the fun food events I’ve experienced so far on my trip was my day out at Smorgasburg on Saturday in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

First off, got to say, I love Williamsburg. I never spent much time here […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.

And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Husband-and-wife team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton (owners of the popular Ox Restaurant) loved combining appetizers when dining out, intrigued by the mashup of flavors. The couple, who says they love bold flavors, decided to open a restaurant built around the little bites with lots of flavor […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Langbaan literally means “back of the house” in Thai, and it’s also the name of a unique dining experience in Portland offering a Thai-inspired tasting menu in a tiny 24-seat space tucked behind another Thai restaurant.

And to be clear, it was my favorite meal of my recent vacation here.

Portland has […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Pok Pok is the often-recommended Thai restaurant in Portland from Chef Andy Ricker, who is leading a one-man revolution of how Americans view Thai cuisine. In the years since opening his restaurant in an emerging neighborhood on Division Street, he has opened several restaurants (including Pok Poks in Brooklyn and […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Dining at several new restaurants in Portland, I noticed a sophisticated swath that permeates many restaurants as opposed to just a few darlings a few years ago. Chefs here are cooking with excitement and creativity, more so than when I last visited in 2014.

One good example is the quaint and charming […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
I dare to say that Portland may be the culinary destination of the Pacific Northwest (in the United States, not considering Canada’s Vancouver, B.C.). In the last few years, this sleepy lumber town of a city has exploded with a food scene that’s keeping up with the likes of Los Angeles and […]

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
Last week I got back from my first trip to Palm Springs where I was searching for some spring warmth in the dead of winter. While I wasn’t so successful in the temperature department (laying out at the pool in 60 degree weather did remind me of home though), I was […]

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
When the weather is nice and warm here, there’s nothing better than dining al fresco. And there’s no better place to do it than at the SO.PA restaurant at the L’Horizon Hotel and Spa.

The hotel went through a two-year renovation after hotel developer Steve Hermann purchased the property, originally designed by […]

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif.
I’m spending a long weekend in California’s desert country, in this nostalgic hideaway for Hollywood stars. It was a last-minute trip planned to escape the rain and cold of Northern California, so it’s ironic that I’m writing this today on a rainy day in Palm Springs.

To get out of the […]

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MONTREAL
I’ve been back home in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two weeks now, but these posts about my Montreal vacation have made me feel like I’m still there. How I wish I were!

It was a fantastic trip discovering this quaint and stylish Canadian city, and the emerging food scene has […]

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