The man behind the Chicago dining scene is Chef Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry chef who made his name with his fine-dining, three-Michelin-star restaurant Alinea.
Over the years, Achatz — with his innovative molecular gastronomical creations — has transformed the way people dined, where the food is more theater than sustenance. While gaining near cult status with Alinea, […]Read the full post →
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.
For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam […]Read the full post →
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, […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]
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 […]Read the full post →
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]Read the full post →
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