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Very Creative Lunch at 1* Michelin Restaurant David Toutain (Paris, France)

[Translate] I respect the European and most of the Asian cities’ Michelin guides for a long time after my numerous dining experiences when I travel abroad. My traveling companion on this trip was largely a skeptic with the mentioned red book and I understand his point of view given the fact that New York City’s ratings are mostly wonky. I won’t discuss about my qualms on the NYC Michelin ratings here but the point is, since this was our first Michelin restaurant in Paris we’ve dined together was at Restaurant David Toutain, it started to make him believe in the..

Delicious Crêpes at Breizh Café (Paris, France)

[Translate] Breizh Café specializes in galettes de blé noir, commonly known as buckwheat crêpes is a great spot for those who crave savory and sweet crêpes served with artisanal French ciders in the hip Marais area of Paris. It’s no surprise when we arrived around 9:00 PM on a Friday night, the place was buzzing with activity with a mix of tourists and locals eating plates of them and people waiting on the sidelines for either a table or taking their order to-go. After waiting for 15 minutes for a table, we settled down and taken a look at the..

Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

[Translate] If you have been following my Instagram for the past week or so, I’m traveling around Paris, Nice and Monaco and eating quite well. Please note, these posts are not in any particular order (chronological or even about preference of a restaurant, hotel, etc.). Le Meurice is a beautiful seven-story, hotel palace located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers (but beware the flood of tourists). The opulent Restaurant Le Meurice (2* Michelin) looks pulled straight out of Versailles with its gilded moldings and..

Flavorful, Healthy Fare at Springbone Kitchen (NYC)

[Translate] Under most circumstances, I am not the person who seeks out healthy food unless I feel the need to eat cleaner after an intense week of indulging at parties, events or even vacation. Springbone Kitchen is a new fast-casual place that is based on the bone broth (if you’ve been following the food news in NYC, it’s a big trend for the past year) in Greenwich Village. It’s founded by two young co-owners Jordan Feldman and Sam Eckstein who wanted healthier food options beyond the typical salad bowl and even one of them replaced his morning cup of coffee..

Dinner at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Baltimore

[Translate] Four Seasons Baltimore opened its doors in 2011. This property is located on the edge of Baltimore’s historical and picturesque Harbor East waterfront. Apart from the top-notch location, the stylish lobby, gorgeous rooftop pool area and, of course, the Four Seasons’ signature impeccable service. The hotel has elegant accommodations, appointed with marble bathrooms, plush down comforters, cozy terrycloth robes, flat-screen TVs, and a beautiful spa with plunge pools. We had dinner at one of their restaurants, Wit & Wisdom, a casual fine dining restaurant by Michael Mina is one of the hottest restaurants in Baltimore. Chef Zack Mills helmed..

Excellent Dinner at Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Beasts & Bottles is a newcomer to Brooklyn Heights. This place is equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with master sommelier Alexander LaPratt. The wine list spotlights smaller French producers and biodynamic (or environmentally responsible) wines. For the restaurant’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley birds from Indiana, served Provençal style; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New..

The Burgary and Garfunkel’s (NYC)

[Translate] The Burgary and Garfunkel’s are two separate venues under the same ownership of Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjekaj. The Burgary (located downstairs within Garfunkel’s), is a casual, creative burger restaurant featuring a proprietary blend of dry aged beef from Pat La Frieda, along with a few salads, tater tots, fries and bedecked milk shakes. We have started off with the daily special milkshake – the coconut chocolate. This thick shake was good. Not too thick and it does taste coconutty and a touch of chocolate. The large mound of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, coconut flakes and maraschino cherry..

Dinner at Rider (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Rider is a new restaurant from chef Patrick Connolly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust. Chef Connoly won a James Beard Award while at Radius in Boston before decamping for Bobo here in New York City several years ago. The restaurant is named after the hospitality contract musicians have with performance venues that covers food and beverage. Roughly 65 seats are divided between two floors, with a marble bar downstairs, a wall of windows above, and a bench made of timber salvaged from the building’s former life as an actual sawdust factory. This restaurant is the sharing, small..

Brunch at Untitled at The Whitney (NYC)

[Translate] Back in April, my family and I had a fantastic brunch at Untitled at The Whitney. It’s definitely the type of place you can bring your parents or have a sophisticated but casual meal with your friends or date. Service is the the classic Danny Meyer hospitality where staff will be keen on sensing the diner’s wants and they are very gracious. The savory fare by Chef de Cuisine Suzanne Cupps and her crew is light yet substantial, vegetable-forward and very delicious. The desserts by Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic and his team are seasonal, delectable and some veer toward..