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Fantastic Seafood Dinner at GW Fins (New Orleans, LA)

Entrance of GW Fins Spacious dining room One of my favorite meals in New Orleans was dinner at GW Fins. It is a high-end seafood restaurant but runs like a high-end steakhouse. Tables draped in white tablecloth, dark wood accents, dim lighting and waiters in neat uniforms with professional yet no nonsense approach to get my order. The star ingredient – fish in this case, instead of steak – has to have the best quality and presentation, and service and ambiance should follow suit as well. Along the way, they have tapped the wealth of seafood from the Gulf and..


Dinner at Luke (New Orleans, LA)

Interior Fresh oysters at the bar Having dinner at Luke feels like eating at an upscale pub that feels historic and modern at the same time. The service is friendly and swift and the waiters are in pristine white suits. The menu primarily focuses on the seafood with a touch of Creole flair. We couldn’t help but stare at the glorious looking oyster bar when we walked to our table. Unfortunately my companion and I weren’t able to have those beautiful mollusks served raw on the half shell for a few reasons but the other dishes we had were delicious...

French Opulence at Le Pavillon Hotel (New Orleans, LA)

Grand staircase from the lobby to lower level Part of Cachette 1907 looking toward the lobby and reception desk This Romanesque white stone building is one of the most architecturally dramatic hotels in the city. The lobby is no less elegant, with towering ceilings, marble columns, and large crystal chandeliers. Marble floors and gilded ceilings surround a lobby covered in art and sculptures. The hotel’s original owners had grand plans, and stated them clearly with the construction of the striking, 15-foot monumental limestone pillars that frame the entrance. A refurbishment in the 1960s had artifacts and interiors sourced from Europe,..

Excellent Stay at Windsor Court Hotel (New Orleans, LA)

Entrance at Courtyard When I was in New Orleans, I stayed at The Windsor Court Hotel. It’s a very elegant hotel just a few blocks away from the French Quarter, making it accessible to the main touristy neighborhood. Interestingly enough, the overall stay didn’t make me think I’m that close to the boisterous crowds of Bourbon Street. The ornate decor (British 19th-century antiques, furniture, and artwork) is courtesy of the hotel’s original Anglophile owner, and would be over-the-top if it wasn’t so consistent. A full gym, heated outdoor pool, high tea service, and delicious food all add to a decadent..

Shaya (New Orleans, LA)

I’ve made a trip down to the Big Easy, also known as New Orleans. This city captivated me for sometime for the many cultures that meld over the centuries (as complicated as it was and probably still is) that created an interesting food culture because of it—and it’s the supposed birthplace of several cocktails like the Sazerac, Brandy Milk Punch, Vieux Carré, and the Hurricane, to name a few. It will be a slightly random order of posts related to this city’s dining and stunning boutique hotels but I’m starting off with a very satisfying yet seemingly simple Mediterranean inspired..


Broadway Burger Bar at Tropicana Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ)

Exterior Guacamole and pico de gallo served with tortilla chips Root beer float with vanilla ice cream If you have a craving for something a little more than your average burger in Atlantic City, Broadway Burger Bar is your best bet. This casual eatery focuses primarily on the fresh ground burgers perfectly cooked to order and topped in many ways possible. There is a small section of salads, appetizers and sandwiches. We had a bevy of the aforementioned (seen at the top of this post) and enjoyed them all. The burgers were juicy, cooked to beautifully medium-rare, seasoned well and..

The Continental (Atlantic City, NJ)

I’ve taken a short break to Atlantic City, NJ for a couple of days near the Christmas holiday to get away from New York. For those who have heard of Atlantic City recently, it has past its prime but it is not bad either. The last time I have been to this city was in 2011 and I think the food scene changed for the better. Our first meal was dinner at The Continental. When you walk up to the restaurant, it looks vaguely like the Jetsons meet 1950s diner. If you get over the quirky decor of the place,..