Wide and Narrow Alleys (宽窄巷) during early morning If you have been following my Instagram feed recently, I meandered through four cities in China: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Chongqing. It’s a whirlwind of a trip that at times feel exhausting yet but it was all exhilarating and worth the hours on the plane and train. My first destination was Chengdu. This capital city of the Sichuan province is obviously famous for pandas (alas, I didn’t have time to see) and for most people, the city of mala (麻辣) spicy food. I admit I explored this city in a very limited..
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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..
Entrance Lounge area Restaurant Beau Mont feels like you’ve walked into one of your charming, well-heeled artistic or fashionable friend’s spacious apartment for dinner. One who cares and loves food deeply and has the food philosophy of using the best, locally sourced ingredients, cooks it well but simply and make the dishes look beautiful yet effortless even though it’s not. That’s how I felt overall when I dined here. Beaut Mont is led by the same team of the famous Montreal upscale and avant garde restaurant Toqué! While it feels a little bit relaxed compared to its older sister restaurant,..
When I stayed at Wanda Reign on The Bund, I had every intention to eat at River Drunk, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant that specializes in Huaiyang cuisine (淮陽). Huaiyang cuisine is one of the Four Great Traditions in Chinese cuisine. It is derived from the native cooking styles of the region surrounding the lower reaches of the Huai and Yangtze rivers, and centered upon the cities of Huai’an, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang in Jiangsu Province. (more…)
We had dinner at Le Baccara. It might seem a little unusual to have dinner in a casino that is about 10 minutes away from downtown Ottawa but I couldn’t help but be curious how is it like to dine there. It is a five-star French restaurant where service is first class, from the choice of complimentary spring or sparkling water to the fresh linen napkin waiting every time you return to your table. We had a table by the window with a lovely view and see kayakers paddling around. (more…)
There’s a healthy number of fine dining Mexican restaurants in Mexico City. The most obvious and most talked about restaurant is Pujol, which I will write about soon but there’s also a restaurant led by a strong woman, chef and restauranteur Martha Ortiz called Dulce Patria, meaning Sweet Homeland. (Ms. Ortiz has another restaurant, Ella Canta in London, U.K.) This restaurant is consistently listed among Latin America’s top 50 restaurants for the past few years. The restaurant had tables filled with diners on a Wednesday night and enjoying Chef Oritz’s bold, vibrantly flavored food that has an artistic, sensual, female..
Many thanks to our gracious and generous host Visit Monaco for our trip to Monaco. It’s been a true honor to see, feel, taste what your extraordinary principality is like. And goodness, it felt like heaven on earth! As you might have read the afternoon tea at Hotel Metropole earlier, we also had an epic lunch at Restaurant Joël Robuchon (different days though). While planning for this trip to Monte Carlo, many friends, travel forums, and travel guides mentioned that one of the places one should have a splurge meal is at the 2* Michelin restaurant, Joël Robuchon. On our..
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 the..
Atlanta is a city where fine dining (a few NYC examples like The Modern, Del Posto, Per Se and so on) is generally rare. It’s a place where small, independent chef-driven restaurants as well as big box franchised restaurants are common. Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is one of the few restaurants where Southern food gets the haute treatment — and it’s executed beautifully. This restaurant is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team of chef Linton Hopkins and sommelier Gina Hopkins and still going strong for nearly a dozen years. This jewel box of a restaurant decorated in..