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Very Good Seafood Dinner at Le Vistamar (1* Michelin; Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Le Vistamar at Hotel Hermitage is a 1* Michelin restaurant that its menu has particular focus on seafood. The dining room blends a modern palette of neutral-tone hardwood floors, linen-covered banquettes and mostly white décor against a backdrop of aristocratic paneled walls and sprawling terrace with masonry baluster and stunning views of the harbor. We started off our evening with flutes of Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne. Delicately fruity but dry and refreshing. After ordering a couple of dishes, the waiters served us an amuse bouche of red mullet, broccoli, and broccoli puree. While the mullet and broccoli were cooked nicely..

Epic Lunch at Restaurant Joël Robuchon (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

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..

Delicious Brunch at One Eared Stag (Atlanta, Georgia)

One Eared Stag at the tranquil area of Inman Park is an unassuming restaurant for an incredible, unexpected brunch menu. When you enter One Eared Stag, the first thing that draws your attention are the taxidermy hanging on the whitewashed brick walls toward the back and a prominent one installed at the center of the bar. The main dining area is up the ramp opening to bright, natural light flooding in with minimalist touches that feels homey at the same time. It’s relatively rare that I start brunch with sweets but when my waiter mentioned to me their pastry basket..

Wilde Zwijnen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

During my trip to Amsterdam, I had a great dinner at Wilde Zwijnen, translated from Dutch, Wild Boar. This restaurant is situated in the Oost (East) side in the Indonesian neighborhood (Indische Buurt) of Amsterdam. The interior design of the place could be called industrial chic – a lot of exposed brick and simple furniture, with a few hanging plants and some elegant wall hangings. Beautiful concrete floor and industrial, wooden tables where your name is written in chalk if you have made a reservation. It still feels comfortable and reminds me of many of the new, small restaurants in..

Dinner at The Sea Fire Grill (NYC)

The Sea Fire Grill is a seafood restaurant from the same team of the Benjamin Steakhouse. Like the Benjamin Steakhouse, this restaurant has the same high-level service and the food is very solid. Muted cream and brown tones dominate the dining areas with pops of color from recessed blue bulbs throughout the space. A shimmering blue accent wall gives the impression of being underwater and a large fireplace crackles at the far end of the dining room. The large bar area gives diners a front row seat to watch bartenders build the specialty cocktails and champagne spritzers, Usually when I..

Fantastic Seafood at Wild Tale (Vancouver, B.C.)

Wild Tale is a fairly new seafood restaurant founded by co-owners John Crook and Erik Heck. In recent years, they’ve made a name with their crowd-pleasing Flying Pig restaurants. The whole concept of this place is California-fresh, easily affordable, simple seafood restaurant. The dining room is spacious with some wood trim to make it feel rustic and squeezed in a few more tables on the bare-bones patio. The color scheme is beige, cream and hunter green. Sort of feels like a fishing lodge. There is nothing revelatory about the menu – and that’s a good thing. It’s comfort seafood, done..

1* Michelin Sushi Iwa (Tokyo, Japan)

A high end sushi experience in Japan can be intense and uncomfortable sometimes with the formality and etiquette, the inevitable language barrier and the hefty price tag. Sushi Iwa 鮨 いわ, located in Ginza, is a high end, 1* Michelin restaurant that serves excellent sushi without the snobbery. Sushi Iwa’s entrance is at street level. It is recognizable from its classic wabi-sabi (tea-ceremony style) look, hempen curtain, bamboo trellis window and small iron lantern at foot level. Inside, it feels relaxed and, with a counter only big enough for six, surprisingly intimate. Owner-chef Hisayoshi Iwa learned his skills at Tokyo’s..

Exquisite Lunch at Restaurant Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Canada)

I recently went to Montreal, Canada*. To those of you who have been there before, you know it’s pretty accessible by train and it’s doable if you want to drive in about 6 hours but I took the plane. Generally, you’d think it’s an easy ride in since it shouldn’t take more than an hour to fly in. But your presumption is wrong. I would anticipate flights being delayed if it’s terrible weather despite the fact it was perfectly blue skies and my flight was delayed just because we’re waiting for the plane from Columbus, Ohio to arrive. My stress..

Very Good Brunch at Upland (NYC)

Recently, we had a very good brunch Upland. This place would appeal to everyone from the carnivore to the salad lovers; a meal with the parents to coworkers; power lunches to having brunch with friends. The atmosphere is spacious, inviting in its casual-chic way, and the back wall of shelves filled with what looks like large jars of preserved lemons that give a golden glow is pretty striking. The food is by Justin Smillie, the former chef of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria that brought national attention, does not disappoint. It is fresh, vegetable-forward, and packed with packed with intense..