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Paris Restaurant Round-Up

Here’s my long-awaited list of other places to try in Paris: Spring The first buzzed about NY-style restaurant goes back to the limited seating that was started at Spring.  Though Daniel Rose, an American born in Chicago, never cooked in the U.S., his style of cooking is arguably very New York. My meal at Spring was…

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Once Upon A Time At Cosme

There were tales of tortillas made from impeccably sourced single-origin corn.  Rohan duck was cured for three days. And a Michelin chef from Mexico City was going to change the way New Yorkers thought about his cuisine.  Could any place meet the expectations generated by such hype? The raves about Batard and Upland had been…

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Restaurant Review: Batard

Usually when all the critics love a place, I don’t.  Or if it’s one certain dish, it doesn’t live up to the expectations.  Not so at Batard. Of course, we didn’t go with the octopus pastrami – having had tons of octopus in Maui and thinking this was likely overrated.  Instead we tried the red…

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The Elusive Thin Crust Pizza

If I traveled to Italy to learn how to become a pizzaiolo, I likely could have finished this post sooner.  But since my goal was to sort through different recipes and flours, it took 6 months to figure out what worked for a thin crust pizza at home. Wanting an option if short on time,…

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Serving Up Suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday

It’s hard to believe that we’re already one month into the new year.  Time flies when your one week trip to Maui (without a computer) turns into two – not that I’m complaining.  We could’ve stayed longer, especially with the predicted blizzard that fizzled, but it was time to come back to reality, even if…

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What Happened to Dream Vacations?

Tulsa, Philadelphia, Orlando and Cleveland – all American cities, but what do they have in common? Each is listed as one of the 52 Places to go in 2015 according to the Special Issue of the Travel section in the New York Times.  Much different from last year, when they mentioned more far flung and…