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…

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…

Roasted Monkfish Wrapped In Speck

When the weather is hot, I want to eat more seafood, especially locally caught fish.  Prices can get high for anything not farmed, and flounder doesn’t lend itself to much variety in preparation.  But don’t forget about monkfish.  Called the “poor-man’s lobster” for its texture, but it tastes more like meat.  Play this up by…

A Tour of Jean-Georges Kitchen

Knowing the right people makes all the difference.  And in the food world, it’s even more important.  You can score the best reservations, have free meals, drink fine wine and occasionally get a tour of the kitchen. In preparation for my Paris excursion, I was fortunate enough to have an inside view of the kitchen…