Under The Radar: Saikai Dining Bar

Sushi to go from Tomoe or take out fried chicken from Hill Country?  Those were our options for the first warm Saturday night in April.   It seemed everyone was out – anxious to celebrate the arrival of spring weather.  And at 8:30pm – prime dining time in NYC – all the restaurants on my list…

A Weekend In Normandy

Normandy is known for so many things:  apples, caramel, cheese, oysters and, of course, the battles fought during World War II.  The beauty of the region is striking, especially along the coast. Beaches that were the sight of such human loss now welcome vacationers from near and far. I’m not usually one to do the…

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…