ki(tche)n and kitsch…

Everyone has a relative that likes knick-knacks… you may be that person. Are you a pack rat? Do you like (cute) junk? Do you buy diner coffee mugs as souvenirs? It’s okay if you do. There are (12-step) programs that you can enroll in.  I find these kitsch-bound folks fascinating. They severely lack sense of style, […]

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ki(tche)n and kitsch…

Everyone has a relative that likes knick-knacks… you may be that person. Are you a pack rat? Do you like (cute) junk? Do you buy diner coffee mugs as souvenirs? It’s okay if you do. There are (12-step) programs that you can enroll in.  I find these kitsch-bound folks fascinating. They severely lack sense of style, […]

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best dishes of 2006…

#10: Hot Potato at alinea Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. From a second visit to the newly named number one restaurant in the U.S., Alinea (according to Gourmet Magazine), to snacking from street vendors in China, I’ve had a pretty amazing year of eating.  I visited Jean Georges on two continents, Thomas Keller on both coasts, […]

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best dishes of 2006…

#10: Hot Potato at alinea Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. From a second visit to the newly named number one restaurant in the U.S., Alinea (according to Gourmet Magazine), to snacking from street vendors in China, I’ve had a pretty amazing year of eating.  I visited Jean Georges on two continents, Thomas Keller on both coasts, […]

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tell me where you are…

I’d love to know where all of my online buddies are.  So, I’d appreciate it if you could scroll all the way to the very bottom of my sidebar and click on my frappr map link!  Pin yourself up on my map and say hi!  Thanks!! 

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tell me where you are…

I’d love to know where all of my online buddies are.  So, I’d appreciate it if you could scroll all the way to the very bottom of my sidebar and click on my frappr map link!  Pin yourself up on my map and say hi!  Thanks!! 

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the west coast constellation…

The esteemed Michelin Guide Rouge has released it’s rankings for the San Francisco area restaurants.  Crowning the constellation, alone with three stars, is The French Laundry (Read about my experience here, and see photos from my visit here.  You can also read about my experience at it’s three-star twin in NYC, Per Se, here.).  It’s […]

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the west coast constellation…

The esteemed Michelin Guide Rouge has released it’s rankings for the San Francisco area restaurants.  Crowning the constellation, alone with three stars, is The French Laundry (Read about my experience here, and see photos from my visit here.  You can also read about my experience at it’s three-star twin in NYC, Per Se, here.).  It’s […]

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review: unapologetically unfussy…

Chez Panisse (one visit May, 2006) *Pictures can be seen on flickr* Out of the five spectacular restaurants that I visited on my eating tour of the San Francisco Bay area and Napa Valley last month, I have decided to review Chez Panisse, the Restaurant (not the Café), first. (The other four were Manresa, The […]

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review: unapologetically unfussy…

Chez Panisse (one visit May, 2006) *Pictures can be seen on flickr* Out of the five spectacular restaurants that I visited on my eating tour of the San Francisco Bay area and Napa Valley last month, I have decided to review Chez Panisse, the Restaurant (not the Café), first. (The other four were Manresa, The […]

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deliciously politically incorrect…

Yesterday, I had a startling sweet revelation in Strasbourg, France. The world’s alleged “Capital of Christmas,” this city in the heart of Alsace plays host to some of the most impressive Christmas markets (Marches de Noel). (Mostly) tourists and locals browse through stalls selling everything from yummy crepes, confisseries, crafts, and hot mulled wine to […]

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deliciously politically incorrect…

Yesterday, I had a startling sweet revelation in Strasbourg, France. The world’s alleged “Capital of Christmas,” this city in the heart of Alsace plays host to some of the most impressive Christmas markets (Marches de Noel). (Mostly) tourists and locals browse through stalls selling everything from yummy crepes, confisseries, crafts, and hot mulled wine to […]

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counting the stars… part ii

Given my experience and observation with the Guide Michelin in Europe, here are my comments on the recently (or yet to be) released Guide Rouge for New York … the results are: three stars each for: Thomas Keller’s Per Se Eric Rupert’s Le Bernardin Alain Ducasse’s eponymous establishement at the Essex House Jean George Vongerichten’s […]

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counting the stars… part ii

Given my experience and observation with the Guide Michelin in Europe, here are my comments on the recently (or yet to be) released Guide Rouge for New York … the results are: three stars each for: Thomas Keller’s Per Se Eric Rupert’s Le Bernardin Alain Ducasse’s eponymous establishement at the Essex House Jean George Vongerichten’s […]

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counting the stars… part i

I must apologize and account for my long absence from posting. If I have any readers left out there, thanks for hangin’ in there and spread the word that I’m back! I’ve been eating my way around Europe… and “chasing the (Michelin) stars.” I’ve spent quite a lot of time (and money) scoping out the […]

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counting the stars… part i

I must apologize and account for my long absence from posting. If I have any readers left out there, thanks for hangin’ in there and spread the word that I’m back! I’ve been eating my way around Europe… and “chasing the (Michelin) stars.” I’ve spent quite a lot of time (and money) scoping out the […]

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review: a leavening experience…

The first thing that comes to mind about the Twin Cities may be its notoriously frigid winters, the Twins, the Vikings, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, or, sadly, the Mall of America – but not haute cuisine.  Au contraire. While perhaps not haute, I found very fine food in Minneapolis. Thus, this review debuts my […]

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review: a leavening experience…

The first thing that comes to mind about the Twin Cities may be its notoriously frigid winters, the Twins, the Vikings, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, or, sadly, the Mall of America – but not haute cuisine.  Au contraire. While perhaps not haute, I found very fine food in Minneapolis. Thus, this review debuts my […]

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