review: toque of toques… (paul bocuse)

I went back to l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (a.k.a. Restaurant Paul Bocuse) because it was convenient. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have gone back for other reasons. But I was literally down the street from the restaurant at l’Abbaye de Collonges for the day with Team U.S.A. in late January.  So, I decided […]

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review: toque of toques… (paul bocuse)

I went back to l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (a.k.a. Restaurant Paul Bocuse) because it was convenient. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have gone back for other reasons. But I was literally down the street from the restaurant at l’Abbaye de Collonges for the day with Team U.S.A. in late January.  So, I decided […]

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review: weinstube…

My friend Niles is such a ham. Last week, as our group paused to survey our dinner table, astonished by the amount of pork we collectively ordered, Niles alone shrugged. “I’m still plumping,” she clipped wryly, and dove right in. In that moment, Niles framed me perfectly as I arrived in Alsace on a train […]

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review: weinstube…

My friend Niles is such a ham. Last week, as our group paused to survey our dinner table, astonished by the amount of pork we collectively ordered, Niles alone shrugged. “I’m still plumping,” she clipped wryly, and dove right in. In that moment, Niles framed me perfectly as I arrived in Alsace on a train […]

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le squer at sirha…

“So, you will come to my presentation with Le Squer in Lyon.”  It was more of a decision, less a question. Bruno Verjus, arguably, knows more about food than any other person I know.  The bonus is that he’s incredibly passionate about his affections, humble in his station as one of the most well-connected food […]

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le squer at sirha…

“So, you will come to my presentation with Le Squer in Lyon.”  It was more of a decision, less a question. Bruno Verjus, arguably, knows more about food than any other person I know.  The bonus is that he’s incredibly passionate about his affections, humble in his station as one of the most well-connected food […]

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bocuse d’or…

Thanks to an amazing group of people, whom I thank below, I was afforded a rare, behind the scenes look at the final days of Team U.S.A.’s year-long journey to the Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France. Although I arrived a spectator, with hope of little more, I was unexpectedly welcomed and included by the […]

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bocuse d’or…

Thanks to an amazing group of people, whom I thank below, I was afforded a rare, behind the scenes look at the final days of Team U.S.A.’s year-long journey to the Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France. Although I arrived a spectator, with hope of little more, I was unexpectedly welcomed and included by the […]

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photo of the week 30: go team u.s.a….

Since landing in the U.K. over a week ago, I’ve had a pretty amazing trip to Europe so far.  I’ve been busy eating, seeing old friends, and making new ones. Today, Wednesday, January 26, the United States sends Jamal James Kent of Eleven Madison Park to “the box,” along with his commis, 22 year-old Tom […]

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photo of the week 30: go team u.s.a….

Since landing in the U.K. over a week ago, I’ve had a pretty amazing trip to Europe so far.  I’ve been busy eating, seeing old friends, and making new ones. Today, Wednesday, January 26, the United States sends Jamal James Kent of Eleven Madison Park to “the box,” along with his commis, 22 year-old Tom […]

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photo of the week 26: winter bouquet…

Two years ago on Christmas day, I took the TGV from Paris to Lyon to have lunch at Restaurant Paul Bocuse.  After a leisurely four-hour meal, my friend and I toured the city a bit before catching the bullet back to Paris. As night fell, we were treated to a magical walk. Beneath the gaze […]

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photo of the week 26: winter bouquet…

Two years ago on Christmas day, I took the TGV from Paris to Lyon to have lunch at Restaurant Paul Bocuse.  After a leisurely four-hour meal, my friend and I toured the city a bit before catching the bullet back to Paris. As night fell, we were treated to a magical walk. Beneath the gaze […]

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review: two-star ascendant…

Saddle of Venison le Bristol, Paris, France I had had a good run. But sadly, my luxurious, two-week romp through restaurants in the U.K. and France was coming to an end.  It was my last night in Paris. Four years ago, I struck up a conversation with my server at le Cinq, who seemed quite […]

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review: two-star ascendant…

Saddle of Venison le Bristol, Paris, France I had had a good run. But sadly, my luxurious, two-week romp through restaurants in the U.K. and France was coming to an end.  It was my last night in Paris. Four years ago, I struck up a conversation with my server at le Cinq, who seemed quite […]

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review: quand je découvre un goût…

Le “Sandwich” Tiede á la Truffe Fraîche Michel Rostang, Paris, France Sometimes all a boy wants is something familiar, sturdy, and steadying. Michel Rostang fit the bill. Julien of Julot les Pinceaux was instrumental in my decision to add Michel Rostang to my roster of dinners in Paris. I had expressed a desire to have […]

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review: quand je découvre un goût…

Le “Sandwich” Tiede á la Truffe Fraîche Michel Rostang, Paris, France Sometimes all a boy wants is something familiar, sturdy, and steadying. Michel Rostang fit the bill. Julien of Julot les Pinceaux was instrumental in my decision to add Michel Rostang to my roster of dinners in Paris. I had expressed a desire to have […]

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review: disney on the saône…

Soupe aux Truffes Noirs “V.G.E.” Paul Bocuse, Pont de Collonges, France Swap the mouse ears for a toque, trade the turreted castle for an auberge, and convert the Potemkin “Main Street U.S.A.” into yards of colorful murals of chefs and tablescapes and you have Disney on the Saône. Monsieur Paul Bocuse, the longest-reigning 3-star Michelin […]

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review: disney on the saône…

Soupe aux Truffes Noirs “V.G.E.” Paul Bocuse, Pont de Collonges, France Swap the mouse ears for a toque, trade the turreted castle for an auberge, and convert the Potemkin “Main Street U.S.A.” into yards of colorful murals of chefs and tablescapes and you have Disney on the Saône. Monsieur Paul Bocuse, the longest-reigning 3-star Michelin […]

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review: through the looking glass..

Blanc de Turbot Ledoyen, Paris, France From the first time I read about it years ago to the very last crumb of my meal there in December of 2008, Pavillon Ledoyen has struck me as a curiously magical place. Like Wonderland, the unassuming Michelin three-star restaurant seems to defy many odds and good senses. Nothing […]

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review: through the looking glass..

Blanc de Turbot Ledoyen, Paris, France From the first time I read about it years ago to the very last crumb of my meal there in December of 2008, Pavillon Ledoyen has struck me as a curiously magical place. Like Wonderland, the unassuming Michelin three-star restaurant seems to defy many odds and good senses. Nothing […]

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