Cantina Follie & L’Escale Trattoria

As soon as I realized that I was just down the road from Grand Hotel Tremezoo, it was pretty obvious that I’d need to be there in some capacity every day. One day it was a Michelin starred meal to celebrate a promotion, another day I’d simply broken a flip-flop or so my subconscious told…

La Panaderia

Never much for boring hotel grub, I opted to seek out some local flavor, starting with brekky at La Panaderia in San Antonio. I’d read their menu online and had pre-selected an egg white avocado combo that sounded delightful. I didn’t realize I’d have to have the self control to walk past a wall of…

El Farallon

I’m just back from a long Labor Day weekend in Cabo, one of the most naturally beautiful places that I’ve yet to see. I just love that place. Wish I lived a little more centrally so that it could be my “Miami.” Ya’ know, that 2 hour flight to get away from it all for…

Sanchez

Ya’ll. I think I must have inadvertently blocked my last meal in Copenhagen from my memory. Really. It was that disappointing (and expensive). It was Sanchez of the Hija de Sanchez taco empire. Every publication and friend raves over these tacos. This resto was a new outpost so it seemed like a decent, inexpensive bet…

Hawksmoor & Spitalfield’s Bar

While not exactly a secret with its half dozen-ish locations, the Hawksmoor has finally been discovered by yours truly. I was planning on just having a drink and nibble in the Spitalfield’s Bar after reading that the short rib croquettes were one of the best things to eat in London. Spoiler alert:  I returned the…

Epicurean & Cucina

But what are you eating besides the minibar wine and crisps, you ask? Easy, well I’ve been here for ages so all sorts of things, but sticking around the hotel also proved lovely. The hotel bar, Epicurean, is staffed by lots of lovely folks and a killer cocktail menu. Stairway to heaven. Again, love that…

But(ternut) this Salad, Though

A couple of weeks ago, I awoke for the strongest craving for butternut squash. The need for that Carmelized savoury goodness just could be stopped. The weird thing was I had never tasted butternut squash before…so why was I craving it? I imagine this is what being pregnant must be like. Naturally, I listened to…

Stuff I Ate in Durham

Durham’s charming nickname of the Dirty D doesn’t scream food scene. But it is a pretty good one. My gal pal and I ate every meal out in the downtown for two days. Here were the highlights. Friday Night’s Stop:  Pizzeria Toro. Buratta (shocking) and grilled peaches with pine nuts and crispy basil. Ricotta dumplings…

Stuff I Ate at Hotel San Cristobal

The Hotel San Cristobal was not only gorgeous, the sunsets spectacular, but the food was overwhelmingly wonderful. So much so that there was a chef party under the moonlight I so desperately wanted to crash. And everyone knows the ruin across the street full of chefs can’t be wrong. First order of business upon arriving…

What’s Up, Raleigh?

Our little city is growing! Maybe some credit goes to T&L placing Raleigh on the to visit list in 2017, but the downtown neighborhoods are booming! I’ve never seen so much activity as I have this weekend! After working from the comfort of sweats and a couch all week-long, I “forced” myself to wrap up…

Super Model Project: It’s Not Gardetto’s

I remember when my brother and I were wee little children we used to find it hilarious to call those overly salty, overly brown bags, rye, bagel-chippy bags of Gardetto’s, “Gardetto’s Snack Crap.” That’s precisely what it was. Chrissy Teigan had the opposite reaction. She would NEVER call the Gardetto’s “snack crap.” The salt bombs…

Chef Jaime: Foodcaster

If you’re not already listening to Bon Appetit’s “Foodcasts,” give it a taste. They cover all sorts of fun an unknown topics related to food and cooking. I learn something every time I listen. Just don’t follow my lead and tune in on the drive home from work. You will ultimately end up salivating and…