Garland- Raleigh

My restaurant dine-in meal in Raleigh was a good one as I was finally trying Garland after its James Beard nod. The restaurant was eerily quiet in anticipation of what was to come, and unfortunately was one of the first to shut its doors in the city. My girlfriend and I managed to share a…

The Bygone- Baltimore

Let Bygones be Bygones, and that’s just what we did when test driving this 29th floor resto atop of The Four Seasons. First stop, cocktails! The bar spans the harbor side of the restaurant and would be just perfect for a sunset; unfortunately, we picked a rather grey day for our visit and missed out……

Ulivo, Nyon

Another stay at the gorgeous Ambassador Hotel, Nyon, found me dining in their intimate restaurant on a Monday night when the rest of the city shuts down. The best dish that I have had in Switzerland, maybe ever, was this octopus Mosaic. Thin crudo with chick peas and olive oil was absolutely the perfect start…

Consideration of La Grange- Verbier

Ah beautiful Verbier and for just one night! C’est dommage! After three blissful hours in the spa, I had to continue the do-something-nice-for-self streak that I’d started. So, rather than just hit the local trattoria as I’d planned, I headed to La Grange which came to me as a recommendation of the concierge and also…

The River Cafe

The River Cafe had long been on my bucket list of restaurants to try with so many famous chefs training there on simple, Italian food. After landing in my somewhat far flung location in Richmond and seeing this was just across the river and a quick walk, I decided I had to snag a seat,…

Geraldine’s

The last night in Austin was spent in Geraldine’s in the Kimpton hotel in Austin. The restaurant vibe was…fine… but the bar was weird as hellllll. What should have been a nice restaurant bar, was like 4-5 deep with everyone staying at the hotel. So strange, but made for a wild vibe! The wine was…

Le Sâotico

Our last night in Paris, we had dinner with my girlfriend and her mum at a restaurant conveniently located down the street from our hotel in the 2nd arr. My friend is gluten free and found the joint on some gluten free angel app that she has. After making the reservation, I followed them on…

Radici

Radici in the Stockbridge neighborhood of Edinburgh was my favorite meal that I’ve had in the city since probably my schmancy, company dinner at Christmas. The concierge at my hotel recommended it as one of his favorite neighborhood gems. His wife is Italian so I had to take the recommendation for my last night on…

Bæst

Baest was a Beast. A beast of a pizza institution in Copenhagen. They have their own organic farm. They make their own cheese. They have a Relae chef affiliation. Setting the bar quite high, but after coming off of Pizzeria Giro, the bar was sky high. The restaurant had a cool, casual vibe. I was…

Operabaren

One of my favorite things to do is to get lost exploring new cities. Not like, lost lost. More like in the whimsical, stroll around the town and bump into charming things way. My first full day in Stockholm, I did just that, visiting museums, shops, and logging twelve miles on foot…all while skipping lunch….

Miss Clara Cooks for Giro

Miss Clara was a wonderful lady to sleep with, but did I mention that she also cooks? And this charming terrace is where she serves you. That’s right, a real Renaissance woman. Apparently, the broad also packs picnics which was just too adorable for a single lady like myself to even attempt to take in…so…

Ya’ Win Some, Ya’ Dim Sum

Let’s take a break from the Euro travels of the last few weeks to focus on something closer to home – the annual sibs’ night out in downtown Raleigh! Always a good time, full of family gossip, and never dull, this year was no exception. This year we started at Fox’s Liquor Lounge which was…