So when I told my friend and editor, Tim Alevizos, that I was going to post my next blog about JUVIA in Miami Beach he said ” Why the hell do you write about Miami restaurants? Nobody in Minnesota gives a shit about restaurants in Miami.” Read more →
As many of you already know, I have a real fondness for the restaurant scene in London – actually even more than Paris, which remains a bit of a slave to French cuisine. For diversity and creativity, it really is in a class of its own. Read more →
I’ve had the pleasure of vacationing in Greece on several occasions. And among the most memorable things about it was the pristine freshness of the fishermen’s catch. It didn’t smell like fish; it smelled like the ocean. That was the “driver” when I created THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM– that and the utter simplicity of the Greeks’ preparations: simply grilled or broiled, or quickly sautéed. Read more →
Here’s something to whet your appetite: my list of the best appetizers I’ve enjoyed over the years. One caveat, though: There are so many ways to categorize “best” that this is inevitably more an impressionistic jumble than an authoritative list. After all, on some outings the best appetizer will be the one that provides the greatest culinary “wow.” Other times, it’s homespun comfort food that satisfies, while on occasion it’s the wit of the dish that makes an impression.
Nevertheless, here’s my list of starters that are outstanding for all manner of reasons…. Read more →
JOE’S STONE CRAB is a Miami Beach institution – a national icon, even. It’s been around for over 100 years, and is one of the highest grossing restaurants in America, rumored to bring in more than $30 million annually – despite being closed during Miami’s four hot summer months. Read more →
Joanne and I recently drove down to Chicago to visit her brother. We stayed downtown in Madison on our first night and stayed there again on our way back to Minneapolis; a great way to break up a drive and revisit two of our favorite restaurants in Madison: L’ETOILE and RARE STEAKHOUSE, both downtown, right on Capitol Square.