Joanne tells me that we dined at an EDDIE MERLOT’S years ago, she thought in Milwaukee. That may be so, but it had been wiped clean from my memory, so last week as I walked into a suburban Chicago branch of this chain, I felt like a first-timer. Read more →
Back in the day, before Pete and I started what was to become Parasole, we both had jobs that required a great deal of travel – Pete was a marketer for Pillsbury, with key accounts on the West Coast. I was a commercial interior designer with most of my clients in New York City. Read more →
After you’ve done the Louvre…and Musée d’Orsay…..and the Musée Picasso…..and have seen Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at Musée de l’Orangerie…..and the Eiffel Tower… and whatever else, do yourself a favor and try something new……and SPECTACULAR. Read more →
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 →