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Scottish Grouse “Cuit en Cocotte” – French Laundry Garden Tokyo Turnips, Hobbs’ Bacon, Brussel Sprouts and Prune “Jus” (1/2). The first of two meat courses with the choice of the above pictured Grouse or the Rabbit shown below. As mentioned by our service captain when taking our orders, the grouse did have […]

May I replace your brioche?

Do you remember that boy/girl that you had a crush on for years and years? The one that you were pretty certain that you’d never ask out or would ask you out, so you sighed and then life went on, but always in the back of your mind, there was this little crush. Then one […]

Eleven Madison Park

I’ve mentioned it before, and it really hasn’t changed. I apparently like self inflicted stress because we found ourselves in a time crunch yet again before dinner on Day 2 of our NYC trip. Thanks to extra innings to an already long game, we nervously kept peeking at our watches wondering if we’d have […]

The Spotted Pig

Day 2, Brunch – Again, we found ourselves waiting patiently outdoors for the restaurant to open. And by patiently waited outdoors, I mean, we eagerly, yet awkwardly, opened the unlocked door to stumble in on the wait staff’s pre-service meetings, got shot looks like we had just walked in on someone in the restroom and […]

Yakitori Totto

Chicken skin, gizzard, chicken bones – these are usually parts of the chicken that I’d toss into the trash. Yet, our first meal in NYC found us at Yakitori Totto, contemplating between ordering these very items.

With a 7pm first pitch looming over our heads, we arrived at Yakitori Totto a good 15 minutes before […]

I <3 NYC

I’m back from NYC with my pockets lighter and my tummy quite a bit heavier.

With consulting, I’ve done a fair share of regular traveling. Fly out Monday, fly back Thursday or Friday for the weekend. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. And lucky for me, I’ve maybe been delayed three or four times in the three years […]

NYC, here I come!

In less than two days, I will board a plane headed to the Big Apple for 3.5 days of no work, baseball watching, and most importantly, FOOD. I have a little agreement with my Atheletic’s fan traveling companion that I’ll pick up the food tab in exchange for him picking up the baseball. Now, if […]

Alinea – Part II

I apologize for the “teaser,” but it WAS a 4.5 hour dinner and I didn’t think anyone had the attention span to read about 24 courses in one sitting, not to mention I doubt I could write it all at once.

Anyway, shall we continue?

4. SALSIFY – caper, dill, smoked salmon.The salsify (root vegetable) […]

Alinea Part I – Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

I’m at a loss for words.

I officially had the best meal of my life. A meal that has confirmed that food is an art and an experience. A meal sitting next to people that understood that I don’t just eat to live, but that I live to eat. And since leaving the restaurant, I’ve […]

Great Expectations

Sometimes you need to learn to lower your expectations. Or perhaps, just let go and not have any expectations whatsoever.

While at dinner at Tamarine in Palo Alto the other night, my oh-so-wise married friend commented that sometimes you may just need to lower your expectations when you are dating. For all those childhood (ok, […]