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Study pegs value of food reviews 


Happy Wesnesday great foodie friends – 

Found a great article from Sauder Business School – UBC on 24 hours News. 

This is exactly what drove me to food reviews as it is a tool I have always used. Further to that you get to know different writers in different areas who you feel are honest and real to their word reviewers with culinary knowledge.

Thank you Michael Mui and 24 Hrs. As well as Marketing Professor Chunhua Wu out of the Sauder School of Business at UBC 

   
 It’s your first time travelling to a new place — say, Vancouver — and you’re looking for somewhere to eat. And since you don’t have anyone to ask, chances are good the search will take you to a food review website.
This is the idea that led marketing professor Chunhua Wu, out of the Sauder School of Business at UBC, to figure out just how much value restaurants get out of these reviews.
And if you were a new person in Vancouver searching online, his findings suggest that the search just contributed $1.50 to the local restaurant economy.
To arrive at that conclusion, however, Wu had to find people regularly using these sites, and how many actually visited the restaurants after reading the reviews.
His answers were found in Dianping.com, the largest consumer review website in China, which gives users discount cards if they check in to an eatery.
The findings suggested 15% of the users actually showed up to eat shortly after reading the reviews, based on about 5,000 users’ browsing habits for the top seven hotpot restaurants in Shanghai.
At those restaurants, the average person is likely to spend $17 (prices converted from Chinese currency), and Wu calculated how much value each review reader, on average, contributes to the restaurants’ incomes, regardless if someone shows up — it was about $1.50.
“We found it’s very interesting there’s so many online reviews but we don’t know whether consumers value this, or whether it would change the profitability of restaurants,” he said.
“If you have 200 potential customers looking at your (review) website today, if you have really high consistent ratings, it will give you 200 times $1.50.”
The study is limited, however, in finding out how different types of reviews might impact whether customers show up, since he picked only the top restaurants.
“The content is more important than the rating … it contains more information than just the numerical ratings, people read the messages and try to figure out how it can fit their own taste,” Wu said.
Other questions include whether score ratings are consistent — if they aren’t, customers might not trust the review.
Things like the “star status” of a reviewer and their accuracy also matter, as do the number of upvotes given to reviews considered more “useful” than others.
Ian Tostenson, president of the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association, agreed with the author that reviews are more likely to matter if tourists are reading them.
“The emphasis is on people if they are travelling to places, where there’s no reference point. They’re looking for something they feel is an independent point of information. They don’t have friends, they don’t have anyone to tell them — those online reviews, in that case, work better,” he said.
All told, the average total each of the seven restaurants got out of people reading reviews was about $7,300 per year.

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Richmond Station – Chef Carl Heinrich


Richmond Station – Tornonto 

Happy Friday great foodie friends- 

My travels took me to Toronto which finally offered me the chance to try Richmond Station and meet Chef Heinrich – Top Chef Canada season 2 champ.

Richmond station is located in the heart of bustling Toronto across the street from the iconic and one of the oldest building in Canada The Hudsons Bay. 

  
The atmosphere is unpretentious and welcoming as if your sitting in between Chefs kitchen and a blend of  traditional but contemporary restaurant / eatery.

We opted for the Chefs Table as well as the Chefs tasting menu. 

Chef Heinrich takes the time to great regulars and new diners alike and has almost a shy humble demeanor but extremely welcoming and friendly. You can definitely see that he has created a great team that are all bought in to his culture and demand for high quality and top notch ingredients.

The tasting menu started with Oysters on the half shell- 

   

 

The fresh oysters were served with fresh grated horseradish, lemon and housemade cocktail sauce, hot sauce and some sort of Apple vinegar type sauce that was unique and very tasty.

Next up was Charcuterie a perfectly cured selection of housemade meats accompanied by preserves and pickled treats. Served with the charcuterie was housemade bread and a delectable mix of Oil and vinegar for dipping 

   
   
Next up was RADISH & PINENUT SALAD  

sliced lardo, bistro greens, pesto aioli, green goddess dressing. I have to admit that I don’t usually like radishes but when the magical talents of a culinary master transform ingredients to the next level I found myself wanting more! 

  

This fresh and lively salad was served with fresh grilled bread with lardon making the bread beyond tasty.

Next served was a perfect little bite of BULGOGI STEAK TARTARE  

Served on wonton chips with pear, ginger & radish.

  

Next we had Slow cooked Rock Fish- the fish was perfectly cooked and uniquely prepared Sous Vide served with pommes purée, mushrooms, summer sausage and red wine beef jus. 

   This dish was perfectly cooked and uniquely prepared. I have never thought of pairing beef jus with fish but I can tell you with all certainty that it worked gloriously! 

Our final dish for the savory portion of our tasting menu was Lamb done two ways and Beef short rib burger

   

 

The lamb was masterfully cooked and prepared in two different cuts. One was delecate and tender and the second cut was the belly and sinfully good. The lamb was served with a purée and accompanied with what also seemed like the red wine beef jus. 

Did I mention that we added the wine pairing ?  We did and the best part of it was that your taken on a sipping journey that is masterfully paired with your culinary journey.

To finish off the meal with had light sweet treat. Black Chocolate pudding and White Chocolate pudding. 

   

 

Served with fennel, coffee cake, mint jelly, pernod meringue, cocoa nib crumble, chocolate ice cream. 

A nice sweet treat to end a perfect tasting meal. 

Toronto is very similar to Vancouver when referring to how many fantastic new restaurants pepper the cities with unbelievably talented chefs. Chef Carl Heinrich and his team create a very comfortable spot to eat with friends, business dinners or just a great meal with your sweetie. The style of cooking makes me think of similar to a farm to table theory where you can tell Chef prides his creations by sourcing local quality ingredients as well as supporting the local wine industry. 

This eatery really is lead by a Top Chef Canada contestant – the winner in this case. No matter how high having accolade associated with your name is as well as  the perception and expectation of your customers may already be…. Richmond station shine through in my opinion. 

The passion from the culinary soul shines through as you see Carl coordinate and looks over every dish leaving the kitchen! 

   

     

You Gotta try This! 



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9 SECRET RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO FIND – by Thrillist


Happy Friday good foodie friends.
Take a look at this list from Thrillist – written by Kristin Hunt, thank you Tnrillist.

9 SECRET RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO FIND
PUBLISHED ON 5/22/2014
BY KRISTIN HUNT

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People love chasing restaurants with impossible reservation lists, but for some diners, a tricky table isn’t enough. No, they want to eat at a restaurant so exclusive, its very location is a secret. And it’s not just trendy speakeasies — dinner spots across the nation are hiding themselves in temples, gas stations, or even other restaurants to provide patrons with a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. Lucky for you, we hunted down a few key picks to save you the trouble, so it’ll be more like hide-and-seek where the other person is wearing a tracking device.

Ready or not, here are nine restaurants with better covers than James Bond:

Saam (Los Angeles, CA)
Nestled in the back of Spanish master chef José Andrés’s The Bazaar, Saam smells of rich mahogany and features many leatherbound books — no, seriously, the place is styled a bit like Donald Trump’s study. The prix-fixe menu is always rotating and offers plenty of dishes you can’t get at The Bazaar, making this library exponentially cooler than P.S. 115’s.

Bogie’s Place (Boston, MA)
This Beantown pick is buried inside the beloved gastropub JM Curley, and advertises itself as an “adults only” destination. But that doesn’t mean a 7pm burlesque show; rather, it refers to the grown-up 1920s steakhouse vibes that would make a guy like Bogart feel at home, if he weren’t extremely dead.

Ganesh Temple Canteen (Queens, NY)
Though this spot’s relative secrecy isn’t as calculated as its peers’, the Canteen exists quietly within Flushing’s historic Ganesh Temple. Its eats have gained serious cred among New Yorkers in the know, and their prices don’t hurt, either — every order there runs under $10, making for some divine dosas.

El Carajo International Tapas & Wines (Miami, FL)
Normally pulling up to a gas station with your date would earn you a swift rejection, but rolling up to the BP station off Miami’s 17th Avenue is actually a good call, as it boasts a secret wine and tapas joint. At El Carajo, you’ve got a staggering 2,000 vinos to choose from, and everything from calamari to paella to pair them with. Trust us, it’s all way better than a BP hot dog and a handful of pills.

Killer Poboys (New Orleans, LA)
It may be hard to keep po’boys a secret in their native land, but this place did a pretty good job by setting up shop inside the established watering hole Erin Rose Bar. Run by the unstoppable duo of Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow, the shop slings modern spins on the classic sandwich, and even manages to sneak in such non-canon picks as a Jameson grilled cheese.

é by Jose Andrés (Las Vegas, NV)
Because Andrés loves a secret restaurant almost as much as patatas bravas, the man has another bonus eatery hidden inside one of his more-established outposts, this time the Jaleo at Vegas’s Cosmopolitan. The single bar seats just eight, but that’s unsurprising given the serious $195-per-person, 15-course tasting menu. Included in that menu are these caviar and meat-wrapped “tacos”, as well as a gelled, slurpable sangria with watermelon and mint.

The Vintage Cave (Honolulu, HI)
Don’t let its entrance in the parking lot of a shopping center fool you — this “cave” is far fancier than your ritziest above-ground restaurants. Yes, even White Castle. Ladies and gents are expected to wear evening and semi-formal wear, respectively, to this swanky, subterranean spot, where the chef is CIA-trained and the art collection costs more than your life. Oh, and the wines in the “Sommelier’s Court” aren’t half-bad, either.

Ampersand (Chicago, IL)
Serving as both a pop-up space and test kitchen, all within the walls of seafood-slinging Kinmont, Ampersand plays host to supper clubs, classes, and preview events from some of the city’s brightest culinary minds. It’s already booked through July, so if you wanna get in on a cookie tutorial or a ramen birthday bash, snag your tix now.

Safe House (Milwaukee, WI)
The grandaddy of hidden restaurants, Safe House has been running since 1966, and takes its name quite literally with spy-themed decor all over the space. Everyone knows the unmarked address by now, so that cover is long blown, but you do need a password to get in. If you don’t know it, the doorman will have you complete a ridiculous task to gain entry. Anything worth acquiring requires a little work, anyways.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and sometimes likes to whisper passwords at the maitre d’ just to see what happens. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.

click here for the full Article from Thrilllist

You Gotta Find These!

Bon Appétite 2013 – 50 Best new restaurant nominees


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Brought to us from Bon Appétite, a list worth watching or better yet worth trying out and sending along your feedback.

Below is the basic list with address and phone numbers, Click here to go to the full list and Bon Appétite link

VIEW: ALPHABETICAL | BY STATE or READ ABOUT THEM ALL by clicking on the link above!

California

ALLUMETTE

1320 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 213-935-8787 allumettela.com

ALMA

925 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA; 213-244-1422 alma-la.com

BAR AMÁ

118 W Fourth St., Los Angeles, CA; 213-687-8002 bar-ama.com

CHI SPACCA

6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA; 323-297-1133 chispacca.com

HINOKI & THE BIRD

10 Century Dr., Los Angeles, CA; 310-552-1200 hinokiandthebird.com

RICH TABLE

199 Gough St., San Francisco, CA; 415-355-9085 richtablesf.com

SAISON

178 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA; 415-828-7990 saisonsf.com

Colorado

OLD MAJOR

3316 Tejon St., Denver, CO; 720-420-0622 oldmajordenver.com

THE SQUEAKY BEAN

1500 Wynkoop St., #101, Denver, CO; 303-623-2665 thesqueakybean.net

D.C.

DAIKAYA

705 Sixth St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-589-1600 daikaya.com

TABLE

903 N St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-588-5200 tabledc.com

Florida

THE CYPRESS ROOM

3620 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL; 305-520-5197 thecypressroom.com

Georgia

THE GENERAL MUIR

1540 Ave Pl., #B-230, Atlanta, GA; 678-927-9131 thegeneralmuir.com

THE OPTIMIST

914 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA; 404-477-6260 theoptimistrestaurant.com

Illinois

FAT RICE

2957 W Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL; 773-661-9170 eatfatrice.com

GRACE

652 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL; 312-234-9494 grace-restaurant.com

TRENCHERMEN

2039 W North Ave., Chicago, IL; 773-661-1540 trenchermen.com

Kansas

RYE KC

10551 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS; 913-642-5800 ryekc.com

Louisiana

PÊCHE SEAFOOD GRILL

800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA; 504-522-1744 pecherestaurant.com

Maine

EVENTIDE OYSTER COMPANY

86 Middle St., Portland, ME; 207-774-8538 eventideoysterco.com

Massachusetts

PURITAN & COMPANY

1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA; 617-615-6195 puritancambridge.com

WEST BRIDGE

1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, MA; 617-945-0221 westbridgerestaurant.com

Minnesota

BOROUGH

730 N Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-354-3135 boroughmpls.com

WORLD STREET KITCHEN

2743 Lyndale Ave. S, #5, Minneapolis, MN; 612-424-8855 eatwsk.com

Missouri

ELAIA AND OLIO

1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO; 314-932-1088
elaiastl.com,
oliostl.com

NICHE

7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO; 314-773-7755 nichestlouis.com

Nevada

CHADA THAI & WINE

3400 S Jones Blvd., #11A, Las Vegas, NV; 702-641-1345 chadavegas.com

New York

ALDER

157 Second Ave., New York, NY; 212-539-1900 aldernyc.com

ASKA

90 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 718-388-2969 askanyc.com

CARBONE

181 Thompson St., New York, NY; 212-254-3000 carbonenewyork.com

LAFAYETTE

380 Lafayette St., New York, NY; 212-533-3000 lafayetteny.com

PEARL & ASH

220 Bowery, New York, NY; 212-837-2370 pearlandash.com

Ohio

METROPOLE

21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH; 513-578-6660 metropoleonwalnut.com

Oregon

AVA GENE’S

3377 SE Division St., Portland, OR; 971-229-0571 avagenes.com

Pennsylvania

BAR MARCO

2216 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA; 412-471-1900 barmarcopgh.com

VERNICK FOOD & DRINK

2031 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA; 267-639-6644 vernickphilly.com

South Carolina

THE ORDINARY

544 King St., Charleston, SC; 843-414-7060 eattheordinary.com

XIAO BAO BISCUIT

224 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC; 843-743-3880 xiaobaobiscuit.com

Tennessee

HOG AND HOMINY

707 W Brookhaven Cir., Memphis, TN; 901-207-7396 hogandhominy.com

ROLF & DAUGHTERS

700 Taylor St., Nashville, TN; 615-866-9897 rolfanddaughters.com

Texas

FT33

1617 Hi Line Dr., Dallas, TX; 214-741-2629 ft33dallas.com

JEFFREY’S AND JOSEPHINE HOUSE

1204 W Lynn St., Austin, TX; 512-477-5584 jeffreysofaustin.com

THE PASS & PROVISIONS

807 Taft St., Houston, TX; 713-628-9020 passandprovisions.com

RAMEN TATSU-YA

8557 Research Blvd., #126, Austin, TX; 512-834-8810 ramen-tatsuya.com

SPOON BAR & KITCHEN

8220 Westchester Dr., Dallas, TX; 214-368-8220 spoonbarandkitchen.com

SWAY

1417 S First St., Austin, TX; 512-326-1999 swayaustin.com

Washington

BAR SAJOR

323 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle, WA; 206-682-1117 barsajor.com

JOULE

506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA; 206-632-5685 joulerestaurant.com

THE WHALE WINS

3506 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA; 206-632-9425 thewhalewins.com

Wisconsin

FOREQUARTER

708 ¼ E Johnson St., Madison, WI; 608-609-4717 undergroundfoodcollective.org/forequarter

You Gotta Try These!
Enjoy………

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 List From San Pellegrino – brought to us by Eater National


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Happy Tuesday good foodie friends,

Here is another great list that I wanted to share with you brought to us by Eater.com Monday, April 29, 2013, by Paula Forbes
World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 List From San Pellegrino

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has been announced, and the big news is of course that Noma’s three year reign as the number one restaurant in the world has come to an end. That title now goes to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Noma holds tight at second, while third goes to Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana. For those of you playing along at home, the list that leaked earlier today was correct.

The United States went down from eight entries to six this year, losing Ssam Bar (#37 last year; David Chang isn’t even in London) and Manresa (#48 last year). However, Eleven Madison Park made major strides as the highest-ranked US restaurant, coming in at number five (up from 10 last year).

1. El Celler de Can Roca http://www.cellercanroca.com/PORTADA/intro.htm
Location: Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Chef: Juan Roca
Rank Last Year: 2
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1986
Fun Fact: The restaurant is the work of the three Roca brothers. Joan is the head chef, his little brother Joseph is the sommelier, and the youngest of the brothers, Jordi is the pastry chef. The Rocas are coming out with a brand spanking new cookbook this year, and, oh yes, this is the first year their restaurant has taken that coveted number one slot.

2.Noma http://www.noma.dk/
Location: Copenhagen
Chef: René Redzepi
Rank Last Year: 1
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 2004

3. Osteria Francescana http://www.osteriafrancescana.it/
Location: Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
Rank Last Year: 5
Michelin Stars: Three
Year Established: 1995
4. Mugaritz http://www.mugaritz.com/
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Andoni Aduriz
Rank Last Year: 3
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1998
Fun Fact: When you sit down at Mugaritz, you have to choose between two experiences: “Submit Yourself” and “Rebel.”

5. Eleven Madison Park http://www.noma.dk/
Location: New York City,
Chef: Daniel Humm
Rank Last Year: 10
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1998

6.D.O.M. http://www.domrestaurante.com.br/
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Alex Atala
Rank Last Year: 4
Michelin Star Rating: N/A
Year Established: 1999
Fun Fact: Atala used to be a DJ.

7.Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Location: London
Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Rank Last Year: 9
Michelin Star Rating: One
Year Established: 2011

8.Arzak http://www.arzak.info/ing/home.asp
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Juan Mari Arzak
Rank Last Year: 8
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1897
Fun Fact: Arzak’s daughter Elena, who also cooks at Arzak, won the S. Pellegrino Best Female Chef award for 2012.

9.Steirereck Restaurant
Location: Vienna, Austria
Chef: Heinz Reitbauer
Rank Last Year: 11
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1970

10. Vendôme
Location: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Chef: Joachim Wissler
Rank Last Year: 23
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 2000

11. Per Se, New York City, USA
12. Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden
13. The Ledbury, London, UK
14. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
16. L’Arpège, Paris, France
17. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
18. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
19. Le Bernardin, New York City, USA
20. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
21. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
22. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
23. L’Astrance, Paris, France
24. L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
25. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
26. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
27. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
28. Mirazur, Menton, France
29. Daniel, New York City, USA
30. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
31. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
32. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
33. The Fat Duck, Bray, UK
34. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
35. Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands
36. Amber, Hong Kong, China
37. Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
38. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
39. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
40. Combal.Zero, Rivoli, Italy
41. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italia
42. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
43. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
44. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
45. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Mani, São Paulo, Brasil
47. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
48. Quay, Sydney, Australia
49. Septime, Paris, France
50. Central, Lima, Perú

Sustainable Restaurant Reward: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
World’s Best Female Chef: Nadia Santini
One to Watch Restaurant: The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alain Ducasse
Highest New Entry: Attica, Melbourne, Australia
Best Restaurant in Asia: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Chef’s Choice Award: Alinea, Chicago, USA
Highest Climber: Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
Best Restaurant in South America: D.O.M., Sao Paolo, Brazil

The Eater California Wine country Heat Map- Where to eat right now- brought to us by Eater National


Happy Monday happy foodie friends……

This post caught my eye as this rich bountiful wine region has so many great eateries…..which one or how many can we try?
Please read this article on Eater National to see where the current hot spotsare.
Eater National – click here for the list

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CINDY PAWLCYN’S WOOD GRILL AND WINE BAR Third time’s a charm for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has reinvented this St. Helena restaurant from sushi bar to Mediterranean grill, finally settling on what she does best: California-fusion comfort foods that include Chinese chicken barbecue duck breast, crab rolls, vegetarian enchiladas, baby back ribs and buttermilk biscuits, wood-fired pizzas, and burgers. Locals just call it CP’s, and know that the eggplant fries (kept from a previous menu) are the best way to start the meal.
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SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
707-963-0700

GOOSE & GANDER Seasonal cocktails are the biggest draw at St. Helena’s former Martini House restaurant. Bay Area mixologist Scott Beattie’s cocktails are kitchen-sink affairs with shiso, galangal, pickled veggies, and artisanal boozes that become drinkable works of art. Duck fat fries, polenta cakes and grilled burgers, and roasted bone marrow set a solid base for continued sipping. [Photo]
1245 SPRING ST, SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
(707) 967-8779

THE THOMAS AT FAGIANI’S A downtown Napa bar that stood empty for decades got a multi-million dollar facelift to become one of the town’s hippest hangouts. NY’s AvroKo group (Public, Saxon + Parole) brings serious chef power with Brad Farmerie, who created a locally sourced, casual menu of burgers, roast chicken, and grilled Montery Bay squid along with a stand-out cocktail program. [Photo]
813 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559
707-226-7821

SPEAKEASY A favorite of industry folks, late-night revelers and anyone with serious munchies after midnight, this tiny bar and patio proffers calories-be-damned comfort food until 2 a.m. Best bets include lobster and bacon mac, Croque Madame, pork belly tacos and jalapeno poppers that come with a warning and a glass of milk.
139B PETALUMA BLVD N, PETALUMA, CA 94952
(707) 776-4631

SPINSTER SISTERS A little bit of NYC in Sonoma County, chef Liza Hinman heads up the kitchen with wine guru Giovanni Cerrone and Eric Anderson (a local who’s involved with Prune NYC) working behind the scenes. The menu is broken into a series of sections: Bites ($2-$4) are exactly that; Charcuterie and Cheese Plates ($6-$16); Veggies ($5-$7); Small Plates ($7-$14) and Large Plates ($14-16). Each works beautifully as a single sonnet, or together as an epic poem. [Photo]
401 SOUTH A ST., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
707-528-7100

PIZZANDO More than a pizzeria and less than a white-tablecloth experience, Pizzando hits the sweet spot in between with impressive appetizers like oil-poached albacore; slow-braised pork shoulder with pickled plums, and caraway roasted squash draped with lardo (all $9). [Photo]
HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
707-922-5233

BRAVAS BAR DE TAPAS The Spanish-inspired menu is with brassy, bold flavors that leave no question that you’ll need a breath mint or two before getting familiar with friends or co-workers. Dishes include small plates of sardines, Iberico ham, calamari, quail with lavender, and heartier dishes grilled on a plancha. A new outdoor patio and bar beg for summer sangria sipping. [Photo]
420 CENTER ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 433-7700

RAVENOUS CAFE & LOUNGE This hobbit-hole of a restaurant has only a handful of tables and barely a galley kitchen, but somehow manages to turn out rustic-luxe, farm-to-table eats including roasted tomatoes with fresh balls of mozzarella, basil pesto and pine nuts, crab cakes with cilantro aioli and roasted eggplant, fresh fish tacos, and mascarpone cheesecake with swirls of lemon curd. [Photo]
117 NORTH ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 431-1302

PARISH CAFE With all of the easy of The Big Easy, Rob Lippincott’s New Orleans cafe draws you in with homey charm, Southern comfort and a menu that’s pure French Quarter. Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more authentic Louisiana cooking this side of the mighty Miss. [Photo]
60A MILL ST., HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 431-8474

CAFE LUCIA Tucked well back from the street, brother and sister team Manuel and Lucia Azevedo have brought the “Nova Cozinha Portuguesa” – or new Portuguese cuisine – of Manuel’s highly acclaimed La Salette restaurant in Sonoma to their northern neighbors. Many of the dishes will be familiar to La Salette regulars, including richly flavored Portuguese nose-to-tail “task” or tasting plates of tripe stew, blood sausage, pig’s feet terrine and sardine pate. [Photo]
235 HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
707-431-1113

BACKYARD This restaurant sources, literally, from chef-owner Daniel Kedan’s own backyard culinary gardens and those of his ranch and farming neighbors. The Ad Hoc alum opened his small community-focused restaurant with a relatively simple menu that relies on seasonal produce, foragers and whole-animal butchery as its foundation. [Photo]
6566 FRONT ST, FORESTVILLE, CA 95436
(707) 820-8445

THREE SQUARES CAFÉ Josh Silvers transformed the former Syrah Bistro once again into Three Squares, re-envisioning it as a casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot with a mix of homey comfort classics and a few “healthier” options after the chef-owner lost more than 30 pounds in 2012. [Photo]
205 5TH ST. SUITE B, SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
707-545-4300

GLEN ELLEN STAR With just eight dining tables and a handful of seats around the open kitchen, every inch of Glen Ellen Star is prime real estate. At the glowing heart of the restaurant: Chef Ari Weiswasser’s 650-degree custom-built wood oven that perfumes the entire block with its smoke. Combining classic French techniques, razor-focused attention to detail, and exotic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spices in every dish, Glen Ellen Star hasn’t wasted any time getting up to speed. [Photo]
13648 ARNOLD DR, GLEN ELLEN, CA 95442
(707) 343-1384

SOCIAL CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR This Petaluma gathering spot lives up to its name. Executive Chef Steven Levine Bob Simontacchi creates a rustic American menu around a wood-fired oven and grill with smoked short ribs, grilled Angus hangar steak, Prather Ranch burgers and Sonoma fried chicken. [Photo]
132 KELLER STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952
(707) 238-0158

CAMPO FINA This casual wood-fired oven spot includes a large outdoor space with bocce and critically-acclaimed small plates such as octopus stew and crispy quail. For most of Healdsburg, it was love at first bite. Open for dinner daily, beginning at 5:30pm. [Photo]
330 HEALDSBURG AVENUE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
(707) 395-4640

Thank you Eater.com… Visit their web page for the full article posting.

Have a great day….
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La Terrazza restaurant – Plannegg Bavaria


Happy Monday Great foodies….

La Terrazza Hotel and Ristorante – Planegg Bavaria
While traveling to Munich you will find a great little town just a few KMs outside of Munich, Planegg.
In town is a nice boutique style hotel and Ristorante.
As soon as you walk into the great spot you will hear the warm accent of the Italians greet you and the great smells that all good Italian restaurants lure you in with.

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There is a great patio that the interior dining room just seems to flow into with the great open concept dining room with full open sliding doors. It is a little slice of heaven so sit and enjoy.
On a warm summer night enjoy a refreshing Tomato, cucumber and onion salad with olive oil and balsamic dressing.

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The salad was served with a basket of fresh breads for dipping (a must!)
Next was a bowl of penne in a tomato rosé sauce with fresh tomatoes ad chunks of fresh salmon and fresh basil.

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The pasta was fresh and full of flavor profile…… An excellent meal to end off a long day.
To freshen up the palate a plate of fresh cut peaches served with a fresh and flavorful blueberry compote. Light and fresh to finish off a great meal.

The best part of this smaller town is the charming setting peppered with nice little shops and eateries.
Just down the road you can find a bakery offering fresh pastries of the day along with beautiful breads with the flavors of Bavaria in mind.
There is also some great little spots for some German Brew and schnitzel so strolling through the streets of Planegg you will surely find a nice little spot to enjoy.
Try La Terrazza if you happen through Planegg and enjoy the Italian charm that this great little spot has to offer. Great flavors and service with a smile and a little taste of Italy in Bavaria.

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Going to Las Vegas


Traveling to Las Vegas and wonder where to eat?
Loaded question I know but sky’s the absolute limit! Your choices are abound and really no matter what you do you could not get to all of the foodie treasures that Las Vegas has to offers!

One posting can’t even start to lay it out easily and accurately so let this be the beginning on a new Vegas eatery section on my new blog.

Coming out will be recommendations or the following sections and as all good restaurants grow, expand and delight at different times…..always check back for updates and new postings.

First listing for a great dinner with your sweetheart or business friends will fall to one of my favorites for a few reasons:

Mon Ami Gabi

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
tel:702.944.4224

Located in the Paris Hotel right on the strip. Book before and then when you get in line let them know that you would like to sit on the patio. Think of this as a whole experience and enjoy the perfect view of the Bellagio water show while your taste buds blossom to the tastes of the classic French bistros offerings. Did I mention the bonus of people watching! Truly the best entertainment between the water show and the unique and wonderful characters that grace the streets of this vibrant city.
They have a nice wine menu and a very tasty food offering for many different tastes..

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Check back for updates regularly for new gems for any occasion.