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Experiencing the Machneyuda Market Restaurant in Jeresalem during #Goisrael

At first, I didn’t quite know what to think when I discovered our #goisrael farewell dinner would be at Machneyuda.  Typically a farewell dinner is a formal affair, and when I was advised to “dress casual” I did not know what to expect. So like any self-respecting foodie I checked out the reviews. The place […]


Visiting Chef Moshe Bason of Eucalpytus Restaurant on #GoIsrael

  “I was born into a Tahini making family,” said Iraqi born Moshe Bason, owner of “Eucalyptus” restaurant in the old city of Jerusalem. We are gathered in his modern looking restaurants near the gates of the city. As soon as we step in, there is a vibe both peaceful and energizing impossible to describe. […]


Meeting Eyal Shani of North Abraxses During #GoIsrael Tour

“Here, try this!” says Eyal Shani, gregarious owner and chef at North Abraxses, a fun and casual restaurant in bustling Tel Aviv. The uninitiated might be surprised to see Eyal grape a scoop of tuna tartar in his bare hand and bang it down on the layer of brown butcher paper that is serving the […]


Fun Tapas Party in Israel at Vicky Christina #GoIsrael Tour

  Okay, maybe there’s nothing new about a chef with a tattoo – but have you ever seen a chef with a tattoo all over his face and shaven head?  Well, if chef  Yonatan Berrebi looks a bit unconventional, his fun, upbeat personality and passion for his Spanish tapas-based cuisine is really refreshing to behold. […]


Eating Local Cuisine on #GoIsrael Tour

“Isn’t this lunch?” I ask, starving, as I hungrily take bites of a typical Israel dish at Dr. Shakshuka, which is made from eggs and tomatoes. We are here for a demonstration of how this famous dish is made, yet accompanying the Shakshuka are various salads and large fluffy pieces of bread. The people around […]


Experiencing Herod Hotel & Wilhemina Restaurant #goisrael tour

So here I am at the Wilhemina Restaurant, a fashionable restaurant in the historic Sarona area which has now turned into a center for culture and cuisine.  According to our host Benjamin Gad-Ninai, Director of Hosting Operations Department at Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, 140 years ago the area was settled as a German Temper community. […]


IL GATTOPARDO Restaurant repopens in the historic Rockefeller Townhouses

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Il Gattopardo, 1958 “Where did all these people come from?” I wondered, walking into the “new”  IL GATTOPARDO restaurant, which just moved from 33 West 54th St to the historic Rockefeller Townhouses, just down the block at 13-15 West 54th […]


Review: L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims

Our group of professionals (we are chefs, journalists, food scientists) had our last luxurious lunch at the celebrated L’Assiette Champenoise. It was a very glamorous space, run by Arnaud Lallement grew up in a restauranteur family in Châlons-sur-Vesle.  At 18, with a Diploma from the Strasbourg Hotel & Catering College in his pocket, Arnaud went […]


Tasting Notes Week of August 22, 2012 – Restaurant Wine List Favorites

  So I was at the Spanish Restaurant Pipa the other night and enjoyed Conde Valdemar Reserva 2005 – a real find for about $40. I had visited the winery a few years back, met the winemaker, and relished the chance to retaste the wine. The color is deep and purple, with stained tears and […]


La Balette Restaurant at Relais des Trois Mas

  This was such a fabulous restaurant in Collioure, France! It is about three hours from Nimes, and a very cute town. Many artists lived and painted here. Imagine Ibiza with the jetset and you will get a sense of the weather and the scenery. This was one of my favorite restaurants for the scene, […]


Minevois comes to Le Bernardin

    One of the hallmarks of a good sommelier is the ability to match customers with the right wine, as well as match wine to the correct dish. Only a floor sommelier can tell you which is easier, yet one of the things I like best about Aldo Sohm, head sommelier at Le Bernardin […]

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle This is a fabulous restaurant, especially when the weather is great and one can sit outdoors. Arrived just when it opened and thought the menu quite good and creative. I will find the pictures and load them, here is a link to the web site. Like most top restaurants […]


Luxury Hotel Review: Hostellerie Beau Rivage in Condrieu

   View Full Album “Help! I need a hotel recommendation for the Northern Rhone!” I hadn’t planned on visiting the Northern Rhone, yet when I had a change of plans during a trip to Provence, I went to the Stephen Tanzer forum (International Wine Cellar) to get some helpful advice, along with People on […]


Domaine de Clairefontaine in N. Rhone

Domaine de Clairefontaine is a charming restaurant and apparently luxurious hotel in the N. Rhone. We rushed here after a visit to E. Guigal, terrified we would miss the last seating and miss one of the last opportunities for a Michelin rated lunch as we had in Arles. The hotel is actually in the middle […]