Last year for my company holiday party, I planned a progressive dinner
at favorite local restaurants, and it was a huge hit. For those not
familiar with the progressive idea, the evening starts with apps at one
restaurant, entrees at another, and dessert and drinks at another, etc.
I had the luxury of growing up with an adopted Vietnamese brother, Tao.
Later in my life, I would realize that growing up with him and the food
he exposed my family to were some of my first real and most memorable
ethnic food experiences. A few times a year,…
While doing a taste test of local breweries for my next beer dinner at The Dining Studio, I decided to contact the folks at Flat Earth Brewery.
Flat Earth is a little-known St. Paul brewing company that makes killer
beer. While perusing its website, I discovered…
OK, I know what you’re thinking . . . aren’t the holidays the most
wonderful time of the year? Well, for some maybe, but for most chefs,
we work virtually nonstop from Labor Day until the end of December. If
we are lucky, maybe there is a vacation or…
I’ve had it with huge chain restaurants trying to sell the people of this great land a bill of goods that is worthless! While watching football on Sunday I could not help but be bombarded by Pizza Hut commercials touting their all-natural pizza. What the hell does all natural mean…
Upon our return from Spain, we ate vegetables for four days (it’s hard
to find veggies on restaurant menus). On the fifth day, it was time for
some good ol’ Midwestern food. While trying to put a finger on my
craving, I got a great idea: beer cheese soup….
To close the chapter on our Barcelona Gastronomic Adventure, we decided
to have a marathon eating binge. There was a place directly across the
street from our flat called El Tropezón.
This is the type of restaurant that caters to the locals and seems to
The cutting edge of Catalan cuisine is surprisingly approachable, most
definitely interesting, and ultimately flavorful. Our last two planned
meals into that realm were at Alkimia and Comerç24.
These two restaurants were recommended to us by Jordi, the chef at CincSentits. He felt they…
Franco got his revenge on me! We dined at a little restaurant near our
flat that was very well appointed, perfectly designed, and empty,
always empty. Generally, we find that when we enter a place, be it a
shop or restaurant, it seems to fill up . . ….
Los Caracoles is going to be our one and only tourist restaurant destination. We picked this restaurant because caracoles, a traditional food, are the tiny snails that are available everywhere in Barcelona. This is the place that started that food tradition in 1835 and it is still run by the same family, five generations later.