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A Worthwhile Wait in Barcelona

After meandering through the narrow allies of Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, passing scores of nameless tapas bars, your Correspondent finally found Plaça de les Olles, home of the well-known Cal Pep.  Your Correspondent had been warned that there is always a line at Cal Pep and so he joined the queue and waited his turn.   Your […]

Ottoman Meal Before Blue Waters in Istanbul

When visiting Istanbul your Correspondent makes a point of taking a meal at Tuğra, which offers a dining experience as wonderful and exquisite as the Bosphorous that the restaurant overlooks from the European part of the timeless city.  Located in the Ciragan Palace, a former seat of the Ottoman rulers, Tuğra provides a refuge for […]

Epic Hoggery in Los Angeles

Following a manifest destiny of his own creation, Eric Park has worked his way west from earlier stints at Eleven Madison Park then to The Spotted Pig in New York City before opening his own restaurant in the burgeoning foodie scene of Silver Lake in Los Angeles.  As the latest arrival in a neighborhood quickly […]

Hillside Dining in Zurich

When you find yourself in Zurich you must leave directly and drive a quarter of an hour south along the Seestrasse and five minutes up the Herrliburg hillside. At the top of the hill you’ll come upon a row of luxury automobiles (seems as if there is no other kind in Switzerland) highlighted by a […]

Culinary Continuity in the Left Bank

Upon taking residence at The Ritz at the Place Vendôme, your correspondent chose to stroll around Tuileries’s charms on a hazy Parisian day before making his way down to the Île de France to cross the Pont Neuf and checking in with the latest left-bank English-centric literary scene at Shakespeare et Cie to see what […]

Classic Stage Fare in Stockholm

When your correspondent finds himself visiting Stockholm for a personal or commercial project, he inevitably finds himself at some point enjoying the atmosphere of Operabaren (“The Opera Bar”).  Operabaren is one of the rooms in The Royal Opera House complex that serves lunch with the other being The Hip Pocket. Both have been visited by […]

A Good Old-fashioned American Burger in London

Your Correspondent, in observance of the seasonal holidays, recently celebrated the end of the Lenten fasting period during which he abstained from some of his favorite foods:  grilled whale steak and creamed spinach with lardons, fried bald-eagle’s-egg-battered shark fin with tempura misto, rhino carpaccio with rocket and parmesan. OK, not really. But what your Correspondent […]

A Choice Between 3, or 5 Courses in Cabo

Casianos provides a dining experience unlike any I have encountered before. Tucked away on an unassuming side street in San Jose del Cabo, Casianos is a creative culinary gem. I have now been about 5 or 6 times and, each time, I’m amazed by the creations Chef Casianos Reyes produces nightly. This restaurant is highly […]

Sustenance for the Artistically-Inclined in Midtown

When in New York City, the artistically-inclined is obliged to make an appearance at The Museum of Modern Art. Once the hunger for aesthetics is satisfied, however, even the most earnest of devotees will find themselves too tired to walk anywhere for lunch. Across the street, Il Gattopardo beckons. One needs but to cross 54th […]

An Institution 30 Minutes from Punta del Este

The once-sleepy fishing village of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay has transformed itself into the hottest beach-chic destination in Latin America.  The jet-set come from the world over, to see and be seen.  With its more mature, flashier older sister, Punta del Este, looking more and more like Miami these days, wealthy Uruguayans, Argentines and Brazilians have […]