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 […]

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Italian-Style Brunch in San Francisco

SPQR is well-known for its hearty Italian dinner menu. Few, however, know about its equally-satisfying brunch offerings.  The restaurant is small, but exudes sophistication with its sleek minimalist décor.  On a nice day, you can dine curbside and get in some good Pac Heights people-watching.  The indoor tables and bar set-up are otherwise equally inviting […]

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Breakfast in the Red Rocks in Sedona

Executive Chef David Schmidt put his philosophy on chef-ing this way: most restaurants can get the same ingredients, so you need to do something special to distinguish yourself. To wit, David brushes his applewood smoked bacon with a homemade citrus sauce two minutes prior to its coming out of the oven. It’s this special care, […]

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