In Love with Lazy Bear

There is a trend starting with restaurants utilizing this whole ticketing concept which was pioneered by the team that brought us Alinea.  can be tough because you really have to commit to going when you buy the tickets.  If by chance in the end, something changes, it’s not like you get your money back. You’re…

The Boar that Could

I spent a considerable amount of time in the ‘90’s in Napa. Although it totally dates me and makes me sound like some old fuddy duddy about to embark on some story of yesteryear, it is important to set up my perspective on Napa. I used to regularly visit family that I had living in…

Superb Sushi in San Bruno

I first heard about Gintei from DouZen, and when it comes to Japanese food and even sushi, I don’t doubt his recommendations, but I never expected that it would be as good as I found it to be.  It stands apart from most of its suburban sushi restaurant brethren by offering an interesting and delicious…

Tiny Taste of Chicago Tapas

I happened to stumble across this restaurant last year when we came for a business meeting, and I was pleasantly surprised at their Spanish tapas menu.  The food was solid and there seemed to be quite a variety, so I was interested to go back and check it out when ToyTom wanted to meet up…

More Momotaro

I have to admit that I was skeptical about Momotaro when I first heard about it. It looked like a fancy Japanese restaurant run by non-Japanese people catering to a yuppy demographic with a menu including everything from sushi, izakaya, and teriyaki.  I’ve commonly heard that restaurants in Japan tend to specialize in just one thing…

Chicago Cheese, Swine and Wine

I’ve been to The Purple Pig quite a few times, and it has never failed to satisfy my hunger cravings. I would describe it as a gastropub with a slight Italian and Mediterranean slant.  The nice part is it literally is located across the street from the hotel I stay at every year during my annual…

Not the Best from a Top Cheftestant

Chicago really has an amazing food scene.  Aside from many world-renowned chefs, it actually has its fair share of Top Chef-testants and winners even who have found their home there.  So you can imagine that in order for me to stray away from the downtown area around the Magnificent Mile to Avondale, it had to…

Ono Ono Liholiho

I’ve always thought Liholiho Yacht Club was a bit of a random name. Sure, it sounds Hawaiian but what does Yacht Club have to do with anything?  Maybe it is alluding to a level of refinement that you might find at an exclusive place that brings members with a shared interest in sailing.  Who knows?…

Asian Street Food in the Mission

Yammers and I decided to meet up for dinner.  I have a love/hate relationship with Yammers. I love her amazing appreciation of food and how she doesn’t hold back when it comes to a delicious meal, but I hate how she is able to stay so thin in spite of her monster appetite.🙂  We ended up at…

Seafood Tapas from the French

As I was looking for places to eat in Paris, I kept coming across reviews and blog posts raving about celebrity chef Yves Camdeborde and his restaurant Le Comptoir and the sister wine bar, L’Avant Comptoir. Quite recently, he also opened up a seafood-focused version of his wildly popular wine bar and appropriately called it…

Steak Frites from the French

There looks to be 4 locations of this long standing traditional French bistro, so when I saw that one location of Le Relais de l’Entrecôte was only minutes from our place, we made this our first destination for dinner soon after we settled in our AirBnB place.  It might be hard to tell from the picture, but…

Eric versus Paul

There is no doubt that Paris (and maybe France in general) is known for the best breads and baked goods in the world. Their love of butter and the utmost care they take in creating classic edibles like croissants and kouign ammans is unparalleled (with the Japanese coming in a close second, but that is…