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Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel, West Hollywood, CA

Nicole at Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel

You can’t always eat in a restaurant named after or owned by a celebrity chef and expect to have that celebrity chef in the kitchen cooking. Of course that would be nice, but once you reach a certain point it is understandable that you can only be in so many places at once. What you should expect to find is a restaurant that really upholds ... Read More »

One Day Foodie Tour of Montreal

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Montreal is a fun city for a weekend getaway, packing in plenty of beautiful and historic sites, as well as lots of good food. You could easily spend a week in the city, enjoying the slightly slower pace of life and the many festivals that they host throughout the year, but it isn’t always easy to take a long vacation and there are times when ... Read More »

Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, Chicago, Illinois

Dragon Ranch, Nicole and Chef Red Hauge

When I travel, I’m always on the lookout for exciting new places to eat and Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit because there is lots of very good food there. On my last trip to the Windy City, I noticed that a new restaurant had opened up right next door to Rick Bayless’s Frontera and XOCO, two of my go-to restaurants (where ... Read More »

Magnolia Bakery, Los Angeles

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is one of the best known cupcake bakeries anywhere, thanks in part to a few mentions on the popular TV show Sex and the City a few years back. The real reason that Magnolia is so successful is not simply because they were mentioned on TV. The real reason is that their cupcakes. They keep things simple with cupcakes that aren’t too fancy, ... Read More »

Caelum, Barcelona, Spain

Caelum pastries

When I visited Spain last year, I tasted several different types of cookies that were baked by nuns. It’s not uncommon for different convents to specialize in different baked goods. In fact, it’s a tradition that has been going on for centuries, so in many cities and large towns you can find shops that specialize in this type of treat. Caelum is one of those ... Read More »

Pinotxo Bar, Barcelona, Spain

Beef Cheek stew at Pinotxo Bar

Pinotxo Bar is something of an institution at La Boqueria Market in Barceonla. Located right near the entrance of the market, the tiny 14-seat restaurant is bustling with activity from the moment it opens in the morning, both with cooks behind the counter and with hungry patrons waiting for seats out front. Pinotxo is recommended in just about every guidebook on Barcelona and in most ... Read More »

41 Degrees, Barcelona, Spain

Ferran Adria's Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

El Bulli is undoubtedly one of the most famous restaurants in the world, renowned not just for the quality of its food, but for the way that chef Ferran Adria reinvented ingredients and presented food in an astoundingly innovative fashion using techniques that have come to be known as molecular gastronomy. El Bulli was not an easy restaurant to get a reservation at (and was ... Read More »

El Quim de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

Baby Squid at El Quim

I had a lot of favorites on my trip to Barcelona, so I’m not going to try to rank every meal that I ate in order of preference. Instead, I’m simply going to say that I think El Quim de la Boqueria is an absolute MUST try for food lovers visiting the city. The small restaurant is located right in the heart of La Boqueria ... Read More »

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