Memorable Meals

Napa Restaurants: Foie Gras at La Toque

by Chris on August 14, 2012

Should Napa restaurants serve foie gras, after California passed a ban on the food? Ken Frank of La Toque says yes.
Foie gras at La Toque

With a flourish, Chef Ken Frank set the serving spoons in front of us during a press dinner at his restaurant, the Michelin-starred La Toque in the Westin Verasa Resort in Napa Valley. “This is my favorite preparation of foie gras,” he said, pointing out the fresh corn polenta and the chanterelle mushrooms. Hey, wait […]


Winning: Downtown Napa, Revitalized

by Chris on July 24, 2012

Downtown Napa has been on the rise for the past few years. A look at some of the restaurants and hotels that are fueling the change.
Storefronts of Downtown Napa

This week, I’m serving as a paid spokesperson for Hilton HHonors’ Seven Tickets to Paradise Sweepstakes. The contest, which is open to Hilton HHonors members, features seven prize packages and ends on Aug. 31. I previewed one of the prizes, the “Your Ticket To Dine,” in Napa Valley this past weekend.    Napa Valley has been […]


Dinner in the Dark, in Berlin

by Natalie on June 18, 2012

Have you ever considered dining in the dark? Guest writer Natalie Pompilio checks out Unsicht, a blind dining experience, in Berlin.
Unsicht Bar in Berlin

By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer Most people like to see what they’re eating, especially in today’s world of fantastical plate presentation. But that’s not an option at Berlin’s Unsicht-Bar, where diners sit in complete darkness, are served by blind or visually impaired wait staff, and the three or four course meal being presented is largely […]


Japan in Jan: Eating Tokyo, Sushi & Wagyu

by Chris on January 23, 2012

Sampling two specialties of Tokyo: sushi and Wagyu beef.
Sushi for breakfast in Tokyo

In Japan, I was told that there are three things that you must eat in Tokyo: Sushi, Wagyu beef and tempura. In less than 24 hours there, I managed to consume two out of three. First, beef. We had spent our first few days in the country being served gorgeous, but often inedible, kaiseki meals […]


2011 in Review: Most Memorable Meal

by Chris on December 28, 2011

My most memorable meal of 2011 took place not on the other side of the world, but right down the street in Seattle at Mashiko, a sustainable sushi restaurant.
mashiko west seattle

Picking the most memorable meal, out of a year in which I ate very well, is difficult. The Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine Festival in Mendoza, Argentina stands out for sheer decadence (by the end of my long weekend, I felt like a goose with an enlarged liver, fattened up for slaughter). Our […]


Fascinating Finland: Finnish food

by Chris on November 1, 2011

Finnish food: If you don’t eat fish or reindeer, you may be out of luck. But for those who do, the simple ingredients and clever preparations will win you over.
Finnish cuisine, salmon

I grew up in Minnesota, so I knew a bit about the good – and bad – aspects of Scandinavian cuisine (lutefisk, never again!). But I was surprised to discover that the simple flavors and natural ingredients of Finnish food suited me, and we ate well on our visit, particularly in Helsinki and Lapland. I […]


Photo Essay: Top 10 Favorite Foods

by Don Faust on July 31, 2011

Pictures of top 10 favorite foods experienced while traveling.
Top 10 Favorite Foods

I’m a huge food fanatic, mostly living vicariously though the likes of Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern. Not only do they get to eat some of the world’s most interesting foods, but they get to travel to places that are just as interesting.  So it’s not surprising that when I travel, I like to sample […]


Portlandia: Voodoo Doughnuts

by Chris on July 6, 2011

Gotta get some donuts: Our pilgrimage to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland
Voodoo donuts, Portland

  Where: Voodoo Doughnuts has several locations in Portland, as well as one in Eugene. We lined up at the one downtown, on SW 3rd Avenue, which has recently undergone renovations. Why we went: A 24-hour punk rock donut house that offers a signature Voodoo Doll doughnut? What’s not to love? Plus, I love their […]


Portlandia: Chris Israel’s Grüner

by Chris on June 29, 2011

A visit to Grüner, an Alpine-themed restaurant from veteran chef Chris Israel in Portland.
Chris Israel, Gruner Portland

Where: Grüner, 527 SW 12th St., Portland. 503-241-7163 Why we went: After our amazing meal at Pok Pok, we thought we’d spend our last night in Portland eating at food trucks downtown. But many of them were closed and others were packed, in anticipation of the Rose Festival parade that was going on that night. […]


Portlandia: Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok

by Chris on June 22, 2011

A visit to Pok Pok in Portland, the restaurant by Andy Ricker – winner of the 2011 James Beard award for best Pacific Northwest chef.
Andy Ricker, Pok Pok Portland

Where: Pok Pok, 3226 E. Division St., Portland, OR, 503-232-1387 Why we went: I heard raves about Pok Pok from friends in Seattle and fellow Pacific Northwest travel bloggers. In fact, it seemed like a travel blogger rarely went to Portland without visiting Pok Pok. Then I did some research and found out that the […]