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 […]


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 […]


Nobu Sushi on the Crystal Symphony

by Chris on April 19, 2011

Delectable sushi, sashimi and other Nobu specialties at Silk Road, Matshuhisa’s restaurant on the Crystal Symphony cruise ship.
Nobu sushi on the Crystal Symphony

Even during the times in my life when I didn’t have much money, I made sacrifices for good food. I remember crashing on a friend’s couch outside NYC during a Restaurant Week when I was in graduate school, solely so I could come into the city and eat a fixed price lunch at Nobu. The […]


Do you have a favorite “meal of a lifetime?” For guest poster Natalie Pompilio, a private feast served at Cava de Cano in Mendoza, Argentina comes close.
Appetizer spread, Cava de Cano, Mendoza, Argentina

By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer To put it nicely, my husband and I are healthy eaters, so we fully expected our two week trip to Argentina to feature steak, steak and more steak. So imagine our surprise when our favorite meal of the entire trip — Jordan says the best meal of his lifetime — […]


Who makes the best hummus in Israel? Sa’id, in the historic town of Acre, is a good contender.
Hummus at Sa

Israel’s great culinary debate, akin to pizza faceoffs in Chicago or cheesesteak wars in Philly, boils down to one question: Where can you find the country’s best hummus? On my trip sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, we sampled an entry today at Sa’id, a classic hummus establishment in Acre (Akko), a city on […]


8 tips for getting a table at a 3-star Michelin restaurant

A lot of hungry people read and commented on my recent 3-star Parisian dining experiences at Le Meurice and Guy Savoy. In case you’re ready to shell out the dough yourself for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience,  I asked Michelin for a few tips on how to score a hard-to-get reservation at a top restaurant. Here’s what they […]