Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sunday Photo – elBulli – My First Time There

With elBulli now closed for good as a restaurant, I can’t help but reminisce. The first time I ever saw elBulli was in August of 2003. when we were visiting friends in Catalunya. We were in the area and I [...]

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Swiss Movement – Philippe Rochat’s l’Hôtel de Ville Crissier

When I think of Switzerland, three things generally come to mind: precision, luxury and neutrality. My dinner at Philippe Rochat’s l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, just outside of Lausanne reinforced two out of three of them. I traveled there along [...]

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Sunday Photo – Butterfly

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Roberta’s Pizza – Part 2: Brunch

With my fine dining experience at Roberta’s having been so positive, I needed to check out the more rustic side of the equation. So, a few weeks after my incredible dinner, I was back in town and returned with my sons [...]

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Roberta’s Pizza – Part 1: Dinner

One can’t be all things to all people, but can one be many things to many people?  Usually, when someone tries to do just that, it comes out as not much of anything to anyone. However, in very rare instances, [...]

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Appreciating Providence

 There aren’t too many truly fine dining restaurants left in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the country for that matter.  For a variety of reasons, the restaurant industry across the United States has largely moved away from a fine [...]

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Sunday Photo – A North Wind Blows

Vicar’s Island, Lake George, N.Y. on Wednesday afternoon, July 13th shortly before a quick and violent storm descended from the north.
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Ferran Adrià in conversation with Colman Andrews

elBulli, the most celebrated restaurant of the last 20 years and maybe ever, is closing in its current form for good at the end of this month. As is clear to any reader of this website, Ferran Adria is my [...]

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Rene Redzepi and the Story of noma

More on Rene Redzepi and noma from Phaidon Press, publisher of Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, posted with permission:

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Book Review: Life, On the Line by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

ed. note: With this review, I would like to introduce and welcome my good friend, fellow food enthusiast, superb home cook and avid reader, Amy Persons, who will be posting periodic reviews on books of interest to people who enjoy [...]

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