Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wish List 2012

My wish list of restaurants that I have not yet visited has evolved a bit with time. Some have made it off the list, because I have finally eaten at them, while others have slid off due to changing interests. […]

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A Holiday Treat: Nantucket Bay Scallops with Sea Urchin, Finger Limes, Tobiko, Shiso and Yuzu Ponzu

What better time for a luxurious treat than the holidays? This dish brought together flavors of Japan and Australia with fresh seafood from the United States to be part a sweetly decadent Christmas Eve tradition from Italy. It would work […]

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Wish List 2011 – A Look Back

Each December I compile a Wish List of restaurants that I haven’t yet been to that I hope to get to during the following year. Sometimes those hopes have real potential for becoming fulfilled and sometimes (mostly) they remain mere […]

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Sunday Photo – Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be jolly!
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My Top 10 Dishes of 2011

2011 has been, for me,  a year of extraordinary dining, perhaps my best year ever. It is incredibly difficult choosing ten dishes as the very best of the year, let alone ranking them. This is a subjective list, subject to […]

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Sunday Photo – Providence

I had been there before, but I had never really spent any time in Providence, R.I. before last weekend. I drove down last Saturday with two of my sons, had a totally satisfying lunch at the raw bar of Hemenway’s with plenty […]

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Chef Benjamin Sukle of The Dorrance – A Chat on Video

Chef Benjamin Sukle of The Dorrance, a new restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island is one to watch. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, schooled at Johnson & Wales, trained at noma and formerly the Chef de Cuisine at La Laiterie in Providence, […]

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Sunday Photo – Hot Chocolate at Mast Brothers

I recently visited the Mast Brothers Chocolate Tasting Room and Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where I literally felt like a kid in a candy store. Their bean to bar chocolate is world class and arguably the best produced in the […]

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Alba – An Education in Truffles at La Ciau del Tornavento

(ed. note: I would like to welcome the former “Sage of eGullet” Robert Brown as a contributor to this website. These days Robert is doing much of his dining in Italy. Here, he gives us a treatise on truffles. Welcome, Robert!)

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A Farewell to Michael Laiskonis at Le Bernardin

I was stunned and saddened when I first heard that Michael Laiskonis, the amazing pastry chef at Le Bernardin was going to be leaving his position at the restaurant at the end of this year. Le Bernardin has been a […]

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