Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

The main reason for our surprise visit to Buenos Aires was my mother in-law’s 75th birthday which we celebrated at the Park Hyatt’s Restaurant Duhau. Family members and close friends were invited to an al fresco lunch starting off with some champagne and canapés at the Palacio Duhau’s aptly-named Crystal Room where impressive crystal chandeliers …

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The last party of the holiday season was my son’s 6th birthday celebration yesterday afternoon at the Hotel Villa Padierna. There were 24 children who attended and they had a blast with the bouncy castle and pirate Poppi, the entertainer, who played “pass the parcel”, “musical chairs” and “freeze dance” with them. While the children …

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It’s my son’s sixth birthday today and this time we didn’t make the cake but bought it from D’Alicia. It was a chocolate cake made with alternating layers of chocolate sponge, whipped cream and dulce de leche covered completely in dark chocolate and decorated with almond Florentine cookies. He still has his pirate-themed birthday party …

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Our first dinner booking in Paris was at the former Lucas-Carton restaurant of chef Alain Senderens, renamed simply Senderens. In 2005, chef Senderens sparked a gastronomic controversy when he renounced his three Michelin stars especially since his restaurant Lucas-Carton had continuously been rated trois macarons for 28 years. He wanted a change from the formal …

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