Travels with a Gourmet

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

On a cold rainy autumn evening in late November, we met up with friends for a drink at La Societe, St. Germain’s sleek Liaigre-designed Costes-managed bar, while we waited out our reservation at Jean Francois Piege’s year-old farm to table restaurant Clover. Located in a back alley off boulevard St. Germain, where the Parisian brunch institution Coffee Parisien used …

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Ginza Bairin is one of Japan’s most well-known tonkatsu specialty restaurants with five branches in Japan and almost a dozen overseas locations in Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore,Manila and even in Hawaii.  When we showed the taxi driver the address for the Ginza branch, he smiled and said “Oh, you’ll be having good tonkatsu tonight.”. Ginza Bairin does …

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One of the best things about dining in Japan is that restaurants are so specialized that they serve only one type of food which is done perfectly.  One of the worst things about dining in Japan is that restaurants are so specialized that they serve only one type of food and so everyone has to agree …

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Tokyo is my second favorite city after Paris and it’s because the Japanese are the most similar to the French in their love of gastronomy and beauty, from the beautifully presented food in individual dishes or lacquered bento boxes to the intricately-wrapped packages in the boutiques and food shops.  When I was at Le Cordon Bleu, it was always my Japanese classmates …

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Sunday evenings are when we have our family dinner out and since Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle  is much more pleasant than the overcrowded Resorts World complex, we end up heading there for an early dinner al fresco overlooking the marina.  Since Quayside Isle opened in December 2012, there have been several changes in the restaurant offerings – …

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