Travels with a Gourmet

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

On the rare occasions that I fly back home for a visit, I make sure to go to restaurants I haven’t been.  It’s so easy to go back to my favorites again and again but it’s also fun to eat  at the new restaurants that have opened up in Manila recently. Wildflour actually isn’t new, they opened their …

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For all the bistros and scuffed tiles in the numerous bistros and cafes in Paris, therehas been a proliferation of non-hotel restaurants still serving bistro classics but in much more sophisticated setting yet still offering prix-fixe menus.  One of these is the beautiful high-ceiling dining room of the Mini Palais, located in the back corner of the …

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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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It’s the last quarter of the year so I think I’d better write about my best meal in 2015.  Parador La Huella sits on windswept Brava beach of the little town of Jose Ignacio in Punta del Este, Uruguay.  Punta del Este is the Saint Tropez of South America.  It’s where the bronzed and the beautiful get together …

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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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