Travels with a Gourmet

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

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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My last Tokyo post is all about Roppongi Hills, Tokyo’s so-called city within a city of modern skyscrapers, high-end hotels, luxury shops, green spaces, world-class museums, numerous bars and night clubs and lively back streets. My friend Rumi lived nearby so we decided to meet at the 45th floor lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo for a quick …

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On my last day in New York, I met up with good friend, Brooklyn native and fellow foodie C, who said I couldn’t leave the cit without stopping by Chelsea Market – which houses an enclosed food court with specialized food purveyors including a large Anthroplogie boutique, a Posman Books  and a Bowery Kitchens, restaurant supply …

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Doorways and facades in Viejo San Juan A month after we arrived here in Puerto Rico, we decided it was time to finally explore Old San Juan which is the oldest city in U.S. territory.  This Caribbean island was founded by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and originally named San Juan after San Juan Bautista (St. …

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