Travels with a Gourmet

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

  2014 is definitely the year of travel. In January we spent a few days in Bali with family rediscovering the island. In March, a much-awaited return to Moscow (last time I was there was 17 years ago) to show A the new and improved MOCKBA. This was followed by two weeks in Manila with …

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The Moscow restaurant scene has certainly evolved since the deep, dark, post-perestroika nineties with two main restaurant groups (Novikov and Ginza) filling the city with all sorts of restaurant concepts. Roni is part of the pioneer Novikov Restaurant Group (from Arkady Novikov) who started it all with Sirena (which already existed when I lived in …

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After a week spent in hot and humid Orlando, we headed to historic Washington DC where we spent another week sightseeing and getting to know the nation’s capital and its’ numerous monuments and museums.  We stayed a across the Potomac at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City which was convenient for getting into town as the metro …

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The last time I ate in Zuma was in London, the first one of many Zumas that have since opened all over the world so when I heard that they had opened a Miami outpost, I had to go back and see if Zuma had changed. First was trying to get a reservation.  Although Zuma …

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It’s taken a few weeks to get this blog post together but it’s finally here – my annual best of 2012.  The first two were unique and fantastic in every way.  The next three are the best of Puerto Rico followed by the three best in Las Vegas and finally, the two best casual eats, …

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Every year I visit Las Vegas, a new tiny off-the-strip Japanese restaurant opens in the same nondescript Chinatown mall.  First was Raku – robatayaki (grilled skewers) and classic Japanese cuisine, then came Monta – classic ramen (noodles) and now, Kabuto – omakase (Japanese for “I’ll leave it to you”) which basically means it’s a surprise meal created by the …

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