Travels with a Gourmet

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

D.O.C.G. comes from Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, a label for the highest level of Italian wine origin and the name of Scott Conant’s casual Las Vegas restaurant.  The restaurant is casual yet modern with exposed brick walls and a long bar on one side of the room.  The menu is classic trattoria fare with antipasti, …

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A few weeks back we were invited to dinner at Compostela, which I was so looking forward to as this is one of San Juans’ top restaurants for tapas and Spanish cuisine. This Galician-owned restaurant opened in 1982 where it has maintained its’ reputation for fine Spanish cuisine.  Recently renovated and turned into a restaurant with …

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Several weeks ago, we went to dinner at Bottles, which was recommended by a few people as a fantastic place to go for their very reasonably-priced wines.  We got lost a bit on the way there but after a few stops to ask for directions, we finally found it. Bottles is a boxy warehouse looking …

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My Best of the Year post takes time to complete.  I go through all the meals of the past year and make a short list of the places that really impressed me with an unforgettable meal.  It doesn’t have to be a fancy restaurant, it’s all about the food and the experience. Since 2011 was …

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My penultimate post on San Francisco was our last dinner in the city before I headed back home to Bali and the rest of the family went back home to Las Vegas.  On that Saturday evening, we booked a table at Michael Mina’s RN74.  The name is the acronym for Route Nationale 74, the road that …

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Artesania Argentina Arandu – Avenida Ayacucho, 1924, Recoleta (Telephone: +54 11 4800 1575) Right smack in the tony neighborhood of Recoleta, Arandu has been in business since 1987 producing high quality traditional Argentinean arts and crafts.  From belts to ponchos, alpargatas to boots and all sorts of leather goods, pewter items to silverware, carriages to saddles …

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