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Canlis – Timeless Classic in Seattle

A lot of people I’m friends with have a restaurant “bucket list” that’s pretty lengthy, and I got to cross one off a few weeks back with a quick visit to Seattle. Canlis isn’t the newest, trendiest, most innovative, or celebrity chef driven spot to grace the pages of food publications or cable TV, but…

Cooks in action - the poultry is grilled over binchotan charcoal that burns white and does not release smoke

Yakitori Standard Bearer – Bird Land

Skewered meat cooked over an open flame has long been an obsession for mankind, and at Bird Land in Tokyo, they have taken that obsession to a different level. Bird Land has two locations, but the Ginza location is the original, and it’s located just down the stairs at the Ginza subway entrance, across from…

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Dining in Paradise – Karibuni – Penil Island

When arrival by small boat is your only option to reach a restaurant, chances are you’re in for a good time. Such is the case on tiny Penil Island in St. Martaan, where the Karbuni lodge and restaurant is one of the only long term inhabitants beside the large lizard and iguana populations. The island…

At work..so delicate and precise

Fujimori Sushi – Roppongi Tokyo

There are many “famous” sushi spots in Tokyo and to the outsider, Fujimori would not be one of them. All it takes for us western folk to get excited is to read a few blog posts and maybe a TV spot and, BAM it becomes the must visit spot while in country. Don’t get me…

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Robot Restaurant Tokyo…

Yes my friends this place exists and it is hands down the weirdest, most confusing and awesome show/experience you will ever see; to quote Bourdain, “it is the most fabulous show on earth”! Dancing robots, fighting robots, fighting plush panda bears riding cows, dancing girls, glow sticks, popcorn, and cheap beer. If this sounds like…

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Da Dong – Roast Duck Supremacy in Beijing

Tender meat encased in glistening, crispy skin carved elegantly table side by a chef in a dust mask…welcome to Beijing! This is what I was treated to on a recent trip to China, and the mask, while a little unnerving is completely acceptable if you’ve spent any time in Beijing; see horrible pollution and thick…

Smoked bluefish pate with hardtack crackers

Puritan & Co. – Boston (Cambridge)

If you follow the restaurant scene in Boston, it’s hard to miss the explosion of new, high quality spots just across the river in Cambridge. It’s no longer just for fancy academics, wannabe start-ups and trust fund babies…see Alden& Harlow. Puritan & Co. is another great spot serving up modern American fare with a nod…

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Girl & The Goat – Chicago

On my latest jaunt to Chicago I popped into the wildly successful Girl and the Goat, which is just west of the river in an area I would equate to West Midtown. They take reservations so try and book far in advance for a prime time slot or try and get lucky (tisk,tisk) at the…

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Empellon Cocina: Refined Mexican in the East Village

There are a handful of restaurants across the country trying to elevate Mexican cuisine, but most tend to only elevate the prices using fancy ingredients with not much creativity…Empellon Cocina is not one of them. Alex Stupak and his legions have taken a fresh approach to to the fare, utilizing time honored techniques and flavors…

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Vegas Round Up

I spent way too many days in Las Vegas last week and I’m proud to say I can remember all of them and came back with a ¬†little jingle in my pocket; down from my 52 week high, but still in the black. That is, unless you count the loss of my fancy camera before…