Etxebarri: Less is More

**Apologies in advance for the lack of quality in the pictures. I had taken the pictures with my camera but lost the memory card and could only rely on the low-quality camera functions of a phone. Less is More, I believe that’s the secret to success of this little institution. Every time I come here, … Continue reading

Japan, Part 3: Tokyo

My self-guided food trip around Japan led me to my final destination, and capital of Japan; Tokyo. Tokyo is an eclectic city, filled with a mix of old and new, high tech gadgets and cartoon mascots. It was even more crowded than Osaka and Kyoto (probably combined) and it’s wackyness never leaves you bored. A … Continue reading

Japan, Part 2: Kyoto

Kyoto is just a short train ride away from Osaka, approximately 24 minutes on the JR (governmental) train line. It does not seem like you’re in another big city as you just pass by neighborhoods of houses. What you do notice, however, is less skyscrapers and more traditional monuments and buildings.  Walking through Kyoto, or … Continue reading

Japan, Part 1: Osaka

I am still surprised I haven’t slipped into a food coma. I’m alive and well and I am able to tell the tale of my gastro tour to Japan. My trip there wasn’t so much planned as it was spontaneous especially in terms of eating. People go to Japan for several reasons, to hike mountains … Continue reading

Vivant Table

Pierre Jancou (of Vivant) is back. With a proven track record of successful ventures such as Racines, La Cremerie and La Bocca; he closed down Vivant to upgrade its look and come back with a new Chef and a different menu. What was wrong with the ‘old’ Vivant? It was never broken. The restaurant decor … Continue reading

Le Baratin

When I first moved to Paris, I was new to the culinary scene. It almost seemed intimidating. I would ask myself: where should I go to eat, what should I order, should I return back? etc…I had made up a list of restaurants after reading more than a dozen different food blogs focused on Paris … Continue reading

La Régalade Saint-Honoré

When I was living and going to culinary school in Paris, one of my missions was to visit different kinds of restaurants in different kinds of neighborhoods. One of them was La Régalade in the 14th arrondissement. It was a bit out of nowhere, horrid to Parisian standards, had a very homey feeling, and the food was … Continue reading

L’Office

Unpretentious, pleasant, simple, good food…that’s pretty much what I look for in a bistro; and that’s what you’ll get at L’Office. For the past year or so, there’s been a lot of buzz around this restaurant, headed by American chef (and Del Posto trained) Kevin O’Donnell. A 10 minutes walk from two landmark department stores, Galeries Lafayette … Continue reading

La Table d’Aki

Having lived in Paris for about a year, I have visited many restaurants in Paris; bistros, michelin stars, neo-bistros and cafes but never have I encountered a one-man show. Well, I finally found it at La Table d’Aki. Here, nestled in the 7th district, lies a 16-seater hidden gem. The chef, is L’Ambroisie (3-Michelin star restaurant … Continue reading

Bistro Volnay

If your tired shopping legs (I’m talking to you, ladies) gave up on Rue de la Paix, between Opera and Place Vendome, you’ll be happy to find Bistro Volnay, on a side street nearby.  The chic old glamour restaurant is beautiful, set with dark wood, art-deco type mirrors and simple yet elegant tableware.  With a … Continue reading