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Seattle

Handmade soba noodles: Kamonegi. This chef has gotten a lot of press, including being named a James Beard semifinalist for best chef in the Northwest 2018 and 2019, since opening...

Santiago

Local recommendation: Barrica 94 Wine Bar. We asked for a restaurant that served local food and this place, located in the Bellavista area near our hotel, seemed like a good...

Santiago

Dinner with friends: Ambrosia Bistro. The chef has gotten a number of awards, including top 50 restaurants in South America, and she is considered a food star in this part...

Santiago

Gelato on a hot day: Il Maestrale. Located in the Bellevista area of Santiago they offer more than a dozen flavors…perfect place to stop on a beautiful summer day. Visit...

Santiago

Not a restaurant but a Santiago gem: Aubrey Hotel. With only 15 rooms you feel like you are staying in your own home. The “public” spaces are plentiful….more than any...

Puerto Natales Chile

A delightful spot: Remota Patagonia Lodge. Fortunate to have attended a meeting in this absolutely beautiful part of the world. Puerto Natales is a small place and the number of...

Santiago

Group experience: De Patio. I dined as part of a large group….we had the entire restaurant….so, as I’ve discussed before, I hesitate to be too critical since the menu was...

Santiago

Inside the Marriott: Akun Lounge & Bar. Beautiful space for a quick bite and glass of wine. The pictures also show the Executive Lounge which has an interesting way to...

Philadelphia

Classic Italian: La Famiglia. Small group dinner in this well known Philly establishment which did not disappoint. First task was to choose a wine…the list is quite extensive…the largest I...

Philadelphia

Uniquely Filipino: Perla. This area of Philly is full of restaurants but I hadn’t been aware of this place until I did some research. It’s a bit hard to find...

Philadelphia

Spanish tapas: Amada. Part of a large group dinner but we had a good sampling of the menu including some items made just for our group. As expected, this is...

Seattle

Mixed Plate: Buddha Bruddah. A bit of Hawaii in Mount Baker. Reminds me of Tinroof on Maui but it’s 3 times larger inside which makes dining here much more pleasant…..even...

North Bend WA

Great Mexican food: Rio Bravo. We were looking for something a bit different than our usual stop…..Twede’s Cafe. The place is very small….maybe 20 seats tops inside. It’s in what...

Seattle

Don’t worry, it’s not on the menu: How to Cook a Wolf. I’ve been intrigued by the name and finally decided to give it a try. I was also up...

Seattle

Finally: Shake Shack. I know these are all over the US but this is the first one for Seattle and as is typical…..the lines on opening were astounding as they...

Seattle

Booze for 50: The Blind Tiger. Rang in the New Year with the group from work. This is an interesting venue downtown that’s located in the back of the Do...