Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Dinner)

The Progress

When we arrived at the Progress, people were queuing up next door, at the State Bird Provisions, that is. We love that restaurant – known for their Californian-style dim sums. It was a little hard to get into, so we thought this time around we would try something different.

The Progress – also a Michelin one star restaurant – is from the same creative culinary team behind State Bird Provisions. And the food did not disappoint. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Dinner)”

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Le Chantecler, Nice

Most restaurants in France are closed on Sundays. The thought of having nothing quality to eat makes me anxious. So I made arrangements ahead.

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Bottura at Mirazur

This is a guest post by Henri and Fabienne – chef and restaurateur of La Montgolfière Henri Geraci Monaco.

Last Thursday Henri and Fabienne attended Restaurant Mirazur’s 10-year anniversary dinner. Mirazur is a Michelin two star restaurant in Menton, France. As part of the anniversary celebration, chef Mauro Colagreco invited ten chefs from around the world to take command in his kitchen for an special dinner. Continue reading “Bottura at Mirazur”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II

State Bird Provisions*

Reservations are hard to score at this dim-sum style inspired restaurant. Fortunately they set aside a good number of seats for walk-ins like us. Doors open promptly at 17:30, we arrived 45 minutes before and joined the line. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II”

Bern Switzerland – Cont’d

Old town Bern has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, thanks to its “exceptionally coherent planning concept” and “generally intact medieval core”.

Situated on the western edge of the old town is the medieval clock tower of Zytglogge, a 15th-century astronomical clock, that is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland.

Continue reading “Bern Switzerland – Cont’d”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued

Kin Khao*

Kin Khao Thai Eatery was just awarded one Michelin star.  It is located near Union Square, making it convenient for both locals and tourists alike.

Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine:
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Hor Mok is steamed custard of red curry paste and coconut cream, topped with thickened coconut milk and fine silvers of kaffir lime leaves . The most popular representation is this fish curry custard often steamed in banana leaves. Kin Khao’s version is vegetarian with mushrooms and you eat it by breaking a piece of rice cake and spread the custard on top. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin

BENU***
There are only two Michelin three star restaurants within the city limits of San Francisco.  Among the two, Benu is the most affordable: $248 tasting menu compared to $395 at Saison. The food is Asian with a French twist. But this is not your usual fusion restaurant.  Chef Corey Lee prepares dishes with masterful technique and great finesse. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin”

Steirereck in Vienna

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I just watched Helen Miren’s drama “Woman in Gold”.  It is based on a true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish woman taking the Austrian government to court in order to recover several Gustav Klimt’s paintings that her family owned, specifically this one.  Interesting enough, I find the film’s depiction of the Viennese’ attitude to outsiders, nonchalant and unhelpful, somewhat accurate to what we had experienced when we were there.

That said, I love Vienna for its history, art and music.  And if I do find myself back to this former capital city of  the Hapsburg Empire, I would not miss a meal at Steirereck, a Michelin two-star restaurant in Stadtpark, No. 9 of the world’s best restaurants. Continue reading “Steirereck in Vienna”