Category Archive for 'Restaurants & Bars'

Eating In Paris

With the dollar still wobbly against the euro, the “where d’ya wanna eat?” question is more fraught than it’s been in years. Still, devout foodies can’t alight in the City of Chefs vowing to eat only in cafeterias and McD. Our solution was putting together meals from street markets – bread, cheese, charcuterie, tomatoes, rotisserie […]

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Chowda

Rhode Island makes the most of one of its principal edible products, and it often goes its own way. Newport has three or four polished purveyors of high cuisine, a half-dozen pretenders and at least a score of mid-level, middlebrow eateries. But Geezer never misses a chance to eat at Flo’s Clam Shack in Middletown, […]

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A Place In The Sun

Valencia wants more than just a niche under the Spanish sun. The ancient provincial capital is shouldering its way into the front row, right up there with Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona. At least it’s trying, very hard, starting with its futuristic Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences). Below left is L’Hemisferic, […]

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One of mine is Venice, Venezia, La Serenissima.  We’ve spent five weeks there in the last two years, and here are a few restaurant suggestions: Ancora (San Polo 120, tel. 041-520-7066) is, as far as I can tell, the only restaurant directly on the Grand Canal, with no intervening structures to block the views of […]

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We celebrated Jo’s birthday with a weekend in Manhattan at the apartment lent to us by our son Alex, the computer genius.  Dinner was at Tabla  (11 Madison Avenue, 212-889-0667), opposite Madison Square Park at 25th Street.  It’s back-to-back with Eleven Madison Park (at 25th St, 212-889-0906), which is easily among New York’s very best […]

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For Foodies Like Us

Coming to grips with current economic travails, for us, at least, tends to focus on economies in eating and drinking.  Our early efforts include resolving to eschew $300 restaurant meals and developing a taste for boxed wines. Our dining-out strategies include (1) drinking our customary cocktails at home, (2) avoiding multi-course fixed price meals, (3) confining […]

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Eating Out: The Berkshires

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is the shopping and dining center of the southern Berkshires, with boosters claiming over fifty eating places – perhaps so, if they’re counting every pizza joint and Chinese takeout.  Certainly there are enough worthy restaurants to dine out with satisfaction three times a day for a week.  The odds of restaurant survival […]

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Bar hopping in the big city

Friends from France (we met on Easter Island a couple of years ago) alighted in New York for a few days, and a sturdy dose of Manhattan cosmopolitanism seemed in order. Bob and Leah live in a gorgeous corner of Provence, where they’ve just opened a gite, essentially a Gallic version of a bed-and-breakfast. (E-mail […]

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