Humarhofnin Iceland

The place that is called “Langoustines of Hofn” appropriately rates highest on Tripadvisor for being *the* place to eat langoustines in Hofn. The town of Hofn seems to be teeming with langoutines. They are on every menu. It’s not surprising since the town is a little peninsula right where they are fished. There must be …

Restaurant at Hotel Ranga, Iceland

Sometimes you go to a hotel restaurant and you find a dead polar bear. What does it all mean? Am I at a hunting lodge? Elsewhere, an arctic fox was snarling at me from a log. Taxidermied, of course. The hotel is known for being in the middle of no where away from light pollution. …

Tryggvaskali, Selfoss, Iceland

Tryggvaskali was hidden at the armpit of the roundabout on the west side of Selfoss, wedged between the arm of bridge and the great big smiling faces of the Kronin supermarket lemon and the Pylsur Vagninn sausage. Once we found the restaurant, we found its location on the dock and bright green exterior quite charming. …

Catbird Seat

We came to Nashville to find the best that the city has to offer… or the catbird seat of cuisine as one might call it. After going to Hattie B’s hot chicken, which was every bit the greasy heart-stopper I needed, we were ready for some high end refinery and a move from park benches to chef’s table. …

Dominique Ansel’s Unlimited Possibilities (U.P.)

Domnique Ansel’s Kitchen launched a passion project called Unlimited Possibilities, or U.P. For their first iteration, they are focusing on a dessert tasting of “firsts,” as in the first moments of your life that evoke memory and emotion. I will try to give you all a taste without revealing too much, since this is as …

Lupulo: Portuguese in NYC

There aren’t many Portuguese restaurants in NYC. I’ve been to George Mendes older NYC restaurant, Aldea, but found it a little too contrived. When ethnic restaurants try too hard to be high end, it often turns a little French and the cultural story is muddled. Lupulo, decorated with beer jugs on the window and giant rope knots …

Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil

We could not believe the experience at French Laundry last time, so we had to try another high end prix fixe restaurant in Napa Valley. Were the merits of French Laundry inflated due to its historical significance, or did critics grade all Napa valley restaurants too kindly after a few bottles of wine? Auberge du …

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Here we are, back in Napa Valley; this time trying to cater to more eccentric tastes. We have a vegetarian, pescetarian, and the masticating equivalent of an octogenarian. We have lactose intolerance, fried food non-preference, and no serious wine drinkers in presence. So without the euphoric buzz from alcohol, all restaurants become subject to the …

Mu Ramen

Ah the famous ramen place that didn’t really have a location and people had to go find it… has finally settled near the E/M/7 lines in Queens, not far (in traveling time) from Midtown Manhattan. It’s a cute little space with cute little bowls, and cute little babies. Yes babies. This little restaurant had about …

Javelina

Javelina is a peccary or skunk pig. If you think the name is cute, check out this picture. This is basically a photo how the restaurant showed up in Flatiron. Right in the middle of Cosme’s rampage to bring high end Mexican cuisine to New York City, Javelina ripped into the classy buttoned up neighborhood …