Pizzeria Starita a Materdei

Pizzeria Starita a Materdei Via Materdei 27/28 80136 Napoli NA Italy TripAdvisor Naples is well regarded as the the birth place of pizza as we know it today.  To Italians, a pizza is really only 4 things, dough/bread, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.  The additions of pepperoni, sausage, peppers, mushroom, or the blasphemous renditions with pineapple…

Colline Emiliane

Colline Emiliane Via degli Avignonesi 22 00187 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor Whittling through the lists of recommended eats in Rome was quite the task. Reviews for any number of places would range from “outstanding” to “mediocre” so it became hard to find places that truly elicited true excitement.  The reviews for Colline Emiliane seemed solid…

Gelateria Grom

Gelateria Grom Via della Maddalena 30a 00186 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor I never understood why people made such a big deal about gelato.  It just looked like a softer version of American ice cream.  I’ve had gelato before, and in Italy even, but that was YEARS ago before my love for food really kicked into…

Arzak

Arzak Alcalde J. Elosegi Hiribidea 273 20015 Donostia, Gipuzkoa Spain TripAdvisor Arzak’s reputation precedes itself.  Anthony Bourdain could not stop gushing about Chef  Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena Arzak, who now helms the kitchen.  He made it sound like he’s basically the Godfather of San Sebastian and a torchbearer for modern Basque cuisine….

OoToro Sushi

OoToro Sushi 2222 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA 92612 Yelp OoToro has been on my radar ever since its opening months ago, but the price point was a big deterrent.  In OC, I am accustomed to paying double digits for pretty great sushi, but OoToro touts a triple digit price tag for omakase.  The reviews from…

Recess Room

The Recess Room 18380 Brookhurst St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708 Yelp Fountain Valley doesn’t exactly bring to mind the trendiest or most food forward culinary scene.  I think of cheap Asian eats.  So it was surprising to learn something as trendy as The Recess Room had landed in Fountain Valley.  The Yelp reviews seemed pretty…

Cauldron 

Cauldron 1421 W. MacArthur Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92704 Yelp Ice cream falls in the top 5 of favorite desserts (the classic chocolate chip cookie being my first love). I love it even more because it’s something I can get really creative with when I make it at home. The invention of unique flavors is…

Kato

Kato 11925 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 Yelp I typically do a fair amount of research into any new restaurant I am checking out.  However, it’s nice to be able to put my faith into another person’s hands.  Ski Bum, a long time Angeleno, is quite attune to the LA dining scene.  She…

LSXO

LSXO 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Yelp It’s not easy to justify a high price tag for fancified food from a third world country, in this case Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  A lot of times, the food is far too dumbed down so as to appeal to the masses, but then misses the mark for…

Roy’s Ko Olina

Roy’s Ko Olina 92-1220 Ali’inui Dr Kapolei, HI 96707 Yelp I’ve been to Roy’s a few times and have never been terribly impressed by the fancified Hawaiian Asian fusion cuisine.  The food is good, but it’s never been worthy of a strong recommendation or repeat visits.  The Roy’s in Kapolei, which is conveniently located within…

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar 300 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 Yelp I almost make it a point NOT to go to a restaurant’s soft opening.  I don’t want or need to be anyone’s guinea pig, especially if its on my dime.  Free food for my invaluable feedback? Now we’re talking!  I can’t say I…

Old Vine Cafe

Old Vine Cafe 2937 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Yelp Old Vine Cafe is probably best known for its weekend brunch.  The wait can be horrendously long, but the promise of their biscuits & gravy and bread pudding like french toast seems to motivate people to endure the hunger.  I, for one, was not that…