Gontran Cherrier

Gontran Cherrier Multiple locations throughout Tokyo Due to my nemesis aka jet lag, I slept through two whole meals after arriving in Tokyo. Missing meals and waking up at 3am feeling hungry was definitely an unexpected setback for the food filled adventure I had planned. But no matter, I just hit up Google, Trip Advisor,…

The Tasting Kitchen

I was doing SO well and totally getting caught up on my blogging and THEN…I moved into a black frickin’ hole for a solid 2 weeks.  Some people say it’s totally refreshing to be off the grid for a while.  Those people are not just crazy, they are CUR-RAZY!  I burned through my month’s data…

Joël Robuchon

A new era in my life has started.  I no longer look forward to the wild partying, excessive drinking, and artery clogging buffet eating in Vegas.  Now when I think about Vegas, I get excited by the thought of eating something fancy and delicious.  Welcome to old age, right?  So the real reason behind my…

Bistrot L’Ancienne Auberge 1900

After some heavy hitting (stomach and wallet wise), meals in France, it was nice to have something casual.  It seems like every country has their special prized chickens.  Jidori chickens of Japan, and Bresse chickens of France, or “poulet de Bresse.”  The high quality reputation of “poulet de Bresse” has been longstanding, maybe as far…

Paul Bocuse, L’Auberge du Pont de Collognes

There are certain names in the food world that set off bells in one’s head, James Beard, Julia Child.  Some names are certainly more main stream than others.  Paul Bocuse is probably a bit less mainstream.  He’s no Wolfgang Puck, who has his name on frozen pizza boxes and his mug on iced coffee drinks….

Lèon de Bruxelles

Moule-frites is a very simple and classic Belgian dish that’s popular throughout France.  In fact, Leon de Bruxelles is actually a large chain restaurant in France.  Your thinking, “Overworked Underfed, how could you dine at a chain restaurant??”  Dear readers, some chain restaurants are awesome!  First off, everything at Lèon de Bruxelles is fresh, never…

Auberge Etchegorry

Etchegorry is quaint little local restaurant specializing in Basque cuisine.  Mama H.o.P’s Parisian friend, who I guess I’ll call Parisian Friend, has been a patron of this restaurant for years and years and she had nothing but high praise for this place.  The restaurant itself felt pretty homey, no frills.  I can’t say our welcome…

Michel Rostang

I had a whole list of restaurants I wanted to try while in Paris.  I tend to lean toward the new and contemporary.  But while in Paris, Mama H.o.P. and I were the guests of her Parisian friend who had her own restaurant recommendations.  Who am I to tell a Parisian where to eat in…

Atelier Crenn

It seems like with every visit to SF, I go big and then I go home.  I know some heavy hitting foodies in SF, so eating well is always a big part of my visits.  The Pouter is always my go to girl for any of the big meals in SF.  We were inspired to…

Per Se

Dining at The French Laundry has always been a dream of mine.  I know that sounds so cheesy and melodramatic, but these are the fantasies of food people.   Unfortunately, reservations are DAMN hard to nab.  So even though I live a heck of a lot closer to The French Laundry, I had to trek…

Le Pigeon

So Dumpling Man and I have tried almost all the big name fancy restaurants in Portland, but there was just one left, Le Pigeon.  I can’t say I had high expectations because it’s more casual sister restaurant, Little Bird, was just ok and Dumpling Man had already tried Le Pigeon and was not impressed.  However,…

Cocotte

Portland is replete with food just like what I’m about to show you: farm to table, seasonal, made to order, small batches, comforting, simple.  Cocotte takes that and just puts a French spin on it all.  Zhu Zhu Hamster and Little Pet, who are becoming quite our favorite duo to hang out with, joined us…