Harutaka 

Harutaka Google Maps Many of you may know, but I was supposed to eat at the 3 star Michelin restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten during my Japan trip.  We knew someone who knew someone who secured a reservation for us.   The Annoyer and I loved the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” the film that really skyrocketed…

Tempura Kondo

Tempura Kondo Sakaguchi Building 9F Google Maps location In planning my Japan trip, I wanted to make sure to vary the meals.  The dining scene in Tokyo is just so vast.  You can go cheap and casual or you can splurge Michelin style.  I wanted to do a  little bit of both and try a…

SPQR

SPQR 1911 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115 spqrsf.com Yelp After 9 years of bustling urban living, Triple F is finally leaving the city of San Francisco for a cushier life in the ‘burbs.  I felt I should squeeze in one last visit before I lose my free city housing for good.  Well, that and…

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…

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….

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…

Eleven Madison Park

When I dreamed of the moment I would get to have my way with NYC, I always saw Per Se as the juicy succulent main course, and all other dining adventures as just appetizers to whet my appetite.  I didn’t give much thought to what else could be on the menu.  The Pouter, being the…

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…

Quince

My summer of fancy schmancy eating didn’t end with Grace.  Oh no, no, it just started there and continued with my visit to Quince with The Pouter.  It felt like a hot date.  We both got all dolled up, she picked me up,  we had wine, great conversation, and then the date took a turn…

Grace

Grace came highly recommended by Buff Bear, who has been living in Chicago for the past 2 years.  He said it was better than Alinea.  Dems strong words there Buff Bear!  So of course I had to try the place out, on my now third visit to Chicago.  Triple F never heard of the place,…

Next: Kyoto

Our last trip to Chicago was really highlighted by some of the most delicious food I’ve eaten in a long time.  This trip back was no exception.  Alinea was probably the stand out restaurant last time for its sheer creativity.  It’s sister restaurant, Next, managed to wow us again.  Now if you haven’t heard, both…