Valette, A Culinary Force In Healdsburg California Wine Country

Valette is a delicious new force in Healdsburg California. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country two brothers Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini made this dream a reality in March 2015. The menu is all about what this area has to offer on a seasonal basis, and the wine list is very impressive and well thought out (you are in Sonoma after all). Everything here is house made including the superb charcuterie, which is aged in a custom built “locker” above the kitchen built by Dustin and Aaron’s brother. Yes beer was involved along with a challenge to build it. The precisely climate controlled environment needed for proper aging lets the finished product speak for itself. In what you might call a case of coming full circle or destiny, this building was owned by the brothers great great grandfather, […]

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By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: California, Restaurants, Savor, Sonoma|0 Comments

Fresh Seafood Rules At Top Of The Market Restaurant In San Diego

Top Of The Market Restaurant is literally that, located above The Fish Market Seafood Restaurant, A place where locals and visitors alike go to dine and  can purchase fresh seafood. The water front location is beautiful and the Top Of The Market Restaurant (on the second floor) has commanding views of the harbor, and even better views of those San Diego sunsets. The dining area lined with teak, table settings with white linen and huge windows bring the outdoors in to you. Executive Chef Ivan Flowers and his team work in concert to serve the freshest seafood available. Although I highly recommend anything from the ocean here make no mistake, everything I tried was outstanding.
       Tasting Menu-Top Of The Market Restaurant-Photo Kurt Winner
Chef treated us to a tasting menu that showcased what this kitchen can do, we were impressed. The wine […]

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By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: California, Destinations, Restaurants, San Diego, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Lake Charles Louisiana Locals’ Amazing Seafood and Boudin Here

When exploring any new place the best advice is to go where the locals go to eat. As we continue our culinary tour of Southwest Louisiana we want to share with you some restaurants and food venues the locals love. In Lake Charles, Louisiana there is some amazing seafood and Boudin here.
The Gulf Coast seafood in Louisiana is so prolific that everyone has to up their game if they want any chance of staying in business.  The people of Lake Charles have always known the value of locally sourced ingredients and down-home cooking makes this part of Louisiana so special. In no particular order here they are.
Casual, delicious dining at Steamboat Bill’s
Steamboat Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a local icon, with three locations  in Louisiana, we visited the Lakeshore drive establishment in Lake Charles. Lunch here can be busy because of the […]

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By |February 1st, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Restaurants, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Hyatt Regency New Orleans Borgne Restaurant is Louisiana Fresh

The talent behind Borgne, Chefs John Besh and Brian Landry
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has two secret weapons in this food centric city. Multiple award-winning Borgne, voted one of the top eight “must try” hotel restaurants in the United States is a Spanish influenced dining experience headed up by Chef John Besh and Chef Brian Landry. The philosophy here is Louisiana fresh Gulf seafood and it does not get any better than that. The Spanish influence goes back to when Louisiana was indeed a Spanish territory. But make no mistake, the menu here also offers traditional Louisiana cuisine including but not limited to oysters, shrimp, gumbo and turtle soup spiked with sherry.  As I mentioned earlier fresh seafood is the strong suit of Borgne, on the menu you’ll find garlic clove Louisiana shrimp with tomatoes, roasted eggplant and Fregola a round pasta similar to Israeli Couscous.

Garlic Clove Shrimp […]

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Lake Charles Louisiana, A Hidden Gem of Food Fun And Hospitality

Freshly caught Gulf fish served at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill
 

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Louisiana is a food lovers paradise. Consistently fresh seafood with an easy hospitality and Cajun influence all come together to equal more than the sum of it’s parts. Lake Charles, located in Calcasieu Parish, is a melting pot of French, African, and German immigrants that is purely reflected in it’s food culture. The food here shows the struggles of the people, and how so many of the food traditions have been handed down and melded through the generations. Cajun country people are frugal, and nothing goes to waste. In fact over time the recipes haven’t changed all that much, and they don’t have to as they remain classics. Nearly everything that I tried, was for the very first time, and I was not […]

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Hyatt Regency New Orleans Has It All

The Hyatt Regency New Orleans offers it’s guests a bit of sanctuary in the Big Easy. This AAA four diamond property is centrally located in the heart of this exciting city in fact the Loyola streetcar route running right in front of the hotel.

When you think of New Orleans, you think Jazz. The Hyatt offers free live Jazz on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 10pm at the 8 Block Bar, no reservations needed. Featuring local musicians, you’ll appreciate this great way to take in the music that made this city famous without having to leave the comfort of the Hyatt.

8 Block Restaurant
In a dynamic food city like New Orleans, you have to provide first class food to get the attention and the Hyatt has hit a home run here. I had the opportunity to sample some outstanding sushi and sashimi from Vitascope […]

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Three Restaurant & Bar San Mateo California

Three Restaurant & Bar of San Mateo California was a true joy to visit on our tour of this very diverse county. Chef owner Alicia Petrakis takes her food seriously so you can just sit back and enjoy a varied and delicious menu.

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By |January 13th, 2015|Categories: California, Restaurants, San Mateo, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Superbowl Rumaki

 I want to share with all of you a simple and really easy and delicious Superbowl day recipe Rumaki. The only caveat is that you must love bacon ! The origin of this recipe is from Trader Vic’s and it used chicken livers with water chestnuts. So I’ve modified it a bit to appeal to everyone. It is very easy and even “a man can make it” according to my lovely wife. The key here is to make it a day or two ahead so the flavors can come together. But be warned, this will be a hit and you’re going to have to make extra to avoid any conflict. The marinade consists of Teriyaki sauce and Sherry. The Sherry adds a whole different dimension and gives these little treats that extra kick. I used 1 part prepared garlic and green […]

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By |January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Offers Unsurpassed Hospitality

 

In honor of our amazing visit to New Orleans and especially a thank you to our gracious hosts at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I just had to share with you one of the many special local treats; the Praline that The Ritz-Carlton offers in it’s Club Level, a hotel within the hotel. The club level offers unsurpassed service that includes “continuous culinary offerings daily. Complimentary wine, beer and cocktails. A dedicated concierge staff on hand to personalize your stay, a 24-hour  ‘grab and go’ station for your convenience, and a remarkably spacious layout including a salon, library and parlor, plus a 24-hour Business Center”.

The warm and welcoming guest rooms transport you to the beautiful garden district with the  well-appointed and thoughtful design, expansive windows and a large comfortable bath area featuring imported rose  marble. Another unique feature of the club level is your private  elevator that […]

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1313 Main in Napa California awaits you

1313 Main of Napa California in my opinion is one of Napa’s best restaurants. With executive Chef Adam Ross at the helm, and Jordan Nova restaurant director and certified Sommelier you have two power players who love what they do, and it shows. Restaurant owner Al Jabarin (also the owner of online wine seller www.calwine.com) has given Chef Adam and Jordan the freedom to create locally sourced dishes and wine pairings that are out of this world. This can be a risky proposition, but with the years of experience that both Chef and Jordan bring to the table it was a no brainer, and it has worked very well. When Chef Adam creates a new dish, and before it goes up onto the menu, he looks to Jordan and his kitchen staff for ways to improve upon his creation, and […]

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