Entries by Belinda M

LE DODIN: A PARISIAN GEM

Just down the street from the Arc de Triomphe in the 17th arrondissement, we discovered a little gem of a restaurant called Le Dodin. The restaurant is on a small street in a very vibrant and very Parisian neighbourhood. The chef, Mark Singer, is American and speaks French like a native as he spent most […]

GOYARD: A NEW OBSESSION BUT TIMELESS CLASSIC

The Goyard name in Paris first became known as a purveyor of fine trunks for the international elite. The house soon expanded their line to handbags and other travel luxury goods in the 19th century. The Goyardine canvas has reached iconic status and is recognizable but still retains its sense of aura and uniqueness, unlike […]

THE PAINTED LADY- OREGON

The quaint city of Newberg, Oregon is a small but vibrant community of award winning wineries and organic farmers. Although only 25 miles away from Portland, the town is still surrounded by lush greenbelts of rural forests and farmlands. In the center of town sits a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian house which has been lovingly […]

QUINCE- SAN FRANSISCO

In a restored building dating from the early 1900’s, Quince’s decor exudes modern glamour with old world charm.  The lounge in the front bar is the perfect place to welcome guests for an aperitif.  The dining room is expansive and tables are well spaced.   A large venetian chandelier is the crowning center piece of the […]

IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E VINERIA- NYC

Tucked away in an old lumber supply building on a quiet street in the Bowery, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is reminiscent of an Italian bistro using only the freshest of ingredients and continuing its tradition of specialty house cured meats and home baked breads.  As a result, the restaurant is good simple Italian fare […]

STUDIO AT MONTAGE- LAGUNA BEACH

The food here is as stunning as the incomparable view of the pristine ocean.  We ate dinner outside under the bright stars of the crisp California sky and kept warm by the heating lamps amid the sound of waves crashing on the shore.  The world class culinary team is headed by Chef Strong, a San […]

CAFE BOULUD- NYC

Cafe Boulud is one of those elegant restaurants that serves delicious food with beautiful presentation, impeccable service, and a top notch culinary experience. It lives up to its michelin star!  The restaurant’s regular patrons are the old guard upper east siders, with the occasional silver-haired gentleman and his young eastern european companion tucked away in […]

MAX’S WINE DIVE- TEXAS

Champagne and Fried Chicken…why not indeed?  Max’s wine dive in Uptown has the casual ambiance of a noisy beer tavern with juke box music choices like 80’s metal songs playing in the background.  The food has classic southern menu items complete with hearty, American desserts.  Try “Max’s Famous Southern Fried Chicken” plate served with three […]