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November 13, 2014

Europe Trip Fall 2014 - Arpege, Quique Dacosta, In de Wulf, Etxebarri and Others

Akrame – I normally do not pay a second visit to a restaurant unless there has been a significant event like an uptick in the reviews I am collecting or Michelin awarding a restaurant an additional star. Okay, I happen to like Akrame Bennellal personally, and that weighed in his favor as well. Unfortunately, the meal did not deliver on that promise, and what we found was some good ingredients, prepared in a manner that did not appear precise enough to warrant Michelin’s promotion. And we know Benellal has it in him as a lobster dish was so good that it...
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September 30, 2014

Atera – After having an exceptional first meal at Atera, my second was much less enjoyable. If you asked me what caused me to feel the way I did about the meal, I would probably that Matt Lightner had taken a detour from the Aduriz-esque cuisine that he excelled at while he was cooking at Castagna, in favor of a trip down the more Noma-esque,foraging lane. As a result I had not visited the restaurant since June of 2012. But word on the street was that Lightner’s cuisine was moving back in the other direction, so I booked...
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August 30, 2014

With Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Paris now in the rear view mirror, I had finally arrived at the final week of the infamous birthday trip. And after enjoying so many meals in unique locations, it was back to travel as usual for the final week. That meant moving around Europe from city to city on a daily basis. So I bid adieu to my family and I got in a taxi headed for Orly Airport where the plan was to board a plane to Barcelona.

A second visit to a restaurant is atypical for me
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OA Blog/Destination DiningAugust 11, 2014

Though I had been to the Amalfi Coast a half dozen times, it was until a year ago that I visited Naples proper. But ever since that visit, I have been desperate to return. But unlike most tourists, whose sights are set on the intricacies found in the multitude of frescos, statuary and cathedrals that abound in Italy, the purpose of my return to the city was to delve deeper into the complex subject of Neapolitan-style pizza.

I have often wondered why pizza is so popular. After all, it is just dough, sauce and cheese with some oilve oil
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OA Blog/Destination DiningAugust 1, 2014

After spending 8 nights in Tokyo, which I took full advantage of by drowning myself in sushi, while also having time to eat a few other specialties the city is known for, I picked myself up and flew to Hong Kong. I was actually coming back to Tokyo to meet Mrs. P later in the same week, but my friends had gone back to the states and I wasn’t looking forward to spending the time by myself. So come Sunday afternoon, I jumped on a Cathay Pacific for the 3 1/2 hour flight Hong Kong where the magical trio of...
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