Sep 022014
 

We were visiting friends of ours who live in Canton, Georgia just a little north of Atlanta. They invited us to go to one of their favorite restaurants in the town of Woodstock, Georgia. What a treat!

The Century House Tavern is a charming little restaurant with a diverse menu that has a little something for everyone. It was a beautiful summer evening so we asked for a table outside on the porch.

I heard a lot about their Risotto, so I decided to give that a try. It was cooked absolutely perfectly with some locally grown, sautéed seasonal vegetables. My friends enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger and the Woodstock Traditional Angus Burger. My wife had the Vegetable Sandwich which she said was very tasty. It was made with Portabella mushroom, red peppers and grilled onion.

Vegetable Risotto - Century House Tavern

Vegetable Risotto – Century House Tavern

 

It’s too bad we were there on our last night because I would have liked to have gone back to try another entree (like the Low Country Shrimp and Grits).  Oh well, I’ll just have to wait until my next trip to the Atlanta area.

Whatever your tastes, let Chef Daniel Porubiansky satisfy your appetite with his wonderful menu filled with lots of fresh, local ingredients.

Century House Tavern
125 E. Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
Telephone: 770-693-4552
Website: http://www.centuryhousetavern.com

 

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Aug 182014
 

We were visiting our friends Jocelyn and Barry in Oakland, California and they suggested that we try this Burmese restaurant for dinner one night. That was a great recommendation.

I had never been to a Burmese restaurant before; so I was really looking forward to going to dinner at the Burma Superstar. We got there fairly early, around 7:00 o’clock and the place was already packed. We were fortunate and were able to get seated without too much of a wait, but if you have to wait, please do so.  You will not be disappointed.

Our friends suggested that we start with the Tea Leaf Salad (vegetarian style), so we ordered a portion big enough for us all to share. I highly recommend that you try this salad. It is absolutely fabulous! They say they go to Burma to get the tea leaves for this salad. Hey, I don’t know about that; but what I do know is that it was a medley of flavors dancing around in my mouth. Yummy!

Green Tea Leaf Salad from Burma Superstar

Green Tea Leaf Salad from Burma Superstar

We each ordered something different for our main courses. Well almost, as Barry and I ordered the same main course, Fiery Tofu with Vegetables. I was looking for something spicy and this was a great choice. The dish is made with their own special “sweet heat” sauce and it is really, really good. We ordered Jasmine rice to accompany our main course. Well, what can I say, I just couldn’t stop eating it. The ladies offered us samples of their main courses, and they were also very good, but the Fiery Tofu, now that’s the dish!

The Burma Superstar offers wine, beer, and other beverages. I ordered a glass of beer from a local micro-brewery; which went perfectly well with the spices in my main course.

If you get out to Northern California, please be sure to go to the Burma Superstar.  They have three locations in the Bay area to serve you. Many thanks to our friends Jocelyn and Barry for a great evening and a lovely stay in Oakland, California.

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Telephone: (510) 652-2900
Website: http://www.burmasuperstar.com

 

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Jun 122014
 
Linger

Linger

Denver, Colorado is a great place to visit. I feel fortunate that I was able to visit Denver to attend a work-related conference there. When we travel, my wife and I always like to try new restaurants. We asked for a restaurant recommendation at the Denver Marriott City Center and they encouraged us to try Linger. Great recommendation! We took a cab from our hotel to the restaurant because we didn’t know our way around the city that well (other than how to get to the 16th Street Mall). We arrived in what seemed to be a fairly residential area of Denver. We walked up the stairs to restaurant entrance, where we were greeted with a big smile by one of the hostesses. We were a bit early, so they suggested that we go up to rooftop patio for a drink. It was a beautiful summer day and this was a great place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail with my wife while looking out over a great view of the city of Denver. After finishing our drinks we went downstairs and the hostess showed us to our table. The restaurant was quite busy and there was a great “vibe” inside. We started with a couple of glasses of red wine and a French Lentil salad as an appetizer. The salad was delicious and was a good lead in to our main courses. I ordered the Masala Dosa and my wife ordered the Tofu Shrimp and Grits. We shared a few bites of each others dinners so we could both enjoy the wonderful flavors of these delicious entrees.

Masala Dosa from Linger

Masala Dosa from Linger

We were tempted to try one of their dessert offerings (because they all sounded so good!) so we ordered a Peanut Butter Bar to share. Wow! Fabulous. The memory is still so fresh and vivid in my mind that I can still taste it. Yes, I’ll have another please! Linger offers a very creative and diverse menu. We chose to dine vegan on this occasion; but there are many other menu options on their menu. It was a great night. A big thank you to everyone at Linger, who made our dining experience so memorable. If your looking for a great dining experience in Denver, I recommend you try Linger. A reservation is recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
Linger
2030 W. 30th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
Telephone: (303) 993-3120
E-Mail: lingerdenver@gmail.com
Website: http://lingerdenver.com

 

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Jun 102014
 

I had the chance to visit Denver, Colorado in June to attend a conference there. Wow – Denver is a really great city. The people are amazingly friendly. We stayed at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel which had the friendliest and most professional staff that I have ever encountered – anywhere!

We were only one and a half blocks from the famous 16th Street Mall. It’s a great place to walk around, to shop or to have something to eat. You might even find someone playing one of the pianos the city has strategically placed all along the mall.

On our second night there we thought we would venture to the “Up Town” part of the city and try a vegan restaurant called Watercourse Foods. Great choice. It was a beautiful summer day; so we were able to get a table outside on their patio. We started our meal with an order of their Cauliflower Wings – crispy cauliflower with a spicy “buffalo sauce” and served with your choice of vegan ranch or blue cheese dressing. Wow – were they ever good. For my main course I ordered the Street Tacos – black bean and sweet potato tacos served in a soft taco shell with cilantro lime sauce.  They were really fantastic – just bursting with a medley of flavors. I also ordered a side of their homemade onion rings. If you like onion rings, you will love these.

Watercourse Foods offers a few specially selected wines as house recommendations, or you can choose one from their wine list.

Their dessert menu offers some very tempting treats. I usually pass on dessert, but if I would have tried one, it would have been the Reeses Cake – roch chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, chocalate ganache and peanut butter icing. Tempting for sure!

If you make it to Denver be sure to visit Watercourse Foods. They serve breakfast all day, lunch, and dinner.

WaterCourse Foods – Eat the Path of Least Resistance

WaterCourse Foods
837 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Telephone: (303) 832-7313
Website: http://www.watercoursefoods.com
 
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Nov 252013
 

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The restaurant is located in the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie (P&LE) railroad station. The elegant main dining room is simply breathtaking.

I like their menu as it consists of one page (for me a multi-page menu is a real turn-off) and offers a great variety of seafood and land fare, appetizers, soups, fresh salads and desserts. I find the seafood entrees particularly good here and I frequently order one of their “market fresh” entrees. On this occasion I ordered the seafood trio which consisted of one of their Maryland-style crab cakes, a piece of grilled salmon, and 4 coconut-crusted shrimp. Delicious!!!

The Grand Concourse offers a nice variety of wines from arround the world to accompany your meal. If you need some help with making a selection, just ask your server for some advice. The staff at the Grand Concourse is very friendly and accommodating. My wife is a vegan. She spoke to the chef about her dietary requirements and he prepared a delicious vegetable curry over rice for her. She said it was fabulous.

If you’re looking for an excellent restaurant with a great ambiance while visiting Pittsburgh, I recommend that you try The Grand Concourse. Reservations are recommended.

The Grand Concourse
100 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-261-1717
Website: www.muer.com

 

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Oct 192013
 

Lucky-LeekAre you considering making the change to a vegan diet? Are you looking for a gourmet vegan restaurant in Berlin? Then go to Lucky Leek in Prenzlauerberg.

Lucky Leek is located on the very fashionable Kolwitzstrasse, a short walk from the Senefelder Platz U-Bahnhof. The restaurant offers a very elegant and pleasant atmosphere. I really like their menu. In two pages you can see what is being offered by the chef for the day. On one side you have the à la carte menu and on the other the chef’s menu which offers a complete five course dinner. Optionally you can add the recommended wine pairings with each course. You can also select only the courses you would like from the chef’s menu, so you have a lot of flexibility in your dinner options.

We chose the chef’s menu with the wine pairings. They have a very good wine list if you would like to select something yourself. The timing and presentation of each course was absolutely perfect and the wine pairings were simply outstanding. I can’t remember when I’ve had a more pleasant dining experience. Reservations recommended.

Lucky Leek
Kollwitzstrasse 54
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauerberg
Tel: +49 30 66 40 87 10
E-Mail: kontakt@lucky-leek.com
Reservations: booking@lucky-leek.com
Website: http://lucky-leek.de

 

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Feb 262013
 

Zula Hummus CafeOne of the annual events that we really enjoy in Berlin is the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival). Each year my wife arranges to get tickets to one or two movies at the Culinary Cinema. Yes that’s right, the Culinary Cinema. This has been part of the Berlinale since 2006. This year one of the movies we saw was entitled, “Make Hummus not War.” It is a great movie and I recommend that you see it when it comes out in theaters. Anyway as you might have guessed the star of the movie is: Hummus!

After we saw the movie, my wife and I went on a search for the best hummus restaurant in Berlin and we found it. The Zula Hummus Cafe is located in Prenzlauer Berg at Husemannstrasse 10. It is a very intimate restaurant that serves the finest hummus in Berlin. I like the traditional hummus platter served with hard boiled egg and pine nuts. It comes with a basket of pita bread so you have swipe your way to hummus heaven. You don’t need a fork or spoon to enjoy hummus. All you need is some pita bread. Yummy!

They have several variations on their basic hummus platter, each with more ingredients and toppings. Their hummus platters are served with sides of their special garlic lemon juice, hot chillies, pickles, olives, and onions. You can add as little or as much of these as you like. Their hummus is creamy smooth and so delicious. It is made according to their own special recipe.

We’ve already been back a second time and once again enjoyed another wonderful hummus meal. If you’re looking for authentic hummus, then I recommend you go to the Zula Hummus Cafe in Berlin.

Zula Hummus Cafe
Husemannstraße 10
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Telephone: 49 (0)30-417 15 100

On the web at: http://zulaberlin.com

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Feb 202013
 

Here’s an intimate French restaurant near Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin that I think is fabulous. Please be sure to make a reservation as this little gem of a restaurant is normally fully booked. Once you have experienced the charming ambiance, the gourmet food and the superb wines you will understand why.

They offer a variety of two, three, and four course menus or you can choose to order à la carte. Their menus change regularly, which is something I like to see, as this keeps the dining experience fresh. They keep a few typical French favorites on the menu for the traditionalists, but they always have a few of the chef’s special creations to keep it interesting. I think the Entrecôte is wonderful and one of the best tasting steaks in the city. Pair it with a glass of Côtes du Rhône and you have a delicious meal.  And for those of you with a sweet tooth, I can recommend the Crème brûlée.

Their friendly staff will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable. Check out their website for more information.

Restaurant Le Piaf
Schloßstraße 60
14059 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 342 20 40
Website: http://le-piaf.de

 

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Dec 262012
 
Chez Bruno French Feinkost

Chez Bruno French Feinkost

I enjoy a good wine with my meal and so I pass this information on to those of you who also enjoy wine, specifically French wine.  There is a lovely French Feinkost (delicatessen) in Berlin-Zehlendorf called Chez Bruno where you will find an extensive selection of French wines, spirits, cheeses and other delicacies.

Sometimes I need a little help in selecting the right wine(s) to go with my meal; as we all do from time to time.  Talk to Bruno, tell him what you are preparing and a little bit about what you are looking for and he will provide you with the perfect wine pairing(s) for your meal.

If you’re an oyster lover, be sure to stop by towards the end of the week, when they have French oysters available.  Yummy! Chez Bruno is my destination for French wine in Berlin!

More information is available on their website: http://www.chez-bruno.de/hp/

 
 
 
 
Chez Bruno
Berliner Strasse 31
14169 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30 80 90 78 04

 

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Nov 112012
 

A friend of ours recommended this Indonesian restaurant in Utrecht to us and I am sure glad that he did.  We made a reservation for the early seating ( 6 to 8:45 p.m.).  The second seatin goes from 9:00 to 11:45.

Restaurant Blauw offers a variety of Indonesian specialties.  They offer a trio of rice tables (rijsttafels) – meat, fish, vegetarian which are very popular.  My wife opted for the vegetarian rice table.  I selected the Daging Rendang, which is one of my favorite Indonesian dishes.  Both meals came with a variety of Indonesian side dishes, vegetables and rice which literally covered the whole table.  The Rendang was unbelievable – delicious chunks of beef that had been marinated and slowly cooked in Indonesian spices.  It was hot and spicy – just the way it should be.

If you would like to try authentic Indonesian cuisine, I can highly recommend restaurant Blauw.  They have locations in both Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Restaurant Blauw Utrecht
Springweg 64
3511 VT Utrecht
Netherlands
Telephone: 31 (0)30-234 24 63
Website: www.restaurantblauw.nl

 

 

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