Greetings from…St. Petersburg, Russia!

While visiting St. Petersburg, I happened to be (attempting to read) reading for the first time Dostoevsky’s imposing novel on human honesty and character, Crime and Punishment. Amidst the glittering canals and thousands of camera toting tourist groups during the end of the city’s famed annual White Nights Festival, I kept imagining St. Petersburg inContinue reading “Greetings from…St. Petersburg, Russia!”

Plat du Jour: Wednesday August 29, 2012: Noteworthy End of August Dishes From Texas BBQ to Flour + Water

It has been ages since we last presented a dishes of the week segment. Amidst the travels around the U.S. and Europe, here are some recent highlights from San Francisco. This being the week before Labor Day, how about some good ol’ Texas barbeque too from the capital of bbq in the Lone Star State,Continue reading “Plat du Jour: Wednesday August 29, 2012: Noteworthy End of August Dishes From Texas BBQ to Flour + Water”

Monday’s Neighborhood: Westheimer, Houston, Texas

For those of us who meticulously hand select specifically where we dine and drink when visiting a new city, we often don’t even take into account where a restaurant or bar actually is located. I happened to select Hugo’s, Feast, Anvil, and the Hay Merchant as destinations to visit. I had no idea that theyContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: Westheimer, Houston, Texas”

Greetings from…Bergen, Norway!

Almost directly west of Oslo some eight hours by curvy mountain road or an equally windy journey by train, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the gateway to one of the world’s magical natural treasure regions: Norway’s Fjord country. Whether it’s the expansive Sognefjord and its claustrophobic narrow side fjords or the equally impressive,Continue reading “Greetings from…Bergen, Norway!”

Restaurants: Farallon, San Francisco

What happened? That’s all our table could say at the conclusion of a recent dinner, shrugging our shoulders and staring into the marine fantasy world that is San Francisco’s ever popular Farallon Restaurant. The powerhouse trio of architect Pat Kuleto, chef Mark Franz, and pastry chef Emily Luchetti opened Farallon in 1997, and despite moreContinue reading “Restaurants: Farallon, San Francisco”

Cocktail of the Week: Margarita from Mansion del Rio, San Antonio

A margarita on the San Antonio Riverwalk as the cocktail of the week? There goes any thoughts of Trev’s Bistro’s high standards. Nope, this is the real deal. Margarita perfection can be found on the banks of that Americana touristy extravaganza known as the Riverwalk. Yes, Riverwalk cocktails tend to be more like what yourContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Margarita from Mansion del Rio, San Antonio”

Greetings from…Oslo, Norway!

Norway’s capital city, Oslo is the forgotten child of the three primary Scandinavia cities (with Stockholm and Copenhagen). Stockholm and Copenhagen have restaurants that global travelers revolve trips around. They have dynamic cultural and arts scenes. Outside of having the world’s most famous ski jump on the outskirts of town and being the site ofContinue reading “Greetings from…Oslo, Norway!”

Summer Weekend Project: Moroccan Eggplant and Chickpea Salad

O.K., it’s not Tuesday so this can’t be this week’s Tuesday Project. To accompany grilled steak, a tomato involved salad, and ice cream for a summer Friday night dinner, let’s get a little flash without using any heat outside of the grill. Presenting this fantastic Moroccan chickpea and eggplant salad that can function either asContinue reading “Summer Weekend Project: Moroccan Eggplant and Chickpea Salad”

Greetings from…Moscow! (Russia, not Idaho)

After two hours over two visits to the Russian Consulate, at least a dozen hours caring for the logistics and details of procuring a visa, and hundreds of dollars spent for the visa and the invitation necessary to receive the visa because…we do the same to Russians visiting the U.S…the chance finally arrived to setContinue reading “Greetings from…Moscow! (Russia, not Idaho)”

Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bayou Brewing, 1836 Copper Ale, Houston

On hot, humid summer days, such as about half the days of the year in Houston, nothing is more necessary than beer. Yes, you can have the worthless, light Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Lawnmower beer that belongs under the lawnmower (fortunately Saint Arnold’s new Endeavour Imperial IPA could be the beer of the week too).Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bayou Brewing, 1836 Copper Ale, Houston”