Plat du Jour: Friday January 25, 2013: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Scary” Appetite

For some weekend wisdom, here is a fascinating look at the scary appetite of the famed film director, Alfred Hitchcock. His diet almost was as frightening as “The Birds” and “Psycho.” Almost. For anyone who has seen the recent film “Hitchcock,” with Anthony Hopkins portraying the legendary director, you certainly think several times about howContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Friday January 25, 2013: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Scary” Appetite”

Wine of the Week: 2008 Stoller Family Estate, Helen’s Estate Pinot Noir, Dayton, Oregon

One by one, Pinot Noir after Pinot Noir, you start getting a bit tired after a few days in Oregon of tasting the state’s famed grape at restaurants and Willamette Valley tasting rooms. Notes of earth, hints of sage brush, deep fruit flavors, rich jammy qualities, all come to mind, yet start blurring out theContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2008 Stoller Family Estate, Helen’s Estate Pinot Noir, Dayton, Oregon”

Restaurants: Aviary, Portland, Oregon

Pig ears are an awfully polarizing ingredient. We openly embrace pork belly and look the other way when it comes to questioning our beloved bacon. But, eating an ear? Seriously, isn’t that only something Mike Tyson would do? Only people who own tigers would eat ear, even if it’s a pig ear, right? Being suchContinue reading “Restaurants: Aviary, Portland, Oregon”

Restaurants: The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

At the quiet corner of Washington Street and Creek Street in the peaceful Northern California town of Yountville resides hallowed gastronomic terrain. No, even though this is the heart of the most revered Wine Country in the New World, this intersection is not the home of coveted Cabernet Sauvignon terroir. Go a mile north toContinue reading “Restaurants: The French Laundry, Yountville, CA”

Plat du Jour, January 21, 2013: Looking Ahead: 13 Wishes for 2013

It’s been an exciting, hectic start to 2013, which explains why the final end of 2012/start of 2013 article hasn’t been published until…nearly 1/12 the way into 2013 already. This week we’ll visit The French Laundry, breweries in Colorado, and all sorts of dining adventures in the always exciting Rose City of Portland, Oregon. ButContinue reading “Plat du Jour, January 21, 2013: Looking Ahead: 13 Wishes for 2013”

The 12 Sips That Defined 2012

What a year for eating…and drinking. With several wine tasting and beer tasting excursions, along with the enormous improvement and excitement of cocktails, wine lists, and beer lists worldwide, choosing a dozen to represent the hundreds of worthy contenders was a very thirst-quenching, but far from easy task. From espresso that tastes of Pinot NoirContinue reading “The 12 Sips That Defined 2012”

The 12 Bites That Defined 2012

What a year for dining. So many impressive techniques on display worldwide, such fascinating new ingredients discovered, and then of course it’s always a joy to re-visit old stand-by dishes. Oysters, langoustines, and Dungeness crab seem to be very popular on this list…not exactly a shocker. The best dish of the year comes from…well that’sContinue reading “The 12 Bites That Defined 2012”

The 12 Best Restaurant Meals of 2012

In a year with close to 312 meals at deserving addresses, here are the top 12 restaurants of 2012. Obviously, this not a comprehensive list of the 12 best restaurants in the world. I’m not a Michelin “inspector.” Or am I? In some cases, these were the best meals because of a special occasion beingContinue reading “The 12 Best Restaurant Meals of 2012”