Restaurants: Aziza, San Francisco

Aziza is one of the most fascinating restaurants and restaurant stories in the country. There aren’t many Moroccan restaurants in the country period. There certainly are even fewer restaurants with daring chefs like the incomparable Mourad Lahlou bravely, often brilliantly re-designing Moroccan cuisine into a new global modern cuisine altogether, with a few influences fromContinue reading “Restaurants: Aziza, San Francisco”

Cocktail of the Week: The Avocado Project from Picca, Los Angeles

With a cocktail name like this, there are too many ways to imagine what a nightmare drink it could be. A cocktail tasting like guacamole? A project of a cocktail? A Stanley Kubrick movie? In the hands of head mixologist Julian Cox, the bartender maestro of L.A. behind the drinks at Rivera, Playa, and ShortContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: The Avocado Project from Picca, Los Angeles”

Monday Neighborhoods: East 4th St./ Ballpark District, Cleveland, Ohio

Welcome to Cleveland, the city America loves to poke fun at. Perhaps it’s because Drew Carey is the most famous advocate for Cleveland or because LeBron took his talents to South Beach, or because the Cuyahoga River literally once lit on fire, Cleveland certainly has a reputation for being bullied by its fellow larger, moreContinue reading “Monday Neighborhoods: East 4th St./ Ballpark District, Cleveland, Ohio”

End of the Week Round-Up: The Other Kauai Experiences

We’ve covered what I consider the Big 4 of Kauai restaurants: Roy’s, The Beach House, Josselin’s, and Merriman’s. Plantation Gardens is also a reliable choice in Poipu that I usually visit, but didn’t this time, nor did I get to try the new Kauai Grill at the St. Regis in Princeville, with a menu partlyContinue reading “End of the Week Round-Up: The Other Kauai Experiences”

Roy’s Poipu Bar and Grill, Kauai

It’s rare to find a restaurant chain with 29 locations across the country worthy of significant praise, but Roy’s is that rare empire to deserve a round of applause for its continued high caliber consistency and creativity. Long after the fusion wave of the 90’s dot com boom era that chef Roy Yamaguchi rode toContinue reading “Roy’s Poipu Bar and Grill, Kauai”

Cocktails of the Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mai Tais in Kauai

The mai tai is a fascinating cocktail, created back in 1940 by Victor Bergeron, the “Vic” of Trader Vic’s, at the Trader Vic’s in Emeryville, CA, near Oakland, not exactly a real bastion of tropical tiki culture one might say. His original recipe called for dark Jamaican rum, orgeat (an almond syrup), curaçao (an orangeContinue reading “Cocktails of the Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mai Tais in Kauai”

Beach House Restaurant, Poipu, Kauai

The Beach House is the most controversial restaurant on the island of Kauai amongst the passionate food community of locals and frequent visitors. Its location a mere ten yards removed from Lawaii Beach with a striking view west toward the sunset each night is truly spectacular, paradise found. It is the quintessential Kauai restaurant forContinue reading “Beach House Restaurant, Poipu, Kauai”

Meet Me in St. Louis…to Eat! A Day of Mexican Food at La Vallesana and Chava’s

By Eva Pearlstone Welcome to St. Louis!  For those of you who don’t call this city home, you probably know St. Louis as the home of the Arch, the Cardinals, and the Anheuser-Busch brewery.  Growing up in the suburbs, I didn’t get to go downtown very often.  It is an unfortunate fact that the countyContinue reading “Meet Me in St. Louis…to Eat! A Day of Mexican Food at La Vallesana and Chava’s”

Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai

It has been a long road back to being the King of Kauai chefs for Jean-Marie Josselin, since the demise a few years ago of his original restaurant in a Kapa’a mini-mall (the one with Safeway directions would always say), the critic’s favorite and universally beloved A Pacific Café. Josselin’s cooking at A Pacific CaféContinue reading “Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai”