La Mallorquina – Madrid

La Mallorquina La Mallorquina is a famous bakery in Madrid. They are known for the Napolitana de chocolate, which is semi-croissant like. The bakery has been opened since 1894 The place seems to be busy from opening to close, as there was a steady stream of customers during our quick visit. Window Display It was … Read more

Cervejaria Ramiro – Lisbon

Cervejaria Ramiro Cervejaria Ramiro has always been a popular seafood restaurant, but became more so after it was featured in an Anthony Bourdain “No Reservations” episode in April 2012. The restaurant is quite unassuming from the outside. The only thing that would suggest something special presided inside is the usually long lines outside of the restaurant. … Read more

Locol – Watts

Locol Locol is the brainchild between Roy Choi, of Kogi fame, and Daniel Patterson, of Coi fame, a 2 star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco. Patterson recently relinquished control of Coi to Matt Kirkley, as Patterson decided to focus more on Locol. An impressive group of advisors also includes Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery and Bar … Read more

n/naka – Los Angeles

Reservations were already relatively hard to get at n/naka before Chef’s Table, Season One, but after the Niki Nakayama episode aired tables became almost impossible to secure. Prior to Chef’s Table, reservation calls went directly to the chef’s cell phone, but they were inundated with reservation calls after the episode. They have since gone to … Read more

The Westin Pasadena

The West Pasadena The Westin Pasadena is located within the Plaza Las Fuentes in downtown Pasadena. It is situated just a couple blocks off of Colorado Boulevard, which is within easy walking distance. Upon check-in, my reservation was noted, and I was thanked for being an SPG Gold Member. I had quickly had keys in hand, but … Read more

Air Canada Business Class: LAX- YUL

Air Canada Business Class: LAX- YUL Seat 4B

Air Canada Flight 782 Los Angeles to Montreal Depart 8:00 AM, Arrive 4:17 PM Seat 4B, Business Class Upon boarding, I was pointed in the direction of my seat. Although this was an international flight, the seats were standard domestic business class seats. The seats are larger, but with not much recline. The seats are … Read more

Landeau Chocolate – Lisbon

Landeau Chocolate – Lisbon

Landeau Chocolate does one thing, and one thing only. That is chocolate cake. Food & Wine magazine has declared that Landeau Chocolate has the best chocolate cake in the world.   The interior looks like a French country house, with simple décor. There is worn furniture adorning the exterior of the room. There is one table with stools … Read more