Purple Dot in the International District in Seattle has excellent Dim Sum and lively atmosphere. What it lacks in fanciness it makes up for in flavor.
Curves of the South Pond Pavilion on the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One of the best views of the city is looking through this structure.
Bluebonnets in Reimers Ranch Park in Hill Country near Austin, Texas.
Look at those yolks! Yonder Way Farm eggs atop pulled pork and french fries. This is what breakfast looks like at Banger’s in Austin, Texas.
Chiltern Firehouse, once the Marylebone Fire Station built in 1889, has been transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant by André Balazs (The Mercer, Chateau Marmont) and is favored by celebs and posh Londoners.
The proper doorman will guide you past the gates, through the patio and into the plush dining room with red leather booths, cream and red patterned fabric ceiling and bustling wait staff attending to all of the beautiful people’s needs.
Go for the scene and drinks. For food, breakfast or lunch is your best bet price-wise – sit at the bar along side the kitchen to see all of the action.
My favorite part of lunch: Dark Chocolate Tart with clementines and whipped ricotta.
Rest of lunch:
Arienzo beach in Positano, Italy is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Amalfi Coast. Not only is it surrounded by cliffs and clear blue water the Bagni d’Arienzo beach club has excellent food and a full bar. Saluti!
“Cahoots, where the spirits run high and drinks never run dry.” Secure your reservation, memorize the password and make your way to this secret-ish underground station with a 1940s vibe in London. Once you receive the go ahead, head down the stairs and step back in time to a world of debauchery and fun. Cahoots is a unique experience, here is a peek into this hush-hush hot spot:
-Reservations are recommended or be prepared to wait in line
-Along with the incredible experience, Cahoots has spectacular service to help you figure which of the over 60 cocktails is for you.
-The food menu, dubbed “Rations”, has enough options to serve as dinner.
-Check out the cheeky posters in the loo.
The Underground station is lined with subway tile, crates for tables, an old subway car section and of course sandbags for fortification – we are in newly post-war London after all.
Grab the newspaper menu and peruse the dozens of drinks while taking in the old-timey music. Wine and champagne are available as well. Some favorites:
White Cloves of Dover: Clove-and-orange-infused Bacardi Carta Oro rum, amontillado sherry, cinnamon syrup, fresh lime, cranberry juice and raspberry
Katherine Hepburn: Earl-Grey-tea-infused Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and honey syrup
Gracie Fields: Ketel One Vodka, rose liqueur, home-made rhubarb-rose-peppercorn syrup with Prosecco foam
Rations: Meat + Pickles, Bangers + Roasties, Smoked Almonds
Modeled after the Irani cafés in Bombay, Dishoom is full of tiled floors, brick, bentwood style chairs, old-timey photographs and delivers great Indian and Irani flavors in a bustling atmosphere.
Need to Know:
- Get here before 6:30pm to avoid a long line, sorry, queue
- Reservations available for 6 or more
- Tented patio is a bit mellower, inside dining room is lively and basement is absolutely buzzing with the extra activity, sounds and smells the kitchen provides.
- Make sure you check out the cocktail list – Hunterwali’s Julep is tasty
- Near the Shoreditch High Street Station
- 8am – 11pm – Good for dates and groups
- Pau Phaji – Bowl of mashed vegetables with hot buttered pau bun, Chowpatty Beach style. “No food is more Bombay.”
- Chicken Ruby – “A good and proper curry redolent with spice and flavour. Tender chicken in a rich silky ‘makhani’ sauce, best mopped up with a Roomali Roti.”
- Garlic Naan with coriander sprinkle.
- Spicy Lamb Chops had good flavor but were a bit too charred, so many other options I’d skip this one.
I will be back to try their breakfast. If this picture doesn’t do it for you, the promise of bottomless Chai should.
Spending New Year’s Eve on a plane wasn’t that bad – traveling west gave me an opportunity to see an extended sunset over the ocean with the sun dipping below the horizon as we hit beautiful Greenland.
Minutes before this picture was taken the plane was filled with gorgeous violet light.
Throwback Thursday to 2006 when I was on a safari in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The guide parked the jeep a bit away from the elephants and they keep coming toward us and went about their business as if we weren’t there.
It was an incredible feeling to be so close to these beautiful creatures, to hear them, smell them and watch them communicate with their trunks – quite extraordinary to see this family of elephants in their natural habitat. The elephant calves were having the time of their lives and it was so much fun to watch them play.
They continued on and the moment was over but remains one of my favorite memories.