Author Archives: Ivan Klugman

About Ivan Klugman

Born in New York and raised on Long Island. my Passion for photography became apparent at age eleven. I earned money waiting tables at my farter's restraurant and purchased a Pentax Spotmatic. I proceeded with photography passionately until I was sixteen when I took my first flying lesson. My photography took a back seat to my flying for many years. Now I'm an airline Captain flying internationally. I consider myself a gourmet, eating at the finer restaurants of France and Italy. I also have an interest in wine and enjoy visiting the major wine regions of Italy, France and The United States. About 7 years ago I started to combine my passions for FOOD, WINE and Photography by photographing the food and wine I consumed on vacation. I sent some of these out to be framed when the gallery owner suggested I sell these photos to others: The Photo Gourmet INC was born. I currently reside in Delray Beach Florida with my lovely wife of tens years Lori. We enjoy flying around the world eating, drinking and photographing.

Villa di Piazzano

When I asked Lori what she wanted for her birthday this year she said she’d like to go to Tuscany and visit our friends at the Villa di Piazzano. We’ve been to the Villa many times and always return because … Continue reading

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Daniel, NYC

We celebrated our 15th anniversary at Daniel. After consulting my friend and fellow food Blogger Michael T, we decided on Daniel. We both ordered the Mayfair Tasting menu which was actually supplemented by a surprise extra course. The food and … Continue reading

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Spring, Paris

One of my favorites in Paris: DO NOT MISS SPRING Here are the details of our lunch Apetizer: Crème fraîche de Normandie, onions pickles, Banka Truit’eggs Fried black sausage form Pays basque, apple compote, mustard sauce with lime and cream … Continue reading

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Ristorante Walter Redaelli, Bettolle, Tuscany, Italy

Back home on the ranch in the Cortona area of Tuscany, we decided to try some new places.  We had a conversation with Alessandra the owner of Villa di Piazzano inquiring about any new and exciting restaurants in the area.  … Continue reading

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Brule Bistro, Delray Beach Florida

[flickrset id=”72157631849292665″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] We decided to have dinner out locally in Delray Beach this evening. Brule Bistro has gone through a major renovation the past year.  It was previously a self serve lunch and to-go place. Now it … Continue reading

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Pizzarium, Rome Italy

Owner/Chef Gabreile Bonci wrote the book on Pizza. They use only the finest ingredients for his creative toppings. This is a small local take-out pizza shop that you may eat in standing up. The pizza is great and the assortment … Continue reading

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Ristorante Babette, Tuscany, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Prior to our visit to Tuscany we had discussed some new restaurants in the area with our local friends Bianca and Enzo. They had mentioned a place had opened but they have not tried it yet.  So prior to leaving … Continue reading

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El Almacén, Avila, Spain

On a rather cold day when sightseeing around Avila, Spain we decided to have lunch at El Almacen.  One advantage to going in the winter is that you can go any place you want and not have to deal with … Continue reading

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Restaurante Apotheca, Toledo, Spain

To say we were pleasantly surprised by Apotheca is an understatement. We were really impressed by the decor, you walk in to a very sexy lounge area then go down the stairs to the wine cellar where the dinner tables … Continue reading

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PHO DC, Washinton DC

Locate in the heart of Chinatown, Pho DC produces a very high quality PHO and some great appetizers. The Shrimp wrapped in bacon are a great starter to warm up with prior to the PHO.  This is an attractive clean … Continue reading

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Max’s Harvest, Delray Beach, Florida

We had high hopes for Max’s Harvest but it really failed to deliver the goods.  The Pork Belly appetizer was outstanding however the rest of the meal was downhill from there…..The Mac and Cheese failed the “Kraft Test” being that … Continue reading

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PHO 14, Washington DC

This is a great spot for an authentic Vietnamese Pho. They have many options including vegetarian and of course several different meaty ones with meaty sides as well… The broth is good and the portion huge. Try the Spring rolls … Continue reading

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Full Kee Restaurant, Washington DC

Full Kee is what you expect to find in any Chinatown in a large metro area such as NY.  The food is all home made and excellent. The Noodle soup with roast pork is amazing! Wonton are made fresh daily … Continue reading

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Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

This was an absolutely perfect meal….This was truly world class. Chef Jack is brilliant ! A little bit about the Chef Dominic Jack:”Legendary chef Alain Solivérès recognized his talent and took him to three-star Michelin restaurant, Taillevent, where Dominic then … Continue reading

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Les 101 de Taillevent, Paris

I ventured over to the First District and Enjoyed a nice lunch and some fine wines at Les 101 de Taillevent. This is a casual wine bar/bistro by the owner of the landmark Talievent. It retained 3 Michelin stars for … Continue reading

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L’As Du Fallafel, Paris, France

[flickrset id=”72157626529473101″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] Located in the heart of the Marais one can usually locate L’as Du Fallafel by the line in front.  You maybe taken back at first by the person collecting for your Fallafel in advance while … Continue reading

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la Fontaine de Mars

[flickrset id=”72157631222066126″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] It’s been a while since I had lunch at la Foutaine de Mars. This is a classic French Bistro with very solid food. The quality of the food is very good and preparation professional.  The … Continue reading

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RISTORANTE IL LATINI

[flickrset id=”72157630728573900″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] While staying in the lovely countryside of Tuscany, Lori decided to have me, drive us to Florence to visit a restaurant recommend by her doctor that is known to love his food.  I was reluctant … Continue reading

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Ristorante S.ANNA, Rome, Italy

We learned about S.Anna from some locals siting besides us at Da Francisco. Since then we have visited several times.  S.Anna is a nice local everyday Italian restaurant.  Pasta are house made and great.  The anti-pasta bar offer a good … Continue reading

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Angelina, Paris

[flickrset id=”72157630728503514″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] We go to Angelina on a cool day to warm up with a cup of their world famous “Hot Chocolate” it tastes similar to a gourmet chocolate bar melted and served with a side of … Continue reading

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