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. 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. We currently reside in New York NY with my lovely wife of 19 years Lori. We enjoy flying around the world eating, drinking and photographing.

Lavo NYC

We had a fun night at Lavo !! It’s a large and loud room. Food is average with a few fun items to share like the Basket Ball sized Meatball and huge 20 Layer Cake. Eggplant part was not bad. … Continue reading

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Tanoshi Sushi NYC

Very authenic casual Japanese sushi bar, Omakase only seatings at 6.730 and 9pm. you get only 90 mins to eat and BYOB. We have eaten here several times and quality is always great.

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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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Café Constant , Paris

Walking down rue Saint-Dominique from the Eiffel Tower the  first of the three Christian Constant restaurants you reach is Cafe Constant. This is a local cafe were you may find Christian himself (see photo) dining. The specials change daily and … Continue reading

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L’Avent Comptoir, Paris

Is a small standing room only wine bar that serves outstanding French hors d’oeuvres and crepes. WARNING: if you are interested in eating something healthy don’t come here! It’s one of my favorites! They serve the most delicious grilled pork … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Le Reminet, Paris

Lori found this wonderful place a few years ago. Unfortunately it got lost in the backlog of photos to be blogged. The food was wonderful and its great for a romantic evening.  The presentations and food were executed with the … 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 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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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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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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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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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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Le Comptoir, Paris

Le Comptior is situated on a very busy corner in the Latin Quarter idea for dining outside when weather permits and enjoying the favorite Paris pastime of people watching. Inside the bistro is small and attractive. The food however is … Continue reading

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