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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.

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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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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Le Soufflé, Paris, France

We always stop by to have a souffle at Le Souffle at least once during our visits to Paris. Located at 36,rue du Mont Thabor,it is a little tricky to find and even the taxis have trouble at times. Although … 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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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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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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