Month: November 2009

Biondi Santi, MONTALCINO, ITALY

[flickrset id=”72157603644016049″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] We were honored to have a private tour and tasting at Biondi-Santi the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino. Private tours are the only type available at Biondi-Santi.  I recommend booking well in advance because they are very limited. Our tasting included a 2000 Brunello....

Osteria Il Tinaio,San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157622769111285″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] It was truffle season and how could we resist this small Osteria right down the block from Palazzo del Capitano. I think Lori was fascinated by the whole truffle weighing and slicing procedure. The owner personally came out to slice and weigh this delicacy,...

Franchi, Roma, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157622768358031″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Franchi is not a restaurant but more of a gourmet deli that allows you to enjoy a meal standing up at the counter.  I have not been there lately much as I used to however I always stop in to say hello to  my friends...

The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, NY

[flickrset id=”72157622768339821″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Located in Grand Central station this NYC classic has quite an eclectic mix of patrons.   There is a large variety of fresh oysters from around the country. We found the highly touted Panroasts to be disappointing however the oysters are sublime.   This...

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 some say it’s touristy and the service is lacking....

Chez Shea, Seattle, WA

[flickrset id=”72157622891496986″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Located across the street from the Pike’s market Chez Shea is upstairs and a bit difficult to find however it is worth it. The food of Chef Benjamin Knutsen is creative and tastes as good as it looks. There are several menus available at...

Ristorante di Poggio Antico, Tuscany, Italy

The Ristorante di Poggio Antico is located on the vineyard Poggio Antico and is run independently by Roberto Minnetti is another true fine dining experience in Tuscany. We enjoyed Lori’s birthday lunch out on the patio so much we returned with Josh and Kelly the next year for dinner...

Palazzo del Capitano

[flickrset id=”72157622360159848″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Located in the center of the small Tuscan town of San Quirico d’Orcia is this charming boutique hotel Palazzo dell Capitano. San Quirico is conveniently located near MONTALCINO, PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO making it a nice hub for wine tasting. The room we stayed  in was rather...