JoJo’s on the Upper East Side

My wife and I are on a roll now at finding neighborhood restaurants on a Saturday night that do not disappoint in New York's upper east side. The latest happens to share my wife's name, or at least her nickname, JoJo's. The restaurant is just off of Lexington Avenue on 64th Street. It looks like a little doll house and is as adorable on the inside as the outside. The hostess found as a quaint little table in the front dining room, though the upstairs is quite cozy as well. From there the … [Read more...]

Perbacco in San Francisco

San Francisco is becoming one of my top favorite dining cities in America, led by its long legacy of leadership in ethnic foods and a barrage of top culinary names that have invaded the city over the last decade. Last night gave Joleen and I the chance to frequent Perbacco's with some friends, and the experience warranted a review. We began with an assortment of house-cured salamis and cheeses, the former of which are displayed here ... An easy bad self-explanatory way to prepare. While I … [Read more...]

Le Bernardin Reviewed

I get the rap of being a food snob, but it really isn't totally fair. I do enjoy fine dining and I am blessed to do it in some fantastic establishments, but I also mark on my calendar the day the McRib is coming back to McDonald's each year. However, this review will do little to break out of my reputation as a foodie, as it does not get more food snobby than Le Bernardin; and it doesn't get much better, either. This 51st Street haven for New York's fine diners is couched perfectly between … [Read more...]

Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach Part 3

The first time Joleen and I frequented Tabu Grill it was the top zagat restaurant in Orange County, it had only been open for less than a year, and it's young chef talked with us as we ate from the bar in the tiny room that made up the restaurant about the incredible vision he had. Insanely high quality meats with unheard of flavor combinations, all completely fresh and organic and local, and simple as could be. The meal was heavenly, the conversation splendid, and we found a new top 5 … [Read more...]

Carmelita’s in Laguna Beach

When my wife says she wants to try a new place, I want to try a new place. Except yesterday I didn't really want to try a new place; I just wanted to start off our weekend away right by doing what she suggested. She had heard fun things about about Carmelita's in Laguna, so after getting as lucky as one can be finding parking in Laguna (a space opened right in front of the restaurant just as I turned - sign #1 we were on to something), we embarked upon a Mexican fiesta I won't soon forget (in … [Read more...]