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Hedonist's Gazette

Maialino

This was a fun night of delicious charcuteries, marvelous pastas and Maialino's famous suckling pig, which was prepared perfectly and was really tasty. We started with the house Champagne, although I'm not sure of the name as I got there late and only had a tiny sip. Then we moved to a magnum of the 2013 Aubert Chardonnay Cix, which was gorgeous and honeyed with caramelized citrus, orange blossoms, great acidity, and wonderful intensity and richness. Despite the fact that Aubert...

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Magdalena Restaurant - The Ivy Hotel

By and large, the California Chardonnays performed overall better than the white Burgundies, although I was super-impressed with Louis Latour's 2009 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru White Burgundy, with loads of quince, white currant, crushed rock and honeysuckle . . . As for the cuisine, Magdalena's Chef Mark Levy turned out another brilliant array of courses....

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The Ledbury

This is an exquisite restaurant with Australian chef Brett Graham in full control, and he is an amazing talent. The food combines creativity, intensity of flavor and originality that is mind-boggling. I could eat here anytime. I love Graham's approach to cuisine and not cheating the diners on flavor or originality. It is actually very difficult to pick any of the food courses as my favorite, as they were all so remarkable - the intensity of flavors, the combination of...

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Ristorante Da Nino - Letojanni, Sicily

The identity of an entire seaside town in Sicily, Letojanni, is linked to a single institution: Ristorante Da Nino. If you say the word "Letojanni" to any seafood buongustaio, the name "Nino" is evoked with sudden Pavlovian snapback. I had the good fortune of eating at this venerated Sicilian restaurant not once, but three times over this past spring season and summer. I'm still licking my lips to this day....

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Ivy Hotel - Magdalena Restaurant

Magdalena is an upscale bistro with a highly respected British chef who cooked at the Relais & Chateaux The Point, in upstate New York. The chef, Mark Levy, has been persuaded to come to Baltimore. I am very impressed with the potential that his cuisine demonstrates. The restaurant is on the ground floor of the beautiful downtown boutique hotel, The Ivy, and is broken into relatively small eating spaces, with one adjacent to the bar, a second more private venue...

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Iggy's - Singapore

On a recent, quick trip through Singapore, I dug through the Hedonist's Gazette archive looking for restaurants to try, and it didn't take long for me to call Iggy's for a reservation....

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La Lune - Beaune, France

It was while I was moon-gazing that I thought about one of my go-to restaurants in Burgundy - La Lune. Fortunately, La Lune does not orbit the earth 384,000 kilometers away, but is located in the heart of Beaune opposite the famous Le Cep hotel....

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Jade Palace, Singapore

Located in the basement of a shopping mall, this small Cantonese restaurant was recommended to me by my colleague, Lisa Perrotti-Brown. I liked it so much, I went back for seconds the next evening....

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Vito's Ristorante Italiano

Our casual wine group got together for a delicious lunch at Vito's in Cockeysville. We started with their assorted appetizers, which are standard fare there, but the chef's homemade/handmade ravioli presented in brown butter are fabulous and about as good as this simple dish can be. It is this kind of food that pleases me the most, and the ravioli was a perfect foil for a group of white wines that cleansed our palates before some big Châteauneuf du Papes....

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