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Hedonist's Gazette

Café Boulud

As to the wine, we started the evening with a bottle of Bollinger's 2004 Grande Annee, which was tight and firm, yet offered beautiful richness in its minerality and toasty aromas and flavors. After that, we went with two Chardonnays, Justin Willett's (a rising superstar in California) 2012 Tyler Chardonnay Santa Barbara County, and Marc Morey's 2011 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot. The 2012 Tyler was just as good as I remembered from earlier in the year, when I tasted...

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Dinner Chez Tomhave

This was a meal at a private home, catered by one of Savannah's top gourmet forces, Susan Mason. The quality of the food was stunning. She is famous for her tomato sandwiches and fried oysters on a teaspoon, and they both lived up to their pre-dinner hype and excitement. The crab cake was terrific, as was the shrimp and grits with tasso gravy. I thought perhaps my favorite course was the Asian grilled quail and tomato pie. This is clearly...

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Dinner at a Private Home To Benefit the Camillus House

Serving the Homeless in Miami, Florida  This exquisite meal was held at the home of Bob and Jodi Dickinson, two terrific humanitarians who have been major players in alleviating the problem of homelessness in Greater Miami. Jodi is a sensational chef and this was the second meal she's prepared from scratch for such a benefit. I have to say the quality of the food was amazing. We started the reception with some wonderfully succulent bacon-wrapped quail pieces as finger food,...

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RN74, Seattle

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle and I continue to eat here once or twice a year. It has an upscale, yet casual feel and the food is always first rate. While small, the wine list is well thought-out and well-priced, with an emphasis on Burgundy. Nevertheless...

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Wild Ginger - Seattle

Located in downtown Seattle, this brilliant, Asian inspired restaurant is the creation of Rick and Ann Toder, who started the restaurant in 1989 after a trip through Southeast Asia....

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Les Florets

Located just outside the village of Gigondas, near the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Les Florets is a charming hotel and restaurant that has a terrific terrace that features a stunning view looking north, down the valley towards the village. Run by the incredibly hospitable Bernard family, with Jean-Pierre Minery being the chef since 2012, the food is classic Provençale inspired dishes, and the wine list is loaded with Rhônes, all at more than reasonable prices. On this evening,...

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RPM Italian

Located in downtown Chicago, a short walk from the Magnificent Mile, RPM Italian is a hip, almost club-like restaurant that serves up high class food. We started with a solid set of Arancini, which is a deep fried risotto ball that's stuffed with mozzarella. While it fell short of the incredible Arancini from Frasca in Boulder, CO (which is my benchmark), it, as well as the Prime Beef Meatballs were superb. The pizza was serviceable, but all of the other...

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Avec

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago is the tiny, bistro styled restaurant Avec, which is located on the western edge of the city, either a decent walk, or a cab ride, from the main shopping areas. Seating is family style, with long shared tables, but the choice seats are those along the bar which lie in front of the kitchen. On this evening, my wife and I were with two good friends, and had a cozy table near the...

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MKT Seattle

During my last Seattle trip, I had a fabulous evening with a number of eRP Subscribers at the Ethan Stowell restaurant, MKT. Located in the northern part of Seattle, in the Tangletown district, this is a tiny establishment (28 seats) and it has a casual, intimate and comfortable feel. The cuisine here is classic American fare, with a focus on fresh Northwest produce. We ordered mostly tapas styled dishes, and aside from tiny portions, the food was superb across the...

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