Tag: France

Lasserre

After having a light, but delicious Cantonese lunch at LiLi, we saved ourselves for an extraordinary dinner at the magical, elegant and charming “Lasserre.”   This too was a much anticipated return as the 2013 dinner at Lasserre, was simply outstanding.  I’d been in touch with Monsieur Gaëtan Molette prior to our arrival and he assured me that our

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Chef Etienne Barrier

April 28, 2015 After checking-in, unpacking and getting a little rest, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chef Etienne before lunch at Jardins Plein Ciel, the rooftop terrace to discuss his passion and the inspirations that motivates him in and out of the kitchen.  As I reached the terrace, I was so excited

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Silversea – Day 7, July 14 – – Cannes, France

Yachts & Chops Ahhhh…I finally made it to Cannes and as portrayed, the material beauty was all the rage and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the display.  Please feel free to deduct whatever you wish from that statement however, I decide not to post all the eye encountered.  With impressive yachts seeming to outnumbering the people

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Silversea – Day 3, July 10 – – Calvi, Corsica

Today we arrive in the quaint port of Calvi Corsica, reputedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.  After enjoying a wonderful breakfast aboard, we decided to walk the streets and enjoy the local calmness that was upon us and to burn a few calories.                       Climbing

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Silversea – – Rome to Nice!!!! How I Spent My Summer

After spending three days in heavenly comfort at Cavalieri,  it was time to set sail on Silversea.  The scenic forty-five minute drive to Civitavecchia was as peaceful and uneventful as one could hope to experience.  Securely strapped in and gazing upon the horizon as our driver tested the speed of the elegant Mercedes E350,  I

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Chef Laurent Paccini – Le Saint-Paul de Vence

April 16th – Dinner In 2005 I met Chef Laurent Paccini in Lago di Garda.   Although it would be almost seven years later before we saw each other again,  I knew the time spent with then sous Chef Laurent Paccini and Chef Ricardo Camanini at Villa Fiordaliso was something incredibly special and meaningful.  It

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Le Tilleul – Lunch in Saint Paul de Vence

April 15th Heeding the advice of our driver to visit Saint Paul de Vence, a medieval town on the French Riviera we landed in this lovely little restaurant  Le Tilleul, which turned out to be exceptionally delicious.  This weighty Meursault paired extremely well with the canard.  I love it when the unexpected turns into something

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My Little Silver Box – Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams

Now that I’ve dated myself with the “Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams” title, I must thank Mr. Leach for introducing me to Monte Carlo and the finer things in life.   My quest to maintain and nurture that introduction has come full circle with my travels and career in the wine industry. As the Director

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Les Halles – Chef Davy TISSOT – Lyon, France – Day 2

Day breaks and the experience of a lifetime began:  Les Halles de Lyon   Upon entering Les Halles de Lyon, I got the chance to return to my former “Rock Star” status when I recorded with the band Arrested Development, minus the fromage, escargot, cuisses de grenouille and Davy but, it was Davy who caused

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