Tag: Michelin Madness

Executive Chef Chris Marchino – Spiaggia of Chicago

“Sprezzatura” I start this posting with a lesson learned the hard way: NEVER EAT BUFFALO WINGS AND DEEP DISH PIZZA PRIOR TO A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE!!!! Stuffed to the point of exhaustion from lunch (the wings and pizza), dinner was upon us.  I’d never faced this obstacle of forgoing the tasting menu as this was

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Michelin – Never Plan Without It!!!!

Going somewhere and you want the absolute best possible experience there is to be had – – I strongly suggest you keep the Michelin Guide close at hand.  You can take a chance and rely on your “gut”, do it on “the cheap”, or settle for less than exceptional but, if you’re taking the time

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Le Meurice – Day 7

Day 7 – Friday, 3rd of June Dinner: Le Meurice Paris…….no trip to this amazing city is complete without dining at Le Meurice.  Chef Yannick Alléno, I thank you for your incredible brilliance. Estelle, your palate for wine is to be admired and I thank you for some memorable pairings.  Patrice, I’m almost speechless but,

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Le Jules Verne – Day 6

Day 6 – Thursday, 2nd of June Lunch: Le Jules Verne Being a major fan of Alain Ducasse, I had to delight in the beauty of Le Jules Verne nestled in the infamous Eiffel Tower. With chef Pascal Féraud delighting your palate with the most inviting and creative approach to contemporary cuisine at this height,

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Pierre Gagnaire – Day 5

Day 5 – Wednesday 1st of June Back in Paris and back to a little more opulence.  Reflecting on the 4 hour dinner at Pierre Gagnaire it was extremely wise to return to Hotel Balzac as they are connected and made for an easy retreat once the affair ended.  But “WOW” what an experience. This

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Roederer, Rolls Royce & Cristal – Day 4

Day 4 – Tuesday, 31st of May The day started with a visit to Louis Roederer.  To my surprise, I had the pleasure of touring the property and parts of Reims in the family’s Rolls Royce.  The personal tour under the guidance of Ms. Martine Lorson allowed for an understanding and appreciation for Cristal and

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L’Assiette Champenoise – Champagne, Day 3 (2nd Post)

“Refined luxury and gourmet indulgence” – – An evening to be repeated over and over again.   May this be one of my eternal recurrences. Dinner: L’Assiette Champenoise                                         Return to: “Current Posting”

The Arrival – Les Crayeres – Champagne, Day 3 (1st Post)

Day 3 – Monday, 30th of May I’ve entered the land of bubbly and the living is just fine.  Three reasons brought me to Champagne: 1) Les Crayeres, 2) L’Assiette Champenoise, and 3) Louis Roederer  and I must say they all turned out to be as inviting and life changing as I envisioned.  I can

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