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07
Apr

LONDON 3/11/14: THREE BY ATHERTON

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AFTER NINE YEARS BEFORE THE MAST WORKING FOR GORDON RAMSAY WHERE HE OPENED RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI, SHANGHAI AND PRAGUE, JASON ATHERTON, A YORKSHIRE-BORN CHEF, STRUCK OUT ON HIS OWN.  POLLEN STREET SOCIAL, THE FIRST OF FOUR RESTAURANTS (A FIFTH OPENS IN 2014), QUICKLY GARNERED A MICHELIN STAR AND TIME OUT“S BEST NEW FINE-DINING RESTAURANT OF […]

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07
Oct

TROIS MEC

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“NO WAY.  THAT’S LUDO’S IPOD.” THE MUSIC IS HIP-HOP LOUD BUT WHEN ASKED TO TURN IT DOWN OR CHANGE IT TO SOMETHING MORE CONDUCIVE TO A FIVE-COURSE TASTING MENU WITH MATCHING WINES AT $150/PERSON, THIS IS THE ANSWER WE GET.  BECAUSE THIS IS LUDO’S RESTAURANT AND WE SHOULD COUNT OUR LUCKY STARS WE WERE ABLE […]

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24
Sep

NEW YORK 9/8-9/15

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FOR OUR WEEK IN NEW YORK I DECIDED TO FORSAKE OUR PERENNIAL FAVORITES (MIAILINO, THE MODERN, DBGB) AND TRY SOME PLACES WHERE WE’D NEVER BEEN. COMPARING PETE WELLS’ (NY TIMES) AND ADAM PLATT’S (NY MAGAZINE) 10 BEST OF 2012 LISTS, I FOUND A SURPRISING NUMBER OF MATCHES, ONE OF WHICH WAS IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E […]

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10
Aug

SAN FRANCISCO WEEKEND

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WE SPENT MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND IN SAN FRANCISCO AT THE PALACE HOTEL, WHICH WAS FIRST BUILT IN 1875, THEN RE-CONSTRUCTED AFTER THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE.  (I HAD A GREAT AUNT EMILY WHO WAS LIVING THERE AT THE TIME.)  THE PALACE RETAINS ITS GOLDEN AGE GRANDEUR WITH A GLASS-TOPPED CENTRAL DINING ROOM THAT IS THREE […]

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24
Jul

LONDON RESTAURANTS 6/2013

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WE WERE IN LONDON FOR TWO WEEKS, RETURNING TO  L.A. JUNE 12.  THE FIRST WEEK WE STAYED AT DUKES, A BOUTIQUE HOTEL  BEHIND THE RITZ, RIGHT NEAR GREEN PARK.  THE FIRST MORNING WE WOKE UP  TO DISCOVER THAT THE HOTEL HAD NO POWER.  WORKERS ON THE  STREET HAD ACCIDENTALLY CUT A LINE.  SO WE WENT […]

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