Restaurants
Sean Thackrey @ St. Anselm

Sean Thackrey @ St. Anselm

Sean Thackrey is America’s coolest wine maker.  Now there are a bunch of wine personalities out there, but Sean is the coolest and most interesting, and his wines are insane and different, yet totally likeable and delicious.  They are different most especially in that they reach a place of interest that few other wines do...
Gordon's:  London's Oldest Wine Bar

Gordon’s: London’s Oldest Wine Bar

Established in 1898, Gordon’s is London’s oldest wine bar.  And despite all the time I have spent in London I have never been to Gordon’s, mostly because I did not know about it (until my mate Christy Frank alerted me).  I am asking myself, how is this possible?  Truth be told, this is not the...
Fernandez & Wells, London

Fernandez & Wells, London

I am in London and having skipped dinner on the evening of my arrival I was starving for a good lunch.  As I had not set foot in the old country in quite some time I was unwilling to try something new.  I headed to a lunch spot favorite in Soho, Fernandez & Wells.  It...
Café Select:  Beautiful People & Euro Eclectic Fare

Café Select: Beautiful People & Euro Eclectic Fare

On an average Wednesday night we wound up at the last moment at Café Select, as my buddy Kev needed one of their European inspired dishes to satisfy his post soccer hunger.  Kev swears by Café Select’s eclectic mix of German, Swiss, Italian, and other standard fare.  The ambiance was nice and the crowd was...
Musso & Frank Grill:  Old Hollywood Glamour Alive and Well

Musso & Frank Grill: Old Hollywood Glamour Alive and Well

There is a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shinning where Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, steps back in time to an old glamorous bar.  I cannot help but think of that epic scene every time I set foot in Musso & Frank Grill (the official website) in Los Angeles.  Upon entering, you are...
Keens:  Best Steak House in NYC!

Keens: Best Steak House in NYC!

I recently dined at Keen’s Chophouse with some friends for a holiday meal along with several hundred other New Yorkers who clambered to have their ideal holiday meal at one of the city’s most iconic restaurants and what is, in my estimation, the best classic steak house in the NYC (sorry Peter Luger).  Yes, that’s...
Do Bianchi, Sotto, & the Pursuit of the New

Do Bianchi, Sotto, & the Pursuit of the New

We found ourselves in L.A. again.  And since we were in L.A. we were back at Sotto.  Most importantly we were there because it was my friend Jeremey Parzen’s (author of Do Bianchi) last stint there before taking a hiatus back in Austin with his wife Tracey P. in order for them to await the...
Sotto: Italy in the U.S. of L.A.

Sotto: Italy in the U.S. of L.A.

Lately I have often been wondering why I have failed to be impressed by the food at a lot of places that get a lot of hype. Sure good wine can often carry a mediocre meal, but what happens when the food goes beyond, and the wine happens to go beyond as well. I tell...
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

We touched down at LAX International and after a bit of this and that we headed to the mecca of the Los Angles wine bar scene, LOU.  By it’s own accord, LOU is located in a “tasteful” strip mall on Vine and Melrose, known as Melrose Place, just like the TV show (coincidence?).  It is...
Vinegar Hill House Restaurant, Brooklyn.

Vinegar Hill House Restaurant, Brooklyn.

There is no doubt that autumn is beginning to creep up on us here in New York City.  With the cooler temperatures and shorter days comes the urge for heartier fare and wines to go along with comforting food.  I had been dying to try Vinegar Hill House restaurant in the tiny Vinegar Hill area...