pakora oysters

Restaurant Review – Annisa (New York City)

New York’s dining scene is daunting to say the least, especially for an outsider just trying to keep up with the culinary mecca that is New York City. Anyone without a budget can easily settle on places like Eleven Madison Park or Le Bernardin for some of the best food in the world. But if … Continue reading

lobster with white fish

Restaurant Review – mk (Chicago, IL)

Chicago is nothing short of a foodie’s dream city. With so many offerings in both casual and fine dining, and everything in between, it’s easy to get immersed in Chicago’s food scene. After a lot of research prior to my recent trip, I came across mk The Restaurant (MK). Named after chef/owner Michael Kornick, MK … Continue reading

kung pao pastrami

Restaurant Review – Mission Chinese (San Francisco, CA)

Ever since Alan Richman raved about Mission Chinese (MC) a few years back, I knew I needed to add this to my foodie destination bucket list. Since then, Mission Chinese has received tons of positive accolades and write ups in various publications, including the Bon Appetit Magazine. For better or worse, this unassuming restaurant is … Continue reading

sea scallops w. cauliflower puree

Restaurant Review – REDD (Yountville, CA)

Touring Napa Valley and dining in Yountville, CA is something every foodie should do at least once in their life. The concentration of critically acclaimed and Michelin starred restaurants in such a small geographic location, Yountville, is almost unlike any other place in the world. Based on short notice table availability and also a recommendation … Continue reading

pork oso bucco

Restaurant Review – Aggio (Baltimore, MD)

I normally don’t care for Italian food and unfortunately, Baltimore does very little to instill confidence about this particular food genre. Sure, there is a bounty of options both in the county and city, but dishes covered red sauce or alfredo sauce are a lame excuse for Italian food. When Aggio opened up last summer … Continue reading

Table-side Guacamole

Restaurant Review – Oyamel (Washington D.C.)

Jose Andres has been a DC restaurateur icon for over a decade now. With established restaurants such as Zaytinya and the flagship MiniBar, Oyamel is the newest addition to the Andres restaurant group. Oyamel is a Mexican tapas restaurant, known for fresh vibrant flavors in both it’s cuisine and elaborate drink menu. The restaurant itself … Continue reading

Tuna Fiorentina

Restaurant Review – Linwoods (Baltimore, MD)

On a frigid Baltimore evening, in which going directly home after work to a warm cup of soup sounds ideal, at least 150 patrons made their way to Linwoods for dinner. It was a random Wednesday night, yet Linwoods had a buzz to it. The two hostesses were kept busy by all the incoming guests, … Continue reading

Product Review – Scratch Gourmet

  Small batch, artisanal, gourmet products have become a huge market segment and a popular purchase at local farmers markets and grocery stores. The opportunity to support local vendors, while consuming fresh, natural, tasty ingredients is a winning combination. Options can be overwhelming, which is why I am simplifying it for you – Scratch products … Continue reading


Restaurant Review – The Helmand (Mt. Vernon, MD)

The Helmand is the type of restaurant you hope never changes and never closes. The restaurant has been serving the Baltimore community for over 20 years now, so clearly they have gotten the formula right. I ate at the Helmand for the first time earlier this year, but I really can’t imagine this restaurant has … Continue reading

Tuna Tartar

Restaurant Review – Kali’s Court (Fells Point, MD)

As I have said in the past, restaurant week is the best and worst thing to happen to the Baltimore dining scene. While most restaurants limit their restaurant week offerings in order to still maximize profit, Kali’s Court defies this mold and still offers great food. The restaurant itself is tucked behind a patio garden, … Continue reading


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