Laguna Beach, CA / 05.28.2015

Studio Restaurant

Studio was built by The Montage Laguna Beach as a small Craftsman-style house atop a bluff with ridiculous views. I’ve maintained that they’re the best restaurant in Orange County and it’s because they’ve got the best food, but it might partially be because they’ve also got the best views. It... Continue

Cupertino, CA / 05.26.2015

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu. Yeah, I stole that from their own description but it sounds about right. They’re a super high-end steakhouse and they’ve got Japanese... Continue

San Francisco, CA / 05.24.2015

Gary Danko

Gary Danko is probably San Francisco’s most famous fine dining restaurant. And instead of the usual tasting menu, Gary Danko gives you the option of three ($76), four ($94) or five ($111) prix-fixe courses, and the kicker is you get to choose your courses. If you want two appetizers, one... Continue

Chicago, IL / 05.20.2015

Next Restaurant: el Bulli Menu

Before I get started I should explain how Next works. Started in 2011 by Grant Achatz (of Alinea), the concept behind Next is that instead of making reservations like you traditionally would, you purchase a ticket for a dining experience which changes seasonally. So instead of ordering dishes or drinks... Continue

Coalinga, CA / 05.14.2015

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

If you’ve ever made the drive between Southern California and Northern California then you’ve passed through the block of stench that is Harris Ranch. The largest beef producer on the west coast, this place is responsible for 150,000,000 pounds of beef per year. Though judging by the smell, you’d think... Continue

Girona, Spain / 04.27.2015

El Celler de Can Roca – Part 2

Part 1: Appetizers | Part 2: Main Courses Here’s Part 2 of my El Celler de Can Roca review. You can find Part 1 here if you want to see pictures of the interior or pictures of the exterior or pictures of the appetizers. And also if you want to... Continue

Girona, Spain / 04.23.2015

El Celler de Can Roca – Part 1

Part 1: Appetizers | Part 2: Main Courses Like a bunch of other recent posts, this review is from four years ago and will mostly be me trying to remember what I ate. Pictures help, but they can only do so much. Also, I’ll be splitting this post up into... Continue

Cupertino, CA / 04.19.2015

Ike’s Lair

I had to make a stop at Marukai in Cupertino to buy some random Japanese goodies (read: snacks) so I figured I would hit up Ike’s Lair since I was in the area. Ike’s Lair is one of the many locations of the popular San Francisco sandwich shop Ike’s Place,... Continue

Newport Coast, CA / 04.16.2015

Afternoon Tea at The Resort at Pelican Hill

I don’t care what anybody says, afternoon tea is awesome. When else can you drink unhealthy amounts of tea while downing little finger foods and sandwiches with the crust cut off? Tuesday, that’s when. Because that’s what I do every Tuesday in my living room. By myself. But this time... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 04.14.2015

Bäco Mercat

I’m a bit late to the Bäco Mercat train, but better late than never, right? Wrong! What if you’re tied to the train tracks? Then better never than late, am I right? Of course I’m right. I’m always right. Anyway, Baco Mercat is located in the historic Old Bank district... Continue