Serious Meat at Theresa – Munich, Germany

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Theresa is a bustling trendy steak house on theressienstrasse in Munich. For a high-end restaurant the vibe was comfortable and I really felt at home there. I mean, there is a bowling alley in the basement. The restaurant was full and everyone looked like they were having fun, I know I was.

The menu changes regularly and features meat from Spain and Germany served medium with herb-butter. You can choose your meat table side or off the menu starting from 150 grams and up. Below is what 250 grams looks like. Continue reading

I Died & Went to Wine Heaven – Drake Hotel, Chicago

Vintage Portfolio Tasting SignI was lucky to be invited to the Winebow Vintage Portfolio Tasting at the Drake Hotel  by Anna Lisa Tempestini. She is the proprietor and winemaker at Fattoria Resta in Buonconvento, Tuscany.

Winebow Vintage Tasting Gold Coast Room The DrakeHundreds of wines were showcased from around the world.

Vintage Portfolio Tasting Wine GlassesGetting in early was nice as it gave me time to peruse the tables and have some good conversations with the wine makers.  Two that I am really excited to share are Martin del Nero and Root: 1. Continue reading

CHICAGO CHEF WEEK 2014 | March 16-21

Chicago Chef WeekLow(er) key alternative to Restaurant Week with the same bargains (check the menus for price comparison). Nico Osteria is on my list!

You can also win free dinner for a year: “2 lucky guests will be chosen at random to win 52 $50 gift cards from participating restaurants.”

For reservations, participants and menus:

CHICAGO CHEF WEEK 2014 | March 16-21.

Day Tripping to Taboga Island – Panama

Taboga IslandA 45-minute boat ride from Panama City takes you to the relaxing Isla Taboga where the main mode of transport is your feet or golf cart. Isla Taboga is a great day trip option from the city and offers beach, hiking and boat tours. We took the first Calypso Ferry at 7am on a Sunday leaving from the Amador Causeway.

Note: Weekends is when a crowd goes to Isla Taboga so if you want fewer people try a  weekday.

Isla Taboga Beach

The boat ride is peaceful and you can see Continue reading

Getting Fancy at Henri – The Loop

Henri WindowsIt’s been a long time since I’ve gone out to eat on Valentine’s Day and Henri is the perfect place for those that enjoy the perks of fine dining without the uptight vibe.  Huge front windows grant an amazing view of Millennium Park while the decor feels rich and decadent yet inviting.

Henri Dining Room 1Thick leather bar stools line the front bar lending a relaxed feel of the room while pristine white table clothes, light green velvet and leather chairs and booths sit perfectly under crystal chandeliers. I believe it was faux but it may have been real leather that lined the walls of the bathroom. Nice touch.

Henri Dining RoomService is excellently choreographed so you’re never left long waiting for anything but no one is bothering you when they shouldn’t be.

The Valentine’s menu was a choice of a prix fixe four course or grand tasting with nine courses. We choose the four course and were more than satisfied with taste, presentation and portion.

First Course: Continue reading