Dinner by the River – Le Gril by Loui & Jules in Bremen, Germany

Le Gril by Loui & Jules Bremen Salmon & Shrimp

Dining al fresco by the River Weser is the way to go if you are in Bremen, Germany. If you like steak, seafood, pasta and good drinks well then Le Gril by Loui & Jules is the place for you.

Beautiful view, great atmosphere and excellent service.

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Lunch at Solbar – Calistoga, CA

Solbar Calistoga - Image via Solage

Solbar Calistoga – Image via Solage

“You have to eat at Solbar.” After hearing this repeatedly I made my way to Solbar a Michelin Star-rated restaurant in the Solage Resort in Calistoga. A huge outdoor patio full of beautiful trees and surrounded by mountains is a great way to take in Napa. The 95 degree day prompted me to sit inside but the large windows, vaulted ceilings and rustic chic vibe was just as enjoyable.

Check out this video if you want a peek inside Solbar.

The 95 degree day made an easy choice of the chilled sweet corn soup. It was refreshing and the chunks of avocado with the magic combination of lime juice and cilantro gave the soup an extra creaminess and zing.

Solbar Calistoga Chilled Sweet Corn Soup

Solbar Calistoga Chilled Sweet Corn Soup

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Tasting at Adamus Lounge in the Silversmith Hotel – The Loop, Chicago

Adamus Chicago Communal Table

Adamus Communal Table

The Adamus Lounge opened this summer in the newly renovated Silversmith Hotel in the Loop and it is a beauty. Playing off the Jewelers Row District theme the interior has diamond table tops, jewel cut tables and large cut glass sconces. The place oozes glamour.
I was invited to a tasting on Monday and was greeted with a cocktail and a sampling of appetizers. The drinks are mixed with skill and care so take note you will not receive your drink right away. All the syrups are made in-house and the juices are fresh squeezed. Worth the wait the Cantaloupe Basil Refresher is vodka based and served with fresh cantaloupe, basil and lime juice. Yes, it was refreshing and not too sweet. I had a sip of the Bourbon Punch and I didn’t taste a hint of bourbon and loved it (not a bourbon drinker). This is probably due to thepomegranite, fresh lemon and orange juice.

BOURBON PUNCH & CANTALOUPE BASIL REFRESHER

BOURBON PUNCH & CANTALOUPE BASIL REFRESHER

A taste of the Yellow Tomato Gazpacho served with celery and fennel relish, Hass avocado, citrus crème fraîche is perfect for a light summer bite. The Broiled Wianno Oyster was a rich bite with Pernod Creamed Spinach, smoked bacon and gremolata. Last and definitely not least, the Lobster Croquette was rich and full of flavor and texture with crunchy corn, smooth gravy and roasted shallots.

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Dinner at Seasons in Beautiful Amsterdam, Netherlands

Canal Jordaan NeighborhoodWe had dinner with friends in the impossibly cute Jordaan neighborhood at Seasons in Amsterdam. To get an inside peek and a close up of all of the food check out the Tastemade video I made.

As you can tell by the name there is a seasonal menu, the service and prices are great. This is a good place for a relaxed dinner with its cozy feel and laid back diners. Make reservations as it is small. Continue reading

Lunch at Henk – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Walking down the Prinsengracht, one of the three main canals dating to the 17th century in Amsterdam, on our way to the Rijksmuseum hunger hit us right as we passed a cute cafe called Henk. Amsterdam Prinsengracht Canal HenkThe sun was out and it was a beautiful day to people watch so we grabbed one of the two tables out front. We sipped our delicious cappuccino while we decided between the quinoa or chicken salad, vacations can be so stressful…

Henk Amdestram Netherlands Front

Henk Amsterdam TableWe decided on the salade met kip, doperwten, tomaat en avocado a.k.a. salad with chicken, green peas, tomato and avocado. It was fantastically simple but packed with flavorful with the extra kick of the rich parmesan shavings. The green peas were edamame and the tomatoes tasted like they were picked from the garden that morning.

Henk Chicken Salad AmsterdamHenk is small with a bar featuring wooden boxes for shelves in the front of the restaurant and a small dining room with white walls and wooden chairs. The vibe guarantees this is a cool place for a drink or dinner. If you find yourself on Prinsengracht definitely stop by Henk.

Henk Amsterdam BarHenk Amsterdam Dining Room