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How to Find a Great Restaurant While on Vacation – La Fisheria

That incredibly lousy dinner was on our first full day in Playa del Carmen. You’d think that it could only get better from there, right? Only slightly. We had a … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 5 Comments

Top Chef Boston Episode 14: Holy Escamoly

Previous Episode   Every year Top Chef moves to a different location for the finals of the competition.  Outside of the gratuitous shots of Padma in a bikini, I never … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 4 Comments

Detroit Eats Part 1: Selden Standard

A couple of months ago, Boom Boom and I spent the night in downtown Detroit to celebrate my birthday.   I know, I know – not exactly the most romantic … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

Ann Arbor Eats: The Ravens Club

I guess the third time really is the charm. * The Ravens Club has been open for four years and I had always felt that it was a great place … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 11 Comments

Food for Commoners – Outback Steakhouse

Some of the most popular shows on cable are the ones where a food expert like Bourdain or Zimmern go to exotic restaurants across the world.  Sometimes they’re fancy, upscale … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · 36 Comments

Testing a New Theory: Seventeen in Petoskey

After our trip to Tulum, we found ourselves in Petoskey, a scenic summer hotspot in northern Michigan.  I guess I have to clarify that that’s the northern end of the … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 6 Comments

Scottsdale Eats: El Chorro

During our first go-around with Scottsdale, we’d pass by this sign that simply said, “El Chorro.”  We had no idea what it was – hotel, golf course, brothel, senior living … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Scottsdale Eats: Olive and Ivy

On the second night of our second trip to Scottsdale, Boom Boom had a work dinner so couldn’t come out with us. So Mini-Me and I had ourselves a bit … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 7 Comments

Scottsdale Eats: Roaring Fork

I had never been to Scottsdale before this past April and I unexpectedly found myself there for the second time in a six weeks.   Boom Boom had another conference and … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

Scottsdale Eats: Culinary Dropout and Sneaking in a Wine Fest

Right after Boom Boom finished her last conference session, we hightailed it up to Sedona.  When we got there we did some hiking and did a jeep tour to take … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 6 Comments