In Atlanta: The Great Food Truck Race Review: The Lime Truck & Roxy’s Grilled Cheese...

Jun 3, 2011 by

When was the last time you had an urban picnic?  I spent last weekend chasing Food Trucks!  Really I did. Food Network was filming the reality challenge series The Great Food Truck Race in Atlanta. Tyler Florence is the host. I happen to love eating-on-the-street/food so it seemed like a fun weekend adventure. Street food is not new but Food Trucks take what I call “Urban Picnics” to a gourmet level. Who remembers the ice cream truck? On hot summer days my friends and I would immediately stop playing when we heard Leo’s bell. Popsicles were for “big kid” sharing and Hoodsies were for babies. Boston winters brought the chestnut vendors out in the Back Bay. Men huddled over little carts, with real fire, scooping roasted fruit (they’re not technically a nut) into paper cones....

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In Atlanta: The Old Hickory House...

May 27, 2011 by

At Old Hickory House the barbecue is so hickory infused it gets into your fabric, literally. I know that it might sound strange that a Eurogirl from France and Italy would have a passion for barbecue but in Italy smoked and cured meats are a staple in most Italian ‘special’ dinners. It is served in small portions as antipasti along with pickled vegetables and cheeses. What the French call charcuterie, (i.e.; salami, sausage, terrines, pâtés). In America it can range from a great hot dog to awesome barbecue! At Old Hickory House, a southeast based barbecue chain, they focus on hickory smoked barbecue and when I say Hickory, I mean Hickory. While a chain, this place had a very friendly staff but busy, so if you go at lunchtime make sure you order quickly...

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In Atlanta: Grindhouse Killer Burger...

May 20, 2011 by

You can have it almost your way! I wonder if it might perhaps be symptomatic of our current economy that all of these gourmet burger joints are cropping up all over the country. People want to go out and treat themselves to a fun dinner with or without the kids but the less than romantic QSR fluorescent lighting of  a Burger King or Chick-Fil-A might give them pause. When I first stepped foot into the cozy location off of Piedmont road that houses Grindhouse Killer Burgers, I was excited to try their version of the ‘killer’ burger. Their famed location on Edgewood Ave is relatively close to my home and all the hipsters brag about their options including an excellent veggie burgerTheir parking lot is tiny but I noticed a good number of the...

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In West Hollywood, CA: Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie...

Mar 25, 2011 by

Tucked uniquely away in a little nape of West Hollywood, and surprisingly very close to Melrose and Sunset, The Palihouse is a boutique hotel with a French grace and LA feel.   It is a Tablet hotel and they are well versed in chic! For instance, when I checked in on FourSquare there was a tip left by Demi Moore mentioning that the courtyard was a great place to hold a breakfast meeting – and that is exactly where we found ourselves at brunch and I was told her favourite table! Their chef, Mike Bryant, comes from rural Virginia where he developed his love for farm fresh ingredients while learning his way around the kitchen from his French mother. His mother did an excellent job! The Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie features and amazing brunch that would...

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In Santa Monica: The Lobster Restaurant...

Mar 18, 2011 by

So recently, I had the opportunity to head out to LA to work for a celebrity client. I explained to the staff that I wanted to dine at a somewhat touristy place near the West Coast so I could dip my toes in the ocean. Be mindful that it is early March and even in Los Angeles, California the water is cold enough to make the hair on your arms stand, each strand at attention. I had enlisted my roommate Ola from Sweden as my dining companion as we made our way to the Santa Monica pier for a little Lobster dinner at none other than, The Lobster. Heading to Santa Monica from Hollywood, where our hotel was conveniently located in the center of everything, was a must – I like quiet boutique establishments,...

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