Last weekend I had the most amazing meal at Gabriel Kreuther to celebrate my birthday. Chef Kreuther honed his chops in top restaurants across Europe before moving to this side of the Atlantic, where he worked in kitchens such as Jean-Georges and The Modern (both of which are DELICIOUS!). In 2015, Chef Kreuther opened his eponymous restaurant, which has gained a AAA 5 Diamond Award, 3 Stars from the NY Times and a Michelin Star. So, I knew I was in for a treat. Continue Reading
In my last post, I shared about the amazingly beautiful grounds of Ballyfin and the exemplary service. In this post, I’m excited to share about one of the things that most compels me to travel – FOOD!! Ballyfin has a vast fruit and veggie orchard, chicken coop, and bee hives from which the chef sources his produce, eggs, and honey.
We were welcome to wander the orchards as part of the grounds, and sample the produce – such as these lovely blackberries: Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, I made a short weekend trip to Chicago – one of my favorite cities in the world! I know I’m from NYC and now live in KC, but Chicago is seriously amazing – the extensive food, arts, and culture scene would keep me busy for ages. Not to mention that the city itself is picturesque, with its location right on the lake. I can’t wait to make a return visit!
Although our schedule was pretty packed, we did have an evening free for an indulgent dinner. We were lucky enough to score reservations for Acadia, which not only received two Michelin stars, James Beard recognition, and numerous distinction, but also has a reputation for delicious yet unpretentious fare presented in a welcoming, non-stuffy setting. We were psyched for the experience! And since we were making the trip, we went with the 10-course tasting menu. I mean, why not!
My eating buddy for the evening and I both agreed after the meal that it was one of the best tasting menu experiences either of us has had. So, I can’t wait to share my photos with you! Unfortunately, the printed tasting menu lists only the featured ingredient of each course, so the details I provide below are from my memory. But, let’s be real here – you’re mostly here for the pictures anyway, right? Let’s get started then 🙂 Continue Reading