Jean-Georges Kitchen: New menu preview.

It’s been awhile since I made my way to the Four Seasons Jumeirah (still one of my favorite properties in the city), but I was delighted to be invited to taste the upcoming new menu at Jean-Georges Kitchen.  Walking downstairs, I loved the romantic lighting on the outdoor patio (a bit of a different vibe […]

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Folly by Nick & Scott: Best of the Madinat?

When asked to film a spot for the Entertainer, a few locations were thrown out.  I immediately responded to Folly by Nick & Scott, as it seems like I am the last foodie in town to visit.  Now, while I wasn’t particularly impressed by my first outing with the team, I was happy to put […]

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Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

Spoiler alert, I’ve lived in the UAE for ten years, and while I’ve driven through Al Ain a few times, I’ve never actually stayed overnight.  As Hubs did quite a bit of work in the city circa 2009 (including the wildlife park), I was happy to accept an invitation to revisit this slower paced desert city. […]

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Loca Abu Dhabi: Sí!

Long before Loca opened in Abu Dhabi, Hubs and I were over the moon that authentic Mexican (or as close as our SoCal taste buds could discern) was available in Dubai (long time residents will recall the location at Dubai Marine).  Thus, when an invitation came through to check out one of the sister properties (Loca […]

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Ad Hoc: That’s (not) amore in Rome.

You know how you can get really excited for a restaurant and then it doesn’t live up to expectations?  This was, unfortunately, the case at Ad Hoc, a well-reviewed venue in Rome.  As we had first time tasting menu diners in our group, I felt especially disappointed by the experience (though they were perfectly happy with the […]

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Weekend links.

Fairly certain I’ve written close to 10,000 words this week.  All the best (and worst) from my recent trip to Italy is queued up and will be coming at you sooner rather than later — stay tuned! Food writers share their favorite ‘safety’ drinks.  What’s yours?  (I’m partial to a Cosmo or a G&T). A […]

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St. Regis Maldives Vommuli: Iridium Spa.

Wondering exactly what we had in store for our planned visit to the Iridium Spa (the onsite spa for the St. Regis Maldives), Zoe and I jumped on a golf cart and headed through the lush forest to the opposite side of the island where the spa is located.  From above, it has the appearance of a […]

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