Bon vivant

The word “brunch” first appeared in print in America in an 1896 Pennsylvania newspaper.  The article was entitled “The Newest Thing in Lunches,” it states in part, “The latest ‘fad’ is to issue invitations to a meal called “brunch….a repast at 11 o’clock a.m. the midday time between breakfast and

“It has always been our dream to work together in the kitchen and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to cook side-by-side again.  Le Grand represents a mix of our heritage, our fine-dining training, our European cooking experience and the fresh California cuisine and produce that we love so

Inspiration comes in many ways; you know you are aligned with your creative expression when what you do comes from an inspired action. One life event leads and simultaneously connects you to another on the path of self-discovery to understand that all you are experiencing is adding to your own

No longer do we associate an evening cocktail with the stereotypical image of a 1950’s housewife ready with a martini as her husband walks thru the door.  Goodness knows we often long for that simpler time, today, however, we most likely are looking for a cozy inviting lounge, a place

Who can resist the allure of venturing into a hidden establishment, the mystique of what lies behind a secret door or decor that makes you feel you’ve traveled back to another time? During Prohibition, in the 1920s and ‘30s, drinkers were forced into clandestine speakeasies.  Purveyors of liquor found endlessly

Every restaurant, regardless of size, location or cuisine, should strive to be a “great neighborhood” restaurant.  Why? If the locals love it, visitors will inevitably follow. After all, visitors always want to go where the locals are. The key to becoming a GNR include some essential elements such as: approachable

Nestled high atop the hills in Cernobbio, Italy, you can find this gem of an upscale restaurant overlooking the majestic Lago di Como. The drive up from Via Regina may be hair raising for some as a narrow winding and curvy road is the only way that leads to this

If you’re from Southern California and spent any time away from it, you know that Mexican cuisine withdrawal is real!  My earliest taco memory is an original hard-shelled taco from Taco Bell, which, by the way, has been voted America’s Best Mexican restaurant in the 2018 Harris Poll.  Today, Mexican

Submergence: the complete covering and obscuring of… If you’re looking for a self-indulgent dining experience filled with Italian flavors, Joseph’s NYC is it. Upscale Northern Italian cuisine restaurant located in the Financial District of Downtown New York City, Joseph’s presents an elegant and refined environment with extraordinary dishes to highlight

Most of us remember our first flight and viewing the earth, perhaps even our own neighborhood or house from above.  Being high in the air inevitably gives us an instant feeling of peace, puts life in perspective and transports us to another world.  Encounter a similar feeling as you take