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Ipo Coconut Bread

Eat, Souvenir Recipes By May 5, 2016 No Comments

PrintIpo Coconut Bread I ate so much Ipo Bread in Bora Bora that the Four Season’s Chef gave me their recipe. Every morning I would indulge myself with these little poofy pillows of coconut goodness. It’s measured in kg because I wanted to preserve the authenticity of the gift. But I did include a professional French Chef’s conversion chart we…


Dusek’s, Chicago- April 2016

Eat, Michelin Dining By April 24, 2016 No Comments

I’m still curious as to why this place earned a recent Michelin star. The food is very good, but no better than other Chi restaurants. The Old Fashioned donut was thick, dense and dough rather flavorless. My Salmon Bene was the best I ever had in flavor & with the most perfectly poached eggs. Mike’s burger was delicious but not…


Bouchon, Yountville- Dec 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By December 31, 2015 No Comments

We unfortunately had no luck obtaining reservations to the famous French Laundry. We did luckily get into its sister restaurant, Bouchon. The service is outstanding here and its location in Yountville is super cute. I felt as if we drove into a charming story book town. The trees and buildings still have festive Christmas lights yet it was so serene….


The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena – Dec 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By December 30, 2015 No Comments

California Michelin restaurants are in a class of their own. The dining experience here is incredible. From the ambience to the well crafted menu, the details were thoughtful, creative, and delectable. The prix fixed menu was the most comprehensive we’ve had and the courses progressed splendidly. The place was also gorgeous with a cool tree in the middle of the…


Acadia, Chicago – May 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By May 10, 2015 No Comments

We did it! As of tonight, we have eaten at all 24 Michelin restaurants in Chi! This culinary, 1.5 years experience catered to us a titillating & diversified palate. Loved every moment & even more so….sharing it with Mike. Although the plating was lovely, I don’t think any of the flavors really stood out. It is an above average restaurant…


Elizabeth, Chicago – Apr 2015, Dec 2014

Eat, Michelin Dining By April 12, 2015 No Comments

Elizabeth is a grassroots kind of restaurant where we found earthly delights. Our first time here was on New Year’s Eve 2014. Chef Iliana Regan started her restaurant in memory of her sister Elizabeth. You can see and taste the passions of Iliana through her whimsical creations of each course. We returned a second time 4 months later for her…


42 Grams, Chicago – Apr 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By April 4, 2015 No Comments

Spectacular dining experience tonight. I asked Chef where he trained and he said “Self-Taught.” It was unfathomable to me that a 2 star Michelin award earned in less than a year could be anywhere less than France or Japan. It was a shocker when the restaurant announced its unexpected and sudden closure in 2017. The husband and wife team never…


El Ideas, Chicago – Mar 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By March 14, 2015 No Comments

Sophisticated yet approachable atmosphere cuisine tonight. Have you ever tried Wendy’s fries with the frosty? The potato leek soup with vanilla freeze dried ice cream was literally a foggy dream of this. Chef’s interpretation of these simple types of ideas are fun & delicious. This restaurant looked like it was in a warehouse, but once inside it was a moderate…


Schwa, Chicago – Feb 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By February 24, 2015 No Comments

Eating at Schwa was like an underground dining experience. Nothing about the restaurant was fancy and looked more like a hole in the wall, which is part of its charm. The food was good and creative without any smoke and mirrors tactics. Some of the flavors were unusual and the textures were uncertain to me, but I can appreciate the…


The Lobby, Chicago – Feb 2015

Eat, Michelin Dining By February 14, 2015 No Comments

Celebrated Valentine’s Day at The Lobby located in the Peninsula. Our dessert this evening was an impressive lavish dessert & hot chocolate bar. Staring at the towering chocolates and substantial dessert options makes this the ultimate sweet spot.  The most interesting entree was the Santa Barbara Prawns, a shrimp rarity because of its difficulty to catch. We enjoyed everything from…


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