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Montreal- an unexpected foodie city !

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Loved all the places we ate our way though !
Friday night – Foxy. Super grill food , just deliciousness !

Saturday brunch at Olive + gourmando. We waited for 30 mins – it was so worth the wait !! Owned by the same people that own Foxy. I had a summer salad with pumpkin seeds , quinoa , cauliflower , chicken.
DH had eggs. We both had spritz. Yummy.

Dinner was at Le Mousso. An 11 course tasting menu ! Heavenly. We did the wine pairing to go along with it. Every dish was creative , well done , superbly thought out.

Sunday brunch , our last meal was at Lawrence. Loved the food , scene , vibe and the chilled out neighborhood. I ate the eggplant on a flatbread with egg. So ,so good.

I need to come back to try all the other restaurants this city has to offer. Till next time Montreal- you were fun to visit !
#canada #foodlovers #foodiecity #greatvacation

When in doubt , head to Italy ! 

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Italy is my favorite country in the world.  New York is where I wanted to live as a child , Italy (  Regions of Tuscany or Umbria ) are where I would love to retire. 

Day 1 in Milan. We checked in at the Bulgari. A true test of a hotel is what they do when they are in trouble. With that internet down , printers not working the hotel was in trouble. But with a smiling face and no stress visible they handed it like complete pros. 

We had the 4 th floor room , garden view. Very nice. 

Candy and a tamarind drink at the lobby. 


Drinks at the ever popular bar with outdoor seating. Felt like an oasis in a busy city. Loved it. 

We did lunch at convivum restaurant. It overlooks this piazza.  Everything is gorgeous here. 


We dined at the 2 Michelin star restaurant , Seta. We really enjoyed our meal. The lamb was one of the best I have ever eaten. ( At the Mandarin Oriental ) 


Day 1 – a success !! We also went to the gym – so that was great. Could slightly justify the over eating. 

There are hotels, homes and then VILLAS !

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We went to the Dominican Republic for spring break and decided to stay in a villa versus a traditional hotel for the week that we were there.

It was a great decision, we had a chef and also another couple friend that went with us and their son.

This is the place we stayed at. Direct flights with Jet Blue, short drive to the property.

 

http://www.casaphil.com

Pictures from the website, not my own.

The kids rooms, was so fantastic! Definitely going back.

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We played the “festival of colors- Holi” while we were there. The kids loved it! These pictures make me want to go back!

Day 4,5 and 6- Italy 

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after bidding adieu to Portofino, our next stop was Porto Ercole. A Tuscan Island where locals go on holiday. 

Before heading there we decided to do a slight detour to “The Mall”. A big designer outlet shopping center in Rappello , Tuscany. 

We then headed to Porto Ercole. We stayed at the Argenterio Golf and Spa resort. It’s a member of the design hotels. There is one Leading hotel of the world on the island , Il  Pelicano , incase you are wondering. 

  

  

  

 

  Modern property with a black and white decor. We had a  junior suite with a terrace. 

Dinner Herrera was modern Tuscan good with local ingredients. 

     
We decided to explore the island a little Porto Stefano was the nearest to followed by Orbetello. 

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We ate dinner at a beach restaurant called “I Due Pini”. It was just beautiful. 

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Hubby did a golf lesson at the hotel. I used the gym. They had 2 pools.indoor and outdoo the gym was well equipped. 

The next day we decided to return to one of our favorite Tuscany cities- Siena. It was just a 90 m drive. It was the only day it rained but it was still wonderful. 

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After a fantastic lunch at a cave restaurant ( boar’s meat sauce on Papadelle) , we had some great coffee followed by gelato. 

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Since we couldn’t get a table at Pelicano due to the inclement weather  , we ended the trip with some delicious wine and dessert.   

 

  The drive to the airport was just 90 m. 

Bye Italy. See you again soon !!!

Day 2- Portofino, Italy 

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We were well rested this morning , having slept 12 hours !! The bedroom was so dark and we had no screaming kids ! 

We got ready and walked down to the town on Portofino. The Belmond has 2 properties here. One high up on a hill ( where we were staying ) and one right on the water ( Belmond Splendio Mare). The hotel has a shuttle service back and forth every 20 mins as well. 

   

Walking this path led to the habor. For a fishing town , it has some very beautiful high end designer stores. 

I love buying fruits as they taste so different and natural. 

  
Morning espresso. A Double. 

  

Pictures below of the harbor. 

   
     
Lunch was at a restaurant called o Magazin. Delicious fresh pasta and seafood. 

   
 

Portofino is around 1:20 mins drom Thr UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terra. More on that day 3. 

We ate dinner at a restaurant called PUNY. Super food. They take themselves quite seriously and if they don’t think you should , they will advise against cheese in their food lol. 

The speciality if this area is pappardelle pasta , made with pesto and tomato sauce. 

Steven our waiter shared that Denzel Washington is a big fan and has come back at 1 am ( after an earlier meal) to prepare this with the chef. 

In any case ,  the pasta and the fish we ate were so delicious we decided to come back the next night. 

Dessert was gelato ! 

Cartagena, Columbia

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Were are leaving tomorrow but had a relaxing trip in this city.
For our anniversary dinner we are at Santa Clara Sofitel at 1621. It was good food! My restaurant of choice was Carmen , at the Ananda hotel but since we couldn’t get a dinner reservation we did lunch there on the 29 th.

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Though we couldn’t stay at Ananda as it was sold out, we relaxed by the pool, drank some delicious sangria and ate our favorite meal here.

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The food at Carmen was absolutely fab! Asian inspired , bright and very bold flavors.
We needed a long walk after our lunch!

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Cafe Mila was so good , we went back for coffee.

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Our hotel has a roof deck. We spent a little time soaking up the city views.

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I absolutely love the night time views here!

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Lunch today was at Cafe Mulata. Absolutely delicious and open only for lunch!

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Work trip

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Work trip

I left NYC on 12/2 to visit China, Hong Kong and India. One of my longest work trips, but it has been productive. I have had the pleasure of eating at some super amazing places and I highly recommend the below in Hong Kong.

Sevva- in central – amazing views and what delicious international cuisine.
A must , even though it’s not new anymore.!

Cafe grey deluxe- At the Upper house. Fantastic views and delicious food. Super new and popular. At pacific place.

Enomod- social dining off Hollywood road- casual , relaxed , tapas style. Budget friendly.

22 Ships-no reservation place in Wanchai- great innovative , tapas style food. We had a 1 hour wait but enjoyed drinking our wine on the street !!
Enomod food pics

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Sevva – basil chicken with chili and rice and a delicious salad.

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22 ships

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Polpo restaurant and Arbutus

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My hubby’s co- worker invited us to Polpo for lunch. It reminded me of Malatesta in NYC.
Great home made, fresh , tasty food! We ordered 3-4 dishes each and shared. Highly recommend it.
Www.polpo.co.uk
41 beak street
London

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After a wonderful lunch we did a little bit of shopping and I ogled at the beautiful diamond stores on New Bond Street.

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For dinner we were recommended ” Arbutus” a 1 Michelin Star restaurant.
Highly recommend it.

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For appetizers I got the Sicilian tomato salad with ricotta cheese. Hubby got the squid with razor clams.
Main course we both got the cod. Absolutely great.

We got some cheese afterwards.

🙂 it was super busy for a Monday night. I would eat here again for sure !
Thank you Sabir for the recommendation. It was really great.

L’Artusi- a must go to!

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Since life is full of surprises- I like to surprise hubby or friends with a fun pick for a Sat night dinner. A few weeks ago it was L’Artusi.

228 W 10th St
(between Bleecker St & Hudson St)
New York, NY 10014
Neighborhood: West Village

(212) 255-5757

Reservations are hard to get buy- we had to eat at 7 pm, which was on the earlier side for us.
It’s Italian food, just delicious.

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