Tag: Macdonald

Bras

Father & Son Honor Their Terroir By Bob & Sue Long admired as one of the greatest 3-star Michelin chefs in France, Michel Bras has passed the torch to his son Sebastian. We have been enjoying this restaurant’s special dishes from the rustic Aubrac region of central France since 1996. Our most recent meal featured the…  Read More

Bras

Father & Son Honor Their Terroir By Bob & Sue Long admired as one of the greatest 3-star Michelin chefs in France, Michel Bras has passed the torch to his son Sebastian. We have been enjoying this restaurant’s special dishes from the rustic Aubrac region of central France since 1996. Our most recent meal featured the…  Read More

Manresa

Seasonal and Spontaneous By Bob & Sue David Kinch is one of the most innovative chefs of his time. We ate a special tasting menu, beginning with black olive madeleines on roasted red pepper gelee and ending with chocolate madeleines on strawberry gelee. In between were 18 bites which included two abalone courses, spot prawns…  Read More

Manresa

Seasonal and Spontaneous By Bob & Sue David Kinch is one of the most innovative chefs of his time. We ate a special tasting menu, beginning with black olive madeleines on roasted red pepper gelee and ending with chocolate madeleines on strawberry gelee. In between were 18 bites which included two abalone courses, spot prawns…  Read More

Paley’s Place

Delicious French-American Cuisine By Bob & Sue The Dean of Portland chefs for many years, Vitaly Paley offers delicious French-inspired American cuisine.  A fresh albacore tuna salad amuse with a cherry tomato was followed by a delicious plate of charcuterie (pistachio mortadella, duck bologna, sweet coppa, speck and chicken liver pate).  Other highlights included American Wagyu beef…  Read More

Paley’s Place

Delicious French-American Cuisine By Bob & Sue The Dean of Portland chefs for many years, Vitaly Paley offers delicious French-inspired American cuisine.  A fresh albacore tuna salad amuse with a cherry tomato was followed by a delicious plate of charcuterie (pistachio mortadella, duck bologna, sweet coppa, speck and chicken liver pate).  Other highlights included American Wagyu beef…  Read More

Coi

Tranquil Setting, Inventive Menu By Bob & Sue One of California’s most innovative chefs, Daniel Patterson dazzled us with a special 14-course menu on our wedding anniversary evening, which included amazing courses of clams with kelp, tofu mousseline with mushroom dashi, crab melt with melted lardo and a puree of wheatgrass and sea sprouts, and…  Read More

Coi

Tranquil Setting, Inventive Menu By Bob & Sue One of California’s most innovative chefs, Daniel Patterson dazzled us with a special 14-course menu on our wedding anniversary evening, which included amazing courses of clams with kelp, tofu mousseline with mushroom dashi, crab melt with melted lardo and a puree of wheatgrass and sea sprouts, and…  Read More

Schwa

Collaborative Staff, Creative Combinations By Bob & Sue Chef Michael Carlson and his team double as the waiters in this super casual, music centric tribute to creative combinations of tastes and textures.  We enjoyed a baked potato soup with cheddar cheese stretched across the bowl and crispy potato skins and scallion puree, diver scallop with…  Read More

Schwa

Collaborative Staff, Creative Combinations By Bob & Sue Chef Michael Carlson and his team double as the waiters in this super casual, music centric tribute to creative combinations of tastes and textures.  We enjoyed a baked potato soup with cheddar cheese stretched across the bowl and crispy potato skins and scallion puree, diver scallop with…  Read More

Aubergine

Creme of Carmel By Bob & Sue  The best restaurant in the greater Pebble Beach area may be Aubergine in the L’Auberge Carmel. Charlie Trotter trained chef Justin Cogley delivers highly creative dishes ranging from a Kumamoto oyster amuse with cucumber jelly and yuzu foam to Monterey Bay abalone paired with pickled sea lettuce, alba…  Read More

Aubergine

Creme of Carmel By Bob & Sue  The best restaurant in the greater Pebble Beach area may be Aubergine in the L’Auberge Carmel. Charlie Trotter trained chef Justin Cogley delivers highly creative dishes ranging from a Kumamoto oyster amuse with cucumber jelly and yuzu foam to Monterey Bay abalone paired with pickled sea lettuce, alba…  Read More

Restaurant Eugene

Georgia On My Mind By Bob & Sue James Beard award winner Linton Hopkins served a special seven-course tasting menu including she-crab soup with crab fritter, lobster and toasted corn risotto, a foie gras presentation including tourchon and a whipped foie preserved in Armenac for six years, and pheasant breast with Savannah heritage red beans…  Read More

Restaurant Eugene

Georgia On My Mind By Bob & Sue James Beard award winner Linton Hopkins served a special seven-course tasting menu including she-crab soup with crab fritter, lobster and toasted corn risotto, a foie gras presentation including tourchon and a whipped foie preserved in Armenac for six years, and pheasant breast with Savannah heritage red beans…  Read More

Cafe Boulud

Upper East Side Bistro By Bob & Sue James-Beard-winning Rising-Star Chef Gavin Kaysen (native Minnesotan) cooked a special seven-course meal for us (fellow Minnesotans) that included 1) cauliflower veloute with osetra caviar, 2) lobster with Thai flavors, mango, and lemongrass in a coconut broth, 3) black squid ink spaghetti with rock shrimp, razor clams, and…  Read More

Cafe Boulud

Upper East Side Bistro By Bob & Sue James-Beard-winning Rising-Star Chef Gavin Kaysen (native Minnesotan) cooked a special seven-course meal for us (fellow Minnesotans) that included 1) cauliflower veloute with osetra caviar, 2) lobster with Thai flavors, mango, and lemongrass in a coconut broth, 3) black squid ink spaghetti with rock shrimp, razor clams, and…  Read More

Le Pigeon

Cutting-Edge Comfort Food By Bob & Sue Portland’s Gabriel Rucker (James Beard Rising Star Chef for 2011) pushes the envelope with pigeon crudo, artichoke and Parmesan soup with lardo, beef cheek Bourgogne, and a deep-fried braised lamb shoulder with green garlic risotto.  Comfort food at its best in a funky setting so typical of little…  Read More

Le Pigeon

Cutting-Edge Comfort Food By Bob & Sue Portland’s Gabriel Rucker (James Beard Rising Star Chef for 2011) pushes the envelope with pigeon crudo, artichoke and Parmesan soup with lardo, beef cheek Bourgogne, and a deep-fried braised lamb shoulder with green garlic risotto.  Comfort food at its best in a funky setting so typical of little…  Read More

Bluestem

Progressive American Cuisine By Bob & Sue We enjoyed a dinner at this gem of a restaurant with our friends, Lee and Terry. The Chef, Colby Garrelts, has been nominated several times for Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. He offers an eclectic menu which includes a lavish Caviar presentation, a fresh Spring…  Read More

Bluestem

Progressive American Cuisine By Bob & Sue We enjoyed a dinner at this gem of a restaurant with our friends, Lee and Terry. The Chef, Colby Garrelts, has been nominated several times for Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. He offers an eclectic menu which includes a lavish Caviar presentation, a fresh Spring…  Read More

Clio

One of Boston’s Finest By Bob & Sue Ken Oringer has for years been one of Boston’s finest chefs offering creative specialties such as cold foie gras with candied rhubarb, soft-shell crab tempura with avocado emulsion, warm nettle soup with pea powder and cod cheeks, sea urchin and lobster in parsnip emulsion, and braised sassafras…  Read More

Clio

One of Boston’s Finest By Bob & Sue Ken Oringer has for years been one of Boston’s finest chefs offering creative specialties such as cold foie gras with candied rhubarb, soft-shell crab tempura with avocado emulsion, warm nettle soup with pea powder and cod cheeks, sea urchin and lobster in parsnip emulsion, and braised sassafras…  Read More

Graham Elliot

Food to be taken seriously By Bob & Sue We dined at Chef Graham Elliott Bowles’ restaurant where his revamped 19-course tasting menu revisits his successful run at Avenues. Among the special offerings were a delicious lobster risotto with sea urchin, pig jowl with date and Iranian pistachios, a perfectly cooked guinea hen with matsutake…  Read More

Graham Elliot

Food to be taken seriously By Bob & Sue We dined at Chef Graham Elliott Bowles’ restaurant where his revamped 19-course tasting menu revisits his successful run at Avenues. Among the special offerings were a delicious lobster risotto with sea urchin, pig jowl with date and Iranian pistachios, a perfectly cooked guinea hen with matsutake…  Read More

Cochon

Cajun Cuisine By Bob & Sue Chef Donald Link has several successful restaurants and an adjacent sandwich shop (Butcher) and features Cajun specialties at this modern, high ceiling restaurant.  We shared most of the extensive appetizer menu including deviled crab, fried alligator with chili garlic aioli, boudin sausage with pickled peppers, smoked pork ribs with…  Read More

Cochon

Cajun Cuisine By Bob & Sue Chef Donald Link has several successful restaurants and an adjacent sandwich shop (Butcher) and features Cajun specialties at this modern, high ceiling restaurant.  We shared most of the extensive appetizer menu including deviled crab, fried alligator with chili garlic aioli, boudin sausage with pickled peppers, smoked pork ribs with…  Read More

Alinea

Complex Palette By Bob & Sue The 26-course Tour from one of America’s greatest chefs includes several courses of amazing complexity: 1) Japanese icefish with horseradish custard and dehydrated parsley, cornichons, and potato, 2) an amazing navy bean puree covered with a pancetta chip and served with a bean sprout risotto and bay leaf gelee…  Read More

Alinea

Complex Palette By Bob & Sue The 26-course Tour from one of America’s greatest chefs includes several courses of amazing complexity: 1) Japanese icefish with horseradish custard and dehydrated parsley, cornichons, and potato, 2) an amazing navy bean puree covered with a pancetta chip and served with a bean sprout risotto and bay leaf gelee…  Read More

The Catbird Seat

Creativity on a Plate By Bob & Sue Chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger have been named to Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012 list, yet The Catbird Seat was already considered by food lovers as one of the country’s hottest destinations and toughest reservations. This incredibly creative restaurant provided memorable food and…  Read More

The Catbird Seat

Creativity on a Plate By Bob & Sue Chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger have been named to Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012 list, yet The Catbird Seat was already considered by food lovers as one of the country’s hottest destinations and toughest reservations. This incredibly creative restaurant provided memorable food and…  Read More