Blog posts tagged 'restaurants'

Atera gallery added

My first time in New York City would not have been complete without checking out the fine-dining scene! Jon and I had the pleasure of dining at the two-Michelin-starred Atera on our first night in town over a quick, Memorial Day weekend trip to the Big Apple. Atera is located in Tribeca and serves 18 guests in an intimate environment seated around the prep kitchen. We love this type of setup because it’s so entertaining to watch the line...

How to take photos of food in a restaurant

I recently read a blog post by Nicole S. Young on tips for photographing food in a restaurant. Nicole is fantastic at capturing food and I love her work. I own, and reference, her well-written book on general food photography. I was anxious to read her restaurant tips, as most of the time when I take food photos I’m seated in a restaurant. Her advice is excellent, but as I read her article I realized that the type of...

Momofuku gallery added

We had some pretty amazing dining experiences on our trip to Sydney but none was more epic than the twelve-course tasting menu we enjoyed at Momofuku Seiōbo on our last night. We were lucky enough to have a seat at the kitchen counter, which made the meal just as entertaining as it was appetizing. It was so much fun to see all the chefs meticulously plating food and watch everything come together. The meal was beautifully presented and inventive...

Quince gallery added

Quince, quite frankly, was one of the best meals we’ve had in San Francisco. It had everything we were looking for in a special occasion, two-Michelin-starred restaurant: a welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, and impeccable service. The standout dishes on Chef Michael Tusk’s eight-course tasting menu for me were: the Maine lobster, trofie with Nantucket bay scallop, and the tortellini with goose and black truffle. Jon thought his black cod was the best fish dish he’s ever had. We absolutely...

Yam’Tcha gallery added

During our last trip to Paris, our final meal was at the one-Michelin-starred Yam’Tcha, and I’m happy to be able to share those photos today. Unique to Paris, but certainly welcome, Yam’Tcha features French-inspired cuisine married with Asian flavors. Chef Grattard, a French native, studied at L’Astrance in Paris and Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. Both are famed Michelin-starred restaurants, but serve completely different cuisines. The idea for Yam’Tcha, which translates to “the hour of tea,” came to Grattard and...

L’Astrance gallery added

No trip to Paris would be complete without dinner in at least one Michelin-starred restaurant. On our last trip, we visited two: L'Astrance and Yam'Tcha. Both were fantastic and I have photos from Astrance to share today. Situated just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Astrance's location could not be more idyllic. The creative, seven-course, modern-French tasting menu was elegantly presented and delicious. There were some unique standouts like a mushroom, foie gras, apple tart and jasmine...

Tickets gallery added

We ate a lot of great food in Barcelona without having to try too hard, but one major victory was scoring a reservation at the famed Adrià brothers’ Tickets restaurant. A tapas bar follow-up to the world-famous elBulli, Tickets felt casual and fun; the food was uniquely presented and delicious. We had a great seat at the counter in front of the kitchen which allowed us to take in all the action. I hope you enjoy...

Atelier Crenn gallery added

I posted photos from Jon's and my fifth anniversary dinner today in the Atelier Crenn gallery! The restaurant, located in the Marina district of San Francisco, is owned and run by Chef Dominique Crenn. Her tasting menu is a poem, where each line of the poem represents a different course. The food was delicious and uniquely presented, sometimes disguised as things one might find in the forest. Atelier Crenn earned two Michelin stars in the...

The Restaurant at Meadowood gallery added

Photos from Jon's birthday dinner last September were added in The Restaurant at Meadowood gallery today! Meadowood, located in the Napa Valley in St. Helena, is only the second Bay Area restaurant to earn three Michelin stars, along with The French Laundry. The meal, prepared by Chef Christopher Kostow, was worth every one of those stars. From hand-written birthday cards to delicious, unique dishes and presentations, the evening was perfect. Check out the photos of...