LAN Business Class JFK-LIM

Pre-departure drink and warm mixed nuts.

Pre-departure drink and warm mixed nuts.

After a summer hiatus (from blogging, but not dining or travel) I’m back.  I know this will severely hamper the likelihood that I fulfill my New Year’s resolution, but I’ve got some posts in the pipeline and should catch up soon.

A few months ago, I went to Chile and Peru.  I flew there in LAN‘s new “Premium Business” product.  As far as business class products go, it was quite good: spacious cabin, lie-flat seats, a nice little amenity kit.  But the food was quite disappointing. Continue reading

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Kajitsu — Four Stars

The entrance to Kajitsu.

The entrance to Kajitsu.

Dining at Kajitsu, the Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in midtown Manhattan, is like nothing you’ve ever done before.  (Trust me.)  There’s a reason it’s been on my list of places I’d like to go, even though I don’t typically list completely vegetarian restaurants on the list. The restaurant features Japanese shojin cuisine — a style of cooking that is centuries-old and comes from Buddhist monks.  But it’s much more accurate to say that this is a place that uses ingredients you might or might not be familiar with and concocts them into incredible works of food and art.   Continue reading

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Where Have I Been?

Bermuda

Well, yes, I was recently in Bermuda, but that’s not the point of this post. While I was in Bermuda, I dropped my iPhone into the swimming pool at the hotel! The iPhone was shot (even though I immediately threw it in some rice) and with it, hundreds of pictures and notes! I had a bunch of restaurant reviews that I was planning to write, but alas, they are gone forever. So I’ve been spending some time regrouping, and will have some more posts up soon.  Stay tuned…

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Power? Breakfast at the Lambs Club

Lambs ClubWhere do you go for a power breakfast in New York City?  The obvious answer, for years, was apparently the Loews Regency (so I read).  But they closed for renovation, so New York’s wheelers-and-dealers are apparently adrift.  This, of course, means there is a free-for-all among the restaurateurs who charge too much for eggs.  The Lambs Club gets a fair amount of discussion, but if a recent visit is at all typical, the Lambs Club’s power breakfast needs a backup generator. Continue reading

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Rich Table — San Francisco, CA

So much food!

What’s the best vegetarian food in San Francisco?  I recently raved about State Bird Provisions, the best new restaurant in America according to Bon Appetit Magazine.  But here’s the thing.  The second time I went to SBP (review coming), I asked the waitress what restaurant she recommended, and without hesitation, she answered, “Rich Table“.  Rich Table was also the recommendation of my friend Chef Dave Santos.  Oh, and the James Beard Foundation has listed both SBP and Rich Table as semifinalists for best new restaurant.  Dave Santos hooked me up with a last-minute reservation at Rich Table the day after I ate at SBP.  If I had not been to one of these restaurants, I would easily say the other is the best restaurant I’ve been to in the last year.  Having been to both within 24 hours, I really can’t say. Continue reading

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Not Frugal Friday — American Airlines First Class

American Airlines First Class -- Champagne

Are you looking for vegetarian food on American Airlines in first/business class?  Well you’re in luck, sort of.  As I recently mentioned, when you fly cross-country in a premium cabin, you can pre-select your entree, and there is typically (at least the four times I’ve selected an entree) a vegetarian option.  So far so good.  But, selecting a vegetarian entree and getting a vegetarian meal are two different things, because the first course is typically not vegetarian.  don’t learn from my mistakes, I forgot to request a vegetarian meal the next time I flew AA as well.  So here, combined, are my two reviews.  Surprisingly, even though I was flying the exact same flight (AA 85, JFK-SFO), the meal was a lot better the second time. Continue reading

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