Trokay – Truckee, CA
You never know what you’re going to get in mountain towns but until recently gourmet hasn’t been on the top of the list unless we’re talking about Aspen or Vail Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than juicy burgers, a cold beer and a greasy spoon diner for breakfast when I’m near the mountains but this was a very pleasant surprise. Molecular gastronomy mixed with a bit of comfort food as well as classic French dishes. Very unique, very seasonal and very well done. If you’re looking for a nice night out don’t overlook this place.
You have three menu choices at Trokay. The Prix Fixe Menu for $85 (4 courses), the Chef’s Tasting Menu for $145 (10 courses), or the A La Carte Menu. Although a lot of the items we ordered were on the Prix Fixe Menu, we decided to order off the A La Carte Menu to get exactly what we wanted.
Baby Heirloom Beets with Redwood Hill Farms Chèvre, Candied Native American Black Walnut Vinaigrette and Petite Mache
Maryland Soft Shell Crab Tempura with Pickled Fresno Pepper, Creole Remoulade, Fried Capers and Heirloom Lettuces
Kauai White Shrimp a la Nage with Piri Piri Beurre Fondue, Local Gristmill White Polenta and Baby Corn
Granger & Co. – London, UK
Best recommendation ever!!! My girlfriends and I were spending the day shopping in Notting Hill and casually asked one of the shop girls where she would recommend we eat lunch. Without blinking an eye she said, “Granger & Co. and no matter what you do order the ricotta hotcakes to share!”. We did just that and more. Holy s#!t those should be illegal! I don’t care for bananas so we had them on the side but honestly everything about this was perfect. It’s one of those dishes where you feel slightly turned on with each bite. Wow. And then the shrimp burger with jalapeño mayo, shaved radish salad and sesame gochujang. It reminded me of my beloved shrimp buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York.
The Lobster Roll Restaurant – Amagansett, NY
Yes, this is the same place where they’ve filmed The Affair on Showtime. I’ve never seen it but immediately when I posted a picture on Instagram, friends started asking and because of the posters and mention on their website, I know it’s the spot.
My husband and I spent a couple of days in the Hamptons this summer and rented a car one day to explore up the coast. We discovered that each town has it’s own cute feel. While driving to Montauk we couldn’t help but notice this place on the side of the road and immediately turned in for a lunch stop. Good choice us! What do you order when the restaurant has a HUGE sign on it’s roof advertising it’s lobster roll? A lobster roll of course!!! Mmmm mmmm…DE-licious! I wouldn’t really mess around with much else but that’s just me (my husband did have a tasty crab cake to start).
Lapérouse – Paris, France
Do a little research on this place and you’ll quickly realize that it has some major history. Established in 1766 how could it not?! What we thought were vandalized mirrors in our room turned out in fact to be scratches from the diamonds that the “cocottes” (fashionable prostitutes) would make in order to authenticate the diamonds they got as payment and make sure they weren’t just glass. All the history aside, the food was great! I’m still thinking about my salad with fresh truffles shaved on top. I could honestly eat it everyday.
All in all this is a memorable and fun restaurant whether you’re a party of 2 or 12. Check out their Instagram to see all the notable models and famous people that have dined there.
Lettuce salad and black truffles – fresh leafs of lettuce, truffle shavings, pecorino cheese and garlic crouton
The Victor Hugo lobster – salted butter roasted and avocado
The Lapérouse soufflé – for 124 years, made from praline, served with caramel sauce