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.

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Baby Heirloom Beets with Redwood Hill Farms Chèvre, Candied Native American Black Walnut Vinaigrette and Petite Mache

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Maryland Soft Shell Crab Tempura with Pickled Fresno Pepper, Creole Remoulade, Fried Capers and Heirloom Lettuces

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Kauai White Shrimp a la Nage with Piri Piri Beurre Fondue, Local Gristmill White Polenta and Baby Corn

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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.

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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).

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Although my husband and I are diehard Seahawks fans (Go Hawks!!!), there’s still an appreciation for what an incredible athlete Tom Brady is.  How can anyone deny that?  He has partnered with Purple Carrot to deliver high protein, plant based food to help you achieve and sustain peak performance.  Purple Carrot is a vegan meal delivery service and while I’m not vegan, I rarely discriminate when it comes to food.  Not to mention I’m completely in favor of filling my body with healthy ingredients and because Tom Brady’s TB12 plan is higher in protein (plant based protein), I am never left hungry and most often give my husband 2/3 the meal.

Each week ($78 per week/$13 per plate) we get a box delivered Wednesday late afternoon/early evening with 3 vegan meals for the week.  In a perfect world I would love to get the delivery on Monday since Thursday-Saturday are ideal for socializing outside the home but on most occasions the food keeps through the weekend and it works just fine.  Below are some examples of the meals we’ve prepared.  There are a number of ones that are now in our normal weekly meal rotation.

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Sadelle’s – New York, NY

I first got wind of this place through an article in Lucky Peach magazine.  I quickly went online to read people’s reviews and honestly wasn’t sure what to expect.  Some people raved while others claimed it was grossly overrated.  I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous that I might get the stink eye if I didn’t know what I wanted when it was my turn to order but a year later my husband and I finally ventured in (it took a year because we are out-of-towners – we’re not that lazy) and ate in rather than ordered to go.  What a beautiful space!  It took me forever to decide what I was going to get but I finally committed to the Leo – eggs with house salmon and caramelized onions topped with créme fraîche, fresh dill and chives.  Yes!  Oh…and I forgot to mention my bagel and cream cheese on the side.  I couldn’t help myself.  I mean the whole reason we went was for the bagels right?!  My husband got the house salmon which was actually the most beautiful tower of bagel accoutrements – house salmon, tomato, cucumber, onions, capers, dill, chives and avocado.  I’m already looking forward to going back this winter so I guess that tells you what I think about it.

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Sushi Zo – New York, NY

I was hesitant to write this post only because this place feels so special that I’m not sure I want to share it but…I’m going to share because if you’re a sushi lover you should make this place a priority.  There are 10 seats situated around an L-shaped counter that frames Chef Masa at work.  You are served an Omakase menu (multi-course tasting menu) that will change your sushi life forever.  I was blown away and ordered more once the service was done.  Not to mention the miso soup with king crab as your starter is the best miso soup I’ve ever had.  Well done Chef Masa, well done!!

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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.

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Lettuce salad and black truffles – fresh leafs of lettuce, truffle shavings, pecorino cheese and garlic crouton

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The Victor Hugo lobster – salted butter roasted and avocado

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The Lapérouse soufflé – for 124 years, made from praline, served with caramel sauce

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