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The reason I’m putting this in my Good Things section is simply because I don’t speak Japanese therefore I’m not able to tell you where to go exactly to eat at Tsukiji Market.  BUT…I did take pictures which I know will help.  The first spot – I’m not even sure what we were eating but it was kind of like the Japanese version of a Philly cheesesteak on rice minus the cheese.  Amazing!!!!!!!  We got there fairly early and by the time we left there was a long line so it must be “the place”.  Our second stop – fresh tuna.  Need I say more?! You get to choose how fatty you want your tuna – lean, medium fatty or fatty.  I chose to go middle of the road and it was delicious.  Third – dried fruit.  I’m not even sure what we bought but they had samples and they were sweet but subtle.  The kind of mysterious snack where you keep eating it because you want to figure it out but can’t.

I suggest going early in the morning (by early I mean 8:30-9am) and just wander.  Get lost, turn left, turn right, just explore and have fun.  I promise you won’t have a bad experience and if anything you’ll wish you had more time.

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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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45th Stop N Shop and Poke Bar – Seattle, WA

Poke bowls from a convenience store?  Yup!  And they’re incredible.  I’ve been known to go multiple times a week.  The menu is simple – 1, 2 or 3 fish (Izumidai, salmon, shrimp, tuna, unagi, or tofu) and from there you decide if you want regular or spicy.  Next you decide if you want rice, salad or 1/2 and 1/2.  Sides included are seaweed, ginger, crab meat, edamame and avocado.  The ingredients are incredibly fresh and the staff couldn’t be nicer.  Not to mention your bowl is made so quickly that the wait time is minimal even when they’re busy.  If you don’t have time to go yourself, do yourself a favor and use Postmates.

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Divellec – Paris, France

I’m not exaggerating when I say this was one of the best meals of my entire life.  Truth.  One of the ladies in my group said had we gone there the first night of our trip she would have requested we go back the last night.  Everything made this meal perfect – from the decor to the incredible staff, the night really couldn’t have been any better.  I truly feel that Divellec is Paris’ best kept secret.  They earned their first Michelin star after only being open for 4 months and I think soon enough this place will be the talk of the town.

I have never felt so glutinous but I couldn’t help myself.  Started with the caviar, next the sashimi and then followed it all up with the classic sole meunière.  The sole might sound boring to some but let me tell you, boring it was not.  I rolled each bite of fish in the butter it was sitting in and moaned out loud the whole dinner.  This really could have been my last meal on earth and I would have been perfectly satisfied.  Although I felt like I needed to be rolled out of the restaurant…we ordered desert.  Who can pass up a beautiful chocolate soufflé?!  Not me apparently.  Go here and enjoy yourself!

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Le Bernardin – New York, NY

There’s a reason this restaurant has three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Awards and is  ranked 24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.  Time and time again it’s impeccable.  I’ve been twice now, the first time having the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the second ordering a la carte.  Both were divine and different which was extremely satisfying.  Each dish is so beautifully composed and perfect from the presentation to the moment the flavors touch your tongue.  Mmmm…I just wanted more!  Definitely set your alarm to call two months in advance at 9am EST.  It’s worth the effort and money if you can manage it.

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Hamachi – flash marinated Hamachi, young radishes and amaranth crisp, Yuzu vinaigrette

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Langoustine – seared langoustine, fennel mousse line, spiced citrus-sambal sauce

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Snapper – crusted red snapper, pickled Persian cucumbers, green curry-goat yogurt emulsion

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The Bazaar – Miami Beach, FL

The Bazaar in Beverly Hills is one of my favorite restaurants so when I found out there was one in the SLS South Beach, I immediately picked up the phone and made a reservation.  And the fact that the only time slot I could get was 10pm didn’t phase me…well worth it!

The setting is very different from the CA location.  Whereas the one in Beverly Hills is dark and museum-like, this one consists of one large airy room, draped in white.  Very beachy, dramatic and elegant.

The menu is quite different as well – it showcases the local seafood as well as Cuban, Latin and even Singaporean influences.  They haven’t forgotten to include favorites from the CA.  We stuffed ourselves silly and didn’t regret one bite.  This place is a must!

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Caviar Cone – ossetra caviar, capers, eggs, onion, créme fraiche

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Not Your Everyday Caprese – cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella

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Kueh Pai Ti – Singapore’s favorite street food – shrimp, peanuts, chili sauce

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Yellowtail Hamachi – olive oil yogurt, grapes, radish, crispy rice

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Empanadillas de Bacalao – salt cod, honey

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Sautéed Shrimp – garlic, parsley, spicy tomato sauce, lemon, guindilla pepper

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“Cubano” in Honor of Café Versailles

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Black Rossejat – paella-style pasta, squid ink, shrimp, aioli

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Cuban Coffee Roasted Churrasco – passion fruit

 

Joe’s Stone Crab – Miami Beach, FL

What does one do when they go to Miami Beach?  Eat Stone Crab of course!  And that we did.  Lots of it everywhere we went.  The most famous institution though is Joe’s Stone Crab located at the southern tip of South Beach.  There is some serious history to this place which isn’t surprising seeing as it’s been open for over 100 years!

We arrived late in the afternoon only to miss the lunch service and therefore were limited to the bar menu, but limiting it was not considering all we really wanted was Stone Crab.  The Stone Crab was amazing…we ate many more than the three you see pictured:)  The rock shrimp tacos were a great addition too!

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Joe’s Bar Classic – 3 Large Stone Crabs, Hashed Browned Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

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Rock Shrimp Tacos, Cilantro Cabbage Slaw and Pickled Tomatillo Salsa

Matador Room – Miami, FL

Located in The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, this is a restaurant not to miss while you’re in Miami.  You walk through the bar on your way to the dining room which is stunning in itself with floor to ceiling photos of matadors doing what they do best.  The colors are rich and inviting, definitely a swanky hangout for a drink and nibbles.

We sat outside on the terrace rather than in the main dining room which was very lovely and green with plants hanging above and all around.  Overall our meal was spectacular from start to finish.  So much fresh seafood, I could have eaten here every day.  Absolutely nothing about this meal was disappointing.

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Spicy Tuna Tartare, Black Olive, Cucumber and Avocado

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Florida Stone Crab, Mustard Sauce and Dill Dip

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Crispy Florida Black Grouper Tacos, Aioli and Cabbage-Chili Pickle

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Raw Shaved Florida Red Snapper with Green Chili Dressing, Crunchy Rice and Herbs

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Roasted Snapper, Sweet Chili-Garlic Sauce, Crunchy Potatoes and Farm Beans

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Tres Leches Cake, Glazed Pineapple

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Warm Vanilla Fritters, Mexican Chocolate

 

Navy – New York, NY

What a neighborhood gem!  So unassuming from the outside but cozy and sweet once you walk in the front door.  The staff couldn’t have been more amazing.  So accommodating and welcoming.  They truly made the experience twice as great.

Everything we ordered was outstanding.  The unique flavors stood out remarkably making each dish so interesting.  I kept taking bites trying to figure out what I was tasting.  I would order everything we had that night over and over again.  What a meal!  If only we lived there, they would surely know us by name.

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Crudo – coco-lime, avocado, pickled chili, cilantro

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Lettuces – puffed kasha, buttermilk dressing

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Smoked Mackerel – carrots, charred scallion, olive aioli

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Crispy Sweet Potato – olives, almonds, sumac yogurt

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Zucchini & Broccoli Fritters – nigella, mustard seed, dill

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Pork & Beans – smoked butterbeans, braised cabbage

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Shaker + Spear – Seattle, WA

Located in the new Palladian Hotel downtown on Second Ave (and Virginia), Shaker + Spear surprised me in a good way.  Without many photos online of the space itself, I didn’t know what to expect but it’s gorgeous with tons of natural light and well chosen interior design details.  I especially like the chandelier above the bar as well as the bar stools themselves.

We started with cocktails at the bar and then moved onto wine and dinner once we were seated.  Between four of us eating family style, we were able to order quite a bit which is always fun when trying a new place.  Overall I was very impressed from start to finish from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out (being the last to leave means you had a great time right?!).  I would suggest making reservations if you’re planning on going Thursday – Saturday at least!  *Not pictured are the delicious oysters we had served with rose bitters and tarragon.  Yum!

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Special that night – ROASTED CARROTS, pickled jalapeños, kimchi puree

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GRILLED OCTOPUS, salsa verde

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TEMPURA SQUASH BLOSSOMS, foie mousse (on the side because I don’t care for foie)

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YELLOWTAIL, local mushrooms, english peas

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ROSEMARY COULOTTE STEAK, spring garlic, fava beans, avocado chili puree

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WHOLE FISH CHEF’S WAY (DORADE), panzanella salad

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HALIBUT, black garlic, asparagus, baby artichokes, pak choi

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BRULEE CARROT CAKE, cream cheese ice cream, ginger syrup

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HOUSEMADE COOKIES

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MINT DARK CHOCOLATE SEMI FREDDO, chocolate crumb, cacao nib, micro mint

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ROSEWATER RHUBARB, pistachio meringue, preserved lemon ricotta, orange

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