The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone should make everyone's list who is headed to wine country in search of a fantastic meal in addition to great wine. Set in the hills of St. Helena (right outside Napa), the outdoor view is serene, while the inside view of the kitchen is lively. The beautiful setting is enhanced by the cuisine. UH-MAY-ZING!!! It's 2 months later, and I can't stop thinking about it.
Downtown Delray has a wide variety of dining options, and I've been fortunate to be a repeat customer at several of them. There has been one place though catching my eye and we've been holding on to it for a special occasion- well the time came (a good week at work for the hubby) so at last, we got to Cut 432. Not only were we celebrating a small success, but we were also excited to get to have a long awaited double date with our pals, Heather and Steve. In one word, Cut 432 is INCREDIBLE.
For one of my birthday celebrations, the husband and I planned on going out for a romantic dinner so, we got dressed to impress and headed to Michelle Bernstein's (Palm Beach, FL), located inside the Omphoy Hotel. Before I get to the dinner part, I must note that the property itself, which sits directly on the beach, is lovely. The boutique hotel's interior emits a warmth through its dim lighting and dark color scheme. It mixes a modern look with sophistication. I felt glamorous walking up the staircase that led into O-Bar, the posh lounge where you can socialize while enjoying cocktails and small plates. We skipped right over the lounge and continued up the second, smaller set of stairs to the restaurant.
Highly recommended it came, so we gave it a try and my "O-Piñon" on Piñon Grill is also a positive one. A beautiful façade matched with a luxurious interior, allow this classy, Southwest inspired restaurant to fit in with the neighboring, prestigious Boca Town Center Mall. The exterior of the building displays a naturally sophisticated look, which continues as you enter through the oversized double doors.
Eureka! We found it. Red Fish Grill, Miami, FL. If you’ve never eaten there, I’ll bet my last dollar that you’ve never driven by it either. This well hidden gem is pretty much located IN the Biscayne Bay. It is tucked in the very back of a public park (Matheson Hammock) in the most serene setting, enclosed by natural beauty. The historic beach pavilion turned restaurant gloats “Miami” as it is surrounded by water and white light encrusted palm trees. I could go on about the sight and its magnificence, but it’s something that is just better to be seen in person.
My travels brought me to Roswell, GA and I opted to seek the advice of fellow Yelpers for a supper suggestion. They guided me to Stoney River, whos interior resembles a lodge and ego revolves around legendary steaks. So, who orders a soup and two starters for dinner at a steakhouse? This girl! Yup, with a plethora of fine filets and fresh seafood entrees, I opted to use my menu blinders and stick to just the first section. Now before you judge, hear me out.
Trendy décor, upbeat music, and fusion fare is what the Downtown Delray eateries are known for- and is everything that Sundy House is not. Just a couple of blocks away from “the scene,” lies a completely different kind of scene- a large, Victorian style house surrounded by lush landscapes. The tropical gardens, the freshwater ponds, and the tranquil ambiance create a romantic setting that will make any heart melt. Quiet tables for two sprinkled along the outdoor pathway are perfect for wooing your first date or the one you are celebrating years of togetherness with. But don’t think it’s a place just for couples. For our last dining experience, we had the magic number, eight, scoring us the most magnificent outdoor table, underneath a private gazebo (which my friends thought I set up- so I may have taken a little credit for it). There is no limit to how many you can dine with at Sundy House. As a matter of fact, it is a popular place for people to host their special occasions, from milestone birthdays to full out weddings. The property is ideal no matter what time of year you are planning your event because the indoor dining areas are (almost) as nice as the outdoor grounds, including the Warhol room, which doubles as an art gallery.
Since today is Bastile day, I thought it would be appropriate to write about a terrific French meal that I recently had. Far away from Paris, in Dallas, Texas lies a lovely bistro, Toulouse Café and Bar. During a work trip, my colleague (and fellow foodie) came across this gem- not in a stumble upon it kind of way, more in a read a ton of reviews of 25+ restaurants before deciding this is the one. Great choice!
What's the coolest hot spot in all of Fort Lauderdale? Tundra, of course. The arctic themed scenery defines this new Las Olas locale as the cool place to be (literally), but you can leave your parka at home- while there are ice carvings displayed throughout the dining areas, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Its cozy interior (aka limited seating) portrays an earthy, modernized lodge housing a series of oversized, icicle-shaped chandeliers that are the focal point of the room. A full bar (complete with a specialty drink menu) invites those who want to enjoy a cocktail, and perhaps a bite to make themselves comfortable. The covered patio out front accommodates many more guests and is tastefully adorned with black chandeliers, chic lighting, and ice sculptures.