Big Fish in Smaller Ponds


Growing numbers of ambitious young chefs and restaurateurs are abandoning the bright lights and big cities and establishing thriving restaurants in secondary markets.

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“Empathy and Excellence” in Switzerland

“”Empathy and Excellence” in Switzerland” Reviewed August 16, 2015 Ok….so you’re traveling to Switzerland, a landlocked country surrounded by beautiful mountains, railroad tunnels, hills and valleys. What comes to mind also is cheese, lederhosen and banking. But water? Needless to say we were not only surprised by how much water there is in this French/German […]

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Magical Maui Retreat

“Magical Maui Retreat” Reviewed November 20, 2014 Tucked away at the end of Wailea Rd are several comfortable Hotels; but none more pleasant nor peaceful than the ANDAZ–a Hyatt property with the comfort of a private hideaway rather than the hustle-bustle of so many Island resorts. This lovely spot on the beach has several […]

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Serenity in Sonoma – Applewood Inn & Spa, Russian River

“Serenity in Sonoma – Applewood Inn & Spa, Russian River” Reviewed September 5, 2014 If I had arrived here late at night and needed to sleep immediately, I would have had one of the most comfortable nights of slumber in recent memory. Then upon awakening in this pristine, beautiful villa, I might have believed […]

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Comfort in Shanghai – The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi

“Comfort in Shanghai” Reviewed September 3, 2014 Not too long ago I visited a family member living in Beijing. While there, he insisted we spend several days in the modern city of Shanghai; which we did. Needless to say I was impressed with the city and its very modern designs, flavors, attitude, et al. […]

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One Enchanted Evening– Nick’s Cove , Marshall , CA

“One Enchanted Evening– Nick’s Cove , Marshall , CA” Reviewed August 10, 2014 As we drove along HWY 1 , north of San Francisco, on our way to one of our favorite “retreats” again, we still marvel at the beauty of the California Coast. Then, as we make our last turn on the curve […]

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The River Cafe All Star Chef Reunion/Fundraiser for Chef Gerry Hayden

Most successful individuals, regardless of their profession, have had a start in humble beginnings.  And through hard work and attention to ever-improving opportunities, they make their mark.   When it comes to todays successful and well-known Chefs, one of those opportunity springboards came from their experience and good fortune at Buzzy O’Keeffe’s “River Cafe”. These […]

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James Beard Foundation Tribute to Charlie Trotter

Photo Credit to Ken Goodman In the food industry there are a number of Chefs/ Restaurateurs who elevate above the rest through the use of skill, hard work, creativity and love of their craft.   Chef Charlie Trotter, winner of nine James Beard Foundation Awards,  was one of these greats. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly […]

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Comfort, Class and True Hospitality – The Langham, Chicago

“Comfort, Class and True Hospitality” Reviewed May 26, 2014 While there are a number of Hotels in Chicago which could be classified as 4 & 5 Stars, anyone who is seeking a truly comfortable experience downtown should make your reservation at The Langham at 330 Wabash…. This Langham exemplifies hospitality and service, which I […]

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An Oasis of Comfort – Rosewood Inn Santa Fe

An Oasis of Comfort – Rosewood Inn Santa Fe TripAdvisor Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Santa Fe New Mexico “An Oasis of Comfort” Reviewed April 22, 2014 One of the best experiences we’ve had on our trip in the southwest…A very courteous and professional staff… Room was clean, comfortable and the turndown service at night […]

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