Back in 2019, before the pandemic, my husband and I travelled to France. One of our favorite things to after a long day of sight-seeing and museum-hopping, was to have a late-night, light dinner in a classic french bistro. Ahh, to sit outside on a summer night, nibble on delicacies from a humble charcuterie board and sip great french wine. Not to forget the baguette!! Since we have been locked-up (like the rest of the world), I have been going through old pictures and thinking, when will we be able to travel again?!?
These days, thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic, we are stuck at home. As I go stir crazy, I decided that it might be nice to go down memory lane and look back at some of our travels. 2018 was a BIG year! Both my husband and I finished grad school and we decided to splurge on a much-needed vacation. So off to London we went! When in London, there are few things one must partake in. First, is the traditional “pub fare”. I had to have mushy peas with fish and chips. My husband opted for the heartier steak and ale pie. Both were delicious!!! In fact, since our trip to London, meat pies have become a staple in our winter menu.
Another classic experience that I highly recommend is the proper English Afternoon Tea. We took advantage of every single opportunity to have “tea”. For a more relaxed experience, I would recommend tea at Harrods. For a more formal (over-priced, but totally worth it) experience, go to the Ritz-Carlton. As always, our travels have inspired our everyday “tea” drinking.
Finally, a romantic dinner. Our first night in London, we went out to eat at Hutong a glamourous Asian restaurant on the 33rd floor of the Shard . I still dream of the Lotus leaf beef and the dumplings!!
Unassuming and humble, this is by far the best BBQ I have had in a very long time. If you ever get to travel to Charleston, make this your first stop! https://rodneyscottsbbq.com/
Charleston is where I want to retire!!! We got really lucky an managed to et lunch reservations at Husk (https://huskrestaurant.com/home/). Crispy catfish, fried chicken and hushpuppies—nothing says southern comfort like this.
On a recent trip to NYC, we had the pleasure of dining at two very nice restaurants. One night we went to Kennedy’s Bar and Grill near Columbus Circle. Another night we went to David Burke’s, “Burke in a Box” at Bloomingdales. These are a few snapshots of what the food looked like. The service was awesome and so was the food, I highly recommend these locations for your trip!
Kennedy’s Bar and Grill:
Appetizer: Mussels in garlic and wine.
Main Course: Grilled Tuna and Surf& Turf !
Popovers, Calamari Salad, Grilled Salmon, Short Ribs and Creme Brulee
On a recent trip to Newport, the boy and I went to “The Mooring” for a fancy romantic dinner. And this is what we had.
I had- Sea Scallops with artichoke hearts, quinoa, sweet-pea puree and fennel slaw.
The boy had grilled Swordfish on a bed of lobster corn chowder with bacon lardons and matchstick potatoes.
We finished with a box of chocolated we bought at a local shoppe.