Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Lake Como)

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For the first stop on our vacation CateyLou and I stayed at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como. We took a car directly from the Milan airport, but you can also reach the hotel by taking a train to Como (the town) and then taking a ferry to Tremezzo. The hotel is probably best known for its iconic floating pool and spectacular views of the lake.

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Italy 2013

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For our summer vacation this year CateyLou and I traveled back to Italy.  True to form, we moved around a lot and did our best to see as much as we could over a 10 day period.  Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the best towns, hotels, and restaurants from our trip and providing some helpful tips for travel within Italy.  After the jump is a quick look at what we’ll be covering.  Continue reading

Philly Cheesesteaks

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Hailing from the great city of Philadelphia, I consider myself somewhat of a cheesesteak aficionado.  Pat’s, Geno’s, Jim’s, Tony Luke’s, John’s, Rick’s (creative names, I know) – I’ve had them all.  But on those occasions when you can’t make it over to the corner of 9th and Passyunk for a wiz-wit, you can still make a delicious cheesesteak right on your stove top.   Continue reading

St. Anselm – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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One of my favorite parts of Danny Meyer’s Setting the Table was when Meyer said that he felt an entrepreneurial spark whenever he discovered dining concepts that don’t exist that should exist.  And though I’m far from the first person to discover it, St. Anselm is an exciting twist on the traditional steakhouse experience.  It’s the answer to anyone who has ever wondered who wrote the rule that upscale steakhouses had to have a stuffy atmosphere, gigantic portions, and high prices?   Continue reading

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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Somehow CateyLou and I have managed to live in New York for several years without eating at a David Chang restaurant. Sure we’ve been to Milkbar on numerous occasions to try their exotic soft-serve flavors (I applaud the ingenuity but does anyone really want celery flavored ice cream?) but our recent trip to Momofuku Ssäm Bar was our first legitimate David Chang experience.  And it did not disappoint.   Continue reading

Barcelona, Spain

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Last month CateyLou and I traveled to Barcelona, Spain.  It was our first trip to Spain and we had an amazing time; great food (including Cal Pep and Tickets) and great wine (La Vinya Del Senyor) in a beautiful city on the Mediterranean.  What could be better? After the jump is a recap of our trip, complete with pictures and travel tips for visiting Barcelona.

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Tickets – Barcelona

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On the second night of our eating tour of Barcelona, CateyLou, my sister, and I went to Tickets.  Tickets is an upscale tapas restaurant started by famed El Bulli founder Ferran Adria.  It was probably our best meal in Barcelona and even though not every course was a home run it was a fun and memorable meal.  Continue reading

Cal Pep – Barcelona

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CateyLou and I, along with my sister, went to Cal Pep for dinner during our trip to Barcelona in February of 2013.  Although the restaurant is unassuming from the exterior, it came highly recommended from several trusted sources who raved about their simple but expertly prepared tapas.  We were not disappointed and would definitely recommend Cal Pep to eaters looking for authentic tapas in a no-frills atmosphere.   Continue reading

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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Catey Lou and I traveled to the Banyan Tree Mayakoba for the long MLK weekend.   This was our third trip to Mexico and we were hoping to continue our string of good luck with Mexican vacations.  The Mayakoba resort area is not far from Playa del Carmen and only a 40-minute drive from the Cancun airport.  All in all we had a fantastic trip and despite one flaw we would definitely return for another stay. Continue reading