2012 was indeed the year of travel! I did my fair share, with trips to Copenhagen, Paris and Spain. The real globe trotter here is Jose. He has covered tremendous amount of ground this year with multiple visits to Belgium, France, London and Spain. Each trip was carefully constructed with each dining destination going through a fair of amount of deliberation. What we enjoyed most about all this travel are the fantastic people we met and dined with along the way! We could not of eaten as well without all their restaurant knowledge. 🙂
Let us know what you think about our 2013 restaurant to do list at the end. Enjoy this year in review!
One of the biggest surprises of the year was Belgium, who knew that such a beautiful sleepy little country could be hiding one of this years gems, In de Wulf. If you get a chance to go out there you MUST check it out. I hope Jose takes me soon cause laying out all these gorgeous pictures are making my mouth and eyes water.
We both ventured out to Copenhagen for a long weekend at the end of Jan, right before we moved into our new apt…talk about stressful. Copenhagen as we knew was a hotbed for dining and thankfully all the places we tried lived up to the hype. Noma was wonderful and inventive, geranium delicious (first place we tried most common uncommon combination of 2012 the white chocolate and cucumber dessert) We absolutely loved radio and manfreds for their quality and value.
1. Noma – Chef René Redzepi (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pictures
2. Geranium – Chef Rasmus Kofoed (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pictures
3. Radio – Chef Claus Meyer (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pictures
4. Manfreds – Chef Christian Puglisi (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pictures
After a incredible trip to belgium and France where Jose met David Toutain and his wife Thai he got the crazy idea that we should head to Paris for a long weekend. We made all the reservations we could and got additional tips from our friends. It was one hell of a trip. The meal at Agape Substance was unforgettable. Another memorable food moment was grabbing fresh bread on our way to the airport. Du Pain Et Des Idees is a must if you are a carb lover!! (Many thanks to Pam for the Recommendation !)
1. L’Agape Substance – Chef David Toutain (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pics
(David has since left the restaurant)
2. L’Arpege – Chef Alain Passard (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pics
3. Du Pain Et Des Idees – Baker Christophe Vasseur More Pics
4. Yam T’cha – Chef Adeline Grattard (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pics
Jose was in and out of Spain all year and as a result had the opportunity to check out the ever famous Etxebarri! Yet another one I am super jealous of! Spain has a great deal to offer those looking for a culinary adventure. Diverxo is a wonderful playful restaurant in the heart of Madrid. It is one of the few non traditional restaurants in the city (something that is hard to believe) Well worth the visit!
1. Diverxo – Chef David Muñoz (link to Spanish hipster post) More Pics
2. Ricard Camarena – Chef Ricard Camarena More Pics
3. Las Rejas – Manuel e la Osa
4. Rodrigo de la Calle – Chef Rodrigo de la Calle More Pics
London has a lot going on at the moment. I imagine there will be a whole lot more incredible Le Chateaubriand-like places coming in the next year.
2013 RESTAURANTS TO DO LIST
Maeemo – Oslo,
La Marine-Noirmountier (Alexander Couillon)-France,
New Air Du Temps-Belgium,
Atelier Amaro ( Wojciech Modest Amaro )-Poland,
La Vie (Thomas Buhner)-Germany,
L’Enclumes (Simon Rogan)-UK,
Mina – Spain,
wherever David Toutain is cooking next
In De Wulf at least one more time.