Where to Eat in Maine: Camden, Bar Harbor, Rockport, Rockland, Portland

Every road trip to Maine involves lobster. And while there are certainly many seafood shacks to choose from, a meal in Maine can be so much more than lobster rolls and chowder (although those are very, very good).¬†For our Labor Day weekend trip, we made our way through Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Portland, and our food itinerary was surprisingly diverse. We had fantastic plates of Asian food in lily-white Camden, hand rolls and omakase in Portland, and delicious blueberry pancakes in Bar Harbor. If you’re looking for a hit-list of places to eat that include a little bit of lobster and a whole lot of something else, check out the recommendations below.Read More

Mott 32 in Hong Kong

apple wood roasted 42 days peking duck

I love the texture that the skin of Peking duck adds to the underlying meat, but I would never seek out the skin on its own. Duck skin tends to be a little too tough and is not something I would pick off and eat on its own like I do with chicken skin. But then I tried the duck skin at Mott 32, a restaurant in Central, and I was amazed by how it just melted into my mouth like a piece of cotton candy. Even to this day, the sensation of the skin dissolving into a pool of exquisite duck fat is what I remember about my dinner at Mott 32.Read More

Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong

Dim sum is never the type of meal where men need to be in smart attire. But at Lung King Heen, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, proper pants are required. Our friend Terrence learned this the hard way when he arrived at the restaurant wearing shorts and was denied entry. But despite the angry protests, he had to either accept a loaner pair of pants or borrow one of ours. Terrence had to put on his big boy pants for this meal.Read More

Jitlada in East Hollywood, Los Angeles

jitlada in east hollywood, los angeles

The ethnic food in Los Angeles is always excellent, which is why I was especially excited to have lunch at Jitlada, a Thai restaurant in East Hollywood that was a favorite of late food critic Jonathan Gold and was described by Bon Appetit as having the best Thai food in LA and likely the whole country. As we drove through East Hollywood and into the heart of Thai Town, I grew more excited as I saw the colorful, foreign-language signs dot the boulevard. This was going to be an authentic experience with nothing watered down, explosive fireworks of heat and flavors at every turn.Read More

Kismet in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

kismet in los feliz, los angeles

California has perfected the bright and airy all-day cafe concept, and Kismet in Los Feliz is a shining example. The space has the sort of clean, white lines and wooden seats that are reminiscent of the new Nordic aesthetic that is highly attractive to many people. And this being California, the vibe here of course is a little sunnier and more laid back than even your typical cafe. You can even taste it in the food, which is Middle Eastern in influence, only the hummus and feta taste like they’ve been kissed by lemons and sunshine.Read More