Munich: La Barraca

on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in ,
I am very expressive for my distaste for German food. It's bland, looks funky and consists typically of fallic looking pieces of meat aka sausages. My dear German colleagues are aware of my feelings here and demonstrate their hospitality by making sure they take me out to Munich's best eateries.

The latest is La Barraca an Italian joint that has a really unique concept. It's a tapas style dining environment and all the orders are done by individual diners on iPads. You never speak to wait staff other than bringing out your food . The iPad menu is extremely easy to use and complete with pictures. problem is you can't really customize your requests and you can't order drinks based on your preference. But I found myself engulfed with the interactive menu. Now, the food is fantastic as well. I ordered the lasagna, grilled shrimp, gnocchi, and minestrone soup, all were delicious.

I highly recommend this place if you are in the Munich area. Hip, innovative and delicious.


Munich: Goa

on Sunday, February 26, 2012 in ,
Plain and simple, I have turned into my dad. In Germany I don't crave Wiener schnitzel, or sauerkraut, nope instead I seek out the best Indian food in the city. Stopped by Goa for lunch and had a veg thali or platter of 5 dishes served with rice and naan. Wow, that was fantastic!

I highly recommend this place, it was packed at lunch and no buffet, everything is cooked to order. Have to give it up for my Indian friends in Munich, great job!



Tarrytown NY: Caravela

on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in , ,
Where the heck is Tarrytown! Well it is upstate NY in the prominent Westchester county. Nice little town. Here over night an asked the valet guy for a good place still open. He suggested a Brazilian restaurant called Caravela. I went there and was a little nervous as I was the only person in there. Understandable since it was so late.

The owner took care of me and don't even offer a menu, said let me tell you what's good. Brought a shrimp scampi for apps with a Brazilian twist, and for the main course a delicious seafood paella.

Quite the memorable dining experience , would not have expected to get such an international flare in a little town.


New York: The Food Hall

on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in , , ,
Celebrity chef Todd English has a few places one of which is The Food Hall located in the basement of The Park Plaza hotel. Anticipate a wait if you walk in so try and make reservations. The name says it all, you have a choice fit for a king. Burgers, pizza, raw bar , sushi, you name it. My colleague describes it well "an upscale diner". The atmosphere is laid back,friendly.

You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The pickiest of eaters will find something.

This night for me was the Kobe beef burger with Kobe pastrami. Yeah that's right I did....


Dallas: Mia Tex Mex

on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in , , , ,
Was here for a conference and my colleague from the TX area suggested we goto to Mia's for dinner. This is a Dallas institution made famous by a big change in the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. It marked the end of the Landry years with jimmy Johnson and jerry jones dining here before Landry was let go the next day.

At any rate the food was simple and fantastic. We had fajita nachos, and brisket tacos that were heavenly. They even had this Serrano pepper salsa that was tres spicy!

This place was so good we came back for lunch the next day. Highly recommend it of you are around the Dallas area!