Monday, January 4, 2021

Italia - Milano, Lago di Como (Italy - Milan, Lake Como)

Before the world became frozen in time in 2020, we had the great fortune of traveling to Italy in September 2019. Back in 2016, we spent one night in Milan as a stop-over to Venice and always wanted to spend more time there. The first go-round we missed out on finding good steak. Instead, because it was our first time in Italy, we went for pizza in Milan at La Costiera. In Venice, known for seafood, it was some amazing salumi e formaggi at La Bottiglia and pasta at Ristorante Al Cavallo.

Charcuterie Board

The last time around, we were able to enjoy outstanding carpaccio in Milan before taking the train to Lake Como two days later. Lake Como offered some amazing sights and steak! Click the photos below for details...

Panino Giusto, Milano

Ristorante Kincho, Lago di Como

Saturday, July 27, 2019

New York - New York

Ah, New York, Neeewwww Yooorrrrkkkk! The most over reviewed, over scrutinized, overexposed city in the world. Well, here's another one or few. But for those of you who love a good steak, and love discovering new places or reading the praises of your favorite staple, maybe you will appreciate it. 

Having spent many moons in New York City, I don't feel there is anything anyone can read that will either prepare you for it, or do it justice. It is something one must experience for oneself. When you do, you'll either take it or leave it. I don't think I've ever met anyone who did not have a strong opinion one way or the other. So be forewarned... if you are a "this is my town" type, I probably won't talk about your neighborhood or the place you think is the best steak in the city. That will probably piss you off, like any true New Yorker! This is my first New York review but certainly not my last.

Click the photos below for details...

Mark Joseph Steakhouse, New York City
Ulysses, New York City

Gelso & Grand, New York City
Rosemary's, New York City

The Paris Cafe, New York City

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spain - Madrid, Mérida,Talavera de la Reina

So far, most of my posts reminisced about restaurants and trips in the somewhat distant past. Now that the blog is a reality, I vowed to do better. I decided to post my review from our road trip vacation in Spain and Portugal that just took place from February 9 - February 16, 2019. (that was not enough time, by the way!) I'm on track so far as today is only the 19th! These reviews, you can be assured, are as accurate as I can get without setting up my laptop and reviewing the same day. 

During the trip, when were not enjoying the tapas Spain is renowned for, we enjoyed steak of varying levels. Click the pictures below for the details...

Kalma, Madrid

Restaurante Parador de Mérida -  Mérida

Restaurante Antonio- Talavera de la Reina

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


As we have only had the opportunity to visit Vienna, once and for just a few days in 2016, we only had the opportunity to visit two restaurants and eat steak. I am sure there are loads of other restaurants that I can recommend after future trips and we do plan to make future trips!

Vienna is a beautiful city with a rich history. It is full of gorgeous architecture spanning back centuries. 

We found the people to be friendly and eager to communicate. Having traveled to many countries where we didn't speak the language, we have found people can almost always find a way to convey what it is they want to say.

The Straßenbahn is a tram that runs in both an inner and outer ring in the city. It's an easy and affordable way to get just about anywhere in the city. No need for Uber! 

We were lucky to spend our first two nights in Vienna at the beautiful Hotel Bristol on the opposite side of the street from the world famous Vienna State Opera House. Taking the tram was perfect as there is a stop right outside the front door.

On the first day, we had reservations at Plachutta. It is an authentic Austrian restaurant with typical Viennese dishes. Click the photo for the full review.

Plachutta - Vienna

The final night was spent at Vienna Hotel Marriott. This is a modern area of the city with construction being done and just across the street from a beautiful park - Stadtpark. The tram does not run as close to this hotel which required more walking. 

We set out on foot and - a stroke of luck for us - we stumbled upon Wild . The restaurant has been in business over 100 years. It has a casual atmosphere and the staff was superb. Click on the photo for the full review. 

Wild - Vienna

Friday, October 26, 2018

China - Hong Kong - Morton's

In 2015, we spent our honeymoon in Hong Kong. We had never been to Hong Kong before so we wanted to explore as much as possible. We stayed in a few places, including a couple of nights in Macau.

The first two nights we stayed at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers on the mainland side of the city. We were exhausted after a 14 1/2 hour flight from Seattle. Not to mention the time difference! Inside the Sheraton there are several restaurants. We were thrilled to see one of those was Morton's The Steakhouse

I know this is not exactly what you expect in a review about steak in Hong Kong, but Morton's has a steak no steak lover can complain about.  The location is fantastic on the fourth level of the building overlooking Victoria Harbour toward the financial district of Hong Kong. You can sit in the bar area for a casual atmosphere. The dining room is a little more formal and romantic. It has amazing views and at night you can see Hong Kong's spectacular show, "A Symphony of Lights".

We ordered simply - the New York strip cooked medium rare. As you can see from the photo, it was cooked perfectly. We paired it with "Parmesan and Truffle Matchstick Fries". 

We paired the meal with a very nice Malbec.

This is when we first started discussing creating this blog so please forgive the lack of photos or close-ups of the steak. We ate at the restaurant a few times and everything was perfect each visit. I highly recommend Morton's for a great steak no matter what type of atmosphere you are looking for.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Alabama - Mobile

Briquettes Steakhouse

During our seven day cross country road trip from Tacoma, Washington, to Florida's Space Coast, our last overnight stop was in Mobile, Alabama.We didn't want to drive into downtown Mobile or to the bay, but we did want to have a nice dinner and a nice steak. 

We arrived in Mobile early and decided on an early dinner so we could get a fresh start for our longest and last day of driving. Our search turned up Briquettes Steakhouse 0.2 miles away from the hotel. The moment you walk in Briquettes, you smell the aroma of steak being cooked on a wood fire grill. The restaurant was almost empty due to the time and we sat at the bar as we typically do. It started to fill up with an after work crowd ordering cocktails and some couples on date night in the bar area. There is a separate dining area for families and those who prefer table seating away from the bar.

I decided on the New York Strip with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus for $21.99. Mauricio had a Porterhouse with grilled rosemary red potatoes and a salad for $28.99.

Wow! This meal was amazing! I am pretty sure that we also had appetizers but it has been over a year since we ate at Briquettes and all I remember is how delicious those steaks were. 

Here is a close up of my New York. The wood grill gives the cuts an outstanding flavor. The sides were made from scratch and almost good enough to out do the steak. We paired our meal with one our favorite Malbecs - Doña Paula 2014.

My recommendation is if you ever find yourself in Mobile or even driving through on I-65, make the trip to Briquettes. It is worth every cent!