Review


Koosh Bistro – Review 2016 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Science Applied to Culinary art Koosh Bistro | Hamilton, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor and Urbanicity. Tucked in picturesque Hamilton’s Westdale, Koosh Bistro has glazed front with a yellow awning on Main Street west. The interior is truly Bistro like and oozes charm with a contemporary décor yet comfortable with understated elegance. Although small, it feels as if there is enough privacy for patrons...

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Claudio’s Restaurante – Review 2016 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Authentic Italian Hospitality in the heart of Hamilton Claudio’s Restaurante | Hamilton, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor and Urbanicity. I always enjoy Anthony Bourdain’s travel stories with his unique and slightly cynical take on a world he does not particularly relish except when he encounters authenticity in food and people. In his series “No reservations” on Rome, the show begins with a black and...

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Ventura’s Signature Restaurant – Review 2015 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Old imperial glory alive and well-lived on James Street North Ventura’s Signature Restaurant | Hamilton, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor and Urbanicity. The owner, Virgilio is a complex individual. Having worked in engineering, military and restaurant kitchens in Portugal and its colonies in Africa, he decided to open a pub in 1997 on James North. At the current location, albeit a smaller area. It...

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“Like a Fine Wine” – Article in Urbanicity (an urban new media publication in Hamilton) EVOO / Review

“Like a Fine Wine” is the first article I have written for Urbanicity, where I provided super-premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) appreciation and tasting notes… which led to the assessment of three of some of the best EVOOs Italy has to offer. These included: Frantoio Cutrera from Sicily, Italy Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio from Florence, Tuscany Planeta from Val di Mazara, Sicily, Italy Read the full article here.


The Little Grasshopper – Review 2015 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

A Little Gem on Barton Street The Little Grasshopper | Hamilton, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor and Urbanicity. Maria Celeste‘s family hails from Gafanha, a small town in northern Portugal. Hence, when her dream of opening a restaurant in Hamilton became a reality, the name “The Little Grasshopper” easily came to mind as it resembles the name of the town. (Grasshopper is “Gafanhoto” in...

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Thames Street Oyster House – Review 2015 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Great Food, Great Ambience… Thames Street Oyster House | Baltimore, Maryland This article also appears on TripAdvisor. It was Sunday lunchtime and we were visiting Baltimore in the midst of challenging times for Charm City. But you wouldn’t know it in this part of town where colorful historical buildings line picturesque streets of a beautiful waterfront. We had heard very positive reviews and wanted to...

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Antoine’s – Review 2015 EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

A timeless institution in NOLA’s French Quarter Antoine’s | New Orleans, Louisiana This article also appears on TripAdvisor. Having attended a conference in New Orleans , my wife and I decided to crown our stay with a dinner at the Famous Antoine’s. The story of this place is the stuff of legend… Antoine, a young man from the south of France, Antoine Alciatore, immigrates to...

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Hotels / Review

Sheraton Tribeca Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel | New York City, New York This article also appears on TripAdvisor. We stayed at the Sheraton Tribeca November 2014 . It is a convenient location to visit Manhattan… Traffic and drop off areas are an issue but overall the location is great…Subway around the corner a few eateries worth the visit nearby. Contemporary hotel small reception and...

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EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Spencers… A Lakefront Gem Spencer’s at the Waterfront | Burlington, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor. I had the opportunity to again enjoy a relaxed meal at Spencer ‘s… The location , the view are great by themselves but this is a great place. Service is very good and the offering mindful of local ingredients and slow cooking methods. The presentation of all dishes...

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EVOO / Food / Review / Wine

Celli’s Celli’s Osteria | Burlington, Ontario This article also appears on TripAdvisor. I have eaten at Celli’s a few times and it has been decent and congenial. The wine cellar is impressive and the Pizza is baked in a brick oven. Staff could benefit from further training in the wine and food requirements … a few hours would suffice. The Canadian way is never to...

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