A Look Back at the Best Barbecue in Europe: Pendergast Smokehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Let’s try this — on Thursdays, I plan to re-post reviews of restaurants from earlier days of the Blog as a service to our more recent readers.  Here’s a post on the best barbecue place in Europe, and a Top Place by any standard. ### Wow! That was my reaction to my first bite of brisket at Pendergast Smokehouse in Amsterdam.  I was stunned by … Continue reading A Look Back at the Best Barbecue in Europe: Pendergast Smokehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fleur de Lys, Gruyères, Switzerland

The blog relies heavily on our Senior Correspondents, and perhaps the most faithful are our Senior France correspondents, Barbara Somson and Ross Eisenbrey.  Ross surfaced recently across the border in Switzerland in the medieval village of Gruyères, which, of course, is most famous for the cheese.  The Gruyerois started making cheese there in the 12th century, and after 1,000 years or so of practice, they’ve … Continue reading Fleur de Lys, Gruyères, Switzerland

Chez Simone, Collioure, France

The latest restaurant report from our Senior France Correspondents, Barbara Somson and Ross Eisenbrey, is on their dinner at Chez Simone, a restaurant set on the harbor in Collioure.  The view is of the sea, sailboats, and the local Notre Dame, with its church tower that used to be a lighthouse.  Collioure is a lovely town near Port Vendres, a few miles from the Spanish border. … Continue reading Chez Simone, Collioure, France

La Galerie, Cèret, France

Our peripatetic Senior France correspondents, Ross Eisenbrey and Barbara Somson settled down for a bit in Port Vendres, a city on the Mediterranean in southeastern France, where the mountains come down to meet the Mediterranean.  They were just across the border with Catalonia, the northeastern corner of Spain, and the Catalan influence naturally bleeds into France.  Barbara reports from the pretty little Pyrénées town of … Continue reading La Galerie, Cèret, France

L’Étage, Orléans, France and La Cave Ô Délices.Montauban, France

I am back from the beach and sorting through reports from our Senior France Correspondents, Barbara Somson and Ross Eisenbrey as they travel about France, often well in advance of their luggage.  Their first, understandably laconic report was from Orleans: In Orléans, at L’Étage, we had a light supper of (risotto aux écrevisses, pois gourmands et chips de jambon cru accompagné d’un jus de viande, … Continue reading L’Étage, Orléans, France and La Cave Ô Délices.Montauban, France

Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Arles probably is best known for Van Gogh’s residence there.  During 14 or 15 months in Arles, Van Gogh completed 187 paintings in a period of artistic breakthrough and mental breakdown.    Our guide taught us numerous ways different nations pronounce “Van Gogh”, none of which is “Van Go.”  It makes you proud to be an American. Arles also has a very  impressive Roman arena … Continue reading Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Where to Eat in Avignon: L’Agape

Our last planned lunch in Lyons — one more bouchon and more unfamiliar foods — came a-cropper due to a latish return from our morning tour, close to 1:00 pm.  Our cruise ship had a 1:45 pm departure.  We might have made it, but the price of failure would have been figuring how to get to Vienne on our own hook, and the price of success would be hurried lunch.  Discretion proved … Continue reading Where to Eat in Avignon: L’Agape