Meals Around the World – About Me


My husband and I love to travel to try out restaurants, from grunge to 3 star Michelin. Frankie is a cute little stuffed cat I picked up in Frankfurt, Germany who has become our dining companion on these journeys. She makes it fun to find different places to pose her in and some of the restaurant personnel really take to her and want to pose her themselves. She seems to always get a good smile or fun pose when they hold her.  In the masthead the waiter wanted to give her a kitchen tour and one of the chefs thought she could take on their piranha.  I hope you enjoy her explorations as much as we have.  As I ready pages of restaurants in places we’ve been if she doesn’t show up it just because we hadn’t found each other yet.  These articles express only my opinions and dining is paid for by ourselves, no sponsors or ads.

Helen and Frankie


22 thoughts on “Meals Around the World – About Me


    I am working as photo editor for the german food magazine “essen & trinken” from the publishing house Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg. We are actually preparing our June issue, which will be published the 11 May.
    In each issue we are presenting on our magazine-pages a concierge, who talks about his most favorite restaurants, bars and cafés etc.
    In this issue it is the concierge from the Hotel Rival in Stockholm and one of his favorite food addresses is THE restaurant “Prinsen”

    For this I would like to ask, if you could send us a variety of high resolution images which I found on your blog?

    I’ m looking forward to your reply by mail to as soon as possible and say thanks in advance

    Kind regards from Hamburg

    Martina Raabe
    Bildredaktion/picture desk

    Gruner+Jahr GmbH & Co KG
    Am Baumwall 11
    20459 Hamburg
    Postanschrift: 20444 Hamburg

    Telefon +49 (0) 40 37 03-3848
    Telefax +49 (0) 40 37 03-5677


  2. Hi,
    We love your website and used it to plan a lot of our eating itinerary for our winter break trip to Barcelona. With great success I might add. We are heading to Paris in two weeks and have been going through your posts, but you’ve been to 56 restaurants in Paris and they all look good. Any favorites?
    Thank you


    1. Matt, you made my day! It is so nice to know people enjoy and can make use of this site. Now you’ve given me a really hard question. Paris is without a doubt my favorite city to eat in and I’ll be back there later this month to add more to the mix. Probably my favorite is Arpege. It’s a 3-star, so on the pricey side, but the trick is to go for lunch. Get the “feed me” lunch where chef picks for you. When I ordered my own lunch it wasn’t nearly as fun and chef is usually there and will stop by the table and chat. Vegetables have never had this much taste. Another one I’d go back to is Signature by Pierre Sang. His other spots are also good but the Signature is a real value for dinner and he is often there. Sang is as big a personality as Passard and the folks he has in the kitchen do a wonderful job. For a bistro my favorites would include Gare au Gorille and I’m hoping to get back to L’Arcane this next trip. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Good eating to you and yours!
      Helen and Frankie


  3. Hi Helen and Frankie, Thank you so much for taking the time to write back with recommendations. We made reservations for lunch at Arpege and a dinner reservation at Gare au Gorille. We also have reservations that I made before reaching out to you at a number of other restaurants at which you have written about on your blog. We take-off in six hours! Thanks again, Matt.


      1. Hello again,
        We just booked another trip to Spain – mostly Madrid, but a little Barcelona at the end. I’m fairly familiar with where to eat in Barcelona since I used your blog for our trip over New Years last year, but I haven’t been to Madrid since 1995. Any favorites from your travels?
        Thanks again


  4. Matt,
    Sorry it took so long to reply. We were eating our way through Lyon! My absolute favorite in Madrid is Sacha. You’ll need a reservation and I’ll warn you the first few times we were there we felt very much like tourists as they have a ton of well dressed regulars that go. But they’ve gradually warmed up and they one guy speaks pretty good English. It is hands down the best food. La Buena Vida was a really fun and tasty experience. It is very small but their foie gras pate was memorable and the couple that run it are extremely welcoming, along with serving some outstanding food. Dstage is highly ranked but it didn’t work that well for me. If you want a fancy meal I would pick Santceloni, I was really impressed with how much it had improved when we revisited.

    Hope you have a great trip and I’m not too late in reply. Happy Holidays!



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