La Meunière, Lyon, 12/12/18


La Meunière is an old bistro with walls decorated with cooking implements and old pictures.  On a mirror is a daily special to add to an already good sized menu, which includes some combo menus.  The tables are close and bigger ones are shared by several parties.  The low ceiling, no music in the background, white tableclothes topped with paper and cloth napkins, and a large center serving table all set the casual ambiance of the place.  French is translated to English on the menu and the staff spoke various amount of English but plenty enough to make it comfortable to be there.  In fact the staff were very friendly and personable. Continue reading

The Crow’s Nest, Anchorage, 8/2/18

wine storage
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The Crow’s Nest is on the 20th floor of the Captain Cook Hotel, which are the 3 tall buildings in the downtown area.  It was built around 1976-77 and offers a wonderful view of the city.  The restaurant faces the water while the bar area faces downtown.  The ceiling of the entire area is carved to resemble the skeleton of an inverted boat bottom.  As you got off the elevator the large bar is in front of you, finished with lots of wood and low lighting.  To one side is the medium sized dining room.  Widely spaced tables are set into deep booths or against the floor to ceiling windows.  Tables are draped in beautiful embossed linens with matching napkins.  Service was exemplary – friendly and helpful – and very polished. They offered probably the biggest wine list we found in town.   Continue reading