Throwback Thursday: DC’s Masseria – a Michelin Experience during COVID-19

eateries and a distillery, Masseria marries a spacious Italian farm aesthetic with the elegance of dedicated service and perfect touches that give away the restaurant’s secret – this is no rustic countryside cafe. It might attempt to look unassuming, but the food is so exquisite, delicately styled, and nuanced that it could only come from a classically trained chef. At first look, you’ll notice a cute, stylized version of your typical urban center’s farm to table restaurant, but this is no cookie-cutter knock off.

Blue Hill NYC: Where Farm to Table found its soul

Hello, readers! The Culinary Diplomat really does still exist!*  Join me on a renaissance of sorts with the soulful cuisine of New York City’s Blue Hill restaurant. It may be neither new nor undiscovered, but one visit revealed why the restaurant and its chef-founder, Dan Barber, achieved fame for this restaurant and its subsequent sister…

COVID Throwback Thursdays:  Vermont’s Trail Break Taps and Tacos

Inventive tacos, killer burritos, grilled watermelon, and craft beer – what’s not to love?  For this week’s CD, make sure to bring your appetite for a memorable Vermont spin on Mexican food – and, because this is New England, plenty of interesting beer –  at White River Junction’s Trail Break Taps and Tacos.   At…

Manta, a Sunset, and Copper Bar: Big Dining on the Big Island

Hawaii is a magical place for so many. As the most accessible of Pacific island chains and with so much to offer, it’s no wonder it is an easy choice for a tropical getaway, family vacation, or corporate retreat. While many travelers enjoy the accessibility and vast options of Oahu, or the luxury of Maui,…

Concluding COVID Winter with a Meal to Remember at Boston’s No. 9 Park

After a long COVID winter with limited or no dining in at restaurants, a special four-course meal at Boston’s No. 9 Park was even sweeter.  Located in Beacon Hill and directly across from the famed Boston Common, chef-restauranteur Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant has continued to deliver perfect French-Italian dishes for more than two decades. On…

Throwback Thursdays: Dining in the dark at Montreal’s ONoir

We’re back with another #throwbackthursday post bringing us back to the days of easy cross-border travel. Today, I recount an exciting culinary experience at Montreal’s ONoir, which forces you to experience the joy of a great meal – but without using one’s sense of sight. It was a meaningful experience that reminded me that our…

Why Equality and Social Justice Matter to the CD

This essay discusses why this blog – and I myself – are committed to promoting equality, inclusion, and antiracism. Black Lives Matter. Why did I feel the need to post about it at this moment? If I felt so strongly, why did I wait this long to post about this topic? It appears in the…

Throwback Thursdays:  Nairobi’s Tatu makes hotel dining a special occasion

Join us for another throwback Thursday escape from COVID-19 isolation to a bygone era of business travel (wow, I’m saying that already!). Today’s post, fresh from the CD archives of unpublished posts, takes us back to Nairobi, Kenya to dine at Tatu, located within the storied Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi’s Central Business District….

Quarantine Cuisine: Getting Creative with Pesto

Welcome back to another offering in our Quarantine Cuisine series, created to share ideas to liven up cooking during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of us around the world are asked to stay at home, and our access to food may be limited. These meal ideas are shared with accessibility and customization in mind,…