U Maliru 1543 and Cafe Imperial, Prague, CZ

When a restaurant is almost 500 years old, you’d expect it to be good.  And in the case of U Maliru, it is.  It’s right across the river from old town, just below Prague castle, so very convenient to get to.  The building itself is also gorgeous …


So what do you eat when you’re in Prague?  The Bohemian Tasting Menu, of course!

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Roy’s, Baltimore

Had dinner at Roy’s tonight. It was the best rated restaurant in the area, and right next to my hotel down by the waterfront. I love combination plates, because I can have a little of everything instead of having to choose.

This is the “classic four”, which is the four most popular items on the menu. Two or three of them are in fact pretty amazing. The seared tuna on the bottom right was my favorite.

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is a lovely city, and I wish I had had more time to explore it instead of spending all day in meetings and schmoozing at dinners.  I did manage to get down to old town one morning, and the harbor area has been turned into a very nice amusement park ride / shopping area:


When I get back there, I need to hike up Mont Real and take a picture from up there.  The view must be stunning (I’m not sure how I never noticed that Montreal had two French words in it!)

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London, England

I used to do “Best Meal of the Trip” … but now there are too many trips to keep up!

But I’ll do one for London, because London certainly has plenty of good places to eat … especially if you aren’t the one paying!


It’s also very walkable.  I often gain about five pounds per trip, just because restaurant food is much less healthy than my cooking, and I get less exercise when I’m trapped in meetings all day.  But I was surprised when I got back from London that I had only gained … one!  It’s probably because my boss and I walked several miles a night in search of all the best food …

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Tana Ethiopian Cuisine

I’ve only had Ethiopian food twice.  Once was while traveling in Boston near Cambridge.  The second time was last week.  Who knew Pittsburgh had Ethiopian food?


I’m not a huge fan of injera (the flat bread that is used to eat Ehtiopian food … no silverware!), but flavorful meats are one of my favorites.

I highly recommend ordering one of the five item combinations (pictured), but it’s a lot of food!  I really should have put something in for scale; the pile in the center is the size of a small chicken.  I guess you can figure it out from the size of the egg relative to the platter …

Very tasty and good.  The lamb and chicken were particularly good.  There’s a good mix of meat and vegetarian options.

Chinese Minced Pork Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)

Keeping up with the Asian spaghetti theme (which was completely accidental …), this is another Cook’s Illustrated recipe that turned out to be outstanding:


Minced Pork Noodles—Zha jiang mian 炸酱面

It’s a very rich, flavorful meat sauce that you’d swear contains tomato, but it doesn’t.  It’s just packed with umami ingredients like mushrooms, soy and miso.  The hoisin sauce gives it a nice tanginess.

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Heirloom SpaghetThai

One of the fun things about cooking is that there’s no rule that you have to stick to one culture or style of cuisine.  Once you know what you’re doing, you can make whatever you want, and it’s ok if the dishes are downright whimsical, as long as they taste great.  Cook’s Illustrated had an article on tomato sauces recently, and I was going to try it out.  But then, in the grocery store, I decided to go in another direction …


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