Sunday, May 2, 2010

Food Holiday

California.

It was such a lovely vacation. In addition to spending time with family, attending a lovely wedding, seeing dear friends like Maggi, and awesome new friends from blogland that I met for the first time earlier this year (Tracy, Carissa and Kristy), it was also a holiday of eating. And lots of it.

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I really do plan my vacations around food. I try and figure out places that I really want to eat at - and one of the places I really wanted to go to in California was chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at The London. On my last day in California, my sister and I stopped in and it was DEFINITELY a delectable experience. The ambiance was lovely and the food was divine. I highly recommend it to any of you if you're in the Hollywood area.

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I am making a list of good restaurants, so please give me your recommendations no matter where it is. Some day I will get there!

(PS. The winner of the Ticings Giveaway is Barbara. Congrats!)

36 comments:

Hannah said...

Mmmm...looks sooo good. Making me hungry just staring at it. ;-)

And I love the fonts you use. :-)

Hannah

Simply Mel said...

Food is definitely one of my priorities when planning a trip!

Mo said...

oo Gordon's restaurant !! lucky you !

Carissa said...

I'm so glad we got to meet up for a bit while you were here in Cali! it was so good seeing you and so fun to visit an eatery/coffee shop I'd never been to!

food is definitely the best part of going on vacation! it's like a free pass to eat with abandon-- no calorie counting on vacation! :) that crispy salmon looks delicious! I'd love to go to Gordon Ramsay's restaurant some time. glad you enjoyed it!

as for restaurants I like, I will just tell you that the Italian restaurant I went to today is pretty amazing. then again, I don't think I've met an Italian restaurant I don't like! haha (you already read about it in my post- it's called Trastevere on 3rd Street in Santa Monica. if you haven't been, next time you're here, you should go! :)

FEDERICA said...

Mmmmmm everything looks soo yummy!!
Federica
xoxo

photojoy said...

Great idea! I'll definitely come back here to tell you my favorites here in my city.

Barbara said...

So glad you had a wonderful foodie time, Dionne!
And thank you for the lovely giveaway!

We plan our trips around food too. My daughter lived in Paris for 6 years so if you ever want a list for Paris, let me know.

Meghan said...

Oooh I am jealous!

My hubby and I are total foodies and always try and eat at great places when we travel. We have some awesome recommendations for Napa Valley, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago (where we live) if you are ever in the area!

Little Miss Tiara said...

Aww Dionne I missed you! :D those foods... oh my... nom nom nom...

How can you always find a new place to eat, huh? huh? huh? lol

melina bee said...

I really love the way you finish/edit your photos, especially the white card background.
I think planning destinations based on food is completely legit, esp if that place is California. Perhaps you should try to thrift for interesting kitchen gadgets and see if that turns your thrift karma around?

Michelle said...

I did the exact same thing in Montreal! It's kind of like following the food, and finding awesome places to explore along the way.

I MUST try to make that eggplant sandwich at home...

Jennifer said...

Food is one of the top five things about vacation. And any calories you eat while on vacation don't count!

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

One of my favorite restaurants is in Houston... It's called "Backstreet Cafe." My hubby and I are taking his entire family there next week for a family celebration!

Try it! It's great! Also, ask to sit out on the patio... Magical!

photojoy said...

Hello,again. As I promised, I came back here to show you one of my favorite Japanese restaurant in Kanazawa city which is four-hour-drive from my house. Sorry it's not the one in my city. My son went to a university here and I loved to visit this restaurant when I came to see him. I took these pictures after I got a permission from the owner.
Hope you'll enjoy these.
http://www.topoftheworld.sakura.ne.jp/homepage/shokuji.html

Sarah said...

Food is one of the best things about vacations. Each vacation I go on, I always have to plan out certain dining destinations. No burgers/fries for me... let's try something delightful and out of the ordinary.

;) Sarah

maggisaar said...

I'm still so happy we got to see you while you were out. Twice even! Dionne, it's always a blast for Steve and I to spend any time with you, and one day, we'll have to get out to Texas to visit you. (Which, honestly, is the ONLY reason I'd go to Texas, ever, is to see you.)

Anyway, I'm still so jealous of your trip to Ramsay's place!

And I love you!
<3 Mags

Shelley Ann said...

oh my gosh! all of that food looks absolutely delicious!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my goodness Dionne! that panini and that salmon are making me sooo hungry! have a nice monday! xo

Emily said...

Hey Dionne. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

I love your blog. This post is awesome. I'm going to go eat now....

Vanessa said...

That's so funny, I'm exactly the same way! My whole life revolves around food, especially when traveling! This summer I'm going to Germany and Brussels, which means moules frites, waffles, chocolate and beer. Drool, right? Thank you, Belgium!

Tali Schiffer said...

I am so not surprised to hear you plan your vacations around food...
Well, if you're ever in Tel Aviv, you should go to "Poike", "Messa", "Tapas One", "Onami", and the restaurant I work at "Dallal" :)

Phoenix said...

It's always so lovely to see you and hang out with you, even if for just a bit, my dear... :)

Gorgeous pics, as usual!

jennifer young said...

i plan my trip around food too! haha love it.
so lovely dionne! can't wait for your good restaurant list!!!
j.

oh and one of my fave places to eat is TART restaurant in LA (part of the farmer's daughter hotel near the grove)

http://www.tartrestaurant.com/

Sarah Esther said...

pancakes are my favorite. you rock :) gla dyou enjoyed your vacation, and that food was a huge part of it... that means it was carried out muy successfully!

natural selection said...

Was Gordon there?? and perhaps I will give it a shot food looks tasty!

Tonya {Kotori} said...

Dionne - you and I are so alike! I love to plan trips around meals... matter of a fact, I plan almost everything around meals. especially dessert!

Hannah said...

Hey there. I love this post. This is the first time I have seen your blog and I really love the photos. You have great blog style!

Nicole Marie said...

that salmon looks so good!!

Kinsey Michaels said...

You have such an adorable blog Dionne! Love the photos, the ambiance is really pretty! Glad you had fun.

Tender Branson said...

As always, lovely looking pictures.

LBB said...

Glad to hear you had a nice vacation...good food and vacations always go hand in hand for me too!

Rachel said...

Lovely...and making me hungry!

found you via the Planting Chums linkup.

Rachel

Aaron Rust said...

oh, how fun!! i'm glad you had such a nice time.

Iva said...

this is such a delicious post!!! :)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! ;)

simplesong said...

sounds + looks delicious! yum!

Kristin said...

Food is one of the best parts about travel. I always plan trips around it!

If you're ever in Chicago, here are some musts (besides stopping to visit me, that is!)... Bistro Campagne, Scooter's Frozen Custard, Bittersweet Bakery & Sweet Mandy B's Bakery, and Osteria Via Stato.