Riccardo Enoteca

This was our first visit to Riccardo Enoteca and I can tell you it will not be our last. Clearly finding a good Italian restaurant in Chicago is not a very difficult exercise, but finding one that absolutely makes you want to return for dinner the next day, is something to share.

The restaurant is the more casual restaurant of the dual restaurants Riccardo Enoteca and Riccardo Trattoria, both located on North Clark in Lincoln Park. We entered the restaurant and were immediately welcomed by the staff in this small but comforting restaurant.

We started out with two glasses of a crisp Prosseco while we took our time examining the menu. There were many wonderful looking items but we kept our focus on what looked like it would be coming out of the wood burning oven.

The meal was excellent and the wine list very extensive and complete.

We strongly recommend Riccardo Enoteca and you can find more information about the restaurant at OpenTable or TripAdvisor.

Riccardo Enoteca

The Wood Burning Fireplace at Riccardo Enoteca.

Riccardo Enoteca

Burrata Genovese, a plate of wonderfully fresh cherry tomatoes with a great pesto sauce. All topped by a tasty slice of Burrata.

Riccardo Enoteca

Vegetali Alla Griglia, a tasty plate of various vegetables including asparagus, egg plant and of course cheese.

Riccardo Enoteca

Scallops Appetizer, which was two large and tasty scallops in a lobster bisque.

Riccardo Enoteca

Pizza Modella, a great pizza of Stracchino, wild mushrooms, arugula, prosciutto, truffle oil. Yummy!

Riccardo Enoteca

Tiramisu, traditional and very good.

Riccardo Enoteca

The staff hard at work but willing to stop and chat with us about how they use the wood burning oven.

Origo Panadería

Having lived in México for over the past ten years one culinary treat we have failed to get (other than at Lalo! in México City) is authentic French baguettes and croissants. Well thanks to our friend Rose Calderon of Morelia, we found our second authentic French boulangerie, this time in Morelia, Michoacán. To emphasize this point, when we decided to move to France last year, one of our criteria for deciding where we were going to live was the quality of the local boulangerie so we visited every boulangerie in each village/hamlet we visited. This hopefully shows how important we view the quality of our bread and croissants, as well as demonstrates that one can live on bread alone (with maybe a little butter and red wine).

So yesterday we had lunch at Origo Panadería and we were blown away. When we entered the restaurant we were greeted by Nico, who is a French trained baker who is helping his friend in getting this restaurant up and running. Not only being very friendly and multi-lingual (we talked English, Spanish and French) he had a great knowledge of the restaurant as well as the process.

To ensure the quality of the products, the restaurant imports their flour and butter (for the croissants) directly from France so there is no loss of quality that you experience when you try to make a traditional baguette or croissants at home when living in México (we know we tried many different methods). Everything is done the traditional methods although they do provide some creative flair to their final products.

We started out with a traditional croissant that was extremely flaky and tasted like it oozed of butter, even though it was not greasy. For our main plate Jo Ann had a sandwich of Gravalax and Goat Cheese on a cereal baguette. I had a pizza of Smoked Salmon with Pears on a Béchamel sauce. Both of these were excellent.

We strongly recommend this restaurant if you are ever in the Morelia area and looking for an enjoyable French treat.

You can find more information about the restaurant on Trip Advisor or Google Maps.

Origo Pandería

Gravalax and Goat Cheese on a cereal baguette.

Origo Pandería

Smoked Salmon with Pears on a Béchamel sauce.

Origo Pandería

The flour mill that the restaurant plans to use to mill the wheat that they are starting to grow here in México.

Origo Pandería

The flour mill that the restaurant plans to use to mill the wheat that they are starting to grow here in México.

La Table de Leo

Located in a small town called Saint-Avit-Sénieur, located between Monpazier and Belves in the Dordogne, is a wonderful restaurant called La Table de Leo. It is a very contemporary looking restaurant that prepares excellent cuisine. The menu was very creative and we both had the Menu du Jour, which is only available for lunch during the week.

Everything about the meal was excellent, starting with a beautiful amuse bouche, followed by an Entrée, a Plat and then of course Dessert. We also had a glass of wine at lunch which perfectly complemented our meal.

You can find more information about La Table de Leo at TripAdvisor or Michelin. Alternatively you can also contact them via their website.

La Table de Leo

La Table de Leo

Salade de Chevre Chaud, very yummy and I liked the cheese wrapped in the filo packets.

La Table de Leo

Pigeon with a chestnut purée on artichoke hearts.

La Table de Leo

Twelve hour roasted pork on a bed of home made sauerkraut and potatoes.

La Table de Leo

Exotic Fruits with a Mango Sorbet.

La Table de Leo

Deconstructed Couer du Café.

Restaurant Eléonore

It was our last night staying in Monpazier and we decided to have dinner at Restaurant Eléonore. It was a short walk from the house we were staying at, which makes it so nice to be able to enjoy yourself and not worry about the drive home.

I had the à la carte menu with a selection of three plates while Jo Ann had the menu du jour so we were able to have a sample of both menus.

Everything we had that evening was superb and the restaurant has a good (albeit limited) selection of wines from the area and Bordeaux and which were reasonably priced.

The service was outstanding and totally matched the quality of the food and the wine. We strongly recommend this restaurant.

For more information about the restaurant you can check out their website,  The Michelin Guide or TripAdvisor.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Mimosa with Quail Egg, Citron Confit and Cavier, a wonderful Amuse Bouche.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Queues de Langoustines, with a condiment of mangue-papaye and crème coco au ccombawa.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Foie Gras Mi-cuit Eléonore, wiht fine créme carottes and walnut oil dusted with a red wine sea salt. Very Yummy!

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Choco-Caramel-Café, with a creéme glacé sirop d’érable and noix pécan.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Filet de bœf with racines de persil au beurre noisette, white asparagus and a sauce of port and Péridord truffes.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Dos de Saumon with perles de Savoie à l’encre de seiche, leeks and ginger done in papillote and a watercress sauce The Perles de Savoie à l’encre de seiche is pearls of black ink pasta

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Pears poached in wine with a speculoos ice cream and an almond cookie.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Château Terre Vieille Pécharmant 2010, an excellent choice for the night’s meal.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Menu de Restaurant Eléonore à la carte

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Menu Edward the menu of the day

Auberge du Belvedere

It was a cold and somewhat dreary Sunday, so what is better than having lunch at a new restaurant recommended by some friends that we had not been to. This time the restaurant was the Auberge du Belvedere located just outside of Tremolat. The restaurant is clearly one of those out of the way locations and we even made one wrong turn getting there but that is part of the adventure.

When we did find the restaurant, the parking lot was full and as we walked into the restaurant, it was full of local families all having their Sunday lunch together. Sunday lunch in France is not a “fast food” event, so for the Auberge du Belvedere, you need to plan on spending 2 to 2 ½ hours for lunch (which with great conversation is still too short).

The meal starts with a glass of a Kir and then is followed by a multiple course meal. To cut to the chase, everything was excellent and so I will let the photos speak for themselves as to the quality of the food. The service was excellent and we totally enjoyed ourselves.

The restaurant is located at Lieu Dit Rocamadou, 24510 Tremolat, France (+33 5 53 22 49 01) and you can read more about it on their TripAdvisor.com page.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Menu du jour at the Auberge du Belvedere

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

The potage du jour which was a delicious soup of noodles, chicken and a comforting brooth.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Pâte de foie gras and a foie de canard. Very yummy.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

This plate was the Entrée chaude du jour and was roast pork in a heavenly sauce. Very yummy!

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Confit de canard et pommes de terre sautées. Traditional fare that tasted wonderful

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Confit de canard et pommes de terre sautées. Traditional fare that tasted wonderful

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

The dessert du jour, which was a light cake with pears, toasted almonds and what tasted like a Poire Williams sauce.

Le Restaurant Victor Hugo

This past week we had lunch at a restaurant in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande which we had found on TripAdvisor.com. The lunch was great as the food was very tasty and fresh, the service outstanding and prices very reasonable.

I had the menu du jour which consisted of three items, a starter of cream of cauliflower soup, a main plate of Veal with pasta and vegetables and a nice apple cake in a yogurt sauce. Priced at €13.90 it was a very nice deal. I also asked the owner his choice for a glass of local wine which was also outstanding.

Jo Ann had a large Salad de Chevre Chaud and a wonderful (I only got a small taste) of a Chocolat Foundaut avec glace de menthe. Not only was it presented beautifully but it was very tasty. Jo Ann also had a glass of the local white wine selected by the owner.

If you are in the area of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande I strongly recommend visiting Le Restaurant Victor Hugo. They are located at 101 rue Victor Hugo, 33220, Sainte Foy-la-Grande. You can find out more about them at TripAdvisor.com.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Le Menu du Jour.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Veloute de chou-fleur.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Blanquette de veau Tagliatelles, légumes. The veal was extremely flavorful as were the vegetables and the pasta.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Salad de Chevre Chaud

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Chocolat Foundaut avec glace de menthe.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Gâteau au yaourt pommes-caramel. Simple but very good.

Restaurante La Poudette

It was a chilly day so we decided to have a traditional French family Sunday meal. Although the restaurant was about 20 minutes drive from where we were staying we thought it looked like it would be a fun and enjoyable meal.

All I can say is that you will not be disappointed if you have a lunch or dinner at la Poudette.

The meal started with a wonderful amuse bouche, followed by an entrée, then a main course and we finished with a dessert. We also had a glass of crémant and a glass of local wine with our meals.

I thought that the service was outstanding and very friendly and the food was heavenly.

Don’t think twice it’s alright, you just need to visit La Poudette.

If you would like more information on La Poudette, check them out on TripAdvisor.

La Poudette

The amuse bouche was an excellent small taste of a great mushroom cream soup. So tasty but now anxious for the meal to come.

La Poudette

Noix de coquilles Saint Jacques dorées, risotto au champagne.

La Poudette

Foie gras de canard des Landes, pruneau cuit dans un sirop de vin à l’armagnac, pain de mie Maison.

La Poudette

Lotte à la vapeur en lasagne, fondue de poireaux bisque de langoustines à l’estragon.

La Poudette

This was a special not on the menu du jour. It was a filet of duck, with chanterelles, a ball of mashed potato and a wonderful foie gras chaud. This was so yummy.

La Poudette

Joli Baba à l’Armagnac, glace à l’Armagnac

La Poudette

Gâteau Forêt Noire

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.