I hate the water, but I am an Open Water Scuba Diver.

I am terribly uncomfortable in the water. I am a bad swimmer. I don’t float particularly well. I haven’t lived on a coastal area in my life (NYC does not count). I am nervous on boats, nervous on the beach, nervous flying over water, nervous in pools. One of the most inspirational humans to me,…

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Onyx (Budapest, Hungary)

In Budapest, next to Vörösmarty Square, I was fortunate enough to try one of two Michelin starred restaurants in the  country.  Unfortunately, I had a terrible stomachache before dining (too much goulash), so I could not enjoy the food as much as I would have liked.  Everything, though, was excellent.  Not blow-your-mind crazy, but very delicious. My meal…

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Ciel Bleu (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

On the 23rd floor of the Okura hotel in Amsterdam lies Ciel Bleu, a two Michelin starred seafood restaurant. Perhaps the tallest point in Amsterdam, my solo Tuesday night experience overlooked the sparkling lights of the city. The food, exquisite. The service, excellent. My only complaints were the price of the food was a bit…

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Amsterdam, Kingdom of the Netherlands

March 2013 Amsterdam is an interesting place and deserves far more credit than it gets. I am by no means an expert, but I did have the chance to learn a few things while there. In short, the Dutch people are extremely tolerant. It is not a liberal or conservative principle. It is a way…

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La Dégustation Bohème Bourgeoise (Prague, Czech Republic)

“I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink. It comes partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of trouble over details. It’s very persnickety and old-maidish really, but then when I’m working I generally have to eat my meals alone and it makes them more…

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Arzak (San Sebastián-Donostia, Spain)

Three Michelin Stars.  #8 restaurant in the world. In the past two years, I have had the opportunity to eat at restaurants with a combined Michelin total of 28 stars. It is an expensive hobby, or passion, if you will.  But as I have said many times before, I cherish every meal, from the deli…

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