5 Golden Spoons
A Dash of Deliciousness
Trace has been a favorite lunch stop of mine for years. I don’t know why I haven’t reviewed it sooner because it is an absolute gem with consistently creative cuisine and exceptional service. This week, I popped over to entertain a couple of clients. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and escorted to a terrific mauve/purple leather booth surrounded by white string curtains. An immediate score for ambiance.
We were quickly greeted by our waiter, Damien, who is an absolute superstar server. He has a terrific knowledge of the menu and is incredibly engaging. My guests were impressed. Another score! At his suggestion, we shared appetizers of candied Brussel sprouts with balsamic and garlic and sweet potato fries with a blue cheese mayo. Yum.
4 Golden Spoons
Finally, we found it! The best little authentic Italian cafe for lunch in Rome. We literally stumbled upon this cafe on a side street near the Piazza Barberini. We were actually planning on having lunch at a chi chi rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Boscolo Aleph, but it was mysteriously closed. Disappointed, we wandered down the street and jumped out of the way of a bus to land in front of Locanda where a warm Italian gentlemen with a nice smile, Giuseppe, was standing and offered us a menu.
The dishes featured seemed very authentic to the area with classic rustic descriptions and the prices were exceptionally reasonable.There were also daily specials on a hand written chalkboard that sounded delightful. We asked Giuseppe for table for two and were promptly seated street side under a canopied seating area with acrylic walls just inches from the rushing traffic. It was a little unnerving when buses whooshed by, but a bit fun as well. (more…)
Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, Palm Springs, Ca.
One Golden Spoon
The much anticipated Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club recently closed just weeks after opening. I can understand why. Not only is the concept of a beach club without a hotel located in a parking lot next to a department store that caters to seniors a seemingly absurd concept, but the food, atmosphere, and service were lackluster and destined for a failure from the start. I must admit that we only went to the Hacienda for weekend lunch so I can’t give comment on the dinner service, so keep that in mind when reading this review. However, there were so many major things wrong with lunch that it’s almost embarrassing to detail. When we arrived, we parked in the lot and walked thru the back. Only a few people at the very small pool with a massive outdoor lounging area.