I have a lot of respect for chain restaurants. I also have a lot of envy, too – because they have such a big advantage over us independents, particularly in advertising.
You can’t get through the day without being bombarded on TV with countless commercials. And some are pretty good. “Crabfest” at Red Lobster, Olive Garden’s “When you’re here, you’re family,” even the “Grand Slam” ads from Denny’s. Read more →
Back in the day, before Pete and I started what was to become Parasole, we both had jobs that required a great deal of travel – Pete was a marketer for Pillsbury, with key accounts on the West Coast. I was a commercial interior designer with most of my clients in New York City. Read more →
I first became aware of Francis Mallmann a few years back when Joanne and I visited Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s winemaking region. Our concierge strongly recommended his restaurant and praised his cooking technique, apparently inspired by the Argentine Gauchos, so we gave it a try. Read more →
I promised in an earlier post to hold off blogging about Sydney until fall, since now they’re heading into winter. BUT!…I checked the weather there the other day and saw that it was 75 degrees. So maybe now’s the PERFECT time to blog about it. And since my word isn’t worth a whole lot….here we go. Read more →
After you’ve done the Louvre…and Musée d’Orsay…..and the Musée Picasso…..and have seen Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at Musée de l’Orangerie…..and the Eiffel Tower… and whatever else, do yourself a favor and try something new……and SPECTACULAR. Read more →