Childhood trauma. Drugs. Alcohol. A chef who chose recovery hopes his story can help others.

This is an excellent article from the Washington Post toll substance abuse are taking on the restaurant industry.

Ashish Alfred: “I want for someone to read it and say, ‘I have a friend who needs to read this.’ ”

Source: Childhood trauma. Drugs. Alcohol. A chef who chose recovery hopes his story can help others.

Anniversary Dinner at Lemaire

Lemaire
101 West Franklin St. (Inside the Jefferson Hotel)
Richmond, VA 23220
804-649-4757
www.lemairerestaurant.com

American | $$$

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Located in the stately Jefferson Hotel, the dinning room with all it’s dark wood reminded me of the Edwardian Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York. A nice change from the modern era flashy noise enhancing decors of many restaurants.

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Whipped butter and home-made bread are a nice start.

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We started with this Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cake that was the best I have had. For a whole host of reasons it takes a good bit to get me to order seafood when I can’t see the sea from the restaurant. I am glad I ordered the crab cake, it was extraordinary. When I mentioned how good it was to the waiter he told me the chef adds a pureed scallop to each pound of crab. I asked the waiter 2 more times about this thinking I did not hear him correctly.

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When you order steak you get a serious knife. It really wasn’t necessary, the steak was so tender you could cut it with a butterfly.

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I enjoy a Sous Vide steak.The asparagus was perfect, just a little bit of crisp to it.

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My wife had the Pan Seared Rockfish. She really enjoyed it and said she would order it again.

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For my dessert I chose the Fluffernutter Candy Bar with a Brownie, Peanut Butter Marshmallow, and Salted Caramel Brittle. Chocolate and peanut butter, you can’t go wrong.

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My wife had the Peaches & Cream dessert. It is a light White Chocolate Cheesecake with Peaches and Hibiscus. She is not a big cheesecake fan but said this was one of her favorites.

The wait staff was excellent on par with what you would expect in a better restaurant. The noise level with low making it a pleasant romantic dinner.

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Consider arriving early for your reservation to take the opportunity to wander the beautifully restored 120 year old hotel.

The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire

Washingtonian Magazine has a great overview of the collapse of Mike Isabella’s restaurant group. A cautionary tale for chefs about how poor personal choices can destroy years of work.

“When Isabella Eatery opened, no one imagined it would close nine months later—and certainly not like this.”

Source: The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire

TOP 10 CITIES FOR FOODIES IN THE US

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WalletHub.com has ranked the top 182 cities in the country for foodies. Using 29 key metrics, including food friendliness, average cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants, and food festivals.

Here are the top ten:
1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Miami, FL
4. New York, NY
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Orlando, FL
7. Las Vegas, NV
8 Seattle, WA
9. San Diego
10. Austin, TX

Check to full list here to see where your city ranks.