Ask any Texan or in fact anyone who has visited the lone star state and they will sum up Texas, this massive expanse in one word, and that word is big.
It is a cliché but like many clichés it is true. From the ice-cream scoop sized portions of butter which accompany your melon sized jacket potato to the thousand bedrooms hotels. While in Texas using the word big is as ubiquitous as the Texan flag.
Prior to moving out of London I was living in a house in Wapping. From my bedroom window I had direct views out to the Shard and over the years I watched Europe’s tallest building grow and grow until it was finally opened to the public in summer 2013.
There’s no finer pleasure than visiting a restaurant during its opening week. It’s never the hustle and bustle of TV restaurant opening night; it’s only on the fantasy Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares that you would launch or relaunch a restaurant and decide to pack the place. Without a TV audience clamouring for cock-ups and catastrophes a great restaurant takes its time to find its feet. We visited the brand new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Indigo Hotel in Glasgow on its second night.
There are breathtaking countries and then there is America. There are incredible cities and then there is Boston. There are amazing Stakehouses and then there is Del Frisco’s. This is a five star, “Double Eagle”, 1lb slice of cake type of restaurant. It is simply the best dining experience I’ve ever enjoyed.
Upstairs in the Marriot Hotel on West Adams Street in the Chicago Loop you will find the Florentine. If you are ever in the area I can’t stress this too strongly: you must head up those stairs to the Florentine because failure to do so would be to miss out on what must be one of the finest Italian restaurants in Chicago.
Being English and having spent two months in the United States eating everything the US has to offer (think BBQ, soul food, hot dogs and fried chicken… lots of fried chicken) I was super excited to go to The Crosby Street hotel for an English afternoon tea.
Washington DC is after another title. With what seems almost like a collective will it has set its increasingly softening heart on being the No 1 restaurant city in the US. It’s gone from being the nation´s crime capital to the place where residents murder a Carolina Shrimp Tempura.