La Trattoria di Rosso

Author: , May 6th, 2012

We had lunch with our old and new Italian friends at a great little restaurant called La Trattoria di Rossa, in the heart of historic Bologna – four gay couples relaxing together after a morning of exploring the city.

CrescetineLa Trattoria di Rosso is really cute, with outdoor seating on the street under a cool canopy, and a couple of dining rooms and a bar inside.

We were seated at a long table in the back, below a couple windows letting in a cool breeze form the courtyard behind the restaurant.

We started off with some appetizers – a selection of Italian meats and some fantastic little fried breads – called crescetine (at left) – that were absolutely delicious. The closest I can come up with in the US are the indian fry breads that are popular at many county fairs – light and tasty.

Served with these was a soft cheese – a cross between the flavors of mozzarella and cottage cheese – that we spread on the crescetine.

Following the appetizers, most of the table enjoyed a delicious dish of gnocchi – potato dumplings – served with a pesto sauce. Gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes, and these were really good.

The lunch was part of a fixed-price menu – an entree, a salad, and dessert – all for just 10 Euro.

Zuppa Inglese

The salad (served after the main course, as is the tradition here) was another favorite – a Caprese salad, with mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil and a little lettuce, also really good.

We finished with a “zuppa inglese” (at right) – which despite the name was neither a soup or English. Instead, it was a desert of ladyfingers filled with a delicious creme, soaked in some kind of spirits – apparently, zuppa also means “soaked” in addition to “soup”.

The whole meal was fantastic, and you can’t beat the price. if you’re in Bologna, check out La Trattoria di Rosso for lunch or dinner.

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Duhau Restaurant and Vinoteca at Palacio Duhau

Author: , January 10th, 2012

Duhau Restaurant and Vinoteca at Palacio Duhau  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  Romantic and chic would be the perfect two words to define it, but what can I say then about the excellent service, cuisines and wines. Another superb diner in Buenos Aires, this time by the signature international service of Park Hyatt Group, and the stunning setting of the central gardens at Palacio Duhau Buenos Aires. > Check the Full Post and more at

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New Gay Friendly Restaurant Opens in Palm Springs

Author: , November 16th, 2011

Gay Palm SpringsDink’s restaurant in Palm Springs reopened this week as Mango Restaurant and Ultra Lounge.

The new restaurant is already gearing up for the holidays. On Saturday, November 12, Mango’s announced a deal for a Thanksgiving meal. The feast will $35 per person and is all you can eat.

The restaurant is open noon to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The main course includes, of course, turkey, but you can also have filet of tenderloin or sole almondine. Salad and dessert is also included. For $15 per person more, you get unlimited wine or champagne. The complete menu is here. Call for reseravations.
Palm Springs has long been San Francisco’s favorite gay getaway. Mango’s is conveniently located across the street from the famous Toucans Tiki Lounge.

Full Story from The Examiner

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental

Author: , September 29th, 2011

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental
 |  London, England  |  Tonight invited by my fabulous host Sarah C. – Director of Communications at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, to experience Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. For those not familiar with Heston Blumenthal, an English chef and owner of world renown The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire voted Best Restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2007 and 2009, and voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2005. Dinner is along with Bar Boloud the signature restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London. Read the full post @

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