Fort Worth’s Fairmount Historic District

by MPI Traveler on March 27, 2015

Tinas CocinaLast week we were busy doing the dreary task of preparing for taxes and decided we needed a nice lunch break.  We decided to try one of the new restaurants we heard about, so we headed off to Tina’s Cocina in the Fairmount neighborhood.  I haven’t been in that part of town in years and remember it as being quite the abandoned and blighted inner city neighborhood it was 20 years ago.  How things have changed!  The neighborhood has become a national historic district and many of the homes have been restored to their previous grandeur.  Locally owned shops and restaurants are popping up everywhere and there is quite the arts scene happening.  

From their website:

Located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas lies the largest historic neighborhood in the southwestern United States. Fairmount, with more than one thousand contributing structures, is comprised of mostly bungalow and four square homes from the late 1800s through the early 1920s.

Definitely a neighborhood to check out next time you visit Fort Worth and stop by Tina’s Cocina.  Juan, the co-owner,  grew up running a taco stand with his mother and father in San Felipe “torres mochas” Guanajuato, a town a few hours south of Mexico City.  After moving to the States he carried on his family tradition of serving up some pretty awesome home made Mexican food.  We had the taco platter and the fish tacos – both were yummy and we could taste the freshness!  They also serve beer and wine which always makes a working lunch much more palatable!



Classic Italiano in DC

by Mark Graham on February 20, 2015

PostoPepper We found a great place in DC for super fresh, authentic Italian food which was the perfect answer for our evening meal. Located in the Logan Circle neighbothood,  Posto offers both classic and modern Italian dishes in warm and friendly atmosphere.  All of the servers are Italian and they are quite efficient while maintaining a certain relaxed ambience.

The “spice” was brought to the table in a good sized bowl – and this had to be one of the best combinations of crushed red pepper we have ever tasted – and quite spicy too!

We started with Carciofi Bruschette (artichoke spread, pecorino, truffle oil) and followed that with two pizzas. The pizzas are made Neapolitan style and they use only mozzarella di bufala from Campania, Italy. We found that one pizza is plenty to share between two people and took half of each back to the hotel.  They have a nice wine selection,  and of course we enjoyed a nice bottle with our meal.

Great place, good food, high energy, great service.  Make a reservation and definitely try it out next time you are in DC!


TexMex in St. Martin?

by Mark Graham on January 15, 2015

Rancho Del Sol Dessert SXM.pdfWell, Maybe! We tried Rancho Del Sol which is on the road between Grand Case and Orient Bay for dinner one night.  I had the Enchiladas Mixte (beef and chicken combo).  Derek had the Brochette de I’Apache which is a kabob type thing with a combination of bison, beef and lamb. Both were quite good.

Of course we had a bottle of wine and dessert! Overall a good price for the food and the service was very good. We went at night, but the best part of this place I think is the outside patio area that has lounge type seating from which you can see all of Orient Bay while sipping cocktails or having lunch.

We will have to go back during the day!


Read our review of Le Charm on Trip Advisor

by Mark Graham on December 28, 2014

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We recently visited one of our favorite restaurants and wrote a review on Trip Advisor.  Please read it here: Le Charm / San Francisco

This is a great locally owned restaurant that serves up good food with great service. If you are in San Francisco you should put it on your calendar!


La Belle Epoque

by Mark Graham on December 17, 2014

La Belle Epoque daytimeA nice place in Marigot, St. Martin for pizza and casual dining is La Belle Epoque, on the waterfront of the Marina Royale.  Very comfy, casual and local.  We usually get pizzas but tonight we had the Menu Creole which offers a choice of Cod Fish Accras or Stuffed Crab for starters and Mahi Mahi Pave with Créole Sauce or Chicken Colombo for the main and a dessert of your choice.  Not bad for 22 €!  We had one of each of the choices so we could share bites, which makes dining out kind of fun.  We enjoyed dinner with a bottle of Aegerter Jean-Luc Macon Reserve which was quite nice.

The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful as was our server.  No rush, very French service, with prompt attention when needed.  We went on Thursday night during off season and there were just enough tables to make it interesting without being crowded.

They were gracious enough to endure my attempt at French and only spoke English if it was necessary!  They do speak English quite well, so don’t be concerned if you can’t speak French.  It was an enjoyable evening which ended a bit too soon for me.