Restaurant Reviews

Los Caballeros del Priorato

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Day 4:  We discover the ‘Wild West’ of Spanish Winemaking! We leave our cute little Cava village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia early morning, and head off for the town of Gratallops.  Smack dab in the famous winemaking region of Priorato and its grapes Garnacha & Cariñena (most commonly known as Carignan in FR or/and Mazuelo in…

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February 23, 2014

Randy’s Restaurant~Durango, Colorado

I pay homage and say good-bye to a Durango, CO restaurant legend.  Randy’s Restaurant, an establishment I worked and managed for over 9 years almost 15 years ago. Restaurateur, Randy Burton, not only one of my greatest career mentors, but life’s closest friends created an environment for his employees that was educative, and truly encapsulated…

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February 1, 2013

Mr. Zagat’s Most Annoying Restaurant Trends

Passed on to me by a friend…I found this pretty funny!  The 10 Most Annoying Restaurant Trends Written by: Zagat  Some restaurant trends are easy to embrace: lower prices, bigger portions, free refills, you get the idea. But other, more recent trends are bordering on the absurd. In fact, some of them are just downright…

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January 26, 2012

Perfect Pairings

Perfect Pairings…I’d like to say they come along every single time I put a wine to a plate of food, but to be honest…they are in fact, much harder to make them precisely spot on than one would think.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pairing freak.  Every time I eat something, sip something or…

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March 8, 2011

Celebrity Twin Cities Chef…

While there are many with this title these days from our great neighboring cities…there are only a couple I consider, The Real Deal.  And, my friend, Chef Tyge Nelson, is truly one of them.  The kid has produced some of THE best food I’ve had in the Twin Cities, let alone the U.S.   Seriously.  Do…

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January 20, 2011

Crush Pad Fan posts Scusi Review…

Got something to say about a new food or bev joint in the Twin Cities?  Post it here on Amusée’s Crush Pad.  Send me your review via email and I’ll put it up. Would love more local feedback regarding new Twin Cities Food Joints! A new review from a Crush Pad fan, below.  Here’s what he…

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January 13, 2011

Looking for a Fun NYE Experience?

I have been singing their praises for months now (almost just as long as they’ve been open!)…so I hope you’ve had a chance to get out and enjoy this super cool new hot spot for Wine and Eats in Minnesota. Who?  Nectar Wine Bar Where?   204 Central Ave, Osseo, MN Why?  Because they’re one of…

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December 27, 2010

New Pizza Joints in S Mpls

Living in south Minneapolis has its perks.  With just minutes from downtown, one would think that you’d have a major advantage getting to some of the city’s most popular food joints.  While most major cities boast some of their best restaurants in the heart of their being, Minneapolis seems to boast  just the opposite with some…

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December 7, 2010

Amusée Fan shares Wine Bar Review

After months of wanting to get out to one of the Twin Cities newest and most positively reviewed wine bars, it finally has taken one of my good friends  (who also happens to be one of Amusée’s biggest fans) to convince me that I need to get out to Stillwater, MN to try Domacin Wine Bar. …

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October 4, 2010

Eats in NYC

While there never seems to be enough time to actually EAT everything you came for in NY, there is certainly never a lack of exercise burning off what you’ve actually consumed.  After a full adventuresome first day, our next was spent sight seeing.  From exceptional views atop The Top of The Rock (Rockefeller Center), to…

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September 28, 2010
  • Leslee and Michael,
    I just wanted to thank you both for the spectacular evening you hosted for our group. My wife and I and our guests—and everyone we talked to—had a wonderful time.
    I have never learned so much about beer and wine, glasses, their history and regions, and “pairing” the right way. You were both easy to listen to and are amazingly good at what you do. I’m impressed.
    Thanks, again, for your time and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
    Darryl A Savage, Financial Advisor
    Thrivent Financial
    Burnsville, MN