I did not make a conscious decision to start collecting restaurants — it happened organically over time and good eats.

Upon reflection, the first few restaurants I collected date to my college years in Boston — the Chau Chow (closed 2017), my favorite spot in Boston’s Chinatown where I habitually dined on garlic sautéed pea pod stems; the Elephant Walk, a French Vietnamese bistro that served fragrant, complex curries and the most decadent desserts; and, the Union Club, a members-only dining club where I worked for four years and first tasted bay scallops and soft shell crab.


Crispy Petrale Sole Tacos at Solbar in Calistoga, CA.

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Arroz con camarones at El Avion in Costa Rica.

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Eggplant Napoleon at Joey K’s in in New Orleans, LA.


Pecan Pie French Toast at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn, NY.

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