Linda with Dominque Crenn, the only woman chef in the U.S. with three Michelin stars. In August 2021 she was awarded the 2021 Icon Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

This blog describes our meals in interesting restaurants, including some of the best in the world. We do not claim to be “reviewing” a restaurant, but we hope to be stimulating, interesting and helpful to our readers. Many of our regular readers, family and friends among them, just like to read about our meals and enjoy the photos. Others use our blog as a guide in choosing restaurants. Although we do not write about a meal unless it is of general interest, we do not limit our reports to the best and most successful meals.

From mid-March, 2020, we were confined to our apartment in the Upper East Side of New York City.   Of course, all the restaurants in the city were closed for on-site dining, but some had delivery options, as did our nearby grocery stores. In early September we were able to return to our house in France, on the Mediterranean coast between Nice and Monaco. We could go to restaurants until they were closed again in early November. We were able to stay in France for almost ten months where restaurants reopened for terrace dining in May and fully in June. We returned to New York, where restaurants are open, at the end of June.

During the fourteen years since we started the blog, we have travelled to many places around the world. Now we must concentrate on two areas. You will find recent posts from France and New York listed in a right hand column. You can click on a title to see the full post.

To look back; just below Recent Posts is a dropdown “Cities and Regions” Category list. You can click on any place name and see the first few lines of all the posts from that place. If you are using a mobile device, WordPress should have reformatted the page, but the right hand column may display underneath or you may need to go to full or standard screen mode. I know that smartphones are what many people use now, but you will not get the same enjoyment of our reports as on a larger screen.

We hope you will follow our adventures. Our blog has an RSS feed for those who use a blogreader: To receive an email the morning after we post a new report (recommended), just click here. To receive an email from WordPress when we put up a new post, use the subscription form on the lower right.

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Michael & Linda

The Wandering Epicures is one of two successor blogs to CountryEpicure. Before August 2008 posts were filed both by us and by our friends Gary and Varian, the founder of our blogs. (For technical reasons beyond my control their old posts are now shown as having been posted by me, but names are in the text.)