Eat and Drink

A Feast for the Eyes and the Mouth

I’m 53 years old and I can count on one hand the number of meals I have had that have been divine for both the mouth and the eyes.  There are plenty of dining opportunities with spectacular scenery.  There are multitudes of restaurants, bistros, tavernas, and trattorias where the food is perfection.

But rarely have I found an experience where the food and the scenery both proved to feed on each other, IMG_3209producing a memorable event – a feast for the eyes and the mouth.

So rare I can count them.  Five.  Yes I have had five such moments in my 53 years, my tens of thousands of miles traveled and my frighteningly high number of dining experiences and calories consumed.

Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of all the restaurants, but I certainly remember the locations. So here you go, my TOP FIVE dining experiences in the world, according to Laureen, for food with a view.


1.) Sarento’s on the Beach – Keawakapu Beach, Maui.  There is a lovely restaurant here where Arne and I may have had one of the most wonderful and memorable dinners of our lives.  The food, the view and the service here were incomparable to just about anything else we have ever had. Ahi and pork and shellfish and everything fresh.  We walked right up in the sand barefoot to this exceptional restaurant.   Lovely, lovely place.

2.)Santorini Greece – in a whitewashed taverna on the high cliffs in the town of Fira we dined on the freshest fish, prepared so simply with lemon and garlic, while sipping cold beer in the hot sun and being dazzled by the blue mediterranean far below us.

3.) Rovinj Croatia – we popped into a tiny cafe here looking for an inexpensive lunch only to realize the tiny cafe opened on to a precarious dining area perched on boulders overlooking the sunny harbor. With nothing more than a tiny rope between us and the bay, we dined on octopus, anchovies and fresh mussels and lots of IMG_3213Croatian wine.

4.) Budapest Hungary – we dined in a 600 year old castle on the Buda side overlooking the Danube as the sunset and the lights of the stunning Parliament building came on.  Here we ate goulash and spaetzle, cucumbers in sour cream, lamb and beer.  We were serenaded by a beautiful trio of roving musicians and the evening was memorable and beautiful.

5.) and last night in Vernazza Italy at Belforte where we watched the sunset from the tiny deck protruding from the side of the castle and overlooking the Vernazza harbor and the Mediterranean sea. Our table was spectacularly perched and our reservation was coincidentally timed to observe a stunning sunset while dining on mussels, langoustines, fish, octopus, anchovies and fish stew – washed down the Pinot Grigio! Our waiter was enthusiastic and friendly and fun.  It was a perfect experience for all the senses.

There you have it, my top five.  This list will change, or at least I hope it will, otherwise I hate to think I have had my last perfect feast!!

Buon Appetito!

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