The Shil-Shul Diaries
The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.
I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.
If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at email@example.com
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Beaver Creek, CO
From Best Thing I Ever Ate
I am the anti-foodie foodie...I dont like fancy...I dont like tiny...I dont care for the words organic, foam, or farm raised/grass fed..I like big, greasy, delicious food. I would pick burger joint over amuse bouche any night. I want casual dining with delicious food that leaves me full!
But let me be clear, I have been to my fair share of fancy restaurants....Le Cirque in NYC, Tony's in St. Louis, Commanders Palace (we will get to this one later) in NOLA.....and Beano's.
Beano's Cabin is a five star, James Beard award winning, Michelin five diamond, six months in advance reservation type of restaurant with a unique twist.
Its high in the Beaver Creek mountains. Nestled amoung the double black diamond runs of the famous ski resort! This five star, five diamond restaurant....is only accessible by ski, walk, or horse drawn sleigh.....you can't drive there.
This place is Colorado fine dining at its finest. Exotic wild game like venison, bison, and elk. Delicious! And the view...my g-d the view! If you can get in, ski on down or sleigh on up to this ski resort paradise!