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About 3starbackpacker

I'm just an average guy who loves to eat and travel. I backpacked to every 2007 Michelin 3 Star in the world in less than 12 months, have over 350 stars under my belt, and have eaten (and drunken) my way through over 70 countries downing anything and everything that looked vaguely interesting.

Backpacking Lebanon in 48 Hours–Beirut, Baalbeck, Jeita, Byblos, Anjar and More

In a bit under 48 hours in Lebanon I’ve managed to hit up Baalbeck, Anjar, Ksara, Jeita, Byblos, Harissa and Beirut. It’s been an odd mix of UNESCO Roman ruins, Christian and Islamic religious complexes, beaches and vineyards, and even … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Table–A Secret Dining Society in Hong Kong

It’s been a spectacularly fruitful time since my last post, with trips to the Icehotel in Sweden, scuba diving in Palau, and even an expedition in Antarctica. I admit, I’ve been a bit lazy in posting, but I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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Louis Vuitton – Made for Maharajas Cocktail Party Hong Kong

The Louis Vuitton–Made for Maharajas Cocktail Party in Hong Kong is the latest of a series of events I’ve been hitting up recently. The occasion was to meet Dr. Amin Jaffer, author of “Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of … Continue reading

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Chateau Angelus Wine Tasting with owner Hubert de Bouard de Laforest at Michelin 2 Star Petrus

In line with some recent cool experiences including the opening gala of the Italian Cuisine World Summit, cooking with Michelin 2 Star Italian Chefs Marco Sacco and Claudio Sadler, and wine tasting with Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee, I … Continue reading

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Grandi Marchi Wine Tasting with Jeannie Cho Lee, the First Ever Asian Master of Wine

Being a food blogger has its perks, and one of them was landing a seat at the Grandi Marchi Italian Wine Tasting hosted at the Jockey Club in Hong Kong with Asian Palate’s Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine. Though … Continue reading

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Cooking Italian with Michelin 2 Star Chef Claudio Sadler & Vittorio Lucariello

Getting down and dirty with Michelin 2 Star Chef Claudio Sadler to cook a three course Italian meal was just plain awesome. Sadler is one of the big Italian chefs, and I’ve known about him for well over a decade … Continue reading

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Eating at Noma, the World’s Best Restaurant.

Photos up from Noma’s last service of 2010. Excellent meal and definitely one of the best restaurants in the world. It may be a Michelin 2 Star, but it’s a 3 Star in my book, and rivals the best of … Continue reading

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Master White Truffle Cooking Class with Michelin 2 Star Chef Marco Sacco and Truffle Hunter Franco Canta

It’s not very often you get to do a cooking class with a Michelin 2 Star Chef, especially one who has flown half way around the world and who specializes in Italian cuisine. But with the World Italian Cuisine Summit … Continue reading

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White Truffle Gala Dinner of Italian Cuisine World Summit

The Opening King Truffle Gala Dinner for the Italian Cuisine World Summit in Hong Kong was spectacular. Michelin starred chefs Pier Bussetti, Giovanni Grasso, Ignor Macchia, Marco Sacco and Sergio Vineis of Piemote were flown in to prepare a menu … Continue reading

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Michelin Star Predictions and Recs for Chicago

After decades of thinking anything between NY and SF/LA was just a barren land of Walmarts and McDonalds, Chicago has proven me wrong…at least in terms of pure culinary awesomeness. Restaurants like Alinea and Moto rival El Bulli, Fat Duck, … Continue reading

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