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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.

Moto

Moto photos up for now. Review and descriptions to come. Cool Moto exploding acme chocolate bomb YouTube video @http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQjdrTjok2o.

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Alinea: The Soon to be Chicago Michelin 3 Star

For those not following my live Tweets (Twitter handle @3starbackpacker) for each Alinea course last night, photos up for now. Review and descriptions to come. Yes, the Michelin Guide for Chicago hasn’t come out yet, but I’d put my bets … Continue reading

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Chicago Michelin Predictions: L20

L2O photos up. Photo descriptions and review to come along with the overall Chicago Michelin star predictions and review.

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Chicago Michelin Predictions: Spiaggia 3 Mariani Stars

Photos for Spiaggia up. Photo descriptions and review to come. Got 3 Mariani Stars by Esquire John Mariani in his Michelin predictions post, and considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the U.S. Had a spectacular meal here. Enjoy … Continue reading

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Volt Part 2: Table 21

Photos for Table 21 up for now. Full review and photo descriptions for Table 21 and Chef’s Kitchen at Volt to come. It’s been so busy eating in Chicago. Over twelve hours of solid eating today, and another 30 or … Continue reading

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Volt Part 1: The Chef’s Kitchen. Prelude to Table 21.

Photos from The Chef’s Kitchen at Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt. Had a second dinner two days later at Table 21, which has a waitlist of over a year. Full review of both The Chef’s Kitchen and Table 21, … Continue reading

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Wolvesmouth: The hottest underground non- “restaurant” of LA

If you’re following Michelin, Zagat, Relais & Chateaux, Yelp, etc., you’ll never find or hear about the hottest seat in Los Angeles. It’s more difficult to land a seat here than even a spot at El Bulli, Club 33, Noma, … Continue reading

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Insider’s Guide to Disneyland’s Secret Members Only Club 33

If you’re a die-hard Disney fan, you know what Club 33 is. For everyone else, you probably had no clue that Disneyland has a hidden, members-only club within the park. It’s so exclusive that you can’t even get on the … Continue reading

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3 Stars for Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas?

So if the Michelin Guide were still in Las Vegas, would it give Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at the Mandarin Oriental a Michelin 3 Star like Pierre Gagnaire in Paris? I’d been to the Michelin 3 Star Pierre Gagnaire in … Continue reading

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In-N-Out to Las Vegas with Aliens, Mad Greeks and Elvis?

In the 300 mile or so drive to Vegas from LA, there’s a lot of desert, and a bit of kitsch. Yup, you don’t even have to wait until you get to Vegas for the Elvis fortune-tellers, the fake statue … Continue reading

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