Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas, Nevada

Dining Outside the Home: Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas, Nevada! An afternoon shower can provide a welcome respite from constant motion along the Las Vegas Strip. Slip through the French turquoise doors of Mon Ami Gabi at Paris for a sip of this and a nibble of that. Might I suggest an unpretentious Aperol Spritz to accompany the “Fruit de Mer” succulent Shrimp Cocktail platter. The magnificent essence of orange moscato is aromatic with citrus notes, which makes it perfect for any afternoon.

Café du Parc in Washington, DC

Dining Outside the Home: Café du Parc in Washington, DC! For al fresco dining under a canopy of trees among the flowering planters of a French bistro, take a seat at the sidewalk table where the flurry of Pennsylvania Avenue never ends. This is how to take it slow with a strong admiration for everything French. Coffee and croissants, for starters? Mais oui. The Croque Madame is a Parisian delight with smoky ham, Swiss cheese, a soft-cooked egg with a slightly runny yolk, and velvety smooth Béchamel sauce. Experience the enticing cuisine while taking time out. You’re worth it.

Dining Outside the Home: Off the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

Dining Outside the Home: Off the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada! Get off the beaten path and you’ll discover a unique chophouse that serves the freshest food 24 hours a day in a city that never sleeps. You’ll want to remember that little detail. The bistro style atmosphere boasts kick-back comfort in its surroundings as well as its menu items. Go ahead and order the Rolled New York Strip with Asparagus. Turn it into breakfast by adding an egg over easy. The melted provolone cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and Marsala mushroom sauce is enough to make you swoon. This food is the real deal. I’d like to to tell you it’s the best kept secret in Vegas, but word is getting around. Meander down The LINQ Promenade and you’ll see what I mean.

Dining Outside the Home: Blue Talon Bistro in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia 

Dining Outside the Home: Blue Talon Bistro in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. If you’re looking for the charm of a neighborhood bistro with a French twist, this corner bistro in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg fits the bill. The French Onion Gratinee has the power to transport you to the French countryside with its rich cheesy onion broth. But save room for more. Make the meal a dining experience by enjoying every course over a nice glass of Bordeaux. Linger awhile. Absorb the atmosphere. Inhale the aromas. And most certainly try the dessert. Bon Appétit!

Dining Outside the Home: Second Street, an American Bistro in Williamsburg, Virginia 

Dining Outside the Home: Second Street, an American Bistro in Williamsburg, Virginia. The moment you step through the doorway, the aroma of freshly baked cookies greets you. Next, the courteous maitre d’ offers you a free sample from the nearby pastry case. With a cookie to whet your appetite, a quick glance around the room indicates an atmosphere that is as upscale as well as it is comfortable. Be forewarned! The portions are generous from the Grilled Romaine Salad to the juicy Bison Meatloaf and popular Baby Back Ribs. Have no regrets when choosing from the tempting dessert offerings. The gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Torte is a satisfying grande finale.