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Restaurant Review: The French Laundry, Yountville

How does one approach what is supposed to be the best meal of one's life? Whether or not most people actively contemplate the answer to this question, everyone who visits the French Laundry for the first time has to negotiate the reality of how their own expectations measure up to whatever best describes the reputation of this hallowed institution " mystique, hype, fantasy, legend? This is, after all, the restaurant that gave Anthony Bourdain the best restaurant meal of his life and was named the best restaurant in the world last year by Britain's Restaurant Magazine. My own expectations for... continue reading

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