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Thursday, April 23, 2015

NARS Spring 2015 - In Love

Hey out there in Blogger Land,

These are some new products I'm just gaga over from the Spring/Summer 2015 NARS collection.  Used Backstage at the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2015 runway show, the limited edition Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple is top of my list and now available.  Run don't walk to your nearest counter or check out NARS cosmetics.com
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I miss working for the company and getting my samples to play with before a launch..... Ahhhh the good ol'days!

Cheers All - do something good for yourself today - be it a cup of tea, a quick walk, a piece of chocolate (hello lover...) or whatever - just remember you can't take care of others if you don't take care of YOU first! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sharing Post From The "CLEAN TEAM"

HAPPY MONDAY,

I just had to share this post with you all - sleep deprivation is so prevalent in our digital day and age that setting up the right environment can be critical - I hope you like this and find it of some use.  I know I sure did - love my folks at The Clean Program.  It has really changed how I look at what I  put in my body and how to be the best me I can!  http://blog.cleanprogram.com/6-ways-to-a-perfect-sleep-environment/#comment-3020

6 Ways to Create the Perfect Sleep Environment

Since the start of our April Clean Sleep Challenge, we’ve been sharing with you information about why sleep is essential to your health and how we can use light to upgrade our sleep.
Today, we want to share with you how to turn your bedroom into the perfect sleep environment.
With just a few simple and inexpensive items, you can create a sanctuary that truly restores your health and energy each and every day.
#1 Blackout curtains
Blackout curtains are an essential item for your perfect sleep environment. They are made of heavier material than normal curtains and block out more light. Once you start using them, you’ll immediately notice a deeper more tranquil sleeping experience.
If you have decorative curtains, hang your blackout curtains underneath them closest to the window. You can buy them online or find inexpensive blackout curtain material at most fabric or craft stores.
Tip: When using blackout curtains, it’s best to keep to a regular sleep schedule because you are more vulnerable to having your wakeup time drift forward.
#2 Sleep Mask
There’s nothing like a soft and comfortable sleep mask to help you drift off into dreamland. Even with blackout curtains, a sleep mask guarantees that no light enters the eye and allows your partner or spouse to read in bed while you get to sleep.
Tip: Your sleep mask is your most important sleep accessory when traveling where you are in less control of your sleep environment.
#3 Amber Lights
Sleep expert Dan Pardi tells us that we’re not getting enough light during the day and too much at night. When this happens, our sleep cycle and circadian rhythms become de-synchronized, potentially leading to all kinds of problems such as weight gain, reduce mental clarity and performance, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and metabolic impairment.
He recommends that we use amber lights in the evening and especially before bed in order to reduce the disruptive effects of white and blue light. This type of light found in normal light bulbs, computers, tablets, cell phones and televisions reduces the release of melatonin and keeps us stimulated and alert, truncating important hours of our sleep.
Amber lights simulate dusk while giving us enough light to read and relax without telling our brains that it is still daytime. Many of our clients with sleep issues have found amber lights to be a very useful sleep aid.
Tip: If you are using your computer, tablet, or phone in the evening, download f.lux to turn the white light from your device into amber. (There’s also a movie mode setting).
#4 White noise machine
In addition to light in the evenings, sound can be very disturbing to our sleep cycle. Few things are more annoying than being woken from a deep sleep by noise on the street or a neighbor. In these cases, a white noise machine can be a godsend. Similar to the sound of a fan, a white noise machine blocks out disturbing sounds coming from outside the home as well as inside such as TV or roommates chatting.
Tip: While traveling, try downloading simplynoise, a white noise app, to your phone and using it while you sleep.
#5 Cooler Temperature
The National Sleep Foundation suggests a bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.
They explain that “your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep, and a cooler temperature can actually help this.” Higher temperatures can lead to restlessness and “affect the quality of REM sleep.”
#6 Uncluttered bedroom
The results of the recent Bedroom Poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 60% of people said a clean bedroom was an important factor in sleeping well.
An uncluttered and simple bedroom allows the mind to relax and let go of the stress and burdens of the day.
April Clean Sleep Challenge
Are you sleeping more? Getting to bed earlier? Share your sleep experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use the hashtag #cleansleepchallenge.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TODAY WE SHOP SPRING 2015

Good Morning All,

As you know when I moved I cleared out tons of things from my closet - I actually have begun an almost monthly "edit" and its wonderful...... so now that the warm weather is upon us I am going through my things and switching closet from winter to spring I see I need to update - too many gray tee shirts.  So I am excited to get some new pieces - I am starting with a few shoes, new spring bag and of course new makeup additions - later this month will do more clothes.  I found this makeup brush set +Target by Sonia Kashuk ( Linda Mason artwork ) and fell head over heels. They are decent brushes for the price and perfect for travel.  The mascara's both are fantastic - the +Benefit Cosmetics "they're real" is my new favorite and you always need a little spray tan and this St. Tropez spray tan is "KING".  In desperate need of mani - pedi and will be going with a pale color on nails - not sure pedi color yet.  Hope you find these inspiring - let me know your new spring additions - I wanna see what your loving right now!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wonderful Healthy Longevity Recipe's

 Wanted to share this - in keeping with our healthier lifestyle I really have tried to tweak some recipes - all while keeping the flavor.... otherwise what is the point?  Try this and let me know your thoughts - tonight for a side dish – and later for a snack - I'm  making a spicy roasted chickpea dish!   It's so simple - you probably have most ingredients in your pantry right now!
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
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Prep time:  
Cook time:  
Total time:  
Yield: 2 CUPS
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 (15 oz) can
  • 1½ teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chickpeas dry between two paper towels and be sure to remove any loose skins.
  3. Pour the chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat and mist with olive oil. Use your hands or a spoon to toss the chickpeas. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and whisk to combine. Sprinkle the mixture onto the chickpeas and toss to coat. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring the chickpeas at the 15 minute mark.
Notes
You can soak and cook these organic chickpeas for this recipe - or like myself just use the one's from the can ( I prefer #Goya beans - just find the flavor better to me) any will do.

Try this out gang & let me know your thoughts and what kind of beans you make - they say 1 serving of beans a day is key for a healthy life - can be any kind - just make sure your getting them in!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hey There In Blogger Land,

I'm using my Dragon Dictate  to write my blog today!  It is my first post using it and it's great.   You speak & it recognizes your voice and speech patterns.   It took me only 10 minutes to download & set it up.  Than "Viola" here I am.!  It's not without a few little quirks - like you have to say "period" at the end of your sentence, new paragraph and so words are not capitalized but I think it learns your voice patterns - tempo as you go along.   It's not perfect yet but it's pretty darn cool and I think it will get better over time.  It is forcing me to speak a little bit more precisely and slowly so that's not a bad thing.
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Pretty cool addition to my gadgets

Any who - to follow up to my last post - here is the exfoliation tip I mentioned that you can do for pennies!  You will dampen your face with warm water (I like to do this in the bath before bed - that way not so messy ) & mix some sugar in the raw with your liquid  face soap.  I of course use my trusted Clinique.   You don't want to scrub terribly hard but it will dissolve and warm-up with the water & soap.  This so flipping fantastic - I even go right around my eyes.   Than follow with your toner and moisturizer.  Also, because it's natural there's no real harmful chemical reaction - however if you are extremely sensitive try it on your décolletage and the backs of your hands just to make sure it doesn't bother your skin.  I will tell you - you will love me and your face will be smooth and soft as a baby's bottom.  Even better all your skin care products will penetrate deeper and be more effective.  Try it out and be sure to comment & let me know.
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Next addressing the property I mentioned last week - we just got back from the beach this weekend.  We wanted to really took a look at the bay side property.  It's so pretty & peaceful we really love it.  However the Airstream idea is out.....too much of a project for me to personally undertake so were looking at Flagstaff and Rockwood RV homes!  Mike is still in shock that I like them and came up with the idea.  Listen people I have been shocked - they are so nice, wide screen TVs, a fireplace, 2 La-Z-Boy chairs, real dining room table - kitchen island and Serta bed!  I have been so pleasantly surprised.  

The plan now is to get one of those use that for two years have the ability to take it on trips maybe with the kids & go fishing at a different locations or camping on the beach and then........ To build and design my ECO friendly cargo type home.   I have had this idea and plans saved in my inspiration book for years.  There are so many types of energy efficient streamlined homes but these are a few I really like and since we will have the trailer there is no rush to build and I can really take my time to design what I want and how I want it!!!! YEAH!!!!  Look at this example from Idea Box...
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Something like this with electric -plumbing -cabinets - stainless steel appliances etc. starts at a reasonable price - under 100K.   Then of course you can ad on.  I like to have a large deck and one on the roof to for sunbathing as well and looking at the water.  A outdoor fire pit - and off to the side of the master a glass front enclosed bath/soaking tub to watch the sun come up or go down (not sure) and see the starts while I have my hot baths......  how fantastic will that be.... maybe a bath like this facing the water.
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so that's the plan right now - we will see if they accept our offer on the lot but my mind is already spinning with cool ideas.  

I have to run everyone and scout out a new BBQ restaurant location, prepare for a meeting & also work on my photography.  I have a photo shoot scheduled at the restaurant later this week - gonna take a video as well.  I think of the bartender making a cocktail.  I'll be using my GoPro - maybe a shot in slow motion with the drink  pouring over the sides.... we will see - so be sure to check out https://www.facebook.com/TRRestaurant?ref=hl and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Hog-BBQ-Bar/145092038850130?ref=hl to see all my updates - we are on twitter, instagram and Youtube as well.   All the usual suspects - I'm feeling grateful and happy this is all pretty fun!  I love to use my creativity in different ways - so stay tuned.  

Happy Monday everyone - remember "Your Amazing" and there is nothing you can't do!

Cheers


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Finding A Direction

Well Hello Lovelies,

Being a creative type sometimes has its drawbacks - so many things in this little head - its crazy and trying to harness and stay focused at times can be a real challenge.  I do suffer from ADD but I've been this way my whole life so really its the norm.  Compound that with Spring and my habit for "new beginnings" it's amplified for sure - I am like a pinball!  I have the back patio project, social media campaigns for the restaurants & for myself, planning a beach/fishing trip, booking my first time to Italy, (packing challenge/dilemma)
Before - check out after few weeks
Putting cable railings in the new house check out AGS stainless.com/rainier-cable-railing 
It will look something like this - stainless top however

gearing up to do my "pure barre" challenge and possibly buying a property down at the beach!!!! 


You see Mike bought a boat with his buddy Joe & wants to get the lot bay side which is right next to him. 

 

I was not too keen on the idea at first.  However I love to fish love -  love the water - love the beach and love my husband!  Quite frankly I don't want us to have separate lives!  Not if we want to stay married (he would go fishing down there invite me but I felt I did not have my spot there)  Also, I don't like to impose and stay with his buddy all the time.  If I'm honest I also need my privacy esp. in the morning.  I want create something that is me down there -  if that's the direction we are going.  So I shocked my husband I suggested getting an Airstream!  We looked at new ones and boy they are pretty pricey! "no thank you"

You I have too many projects yet to finish at home and we want to travel etc... so this is not where I wanna drop that kind of money.  I being the creative gal that I am came up with the wonderful idea of gutting and remodeling a vintage Airstream found on EBay! see above ( he was like who are you and what have you done with Lori???)
It's gonna be so flipping cool and I'll take you guys with me as it progresses!  We are gonna go this weekend and check out the lot & the town more closely.  Make sure to follow on Instagram - Facebook - Twitter and YouTube.  (We have not bought ours yet - but looking at this one!)

Lastly yet probably most important our health.  Still wanting to improve it - combat the "aging process" as much as reasonably possible.  I came across  The Blue Zones "Diet" book and their site so I bought the book and following the recipes this goes along with my Clean Program Cleanse I just finished last month etc.  It's not a diet really it's a way of life!  I am concerned about mine as well as my husbands health and want to try and get him off as much meds. as possible ( Smoker-TYPE 2 diabetes-High Blood Pressure).  So this is main focus as well.  

Later today I will post a video/pictures of my new favorite way to wash and exfoliate my face for pennies! You will LOVE the results & me!

HUGS

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gotta Try These Juice Recipes
Fennel Juice

1–2 fennel bulbs
1 orange, peeled
1/2 lemon, peeled
2 sprigs of mint

Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Cut the fennel bulbs and stalks, add the orange and lemon, then blend! Add mint to the juice and allow to soak for a few hours in the refrigerator. Strain before drinking.


No Brainer Sweet and Simple Green Juice

2–3 celery stalks
1/2 lime, peeled
1/3 cucumber
Handful spinach
Small bunch green grapes
Pinch of salt (preferably Fleur de sel)

Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Juice them separately, then combine and stir. Finish with a pinch of salt.


Blood Orange Juice

4 blood oranges, peeled
3–4 lemon basil sprigs
2–3 ounces soda water
1 sprig chervil (French parsley)

Wash ingredients thoroughly. Juice the oranges first, then add the lemon basil and allow the infusion to soak in the refrigerator for a few hours. Strain, then pour roughly 10–12 ounces of the infused blood orange juice in a glass, and top with the soda water. Garnish with chervil.


Cheers,


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Wednesday,

So thrilled I am finally planning my first trip to Europe and was talking with friends, family & coworkers alike for thoughts on where to start.  A dear friend at Eater.com shared this with me so I wanted to share with you!  BTW - note "Tickets" in Barceloena, Spain is on the list #4 & looks great as my first trip right now is a tie between Italy & Spain this is helping me out a lot.   You will see "minibar" located here in DC on the list #8 Which I am trying to get in this spring - will let you know.  Chef Andres on the small list and deservedly so.  I enjoy his cuisine very much but..... his Jaleo restaurant located in Bethesda which I have had the pleasure of eating at many times over the years has now become tired and had a horrible "fishy" smell upon entering the foyer for lunch.   A lot of time had passed since I had dined there and with all the great places popping up now - most likely a long time before returning.  We even dined at his Ritz Carlton - Dorado Beach - MiCasa and that blew Jaleo away - yet wasn't executed perfectly either - with all due respect the Ritz had just opened & were still working on the growing pains yet I feel with the RITZ stamp it will be perfected quite quickly..  Any way check out the list and as always leave your thoughts - email - FB or Tweet etc... What would be on your list??????


Here Are the Eleven Toughest Reservations in the World (And How to Get Them) 
This Post contributed by the great people at www.eater.com


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1) Noma
Location: Copenhagen,Denmark                   
Chef:  René RedzepiMichelin stars: 2   
After two straight years at the top of the San Pellegrino list — not to mention the closing of elBulli over the summer — there is little question that René Redzepi's Noma is the most in-demand table in the world. 
How to make a reservation: on the 6th day of every month, the third month out opens up for reservations online and by phone (this coming February 6th, for example, they start taking requests for May). If the last cycle is any indication, it takes only a matter of hours for an entire month to book up; Noma managing director Peter Kreiner estimates that about 20,000 people attempt to get a table on reservations day.
As Redzepi will tell you, people cancel or even no-show with some frequency, and he'll sometimes announce openings on his Twitter account. You just have catch it and get yourself to Copenhagen. And of course, there's a wait list. [Photo credit]

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2) Sukiyabashi Jiro

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Chef: Jiro Ono
Michelin stars: 3
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
The Ginza location of Sukiyabashi Jiro is likely the world's most hallowed sushi temple, a 10-seat bar where chef Jiro Ono (b. 1925) presides over the short but expertly orchestrated affair.
With three Michelin stars, an http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/ acclaimed documentary on the chef, - which is awe inspiring and so worth watching over again.  The complete passion and work ethic and attention to detail leaves me speechless.  Very limited space, it's no mystery that it's tough to get in. What makes it nearly impossible to pull off, though, is that no one on staff speaks English, and that they tend to not welcome foreigners without a Japanese host. "If they detect an accent, it's likely that they'll tell you nothing is available," says A Life Worth Eating's Adam Goldberg, who had trouble getting in for quite some time but has since managed to dine there on multiple occasions. 
How to get a reservation: According to Goldberg, "What you need to do is have your hotel call and tell them that you eat everything with no exceptions and will be dining with a Tokyo native." That means you'll either need to hire a guide or know someone in Tokyo. [Photo credit]

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3) Next

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Chefs: Dave Beran and Grant Achatz
Michelin stars: N/A
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
By introducing a ticketed dining experience at Next, Chef Grant Achatz and his business partner Nick Kokonas simultaneously managed to combat the inconveniences of a traditional phone reservations model and to embrace the notion of restaurant as theater. Among the pluses: they don't have to pay people to pick up phones and say "no" all day, nor do they have to worry that a party might not show for their reservation, since it's all paid for in advance. 
But getting one of those tickets is no small feat. To give you an idea, when Kokonas announced an on-sale date for their second three-month menu cycle, "Tour of Thailand," the site crashed when tickets went live
How to get a reservation: Most likely, you'll have to follow the restaurant's Facebook, which Kokonas manages, to see when a quarter will go on sale or to get wind of randomly released tickets. A number of same-day tables are made available throughout the season, but once their elBulli menu debuts next month, there'll only be one of those per night, auctioned off for charity. If none of that works, you can stop in for some drinks at The Aviary, their bar next door, and let them know that you're interested in dining at Next; they'll try to accommodate you. 
Then again, you could always try your hand at Craigslist — just like a Bears game — or get really lucky and nab season tickets when they go on sale next month. [Photo credit]

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4) Tickets

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Chefs: Albert and Ferran Adrià
Michelin stars: N/A
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
Despite the fact that the year-old Barcelona tapas restaurant from Ferran and Albert Adrià has ninety seats and more turnover than a typical fine dining destination, it's still practically impenetrable. 
How to get a reservation: You really have to plan ahead for this one, as reservations are only taken online, and three months to the calendar date. On the bright side, as Albert has mentioned, not everyone shows up for their reservations, and tables are often set aside for friends. If you're in town, pop by, talk to the ringmaster out front, and see what happens.
NB: For the moment, Tickets eclipses its neighbor 41 Degrees in popularity. That space, which recently transitioned from progressive cocktail bar to sixteen-seat restaurant, serves 41-course tasting menus many have compared to elBulli. Bookings are taken one month out online, and as more and more Adrià devotées get wind of it, it'll probably become a fortress. [Photo credit]

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5) Quintessence

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Chef: Shuzo Kishida
Michelin stars: 3
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
It is easier to get into chef Pascal Barbot's three-star L'Astrance in Paris than it is to get into the Tokyo three-star of one of his disciples. That restaurant is Quintessence, where chef-owner Shuzo Kishida assiduously follows Barbot's tenet of the three processes: respect for the product, a thorough understanding of the cooking process, and attention to detail in seasoning.
Goldberg has never managed to get in, even though he's tried on his own and through his hotel on several trips. "You can attribute a bias against foreigners to many restaurants in Tokyo, especially the traditional ones," he says, "but Quintessence seems to favor local businessmen and regulars."
How to get a reservation: Get to know someone with an in, or keep trying. Other sources have told Eater that it's not a completely impossible feat. [Photo credit]

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6) The Fat Duck

Location:Bray, Berkshire, England
Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Michelin stars: 3
World's 50 Best ranking: #5 
At the height of its popularity (let's say 2005, when it was named best restaurant in the world), Heston Blumenthal's sensorial wonderland in Bray was getting 30,000 calls a day for reservations. Things have toned down a bit, but it remains so difficult to get into the Fat Duck that its chef has spent years developing an interactive video to thank and congratulate those who manage to get in; it features the actor John Hurt and music from Willy Wonka
How to get a reservation: Nowadays, the reservations line is only open for three hours a day, Monday to Friday (11 AM to 2 PM), and they've logically shifted their emphasis to online reservations. The next round of tables (the month of April 2012) will go live at 9:30 AM on February 1st.
The online situation is kind of bleak at first blush: go on there when a new month opens up to find an online calendar that doesn't indicate which days are already booked up and doesn't have a feature that allows you to select the next available opening. But if you know which date you want and are quick about it, you can get yourself a table the honest way. [Photo credit]

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7) Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Chef: César Ramirez
Michelin stars: 3
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
Bouley alum César Ramirez quietly opened this 18-seat restaurant connected to a supermarket three years ago. In that time, he's managed to climb his way up to three Michelin stars with a wholly unorthodox fine dining experience: metal stools, a casual environment, BYOB up until just recently, and a Brooklyn address. The most mind-bending aspect of the experience, though? Booking a meal there. 
How to get a reservation: Every Monday at 10:30 AM, the restaurant takes bookings for an entire week, for the sixth week out. Getting through to someone is a pain, but it's not as backwards as it used to be just a year ago, when you'd call, leave your name and information, and then have to wait until they decided to ring you back and put your party in the calendar. The thing is, it's getting more and more popular as it racks up the accolades. [Photo credit]

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8) Minibar by josé andrés

Location: Washington, DC
Chef: José Andrés
Michelin stars: N/A
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
Minibar has room for six diners and serves an extended tasting menu from one of Ferran Adrià's greatest acolytes, José Andrés
How to get a reservation: It is, understandably, a pain to nab one or two of those spots. Seats are available one month before the calendar reservation date, and reservations must be made by phone. As ThinkFoodGroup chief of operations Hollis Silverman explains, "Seats are full within about fifteen minutes from the time our reservationists answers the phone at 10 AM. It's difficult to gauge how many people are getting a busy signal, but we have close to a thousand requests for seats each month that we are unable to fill." Since it can be quite frustrating, they are kind enough to allow you to be on the wait list for up to three different nights.
Andrés recently opened é, a similar restaurant in The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. It seats eight, and reservations are made via email. For the moment, it is less difficult to access than minibar. [Photo credit]

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9) Schwa

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Chef: Michael Carlson
Michelin stars: 1
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
What makes the gastronauts at Michael Carlson's 18-seat Schwa so wonderful is that they don't seem to give a shit about anything besides the food. It's a decidedly informal, borderline anarchic affair in which the chefs do basically everything. 
The experience begins with the randomness of their reservations system, which is either the most egalitarian or completely unfair thing you've encountered. To get in, you're supposed to call and leave a voicemail request, but that inbox is usually full. If you do happen to get through and get a call back to confirm a time and date, keep in mind that there's always the chance that Carlson will decide to close the restaurant at a moment's notice. So delightfully absurd is the current arrangement that the restaurant's PR company is now using Twitter to field more reservation requests, likely in disorganized fashion. 
How to get a reservation: Keep trying, or become a restaurant industry type. [Photo credit]

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10) The French Laundry

Location: Yountville, California
Chef: Thomas Keller
Michelin stars: 3
World's 50 Best ranking: 56 
Chef Thomas Keller's bastion of New American cooking — the place where Grant Achatz, Jonathan BennoCorey Lee and many other heavy hitters cut their teeth — remains one of the premiere restaurant pilgrimages in the world. For that reason, it's still one of the toughest tables, a reservation more difficult to obtain than for its younger New York City counterpart, per se. 
How to get a reservation: You can book up to two months to the calendar date by phone, which gives you the opportunity to put yourself on the wait list. Or you can try OpenTable, whose "Find Next Available Date" feature will at first probably just remind you of how hopeless the situation is. But if you keep clicking here and there throughout the course of days, there is a good chance something will open up. [Photo credit]

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11) Yam'Tcha

Location: Paris, France
Chef: Adeline Grattard
Michelin stars: 1
World's 50 Best ranking: N/A 
Paris food writer Alexander Lobrano has described the Franco-Chinois cooking of Yam'Tcha chef Adeline Grattard as "deeply personal, gently creative, and unfailingly delicious."
Such praise would be cause enough for wild popularity, but add to it the fact that the restaurant sits in one of the more perfect areas of Paris — the rue Sauval, in the 1st Arrondissement — and it becomes clear why this place has proven so elusive for seasoned Paris diners and traveling gastronomes. "For me, the toughest tables have been The French Laundry, most recently Brooklyn Fare, and then, Yam'Tcha," admits Ali Kurshat Altinsoy. It is harder to access than the big names (Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy, Jean-François Piège) and even the popular bistronomic spots (Le Comptoir du Relais, Frenchie).
How to get a reservation: Call, and call, and call. Some see it as one of the toughest tables in the world, especially of late, but others have had plenty of luck. [Photo credit]
Again, please share with me your thoughts on the list and what would be your top 5 - looking for suggestions for Spain and Italy right now too!  Cant wait to hear from you all!