Chef Isaiah Allen


A French Dinner at Saint-Jacques at The Burke Manor Inn.

Hidden Gem Culinary Spot: Youssef 242, Hickory

Le Sacre Coeur

This place has been my favorite place since a little girl! A month ago I was lucky enough to go back. The view is always as majestic as I remember!

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Rue Cler

On Saturday night, we had decided to take Lara out to a nice restaurant. I never have her by myself. She truly is the middle child. I wanted to take her somewhere nice however I had a tiny budget. I decided to take her to Rue Cler. I knew that she would take the moules frites. ( 12 dollars). We order a side of half dozen beignets, and Lara and I ordered the moules frites. Great fun, fancy place, small price and she felt so special!

Mission accomplished. One more time it shows that quality time, experience is more important than anything else!

Highland Avenue restaurant in Hickory

Wow! Wow! Wow!

I was totally impressed when I ate there. We arrived at the restaurant and were welcomed there.

We choose to sit outside. The food was fabulous. One of my friends had spotted the place during his work week and wanted to take me there as he knows I am a foodie. Hard to impress me, and I mean Hickory? Well I was impressed by the appetizer plate of cured meat and cheese. Everything made there! It was incredible.

I opted for the fish du jour and what an incredible decision it was ….

I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in town. A must!!

Photos from the iPhone, wish I would of had my camera…

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I was asked by my friend Lisa Jacob to come and DJ the “Catwalk Milonga” the past weekend.

What fun it was to stay at Susannah and Eric Gebhart wonderful cozy home .

We were swamped with work but we managed to work out of nice coffee shops and outside most of the day.

We went to eat to two restaurants I had previously gone name Chorizo, and at Isa’s Bistro. Isa’s bistro was even better than I had remember.

We took a break from working and then drove a little around to the Groove Park Inn, what a magical place it is! It was my first time there.

I am editing my camera photos to submit to stock and to use in my thesis presentation in couple of weeks.

Here are iPhone photos of  us taking a welcome break from work.



Fun milonga at Piazza Italia

We were very grateful for Jason Laughlin to have as a guest Tomas Howlin and Karen Jaffe to come for teach the weekend workshop.

We all ended up having diner at Piazza Italia in Durham and enjoyed the performance and the wonderful tandas.

Here are photos of the night:

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“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Mickael Jordan

Since it is March Madness and everybody is glued to their Tv to watch basket ball today, I found it very appropriate to share these 2 quotes from Michael Jordan:

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

With 18 days to go,  and 6800 dollars more to raise, I think the time to face reality, is maybe here.

I am so happy for all the people that have contributed to this project. You have made a difference!

This is one project that surely grabbed my heart in so many ways!

The power inside of me that want to tell these firefighters story is overwhelming. So many doors were opened so easily, it is hard to tell myself that maybe I am not meant to tell the world about it.

I am the right person for this,that I know, maybe even more because I am foreign!

I know after hanging out with those guys that it is all about teamwork so please, with 18 days to go, if you could share this link with anybody you know….

I will leave you with some photos of my work at the event.

Photos are at the  starting line to show you what this firefighter accomplished with the help of his fellow firefighters at the station!

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I have put everythink I got in this project! Please help in any way you can.

The Old Glory

When I lived in DC I used to go to the Old Glory. It was this really typical American restaurant. it was authentic, fun and the food was great.

I remember the stamps they used to put on the white paper tablecloth. The burgers, the fries, all the choices of Barbecue sauce. It was so typical that all the French people who were coming to visit we took them to the Old Glory.

I remember taking my uncle, aunts there.

I remember going there with the group of French people who came to DC during one of the first snow storm we experienced there.

Great memories!

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Lorsque je suis arrivee au Etats-Unis, on allais beaucoup au Old Glory. C’est un resto tres typique Americain.

Tous les Francais qui venaient nous voir sont passes aux Old Glory!