October 21, 2016

36 Hours in SAN SEBASTIAN - Spain

A view of San Sebastián from the Monte Igueldo.
 CreditDaniel Rodrigues for The New York Times

Beyond the beach, this  seaside resorts enticements include  art,  architecture  and, of course, dining on delectable small plates at  pintxo bars.

The identity of San Sebastián as  a seaside resort began over a century ago, when this wild stretch of Atlantic coast was favored by Spanish royals on holiday.

Since then, Donostiaas the alluring city is known in Basque — has also established itself as a world-class gastro-paradise.

2016 European Capital of Culture, the city has begun to again reinvent itself, this time as a cultural destination.

So when fall’s cooler temperatures force all but the hardiest surfers to abandon the beaches, you’ll still find myriad enticements to feast on — from fine art and architecture to local design and craft beer — before the pintxo bars beckon...


October 19, 2016


Reduction  is the process of thickening a watery liquid using heat, to then prepare  delicious sauces... 

Tips  and  Cooking Techniques...

October 15, 2016

The Best WINES to Pair With CHINESE FOOD

For most people, beer...  is the drink of choice when it comes to Chinese food.

Its unfamiliar, frequently intense flavors make pairing wines with it a difficult undertaking.  

Wine columnist Lettie Teague took on the... challenge of finding a worthy match, with surprising discoveries...

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

October 08, 2016

Fall’s 6 Best FOOD Books

From top: The Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman, A New Way to Dinner by Amanda Hester and Merrill Stubbs, The Moon Juice Cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon, Power Vegetables! by Peter Meehan, Everything I Want To Eat by Jessica Koslow, Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy.
From top: The Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman, A New Way to Dinner by Amanda Hester and Merrill Stubbs, The Moon Juice Cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon, Power Vegetables! by Peter Meehan, Everything I Want To Eat by Jessica Koslow, Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy. PHOTO: F. MARTIN RAMIN/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

This fall, an appealing menu of  cookbooks and restaurant reads  is hitting the shelves.

Here are six favorites...


October 07, 2016

LONDON's Hottest CURRY Houses... Now Delivering

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gymkhana london

Founders of  Gymkhana  and Hoppers  take their cooking online, joining forces with  Deliveroo  for the  home-delivery market...

Richard Vines

October 06, 2016

The Best COOKBOOKS of Fall 2016

Land of Fish and Rice
Fuchsia Dunlop...  dives deep into the balanced flavors of Jiangnan, the region in eastern China that includes the nation’s largest city, Shanghai.

From Harlem to China, from traditional to modern, this is our guide to the season’s  best  new cookbooks...

September 30, 2016

MARRAKECH, A City Tasting Tour

Marrakech, a City Tasting Tour

The  “Pearl of the South” has an unforgettable taste experience waiting for you...

Considered  one of the world’s most refined cuisines,  Moroccan food  is especially rich because of the diversity of its lands and traditions, from the Atlas Desert to Berber villages...

 We'll suggest some of the best places to eat in Marrakech...

September 20, 2016



Superfood,  superfood,  superfood...

On nous rappelle constamment d’en consommer davantage...

Voici une liste de 26 superfoods... 

si cette liste  inclut  le   vin rouge  et le  chocolat noir, elle mérite qu’on y jette un coup d’œil, n’est-ce pas ?

September 15, 2016

MADRID Day Trips - A Hassle-Free Guide to Four Fun Excursions

The formal gardens at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, part palace, part monastery
The formal gardens at the  Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, part Palace, part Monastery
Francesco Lastrucci WSJ

Madrid Spain’s capital and largest city... rising to prominence  centuries after places like Seville and Barcelona.

Spanish King Philip II moved his court there in the 1560s and slowly Madrid was transformed from a landlocked Castilian backwater into the big, brash, metropolis it is today—larger than Paris, as cosmopolitan as London and with a nightlife that can rival Berlin’s.

Two solid decades of infrastructure improvements make a deeper dip into traditional Spainishness as easy as a day trip.

Get up early and head for  Atocha - Madrid’s main train station - point-of-departure  for the country’s...  high-speed train network. You will appreciate Madrid all the more after a day away...

J.S. Marcus

September 13, 2016

NEW YORK - The 2016 Fall Restaurant Preview

Adam Leonti in the space that will be his new restaurant, Harvey, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.CreditCole Wilson for The New York Times

Anticipation is in the air, as  the city’s ever-changing restaurant scene promises debuts and second chances for the world’s top chefs.

These are the openings, big and small, sure to whet New Yorkers’ appetites...

    September 09, 2016

    Italian Delicacies - BRONTE PISTACHIOS


    A closer look at  Bronte  pistachios,  Sicily's "green gold"... harvested by hand every two years, they're the most important economic resource in the area...

    The Bronte pistachio is sweet, delicate and fragrant... it is unique...  along with its size and its brilliant green colour... 

    Pistacchio di Bronte

    September 06, 2016

    BOGOTÁ - The New Wave of South American FINE DINING

    Think of  Bogotá  and what comes to mind?

    With restaurants like  Criterión -  Leo Cocina y Cava  -  El Cielo - Andres Carne de Res  and  Harry Sasson  leading the way it’s certainly  a culinary star  in the rising...

    What if anything makes Bogotá and its chefs unique?
    “It’s International”...  “We are doing our own thing we are not imitating or copying”. “While we are showing our local and national identity we are also international and diverse,”...

    Dylan Satow

    The Chef

    September 04, 2016

    The ‘ONIGIRI’ - Japan’s Perfect Morning Meal

    A Risaku breakfast | YUKARI SAKAMOTO

    The  humble  onigiri  is a sandwich-like rice ball with savory fillings that makes for a quick breakfast. Rounded out with miso soup, an omelet and some vegetables, it becomes  a great morning meal...

    Its rich history can be dated back almost 2,000 years to the Yayoi Period (200 B.C. to A.D. 250) when we see reference to grilled rice balls made from sticky rice...


    August 29, 2016

    Cooking The CLASSICS - Nepali DAL BHAT Recipe

    Cooking the Classics: Nepali Dal Bhat Recipe

    Well, to be honest I’ve never been to Nepal, but... the folks who have sojourned in  Nepal  think fondly of a  Dal bhat recipe. This dish is eaten on a daily basis by many Nepali...

    How to make Nepali dal bhat, a lentil saucy-soupy-stew often served with rice...

    Noah Charney

    August 27, 2016

    3 New COOKBOOKS for Travelers With EXOTIC APPETITES

     A tour of the Silk Road for the travel-for-food crowd. No passports -or mutton - required...

    ‘All Under Heaven—Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China’
    by Carolyn Phillips
    ‘Samarkand—Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus’
    by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford
    ‘Taste of Persia—A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan’
    by Naomi Duguid


    Confucius: “The Great Sage…had much to say about food, as when he pointed out that...
     the way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.’